ABRAZOS’ NEWS…..

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.

A commitment to helping families.

Abrazos Family Support Services provides a variety of specialized educational, health, developmental and parent support services that help families to meet the special needs of their infants, children, and adult family members with disabilities.

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