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Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) had raised more than $97,000 a few days after the Sept. 23 end date conclusion of its 2022 Tents to Rents campaign to help people struggling with homelessness move into their own apartments, and donations were continuing to be accepted.
The campaign began Aug. 15 with nine sponsors and 14 fundraising partners in addition to MVCH and a goal of $100,000.
This year’s partners included Good Samaritan Village’s Housing Helpers, who raised more than $24,500 for this year’s Tents to Rents. Of the Same Ilk wine club raised almost $5,000. St. Andrews Episcopal Church raised almost $3,000. Hearts for Hope raised more than $2,600. State Sen. Carrie Hamblen of Las Cruces, who is the former president of the MVCH Board of Directors, raised more than $2,000. Doña Ana Community College President Monica Torres raised almost $1,400. MVCH itself collected more than $42,000 in donations.
“Supporting the Tents to Rents fundraising campaign is so crucial, especially now when so many folks are experiencing homelessness as a result of the pandemic,” said Hamblen, who is president and CEO of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. “Camp Hope serves as transitional housing but cannot be funded by federal grants. As a participant in this years' Tents to Rents, we have seen the incredible generosity of people in our community once again coming forward to make this a success and to help those in need get housing, something every resident deserves," Hamblen said.
“What an amazing community! Providing a safe outdoor space like Camp Hope is an honor. Thank you for supporting us and those we serve,” said MVCH Executive Director Nicole Martinez.
Since it began in 2016, the Tents to Rents campaign has raised more than $300,000.
There are currently 45 residents of MVCH’s Camp Hope tent city. It costs about $7,800 to move a person who is struggling with homelessness into his or her own apartment.
Contact Martinez at 575-523-2219, extension 114, and email@example.com.
Visit www.mvcommunityofhope.org and www.tentstorents.org.