Las Cumbres Community Services is grateful for a number of important grant awards received as the year comes to a close. Recent awards will support the work of the agency’s Santa Fe Community Infant Program and Behavioral Health in Rio Arriba County, along with Family Navigation, Education and Support Service programs in Taos County.
Financial assistance provided by the Robert T. Keeler Foundation will allow the agency to continue to serve families from our Taos County office. By fostering connections with other agencies and providers in the county, Las Cumbres’ Family Navigation staff are addressing a wide range of needs impacting children, families and the community. The award is already assisting with child abuse prevention awareness, introduction of Circle of Security® parenting classes, and navigation of families through individual challenges and providing access to vital community resources.
Brindle Foundation’s Early Opportunities Initiative will support the agency in the forthcoming year with a grant to address early childhood and infant mental health for families with children from birth to age six. This funding provides maintenance of agency programs in Santa Fe as well as Rio Arriba County through the agency’s home and center-based services and peer support groups. Early childhood and infant mental health service provision strives to strengthen infant-caregiver relationships and create safer and more nurturing environments, reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect in Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.
Recognizing the prevalent lack of affordable housing in northern New Mexico or that families are often living in environments that are detrimental to their emotional and physical health and well-being, Las Cumbres is very excited to be expanding their outreach and education around this timely concern. This project will be funded in part by a grant from Con Alma Health Foundation. The newly launched initiative seeks to convene community forums to address barriers to safe, decent, and affordable housing options in three counties, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos, where the agency works closely with families impacted by this social determinant to health.