La Casa needs help to reach their fundraising goal of $100,000

lacasaLa Casa, Inc. domestic violence service provider of Las Cruces is conducting its One Hundred/Thousand campaign now through June 30. It’s hoping at least 1,000 people will contribute $100 each to raise $100,000.

What can $100 buy at La Casa? Here are a few examples: meals for 65 people at the shelter, or ensure beds for seven children for one night, or give one hour of group homework help to eight children, or provide six hours of counseling for adults or children at the shelter, or provide legal support for up to 12 clients, or pay for transportation to and from school for 25 to 30 children for one week.

La Casa is a nonprofit and the only provider of domestic violence services in Doña Ana County. It needs to raise $100,000 to help offset a reduction in state funding.

La Casa opened in 1981 as a domestic violence shelter. In the past 35 years, it has expanded to include not only an 80-bed shelter, but also case management for services to clients, non-residential counseling, job readiness support, transitional housing, educational support (including GED and English as a Second Language), legal assistance (including restraining orders and immigration issues), the Batterers Intervention Program, community education and three meals a day plus a snack for all residents.

La Casa also provides activities for children in residence, along with counseling and day care.

La Casa doesn’t discriminate against anyone who requests services, no matter that person’s gender, age, sexual orientation or income.

The typical stay at La Casa shelter is 35 days, but victims of domestic violence can stay up to 90 days.

Some arrive with literally only the clothes they are wearing — many women don’t even have their purses. They need shelter, but many also need help getting a new drivers license, Social Security card, birth certificate, etc. Sometimes they need job training or more permanent housing.

Some clients have children, and sometimes they need legal assistance in custody issues.

Allied Burglar and Fire Alarms, Inc. and El Sombrero Express each have donated $500, and other businesses and individuals have donated $100 or more.

To make a donation to the One Hundred/Thousand campaign, or to donate any amount, visit lacasainc.org, or take your donation to La Casa at 800 S. Walnut St., located in the pink building between Taco Bell and Young Park, or mail your donation to La Casa, Inc., P.O. Box 2463, Las Cruces, NM. 88004.

La Casa’s business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact La Casa, Inc. Executive Director Theresa Armendariz at 526-2819 or tarmendariz@lacasainc.org.