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Valerie came to Las Cruces when she transferred from her job with Walmart in Oklahoma to a local store. She eventually had to stop working as her combination of chronic health and mental health issues made work impossible.
She found support from Mesilla Valley Community of Hope staffer Sue Campbell, who gave Valerie the courage to leave her abusive ex-boyfriend, who threatened to kill her if she ever got away from him.
After Valerie stayed at Camp Hope in 2017, Sue continued her help, and eventually assisting Valerie in a move into a supportive housing unit for women, now named “Sue’s House” in honor of this longtime staffer.
In the last five years, Valerie has made huge steps toward regaining her health and independence. She has been sober for 10 years, has lost more than 150 pounds, which has allowed her to walk without the walker she had depended upon, and has worked with a doctor to treat her bipolar disorder.
The New Mexico climate is good for Valerie’s her asthma, and her renewed health has allowed her to help the other women in her house, including ensuring the safety of her friend with a seizure disorder. Valerie has an upbeat outlook on life, and said she tries to live her life as best she can and is grateful for her friends that root her on.
To help Camp Hope create more success stories like Valerie’s, visit the secure web page at tentstorents.org.
Hops for Hope
Tents to Rents’ Hops for Hope continues at Icebox Brewery and Taproom, 2825 W. Picacho Ave., which will donate a percentage of its Thursday, Sept. 21, proceeds to Tents to Rents.
Funds raised to date
As of Sept. 5, Tents to Rents had raised more than $48,000 for its 2023 campaign that ends Sept. 23. Top fundraisers included Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (almost $15,000), Good Sam’s Housing Helpers ($8,000), Of the Same Ilk ($2,355), St. Andrews Episcopal Church ($1,700) and Temple Beth El ($952), former Las Cruces City Councilor Greg Smith ($800) and Doña Ana Community College President Monica Torres ($600).
Visit www.mvcommunityofhope.org/tents/. Scroll down and double click on tentstorents.org and click on a partner’s name to make a donation.