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May 2023 Better Hearing and Speech Month
Abrazos provides speech language and hearing loss therapies through our Early Intervention program. Our Speech Language Pathologists are American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified and licensed by the state of New Mexico. Do you have concerns about your child’s speech or hearing? Reach out to schedule an evaluation by our experienced team!
April 2023 Family Friendly Business Recognition
Abrazos has once again been recognized as a Family Friendly New Mexico Business – for the 7th year in a row! As a Platinum award recipient, Abrazos is honored at the highest level for going above and beyond family friendly policies. From the FFNM website, “We have added the Platinum level award to recognize Gold awardees who offer additional workplace policies in the areas of Pay Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and Community Investment.”
March 2023 Medicaid Renewal Changes
Are you or a loved one a Medicaid recipient? The renewal process has changed – and we want to make sure you’re aware! Please refer to the Medicaid Renewal Checklist above to ensure your coverage is not interrupted. Visit yes.state.nm.us to update your contact information and get started on the process.
February 2023 Children’s Books Grant
A warm Abrazos thank you to our friends at Rio Rancho Friends of Libraries and Literacy for granting our request to fund the purchase of board books which will be given to families and their little ones in our Early Intervention Program. Thank you, FOLRR!
August 2022 Outdoor Table and Chairs Donation
Albertsons Market in Enchanted Hills donated an outdoor table and chairs to Abrazos’ universally accessible campus project. This set will be greatly appreciated by the children and their families when they are on our campus. Thanks, Albertsons!
July 2022 Academic Success Support Received
Sandia National Laboratories awarded Abrazos $7,500 to purchase computer laptops for our autism therapy program. Abrazos is proud to partner with Sandia National Labs in working to improve the academic success of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
May 2022 Outdoor Therapy Area Support
The Rio Rancho Community Foundation awarded Abrazos $2,500 designated for the new outdoor therapy area. The Community Foundation is able to provide grant awards from the proceeds raised at the annual Mayor’s Gala in September.
May 2022 Outdoor Therapy Area Support
Abrazos is proud to be one of the recipients of the Del Norte LOV Foundation’s spring grant cycle. The $2,500 grant award is dedicated to the costs to build our new outdoor therapy area. This area provides an additional space to deliver our specialized services for at-risk children with developmental disabilities and delays.
March 2022 Autism Curriculum Books Received
The Friends of Libraries and Literacy awarded Abrazos’ $800 to purchase autism curriculum books for the new ABA Therapy Program. This organization operates a used book store in Rio Rancho and uses the proceeds to support non-profits that work with children to enhance their reading skills.
January 2022 Nusenda Credit Union Supports Economic Opportunities
Abrazos was proud to receive $5,000 from Nusenda Credit Union’s Community Rewards program to advance economic opportunities in the local area. These funds will support the behavior technician skills-based training program at Abrazos.
January 2022 Anderson Charitable Foundation Year-end Grant Received
Abrazos was honored to have received $10,000 from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation in recognition of Abrazos’ Executive Director, April Spaulding, participation in their Cohert Leadership program.
December 2021 Abrazos Opens Doors to New Building
April Spaulding, Executive Director, and members of Abrazos’ Board of Directors cut the ribbon on December 4, 2021 to officially open the doors to the new 5,000 sq ft building that now houses the new autism therapy program. This building cost over $1.6 million and was made possible because of the support received from many generous businesses, foundations, and individuals.
December 2021 Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico Supports Outdoor Therapy
Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico recently supported the creation of Abrazos’ new outdoor therapy and education space by providing $5,000 to support the costs of this area.
December 2021 PNM Provides LED Lighting
The Reduce Your Use grant program of PNM Foundation awarded Abrazos $5,000 for the purchase of LED lighting in our new building.
December 2021 Civitans Provide Therapy Swings
The City of Vision Civitan Club raised $2,500 for Abrazos to purchase a sensory frame and three swings. This equipment will be used at the new outdoor therapy area on Abrazos’ campus.
