Volunteers Will Work on Repair Needs that were Discovered by APD Officers who Took a Call at Woman's Residence
Albuquerque Police and CNM volunteers will work together this Saturday to make repairs at the home of an elderly Albuquerque resident.
APD Officers in the Southeast Area Command responded to a vandalism call several weeks ago at a home located at 229 Glorietta NE. The 85-year-old woman lived alone at this house where she has resided for over the past 40 years. The vandalism was reportedly to a backyard fence, but was later determined to be the result of natural wear over the years coupled with the neighbor’s dog pushing into and digging alongside this fence. This elderly woman is on a fixed income and was unable to raise the money to make the needed repairs in the amount estimated to be $700 to $1000.
Officers met with the woman and recognized other repairs and maintenance needs in and around the woman’s property. Officers also found that there were issues with her aging car that needed attention. Southeast officers decided to find a way to assist this woman and after first checking with local businesses with no success, reached out to CNM. APD collaborated with the school and worked together on this joint community service project.
APD made it a priority through an APD program called Operation Hope where the department attempts to assist local residents who have been identified as needing some type of help based on certain unfortunate circumstances in their lives. CNM initiated a similar program and offered assistance to this particular project by providing a student/staff work crew and by securing donated materials. They formed an alliance which soon expanded into a long-term commitment to helping others in the community.
On this Saturday, December 8th, from 0900 to 1500 hours, a team of volunteers from both APD and CNM will be on hand to work to remove and replace the old fence and help with any other needed repairs or maintenance issues at the home on 229 Glorietta NE. Over 35 people will be on hand that day to help improve the quality of life for this deserving long time Albuquerque resident.