Peer counselors sought for Sandoval
County senior program
—DEBBIE TRUJILLO, OUTCOMES, INC.
Peer counselors for the elderly make a big difference.
If your heart calls you to help other elders, join in a transformative
process yourself, and make new friends, then Sandoval Senior Connection
may be the program for you. Our service area is Sandoval County,
and we look for seniors ages fifty-five and older to visit with
others their same age. We begin another twenty-one-hour training
session this fall, starting October 23 and ending November 15. Training
sessions are held at different sites in Sandoval County on Tuesdays
and Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Volunteer peer counselors are usually assigned one client to visit
on a weekly basis. We address issues including stress, depression,
loneliness, health problems, and lifestyle changes.
With certificate in hand, time to spare, and care for the elders
in your heart, you can join our quality and fun team. Volunteers
may also serve in other capacities: speaking at senior centers,
leading a storytelling group, or assisting with administrative tasks.
We ask for a commitment of two to three hours per week after graduation.
An informational luncheon for prospective volunteers will be held
October 18 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the PNM community room in
Bernalillo. Please call Cindy Anderson or Debbie Trujillo at 243-2551
for more information on the training, the program, or to register
for the luncheon.
$2.5 million in funds to protect Native women
New Mexico’s Indian communities will receive more than $2.5
million to stop violence against women and address the needs of
victims. The funds will go to six tribes and tribal organizations.
The funding comes from three federal programs: the Grants to Indian
Tribal Governments Program (Tribal Governments Program), the Grants
to Support Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions
Grant Program (Tribal Coalitions Program), and the Grants to State
Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalitions Program. Reauthorized
by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2005, the Tribal Governments
Program is designed to help Indian tribes stop crimes against women,
punish those who commit them, and provide services to victims.
Santa Clara and San Felipe Pueblos will each receive $400,000 grants.
Zuni Pueblo will receive $550,000. The tribes will use the funds
to hire and train staff to investigate crimes against women and
work with victims. Zuni will partner with the New Beginning Shelter
to preserve and expand services to battered women and other crime
victims. Last year, San Felipe used a similar grant to provide services
to nineteen women and fifty children who were victims of domestic
and sexual violence.
The New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc., (NMCSAP)
and the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women (CSVANW)
will receive grants for $83,045 and $400,000, respectively. The
coalitions will collaborate with tribal governments to provide technical
assistance, spread knowledge of best practices from around the state,
and coordinate the efforts of different groups working to address
violence against women. The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos, Inc.,
(ENIP)—a consortium representing Taos, Picuris, Ohkay Owingeh,
Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Nambe, Pojoaque, and Tesuque Pueblos—will
receive $675,000. ENIP will hire and train staff to provide services
to victims of sexual assault and coordinate an annual law enforcement
conference on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating
Tips for the aging eye
The New Mexico Ophthalmological Society, in partnership with EyeCare
America, a national nonprofit organization that provides eye exams
and eye health information to medically underserved communities,
is providing five tips for a healthy aging eye:
1. Vitamin A is great for your eyes and will help you maintain
healthy vision. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, yams, and
dark, leafy greens.
2. Find out your family history of eye disease. In many cases,
having a family member with an eye disease, such as glaucoma, greatly
increases your chance of getting the disease.
3. Protect your eyes from the sun. Over-exposure to the sun’s
rays can lead to cataracts. Your sunglasses should have UVA and
4. If you are over sixty-five years of age, have your eyes examined
5. Call EyeCare America’s Seniors EyeCare Program at 1-800-222-EYES
(3937) to see if you qualify for a free eye exam.
The New Mexico Ophthalmological Society encourages people to call
the EyeCare America Seniors EyeCare Program. This program offers
eye exams and up to one year of medical care at no out-of-pocket
cost for seniors who are without an ophthalmologist (a medical eye
doctor). To see if you, a loved one, or a friend aged sixty-five
or older is eligible to receive a referral for an eye exam and care,
call 1-800-222-EYES (3937). The Seniors EyeCare Program help line
operates twenty-four hours a day, every day, year-round.
For more information, visit EyeCare America’s website at