PB&J Family Services receives
PB&J Family Services, a child-abuse prevention program, has
received a $99,984 grant from the Daniels Fund for its therapeutic
preschools in Albuquerque and in Bernalillo.
The preschools serve children from birth to five years old, and
their families, in an intensive interactive parenting program that
helps parents learn the skills they need to provide safe, and loving,
homes for their children. The schools also provide a stimulating
developmental program for the children. A parent must attend the
preschool with a child.
“The grant will enable PB&J to revamp and update the
preschool curriculum, enhance service to families, and implement
an evaluation project,” Angie Vachio, executive director of
Peanut Butter & Jelly Therapeutic Preschool began operating
in 1972, in Albuquerque's South Valley. During the past year, the
preschools served more than 560 children and parents. The program
serves primarily low-income children from families challenged by
mental illness, developmental disabilities, incarceration, substance
abuse, and domestic violence. Approximately 15 percent of the children
are in foster care, having been removed from their homes because
of abuse or neglect.
PB&J is the 2005 nonprofit recipient of the Samaritan Ethics
Meals on Wheels takes innovative turn
Albuquerque Meals on Wheels is taking an innovative approach to
providing “special diet” frozen meals and pantry boxes
to rural and isolated areas. Currently Meals on Wheels is the only
provider of hot or frozen special-diet meals (heart healthy, diabetic,
high protein) outside institutions such as hospitals. Meals on Wheels
collaborates with the Roadrunner Food Bank and the New Mexico Association
of Food Banks to distribute pantry-box meals throughout the state.
Through a 2005 Palmer Fund grant that resulted from a Medicaid
settlement filed by John Palmer and AARP and litigated by the Senior
Services Law Firm, in Albuquerque, funding was made available for
medical-diet frozen meals and pantry boxes for Medicaid-eligible
and other low-income seniors in rural and outlying areas of Torrance,
Valencia, Sandoval, and Bernalillo counties.
This special-diet hunger-relief program has potential for broad
impact on homebound individuals who are frail elderly disabled,
or may even be critically ill. The frozen and pantry-box meals to
be made available can impact overall health and quality of life,
enabling seniors to stay in the safety of their homes and out of
expensive long-term care.
Call (505) 823-8070 for more information.