Welcome to The Monthly Memo

 August, 2016

The Arc of New Mexico Mission

Our Mission: The Arc New Mexico promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.


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Donate Now: https://www.arcnm.org/donate-online/

Randy Costales, Executive Director

The Arc Board of Directors

The Arc of New Mexico is 501c3 non-profit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors.  The board elections were held at the Annual Business meeting in July. The 2016 - 2017 Board Members are:


President, Dolores Harden, Albuquerque, Parent and Advocate working at Parents Reaching Out                       

Senior Vice-President, Elaine Palma, Las Cruces, Parent and Speech Language Pathologist

Vice-President, NE Region I, Lynette Ortiz, Santa Fe, Parent and          Contractor at Direct Therapy Services of Las Cruces*

Vice-President, SE Region II, Leah Lucier, Roswell, Parent and Special Services Director, Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell*

Vice-President, Central Region III, James Habersham, Rio Rancho, Parent*

Vice-President, SW Region IV, Thea Kavanaugh, Las Cruces, Recreation Therapist, LC Public Schools

Vice-President, NW Region V, vacant

Secretary, Brianne Connor, Albuquerque, New Mexico Director at Dungarvin

Treasurer, Anita Hackett, Financial Analyst, United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service*


NE Region I – Philip Alvarez-Levin, Santa Fe, Farmer and Individual with Disability

SE Region II - vacant

Central Region III – Lourdes Rael, Albuquerque, Individual with Disability

SW Region IV – Sophia Hamilton, Las Cruces, Individual with Disability, People First Member

NW Region V - Francene Kilgore-Sanchez, Farmington, Parent and Law Student

Director at Large – Siri GuruNam Kaur Khalsa – Santa Cruz, Parent and Nurse

Director at Large – Laura Todd, Las Cruces, Individual with Disability, People First Member*

We appreciate members who continue to serve, welcome our new members* and thank out-going Board Members Amber Salazar, Veronica Chavez-Neuman, Patricia Gull and Susan Wilkinson for their service.

The Arc Helping Families

By Imelda Garcia, sister

“UP ABOUT DOWNS” is the logo on the wrist band Gerald Garcia wears after attending the National Down Syndrome Congress Orlando, Florida this past July.  It was the first Congress attended by Gerald and his sister Imelda.  Bother returned and were excited to learn of the many opportunities available to people living with Down syndrome.  “The Congress was an educational opportunity as well as a social time to become acquainted with such an energetic and loving group of people.”

 Gerald is an older adult with Down syndrome and his opportunities were limited during his childhood, but now Gerald is making up for lost time in becoming more active in his community and becoming more involved with the Knights of Columbus, his church, volunteer work and just enjoying life as he visits new places in his community and the state as well as enjoying every day activities.  Gerald lives with his sister and together they advocate for people living with special needs as they have come to know the many agencies who advocate for the rights of individual living with special needs as well as the Lieutenant Governor and Governor. 

 Both recommend attending the National Down Syndrome Congress for it is a tool in learning more about the challenges affecting individual with Down syndrome.  The congress is a great place to meet and network with many families who have and are facing similar challenges. 

 Imelda and Gerald hope to present a workshop at next year’s Congress to be held in Sacramento, California.  The workshop will loan support on the older adult and his sibling, sharing their personal experiences.  One may contact the Arc of New Mexico to learn more about this and other educational opportunities.

Sarah Wilson - Artist

By Gwen Wilson, mom

Sarah Wilson is a young woman with Down syndrome who is an artist at VSA arts of New Mexico. Several years ago Sarah set a goal for her to do a series of 12 bird paintings. She was guided in that endeavor by Tom Brejcha, an art teacher at VSA. Tom, Sarah and I agreed that Sarah would benefit from receiving private art lessons to allow Tom time to work individually with Sarah.

Sarah did a “Self Determination Plan” and received a stipend from the Arc Down Syndrome New Mexico Fund through The Arc of New Mexico for a person centered plan that allowed her to work on one goal. She selected her bird art as her goal and the grant gave her money to pay for her art lessons. It was her desire to be able to have a show of her work once she had completed the series of paintings.

Milan Sklenar of Crashing Thunder Gallery in Gallup, NM agreed to host a show for Sarah. The opening reception will be on June 11, 2016 from 7PM to 9 PM in conjunction with the monthly Gallup, NM art crawl.

Sarah would like to thank her wonderful art teacher, Tom Brejcha, The ARC of NM who gave her the stipend to pay for her art lessons allowing her to achieve her goal and Milan Sklenar of Crashing Thunder Gallery for hosting her show. Sarah has said that the show is in honor of her father, Mark Wilson.

Sarah's art show was an incredible success. The gallery had hung 20 paintings, 17 of which were for sale. More than 100 people came to the opening and Sarah sold all but 3 of the paintings. A number of people have given her commissions for painting. She was a fantastic hostess, greeting everyone who came into the gallery and talking to them about her art. It was a wonderful experience for Sarah and I think it was a real eye opener for many members of the community who were quite impressed with Sarah and with her art. Thank you so much for the grant for her art lessons and supplies. Sarah is donating 20% of her money that she made to Special Olympics.

Job Opportunities at The Arc

The Arc of New Mexico is currently looking to hire two individuals for the following part-time positions (up to 20 hours per week):

 Development Coordinator to plan and implement the development program for the organization.  Special emphasis will be placed on annual giving campaigns, major gift development, foundation and corporation relations, an annual signature event and planned giving.  The goal of this position is to successfully increase annual giving and major gift giving from individuals and corporations. 

Program Coordinator to oversee several Arc programs and contracts including The Arc State Annual Conference.  Excellent organizational, writing, and speaking skills.  Ability to compile information, write reports and meet deadlines.  Experience working collaboratively with other people and agencies.  Candidate should be proficient in Excel, PowerPoint and Word. 

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to frontdesk@arcnm.org by Friday, September 2, 2016.

Autism Support Group

SPARK, Adult Autism Support Group Please add our monthly meeting to your Events Calendar!  We will meet the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-8pm at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center in the 3rd Floor Community Conference Room. It is free to attend and we welcome Asperger’s and Spectrum Adults and their parents and Caregivers!  Please RSVP by email to jsheppard@srmc.unm.edu.

Support The Arc!

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Use the following message and link below in social media, email, and on your website to tell your supporters about how they can help Arc of New Mexico when they shop for back-to-school supplies.

Support us when you shop for back-to-school items. #StartWithaSmile at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/85-0167508 and Amazon donates.

Other ways to give to The Arc:

Mail a check or make an on-line donation at https://www.arcnm.org/donate-now/

Make a United Way Contribution and designate The Arc

Donate stocks or bonds.  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Leave a bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. One significant benefit of making a gift by bequest is that it allows you to continue to use the assets/property you may leave to charity during your life. Another benefit is that by making a bequest you are able to leave a lasting legacy for the work of The Arc.  Keep in mind that your gift can be for a specific amount, a percentage or some portion of the remainder (after family, relatives and friends have gotten their designated share).  For more information contact Randy Costales at rcostales@arcnm.org.

Set up a memorial gift for a loved one as a lasting tribute or to a family as an expression of sympathy.  Family and friends can be recognized with a gift in their honor.  This might be for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary, holiday, wedding, retirement, etc.

Donate gently used clothing, shoes and household items (Metro area).  For more information or to schedule a donation pick-up call 505-765-1975.