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Services for Seniors in New Mexico

Do you work for a nonprofit for seniors in New Mexico? You can use the ShareNM.org Resource Directory to make accurate referrals faster.

The Resource Directory features 8,000 nonprofits and 10,000 programs in New Mexico. In the Resource Directory, you’ll discover programs for senior housing, senior health, help for seniors and more.

Thousands of users search the SHARE New Mexico Resource Directory every month. Don’t forget to add or update your organization’s profile so you can be found by executive directors, social workers and home visitors throughout New Mexico.

Senior Services in New Mexico

SENIOR HEALTH

Central Desert Behavioral Health Center

Serving patients throughout New Mexico, the Central Desert Behavior Health Center provides mental health services for seniors age 50 and over.

New Mexico Senior Olympics

Seniors age 50 and over can enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle through the Senior Olympics, which includes 28 sporting events. New Mexico Senior Olympics prmostes senior health through one-hour classes that meet three times a week, with emphasis on fitness training, stretching, aerobics, balance and strength training. It also hosts All Indian Game Day, designed to introduce Native American seniors to Senior Olympic sports and activities.

New Mexico Senior Sports Foundation

The goal of the New Mexico Senior Sports Foundation is to promote health and fitness for seniors age 50 and over through recreational sports and athletic experiences.

Senior Well-Being Clinics

Senior Well-Being Clinics are brought to local communities in order to improve health awareness and health care decisions of low-income seniors in New Mexico. Staff and volunteers provide health care screenings on-site, as well as referrals to primary care providers.

HELP FOR SENIORS

Bernalillo Senior Centers—Bernalillo County Senior Program

The Bernalillo County Senior Program provides senior meal sites throughout the county as well as meals to homebound seniors. Transportation, housekeeping services, volunteer programs—seniors in Albuquerque, NM and Bernalillo County can find it all through the Bernalillo County Senior Program.

Curry Resident Senior Meals Association

The Curry Resident Senior Meals Association provides hot lunches Monday through Friday in Clovis, NM. Overall, the association delivers 500 meals to home bound seniors every week.

Grant County Senior Services

Grant County Senior Services provides meals and transportation for seniors in Grant County. Additional services for seniors provided by Grant County Senior Services includes programs for employment, volunteering and the coordination of services.

Northwest New Mexico Seniors, Inc.

This is the administrative office for senior center sites in Aztec, Bloomfield, Blanco, Farmington and Fruitland, New Mexico.

Valencia County Senior Support

Valencia County Senior Support provides a variety of services for seniors in order to improve the health and self-sufficiency of seniors in Valencia County. This includes ramps and grab-bars for disables seniors, as well as installing carbon monoxide detectors in seniors’ homes.

Santa Fe Senior Activity Funds Raising & Management

This program assists needy seniors in the form of housing for seniots, home repair, food services for seniors and respite care. Santa Fe Senior Activity Funds Raising & Management also provides help for seniors through assistance with utilities, phone bills groceries.

Senior Citizens Law Office, Inc.

The Senior Citizens Law Office, Inc., provides legal representation for seniors age 60 and over in Bernalillo, Valencia, Torrance and Sandoval Counties.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Community Alliance

This alliance between several New Mexico nonprofits actively supports grandparents who are raising grandchildren throughout the state. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Community Alliance also includes the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group.

MCH Family Outreach—GAPP

The MCH Family Outreach serves grandparents raising grandchildren through its Grandparents as Parents Program.

SENIOR HOUSING

Siringo Senior Housing Program

In addition to providing below-market rents in an eight-apartment unit in Albuquerque, the Siringo Senior Housing Program provides case management, financial counseling and assistance with obtaining senior benefits in New Mexico.

Ventana de Vida Senior Center

This senior housing center provides senior housing for low-income residents and offers a host of low cost and free services for seniors. It is located in Santa Fe, NM.

Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center

Also located in Santa Fe, the Mary Esther Gonzales Senior Center provides affordable housing for seniors as well as low-cost and free services for seniors.

Friendship Senior Center

Located in Clovis, NM, the Friendship Senior Center provides food distributions and support programs, as well as services for veterans.

Visit our Resource Directory for a more complete list of affordable senior housing & senior centers in New Mexico!

SENIORS MEETING SENIORS

Foster Grandparents/Senior Companions

Located in Espanola, NM, this senior program is twofold. Foster grandparents—volunteers age 55 and older—volunteer to work with youth in Rio Arriba Schools to develop the skills, confidence and strength to succeed in life. Senior Companions provide assistance to other seniors with developmental disabilities or special needs in an effort to help them maintain their independent living.

