“We are people who believe in people”
All people have value and despite their circumstances are worthy of dignity and respect.
When the Four Corners Foundation was established in 2010, our focus was to fund safe, welcoming emergency and transitional facilities to address San Juan County’s homeless concerns. Five years later, that original need has been met with the opening of A Path Home Campus.
Moreover, the generosity of Four Corners residents and businesses allowed the Foundation to nearly double the initial space plans. Additionally, double the number of individuals and families can now be sheltered, fed, go to school, become employed, and receive the services that support them to live healthy independent lives. Operation of the emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities is in the capable hands of PATH (People Assisting the Homeless).
Now, as the Foundation moves into its second five years, the single-project focus that launched the organization is expanding into multiple service areas. The future vision for the Foundation to become a community foundation in every sense of the term championing the needs, interests and priorities of our neighbors.
Driven by community need and the belief in people’s potential to change their lives when given an opportunity, the Four Corners Foundation collaborates with other local not-for-profit organizations to maximize positive impact in our community.
We believe in the tradition of giving and sharing for the benefit of our community. We are blessed to live in a community where generous people give for the greater good.
The Four Corners Foundation is honored to administer gifts given on behalf of a community committed to the quality of life for all people with the integrity and professionalism. When compassion, resources and commitment come together, expectations and challenges can be exceeded.
The Donor Bill of Rights was adopted by the Four Corners Foundation Board of Directors to promote full confidence in the Foundation and the causes we are asking our associates to support. (Click here for full Donor Bill of Rights)
Matthew deKay, established Mesa Family practice in Farmington in 2000. Dr. deKay’s life and chosen profession were inspired by his father’s mealtime prayer – “Let us not forget those who are less fortunate.”
While working as a volunteer to help the homeless, Dr. deKay became increasingly aware of the issues of the homeless in Farmington. In 2009 he and his wife, Jeanette made a decision to do more and established an organization whose mission is for the purpose of finding solutions to our community’s most critical social problems – the Four Corners Foundation.
Jeanette deKay, a graduate of the University of Denver, brings banking and financial experience to the Foundation’s board and its Finance Committee.
Jeanette devotes her boundless energy in support of her husband and her children. The deKays are parents to four beautiful children who are aware and proud of their parents’ involvement in the community.
Jeanette also shares her a deep commitment and passion for serving others and helping people achieve healthy, productive lives.
Dr. Robert Burns has practiced medicine in the Four Corners since 1980.
After being involved in missionary work throughout several third world countries, he felt compelled to get involved in a local community-building project.
“Even though it takes time and energy, there is a void only filled by serving and helping other people,” says Dr. Burns.
Paul Briones, a Farmington-based attorney for over 17 years, also believed more could be done to help in our community.
Paul became involved with the Four Corners Foundation through his friendship with Matt deKay and their work with Catholic Charities. “Our board is a collection of people who have heard the same call and believe they are responsible assist those who are less fortunate.”
A mutual friend introduced Dr. deKay to Bill Clark, owner of A-Plus Well Service. They soon discovered that they shared a desire to change the course of generational homelessness in the Four Corners.
A graduate of Colorado School of Mines, his background in petroleum engineering has assisted the Foundation in completing environmental studies and construction analyses that ensures the new emergency shelter is built on a firm foundation.
Bill is committed in sharing the mission of the Four Corners Foundation and inviting others to be involved in the work of building a better community.
Ron Price owns and operates Productive Outcomes, Inc. He offers a variety of services including dispute resolution, relationship coaching, public speaking and workplace training. He is also the executive director of the Four Corners Coalition for Marriage and Family, a 501-C-3 organization he co-founded in 2004. Ron has been happily married to Maridell Price for 35 years.
Ron writes a weekly column for the Farmington, New Mexico Daily Times and recently released his first book P.L.A.Y. N.I.C.E. in Your Sandbox at Work. Ron has served as Vice-President for a local Toastmaster’s Club he co-founded and has been a big brother to five “littles” through Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He currently is a board member for the Four Corners Conference for Professional Development and the San Juan Regional Medical Center Corporation.
Meet the Board
"The board is made up of a dedicated group of people working together for the common good."