Project Cariño provides hope and help for children, youth, adults and families
For over 35 years, Project Cariño has provided therapy free of charge to McCurdy Ministries Community Center and McCurdy Charter School students and their families. We employ two full-time therapists and mentor two master’s level MSW student interns. During the 2018-19 school year, our counselors and interns shared over 7,200 contact hours with students.
Project Cariño Programs include:
- Therapy including talk, play and familiy therapy
- Big Buddy/Little Buddy mentoring program for high school and elementary students
- Celebrate Survival involves retreats for elementary and secondary students who have had a death in their immediate family. The retreat is to help them process their experiences and find support from students who have journeyed the same path in a safe, supportive environment.
- Grief, Anxiety and Anti-Bullying Support Groups for students
- Mental health classroom presentations
The difference Project Cariño makes with our students is best demonstrated by a testimony from a student receiving therapy. “Project Cariño has been a great help to me. I was dealing with problems at home and in school. I felt alone, worthless, stupid and like I had no place anywhere. Then one day when I couldn’t take it anymore, someone took me to Project Cariño and introduced me to Ms. Amanda. I thank God I met her. She has impacted my life in such a positive way. She has also inspired me to become a social worker because now I can see a positive future where I am useful. Thanks to her and this program I feel like I have a place in this world.”
We thank the Montei Foundation, the Northern New Mexico United Way, the Con Alma Foundation and all the individuals, churches and UMW units who make this priceless ministry possible.