CARE Complex

Volunteer executive director of the North Las Vegas Critical Assistance Relief Effort known as CARE ComplexGlenn Trowbridge speaks about the complexities of assisting the homelessness, the inaccurate and unrealistic expectations about Las Vegas, and the low-pay and real-time financial difficulties of securing affordable housing in the area.


Las Vegas, Nevada’s CARE Complex adds a vital perspective and comparative counterbalance to the service model of Las Cruces’ Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

Though the Las Vegas homeless population is ranked fourth highest in the United States –– those in need estimated to be in the thousands –– both Las Vegas and Las Cruces communities seek to consolidate access services into one central location.

The affordable housing and homelessness crisis in Las Vegas has led to the creation of the Corridor of Hope, modeled after the Haven of Hope in San Antonio, Texas.

Find out more about the services provided at the CARE Complex in a 2016 Blog Post featuring CARE ambassador Mat Ellis.


photo near the CARE Complex entrance by Mat Ellis

Hope Stories 004 –– 1h 36m. Recorded 19 April 2018 at the CARE Complex, 200 Foremaster Lane in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Saint Luke’s

Saint Luke’s mission includes the core values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence, and Service.  The featured logo will soon be replaced by a newer, rebranded logo to introduce the grand opening of Amador Health Center.

Peer support specialist at Saint Luke’s Health Care Clinic, James Sassak comments on the dangers of trauma brought on by harmful psychological duress after emergency care and hospitalization, being ticketed and indebted with trespass charges which may result in failure to appear warrants, and the problem of being identified as homeless.

Later in the conversation, James offers the potential solution of Homeless Court Programs to help resolve these issues in Las Cruces.


Hope Stories 003 –– 1h 42m.  Recorded 29 March 2018 at Jardin de Los Niños La Paz Room on the Hope Campus.

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Jardin de Los Niños

Former Executive Director of Jardin de Los Niños Audrey Hardman-Hartley, recipient of the John Paul Taylor Social Justice Award, speaks about the Dogs Who Read program and early education in New Mexico.

Defining therapeutic intervention developmental screening, Audrey outlined 2018 health and human service resources available on the Community of Hope Campus.


Hope Stories 002 –– 1h 37m. Recorded 9 March 2018 at Jardin de Los Niños La Paz Room on the Hope Campus.

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Camp Hope

Each Tuesday morning at 10 am, clients living at Camp Hope meet to discuss the needs of community, including the local resource opportunity available to individuals seeking permanent housing.

Facilitator of the Great Conversation, Randy Harris shares the importance of community dialogue and collaborative problem solving.


Hope Stories 001 –– 1h 30m. Recorded 2 March 2018 at Jardin de Los Niños La Paz Room on the Hope Campus.

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Research Questions

Can the American home and workplace become sensible, inclusive, and accessible to human beings without recourse from bad credit, zombie debt, and the historical threat of cyclical individual and familia poverty?

How do individuals, small groups, and municipal organizations apply ethical methods and means to synthesize public health resource?

How can communities creatively approach legibility and self awareness campaigns to make available services more viable, and thereby increase access to localized healthcare?

Can sustainable living arrangements between individual citizens and city, county, and state support systems address New Mexico’s current and future needs?

In conjunction with the importance of self-care, vital mental health corridors of crisis intervention, and resources for domestic violence –– can individual cities in New Mexico overcome the historical distinction of the fiftieth poorest state through coordinated approaches to sustainable health care?

Can New Mexicans feed, clothe, and house those experiencing poverty, homelessness, and hunger in both rural and urban environments?

The American workplace, with the home as nearby as possible, cries out for reasonable and sustainable functions of livability.  Clear and commonplace human-systems understanding may help more people without over-stressing service providers.  More easily accessed safety corridors of healthcare services, longterm housing assistance programs, and beneficial employer relationships with educational opportunities work toward maintaining equitable prosperity.

What benefits can community gardens offer to home-owners, renters, and the homeless?

Can homes be constructed with communal labor, supplies, and sustainable maintenance into the future?

How does mental health and wellbeing play a role in attaining sufficient workforce income to pay for a home or a monthly rent payment?

Is homelessness dependent on the circumstances of the individuals and their families, or due in part to the conditions of the state?

