The State of New Mexico has cut funding for the senior centers across the state.
The Cloudcroft Mountain Senior Services provides 5 services for senior citizens: congregate meals, home-delivered meals, homemaker services, transportation, and assisted transportation. The center has to cover over 660 square miles of Otero County in Southern New Mexico. Currently, we have 420 clients in Mayhill, High Rolls, Pinon, Sacramento, Weed, Timberon, Laborcita Canyon, and Sunspot.
Some seniors come to our centers for congregate meals and socialization. Homebound seniors receive meals at home and are checked on to make sure they are not hungry and are safe and well.
Those who cannot keep their homes clean and uncluttered are helped by homemaker services. Seniors who cannot drive or who do not want to drive down the mountain to Alamogordo can ride the van to go to the doctor, go on field trips, go to the grocery store, etc. For those who need help going to the doctor or rehab, we provide assisted transportation. We will stay with our clients and help them navigate the medical systems to get the best possible care. Reports are sent to the family when the client returns home.
All of the services are provided free of charge. We ask for donations only. If a senior cannot pay for any service, he/she receives any or all services that are needed. The client's confidentiality is maintained so that no one else knows their fiscal situation. Client confidentiality is bound by HIPPA.
The issue is the state only pays the center about $4.90 per home-delivered meal. Whether the meal is delivered in Cloudcroft, Timberon, etc. Weekly meals are delivered to Timberon, Sacramento Mountains, Pinon, and Laborcita Canyon. Meals for preparation and delivery cost the center about $15 per meal. Even with private donations and grants, the center is falling short of about $60,000 to finish this year.