The Community Heroes Awards commemorate the actions community leaders and businesses have made to advance domestic violence advocacy in their communities. Each year domestic violence programs from around the state nominate 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.
A reception and awards ceremony will be held on September 8, 2016 at 5 p.m. in Farmington, NM.
Community Hero Award honorees and representatives from their nominating agencies will be present to receive awards.
All community members are welcome to join in the celebration!
Bonnie Dallas Senior Center
109 E La Plata St
Farmington, NM 87401
Our Community Heroes:
- Jeremiah Fletcher – Nominated by Grammy’s House, Artesia
For the last four years, Mr. Fletcher has volunteered his time and technical skills to help out Grammy’s House in any way possible: helped clients and staff with computer repairs, repairs of many electronic and electrical devices, moving of furniture, taking things to the salvage yard or shredder, repaired washers and dryers, made Christmas items for clients, and did everything with a smile and a warm heart.
- Julian Garza – Nominated by Haven House, Rio Rancho
Mr. Garza is an unfailing supporter of Haven House. After they determined a new vehicle was one of their biggest needs for helping transport victims; he took the lead on organizing a special fundraiser, “Independence from Abuse”, setting up a private movie screening, donating tickets, and helping sell extra tickets to the community to raise funds for the new vehicle. He also provided breakfast and other goodies at the event itself, making it a fun summer event for the whole community.
- Savers Store #1141 – Nominated by La Casa Inc., Las Cruces
Savers store continuously supports La Casa with donations. Employees are quick to respond with vouchers to help meet client needs for any items they don’t have and the store helped out with a donation drive that resulted in $10,000 of extra funding.
- Patricia Bustillos – Nominated by Enlace Comunitario, Albuquerque
Ms. Bustillos has volunteered with Enlace Comunitario for over a decade. She is presently a committed member of their Promotoras, a group of domestic violence survivors who now work as community leaders giving presentations to prevent domestic violence. She also works with victims to make sure they have all the resources they need to overcome their situations and has become a role model for other immigrant women in the community.
- Jo Stasi – Nominated by Valencia Shelter Services, Los Lunas
Throughout the year Ms. Stasi organizes a pajama drive for the children in services at Valencia Shelter Services. She has delivered hundreds of brand new pajamas to the shelter along with other items for the families. She is a devoted advocate and is diligent in ensuring the children of Valencia County have what they need.
- James Knight – Nominated by Navajo United Methodist Center, Farmington
Mr. Knight, Branch Manager at US Eagle Bank, serves Navajo United Methodist Center by promoting programs, participating in fundraising and is an example in volunteerism with no job too big or small: he has assisted in moving items from with a dolly, done simple things to help like donating a tablecloth for outreach events, and is currently undertaking a project to help clients understand finances.
- Jeanene Valdes – Nominated by Family Crisis Center, Farmington
Ms. Valdes goes above and beyond each year as Family Crisis Center’s representative and coordinator for their largest annual fundraiser, the “Roses in Winter” ball. She plans nine months out of the year coordinating media aspects, seeking sponsorships, donating her time, gathering other volunteers, and does whatever it takes to have a successful event, raising as much money as possible and making it fun for everyone. She also spreads domestic violence advocacy by creating PSAs to educate the community about domestic violence.
- Lela Holmes – Nominated by Family Crisis Center, Farmington
Ms. Holmes is one of the founding members of the Family Crisis Center. Thirty-seven years ago she worked with a group of volunteers to get funding for the first domestic violence shelter in San Juan County, Family Crisis Center. To this day she still works as an ambassador for the agency and is a staunch supporter of domestic violence work. She fosters connections with their local and state Senators and Representatives, does outreach to the business community, directs the shelter to funding opportunities, represents them at agency events and does anything she can to help on behalf of their clients.
Thank you Community Heroes and to all our supporters who work toward ending Domestic Violence!
Special thanks to Farmington’s local domestic violence programs Family Crisis Center and Navajo United Methodist Center for helping co-host the event.