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The Rio Grande Food Project envisions a world where every person has plentiful, nutritious food. Development Director Kathi Cunningham and Executive Director Ari Herring are working to make it happen! The Rio Grande Food Project is a food pantry, urban garden, and community hub. Ari said, “Almost a third of people receiving food from the Rio Grande Food Project are children. Part of the beauty of our Urban Garden is that it’s for some kids their first introduction to cherry tomatoes and cucumbers. That connection to where food really comes from, fresh, beautiful vegetables. Growing food from the earth is a piece of our work that is truly loved by the community.”

THE RIO GRANDE FOOD PROJECT IS NOW OPEN FOR FREE GROCERIES 3 DAYS A WEEK!

Location: 600 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121  (Behind Rio Grande Presbyterian Church, south of I-40, across the street from West Mesa High in the dirt parking lot).

For assistance, email rgfp@rgfp.org or call 505.831.3778!  For volunteer opportunities, call Kathi Cunningham at 505-831-3778.

Santa Fe Christian School (SFC) is our featured Christian School for May 2022. First Baptist Church of Santa Fe has graciously offered the use of their beautiful facility to house the school.  First Baptist will house SFC for the first few years of its operation. Spacious classrooms, natural lighting, private bathrooms, on-site security, and a brand new playground are expected to be completed in fall 2022. Vince Torres is a Founding Member of Santa Fe Christian School. He said, “We are proud and honored to say we have support from 10 other churches in Santa Fe who have just been incredible.”

Apply now and talk with school leadership at https://santafechristian.org/.

Feed New Mexico Kids (FNMK) is a 501 (c)3 Christian Ministry that provides children with food for the weekends. Tracy Rodden is the new Executive Director of FNMK, and Zanetta Crocker is the Community Outreach Director with Calvary Church. Both ladies have had personal experience with food insecurity growing up.

During our broadcast, Carlos Griego, Owner of Bosque Home Services, stopped by KLYT to donate $3000 to Feed New Mexico Kids. For more information about Feed New Mexico Kids, go to https://feednmkids.com/.

For King and Country, the Christian Band is in concert Thursday, May 19, 2022, at Tingley Colosseum in Albuquerque. The band is helping to promote Feed New Mexico Kids! Tickets to the show are available at https://www.forkingandcountry.com/pages/tour.

In recognition of National Mental Health Awareness month, Mercy Multiplied is offering their MPower Workshop free of charge to be held at New Covenant Church from May 2, 2022, through June 20th (7-weeks). Participants will have their choice of Monday evenings or Tuesday mornings to take the MPower workshop. Leila said, “The MPower Workshop has been designed as a tool to help equip you as you seek to support those who are hurt and struggling.” We have lost a Senior Christian High School student and a Pastor’s wife to suicide in the past month.

For more information, go to https://www.newmexicoformercy.com/.

Here is the course date and topic schedule:

  • May 2nd: Your Call
  • May 3rd: Your Call
  • May 9th: The Why Behind the What
  • May 10th: The Why Behind the What
  • May 16th: Helping Hurting People
  • May 17th: Helping Hurting People
  • May 23rd: Hearing from God
  • May 24th Hearing from God
  • May 30th: (Memorial Day)
  • May 31st Keys to Freedom
  • June 6th: Keys to Freedom
  • June 7th Boundaries
  • June 13th: Boundaries
  • June 13th Self Care
  • June 20th: Self Care

Chip and Larissa Lusko share the inspiration, fun, and encouragement of  their recent tour of Israel. Chip is the Director of Connection Communications. Larissa is the Director of Social Media and Donor Relations for the Tall el-Hammam Ecavation Project (TeHEP). Chip said, “Going to Israel really brings the Bible to life, especially the Old Testament.”

Virgil Dugan, Executive Vice President, National Christian Foundation Southwest, reviews the National Christian Foundation Research Study results: The Changing Landscape of Christian Giving – INSIGHTS INTO THE GREATEST STEWARDSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN HISTORY. He said, “Nearly 45 million U.S. households will transfer $84 trillion in wealth to heirs and charity by 2045. This compares to the 2021 total net worth of U.S. households and charities of $150 trillion. (Cerulli Associates).” John Moore, Associates President, Certified Financial Planner, and Kingdom Advisor Brian Cochran explain how the National Christian Foundation assists his firm in executing giving strategies for clients.  Click on the links for more information.

