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210th RSG Soldiers Volunteer to Restore, Renovate El Paso Children’s Shelter

On a chilly Saturday morning with overcast skies and moderate wind chill factor, 19 Army Reserve Soldiers from the 210th Regional Support Group – Mobilization and Deployment Brigade/Fort Bliss Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security entered the Child Crisis Center of El Paso to commence work on their project.

A dissonance of varying sounds ensued, as the removal of floor tiles cracked, brooms swept, paint rollers splashed against wall surfaces, mop buckets squeaked along the floors, and animated conversations between the Soldiers resonated throughout the day.

The aforementioned project was an all-volunteer effort conducted by the 210th RSG Soldiers, continuing upon their community outreach initiative with the CCCEP during their mobilization here from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

For two consecutive weekends, these Soldiers painted, replaced floor tiles, fixed window panes, and performed other minor touch-ups to five children’s bedrooms and office areas of the CCCEP.

“This was a good initiative for us to do something for Christmas, for these kids that don’t have anything to share with other people,” said Sgt. 1st Class Angel Rodriguez, noncommissioned officer in charge of the operations cell for the Fort Bliss Soldier Readiness Processing Center. “This was a good opportunity for us to give something back to the community while we are here.”

Created in 1980, the CCCEP has provided constituents of El Paso and Fort Bliss with programs and services that comprise of emergency interventions, housing/sheltering of abused and neglected children, and educational and tangible support for military families and single parents.

“We are a nonprofit organization, and for 38 years, we had the opportunity to support the local community and military families,” said Andrew Castaneda, shelter supervisor for the CCCEP. “This project was able to come about through a wonderful grant in which we were the beneficiaries of, and allowed for the purchase of items that will be used to restore these bedrooms. And of course, also from the generosity, manpower, and expertise of these Soldiers who were willing to use those resources to good use.”

For the 210th RSG Soldiers, this was an opportunity for them to showcase their gratitude of the CCCEP by giving back to them in turn.

“I really appreciate what the center does for the community in El Paso,” said Capt. Crystal Maldonado, assistant security manager for the physical security section of the 210th RSG/MaD BDE. “They are there for the community and the kids, so the least we can do is go and help them out as much as we can.”

This community outreach project came into fruition immediately after the 210th RSG’s donation drive conducted on Nov. 1, 2018. 210th RSG Soldiers from the Fort Bliss SRPC and special projects/facilities section met with each other to develop three courses of action, pre-labor assessments, and implementation controls.

“Our commander expressed to the management that we have certain skills that can be used to help them refurbish the kids’ rooms,” Rodriguez said. “We then came up with three different vendors and materials to conduct this work, based on safety, durability and also the costs and the quality of the materials. So, we sent that information to the CEO of CCCEP, the CEO decided which materials to buy, they went out to buy those materials, and we then developed a legal assessment for us to conduct and execute this plan.”

Shortly afterward, separate teams of 210th RSG Soldiers went to CCCEP in this four-day effort to restore and renovate the CCCEP.

“We removed the damaged carpets, prepared the (floor) surfaces, installed new vinyl composition tiles, removed old wall bases and put up new ones, and painted the walls,” said Sgt. 1st Class Isaias Diaz, NCOIC of the special projects and facilities section of the 210th RSG/MaD BDE.

Diaz also said that was other additional work performed that wasn’t in the initial solicitation, which included renovating some of the offices, repainting the building rooftop, and fixing a couple of door frames.

“On labor, they saved about $5,000 dollars,” Diaz said. “If a contractor was doing that work for them, then that would (have been) the cost the labor that they would have paid for those services.”

Project completion was attained on Dec. 16, 2018, two days earlier than originally forecasted by those who developed the plan.

Albeit future community outreach initiatives with the CCCEP have yet to be confirmed, the 210th RSG/MaD BDE commander, Col. Javier Rivera, has pledged his support for the center until the unit’s demobilization in April 2019.

“One of the things that we’re really excited about is that this is a relationship that is going to continue to grow,” Castaneda. “This project was more than just remodeling or touching up. For the children who reside in our center, this is an environment where we strive to create a safe environment, and a safe haven for them too.”

Through their altruistic endeavors and steadfast commitment to the El Paso community, the 210th RSG Soldiers exemplify the Army Values of Duty, Selfless Service and Honor.

“I would like to thank all of those that are involved, who have organized, collected tools and everything else needed, and all the way to the commander for being so generous with his Soldiers’ time and allowing them to give back to the community,” Castaneda said. “This will ensure that we can continue to provide these wonderful services to military families and all those who live in our community.”

The Child Crisis Center offers services and support to Fort Bliss service members through its Military Family and Veteran Prevention Program (MFVPP).

For more information about MFVPP or any other requests or concerns, contact CCCEP at (915) 562-7955, or visit their website.

