The Taylor Ranch Community Center is hosting the second annual City of Albuquerque Health and Clothing event | Popgen Tech
ALBUQUERQUE – The Albuquerque City Council and Councilman-Elect Cynthia Borrego have teamed up to host the second annual Health and Clothing Fair at the Taylor Ranch Community Center. This event highlights community partnerships to support public health for the housed and homeless this winter. The Taylor Ranch community has been collecting socks, jackets and hygiene items for shelter residents since early December. Donations will be accepted until the end of the year. The Roadmap to Health Bus, created by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), was on site to provide free cholesterol and biometric health screenings.
“Our community is at its healthiest when we work together. “The Health and Clothing Fair was a wonderful opportunity for people to come together to not only support people who are experiencing homelessness, but also to better understand their own personal health,” said Director of Family and Community Services Carol Pearce.
To boost the impact of the clothing sale, the Rio Grande Credit Union donated $1,000 to the Westside Housing Center. This is especially important as the need for warm clothing and materials is greatest during the winter months.
“Supporting our neighbors in need – from young people, individuals and families – is at the heart of everything we do.”said Mike Atens, President/CEO of Rio Grande Credit Union. “We are grateful to partner with the City of Albuquerque, the Westside Emergency Housing Center, Representative-elect Cynthia Borrego, and all of the community members who have taken the time and interest in this initiative to ensure that donations go where they can have the most impact.”
“The Health Roadmap has traveled across the country providing communities with important health screenings and information. We are honored to visit Albuquerque for the second time this year. Access to health information is an important tool in the fight against chronic disease,” said Priscilla VanderVeer, spokeswoman for PhRMA.
“I am so grateful to PhRMA, Rio Grande Credit Union and the City of Albuquerque for coming together to host a wonderful health event in my state legislative district 17,” said elected representative Cynthia Borrego. “PhRMA’s medical services will give people without health insurance access to free care before the holidays, while providing extra warmth and love to our homeless community to help them get through the cold New Mexico winter.”