Summertime in the South Valley

It’s summertime in the South Valley.  The crops are growing, the sidewalks are sizzling and it’s hot.  Summer is a great time for celebrating.  We’ve got our nation’s birthday coming up.  We’ve got a whole stretch of lingering sunsets to enjoy barbecuing and playing in the park with our kids.  But we’ve also got drought...

It’s summertime in the South Valley.  The crops are growing, the sidewalks are sizzling and it’s hot.  Summer is a great time for celebrating.  We’ve got our nation’s birthday coming up.  We’ve got a whole stretch of lingering sunsets to enjoy barbecuing and playing in the park with our kids.  But we’ve also got drought.  And maybe things aren’t so great with our families’ finances, or we have other problems that the summer heat aggravates.  Crime rates rise in the summertime.  Kids are out of school – and we may have childcare issues or we may just be at our wit’s end about how to keep our kids safe and learning.

EleValle can help.  Coming together as a community can help solve problems. The EleValle Collaborative can help us navigate the challenges of summertime.  Here are seven things we can work on together:

  1. Be safe outdoors:  PB&J Family Services‘ Wilderness Program offers a safe, healthy outdoor experience for families to learn new skills while spending quality time camping with their children and expanding positive family relationships. PB & J’s Heads Up! Program trains middle school and high school girls to recognize and avoid danger while they are out and about in summer.  Call PB&J at (505) 877-7060.
  2. Garden:  La Plazita Gardens grows organic vegetables for Albuquerque Public Schools and local businesses.  Volunteer to help out, and learn organic gardening techniques.  Call La Plazita Institute at (505) 508-1802.
  3. Beat the summertime blues.  Centro Savila provides accessible, affordable and dignified behavioral health services to our community.  Life can get overwhelming.  We have the power to take charge of our own lives.  Centro Savila shows us we can do it.  Call Centro Savila at (505) 312-7296.
  4. Spend time together as a family.  Go to the park together.  Take a silk-screening or ceramics class together atLa Plazita Institute.  Visit families that have greater needs than your own, and share a meal together. If family time sounds like a challenge, see if PB&J Family Services can help.  PB&J helps strengthen parent/child relationships by working with the family  - as a unit and as individual family members. PB&J helps families develop the skills they need to become more effective family members, foster healthy development and promote healthy functioning within the community. Call PB&J at (505) 877-7060.
  5. Get healthier.  Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and cook more meals.  Did you know that women of lower income who cook their own meals have a better diet than wealthy women who don’t cook?
    The weather is great now for outdoor exercise too.  But if you have a nagging ache in your back, or your throat or anywhere else – EleValle can help.  Casa de Salud Family Medical Office, was founded to offer fair-priced, holistic medical services to people left out of, or poorly served by the health insurance system. Their goal is to provide same day and after-hours access to dignity-based medical services from conventional, natural and traditional health traditions.  La Plazita Institute‘s traditional healing programs, which brings together men, women and families who are affirming, reconnecting and remembering the traditional ancestral methods in which people empower their own healing.  Call Casa de Salud Family Medical Office at (505) 907-8311 or La Plazita at (505) 508-1802.
  6. Start a business.  Take your financial future in your own hands.  Summer is a time of growth and a time of renewal.  So take that step you’ve been dreaming of, and contact the South Valley Economic Development Center (SVEDC).  You can do it, and you don’t have to do it alone.  The staff at the SVEDC are there to help you get started, and to succeed.  Thinking about starting your own coffee shop?  How about hanging out a shingle and doing accounting and tax work for your own clients, rather than your employers?  There is no better time to plug into the support for and excitement around entrepreneurship in the South Valley as now.  Help your family, yourself and your community by growing the economy. Call the SVEDC at (505) 877-0373.
  7. Get involved.  The Rio Grande Community Development Corporation (RGCDC) was created to serve the social and economic development needs of the community in a sustainable way.  Our community’s needs are better met with your involvement.  Volunteer your time.  Share your ideas, suggestions, and good heart.  Or just let RGCDC know how they’re doing.  Your encouragement or constructive criticism is essential to the collaborative nature of our work.  Contact the RGCDC at (505) 217-2473.
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commented 2017-05-29 04:29:07 -0600 · Flag
Its summer time yeah ! on of the best time for enjoying your life for going out side making new friends take long rides do parties and picnics the time to live once again i am going to spend my summers like this it gonna be hell fun.
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