MVCH to benefit Camp Hope

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About Mesilla Valley Community of Hope

http://mvcommunityofhope.org

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) is an alliance of agencies that addresses homelessness in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The professional directors and staff of each agency are dedicated to helping clients obtain services that meet basic human needs and offer life-changing opportunities such as education, counseling and job training.

The agencies on the MVCH campus include El Caldito Soup Kitchen, St. Lukes Health Clinic, Jardin de los Ninos Child Care, Casa de Peregrinos Food Bank, and the Community of Hope Day Drop-in Center providing washers & dryers, showers, clothing, internet connection and access to computers, and case managers to assist the homeless attain housing and eligible benefits.

MVCH’s mission is to provide and operate a single facility for alliance agencies that will enhance efficiency and provide for the delivery of services in a more effective manner. Mesilla Valley Community of Hope provides this unified delivery of services while maintaining the independence of the organizations of the alliance.

MVCH is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit and donations are tax deductible.

About Camp Hope:

http://hopevillagelascruces.wordpress.com/

There are currently 50 homeless residents of our “Camp”. Over half are above the age of 50, there are 8 women ranging from ages 23-72, 17 veterans, 12 Spanish speaking people, several disabled folks, one married couple, and 5 dogs, to get a quick glimpse. There are many reasons people become homeless for which statistics fail to represent the individuals that are surviving on our streets. Our project illustrates this clearly as many of our community supporters are learning as they spend time with us and listen to us speak about our experiences. From University students to Home-school adolescents, church groups and families to grassroots activists and non-profit agencies, the homeless who live here and manage this project for themselves are educating many different groups of people about how we can face the “homeless problem” and find solutions and alternatives to improve the quality of life for homeless men and women by working together.

We were a provisional winter shelter space in the form of camping on the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope campus since November 2011, which has been self-governed with full cooperation from many different agencies that are part of Hope campus as well as many volunteers from the Las Cruces community itself. We are now becoming an alternative transitional living project that has received the full support of City Council and management since this past March, who’s supporters are stepping forward more and more each day to offer our 50 residents their assistance. Our next step is to improve the living conditions in our camp by preparing for the summer to make sure the folks out here are safe and comfortable. We have already weathered three severe wind and dust storms thus far this spring and are dedicated to making sure our disabled, women, veterans, and all our homeless are protected from the elements and have an adequate place to transition while they are here.


Other “tent cities”, like Dignity Village in Portland Oregon, have inspired us in making our camp a safe compassionate and dignified place to make life changes and grow freely.
We hope the example the city of Las Cruces has laid down for our country gives us a chance to help and network with other cities and organizations that are facing the same challenges in addressing homelessness with respect and giving people a chance to invest in a better future together. The non-profit groups and churches, the colleges and universities, the young and the elder grassroots volunteers supporting humanitarianism, as we have seen here, can create great change in our communities by making a space for discussing how to meet our basic common needs, to help more people as individuals to stop falling through the cracks in our systems.

We are proud to be a part of such an exciting and innovative approach to, maybe not ending homelessness, but making sure that homelessness is something that we can all manage together, one day at a time.


The homeless that live in our camp have many needs that aren’t just the basic ones listed below. We have encouraged other groups to do outreach while the camp is here, such as mental health outreach, drug and alcohol counseling, STD education and prevention, and even home health care and hospice screening. As well we would like to see more activities for the folks here, like yoga classes, book and reading groups, biking clubs, computer classes, basic English reading and writing tutoring, anything that enriches their lives and promotes a greater sense of community and cultivates confidence and well being. We also encourage local churches to come out and BBQ, play music, and bring their families to spend a couple of hours with our camp residents, which we always enjoy!

Basic Camp Hope Needs:

 Standard rope for securing tents, tarps, etc. (Preferably not nylon)
Tents-2, 4, 6 man sizes
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-teepee-tents.aspx?a=619972
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/kelty-zodiac-4-man-tent.aspx?a=954665
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-single-double-or-triple-wigwam-tents.aspx?a=619974
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/kelty-zenith-2-tent-white-green.aspx?a=954699
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/pebble-creek-vestibule-tent.aspx?a=785092
 For about the same money we have been spending at WalMart, but a lot better quality !
 Plastic or folding chairs
 Duct Tape
 Batteries (AA, AAA, D)
 Trash bags (15-30gal)
 Canvas and/or plastic tarps
 Large ice coolers
 Mouse traps/roach and ant traps/fly tape
 Bottled water/Canned meats/fresh fruits
 Large coffee grinder (Have lots of whole bean coffee donations)
 Rakes/tools(hammer-pliers-screwdrivers)/nails- screws
 Charcoal/Fluid/propane
 Children’s pool (for dog residents)
 Bottled water/Gatorade or drinks with high electrolytes for re-hydrating
 Potable drinking water hose
 Brita water filter jugs
 tables
 vitamins and health supplements
Larger priced items requested
 A Couple of Shade Awnings (Somewhat durable)
 http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Tents/Sun-Shades-Gazebos-Screenhouses|/pc/104795280/c/104779080/sc/104611680/ShelterLogic8482-Shade-Sails-12×12/1192899.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcamping-tents-sun-shades-gazebos-screenhouses%2F_%2FN-1100673%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104611680%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bcat104779080
 http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Tents/Sun-Shades-Gazebos-Screenhouses|/pc/104795280/c/104779080/sc/104611680/Coolaroo-Shade-Sails-150-16534-x-16534-x-16534/747811.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcamping-tents-sun-shades-gazebos-screenhouses%2F_%2FN-1100673%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104611680%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bcat104779080
 Grill
 Hand Wash Stations (Approx. 100.00 per month to rent)
 Wind break material for boundary fencing
 Cots


