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Otero County residents experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity enjoyed a day of free food, service and support from Otero County community organizations on Saturday, November 5. After getting help with housing, job and benefit applications and medical screenings, attendees could connect with one another and community members while enjoying a meal provided by Mountain View Church and Runner’s Refuge.

100% Otero, The Counseling Center Community Rebuild Initiative (Con Alma Health Foundation), Mountain View Church, Love INC, The Otero Health Department, and 32 community partners held a Day of Hope event – a day to provide hope, kindness, a meal, and tangible, usable services to approximately 100 people in need. The special event, modeled after the Stand Down events held for homeless Veterans, took place at Mountain View Church, 1300 Cuba. Combined, the community partners totaled 1,026 interactions with those in attendance.

Day of Hope brought many kinds of services together in one location. “The purpose of this event was to provide people with tangible services and resources on the spot,” said Peg Crim, co-founder of 100% Otero. “To our delight, every partner on hand had something of value to offer our guests – either a service, a product, or information.”