Finally, what causes and symptoms create poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New Mexico, and does state social services provide for the needs of both rural and urban New Mexicans?

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Hope Stories Question List

Questions design general outlines and intentions for the Hope Stories project, a working guideline to consider how a single interview might progress.
Hope Stories Questions’ lists seek rapport with potential narrators, greater access to memory recall, and to prepare for the day of the interview.
The list linked above changes with each narrator’s background, field of specialization, and according to the personal story each individual narrator chooses to share.

Suggested subjects, personal events, and specific questions for conversation are always encouraged.  For more information about working together, and developing questions for the story you would most like to tell, Contact me by phone or email with questions, thoughts, and comments.

All recordings begin with a short introduction which details interview location, date, and anyone who may be present other than the narrator and the interviewer. In addition to the digital file- name of the recording, the interview begins when the narrator states:

Full name
Location considered hometown 
Current role or recent advocacy at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope


Will you share a story about growing up

Where did you go to school –– What career did you imagine for yourself

Talk about highlights of your personal biography before Mesilla Valley Community of Hope –– Education, Travel, Business, Volunteerism

Talk about the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope and Doña Ana County services that matter most to your work


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What is your perspective on finding and keeping long-term employment in Las Cruces

How did you first experience what today is commonly called a “tent-city” or “homeless youth” or “soup-kitchen” or “health clinic” or “food pantry”

Discuss differences between sanctioned and unsanctioned tent-cities

How can community support help or hinder success for the homeless

Talk about the benefits of transitional housing programs like Tents-to-Rents––            Complications

Discuss some of the challenges of maintaining health when experiencing homelessness

Which clinical services and healthcare programs help the homeless to access food and shelter

Hope New Mexico

Tell me about services and resources outside Camp Hope that work –– those that do not

How do access services to public housing differ throughout the State of New Mexico and the City of Las Cruces

What is your knowledge of poverty and hunger in rural areas of the state

Have you worked with Community of Hope clients from New Mexico Colonias

What is your knowledge about New Mexico’s transition between the traditional federal Food Stamp Program and today’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

In your experience, have programs like New Mexico’s use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) helped avoid homelessness

Hope Work

How do City, State or Federal funding programs play a role in your work

Can you talk about specific city or state institutional challenges of helping people who are living at Camp Hope

Discuss some of the challenges of maintaining health when experiencing homelessness

Which clinical services and healthcare access programs help the homeless access food and shelter

Are soup kitchens vital to the homeless community

Hope Care

In your own daily and weekly routine, what methods of self-care work best

What programs are you aware of that help to alleviate the stress that can occur for those working to help the homeless

Are there employer, city, or state systems which support your healthcare

Do you have a retirement program as part of your work

Hope Future

Do future programs show promise to help the homeless in Las Cruces

Name three of the most valuable contributions or levels of support, not present today, that would help the homeless in Las Cruces immediately

How do you envision the future of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope

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Mesilla Valley Community of Hope Stories

This project explores human rights, access to services, and city resources as seen through the experiences of staff, community advocates, and city officials at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH).  The New Mexico State University Public History based project seeks to document those who have worked to mitigate community issues including yet not limited to:

  • Poverty
  • Homelessness
  • Child Hunger
  • Public Health

My intention as interviewer at Mesilla Valley Community of Hope:

To collect oral history interviews of MVCH staff, advocates, and city officials who have contributed to the ongoing success of the community. Interviews are limited to 120 minutes, held in agreed upon and pre-scheduled settings, and voluntary.

To participate in the project, all potential narrators must be a current MVCH staff member or volunteer, or an approved community advocate whose work has directly contributed to the success of the five collaborating organizations located on the

Hope Campus:

Should time permit, MVCH contributing sponsors may be considered for short, 30 minute or less interviews outlining participation to the community.

Additional interviews may be considered for other contributing organizations in the area, such as the Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission and the NMSU Aggie Cupboard; however, the core of the project’s focus highlights the Hope Campus.

As a potential narrator, please review the following declaration of research documents which includes the required Informed Consent signature pages. A specific set of potential interviewee questions will be made available soon.

Please contact David Lee with any questions, thoughts, or comments.

Thank you for your kindness and patience in consideration of the Hope Stories project.

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