• Bob’s Fairwell Letter

  • Vol. 15, Issue 1 – January – February – 2017

  • Blanket Drive

    Carlos Briseno, the Youth Minister at St. Albert the Great Newman Center, is pictured with Clothing Room Volunteer Ronnie Sambrano.

    The Youth Group at St. Albert conducted a blanket drive, and delivered much needed warmth to those in need.

  • NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Group

    On December 8th, representatives from the NMSU Animal and Range Sciences Group dropped off a $50 donation and many large boxes of toiletries and clothing.

    About 400 students and faculty donated to this cause.

    Pictured L-R is Allison Salazar, Group Leader, and Bailey Bonfantini, Undergraduate Research Assistant.

    But for contributions like these the Mission could not serve the most vulnerable in our community.

    Thank you, Animal and Range Sciences Group!

  • Catholic Charities Help

    On December 8th, Paulina Rodriguez, from Catholic Charities, donated gift bags containing feminine hygiene products.

    Pictured are L-R, Randy Smith, Shelter Director and Missy Strickland, Women’s Supervisor.

  • Architecture Students Build Bridges

    On 8 December the DACC American Institute of Architecture Students delivered clothing and canned food they had collected for the Mission.

    Pictured here L-R are: Jesus Duran, vice president; and Marco Ramirez, president.

    The Mission always needs canned food, but cold weather clothing is in high demand this time of year because we distribute coats and blankets to every one passing through.

    Thank you future architects. We like the bridges you’re already building.

  • Memorial Garden, 2.0

    For years we’ve need to fix up our Memorial Garden. The area commemorates the long and faithful service of Terrance Puckett’s whose remains are interred here.

    Terry served as our Shelter Director until his death on 1 March 2001. Pictured here is Greg Whaley, who managed the effort.

    Next step will be to replace the benches. Thank you Greg!

  • Republican Women of Mesilla Valley

    On 7 December, Linda Dowless, Vice President of the Republican Women of Mesilla Valley stopped by the Mission to present two checks to Bob Jeska.

    Those contributions will support of women and children at the Mission.

  • Blankets, Blankets, Blankets

    Elena Hutchinson collected 34 blankets and brought them to the Mission on 30 November. Elena attends NMSU, majoring in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.

    She’s pictured on the left with Tara Blyler, Front Desk Manager. This is the time of the year when the Shelter provides every resident continuing their travel leaves with at least a coat or a blanket.

    Thank you Elena!

  • Thanksgiving at the Mission

    As with every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days, Mission cooks and volunteers prepare, serve and deliver hundreds of holiday meals for the City’s Meals on Wheels program.

    Pictured here is board member, Ulli Dunn preparing the turkey.

    About 75 volunteers line up in the dining facility to deliver hot meals to shut ins around the County.

    About a dozen other volunteers stage the meals for pick up and delivery. All together, the Mission served almost 500 Thanksgiving meals to shut ins, the working poor and homeless in the community.