St. Luke’s Joins AIDS Memorial

Join us on Sat. May 16 for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial to increase AIDS awareness.

The Global Network of People living with HIV is coordinating the worldwide memorial; locally, the Southwest Action Group (SWAG) is spearheading the event. One of our partners, the NM Dept. of Health (DOH) is joining SWAG and so are we. DOH provides harm reduction services with HIV testing and AIDS information during St. Luke’s Café Salud, our weekly homeless outreach clinic – a service we greatly appreciate.

SWAG is an inter-agency collaborative composed of NM DOH, Alianza of NM, Families & Youth, Inc. (also our partners) and International AIDS Empowerment that works on HIV/STD prevention in Las Cruces and the southwest region of NM. Recent data shows 166 people in our region are living with HIV/AIDS; statewide there are about 2,900 people.

The memorial is one of the oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world with about 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries leading the efforts. However, it is much more than just a memorial. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.

We will be at the First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Road in Las Cruces, from 7-9:00 pm on Sat. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!

St. Luke's Health Care Clinic
Michael Angell, Entertainer

St. Luke’s 25th Anniversary

Has it really been 25 years since St. Luke’s Health Care Center was born? Seems like yesterday or does it? On May 4, 1990, we incorporated and began offering primary healthcare services the following January. Dr. Stanislaus Ting, our first volunteer medical director, remembers those first few months. “It was hectic and we had some pretty severe chronic illnesses. Evelyn was right. The homeless and indigent in Doña Ana County had critical healthcare needs.”

Evelyn Chapman, a retired registered nurse, was volunteering at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s soup kitchen in Las Cruces when she saw the need for first aid and medical care among the people coming for lunch each day. She, along with other volunteers, soon set up a nursing station in a corner of the dining room. Demand quickly outgrew the station’s corner so the church offered the volunteers a small house nearby. In a very short time, the volunteers formalized their work into a clinic they named after the patron saint of physicians.

St. Luke’s birth led to bigger dreams that blossomed into the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) campus, first established in 1998. Today, five non-profit agencies on the campus provide services and programs to people who are homeless and indigent in our community.

We are still in the clinic we first occupied in 1998 but we outgrew it years ago, moving some administrative offices last year into an annex next door. This year we will renovate the 7,000 square foot annex, which will allow us to incorporate medical, dental, and behavioral health practices into a comprehensive setting.

Come and help us celebrate. Join us on Monday, May 4th from 5-7 p.m. as we celebrate our past and look forward to our future!

When:  Monday, May 4th

Time:  5 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: 999 West Amador in St. Luke’s Annex Building

Anniversary Celebration