Las Cruces Senior Citizens Corporation

Dedicated to providing a variety of opportunities for seniors 50 and over, the Las Cruces Senior Citizens Corporation hosts recreational activities for seniors meeting seniors, including dances, luncheons, pool tournaments and crafts.

Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization

Designed for retirees and seniors age 55 and older, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization hosts Senior Activity Sites where seniors can learn, share meals, socialize, have fun and support each other.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

Senior volunteers unite! The Retired Senior Volunteer Program recruits senior volunteers to share their experience and skills in the Santa Fe, NM community through mentorship, tutoring and other volunteer projects.

Senior Arts Project

The Senior Arts Project invites seniors to join workshops and performances in the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, literature and visual arts.

Is there a New Mexico senior organization you’d like to see on our list? Let us know in the comments!

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Ending Hunger in New Mexico

New Mexico ranks number one in the nation for childhood hunger. In our state, nearly one-third of children go to bed hungry. According to hunger statistics by the New Mexico Cares Foundation:

  • 89% of hungry households have an annual income of less than $20,000 annually.
  • 61% choose between paying for utilities or buying food.
  • A Missing Meals study revealed that low-income people in New Mexico miss 117,140,870 meals per year.
  • 75% of hungry households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food in order to have some food at home to eat.
  • 70,000 New Mexicans are seeking food every week.

In Albuquerque, Santa Fe and throughout the state, nonprofits, governments and the private sector are teaming up to fight hunger among children, adults and the elderly.

At ShareNM.org, organizations like Roadrunner Food Bank, Kids Cook!, Get Healthy Collaborative, the Downtown Farmer’s Markets and the Rio Grande Food Project  are collaborating to update the SHARE New Mexico Food and Hunger Page and the Community Calendar, where New Mexicans can find farmer’s markets, food pantries, community dinners and resources that can be used to address hunger in our state.

“With the limited resources available to address New Mexico’s food and hunger issues, it is imperative we not only know what other organizations are doing but actually work collaboratively to create greater impact,” Mary Meyer, Director of Kids Cook!, said.

10 Organizations Working to End Hunger in New Mexico

Here are 10 organizations feeding the hungry and helping those in poverty in New Mexico:

Roadrunner Food Bank

The largest and perhaps the most best-known food bank in the state, Roadrunner Food Bank has been serving New Mexico since 1980.  In the last ten years, Roadrunner Food Bank has seen an increase of 70% in the amount of food it distributes. Through four regional food banks and several partner agencies, the food bank manages to help 70,000 hungry people in New Mexico every week.

Kids Cook!

Kids Cook! is an amazing nonprofit organization that helps to reduce nutritional risks among children and help end childhood obesity. Designed for elementary and middle school students, Kids Cook! instructors teach nutrition by helping children to prepare healthy, culturally diverse foods. The nonprofit organization also pairs foods with daily physical activity. Similarly, organizations like NMSU extension, South Valley Cooking and LaCosecha offer cooking classes that engage the entire family.

NM Farmer’s Marketing Association

Not only can New Mexicans find fresh local produce at local farmer’s markets, it’s a great place for those with SNAP EBT cards to shop, too! Many New Mexico farmer’s markets offer Double Up Food Bucks, which allows you to spend $10 and receive another $10 to buy fresh fruits and vegetables grown in New Mexico. Double Up Food Bucks is available at participating local farmer’s markets as well as Montanita Co-Ops in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Gallup.

Seed2Need

Seed2Need reduces hunger and improves the nutrition of local families by growing local produce and donating it to local food pantries. The non-profit organization is a collaborative effort between the Sandoval County Master Gardeners, property owners in the village of Corrales and volunteers from Corrales, Rio Rancho, Placitas and Albuquerque. In the past six years, more than 317,000 pounds of produce has been donated to the local community thanks to Seed2Need.

New Mexico Cares Foundation

The New Mexico Cares Foundation hosts the annual End Hunger Summit in Albuquerque, NM, as well as the Strike Out Hunger bowling tournament. The nonprofit is dedicated to building awareness of hunger in New Mexico and alleviating the socioeconomic problems that lead to hunger.

The New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger and Share Our Strength

One of Albuquerque Community Foundation’s leadership initiatives, the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger is made up of more than 80 organizations working to ending hunger in New Mexico, including local, state and national governments; nonprofit organizations; regional foundations; national organizations and corporations. The collaboration has helped to feed thousands of children through its New Mexico No Kid Hungry campaign, which improves access to nutrition programs and improves families’ knowledge about available programs.

