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Needed: Letters for long-term care residents

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Aging & Long-Term Services asks letter writers to help spread cheer

As COVID cases across the nation surge, New Mexico’s Aging and Long-Term Services Department is asking the community to help rekindle the holiday spirit within the state’s 300+ Long Term Care facilities. LTCs are comprised of Assisted Living Facilities...

Dept. of Veterans Services launches Operation Holiday Cheer

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Give a card to residents, STAFF, or state veterans home

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — The New Mexico Department of Veterans Services is asking New Mexicans to help it launch “Operation Holiday Cheer” to bring season’s greetings to residents and staff of the New Mexico State Veterans Home.

To take part in this first-ever operation, DVS is asking New Mexicans to send holiday cards to the home, which will be evenly distributed among residents and staff.

The cards need only be addressed with “Dear Veteran,” and contain a short message of appreciation for the military service of the veteran. Cards for staff can be addressed, “Frontline Hero”, or another term of endearment...

Domestic violence shelter on track to make facility improvements

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The McKinley County Domestic Violence Shelter for Battered Families received a much-needed financial boost to make improvements to its facilities, which have not had any substantial upgrades in many years.

On Dec. 8, county commissioners approved the ability to administrate $90,000 in funds made possible by the Legislature earlier this year. Since Battered Families is a nonprofit organization, its executive director, Emily Ellison, said it needed a government agency to act as a fiscal agent so that it could utilize the money. A motion by the commission on the matter was approved unanimously.

“Battered Families is an incredible organization. It’s done some good work and I hope that...

WellSpring Recovery Center welcomes new director

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Dr. Teresa Meehan has joined Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services as director of WellSpring Recovery Center.

Dr. Meehan has over 25 years of experience in education and in the helping professions. She has a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico and is a tenured Associate Professor of Linguistics and Psychology at New Mexico State University-Grants. Her far-reaching experience includes 12 years at Cibola General Hospital as a social service provider, providing crisis intervention services in the emergency department and providing case management services in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Most recently, Meehan served as a consultant to organizations pursuing...

Girl Scout Troop 10253 Receives Silver Award

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Aloni Herra and Violet DayChief, members of Gallup’s local Girl Scout Troop, received the Silver Award, the second highest award given by Girl Scouts of America for a special project to benefit pediatric patients. With the help of pediatrician, Dr. Michelle Stam-MacLaren, the girls created “Book Bags” for children who are admitted to the hospital and for their siblings. The bags contain reading books, coloring books, bookmarks and crayons. Due to COVID-19, Aloni and Violet have not been able to place the bags in the hospital. However, as soon as they get clearance, the girls will bring the bags to the Medical Surgical/Pediatrics Unit in the hospital for young patients at RMCHCS...

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