The First Born Program are committed to keeping families who we serve and in the wider community, informed about help and advice that is available in this challenging time. We would also like to thank Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) Resource Specialist Tara Adams for her wonderful work in curating these resources!
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|Information about any informal and formal offers of assistance with food, childcare, elder care, supply runs, and community programs is available at the Facebook group “Los Alamos Helping Each Other During COVID-19”. The link to their page is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1415112578673222/|
Dr. Lynda Adrouche-Amrani, Medical Director of the Newborn Services at Los Alamos Medical Center, has offered to contact their formula representatives on behalf of any family running out of formula and unable to find it. Look for her post on the “Los Alamos Helping One Another During COVID-19” Facebook group and tag her.
Hope Pregnancy has donations of formula (also diapers, wipes, and baby/toddler clothes and toys). Text 505-500-4165 for help.
The state has two hotlines for concerns. For everything health-related, call 1-855-600-3453.
For all concerns not-health related, like school, childcare and job security, call 1-833-551-0518.
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in New Mexico, go here: https://cv.nmhealth.org/
The New Mexico Department of Health two new online tools for New Mexicans to use during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals who have already been tested can check for their results online by using the new portal and creating an account and individuals who wonder if they need to be tested can access a self-screening tool : Information here.
The state now has a webpage with information about getting financial, basic needs, and childcare assistance in one place: Information here.
The state of New Mexico will use an emergency alert system, disseminated from the state’s Emergency Operations Center, when conditions warrant. This system is similar to Amber Alerts, which are used to notify the public about missing children. Alerts will be sent through text messages, television and radio. Information here.
If someone suspects they have been exposed to or may have COVID-19, they need to call 505-257-8322 (MANNM) or 1-855-600-3453 (State Hotline) before going to a medical clinic. https://losalamosreporter.com/2020/03/11/governor-call-department-of-health-if-you-believe-you-have-coronavirus-dont-go-directly-to-healthcare-facilities/
Testing does not require a copay or deductible but is limited. Contact your health care provider to learn more. Testing is currently limited to patients with fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
FAQs on Coronavirus: https://cv.nmhealth.org/faq/
The state has temporarily expanded eligibility for its subsidized childcare program with special provisions for neighbors and relatives to care for children and for medical workers and first responders to access childcare. No one will lose their CYFD childcare eligibility because they choose to keep their child at home during this time. For more details: Information here.
Donated Food Distribution
Contact LA Cares at (505) 661-8015 for emergency food. A monthly food box is available by prior arrangement only on the second Friday of the month and the Thursday night before. The next distribution is April 9 and 10. Residents will be asked to drive-thru to pick up their box (there will be no extra “shopping the room” at this time). Anyone who resides in Los Alamos County who has seen a temporary drop in income is welcome to register. Information here.
Los Alamos Mobile Food Pantry is available at First Methodist Church at 715 Diamond Drive (behind Lemon Lot). The Food Depot distributes food on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 to 12:30. No pre-registration is required. It is advised that you arrive early to wait in line. Distribution will take place Friday, April 24 on a drive-by basis.
The Santa Fe Food Depot has opened weekly drive-by food distribution in various locations in Santa Fe: https://www.thefooddepot.org/get-help/
LANL has announced to Lab employees that Aramark will have family food boxes for $40.00. Each box contains:1 flat of eggs (subject to availability), 5 lbs. flour, 5 lbs. sugar, 5 lbs. rice, 5 lbs. beans, 1 loaf of bread,1 gallon milk (subject to availability). The box is $40 and you can add on 10 lbs. of bacon or 5 lbs. of ground beef for $20. No other changes or adjustments can be made to the box. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.
Order by Wednesday (April 15), 10 a.m. for Thursday delivery.
Order by Friday (April 17), 10 a.m. for Monday delivery.
You can pick up your box in front of Otowi from 11 a.m. to noon. Staff can also deliver to your porch (gloves and masks will be worn).
To place your order via credit card, contact Desiree Byrd (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 551-2706.
Chartwells and LAPS are participating in the Free Emergency Meals program for any child 18 and under. Starting Friday 4/10 they provide both a breakfast and lunch meal distribution twice a week. The meals will be packaged together for one single distribution. The single pick up will occur Tuesday and Friday at our curbside pick up, join us 11am-1pm at Aspen Elementary. Pinon and Chamisa Elementary pick up will be from 12pm-1pm. Friday meals will be packaged for use on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday. Tuesday meals would be for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Go here for menu details.