Rio Grande Community Farm

The fresh food grown at Rio Grande Community Farm is distributed to Albuquerque schools, food banks, nonprofit organizations, grocery stores, restaurants and other consumers. The Rio Grande Community Farm also provides year-round educational programs and special events to teach the local community about nutrition, sustainable and organic farming, as well as assisting other non-profit farms. More about community gardens in New Mexico.

Rio Grande Food Project

The Rio Grande Food Project has been proving food and emergency support to New Mexico families since 1989. The New Mexico nonprofit organization provides food to those who need it, and it also coordinates with service organizations to provide job training, healthcare benefits, emergency cell phone service and more to help prevent the debilitating effects of hunger and poverty in our state.

United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture is host to summer food sites to help feed New Mexico’s hungry children. The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), Early Childhood Services Division (ECS), Family Nutrition Bureau (FNB) administers the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) on the State level.

New Mexico Appleseed

New Mexico Appleseed creates laws and policies that help children access meals at school, after school, during the summer and holidays. Through its work, the organization has helped to eliminate reduced-price co-pays in local schools, helped children access a nutritious breakfast at school and afterschool and summer meals.

Want to help the fight against hunger and poverty in New Mexico? ShareNM.org invites you to read and respond to our “call to engagement.” And If you are interested in joining the SHARE Food and Hunger team, please contact Wendy@sharenm.org. Here’s a quick primer how you can make the SHARE New Mexico Food & Hunger page even better!

Know of any other hunger nonprofits in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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The NEW 2-1-1 Line in Otero County

The United Way of Otero County (UWOC) is building its 2-1-1 helpline from the ground up, and partnering with SHARE New Mexico to help connect people in need with resources.

Like 2-1-1 lines across the country, the Otero County 2-1-1 helpline will provide information and referrals to people in need of help, Angela Randall, 2-1-1 & volunteer coordinator for the United Way of Otero County, said.

The 2-1-1 line is currently live between the hours of 9a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday, Randall said. The line covers Otero County and Lincoln County.

SHARE New Mexico and the United Way of Otero County are sharing the work of creating a comprehensive, up-to-date community-based directory,” Randall said.

Taking advantage of the UWOC’s “feet on the ground,” Randall is contacting service providers in the county to sign up with SHARE and update their organizational information in SHARE’s Resource Directory.

Other groups sharing resource lists include Love, INC., Alamo Senior Center, Otero County Community Health Council and the Otero Hunger Coalition.

The United Way of Otero County is Randall’s host organization as she completes her fellowship with “The Mission Continues,” a nonprofit leadership program that supports post-911 veterans reintegrating back into civilian society.

Here's How YOU Can Help

You can help Angela, and Otero County residents, by creating and updating your organization’s profile on ShareNM.org to ensure our Resource Directory is up-to-date. This will ensure that community members looking for help for themselves or others will have the information they need to connect people with the right community resources in Otero County.

Check out other resources on the Otero County page. Quick links take you to timely and relevant information and resources for county residents. See what’s happening on the Otero County community calendar and add your community events.

And Here's How SHARE New Mexico Can Help You!

Team up with SHARE to create YOUR community Resource Directory.  Rather than duplicating efforts, which can be costly to create and maintain, SHARE invites you to partner with us to create and maintain New Mexico’s most comprehensive and up-to-date resource directory. 

We are better together! For more information on how SHARE can help you with your resource directory, contact Wendy@ShareNM.org

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How to Get a FREE Video for Your Nonprofit!

Calling all New Mexico nonprofits! Now until August 19, your nonprofit can apply for a Project Awareness grant on ShareNM.org. If you are chosen to receive a Project Awareness grant, CNM & DATA students will create a FREE video that will help to spread the word about your nonprofit and all of the great work it does.

Project Awareness is a Leadership Albuquerque Initiative that provides nonprofit organizations with FREE online videos. The videos are custom-created by students at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and Digital Arts and Technology Academy (DATA). This is without any cost to your New Mexico nonprofit. To be eligible,  you have to apply on ShareNM.org before August 19, 2016. Three to five nonprofits will be awarded a Project Awareness grant.

Tapping Student Talent

Donna Diller, dean of Business and Information Technology at CNM, said that Project Awareness is a win-win-win situation that benefits students, nonprofits and the community. Students are involved in every aspect of the process, from choosing the grant winners to creating and completing the videos.

Students decide which nonprofits are awarded the grant. This helps students to learn interpersonal skills, teamwork, communication and how nonprofits give back to the community.

“We felt like the community piece was important, for students to learn about nonprofits and ways to give back,” Diller said. “It’s an important part of the community.”

