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Basic Needs & Financial Stability

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Financial Stability means individuals and families can support their own needs, not just now, but for the long haul. UWCNM supports programs that provide training and resources that make this possible, from life skills to income management.

We envision a community where even the most vulnerable members are safe, socially engaged, and live with dignity

Tax Help New Mexico

One way we help families is by guiding them through the maze of filing taxes. This service is free to residents who make less than $57,000 in household income per year or are over the age of 65. In addition, if your household income is $64,000 or less, you can files your own taxes online for free by visiting the MyFreeTaxes website.

Tax Help New Mexico’s 250+ volunteers are certified by the IRS and are trained to help taxpayers identify tax credits they are entitled to. To date the program has prepared over 104,000 tax returns for central New Mexico families.

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Financial Stability Partners

In 2017-2018, we’ve given nearly $1.2 million from the Community Fund to programs that support financial stability and basic and emergency needs. Quality of life considerations don’t even enter the picture until basic needs are met. If you are hungry, have nowhere to live or feel unsafe, those concerns dominate your daily life.

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Dial 2-1-1 for Help

United Way of Central New Mexico’s 2-1-1 hotline, throws a rope to people dealing with difficult times by offering free information and referrals to the health and human services, government agencies, or local nonprofits who can help.

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Family Advocacy Center

The Family Advocacy Center (FAC) was created in 2007 through a partnership between UWCNM and the City of Albuquerque, with the financial support of Corporate Cornerstone Partners. The FAC provides free and confidential services for victims of interpersonal violence. Services include medical care, advocacy, legal and financial assistance, as well as law enforcement and procecution. When victims have clear and easy access to support services, there is often an increase in reporting the violence.

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AFL-CIO Community Service Program

Unions and their members play a big role in making our community a better place to live. United Ways across the country have enjoyed a strong partnership with the unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The AFL-CIO Community Service Program in New Mexico is a partnership between UWCNM and the Central NM Labor Council. The program helps working families meet basic needs through:

  • Our 2-1-1 information and referral service
  • The National Association of Letter Carriers food drives
  • Dial-a-Teacher
  • Heats On, a program that services furnaces for low-income seniors
  • Food pantry support
  • Service projects galore

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Our Impact

Pre-vocational Training Support

United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund supports Mandy’s Special Farm’s “Everyone Can Work” program, which provides pre-vocational skills training and supported employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Twelve individuals will successfully complete an 8-week evidence based curriculum course focused on vocational skills acquisition

Care for Homeless Populations

United Way of Central New Mexico’s Community Fund supports St. Martin’s Hospitality Center’s “Project End Homelessness,” a strategy to ensure that Albuquerque’s most vulnerable have nutritious meals, behavioral health care, job training/placement and housing services.

Three hundred clients are better off as a result of placement into a behavioral health or housing programs increasing mental health stability/sobriety and retention of long-term housing for a minimum of seven months.

The following basic needs and financial stability programs are currently being supported by UWCNM's Community Fund.

Community Fund Partners

Program of:
Basic Needs & Financial Stability | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $25,200
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: Reading Works, Inc.

Reading Works offers free literacy programming to adults.  Literacy is more than reading and writing. We teach English to immigrants - math to adults who can't add three digit numbers - computer skills to people who don't know how to access the internet.  We strengthen families. Since 2009, we've served 979 adults and impacted 1,665 children.

Program of:
Basic Needs & Financial Stability | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $26,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: Heading Home

Albuquerque Heading Home (AHH) houses the most medically vulnerable people experiencing chronic homelessness, those who will die on the streets if not prioritized into housing. It utilizes evidence-based practices and a client-centered focus to help people move from living on the streets into permanent housing, and to maintain that housing.

Program of:
Basic Needs & Financial Stability | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $14,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: Share Your Care, Inc.

Alivio is an internal funding stream that provides Adult Day Services for low-­income, un/under-­insured frail, elderly, disabled,  and vulnerable adults and seniors in need of services but who do not qualify for funding and can't afford to pay for services privately. Alivio also provides Respite and support for their Family Members and Caregivers.

Program of:
Basic Needs & Financial Stability | Bernalillo County, Sandoval County, Valencia County
Grant Amount: $70,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: ARCA

For over 30 years, ARCA has served as the first and only specialized foster care provider in New Mexico. ARCA Foster Care Services provides state-required foster care training and licensing, family-centered supports, care coordination, child advocacy and respite services to families and medically fragile children.

Basic Needs & Financial Stability | Bernalillo County
Grant Amount: $29,000
Grant Term: 2017 - 2018
Program Website: Back in Use

Back in Use is a unique program that connects low-income seniors and people with disabilities to durable medical equipment including wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches, and other items they need to improve quality of life, increase independence, and reduce risk of falling.  This equipment, which is costly yet often not covered by insurance, is provided free of cost.

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