Currently we are able to offer our camp residents the following services.
- A clean safe place to pitch a tent and live temporarily
- Water and Restrooms
- 24 hour security & self governance
- The support and fellowship of peers and of caring community volunteers
- Proximity to Services provided by the Alliance Agencies on the Campus of the Community of Hope (more)
Since November 2011 the Camp has provide shelter for over 500 people and has seen over a 175 folks get into permanent housing, men/women and couples, through our seven different housing programs at MVCH, or with assistance, or even on their own.
The following is a short summary of the projects Community Volunteers and Support Agencies have furnished or offered Camp Hope.
- Esperanza Mental Health Services: who are coming to do outreach education about the health risks of”synthetic” drugs like Spice and bath salt. They also have come to do mental health screenings
- Camp Hope has been invited to and is actively participating in the Community Advisory Board that the NMSU Counseling and Educational psychology Dept. has Initiated in the community, to foster dialog, establish collaborations, provide training and develop research, as well as, to provide accessible and culturally relevant service in meeting the mental health needs of the residents of Southern New Mexico, including the homeless.
- FYI: has come out to do needle exchange and harm reduction, and give an outreach classes on health issues associated with smoking.
- Janet Lindsey from Camp Esperanza(HIV/AIDS outreach-education prevention): comes to do free HIV testing once a week.
- Joann Vullo from Optum Health: invited 8 of our camp residents to attend a nationally certified Mental Health First Aid training. Joann has also come to do outreach classes about the power of language in mental health, and she will be holding weekly Peer Counseling group discussions at the MVCH resource room
- Sita of WellCare Options home health care came out to inform our residents of what services her agency can offer , and to educate about sun and heat stroke other health concerns.
- Sara Nolan and Carli Romero of CAFE/NM Communities in Action and Faith: Has been working with James to help our camp leaders get voter registration training for a drive here next month, and has offered us training in administrative planning grant writing etc.
- The residents and volunteers of Camp hope, conceived of and proposed the a Camp Hope Health Initiative. In January the program was accepted, established and managed by St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic and seeks to address unmet health-related needs of homeless individuals. Including providing financial and any other assistance possible to homeless persons who can not afford to meet their basic health care needs through existing services. Help with co-pays for medical appointments and prescriptions. Payments for prescriptions,transportation to medical appointments. And any other health related needs such as medical supplies, medical equipment (ie: walkers wheelchairs and equipment maintenance), nutritional supplements and over the counter medications.
- Camp Hope is also helping support and volunteer, along with the Dept. of Health, at St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic with Cafe Salud, an informal evening of live music healthy snacks and health outreach and prevention. This event happens the first and third Tuesday of every month in front of St Luke’s from 4- 6pm.