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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Jun 10 2022

Saranam Legacy Family Circle

By: Janice Honeycutt Hering   We all want to help as much as possible. We see the potential in our community, but with the daunting enormity of needs, it is important that our resources go as far as they can. Janice Honeycutt Hering, a longtime donor and former Board member, wanted to do more to …

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May 26 2022

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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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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