Saturday November 3rd, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope hosted an open house fundraiser for Camp Hope to help off-set the upcoming costs of improving camp conditions in alignment with the ongoing rezoning required by the City Management of Las Cruces. The event was also a celebration of one year of success of the Camp becoming an official program of MVCH.
People that attended were greeted by MVCH staff and Board members and had a chance to tour the facility inside as well as take tours of the camp with Camp Hope staff at hand to answer their questions about how the camp runs and is self governed and managed. The attendees also had a chance to learn more about all the direct services MVCH provides the homeless in Las Cruces as well as the various housing, disability and veterans programs.
Great music was played all afternoon by the “Rio Grande Ramblers” and MVCH Executive Director, Nicole Martinez even got to sing and play a number for our guests. Snacks and drinks were provided by Las Cruces First Assembly Church and Camp Hope even grilled a choice of shrimp chicken or steak fajita salads.
Several former Camp Hope residents who have transitioned into housing as well as a couple of current camp residents got a chance to speak and give testimonials about their positive experiences with this program and gave the guests a moving account of what it means to be part of this unique homeless community. All in all the day was a great success, and everyone attending had an enjoyable afternoon.
Thanks to the MVCH board and staff, and all the Las Cruces community volunteers, and Camp Hope volunteers for making this day happen and keeping the ball rolling for Camp Hope to continue growing and succeeding to help the homeless in our community.
And a very heartfelt THANK YOU to all the donors and supporters that came out Saturday, Camp Hope deeply appreciates your support!