LOS LUNAS — La Vida Felicidad was recently awarded $10,000 from the PNM Resources Foundation.

Katie Otero, the Quality Assurance director at La Vida Felicidad, said the nonprofit serves at-risk seniors in Valencia, Socorro and Bernalillo counties, and this is going to help the organization continue providing services and pay their caregivers.

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“We are very excited we got this grant, it’s going to go to help our home health care program,” Otero said. “A lot of these seniors are on their own, don’t have a lot of family support and they’re pretty isolated already. With this current health emergency it was really vital that we continue to get out there and make sure they’re getting their medication, groceries or whatever they need.”

Otero said they also use it as an opportunity to educate the seniors they check up on. Caregivers explain the symptoms of COVID-19 and assist with video appointments with doctors or phone visits.

“Some of the funding will also be used to make care packages with food items, personal care items and cleaning items. We’re going to make about 100 of those to give out not only to our clients but too see if there’s anyone in the community who might need one of those.”

Otero said Jubilee Los Lunas had a food drive to La Vida’s home healthcare program and donated food and money to purchase more itmes for the care packages.

“That neighborhood has really come together to support at-risk seniors and we’re grateful for them also,” Otero said.

The PNM Resources Foundation announced it collectively awarded $220,000 to 23 nonprofits for their work towards increasing community safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Foundation’s commitment is about investing in a safer, brighter future for the communities we serve. It is amazing to hear what organizations are developing and implementing to help serve those at risk,” said Laurie Roach, PNM Resources Foundation director. “Supporting nonprofits brings hope, opportunity, and unity – something we all need during the coronavirus pandemic.”

The PNM Resources Foundation collectively awarded twenty-three nonprofits $220,000 in grants to help increase community safety during the pandemic and to help further their important community missions – most programs have a strong focus on assisting the senior population.

To learn more about La Vida Felicidad and how you can help, visit lvfnm.org/support-our-work.

Staff Writer

Anna Padilla is a native of Los Lunas, and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico. She began her journalism career with the VCNB in May 2019. She covers the village of Los Lunas, Los Lunas Schools, SODA and the town of Peralta.

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