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Envision Santa Fe is a coalition of faith-based communities and social services agencies working to provide homeless families with the support they need to become stable and sustainable. Each member of our selected families receives a mentor. Volunteer mentors work with our families for two years to help them transition into permanent housing, access community resources, and acquire skills to ensure sustainability. We also need volunteers to assist with tasks such as tutoring, budgeting advice and nutritional consultation. Members of Temple Beth Shalom envisioned the project which is now a part of the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe. For information, go to the Envision Santa Fe site.
The Santa Fe Resource and Opportunity Center (SF ROC) brings together, for the first time in Santa Fe, shelter and services for homeless and at risk individuals and families in order to help them rejoin society. Housed in the former Pete’s Pets, home to the Interfaith Community Shelter Group the past two winters, SFROC will offer seasonal shelter for the homeless, housing and employment assistance, drug and other addiction counseling, healthcare, and a variety of other services, including help with enrollment in the Santa Fe Public Schools. The City of Santa Fe has provided the building and funded much of the necessary renovation, but SFROC needs help to complete the project.
Members of TBS volunteer at the Shelter during Christmas and Easter weeks. TBS teams cook wholesome food at home and serve it to the homeless at the shelter. We will be serving dinners and working at the Shelter each night (5:30-8:30 pm) during Christmas Week. Let Rebecca Baran-Rees (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are interested and which night you’d like to serve. You’ll have a good time, perform a mitzvah and make 50-60 homeless people happy with a warm, wholesome, home-cooked meal.
This year, TBS distributed 60 Thanksgiving baskets to the families of children enrolled in the Adelante! program for homeless children attending Santa Fe Public Schools and Youth Shelters. Each “basket” included the makings of a tasty and attractive Thanksgiving meal. A $20 gift card from Smith’s or Albertson’s was also included to cover the purchase of a turkey. Missed it this year? Help out next year! Just call the TBS office (505-982-1376) for information.
For many years TBS has linked congregants with Santa Fe Public Schools to provide tutors, readers and other volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Baran-Rees (email@example.com) about volunteer opportunities.