Incorporated on May 4, 1990, as St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic, we first opened our doors on January 3, 1991, with Dr. Stanislaus Ting as the volunteer medical director. Our birth led to bigger dreams that blossomed in 1998 into the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) campus on Amador Avenue in Las Cruces. Today, the campus is home to five non-profit agencies that provide services and programs to the homeless and disadvantaged in Doña Ana County. The initial phase of the campus featured three anchor agencies – El Caldito Soup Kitchen, a family shelter, and us.
In 2001, Phase 2 housed Jardín de los Niños – a daycare in 2001, Phase 2 housed Jardín de los Niños – a daycare center for children experiencing homelessness. In 2005, Phase 3 built three adjoining buildings, housing Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Bank and the MVCH outreach, day shelter, and housing services and programs. MVCH’s day shelter services offer showers, laundry facilities, lockers, postal services, help with disability benefits applications, and assistance with housing programs, including Camp Hope, a nearby residential tent city.
Each day, hundreds of people use MVCH’s services; many of these people are in various states of homelessness such as living in In 2017 we took over the former family shelter and renovated the 7,000 sq. feet space to include medical and behavioral health in a comprehensive setting. When we moved into the new space, we changed our name to Amador Health Center to reflect our new identity better. In 2022 we are planning to expand again as we finalize the design of an addition that will allow for expanded behavioral health counseling and the addition of preventative dental care services.
Each day, hundreds of people use MVCH’s services; many of these people are experiencing homelessness, such as living in cars, staying at the nearby mission, living in Camp Hope, on the streets, or in drainage ditches.
Our health center is a vital campus component, making healthcare easier to access in a holistic, caring environment. We average around 200 visits per week, which adds up to almost 5,000 visits per year for about 1,000 patients. Daily, the soup kitchen serves lunch to as many as 225 people, and hundreds of families pick up emergency food boxes each week at the emergency food bank. In addition, Jardín de los Niños has about 55 children between 6 weeks to 5 years of age on any given day.
To provide access to vital integrated health and wellness services to our community and promote dignity, one life at a time
Provide care and bridge gaps between social services and people in need to restore hope and break the cycle of poverty
2021 Annual Report
Board of Directors
|Officers||At Large Members|
|Chairperson – Lizbeth G. Ellis, J.D.||Elizabeth Chavez|
|Vice Chairperson – Benjamin K. Neville||Elizabeth Hernandez-Ruelas|
|Secretary – Amy England||Gustavo Alanso Ochoa|
|Treasurer – Brenda Tibbs||Ismael Camacho|
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Our office will be closed in observance of holidays on the following dates in 2023:
January 1st, April 7th, May 29th, July 4rd, September 4th, November 23-24th, and December 25th.