Dr. Nancy McMillan describes the geographic evolution of Health and Human Service fragmentation across the City of Las Cruces. Today, access service locations continue to create risks for those without safe and reliable transportation. When experiencing homelessness, traveling on foot from one location to another is dangerous and exhausting, a terrible threat to life especially for youth and the elderly.
Escalated service needs had overstressed the limited space available to serve food and offer clinical healthcare contact at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church, and in-time justified by common sense the notion to consolidate and centralize public health services in-and-around downtown Las Cruces.
Although locally controversial, the relatively experimental idea to relocate homeless services into one centralized area blossomed throughout the 1990s. McMillian and other local trailblazers helped raise funds to create an early adopted example of the Consolidated Services Model. The result became what is known today as Hope Campus.
Hope Stories 006 –– 1h 16m Recorded 29 June 2018 at NMSU Public History Seminar Room, Breland Hall 258.