November 2021 Sandoval County Improves COVID Mitigation
Abrazos received a $67,585 grant check from Sandoval County’s American Rescue Plan Act program. Abrazos qualified for funding based on expenses incurred for COVID mitigation redesign efforts. Pictured are Katherine Bruch, County Commissioner (District 1), April Spaulding, Executive Director of Abrazos, and Dora Dominguez, Economic Development Director for Sandoval County.
November 2021 Albertsons Market Supports ABA
Abrazos is proud to welcome Albertsons Market as a new partner in supporting our efforts to improve the lives of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Albertsons Market awarded Abrazos with a $1,000 grant for the construction of our new building that will house the ABA Therapy Program.
October 2021 Rio Rancho Rotary Foundation Supports Outdoor Therapy Area
The Rio Rancho Rotary Foundation provided Abrazos with a $2,000 check in support of creating a new outdoor education and therapy space on Abrazos’ campus. Thank you, Rio Rancho Rotary Foundation for your continued support of our programs!
October 2021 Sandia Foundation Supports Education
Abrazos is honored to have been selected as a grant recipient in October 2021. We received $10,000 to support our new outdoor education and therapy area. Thank you, Sandia Foundation!
October 2021 Abrazos is Family Friendly
For the 6th year in a row Abrazos has been recognized as a business leader in implementing family friendly workplace policies. These policies include: paid leave, health insurance, flexible work schedules, pay equity, diversity and inclusion.
September 2021 Abrazos 3-year Strategic Plan
The Board of Directors and management team convened in August to develop the 2021-2024 Strategic Plan. To read this plan please click on: Strategic Plan
September 2021 Hancock Family Continues Support
For the second year in a row, the Hancock Family Foundation, has granted Abrazos $2,000 designated for our new outdoor therapy and education space. This support is greatly appreciated in helping us provide a COVID safe environment for our clients.
August 2021 Friends of Libraries and Literacy
The Friends of Libraries and Literacy recently presented Abrazos with a $1,184 grant for the purchase of new books to use for our Early Intervention Program and Autism Program.
August 2021 PNM Supports Education Programs
Abrazos was a proud recipient of PNM’s back to school funding program by receiving $2,500 to support Abrazos’ educational programs.
July 2021 del Norte Credit Union Assists Abrazos
It was a privilege to be one of two non-profits to be selected by del Norte Credit Union to receive a $1,250 donation in honor of their first location in Rio Rancho (3634 Rio Rancho Blvd NE).
July 2021 SNL Supports Outdoor Education
Sandia National Laboratories generously granted Abrazos $7,500 for the creation of a new outdoor education/therapy space on Abrazos’ campus. This area will be available for as an additional method of delivering our specialized services.
July 2021 Bradbury Stamm Promotes New Jobs
Abrazos is thrilled to be a proud recipient of the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Economic & Workforce Development Grant Program receiving $10,000 from Bradbury Stamm Construction’s Giving Program. This funding is dedicated to the ABA Therapy Program in which we will be hiring and training many new employees to become certified Behavior Technicians.
March 2021 Anderson Foundation Match Received
Individual supporters made it possible for Abrazos to achieve the challenge goal of $20,000 and received the full match from the Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation in March. This capacity building funding is dedicated to the construction of the new building on Abrazos’ campus.
March 2021 Intel Supports New Building
Abrazos greatly appreciates Intel’s $5,000 contribution to the new building being constructed on Abrazos’ campus. This new building with house the new autism therapy program and is anticipated to be completed by September 2021.
February 2021 PNM Supports Their Communities
PNM Resources Foundation provided Abrazos with a $10,000 Strategic Grant to support our mission of providing specialized services to infants through adults with developmental disabilities and delays. We greatly appreciate PNM’s continued community support!
November 2020 Abrazos’ Largest Grant Received
A large national corporate foundation recently awarded Abrazos $200,000 to be used for the construction costs of a new building on Abrazos campus located in Bernalillo, NM. This new building will house the ABA Therapy Program, and will provide much needed staff space for current and future program needs. This foundation wishes to remain un-named, but Abrazos GREATLY appreciates this support!