The students at CNM and DATA review the applications at the beginning of the fall semester and spend the next year creating the videos. Some do the videos as part of a class curriculum, others as part of an internship.

“It gives our students a hands-on opportunity to do a real-life project using the same skills they’re learning in the classrooms,” Diller said.

After students choose the grant winners, they work directly with the nonprofit to create the video, which gives them hands-on experience working with customers.

Diller gives credit to Leadership Albuquerque for creating Project Awareness and bringing organizations like SHARE New Mexico, CNM and DATA together.

“It’s a win-win for a lot of folks, and we’re excited to get more of the videos up and rolling,” she said.

Apply Online at ShareNM.org

Don’t miss the opportunity to get a FREE video made for your New Mexico nonprofit! To apply for a Project Awareness Grant, you’ll need to login or create an account at ShareNM.org. Once you are logged in, you can see instructions and view our available grants in our common online grant application. Questions about our online common grant application? Visit our blog to learn more about how it works

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Cancer Support for Patients & Caregivers in New Mexico

Overall, more than 75,000 New Mexicans are currently living with cancer, and 9,000 more are diagnosed every year, according to Cancer Services (CSNM) of New Mexico.

Many people with cancer and their loved ones have difficulty finding both medical and non-medical aid after receiving a diagnosis of cancer. Below are support organizations for people with cancer and caregivers in New Mexico. Additional information about these organizations can be found in ShareNM.org’s Resource Directory.

CANCER SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Breast Cancer Resource Center

Located in Albuquerque, NM, the Breast Cancer Resource Center provides assistance to anyone affected by cancer, seeking to close gaps in services and eliminate barriers to care.

Cancer Foundation for New Mexico

The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico provides emotional and educational assistance to patients being treated in Santa Fe, NM. The nonprofit’s core services include aid with transportation, lodging and grocery support, as well as cancer support groups.

Cancer Services of New Mexico

Founded in 2001, Cancer Services of New Mexico (CSNM) is the only statewide nonprofit organization to address gaps in cancer related services, creating programs that support people affected by cancer, family members, loved ones and caregivers. Twice per year, CSNM hosts a Family Cancer retreats that focuses on adult cancer patients and their caregivers on the issues associated with surviving.

Cancer Support Now

Cancer Support Now is made up of a group of cancer survivors reaching out to offer cancer support to people living with cancer in New Mexico. One-on-one support by telephone, support groups, chronic disease management and smoking cessation are among the cancer support services offered by Cancer Support Now.

New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance

New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance was founded by a group of dedicated cancer care physicians in New Mexico who were concerned that the newest investigational cancer treatments were only available through research studies and clinical trials conducted outside the state. As a cancer support organization, NMCCA helps New Mexicans get access to new, investigational oncology research treatments.

New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation

Dedicated to providing for the non-medical needs of people living with cancer, the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation offers cancer support through providing for basic needs like food, shelter, utilities and essential services. The NMCC Foundation also provides family support, help with financial/insurance issues, legal counseling, cancer support groups and survivorship aid.

People Living Through Cancer

People Living Through Cancer aids people living with cancer and cancer survivors from diagnosis through long-term survivorship. Services include support services, counseling information, referrals and cancer support groups.

Sierra County Cancer Assistance

Run entirely by volunteers, the goal of Sierra County Cancer Assistance is to provide Sierra County residents with transportation to cancer appointments in Las Cruces and Albuquerque, NM. The transportation provided by Sierra County Cancer Assistance is free of charge.

Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund

The primary goal of the Vargas Memorial Children’s Cancer Fund is to purchase Christmas gifts for all University of New Mexico Hospital children’s cancer clinic patients, and the organization also provides special gifts to the Ronald McDonald House and the UNMH Pediatric Oncology Program.

Do YOU know of any cancer support organizations in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Free Legal Advice in New Mexico

How can you get free legal advice when you can’t afford a lawyer? In New Mexico, many attorneys provide pro bono legal advice and legal aid without any cost to low-income citizens. These attorneys volunteer because their work helps give justice to those who otherwise would not have a voice.

Legal assistance for domestic violence, medical bills and housing rights are just some of the areas in which these attorneys work. One of the advantages of obtaining help from a volunteer attorney is that the attorney can also help connect those in need with temporary housing, domestic violence shelters and food banks.

FREE Legal Advice in New Mexico

Below is a list of free legal services in New Mexico, including legal aid, pro bono work, hotlines and more.

Dna People’s Legal Services

As a nonprofit organization, Dna People’s Legal Services provides free legal assistance, advice and representation in U.S. and tribal courts.

