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Bienvenidos Outreach Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews 1,380

Address:

1511 5th Street Mailing-P O Box 5873 Santa Fe Nm 87502 Santa Fe NM 87505 USA

Mission:

We are dedicated to helping those in need of food and clothing in Santa Fe and the surrounding area in a non-political manner which is in accordance with section 501[c][3] of the IRS code. All services are free to our clients.

Geographic areas served:

Santa Fe and surrounding area

Programs:

In the past year bienvenidos outreach has seen a slight decrease in the number of food boxes distributed (15,921 for fy 14-15 vs. 17,943 distributed in fy 13-14) and saw a decrease in the number of lunches distributed in our lunch bag for the homeless project (15,303 for fy 14-15 vs. 18,468 in fy 13-14). Of these clients, there were a total of 663 families (1,844 people total) who applied for assistance with us for the first time. Food donations were down this past year again, primarily due to fewer large food drives by schools, churches and other establishments, but we were able to maintain our food distribution because of the variety food we purchased from the food depot at reduced prices using donations/grants earmarked solely for food purchases. Healthier food choices and reasonable pricing available through our food depot and an increase in healthy beverages from pepsi (low sugar juices, bottled water) allowed us to continue our smart breakfasts = smart kids project. Other projects include free clothing, house wares and books to our clients (there were 7,980 visits to our clothing room in fy 14-15), a decrease of 2,541 visits from the prior year. The christmas gifts project for children (378 children receiving 756 gifts) continues to be popular (numbers slightly down due to children who have gone above the age-limit for inclusion in the project). The decreases in the number of people we have helped can mostly be attributed to people moving out of the area and people who no longer need our services as they have found gainful employment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

For the last 5 years I have worked in the clothing room which keeps growing, filled the food boxes, made sandwiches, and volunteered with very giving people for a wonderful cause.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The opportunity to help people in my community and get to know them on a personal level.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Mostly hard workers giving as much as possible and a strong desire to help the community at large.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for about 13 months and a board member for about 4 or 5 months. Besides an excellent director and assistant, all of us (30-40 I think) are volunteers. It is a very caring place but we all work very hard to serve our many clients. Our main challenge is lack of space (and funds) to serve the many hundreds of families and homeless we help.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a part of helping many hundreds (and growing!) of families and homeless with clear and many times critical needs for food and clothing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organizaton is so well run that I don't think there would be much. Maybe better signage and someway to get accross to our family clients we need two simple things from them - bring their calendar (schedule) and box every time.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the joy of helping those in need and espcially the friendship of all the volunteers and staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Many...retired people like myself but from different walks of life, young people (teens), clients who are also volunteers and truly dedicated staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Wow, we could do soooo much good! We could serve many more clients better, faster and more often.

Ways to make it better...

there was better heat in the winter and A/C in the summer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

We are sort of a "victim of our own success (by the Grace of the Lord)". We have too many clients for the size of facility and badly need newer equipment - frigs, freezers and commerical kitchen ( to do a better job helping the homeless).

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am a 64 year old retiree, and this is the best thing I have done with my life. I hope I am able to continue my two days a week here for the next 30 (OK, maybe 20) years.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Bienvenidos Outreach has served the Santa Fe community for over 20 years offering food and clothing to those families in need. I have always been impressed with the courtesy and the hard work done by both paid staff and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

all very committed and very congenial. There was a real "family" feeling to the workplace.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-9-01

 
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