St. Luke’s is renovating!

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.

Governor Susana Martinez
Governor Martinez, Board Members and Staff

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!

Funding for renovating St. Luke's
Signing the capital outlay bill


Sun Safety Donations Needed

Help make our annual Sun Safety Event a success!

We need sunscreen, hats with brims, bandanas, water bottles, sunglasses and lip balm!

On Thursday, June 25, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico’s medical students program, we are sponsoring a Sun Safety Event from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. We are accepting donations up to Tuesday, June 23.

The homeless and people with extremely low-incomes are coming to learn about the importance of sun safety. Heatstroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion are serious problems for the people we serve. They often have nowhere to go to get out of the sun or have the ability to cool off their homes to a livable degree.

Be assured, we will give away any of the above items that you donate and they will be very much appreciated. Your donation is tax-deductible as St. Luke’s is a 5o1(C)3 non-profit corporation.

Please drop off your donations – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the clinic (the building to the right of El Caldito Soup Kitchen).

We are located on the Community of Hope campus at 999 W. Amador Ave.

Need more information? Give us a call at (575) 527-5482.

St. Luke's Sun Safety

Disposing of Medicines Properly In Las Cruces NM

It is easier than you think!

Live in Las Cruces NM and ever wonder what to do with those expired medications you no longer want? Waiting for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day?

Well, DEA held its last drug take-back day in September 2014 and has since ended the program. In calls to the agency, officials told us to use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) household disposal guidelines for drug disposal. The guidelines list the steps for disposing of your medications, easily and quickly. Proper disposal requires you to mix your medications with something that makes them uneatable, like coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, adding water to this mixture will dilute and neutralize their potency. Put the mixture in a container with a lid such as a margarine tub or a plastic bag with a seal. You can then toss in the household trash.

You can also purchase medication disposal bags at a local pharmacy or online. The Walgreen’s in Las Cruces sells Medsaway Medication Disposal System™ bags for $3.99. These bags are useful for all types of drugs, even controlled substances. They are available online as well.

The National Community Pharmacists Association hosts a Facebook page for This page is an online resource to help patients find medication disposal programs at local independent community pharmacies. We called one of their local pharmacies, which recommended the Medsaway™ bags. They told us, however, they did not have a drug take-back program. This may mean that not all the pharmacies in their program take back drugs. Check out the Facebook page, though, it is a resource that will keep you informed.

St. Luke’s recommends you follow EPA guidelines and do not flush your medications down the toilet! They can end up in our drinking water sources. Check out the second page in the guidelines for an explanation as to how that can happen.

Throw your medicines in the trash