September 24, 2015
COMMUNITY MEMBERS HONORED WITH HERO AWARDS FOR SUPPORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WORK
TAOS, NM – To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month which begins in October, the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) will hold its annual Community Hero Awards ceremony and reception on September 24, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Taos, NM at the Taos County Commission Chambers, located at 105 Albright Street.
The Community Heroes Awards commemorate the actions community leaders and businesses have made to support and advance domestic violence advocacy in their communities. Domestic violence programs from around the state nominated local community members for their contributions and support to victims and advocates. Community Heroes promote work against violence, safety for the entire community, and have shown their commitment to making a difference for victims and survivors in our state.
Taos’ local domestic violence program and shelter, Community Against Violence (CAV), will co-host the event. Community Hero Awards honorees and representatives from their nominating agencies will be present to receive awards. Mayor of Taos, Dan Barrone will be present to welcome honorees and the ceremony will also feature special guest Harold Lefthand, Fiscale from the Office of the Governor of Taos Pueblo.
Community leaders and businesses to be recognized:
- Jean Rael – Nominated by Community Against Violence, Taos
- Jean Rael, local owner of New York Life Insurance Co., has volunteered her time and continuously donated to Community Against Violence for the past 18 years. Ms. Rael has “adopted” CAV and has shared their mission and work to increase fundraising efforts, volunteered at countless events, and has always advocated for CAV.
- Bill Morton, Owner of Cherokee Builders – Nominated by Grammy’s House, Artesia
- Bill Morton provides a variety of services for Grammy’s House and has never turned down a request for service. Over the last ten years, he has undertaken the daunting tasks of repairing roofs, faucets, floors, yard issues, and vehicles for Grammy’s House, donating the costs of all services simply because he believes in importance of the work that Grammy’s House does.
- Amazing Computer Services – Nominated by La Casa, Inc., Las Cruces
- Amazing Computer Services took over La Casa’s IT department after a crisis left their databases and servers abandoned. Amazing Computer Services undertook the job and has not faltered in providing excellent service in maintaining and keeping their computer data safe, as well as managing security cameras for their shelter to ensure the safety of survivors. Over the last two years, Amazing Computer Services has donated services in-kind to the amount of over $60,000. Amazing Computers gives La Casa that confidence and provides support to their business so that they can focus financial resources toward serving victims of domestic violence.
- Grace Fellowship Women’s Bible Study Group – Nominated by Valencia Shelter Services, Los Lunas
- For many years the ladies of Grace Fellowship have ensured that the clients of Valencia Shelter Services have not only necessities such as toiletries, but things to celebrate occasions and holidays as well. They have provided numerous donations in the form of school supplies, Easter baskets, and the occasional holiday feast. Because of community dedication like that of the ladies of Grace Fellowship, the survivors of Valencia Shelter Services not only have a safe place to go and services to participate in, but that they get the things that make life worth living
- Sherry McDowell – Nominated by The Healing House, Deming
- Sherry McDowell is the Senior Trial Attorney at the 6th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Ms. McDowell an instrumental supporter in Deming’s domestic violence cases and fully supports and advocates for Healing House’s Batterer Intervention Program. Luna County is without a compliance monitor for their batterer’s program and Ms. McDowell is committed to holding the offenders accountable and voluntarily has taken on the responsibility of helping Healing House track and prosecute those offenders that are in non-compliance. Without her support, there would not be an effective BIP Program in Luna County.
For questions about the Community Hero Awards contact NMCADV Communications Coordinator Alisha Chavez at firstname.lastname@example.org