MVCH History

History of the Community of Hope

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) is an alliance of agencies on one campus that addresses homelessness and poverty in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. MVCH manages the building and property at 999 West Amador Avenue that are owned by the City of Las Cruces. In addition, MVCH is a provider of direct services to people who are homeless or near homeless.

The alliance has its roots in 1991 as a shared dream among Las Cruces’ homeless service providers: to create a single campus to house agencies whose services provide basic human needs and offer life-changing opportunities such as education, counseling and job training.

The Community of Hope was incorporated in March 1993. Today, it consists of five agencies with a long history of serving the poor and homeless. In this continuum of care facility, each agency is independently managed and responsible for its own staff and funding.

Construction of the multi-agency complex began in 1997 and was divided into three phases. Phase I was completed in March 1998 and is home to St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic and El Caldito Soup Kitchen. The family shelter is now closed and the space is available for service organization offices or as an emergency or transitional shelter. Interested parties should contact MVCH at 523-2219 or hope@zianet.com.

In September, 2001 Jardín de los Niños, a daycare center for homeless and near-homeless children, moved into the Phase II building on the campus.

Phase III, the final project of the initial dream, was finished in 2005, and Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Bank, the Closet de Mesilla Valley Clothes Bank, and the Community of Hope Individual and Family Services agencies moved in.

In 2008, MVCH staff and volunteers planted Fairlight Community Gardens behind our building.

In 2011, Nicole Martinez became the executive director of MVCH replacing Pamela Angell who became the executive director of St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic.

Ideas for future phases include an Employment Center. MVCH is open to other ideas and suggestions. These should be emailed to hope@zianet.com and will be forwarded to the board of directors and campus planning committee.

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