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BYRON’S HOUSE OF HOPE—There is no benefit to reintroducing inmates back into the community with untreated addictions, and without educational and vocational tools needed to succeed. For many, gaining meaningful employment and adequate housing can prove impossible to those trying to do “the right thing”. The purpose of Byron’s House of Hope is to mitigate these serious issues by allowing the male resident to focus on adjusting to life on the outside through a support system that assists them in attaining the necessary life skills to become self-sustaining. The program will offer parolees short-term housing, job assistance, access to community resources and other therapeutic benefits that will work to stabilize and empower them to become self-sufficient and to develop a sense of purpose as productive citizens in the community.
SAN JUAN COMMUNITY GARDENS—In an effort to combat obesity and poor nutrition, FCF will establish a community garden for the PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) residents and surrounding low-income neighborhoods whereby individuals and families may participate in growing and accessing healthy fruits and vegetables.
Obesity has been identified as a super-priority for the New Mexico Department of Health. In 2014, over 33% of San Juan County adults and almost 15% of adolescents were considered obese. For the first time we have a co-existence of food insecurity and obesity and as a result of poor nutrition, the Baby Boomers generation is now expected to outlive their children.
Community gardens allow families and individuals the opportunity to produce food as well as to serve as areas for recreation and exercise. They can provide employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities and teach the importance of community stewardship and environmental responsibility. Gardens also have the potential to foster social enterprise, decrease violence in neighborhoods and improve social well-being through strengthening social connections.
Through the development of this and future community gardens, FCF hopes to educate the community on healthier lifestyle choices that are nutritious, affordable, and provide healthy, productive activities. The gardens would also provide mentorship to the underserved and encourage local organizations and businesses to contribute their resources to the production of home grown produce for those in need.
PATH—FCF’s biggest project to date is the Emergency & Transitional Housing Facilities at A Path Home Campus. Together, we raised over $3 million to construct the new facilities and the Foundation continues to support PATH in their mission to combat and end homelessness. The Foundation also provides a medical clinic at the shelter where local health professionals volunteer their time to treat residents of the shelter.
Farmington Schools Homeless Liaison Program—In collaboration with Farmington Municipal Schools, FCF helps the Homeless Liaison Program provide quality backpacks to support children, identified as homeless, for learning success. So far the program has positively impacted hundreds of children.
Grace Place for Women—Grace Place provides women educational counseling on pregnancy options, healthy lifestyles choices and parenting skills. The Foundation offers mini grants for education, mentoring and baby items for pregnant moms and new fathers in support of the Healthy Beginnings Program.
Rio del Sol Kiwanis—Each year Kiwanis humanitarians hold a drive to raise money to provide clothing to children living in poverty. FCF provides funding to help purchase clothing, shoes, socks, and other necessities. Since Clothes for Kids was started, the Farmington club has helped to clothe about 350 children per year.
Four Corners Coalition for Marriage and Family—Four Corners Coalition for Healthy Marriage & Family is dedicated to raising awareness and advocating for healthy marriages and families. FCF provides funds to support the organization in its mission to reduce divorce rates and strengthen marriages through mentoring, marriage enrichment classes, workshops and special events that are open to the whole community.
FARMINGTON YOUTH AMBASSADORS (FYA)—A local organization in mission to connect youth and promote positive inclusion in both school and community. Their hope is to make this a district-wide organization that includes not just high schools, but elementary schools as well. By spreading awareness of community events, FYA encourages individuals and families to stay connected in Farmington and helps enrich the Four Corners area.
TIMBERLINE CHURCH—In collaboration with Aztec High and Koogler schools, Timberline Church will be implementing the INSPIRE Schools program which focuses on developing classroom mentoring and student assemblies to help schools empower middle and high school students to reach their potential through programs designed to encourage self-esteem, healthy relationships, respect, positive choices, mental wellness, resilience, and leadership. Students will learn critical life skills and how to manage stress better so they can be successful. We are excited to watch how this program will positively impact the youth in Aztec.
*Thank you for your interest in the Four Corners Foundation. Currently, grant proposals are by invitation only. We are unable to accept unsolicited applications at this time.