Las Cumbres Community Services is excited about four recent grant awards in support of its Adult Services Program, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program, the Santa Fe Community Infant Program, and agency-wide HEART Project.
New Mexico’s Department of Transportation has awarded the agency funding for the acquisition of two new vans for transportation of clients across Adult Services programs. The Department of Transportation funding source, FTA Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities, will assist adult clients with transportation fo activities and appointments, community and medical appointments. Adult Services provide residential help, community integration, and employment supports to adults with developmental disabilities to help increase independence and improve their overall quality of life.
An award from North Central New Mexico Economic Development District Non-Metro Agency on Aging will enhance the agency’s existing Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. The program benefits grandparents raising grandchildren due to the absence of a child’s biological parents, which in many cases is the result of drug abuse, domestic violence, poverty, incarceration, and other concerns. With this new funding support the program will provide family caregiver supports including case management, respite, and caregiver counseling through Grandparents Raising Grandchildren peer support groups in Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos Counties.
The CHRISTUS Fund granted the agency’s Santa Fe Community Infant Program funding support for therapeutic on-site and home visits to families in Santa Fe County to help strengthen the infant-parent relationship and focus on the social emotional and mental health of infants and their parents or caregivers. The Community Infant Program serves families with children prenatal to age 6. Licensed Masters level counselors provide assessment, intervention, education and treatment through home visits or in groups held on site. CHRISTUS Health aims to create healthy communities and is committed to advocating for systemic changes to improve health recognizing that each community is unique, with distinct cultures and resources. They are committed to working with community-led partnerships to achieve measurable, sustainable improvements in well-being. CHRISTUS Health strongly promotes health equity in communities served.
United Way of Northern New Mexico's Community Action Fund, is now assisting with the inauguration of the agency’s Healing Early Adversity through Resilience and Treatment (HEART) Project with a financial award. The agency's HEART Project has been initiated to nurture a healthy system of care that integrates Las Cumbres’ expertise in trauma-informed and trauma-focused infant and early childhood mental health and education. The HEART Project will provide cross training of all Las Cumbres staff on the intersection of trauma and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities through a staff exchange program; offer Family Navigation for each agency program; and outreach, education and training to the communities of Rio Arriba and Los Alamos to build client, family, and community leadership particularly toward improved understanding of substance use treatment as it affects clients and families. Kristy Ortega, UWNNM Executive Director, said of the project "The successes from innovative ideas and programs taking on tough challenges in the community are inspiring. We are honored to be part of the impact in Northern New Mexico."