September 2020 Reduce Your Use Grant Received
PNM awarded Abrazos $5,000 to replace the cooling system in its Early Intervention building. The grant will provide a much more efficient system and a much more comfortable work environment for the staff. Thanks PNM!
July 20, 2020 Economic Stability Grant Received
Abrazos received $10,000 from Sandia National Laboratories in support of providing family stability through our economic development program in which Abrazos will be providing 25 new skills-trained jobs in the town of Bernalillo.
July 2020 Hancock Family Support Received
The Hancock Family Foundation consisting of Charles (Chick) Hancock, Lynn Springer, Jane Hancock, Emily Hancock Lisignoli, Christina Stoll, and Jessie Brown awarded $2,000 for Abrazos’ new ABA Therapy Program.
July 2020 Grant for Autism Program
Abrazos is honored to have received funding from the Sandia Foundation for two years in a row for our soon-to-be offered autism program called Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. The Sandia Foundation generously provided $10,000 for this program.
June 2020 United Way Supports Early Intervention
Abrazos, along with the three other members of the B4-3 Network, LifeROOTS, Alta Mira, and NAPPR, received the highest grant award this year from United Way of Central New Mexico for the collaborative efforts of providing early childhood services to families whose infants/toddlers have developmental disabilities/delays and are at risk for adverse childhood experiences in the counties of Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Torrance. B4-3 is an acronym for before the age of three.
June 2020 Preschool Readiness Grant
A long-standing tradition of supporting early education programs, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation recently provided $3,500 to Abrazos’ Preschool Readiness Program. This program is designed for children with a developmental disability or delay to become better prepared for starting school.
June 2020 PPE Grant Received
The Rio Rancho Rotary Foundation provided Abrazos $2,000 to be used to purchase PPE scrubs for staff to use when doing in-home client appointments.
June 2020 COVID Grant Received
The All Together New Mexico Program, a combined initiative of many foundations throughout New Mexico awarded Abrazos $3,995 to support increased expenses incurred to continue communications with clients.
May 2020 COVID Grant Received
A joint effort of the United Way of Central New Mexico and the Albuquerque Community Foundation awarded Abrazos $3,955 to be used for increased client communication expenses incurred due to COVID-19.
May 20, 2020 Telehealth Grant Received
The New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group, Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded $5,000 to Abrazos to support telehealth services during COVID-19 for Early Intervention Program.
January 30, 2020 Grant from New Mexico Gas Company
Abrazos was thrilled to receive a $10,000 grant check from New Mexico Gas Company to be used for the start-up costs of Abrazos’ ABA Therapy Program. This autism therapy program will be hiring, providing skills-based training, and certifying 24 full-time individuals as behavior technicians in its first year of operating.
November, 2019 Abrazos Receives Statewide Recognition
For the 4th year in a row, Abrazos was recently recognized for being a Family Friendly Business and was one of only 13 other businesses in the state of NM to attain the highest level, Platinum. Abrazos strives to provide a healthy balance between work life and home life for its employees by providing family friendly policies.
November 2019 United Way Recognition
Katie Shaw an Megan Hare of the United Way of Central New Mexico attended Abrazos’ November Staff Meeting to thank the employees for 100% participation in the United Way 2020 campaign.
September 2019 Sandia Foundation Supports New Autism Program
Abrazos was awarded $10,000 from the Sandia Foundation’s Hugh and Helen Woodward Fund of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. This funding support was awarded to Abrazos for the new ABA Treatment Therapy Program. The Sandia Foundation supports Abrazos’s efforts to improve outcomes in education and quality of lives of children with autism.
August 2019 PNM Supports New ABA Therapy
The PNM Fund, a division of PNM Resources Foundation, awarded Abrazos $10,000 in support of start-up costs for the new ABA Therapy Program. This new therapy is known as the leading and most successful treatment therapy for individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Abrazos will be hiring 25 new employees in the first year of the program to train and certify as behavioral technicians.
