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Spring 2011 CVN Newsletter

Spring 2011 CVN Newsletter

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Published by: Kathleen Kuhl on Nov 08, 2011
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With national funding tightening, I decided to ask celebrities with an interest in mental health tohelp us financially. After seeing Shirley McClain, a New Mexico resident, on Oprah, I wrote her.Glenn Close, has a sister with a diagnosis of bi-polar and lives in Connecticut, was contacted tohelp. Hugh Laurie, “House” on TV, who acknowledges working with bouts of depression, was noti-fied by e-mail. Oprah Winfrey Foundation in Chicago received a letter of introduction, saying moreinformation would be sent upon request. If any of you readers can think of a possible funder, pleaselet me know at cwback28@comcast.netI recently met with Hank Hughes, ED of New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, JohnBloomfield (NewLife Homes ED), and his new assistant Brent Lesley to discuss possible fundingfor HUD Continuum of Care being offered in late fall. CVN with NLH plans to amass enough smallgrants to allow building to begin on the 15 acres just south of Belen. G
roundbreaking is being seen for late 2011.
For years, government agencies required matching funds; now strong leveraging power is accepted.CVN’s leveraging power, to name a few, includes ownership of 15 acres in Moriarity worth$195,000 with water rights, $210,000 grant from Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, option on the15 acres in Belen appraised at $450,000, three years of mental health services offered from Valen-cia Counseling Services $228,000, and architect planning drawings valued at $50,000.Your donations keep CVN operating, paying grant writers, and mailing out newsletters.Thank you for your ongoing support.Charlotte Wallace Back 
Casas de Vida Nueva
PO Box 1435Albuquerque, New Mexico87191Telephone: 505.681.0774E-Mail:cvn@newmexico.comwww.cvnfarm.org
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Casas de Vida Nueva
Our annual garage sale will be held on Saturday, June 18th from8AM to 2 PM.Location: Immanuel Presbyterian Church: 114 Carlisle Blvd. SE.The church is located near the intersection of Carlisle andCentral.We are still collecting items to include in this sale. If you wish to donate items call Margery @681-0774. Please, no donations larger than what can be transported by car.We encourage you to come out and show your support for CVN. You just might find the treasureyou’ve been looking for and we promise you’ll have fun browsing the good deals!
Casas de Vida Nueva
PO Box 14345Albuquerque, NM 87191
Inside this Spring /Summer 2011 Edition
President’s Ponderings
Garage sale
Book review
Upcoming raffle
 New board members
I Still Believe a book review
 I Still Believe
is a tribute to the memory of a beloved son. The pages are filledwith a mother’s fight to keep her faith in a God who would allow her precious child totake his own life. Desiree Woodland reaches deep into her soul and shares her grief anddoubt. It is easy to believe when your family is untouched by tragedy. It is easy to praywhen your prayers are answered. The challenge came for Mrs. Woodland when her onlyson began to drift away from his sanity, as his dreams and goals faded to a desperate battle that only he could fight, a battle that he ultimately lost. The force field of mentalillness seemed impenetrable to a mother’s love but sheer as rain for God’s mighty power  because of a mother’s love.What faith and courage she must have to be able to position words on the pagethat are so eloquent, thoughtful and brutally honest for other mothers who face the chal-lenge of dealing with mental illness and the loss of a child. That Desiree Woodland wasable to put aside her unimaginable grief to share her journey with others is a sheer bless-ing.Proceeds from this book will be used to provide “Breaking The Silence” cur-riculum to New Mexico classrooms in an effort to educate students and reduce thestigma attached to mental illness. Breaking the Silence is a nationwide program spon-sored by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). For more information or to do-nate to Desiree Woodland’s cause, please go to
We are pleased to have Desiree on the CVN board.
 Don’t forget the CVN annual garage sale on Sat. June 18th@Immanuel  PresbyterianChurch onCarlisle— near Central in Nob Hill. Doors openat 8 am!

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