Statewide information is here.
Little Food Pantries
The Little Food Pantry at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (lower parking lot, corner of Diamond and Trinity) is filled.
Another free food pantry is available inside Los Alamos Christian Church, 92 East Rd, Los Alamos. Access during business hours.
There is also a pantry at St. Job’s Orthodox Church at 1319 Trinity Dr, Los Alamos.
The WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program is asking applicants to call 505-753-4659 (Espanola) to start the process of application. They can pick up the WIC card at the Espanola office (drive through) or in Los Alamos at Public Health (once a month). WIC is setting people up with a provisional account for four months so that people can access food quickly without their usual appointment with a dietician etc. The program serves families who are pregnant or have a child younger than five.
Other Basic Needs
Loss of employment income
NM Department of Workforce Solutions is offering one time stimulus payments of $750 to self-employed individuals. Detailed information is here.
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has posted updated information for New Mexicans about economic impact payments here.
Updates from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) regarding Unemployment Insurance were announced by the governor April 7. These include changes to make the process of applying easier for New Mexicans. Information here.
For school employees, LASCU is offering assistance include 0% interest loans, loan payment extensions, and financial counseling: Information here.
A video on how to access help is here.
For New Mexicans with DACA or any other immigration status who are being let go of their jobs and have questions about collecting unemployment, we are here to help at Santa Fe Dreamers Project. Call and leave a message 505-490-2789 or e-mail email@example.com.
The SBA is offering low-interest federal disaster loans up to $2 million for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations suffering substantial economic injury as a result of Coronavirus: Information here and here.
Non-citizens with work authorization are eligible for unemployment insurance in New Mexico. For New Mexicans with DACA or any other immigration status who are being let go of their jobs and have questions about collecting unemployment, we are here to help at Santa Fe Dreamers Project. Call and leave a message 505-490-2789 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Information here.
Help with housing costs
News on national mortgage relief: here.
Contact Self Help at (505) 662-4666 for urgent help with basic needs. They are open and serving clients over phone and email.
Until further notice, Los Alamos County will not be disconnecting anyone’s utilities for nonpayment. They still ask that everyone continue to pay their bills on time whenever possible.
Comcast is making Internet Essentials discounted internet program available to its eligible customers for free for 60 days. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
New Mexico courts will be extending the payment of fees and fines for 30 days without penalty: Information here.
The New Mexico Crisis and Access Line (NMCAL) has established business continuity plans to ensure that services continue to operate as normal. Counselors are available 24/7 at 855-662-7474.
Small Steps Child Counseling in Albuquerque is offering services for crisis and ongoing for the Spanish speaking community as well as English and ASL. All services are accessible through phone, video or online. Services are available for any child, family, or adult in need of practical or emotional support. Message for more information or call (505) 933-4639. Information here.
North Star Psychiatric: North Star Psychiatric Services is shut down for the 3-week shut down as of Monday March 16th. They are offering Telemed services in lieu of physical appointments for all scheduled patients. Please call the office at 412-7756 for automated details. Direct contact will be made to each patient as well as this local posting. Please remember that we are closed the week of the 23rd- 27th for what was to be Spring Break, no appointments, Telemed or otherwise, are scheduled during that week.
If you have any questions, refill requests, scheduling needs, or otherwise, please call the office manager, at 505-695-4691 anytime.
Los Alamos Family Council: : While the Counseling Center is closed, all therapists are using telehealth during the closure and will be taking in new clients. The normal office phone has a message forwarding people to a mobile office. That temporary number is (505) 551-2671.
Clinical and developmental psychologist Dr. Stroud has provided this informational video for parents in order to support caregivers in managing the emotional responses and developmental needs of their children during this crisis. Dr. Stroud provides parents with information and skills to support their children’s emotional health, mental well being, and build necessary skills of resilience. Information here.
JJAB can serve clients via Zoom, What’sApp, or Skype as well as by phone, text, and email. Resource specialists can serve as connection points to urgent resources and mental healthcare, as well as a variety of other needs. Information here or contact any resource specialist.
Hope Pregnancy can offer remote/online parent mentoring. Text 505-500-4165 for more information.
Recovery / Substance Use
Narcotics Anonymous meetings are online and by phone. The primary purpose of an NA group is to carry the message of recovery to the addict who still suffers. https://virtual-na.org/
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Smart Recovery offers its toolbox online: here.
