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4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2014 % ilii !ili!: : DTMS students give SHNH holiday gifts Dugan-Tarango Middle School Student Council members, with muchhelp from parents, Lordsburg 'I never imagined l'd be homeless' By STEWART MCCLINTICISilver His organization also pro- could be a ways down the line. City Daily Press SILVER CITY -- "I never imagined I'd be homeless," Javier Ramos said. "I used to have it all -- awife, a house, a job," he added while sitting inside the Silver City Gos- pel Mission one morning, eating cold cereal and sporting an old leather Harley-Davidson jacket, graying hair, a white curly chin beard and bluing facial tattoos. Ramos lost ev- erything after his son was stabbed in the back three times and killed at work six years ago in Silver City. He lost the will to live and twice attempted to hang himself. He said both times the structure he tied the noose to broke. That's when he started believing Municipal Schools' staff and the community, collected items for gift bags for 48 residents at Sun-. "in God, Ramos shine Haven Nursing Home in Lordsburg.The gift bags included lap blankets, candy and mini stuffed said. toys. Courtesy photos For a while af- Lordsburg Schools Breakfast/Lu ch M ter his son's death, n enu he would just lay in bed thinking about Monday, January 5 Breakfast Sausage on a Stick it, causing him to Breakfast Banana Mini Loaf Fresh Fruit lose his job, his Cereal Fresh Fruit Fruit Juice house and his life. Ramos said he Gra.ham Crackers (9-12) Fruit Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Fruit Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Lunch gets jobs here and Asst. Low,Fat Milk Lunch Spaghetti & Meat Sauce there, but just Lunch Chicken Nuggets Garden Salad w/BToccoli & doesn't really fit Baked Chicken Potato Wedges Tomato into society due to Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Garlic Bread the long, sharp, un- Ranch Style Beans School Roll Jell-O w/Fruit kempt fingernails vides clothing, a food pantry ser- vice and life skills classes. "We have a cold-weather shelter right now. It'is open at 5:30 at night and runs until 7:30 in the morning" Salars said. "We're see- ing from about five to 13 guys every night." It really depends on how cold it gets though, he added. "Sometimes if they (home- less PeOPle) have a camp set up Salars added that he used to think the homeless population in Silver City was large, but then realized it was not quite that way. Adcording to a 2013 pregen- tation by Hank Hughes, the ex- ecutive director of the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, the general popu- lation of homelessness through- out New Mexico has dropped from over 5,000 to just under 3,000 people in the past decade. The 2013 Point in Time sur- vey conducted by the coalition showed that of the 29,514 residents in Grant County, only eight were counted as home- less, but "it prob- ably is an undercount," Hughes said. He said the survey was con- ducted on one day in 2013, ,and most likely the only people counted were those at the Gospel Mission at the time of the survey. The orga- Javier Ramos has been living as a homeless man'for the past nization'estimates six years, since his son was stabbed while working in Silver at least 74 people City. Ramos is residing in an abandoned house owned by an in Grant County old family friend, and he relies on the Silver City Gospel Mis- are homeless or need housing as- sion for additionai help. He said he feels he doesn't fit into sistance. society anymore and only gets little jobs from time to time. Hughes said Photo by STEWART MCCLINTIClSilC, er City Daily Press the state of New School Roll Cherry Crisp Pears Asst. Low-Fat Milk Asst. Low-Fat:Milk Wednesday, January 7 Tuesday, January 6 Breakfast ! d0ptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD They agree that they want a fam- Becoming a foster or adop- ily who will love them, spend tive parent can make a huge dif- time with them, and protect them. ference in the life of a child. These amazing children would Please call Patricia Hale, like their adoptive family to know C Y F D" that Des- Foster & tiny likes A d op.- to read, tive Par- Jeff says ent Re- he is very cruiter at loveable, (505) 327- 5316 ext. 1123 or Asst. Low-Fat Milk Thursday, January 8 Breakfast Peanut Butter & Jelly Jamwich Fresh Fruit Fruit Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Lunch Stuffed Crust Pizza. Tossed Salad Broccoli w/Ranch Dressing Cherry Craisins Asst. Low-Fat Milk Friday, January 9 Breakfast Breakfast Pizza Fresh Fruit Fruit Juice Asst. Low-Fat Milk Lunch Chicken Fried Steak Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy a n d Chuckwagon Corn" Serenaty School Roll wants' to Peaches love her Asst. LowFat Milk he calls his claws. To him they are normal, but to others they are off-putting and scare people, he said as he pro- ceeded to pierce an empty" soda can with his thumb and rip the top clean off. The only place