In New Mexico, we have a large number of immigrants living and working in our communities. Sadly, many of those individuals are separated from their families and they’re cut off and isolated from the very people they’re working hard to support. There’s nothing that leads to healthy and happy communities and improved quality of life more than intact families, so Siete del Norte is proud to partner with local, state and national organizations that help to reunite families that are not only struggling due to isolation, but have a language barrier to overcome as well. Since every situation is so different and there is no one correct answer, consultations are offered throughout the week and a wide range of services are offered to accommodate what families are going through.
Senior citizens are such an integral part of our community. They’re sources of love, wisdom and life experience, and unfortunately, their unique needs are often put on the back burner or even ignored. Siete del Norte’s holistic approach to community support means that the older adults in our lives have access to the services they need to continue living a healthy, happy and independent life. Our network of community and statewide partners advocates on behalf of senior citizens and their specialized needs, bringing services like home care and home meal delivery to those most vulnerable older adults. For more information on the home care program, please visit Health & Human Services.
Northern New Mexico Food Hub
No matter who you are or where you live, chances are good that you have noticed that the demand for locally-grown food has increased over the last several years. In New Mexico, about $4 billion is spent on food every year, and the vast majority of that food is imported from out of state. If local food sales could increase to 15% from the current 1 percent, that would mean $1 billion in new wealth in New Mexico—a huge economic boon to one of the nation’s poorest states. A huge economic development opportunity, this would lead to major job creation and community growth in every corner of the state.
At Siete del Norte, we are working under federal grants to establish the Northern New Mexico Food Hub. This will serve as a headquarters for aggregating, processing and distributing local produce right in the heart of Española in Rio Arriba County. Along with government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses, the project will work to give lower-income families and individuals with the resources to capitalize on small farms and all that they provide.