August 2019 Washington Federal Supports Abrazos
Washington Federal Foundation recently awarded $500 in program support for Abrazos’ Autism After-School Program. This program offers middle schools students in Rio Rancho the opportunity to go on cultural and educational field trips throughout the school year.
July 2019 Rio Rancho Community Foundation Supports Recreational Respite
The Rio Rancho Community Foundation awarded Abrazos $2,500 in funding to be used for the Autism Recreational Respite program. This program offers children 4-21 years of age the opportunity to participate in physical activities like swimming, bowling, and jumping at trampoline parks.
May 2019 United Way Supports Collaborative Efforts for Infant/Toddler Services
Abrazos, along with the three other members of the B4-3 Network, LifeROOTS, Alta Mira, and NAPPR, received $180,000 in funding from United Way of Central New Mexico for our collaborative efforts of providing early childhood services to families whose infants/toddlers have developmental disabilities/delays and are at risk for adverse childhood experiences in the counties of Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, and Torrance. B4-3 is an acronym for before the age of three.
“This funding will allow us to provide additional case management services for the families who we serve that need more support and resources,” stated April Spaulding, Abrazos’ Executive Director. “We are thrilled United Way’s Mission Families initiative is being used directly in the community to support New Mexican families.”
The collaboration between the four organizations was established in 2012 in an effort to coordinate early intervention services in the four counties of central New Mexico. Since that time marked improvements in quality and quantity of our services has benefited the families we serve whose children have developmental delays and disabilities.
May 10, 2019 Wells Fargo Support Received
Wells Fargo and their Albuquerque Corporate Philanthropy Team recently provided $2,500 in funding for Abrazos’ Autism After-School Program. Their support will provide students at Lincoln Middle School in Rio Rancho the opportunity to go on cultural field trips in the 2019-20 school year.
Wells Fargo’s Arts and Culture Giving Priority focuses on the importance of artistic and cultural programs for children. Experiencing and participating in artistic, cultural, and enrichment programs for all children is extremely important to developing skills necessary for becoming productive adults. Exposure to arts and culture stimulates creativity, improves motor skills, and improves academic performance.
THANK YOU WELLS FARGO!
May 1, 2019 Support Received for Therapy Supplies
Clothes Helping Kids, Inc. recently granted Abrazos funding to purchase therapy supplies for children who need special spoons, cups, oral motor stimulation tools, picture books, weighted vests, etc. Although many of these therapy materials are small, they are expensive. State funding does not cover the cost of therapy materials.
“We will continue to seek grant funding so that we may provide these needed therapy materials to children and their families in our program,” stated Randi Malach, FIT Program Director.
Thank you so much, Clothes Helping Kids!
April 17, 2019 Anderson Foundation Support
The Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation (The Anderson Foundation) recently provided funding to Abrazos for the addition of a developmental specialist to more effectively serve the needs of infants – adults diagnosed with a developmental delay or disabilities in Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.
The Anderson Foundation, located in Austin, Texas, supports non-profits in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma that provide services for low-income and vulnerable populations focusing on: programs that provide basic and essential needs of children and youth, programs that improve or enhance the quality of life for seniors, and programs that improve or enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Thank you, Anderson Foundation, for supporting Abrazos!
March 1, 2019 Program Support Received
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico‘s signature grant program, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families, recently awarded $15,000 in grant funding to two of Abrazos’ programs, the Recreational Respite Program and the Toddler Movement Program.
The Recreational Respite Program is available to youth diagnosed with Autism and is designed to improve motor skills, muscle tone, and muscle strength through physical activities. The Toddler Movement Program focuses on young children that are walking but could improve their movement skills through building their muscle strength and coordination.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is part of BCBSNM’s commitment to help children and their families to get healthy and stay healthy through programs in the community that help children to improve their overall well-being and teach their parents ways to help their children to be more physically active and healthy.
For information on either of these Abrazos’ programs feel free to call 505-867-3396.