Domestic Violence / Family Safety
Order of protection hearings are now occurring by phone.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law 3/18/20 contains key provisions that can help survivors of domestic violence: Information here.
The Los Alamos County Victim Assistant will continue services via phone for any domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking related cases. Call (505) 663-3511 to access services.
Crisis Center of New Mexico has no changes to services. The shelter is open and supervised visitation and counseling will take place as scheduled, call 505-753-1656.
Recreation and Learning Opportunities for Families
Information on Los Alamos library services available remotely will soon be added to this list. For information now, please contact the library branches at 505-662-8250 or 505-662-8265.
Audible is offering a collection of audiobook stories which are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet: Information here
Many online educational content providers are offering content for free during school closures. Parents can find a variety of resources to keep kids engaged at home. A large list can be found here: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/
Another list of resources grouped by ages: here.
The Los Alamos Historical Museum’s new History at Home page has hands-on history activities for learners of all ages, and is available here.
This Facebook page, “At Home in Los Alamos,” was created as a resource for Los Alamos Parents to find activities that can be done while at home during the COVID-19 restrictions. Collaborators include: Fuller Lodge Art Center, PEEC, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos County Library System, Los Alamos STEAM Lab, and Los Alamos Arts Council. We invite the public to check this page, as most organizations will be attempting to post daily activities. https://www.facebook.com/AtHomeinLosAlamos/
Local Kate Ramsey offers virtual Zumbini Classes designed for Babies to Age 5 and their parents/caregivers are available by registration here.
Parentivity is a web-based system that provides 24/7 customized information for parents of children from birth to age five. Accounts are free during the closures: here.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has launched a new online series to help the community get outside, have fun and continue to learn about nature while the schools and Los Alamos Nature Center are closed. Go here: https://peecnature.org/take-it-outside/ Watch the PEEC wildlife webcam here.
Family Strengths Network is able to schedule appointments for using their Resource or Toy Lending Library. The book resource library has a variety of topics available for adults and children and may be helpful while the libraries are closed, or temporary challenges are being faced: topics from anxiety, sleeping, grief, parenting styles, cooking, crafts, etc. Toys available for ages birth to probably about 11, but some board games and what-not may be fun for older. Text Ali Harper at 573-280-2412 or Lissie Ham at Lissie.Ham@lafsn.org.
Online virtual museum tours are available: Information here.
Volunteers and Donations Needed
Christus St. Vincent is in urgent need of medical and cleaning supply donations: here.
Chartwell’s: Donations of paper lunch sacks are needed. Please drop off at Aspen, Chamisa, or Pinon schools during grab-and-go lunch distribution. Aspen 11-1, Chamisa and Pinon weekdays 12:00-12:30.
LA Cares: No longer accepting donations of food or asking for volunteers.
Questions? Call LA Cares, 661-8015 and leave a message. Information here.
Self Help: Financial contributions are needed to meet the increased need for assistance. Self Help now has adequate volunteers to help with fielding requests for help. Contact Maura Taylor at email@example.com. Information here.
The state is requesting State volunteers to deliver food to seniors. People can email firstname.lastname@example.org if they want to volunteer. They should write ‘ready to help’ in the subject line. Officials also ask prospective volunteers to include their city, and phone numbers.
Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization is asking for donations of dry and canned goods at both sites. Financial contributions are accepted through Pay Pal n their webpage or by check. Donations of gift cards for groceries and Pet Pangaea can be mailed or dropped off during business hours and will be used to support the home delivery program. Information here.
Blood donations are needed as the shutdowns are impacting the supply. If you are healthy and can donate blood, make an appointment here.
The Los Alamos Animal Shelter has modified hours but will still make appointments for interested parties to look at adoptable pets from 11-3 Monday-Thursday. As of Wednesday, 3/18, sixteen animals were in need of a home: Information here.
Espanola Valley Humane Society is asking for people to foster pets right now. I imagine they are having issues with getting enough food, donations, and volunteers. If you can help, you can contact Linda Sanchez at 505-927-3675.
Employment Opportunities During Closures
Smith’s is hiring additional staff to help with restocking. Information here.
Nearby communities’ resource lists
Albuquerque resource list here.
Regional and indigenous resources from Tewa Women United: here.
Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and beyond: here.