Connecting to Help

By: Daniel Johnson, Staff Reporter

Community Resources Available to Students Through CNM Connect

Executive Director of CNM Connect Ann Lynn Hall said there are many resources for stu­dents struggling with everyday life concerns.

There are resources for housing, childcare, legal aid, food assis­tance, transportation and more, said Hall. An achievement coach at Connect can help stu­dents find assistance that will help balance life and school.

“Connect is a one-stop office for assistance on connecting students to local resources,” said Hall.

Connect is proac­tive in updating the list of available sources for students. The CNM Chronicle has collected a short list of resources available to students.

Child Care

According to the CYFD website, the Child Care Assistance Program subsidizes the cost of child care for low-income families who are working or are in school and need child care.

The subsidy amount varies depending on the age of the child, the type of care needed and the location of the program the child will attend.

If candidates meet these requirements, they can then take the proper documents to the CYFD office to apply for the benefits.

If qualified through CYFD, many daycare facil­ities require only a regis­tration fee for each child enrolled into the program. Students can visit or call 841-4861.


Project Share is an organization that offers hot meals at 5:00 p.m. daily. The non-profit also has a free cloth­ing and blanket bank for anyone in need.

Project Share is open every day except Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and can be con­tacted at 242-5677.

The John Marshall Center is an organiza­tion which can help anyone who lives in the central southeast heights or downtown areas by giving out food boxes.

The non-profit can assist by paying up to $200 for utilities and $300 for mortgage costs.

The center also has a clothing and commod­ities assistance program. Qualifications vary based on the number of people in the household. For more information, call 818-1345.

People Helping People is a Rio Rancho-based organization which requires no paper work or financial requirements to receive assistance.

The group feeds the community hot meals twice a month. The have a food box program is based on the size of the household and is hosted on the third Friday and last Saturday of the month.

There is also a clothing box which can provide clothing for an entire household. For hours of operation and locations of events con­tact 615-1951.

For a complete list of resources avail­able, contact any of the campus CNM Connect offices by calling 224- 3186 or visit the CNM Chronicle web page at thecnmchronicle.word­

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