Family Legal Assistance Group

Family Legal Assistance Group assists low-income New Mexicans with civil matters, domestic matters and small claims. Domestic violence, housing and shelter and landlord/tenant law are some of the areas in which the New Mexico Family Legal Assistance Group help their clients.

Homeless Legal Clinic

Every Tuesday in Santa Fe, volunteer attorneys provide legal information and advice at the Homeless Legal Clinic at St. Elizabeth Shelter. At the clinic, volunteer attorneys can refer to low income and pro bono legal services in New Mexico.

Legal Aid Hotline

Hosted by New Mexico Legal Aid, the Legal Aid Hotline is for those experiencing domestic violence in their homes. There is a hotline for Albuquerque, as well as a statewide hotline for free legal advice in New Mexico.

Legal Insurance & Paperwork Assistance Program (LIPA)

Run by Cancer Services of New Mexico, LIPA offers free legal advice for cancer patients in New Mexico.

New Mexico Christian Legal Aid

New Mexico Christian Legal Aid provides free legal advice to low-income New Mexicans, as well as referrals to pro bono legal services in New Mexico. The non-profit is run by Christian lawyers, law students, paralegals and legal assistants who provide legal and spiritual assistance to the homeless and impoverished in our communities.

New Mexico Legal Aid

Dedicated to equal access to justice for all disenfranchised and low-income people and communities in the state, New Mexico Legal Aid provides outreach, training and representation through programs like its Family Advocacy Center (FAC). FAC is staffed by one attorney and one paralegal who work on domestic violence cases. New Mexico Legal Aid is a leader in coordinating pro bono attorney services in New Mexico.

Pegasus Legal Services for Children

As a private non-profit agency, Pegasus Legal Services provides civil legal services to children, youth and their caregivers in the 7th Judicial District (Torrance, Soorro, Sierra and Catron Counties). Guardian ad Litem and youth attorneys represent children and youth in foster care up to age 17. See Pegasus Legal Services in our New Mexico Resource Directory to learn more about the programs offered.

Veteran Legal Assistance

The New Mexico Bar Association Young Lawyers Section offers a free legal clinic for Veterans in New Mexico. The group offers general legal assistance for veterans as well as Veterans’ Benefits Assistance.

Do YOU know of another organization providing free legal assistance in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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Summer Reading Programs in New Mexico

Libraries across New Mexico are gearing up their summer reading programs in an effort to stop the “summer slide” or the tendency for children to lose the gains that they made during the previous school year.

“Statistics show that for kids who don’t read over the summer, it takes about three to as many as six months to catch up when they start school,” Dave Florez, teen services coordinator for Farmington Public Library, said.

Summer Slide Statistics:

  • 66% of teachers spend three to four weeks re-teaching course material at the beginning of the year.
  • 24% reteach last year’s material for five to six weeks, according to a survey by the National Summer Learning Association.
  • Low income students are most affected by the summer slide, losing more than 2 months in reading achievement over summer vacation, according to a study by Johns Hopkins University.
  • All students, regardless of income level, lost 2 months in match achievement over the summer, according to the study.

The good news: studies show summer reading programs to be effective at preventing the summer slide. For example, a study of low-income students by the University of California-Irvine showed that students enrolled in a voluntary summer reading program scored better on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills compared to students who did not receive summer reading intervention.

Reading is just one of the ways children and teens can avoid the summer slide. Farmington Public Library hosts Technology Tuesdays for teens, where students can experiment with robotics and even a 3D printer. Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library’s summer reading program also includes concerts, arts and crafts and technology.

FREE Family Passes to Museums & More!

Public libraries throughout the state are offering free Family Passes to NM museums and historic sites. Borrow the pass like any library material for up to one week and get free admission for up to 6 people at any of the Department of Cultural Affairs' museums and historic sites. See the list here.

Summer Reading Programs in New Mexico

Here are a few summer reading programs in New Mexico:

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library

ABC Library’s Summer Reading kicks off on June 4 at the South Broadway Library. Everyone is invited to register for the free 6-week program for children, tweens, teens and adults.

Farmington Public Library

Children teens and adults can register for Farmington Public Library’s summer reading program online. At the end of the summer, participants can join the Carnivale Blast celebration.

Capitan Public Library

Designed for children aged 5-12, the summer reading program at Capital Library meets every Monday during June and July. To register, call (575) 354-3035.

New Mexico Public Education Department

This is the fourth year for the New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge, which is open to students 5 to 12 years old. One reader and three family members will win an all expense trip to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida, and two readers will win a balloon trip with Gov. Susana Martinez at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Know of any other summer reading programs in New Mexico? Let us know in the comments!

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