New Community Programs To Address Multi-Generational Trauma Announced By Barrios Unidos Communities Without Walls In Chimayo

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New Community Programs To Address Multi-Generational Trauma   Announced By Barrios Unidos Communities Without Walls In Chimayo

From a Press Release

During March, 2017, Barrios Unidos of Chimayo, NM begins delivery of multiple sessions and workshops open to the public and providing recovery tools for women, families, youth and recovering addicts. 

Barrios Unidos Communities Without Walls, a new 501-c-3 nonprofit organization in Chimayo, is dedicated to addressing community multi-generational trauma issues related to addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence. The new nonprofit organization, now in its first year of successful operation, received IRS recognition in 2015 and opened operations at the John Hyson Center in September 2016. 

Barrios Unidos has established a strategic plan and operating procedures designed to provide the community with a number of programs addressing addiction, trauma and recovery issues that have plagued the Chimayo and the Rio Arriba region. Barrios Unidos has an all-volunteer Board. a growing number of volunteers who provide needed labor and resources to promote community health and wellbeing.  

The John Hyson Facility in Chimayo, where all sessions will be held, is well known in the community. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility with grounds and numerous outbuildings is being provided to Barrios Unidos by the Presbytery of Santa Fe for its community improvement efforts. Barrios Unidos has acquired important startup funding from United Way of Northern New Mexico (water and waste water improvements, etc.), technical assistance from Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Partnerships Office (LANL-CPO), The OPRE Foundation Santa Fe, and numerous private donors in the community.  

During 2016 Barrios Unidos Volunteers assisted with numerous facility and grounds improvements to make the large, historic building make room for BU programming and education efforts.  A solar power unit is planned for installation in 2018 to increase the facility’s energy efficiency and lower operating costs. Improvements to the parking lot and facade/portale are planned. Barrios Unidos will operate in collaboration and partnership with the numerous local health & recovery organizations including Tewa Women United, Inside Out, Northern New Mexico College, Library and Community Involvement.

March programs include: AA Meeting, Men’s Support Group, Women’s Support Group, Underage Drinking, Accu Detox Ear Seeds and Lady in Waiting Group.

“We want to let the general public know about the Barrios Unidos’s start-up aspirations, its commitment to “Querencia” as a measure of success and thank local volunteers and donors for their assistance with generating the energy for establishing these important programs,” said Lupe Salazar, Barrios Unidos President. 

“We will have more open house and reception activities in 2017 to introduce the community to our facility and our programs.  

“Our job is not to judge, Our job is not to figure out if someone deserves something, Our job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and to heal the hurting….” said Damian Martinez, Barrios Unidos Vice-President.