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Storehouse West needs help in hard times

Carol A. Nesbitt, executive director of Storehouse West, is asking for support.

 Despite reports of low unemployment, New Mexico is as badly off as ever. Client numbers increase weekly and the shelves are rapidly emptying.

Donations of the items in the following list are the most necessary but anything is welcome: canned vegetables of all kinds, canned fruit, tuna fish, canned meats and stews, chili and refried beans, pork and beans, tomato sauce, chicken-noodle soup.

Storehouse West will be grateful for any food donations and any monetary donations marked “food.” If you need to have items picked up, call 934-8482.

 

Meetings educate women on how to deal with change and misfortune

Women’s class on searching for work

The Displaced Homemakers Program of the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is offering the popular class Effective Work Search Skills in Albuquerque. This class is targeted to women who have been out of the job market for a number of years or who need to improve their skills in looking for work.

The class will cover how to define skills, write an effective resume, tap into the hidden job market, and prepare for today’s interviewing process.

The class will be held the first Wednesday of every month. The next class will be held on Wednesday, September 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Barelas Community Center at 801 Barelas Road SW in Albuquerque. Contact Lorraine Bantista at 841-8920 for additional information and registration.

If you have a disability and require specific assistance to participate in a meeting, please contact the Commission at (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168 at least two weeks before the meeting. TTY/TDD users, please call NM Relay at 1-800-659-8331.

 

Women’s classes on dealing with divorce

The NM Commission on the Status of Women, Displaced Homemakers/Women in Transition Program, is offering a class on Women in Transition: Divorce, Money and Power. These classes address divorce in New Mexico, budgeting and credit, money and control, insurance, taxes, education funding, and retirement and investment planning.

Classes will begin Tuesday, September 7, 2004, running from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and will meet every Tuesday evening through September 28 at the commission office, 4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 300. Contact Lorraine Bantista for additional information and registration at 841-8920.

If you have a disability and require specific assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Commission at (505) 841-8920 or 1-800-432-9168 at least two weeks before the meeting. TTY/TDD users, please call NM Relay at 1-800-659-8331.

 

Relay for Life raises 9K for ACS

Elaine Sullivan
Optimists de Sandoval

Optimists de Sandoval participated in the Relay for Life in Bernalillo on August 13 and 14. The chairman of the event was Jeanette Perez, and approximately $9,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. We at Optimists de Sandoval are proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause. We hope even more citizens of our community will participate when the event returns next year.

 

Train as an advocate for children in county courts

Sandoval County Court Appointed Special Advocates are holding a training class on September 9-11.

The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, Sandoval County Casa, is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization committed to serving abused and neglected children. CASA represents the voices of these children in the Sandoval County court system and advocates for their best interests in the judicial, educational, medical, and social-service communities.

CASA volunteers visit with court-assigned children, their parents, foster parents, teachers, social workers, therapists, and court personnel. Additional hours are spent writing court reports and providing recommendations to the court to ensure that the children have a safe and permanent home.

This is an opportunity to work directly with children and families and to work within the child-welfare professional community. Volunteers are professionally trained and supervised; they must be at least twenty-one years old, pass a criminal-background check, and complete a thirty-hour training program. An application and interview are required before training.

Call 720-7030, or e-mail djclink1@msn.com for more information.

 

 

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