For several years, now, Mission ABQ has been partnering to provide services to the residents Vista Grande Apartments. In addition to weekly food distribution, we have provided regular guidance for members of the community looking for various social services, including drug & alcohol recovery, counseling services, access to affordable day care, assistance with infant and children’s supplies through heartbeat connection and Grace Thrift Store, and many other daily needs. Also, we have hosted periodic events such as a Harvest Festival, a community Thanksgiving Dinner, a Christmas gift and supply distribution with a community Christmas party, busing to a Free Spring Break Day Camp, and an afternoon summer children’s program.
While we have accomplished a lot in a few short years, we are only just beginning. Our dream is to bring courses offered by our Mission Training Center, such as our Community and Gardening courses to this community. Additionally, we hope to have a full-time program representative in the office on-site as well as counseling services. We are working on plans for funding and staffing to expand our existing partnership.