Welcome to the CARE 66 blog. We are a small non profit whose mission is to create opportunities to end homelessness. We do this by providing support services and a variety of housing opportunities to our clients ranging from transitional housing to permanent housing with support services.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Gallup Journey Column October 2010

October 2010. Last Month 14 riders raised over $2750 for CARE 66 by riding between 23 and 66 miles. It was a beautiful day and we rode in the beautiful county side around Gallup. Thank you very much to the following riders for doing this for us: Amber Abuch, Jessica Benally, Timothy Pikaart, Don Tamminga, Barbara Kamps, Victor Martinez, Kris Pikaart, Jaylyn Gough, Pete Kelly, Sanjay Choudhrie, Tom Gifford Dirk Hollebeek, and Bruce Schuurmann.
Naturally we couldn’t have done it without our Board members: Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini, Patrick Keptner and Jane Ann Polich. Our Chief Operating Officer, Carl Smith and his daughter Ashley, also drove a support vehicle and made sure that we have water and food. Our Board Chair, Pete Kelly, rode 40 plus miles… a first for him. Congratulations Pete and thank you to all who helped make this a success. Our corporate sponsor was the Coal Street Pub. Please say thank you for Ramon and eat a meal there.
Stay tuned for more events!

Last month I attended a Board retreat for the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. It was both energizing and tiring. The Coalition as it’s called, helped us complete Chuska Apartments and is working with us on the Lexington Hotel. They also provided a lot of guidance to CARE 66 when we first started up.

We have been deeply concerned about the fact the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority (which is the state housing agency) does not consider that there is a need for affordable housing in McKinley County because our population growth rate is lower than that of the state. We hope to work with them to identify indicators that provide a truer definition of housing need than population growth.

Thank you again for your support in this endeavor of bringing prosperity to this area and making hope possible.

Until next month stay well and do good!