Velarde woman worries she and her grandchildren will face homelessness

December 18, 2018

A 50-year-old Velarde woman says her husband left two years ago and she now lives with three grandchildren.

She says she works six days a week cleaning houses and sells cans and scrap metal.

“I have been trying so hard,” she wrote in her application. “I just can’t seem to get ahead.”

She says she has fallen behind on bills for utilities and housing for her and her grandchildren and worries they will become homeless.

“I’m a good person,” she wrote. “I don’t drink, do drugs or gamble.”

She is among hundreds of people seeking help from the Empty Stocking Fund this season.

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The Empty Stocking Fund is a project of the Santa Fe New Mexican. The Santa Fe Community Foundation, Los Alamos National Bank, the Salvation Army, Presbyterian Medical Services, the Life Link, Habitat for Humanity and the Housing Trust donate services to jointly administer the Empty Stocking Fund.

The newspaper is publishing stories featuring requests for assistance from local residents.

The information from the initial application will be verified if the applicant is selected for assistance.

Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are considered without regard to race, creed, place or country of origin, age, disability, ethnicity, color, gender identity, marital status or sexual orientation. They must live in Santa Fe County or Rio Arriba County and provide a Social Security number.

The deadline to apply for assistance has passed.

To donate: Make your tax-deductible donation online at www.santafenewmexican.com/empty_stocking or mail a check to The New Mexican’s Empty Stocking Fund c/o the Santa Fe Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1827, Santa Fe, NM 87504-1827.

Donors can request to remain anonymous.

If you can provide a service such as roofing or home repairs, contact Habitat for Humanity at repairs@santafehabitat.org.

If you can contribute food, clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, firewood, or other items or services, call the Salvation Army at 505-988-8054.


Anonymous (8): $1,120

Anonymous, on behalf of Wally Gator, Jemima and Frenchie: $150

Freda Anderson: $250

Sandra Jaramillo and Benjamin Bowles: $100

Bob and Connie Bright: $100

Les Brill, in memory of Earl Brill: $100

Philip Cook: $250

Toni and Rob Dean: $100

Daniel and Camille Donoghue, in memory of George Pisk: $25

Susan and Daniel Friedman: $250

Daniel and Josephine Geran: $100

Henry and Silvia Gonzales: $150

Traci Hatico, on behalf of Capital High School Math Teachers & Co-teachers: $115

Judith Henry: $150

Roger and Louise Hill: $100

Tom and Lynda Kellahin: $500

Christopher Martinez, on behalf of Reside Home: $2,316.13

Tim and Ann Maxwell: $100

Kathleen McRee: $200

Phil Haworth and Gayle Mills: $500

Linda Durham and Francois-Marie Patorni, in memory of Jakelin-Amei Caal-Maquin, 7 years old: $200

Mary Beth and Paul Pizzoli: $150

Rotary Club Of Santa Fe Centro Foundation: $567

Michelle and Clifford Rudy: $250

Gina Sandoval: $200

Santa Fe Federated Republican Women: $850

Wendy Silberman: $250

Sociedad Colonial Española De Santa Fe: $60

Leah George and Jeff Stampfer: $500

Jane Starrett: $150

The Brooks Children: $200

Mary Utton: $200

Patricia Vigil, in memory of Frank and Florence Browder: $50

Hans and Sakina von Briesen: $100

Abad Sandoval and Jennifer Yahn: $100

Nolan Zisman: $50

Total: $10,553.13

Cumulative Total: $130,140.19

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