COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO

Proudly serving southern New Mexico since 1965

About Us

OUR MISSION & VISION

CAASNM empowers and uplifts Southern New Mexicans through programs that build individual and family strength and resilience.

Its board-approved mission is to partner with New Mexicans to overcome adversity by connecting communities, encouraging family wellness, empowering families and bridging resources—CAASNM’s four pillars of service in the community.  

The overall vision of CAASNM is to see southern New Mexicans live in thriving, equitable communities. 

OUR VALUES

CAASNM has long maintained a system of values that speak to its cultural, economic, and wellness sensitive to the needs of families and children in its five-county service region. These values were restated by both CAASNM staff and board during the 2018 strategic planning process:  

CAASNM is an adaptive organization that believes: 

  • People want to thrive

  • People can guide their own lives and overcome poverty and adversity

  • People we serve will be treated with compassion and respect

  • Everyone should have equitable access to healthy food; safe, sanitary and affordable housing; educational opportunities; gainful employment; and quality healthcare

  • In being morally and ethically accountable

  • Collaboration and teamwork will strengthen those we serve

  • Families thrive when connected to their communities in meaningful ways

  • Innovation is necessary to foster our vision and mission

OUR PROGRAMS

Bridging Resources

Community Connections

Family Empowerment

Family Wellness

A single mother of 3-year-old twins became a client of Thriving Families in 2019, referred by her physician. She was triaged to several community programs, including Aprendamos Early Intervention and HeadStart. She participated in an IDA program at CAASNM to save for education and which also improved her credit score. Her family became COVID-affected and was provided emergency assistance for utilities when she fell behind. Thriving Families continued its whole family approach to assist Bernice manage her family and also achieve her educational goals; she graduated with a degree in physiology from NMSU and will continue to her Master’s Degree.

Bernice’s Story

Muhammad came from Pakistan and found the culture challenging as well as financially, caring for older parents and raising his children. CAASNM’s family financial empowerment program helped him save for college with an IDA and also learn about finances and saving so he could buy a home and pay for his board exams. He is now a 4th year medical student with one semester left. “CAASNM staff were very helpful and like family to me. They helped me get through their program very easily.”

Muhammad's Story

Annie is a participant in CAASNM’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) from Truth or Consequences.  She is a grandmother helping raise grandchildren and she also cares for her sick mother. Annie is very thankful for this program because it allows her to care for her mom and grandchildren. She has three grandchildren who live with her and she takes care of four grandchildren that don’t. The program reimburses her for nutritious food for all seven children in addition to her disabled mom.

Annie is a very special lady and has gone through a lot. She has been doing childcare for a long time. She cared for her sick father and then her husband before they passed away and now she is caring for her mom. She took a part time job at night with Walmart in-order to buy Christmas presents for of all her grandchildren, her brother and 18 year old grandson who stays to look after the children and Annie’s mom while she is working. She is a true success because she perseveres with all of her hardships, but with a little help from CAASNM.

Annie’s Story, Nutritious food for the family

Jessica came to the first day of Kids Can Business Builders determined to do it alone. Our instructors could see no smile or willingness to join a group. As a group we shared what our hobbies are and what we do when we get home. Jessica loves to play video games all by herself after-school. Her favorite video game has a Llama character and is very popular with her peers. She felt like products with a llama would sell well at a Kids Can pop-up market. Then another young lady talked about how much she likes pink flamingos. They grouped their ideas together and created hand-woven “Flamas” and the “Flamaverse” (flamingos and llama together).  A new friendship formed and Jessica’s perspective of group work has changed. She is happier and more willing to contribute her ideas in class discussion on business topics and we can see these two girls talking and laughing, eating after-school snack together.

Jessica's Story

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Volunteer

You can help us by Volunteering. More information and opportunities can be found below.

Volunteer Opportunities

Donate

You can help us by donating cash to CAASNM or to one of our programs. Supplies are also always needed.

You can make a difference!

Internships

You can help us by interning, click below to see what internships we have available.

Internship Opportunities

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