Team New Mexico – Make a Difference Day

By Sidders on December 12, 2011 in AmeriCorps

madd1It was a lovely morning on Make a Difference Day 2011 for Team New Mexico. We collaborated with the Air Force Research Laboratory team to offer some assistance in giving a facelift to the St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, a homeless shelter and care center located in downtown Albuquerque. St. Martin’s provides many needed services for the homeless and near-homeless, including hot meals, shower facilities, clothing exchange, mental and behavioral health case management, job placement, rural and community outreach, substance abuse treatment, program housing, self-sufficiency, storage of cherished belongings, and stranded homeless travelers’ aid.

madd3-blogFor Make a Difference Day 2011, members of Team New Mexico used their interior design skills to help clean and paint the group conference/meeting room. Since art is a major part of New Mexican culture, there were many paintings made by local children and adult artists. Some of the paintings even had special sentimental value to St. Martins Hospitality Center and its clients. After giving the group room a fresh coat of paint, we framed the paintings and arranged them on the wall to create an atmosphere that was comfortable and welcoming. We were also provided printed copies of inspirational stories that previous clients had written describing their history and their experience with St. Martins.  The room turned into a great space.

Our team had such a great day at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center. We even had some coffee, tea, and donuts for breakfast as well as great pizza for lunch. Overall we felt great about being able to help a center that does so much for the community. “It feels good to know that something as small as giving a room a fresh coat of paint and hanging pictures can make a big difference in someone’s life. A little really can go a long way,” said Team Coordinator, Joanna.

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