First, a warm ‘Thank You!’ to all those who have already donated or contributed in many ways to ‘Camp Hope’.

Our goal is $15,000 by March 2014. All proceeds will go to Mesilla Valley Community of Hope to benefit ‘Camp Hope’ (tent city for homeless that provides a safe place to sleep while residents transition out of homelessness).
We will be able to successfully rezone the property to ensure we are meeting City codes and cover insurance costs. We are required to build an outdoor kitchen (this will require plumbing!), tent pad sites, fencing, landscaping, and many other costs. Please help if you can!

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  • Nicole Martinez
    2013-08-12 18:03:01

    We are ready to submit our FINAL SITE PLAN! Cross your fingers!

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Prior to becoming the Executive Director at MVCH, Nicole Martinez worked as the Housing Programs Manager for six years at MVCH, creating, implementing, and maintaining housing for the homeless of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. Originally from CA and OR, Nicole has made the desert her home and enjoys working with the dedicated and passionate staff at MVCH in assisting the homeless and near homeless with resources and goals that help change lives and our community in a positive way. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Sociology from NMSU and a BS in Sociology from BYU. She has received several certifications in her position as Housing Programs Manager and brings this knowledge with her into the director position as she applies for grant funding and opportunities for ways to help the campus of the Community of Hope.
  • $ 100
    Dave Elliott
    5 months

    NMSU Grad (1978). I hope this helps a little.

  • $ 20
    Anonymous
    5 months

    No Comment

  • $ 20
    Andrea C. Garcia
    7 months

    No Comment

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MVCH to benefit Camp Hope

Share This Campaign

About This Cause

About Mesilla Valley Community of Hope

http://mvcommunityofhope.org

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) is an alliance of agencies that addresses homelessness in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The professional directors and staff of each agency are dedicated to helping clients obtain services that meet basic human needs and offer life-changing opportunities such as education, counseling and job training.

The agencies on the MVCH campus include El Caldito Soup Kitchen, St. Lukes Health Clinic, Jardin de los Ninos Child Care, Casa de Peregrinos Food Bank, and the Community of Hope Day Drop-in Center providing washers & dryers, showers, clothing, internet connection and access to computers, and case managers to assist the homeless attain housing and eligible benefits.

MVCH’s mission is to provide and operate a single facility for alliance agencies that will enhance efficiency and provide for the delivery of services in a more effective manner. Mesilla Valley Community of Hope provides this unified delivery of services while maintaining the independence of the organizations of the alliance.

MVCH is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit and donations are tax deductible.

About Camp Hope:

http://hopevillagelascruces.wordpress.com/

There are currently 50 homeless residents of our “Camp”. Over half are above the age of 50, there are 8 women ranging from ages 23-72, 17 veterans, 12 Spanish speaking people, several disabled folks, one married couple, and 5 dogs, to get a quick glimpse. There are many reasons people become homeless for which statistics fail to represent the individuals that are surviving on our streets. Our project illustrates this clearly as many of our community supporters are learning as they spend time with us and listen to us speak about our experiences. From University students to Home-school adolescents, church groups and families to grassroots activists and non-profit agencies, the homeless who live here and manage this project for themselves are educating many different groups of people about how we can face the “homeless problem” and find solutions and alternatives to improve the quality of life for homeless men and women by working together.

We were a provisional winter shelter space in the form of camping on the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope campus since November 2011, which has been self-governed with full cooperation from many different agencies that are part of Hope campus as well as many volunteers from the Las Cruces community itself. We are now becoming an alternative transitional living project that has received the full support of City Council and management since this past March, who’s supporters are stepping forward more and more each day to offer our 50 residents their assistance. Our next step is to improve the living conditions in our camp by preparing for the summer to make sure the folks out here are safe and comfortable. We have already weathered three severe wind and dust storms thus far this spring and are dedicated to making sure our disabled, women, veterans, and all our homeless are protected from the elements and have an adequate place to transition while they are here.