he feels com- fortable anymore is at the Gospel Mission behind The Jalisco Cafe in downtown Silver City. He said everyone knows one another there, like a family, and he has been very appreciative of what the Gospel Mission has done.for him. The Gospel Mission helps people like Ramos every day by serving breakfast, lunch and din- ner to those who are less fortu- nate in life, Randy Salars, the executive director of the Gospel Mission, said being homeless during the holidays can be very difficult: There is now a cold-weather shel- 505-327- family all ter set up inside the Gospel 5316 for of her Mission's dining area that can more in- life. An host about 15 men every night forma- -- which is separate from the tion or a c t i v e organization's women s and visit us m o m / children's shelter. on the dad, two- ' web at parent i!k g d5i www.cyfck . family ~ ~7~Co~jtyL~i;;gCilterw org. Se Destiny,'Serenaty & that is pa- ll a b 1 a tient, structured, and able to set 575-542-331 Espanol boundaries will be important for OF these children The new family Foster or Ado t a P would benefit from parents 1that By PRISCILLA PEREAIDirector tions. Office hours are from 9-5 Email us at or hcherald @ New Mexico Youth have a knowledge base regarding Attention Western New Monday through Thursday and emotional and behavioral issues Mexico University students! Reg- Name: Destiny (Left)-Serenaty in children, istration for the Spring Semester (Center) -Jeff (Right) For more information about is going on now. Spriffg Semester Age: Destiny 12; Serenaty 10; foster or adoptive parenting starts Monday, January 12th. Jeff 9 through the New Mexico Chil- Come to the Hidalgo County Story: Meet three engaging, dren, Youth and Families Depart- Learning Center for the follow- outgoing and caring children! ment, please call 1-800-432-2075 ing services: Advising, registra- Destiny, Serenaty and Jeff are or visit tion, help with financial aid ap- looking forward ro adoption. 31ications and WNMU applica- 9-12 on Fridays. The Learning Center will be closed December 22nd to JanuC ary 2nd, for Winter break. We will continue with our regular hours on Monday, January 5th. For more information please call the Learning Center or e-mail Priscilla at already, they're afraid to leave it Mexico provides about $1.5 mil- because they have their valuables lion every year, which goes to- ttiere," Salars said. "If it gets re- ward supporting this effort. ally cold they'll come inside As far as the Gospel Mission here." goes, it is completely dependent This is only the second year on private donations and the sup- port of the community, Salars said that the Gospel, Mission has -- everything from monetary do- hosted the men's cold-weather nations and food to clothes do- shelter and it is usually open from nated to the thrift store. November until it gets warm, David Norvell said he has Salars added, also greatly benefited from the Ramos said he is lucky -- he generosity of the Gospel Mission. does not have to use this service. Norvell moved from Indiana He currently lives in an aban- about two weeks ago, with no doned house, plans, no job and no place to live. He has been living there for The first night he came to some time now because he knows town he stayed with Salars at his the family who owns it and they own home, and since then has are allowing him to stay there been coming to the Gospel Mis- until the house is sold -- which sion to receive aid and be fed. he said could happen in the near Then Salars introduced fl 1~ future once'the famhly can sort out NOrvell to Pastor To~y~gdfl~ k~ what to do with it. niorpastor of the New'.I-l Fet "As ybu can' gee I have 'rio lowship on Kirkland Road: light (electricity), I just go with "He got me set up at a Motel the flow," Ramos chuckled. "It's 6 for five days," Norvell said. He all on the beholder (God) and how was then able to get more help you look at things." from Egan, Salars and a case man- Although Ramos doesn't ager, who helped him get into a have gainful employment -- but trailer in Bayard. picks up jobs from time to time He said this was possible -- he remains positive, through a program called Sup- "I'm a picker. I believe ev- portive Services for Veteran Fami- erything around you has value ... lies, which put up his security to the cup of water you drink, to deposit and first month's rent that heater, to that standing cam- along with utilities until he can era to the old 1970 comic books," find a job -- for which he is cur- he said as he pointed to the vari- rently on the hunt. ous items inside his bedroom. Ramos said he is thankful for "Tony (Egan) stated that if I the family allowing him to reside do that, if I'm late on rent for the in their home. next month or so it would be fine," Others, however, are not so Norvell said, "until I get a job." fortunate and have to resort to ex- Egan said, "I believe that tended help from the Gospel Mis- being a Christian today that we sion. need to help those in need. 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