Virginia Gonzales is the Client Services Director for Care Net Pregnancy Centers of Albuquerque, and Jennifer Ward is the Community Outreach Director. As politicians and voters argue and fight about a women’s right to terminate her pregnancy, those like Jennifer and Virginia have experienced abortion firsthand and are willing to help other women understand their options in an environment of love and care. They hope to save people the same pain they experienced themselves!  For more information about FREE pregnancy care services, go to https://carenetabq.com/ or call (505) 880-0882.

Click on the following links for more details on these topics discussed with Rio Grande Foundation President Paul Gessing:

  1. Rio Grande Foundation Public Policy ideas are for New Mexico.
  2. Do Politicians actually listen?
  3. A new national report gives MLG poor marks on pandemic performance: https://errorsofenchantment.com/national-report-gives-mlg-poor-marks-on-pandemic-performance/.
  4. MLG extends the health emergency yet again to May 16: https://cv.nmhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/041522-PHO-Declaration-and-Limited-Mask-Mandate.pdf
  5. Biden Administration increases royalties and scales back leases on federal lands, including an 80% reduction in leases in New Mexico: https://errorsofenchantment.com/biden-increases-oil-royalty-rate-and-scales-back-lease-sales-on-federal-lands/.
  6. The special session results in tax “rebates.” Thinly veiled scheme to assist the Gov. in getting reelected. $250/$500 by June 30 depending on single/couple filing status, with a second check coming in August. These are “refundable” credits. Cost: $220 million. Illegal immigrants, those who don’t file taxes, and seniors will receive checks, and their share will come out of the $20 million.
  7. The Legislature denied her funding, but MLG announced she’d spend $500,000 on a 75% fare reduction for the Rail Runner anyway: https://errorsofenchantment.com/mlg-is-denied-rail-runner-by-legislature-does-it-anyway/.
  8. Why is the Biden Administration coming after Charter Schools? : https://errorsofenchantment.com/just-when-you-thought-the-biden-administration-had-bottomed-out-now-they-are-coming-after-charter-schools/.
  9. KOAT story on RGF’s successful IPRA suit and the constant flow of tax dollar payments for denied public records: https://errorsofenchantment.com/koat-channel-7-covers-rgfs-successful-lawsuit-against-keller-administration/
  10. Union-backed mayor Keller vetoes bill that would have restored market forces to public works projects: https://errorsofenchantment.com/union-backed-mayor-keller-vetoes-measure-to-restore-competition-in-city-contracts/
  11. RGF speaker series with Daniel Suhr, one of the nation’s top legal experts on limited government and emergency powers.
    Thursday, May 5th, from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North. Tickets are available now! Early bird pricing is here until May 2nd.
    RSVP: https://rgfnm.com/suhr. The price includes plated lunch. https://errorsofenchantment.com/rgf-reboots-speaker-series-may-5th-2022-limiting-government-in-an-emergency-vaccine-mandates-lockdowns-and-the-next-crisis/

The City of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services provides quality health and social services, housing, recreation, and education to improve the quality of life for every community in Albuquerque. Lisa Huval, Deputy Director of Housing, and Monika Dziamka (Jam-kah), Public Affairs Specialist for the City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services, explain the six strategies deployed by their department to accomplish these goals:

Strategy 1: Acquire, rehab, and convert motels into affordable efficiency apartments with on-site supportive services
Strategy 2: Develop Affordable Rental Units through New Construction or Acquisition/Rehab of Existing Multi-Family Properties
Strategy 3: Preserve existing affordable units
Strategy 4: Create more supportive housing voucher
Strategy 5: Create Project-Based Vouchers
Strategy 6: Increase Down payment assistance to help low-and-moderate income homeowners purchase their own homes

Family and Community Services offer a FREE Eviction Prevention Clinic on May 25, 2022. 714 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM. 12;30-3:30 pm MT. The clinic is FREE, but you must register online before May 20th. https://www.cabq.gov/family/services/homeless-services/eviction-prevention.  Contact 505-768-HELP for more information about Housing resources available.

Reload Love provides trauma relief, medical supplies, academic programs & safe spaces (such as playgrounds) for children victimized by terrorism. In August 2021, Reload Love began assisting families from Afghanistan to relocate to safe homes in the US, including New Mexico. The work with these Afghan families continues, and now saving children in Ukraine is a new mission.  Jennifer Santiago is the Co-Founder and Director of Reload Love, and Kelly Besedick is the Production and Marketing Manager.  Jennifer said, “Bullets and babies don’t mix!”  The world is coming together to “Reload Love.” Find out how you can help at https://reloadlove.com/.