ABRAZOS’ NEWS…..

September 27, 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 31, 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 21, 2019       Washington Federal Supports Autism After-School Program

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 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.

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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