Wednesday was an exciting day for us! Governor Susana Martinez signed the state’s Capital Outlay bill at St. Luke’s, the first ever such event for the clinic. The bill authorized $505,000 to St. Luke’s for renovating our 7,000 sq. ft. annex. (It also awarded $295 million for other projects throughout the state.) The funding is the final amount we need to begin renovations on the annex.
We have been working toward this goal since 2012 and have raised $1.1 million dollars. The renovation gives us more than three times the space we have operated in for the past 25 years, which we outgrew long ago. Besides the accumulation of capital outlay funds every year, the City of Las Cruces has also chipped in $130,000 from their CDBG program.
It takes a village to support such a significant undertaking like ours. We are truly grateful to everyone who believes in and supports our mission – to improve the health and well-being of homeless and indigent individuals and family members in Doña Ana County.
We want to give a special shout out, though, to those supporters whose help we needed to get here. In addition to the governor, thanks to state legislators – Senators Mary Kay Papen, Joseph Cervantes, William Soules and former Senator Mary Jane Garcia; Representatives Bill McCamley, Jeff Steinborn, Doreen Gallegos, Terry McMillan, John Zimmerman, Andy Nuñez, Bealquin Bill Gomez, Mary Helen Garcia, Antonio Lujan, and the late Philip Archuleta.
The City of Las Cruces council, mayor, and staff are invaluable supporters. Their funds are modernizing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system in the annex, greatly needed when hot summer days reach into the 100s.
Thanks to Ted Shelton and ASA Architects our architectural plan and design is ready to go!
Please keep checking our blog. We will have periodic updates, as the dust clears, about our rebuilding efforts with details of new medical rooms and services!