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Apr 29 2022

Building Community: The RoofAngel Program

New Mexico has a lot to recommend it, but we think you’ll agree that it is the great people and businesses working to help others that make our state so special. Saranam was recently the recipient of an amazing gift from one of these outstanding local businesses, RoofCare. Through their RoofAngel program, RoofCare recently completed …

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Apr 13 2022

My Life as a Garden

By: Catherine Bergen Spring has sprung! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and plants are blossoming. At Saranam we have the best curriculum that uses gardening to teach families important skills. We asked our phenomenal instructor, Catherine Bergen, to tell us about why this is such an important part of our work. Gardening is an …

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Mar 23 2022

Nourishing Change

By: Stephanie Johnston March is national nutrition month! Addressing hunger is so much more than just filling a belly; learning about and accessing healthy foods has huge implications for the stability of a person’s transition from homelessness. We are so lucky that our former Family Stability Advocate, Stephanie Johnston, is also a licensed nutritionist. We …

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Feb 20 2022

The Impact We Can Have

By: Brenda Cordova, President, ADC LTD NM No strangers here Most kids grow up being told not to talk to strangers, but our upbringing was different. When I was young our parents owned a general store in our hometown of Jarelas, New Mexico. Our whole world was the community. From the time we could see …

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Dec 29 2021

Lasting Stability: An Alumni Story

Shelby became a part of the Saranam family over 10 years ago. The lessons she learned have continued to change her life and her community. Her life before Saranam, Shelby says, was on a rough path. She was recovering from a drug addiction, had just left a volatile relationship, and recently completed a cross-country move. …

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Dec 27 2021

Taking Life from Surviving to Thriving

By Diana Weber, Saranam Board Member   In their first year at Saranam, adults are required to attend four half-day life skills classes each week. One of our Board members (and a frequent volunteer) talked to us about how these crucial skills help families thrive and maintain their success when they exit the program. Families …

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Dec 8 2021

A New Beginning

By: Rob Lasater, Saranam Board Member My heart is full of gratitude. After long months of quarantine, I was able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family this year. As we all gathered around the table, I was taken aback by how this holiday felt like a new beginning.  It brought to mind how Saranam provides new …

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Nov 30 2021

Sean Hopkins- A Legacy of Radical Generosity

Sean Hopkins was the Development Director at Saranam for many years until his passing and every fall we honor his legacy at the Sean Hopkins Memorial Dinner. We were so honored to know him, and we asked his friend David Zumwalt to share his thoughts about who Sean was and how we can continue to …

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Nov 20 2021

A Community Circle

As Giving Tuesday alights upon us, our thoughts draw nearer to our family, our friends, our advocates and neighbors- our community. They give us connection and belonging, reminding us we are part of something bigger than ourselves. For this blog post, we asked one of our families to tell us what community means to them …

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Nov 11 2021

Generous Mattress Donation Shows Families They Are Welcome, Loved

A bed that they can call their own is one of the things that families tearfully rejoice to see on their first day at Saranam. It shows them how important they are and is a glimpse into the breadth of the change that is in front of them. This November, American Home Furniture and Mattress donated 35 …

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