Project Cariño

Since 1984, 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 student interns from area colleges.

Project Cariño Programs include:

  • Therapy including talk, play and family 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.”

We thank the Montei Foundation, the Northern New Mexico United Way, Con Alma Foundation, Community Health Funder Alliance, LANL Foundation, United Women in Faith (UWF) National Office, New Mexico Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Texas Methodist Foundation, N3B and all the individuals, churches and UWF units who make this priceless ministry possible.

For more information email or call 505-753-7221.


McCurdy Ministries Community Center
362A S. McCurdy Rd, Española, NM 87532



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