2010 Charity Gala Grants Announced
Albuquerque — Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Mayor and First Lady Gala grants. The four focus areas this year are assisting the homeless, serving the elderly, job creation, and economic development. All applicants submitted grant proposals and the recipients were chosen by a committee based on the merits of the proposals.
The recipients are:
- The Barrett Foundation
- Silver Horizons New Mexico, Inc., and
- The Harmony Project
ARCA is working to open doors for people with developmental disabilities to be valued members of the community. The Gala grant will be used to expand ARCA Organics which employs individuals with developmental disabilities who assist in the production of organic produce sold locally. Funding will also be utilized to support a new copy center that employs adults with developmental disabilities. The copy center will increase the job skills of people with disabilities in partnership with expanding local business opportunity.
The Barrett Foundation
The Barrett Foundation provides housing and support services to homeless women and children who are striving to break the cycle of homelessness. Gala funding will be utilized to continue weekend and weather-related extended hours for women and their families. With few other public facilities available during these times, extending this project will ensure that women and children have a safe place to spend the weekend, be fed, and find respite. Funding will also allow for one additional computer for guest use.
Silver Horizons New Mexico, Inc.
Silver Horizons' mission is to aid and honor older adults in the greater Albuquerque area. The Gala grant will be utilized to assist seniors facing life challenges. Such challenges include home repairs that allow seniors to stay in their own homes, utility assistance when seniors face a snag in the financing, and emergency food boxes and store cards to help seniors get through difficult times. Funding will also help promote "Silvery Bay," a program of Silver Horizons intended to provide an income stream for their programs.
The Harmony Project
The mission and passion of The Harmony Project is to bring the joy and healing of music to Albuquerque's senior and elderly community whose circumstances might limit their opportunity to experience uplifting and entertaining performances. The Gala grant will help bring the joy and healing of music to elders who live in residences where there is little or no entertainment budget. They will enjoy Big Band, Broadway, and Blues concerts that will leave a song in their hearts and provide much needed therapeutic stimulation and social interaction.