Nonprofits Affected by COVID Share a $ 1M Metropolis Scholarship »Albuquerque Journal

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Storehouse New Mexico can continue to buy groceries for newly unemployed customers. Enlace Comunitario can continue to provide rental support to victims of domestic violence. The Albuquerque Indian Center offers takeaway breakfast and lunch and postal services to homeless Indians.

That’s because these nonprofits are among the 44, including some government agencies, to receive a portion of the $ 1 million Coronavirus Community Support and Recovery Fund recently approved by Albuquerque City Councils. Awards range from $ 5,000 to $ 50,000.

Funding is being provided “because of the increasing need for services these organizations and government agencies provide and the difficulty of serving the same clientele they served prior to the COVID crisis,” said Councilor Diane Gibson, who served on the oversight committee who examined 68 applications for application requests.

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A $ 15,000 award for Storehouse New Mexico will go a long way. For every $ 1 donated, five meals can be purchased, managing director Swarupa Watlington said.

“The population has changed and we are seeing more new people who have recently been unemployed, more younger people with families, and many business owners who have been unable to support their families and come into the pantry for the first time. ” She said.

The warehouse, the largest pantry in the state, typically supplies around 600 people a week. It’s an open pantry, which means customers usually walk down the aisles picking the groceries they want and filling an entire shopping cart, Watlington explained.

Because of the social distancing, customers fill out a checklist with the items they want, and pantry staff fill out the order and pack or pack the items and take them to customers in the parking lot.

“Letting people choose their own foods gives them a sense of dignity, especially during this time when they may not have a job,” Watlington said.

While the pantry has had to spend more money on bulk grocery purchases, there has also been a sharp decline in individual donations and groceries “because people are afraid to go out,” she said. That also greatly reduced the warehouse’s volunteer workforce, she said.

With $ 48,000 in prize money, Catholic charities can continue to focus on refugees and immigrants, said CEO Jim Gannon.

Most of these people “have additional cultural and language barriers and need support and assistance in getting services for them and their children,” he said.

They still need help with rent, supplies, food and health care.

While many are not eligible for things like unemployment benefits or stimulus money, they can qualify for services through various organizations, religious groups, nonprofits, and foundations, Gannon said.

The company’s ability to maintain case management helps clients identify their needs and navigate the system and records to get the support available, he said.

The Catholic charities serve approximately 17,500 people annually through services, classes, and even daycare, Gannon said. Individual donations to the organization have decreased because many of these people are now in need.

The organization also receives approximately $ 500,000 annually from parishes in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. However, with churches closed for two months and parish donations falling, Catholic charities are also affected, he said.

Enlace Comunitario provides services for victims of domestic violence and helps around 1,000 people every year with advice, legal assistance and temporary accommodation, said Executive Director Claudia Medina.

The organization already has grants to continue providing advice and legal assistance. “The grants are subject to numerous restrictions and can only be used for specific reasons,” said Medina.

That’s why the $ 25,000 city award is so important. “We know that more than ever, many of our families need help meeting basic needs – food, rent, utilities, motel vouchers, and the like,” said Medina.

“This pool of money gives us the flexibility to help families immediately with something that is more important to them than advice or legal assistance.”

It just helps them survive, she said.

Organization and recommended award:

  • 1985 (UNM Med Grp / UNM Truman Health Services): $ 40,000
  • A Light in the Night Community Outreach: $ 10,000
  • Adelante Development Center, Inc .: $ 20,000
  • Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery: $ 40,000
  • Albuquerque Indian Center, Inc: $ 20,000
  • All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center: $ 30,000
  • Anita Salas Memorial Fund: $ 20,000
  • Barela’s Community Coalition: $ 5,000
  • Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court: $ 40,000
  • Fortaleza House: $ 29,000
  • Catholic Charities: $ 48,000
  • CLNkids: $ 30,000
  • Crossbreed for women: $ 30,000
  • Domestic Violence Resource Center, Inc: $ 10,000
  • DreamSpring: $ 30,000
  • Community Liaison: $ 25,000
  • Albuquerque Family Promise: $ 6,000
  • FII National: $ 50,000
  • First Nations Community HealthSource: $ 20,000
  • Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humankind: $ 15,000
  • Greater Albuquerque Housing Partnership: $ 25,000
  • Homewise Inc: $ 25,000
  • Justice Access Support & Health Solutions: $ 50,000
  • La Mesa Presbyterian Church: $ 5,000
  • Lutheran Social Services of Colorado: $ 33,000
  • New day: $ 15,000
  • New Hope Full Gospel Baptist Church: $ 15,000
  • New Mexico Asian Family Center: $ 20,000
  • New Mexico Black Leadership Council: $ 7,000
  • New Mexico Immigrant Law Center: $ 25,000
  • Legal Aid in New Mexico: $ 27,000
  • NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice: $ 30,000
  • NMCAN: $ 15,000
  • PB&J Family Services: $ 25,000
  • Central New Mexico Rape Crisis Center: $ 5,000
  • Share Your Care, Inc .: $ 10,000
  • Southwest Research and Information Center: $ 10,000
  • New Mexico warehouse: $ 15,000
  • TenderLove Community Center: $ 45,000
  • The Savila Collaborative DBA Centro Savila: $ 15,000
  • Three Sister Kitchen: $ 10,000
  • Veterans Integration Centers: $ 20,000
  • VISION SANKOFA: $ 20,000
  • Wellness Foundation: $ 15,000
  • TOTAL: $ 1,000,000

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