BUILDING OUR NEW HOME

HELP BUILD A COMMUNITY ASSET WITH ENCUENTRO!

In 2021, Encuentro embarked on a monumental project: investing in a home. We purchased a building, and with the leadership and vision of Albuquerque’s Latinx immigrant community, we are imagining, assembling, and shaping the space to best serve immigrant parents, families, and communities in New Mexico. This building is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

We have a big vision for this new space, but we need your help to get there:


Expanded immigrant power in New Mexico.

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Expanded immigrant power in New Mexico.

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Encuentro staff in the new building next to a welcome sign
Members of Encuentro posing at a table with blueprints.
Members of Encuentro gathered and listening to a speaker
Members of Encuentro Painting a Wall

ABOUT OUR NEW HOME

Our new building is located at 907 4th Street SW in the heart of Albuquerque’s Barelas neighborhood.

When completed, the building will have five classrooms, an occupancy of 300 people for community events, a space for on-site childcare, and plenty of offices for our growing staff and partner organizations. By 2023, we will build a home health training center that will be available to other organizations who want to help build a trained New Mexico’s home health workforce.

THE DETAILS

More room, more efficiency for community-building.

  • 7,200 square feet of space with more than double our former occupancy. We can host nearly 300 people!

  • Sufficient space for onsite educational activities and childcare facilities in one location means more efficiency and more ease for our families.
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Expanded classroom space for skill development and economic mobility.

  • Five onsite classrooms.
  • We will have a state-of-the-art computer lab to bridge the digital divide.
  • Our multi-purpose room will be able to accommodate large group trainings and community-wide events.
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Private offices for our growing staff and community partners.

  • Community Navigator space for wraparound support for families.
  • Satellite offices for onsite community resources.
  • Healthier, ventilated workspaces to mitigate risks from airborne illness like COVID-19.
Encuentro staff signing the documents for the new building.

“The dream of Encuentro’s new building represents power-building, growth and transformation for our Latino immigrant community . . . it means that Encuentro is here to stay...We are currently raising money to support the building and the operational growth that comes alongside our permanent home.”

-Sandra Ortsman
Encuentro's Board President

 

"The passion for a better life is part of Craig and my bloodlines. The legacy of building assets for a more prosperous future is exactly what Encuentro is modeling with their new facility. We are honored to add our names to the Citizenship Room at Encuentro."

Lynn Trojahn,
Philanthropist 
Thrive Consulting

OUR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

GOAL BY 2026

$1,390,700

RAISED TO DATE

$696,345 as of 7/1/22

RENOVATION AND MOVE-IN TO GO

$655

ASSET BUILDING TO GO

$693,700

 

PHASE 1 - COMPLETE!

Purchase a Property
The purchase of Encuentro’s new home was a community effort led by the Capital Campaign Committee. Through their leadership and engagement, Encuentro successfully raised enough funds to purchase our new home.

PHASE 2 - COMPLETE!

Renovation and Move in to New Building

The fundraising goal to cover building renovation cost is complete! Building permits received, renovations continues and move- in anticipated to be continued by March.


PHASE 3 - IN PROCESS

The fundraising goal is to pay off the mortgage and own the building outright by December 2026. 


Encuentro is raising funds for phase three of  this project through room sponsorships and naming opportunities. Each space (outlined below) will be named by Encuentro’s students and staff to honor key contributors to our mission. Sponsors will be recognized  with a plaque in their designated room. For more information contact julia@encuentronm.org

ORGANIZATIONAL

Our Building $300,000 (SPONSORED)
Welcome Lobby $50,000
Childcare Room $50,000
Playground $50,000
Kitchen $25,000 (SPONSORED)


CLASSROOMS

ESL Classroom $40,000
Citizenship Classroom $40,000 (SPONSORED)
Small Business & Financial Literacy Classroom $40,000
Home Health Training Classroom $40,000 (SPONSORED)
Computer Classroom $40,000


PROGRAMS AND ADMINISTRATION

Director’s Office $50,000
Staff Meeting Suite $40,000
Education Office $40,000
Home Health Training Office $40,000
Evaluation & Data Collection Office $40,000
Digital Literacy & Computer Technology Office $40,000 (SPONSORED)
Teachers Workspace $40,000
Community Navigators Office $25,000
TVD Community Journalists Office $25,000

A WORD FROM OUR STUDENTS

"Encuentro has helped me accomplish many dreams. I graduated as an HHA and CPR instructor. Today I share my leadership skills with my community."

Sarai Casas | Student since 2017

"Thanks to Encuentro’s childcare, I can study English and trust that my daughter is in loving hands!"

Sandra Trejo | Student since 2018

UPDATES AND MILESTONES

The renovation of our building began last July. Follow us as we reach our milestones!
Photos showing the progress of the building renovation over several months
Our 4 classrooms will have moving walls that allow us to create an open space for a multi-purpose room for large group trainings and community-wide events. This feature is important for Encuentro to continue with its essence of unity and collectivity.
Members of Encuentro Painting a Wall

Each office will have a window that will allow it to receive natural light. It will be a house full of light!

Here are the individuals who are making all of this work possible. Thank you to Oscar, Ron, Michael and Adrian for the wonderful renovation work they are doing on our new building! It is incredible the light it will have, the spaces and the details that will make our organization an even warmer home.

Decorative photo of students posing for a group photo in the new building mid-renovation
A special thank you to Lynn Trojahn of Thrive Consulting and our incredible team of committed allies leading the capital campaign fundraising efforts: Claudia Medina, Ilse Grijalva, Julie Radoslovich, Iusti Remer-Thamert, Kevin Hoover, Maura Lewiecki, Nancy Croker, Patricia Telles, Robby Rodriguez, Pauline Lucero, and Selene Concepcion Vences-Ortiz.

Thank you for your support!

Our building would not be possible without your support! Your tax-deductible donation fuels Encuentro’s adult education to career development programs, ensuring immigrant parents and workers can learn, grow and succeed.

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