WHO WE ARE
HELP New Mexico, Inc. (HELP-NM) was created and incorporated as Home Education Livelihood Program, Inc. in 1965 by the interdenominational New Mexico Council of Churches and its successor, the New Mexico Conference of Churches and Church Women United. The founders included pastors, ranchers, farmworkers, housewives, businessmen and government workers. The HELP-NM organization is governed by 18 Board of Directors representing sectors including public, business, low income, native American, parents and other community members.
For more than 51 years, HELP New Mexico, Inc. (HELP-NM), has provided services to more than 950,000 individuals and families. Migrant families, self-employed farmers and ranchers, low-income families, abused and neglected children, senior citizens, people with disabilities and disadvantaged youth have all benefitted from our programs and services. These services have included adult education, job training, early childhood development and education, youth development and care, self-help housing construction, rural health clinics, land development, job placement, literacy training, affordable housing, nutritious meals and family counseling.
Office of Economic Empowerment
Services provided include job trainings, job placement, and supportive and emergency services. Help New Mexico and the OEE also work to provide general support in the purchase of personal assets to unemployed and underemployed individuals, including the homeless and migrant and seasonal farmworkers.
Office of Learning & Academic Opportunity
Since 1970, OLAO has provided Services to approximately 29,700 children and families. Currently, OLAO serves more than 600 children from birth to eight years old, at fifteen centers throughout Hidalgo, Luna, Dona Ana, Otero and Sierra counties. Key services provided include Head Start, Early Head Start, State Pre-K, and a fee-for- service childcare program.
HELP New Mexico is an affiliate of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. NCLR works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.