July 19, 2019 Rio Rancho Community Foundation Supports Autism Recreational Respite Program
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 24, 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.