Pathways Grant

United Way of Northern New Mexico Vice President of the Board of Trustees Carol Clark (second from left) presents a $25,000 check to Pathways Shelter Interim Board Chair Yvonne Maestas during the shelter’s special Nov. 19 ceremony. Also pictured (left to right): Pathways Board Member and UWNNM Collective Impact Coordinator Cristian Madrid, UWNNM intern Meghan Schroeder and UWNNM Executive Director Monica Griego.

Española Pathways Shelter received a $25,000 Community Action Grant from Northern New Mexico United Way officials on Nov. 19. 

The Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Community Partnership Office provided $5,000 of the grant, which was open to any Rio Arriba County non-profit. 

UWNNM Executive Director Monica Griego said a Pathways staffer submitted an online application for the grant, after seeing ads for it in the SUN, and the shelter was selected for the next round of the process, which included an in-person interview with board members of UWNNM. 

Griego said 56 organiations applied for the grant and 40 made it to the interview round, including Pathways. 

“There is a United Way grant committee that is a mix of community members and (employees), and they use a scoring system. This year, it was an eight-person committee,” she said. “Based on the interviews, they make recommendations on who should receive the award.”

Griego said each organization was asked to submit a budget request with their online application, detailing how they would use the money. Sometimes, the Board will approve a lower amount than what’s been requested, she added. 

“We have been involved with Pathways since the beginning,” she said, explaining that UWNNM was a founding partner of the shelter, providing resources for them. “So it’s thrilling ... to see it come to life, and getting feedback from the clients about how they feel cared for. It warms my heart, and it’s in line with the holiday season. We are committed to the shelter.” 

UWNNM Vice President of the Board of Trustees Carol Clark presented the check and award letter Nov. 19 at a special ceremony outside of the shelter. Pathways volunteers and staff had cooked a Thanksgiving feast to celebrate the occasion and volunteers from UWNNM joined them, bringing donated comforters, jackets and clothing for the shelter.

Pathways Shelter Executive Director Dena Moscola said they were able to extend from three nights a week to five as soon as they found they would receive the grant money.

“That was just so helpful and it came at just the right time,” she said. “That will take us through the winter. We needed to pay the staff, and now we can.”

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