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Understanding Homelessness, Part 3

There IS Life After Homelessness By: Sonyia Hartwell, MSSW and Saranam supporter Sonyia Hartwell is a volunteer at Saranam with several decades of non-profit leadership experience, including nearly 20 years at four different organizations working with persons experiencing homelessness. She has worked directly with clients, managed large and small programs, and served on local and […]

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A Story Worth Telling

By: Christine Long, Saranam Board Member As an ethics lawyer I am asked to speak or teach quite a bit. Without fail I am asked to provide a short bio. I hate having to provide a short bio. How do you sum up your career, interests, and accomplishments in a short bio? Plus, I hate

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Understanding Homelessness, Part 2

The Myths We Accept About Homelessness…But Should Question By: Sonyia Hartwell, MSSW and Saranam supporter Sonyia Hartwell is a volunteer at Saranam with several decades of non-profit leadership experience, including nearly 20 years at four different organizations working with persons experiencing homelessness. She has worked directly with clients, managed large and small programs, and served

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A Winning Approach

By: Jennifer Walsh, Saranam Volunteer Shortly after we moved to Albuquerque in 2018, our relatively new 55+ community held a fundraiser with all of the proceeds going to Saranam.  I have been hooked ever since! In the last five years, I have not only donated money, but have also spent many hours volunteering in various

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Saving for a Secure Future

As a 2-generation program, our goal is for families to learn how to budget and build enough savings and assets to achieve financial security and freedom. Through a partnership with Rio Grande Credit Union (RGCU) and Prosperity Works, members of our alumni program can establish savings accounts for themselves and their children with an amazing

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Belonging, together

Saranam is a place of belonging. As residents, our families know that they hold a valued place and that their voices inform and guide our work. As staff, we recognize that the unique contributions of our lived experiences and areas of expertise elevates our work to its highest effectiveness. And as a community, we believe

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Putting Mental Health First

By: Jennifer Mullen, Program Director Who? Everybody who walks through our doors has a story, a history, and their own struggles. Not only does the stress of experiencing homelessness take a toll, most of the people we serve have also experienced trauma or abuse, which can lead to other mental health issues that we help

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