Other “tent cities”, like Dignity Village in Portland Oregon, have inspired us in making our camp a safe compassionate and dignified place to make life changes and grow freely.
We hope the example the city of Las Cruces has laid down for our country gives us a chance to help and network with other cities and organizations that are facing the same challenges in addressing homelessness with respect and giving people a chance to invest in a better future together. The non-profit groups and churches, the colleges and universities, the young and the elder grassroots volunteers supporting humanitarianism, as we have seen here, can create great change in our communities by making a space for discussing how to meet our basic common needs, to help more people as individuals to stop falling through the cracks in our systems.

We are proud to be a part of such an exciting and innovative approach to, maybe not ending homelessness, but making sure that homelessness is something that we can all manage together, one day at a time.


The homeless that live in our camp have many needs that aren’t just the basic ones listed below. We have encouraged other groups to do outreach while the camp is here, such as mental health outreach, drug and alcohol counseling, STD education and prevention, and even home health care and hospice screening. As well we would like to see more activities for the folks here, like yoga classes, book and reading groups, biking clubs, computer classes, basic English reading and writing tutoring, anything that enriches their lives and promotes a greater sense of community and cultivates confidence and well being. We also encourage local churches to come out and BBQ, play music, and bring their families to spend a couple of hours with our camp residents, which we always enjoy!

Basic Camp Hope Needs:

 Standard rope for securing tents, tarps, etc. (Preferably not nylon)
Tents-2, 4, 6 man sizes
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-teepee-tents.aspx?a=619972
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/kelty-zodiac-4-man-tent.aspx?a=954665
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-single-double-or-triple-wigwam-tents.aspx?a=619974
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/kelty-zenith-2-tent-white-green.aspx?a=954699
 http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/pebble-creek-vestibule-tent.aspx?a=785092
 For about the same money we have been spending at WalMart, but a lot better quality !
 Plastic or folding chairs
 Duct Tape
 Batteries (AA, AAA, D)
 Trash bags (15-30gal)
 Canvas and/or plastic tarps
 Large ice coolers
 Mouse traps/roach and ant traps/fly tape
 Bottled water/Canned meats/fresh fruits
 Large coffee grinder (Have lots of whole bean coffee donations)
 Rakes/tools(hammer-pliers-screwdrivers)/nails- screws
 Charcoal/Fluid/propane
 Children’s pool (for dog residents)
 Bottled water/Gatorade or drinks with high electrolytes for re-hydrating
 Potable drinking water hose
 Brita water filter jugs
 tables
 vitamins and health supplements
Larger priced items requested
 A Couple of Shade Awnings (Somewhat durable)
 http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Tents/Sun-Shades-Gazebos-Screenhouses|/pc/104795280/c/104779080/sc/104611680/ShelterLogic8482-Shade-Sails-12×12/1192899.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcamping-tents-sun-shades-gazebos-screenhouses%2F_%2FN-1100673%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104611680%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bcat104779080
 http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camping/Tents/Sun-Shades-Gazebos-Screenhouses|/pc/104795280/c/104779080/sc/104611680/Coolaroo-Shade-Sails-150-16534-x-16534-x-16534/747811.uts?destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fbrowse%2Fcamping-tents-sun-shades-gazebos-screenhouses%2F_%2FN-1100673%2FNs-CATEGORY_SEQ_104611680%3FWTz_l%3DSBC%253BMM%253Bcat104779080
 Grill
 Hand Wash Stations (Approx. 100.00 per month to rent)
 Wind break material for boundary fencing
 Cots


First, a warm ‘Thank You!’ to all those who have already donated or contributed in many ways to ‘Camp Hope’.

Our goal is $15,000 by March 2014. All proceeds will go to Mesilla Valley Community of Hope to benefit ‘Camp Hope’ (tent city for homeless that provides a safe place to sleep while residents transition out of homelessness).
We will be able to successfully rezone the property to ensure we are meeting City codes and cover insurance costs. We are required to build an outdoor kitchen (this will require plumbing!), tent pad sites, fencing, landscaping, and many other costs. Please help if you can!

CREATED BY:

Nicole Martinez

Contact me
Prior to becoming the Executive Director at MVCH, Nicole Martinez worked as the Housing Programs Manager for six years at MVCH, creating, implementing, and maintaining housing for the homeless of Las Cruces and Dona Ana County. Originally from CA and OR, Nicole has made the desert her home and enjoys working with the dedicated and passionate staff at MVCH in assisting the homeless and near homeless with resources and goals that help change lives and our community in a positive way. Nicole has a Master’s degree in Sociology from NMSU and a BS in Sociology from BYU. She has received several certifications in her position as Housing Programs Manager and brings this knowledge with her into the director position as she applies for grant funding and opportunities for ways to help the campus of the Community of Hope.
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  • Nicole Martinez
    2013-08-12 18:03:01

    We are ready to submit our FINAL SITE PLAN! Cross your fingers!

  • $ 100
    Dave Elliott
    5 months

    NMSU Grad (1978). I hope this helps a little.

  • $ 20
    Anonymous
    5 months

    No Comment

  • $ 20
    Andrea C. Garcia
    7 months

    No Comment

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