Author:  Sgt. Christopher Hernandez – Mobilization and Deployment, DPTMS Fort Bliss 

Audio: Testify Sidebar – Child Crisis Center of El Paso

In light of their latest episode, Deserted, Charlie and Andra sought out advice from the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.

Executive Director Lorraine Gomez shared her insightful thoughts into the needs of the El Paso community when it comes to caring for children who are at risk for neglect or abuse.

The center has been in operation since 1980 and offers many services that El Pasoans may not be aware of. One of their most important services is drop in, no questions asked, childcare for parents who are in need of a break from their children.

If you would like to donate or help the Child Crisis Center, or if you are in need or their assistance, please visit their website or call them at (915) 562-7955.

You can also help the Child Crisis Center of El Paso by supporting their Discovery Thrift Shop located at 9122 Dyer Street in the Bradley Shopping Centre.

Chihuahuas, Chick-fil-A to Partner for ‘Paws for Presents’ Toy Drive

The El Paso Chihuahuas and area Chick-fil-A restaurants present “Paws for Presents”, a holiday toy drive assisting the Child Crisis Center of El Paso and Jardin de los Niños in Las Cruces.

“We hope the El Paso and Las Cruces communities will come out and support the Paws for Presents Toy Drive so that we can bring some holiday cheer to those who are going through difficult times,” said Chick-Fil-A Operator Edgar Ortega. “In Chick-fil-A, our goal is to inspire people to take good care of each other. We look forward to seeing the joy on the faces of the people who are touched by our community’s generosity.”

The drive started Tuesday, November 27th and continues through Saturday, December 15th. The Chihuahuas and Chick-fil-A request all gifts be new and not gift wrapped for children up to the age of 12.

“The Chihuahuas are proud to partner with Chick-fil-A on this special toy drive to help give kids in our region a smile and some toys during the holidays,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor.

Donations can be dropped off at any of the seven El Paso Chick-fil-A locations, the three Chick-fil-A locations in Las Cruces or the Chihuahuas Team Shop.

The Team Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Any monetary donations can be made at the Chihuahuas Team Shop located at Southwest University Park. Monetary donations will not be accepted at Chick-fil-A locations.

The Child Crisis Center was opened in 1980 and serves to “protect children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy and family support services,” according to the website.

Jardin de los Niños opened in 1995 and serves to provide education, intervention and services to homeless or near homeless children.

CHICK-FIL-A LOCATIONS

El Paso, Texas

Chick-fil-A Sunland Park Mall      750 Sunland Park Dr.

Chick-fil-A Mesa Street                  7597 N. Mesa St.

Chick-fil-A North Hills                    10721 Gateway South Blvd.

Chick-fil-A Airway                           1300 Airway Blvd.

Chick-fil-A Cielo Vista Mall            8401 Gateway West

Chick-fil-A Zaragoza                       1840 N. Zaragoza Rd.

Chick-fil-A Montana                        12240 Montana Ave.

Las Cruces, NM

Chick-fil-A Mesilla Valley Mall     700 S. Telshor Blvd. #1254, Las Cruces

Chick-fil-A University                     1105 E. University Ave., Las Cruces

Chick-fil-A Lohman                         2091 E. Lohman Ave., Las Cruces

210th RSG Soldiers Deliver Goods, Services to Child Crisis Center of El Paso

Army Reserve Soldiers of the 210th Regional Support Group, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, donated a hefty sum of diapers, baby wipes, and miscellaneous child care goods to the Child Crisis Center of El Paso.

As the foremost entity of the Fort Bliss Mobilization and Deployment Brigade/Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security, the 210th RSG is also committed to serving the local community of El Paso.

“This was a joint effort between the 210th RSG, the Soldier Readiness Processing Center (SRPC), the Mobilization Support Unit, Gemini Tech Services, Luke and Associates Inc., and Magnificus-Sterling Corporation,” said Capt. Jerald Bodden, executive officer of the SRPC. “Overall, we collected 1,978 diapers and 5,940 baby wipes.”

The initiative began when Bodden and other Soldiers of the 210th RSG contacted the military programs director of CCC – El Paso to proffer their donation drive.

“(The 210th RSG) reached out to us and said that they wanted to give back to the community,” said Lorraine Gomez, chief executive officer of CCC – El Paso. “We are honored to be the recipients of this wonderful community project.”

Furthermore, Gomez expressed how grateful she and the rest of her organization is for the 210th RSG’s altruistic endeavor.

“For us, it’s truly exciting, and it never gets old,” Gomez said. “When we see people like you all come through our doors and bringing these supplies, it means that we don’t have to purchase those supplies out of our own funds, which are very limited to begin with. It’s priceless to us for that same reason, because everything that comes through our doors goes right back out into the community, whether it’s through goods or services.”

According to Bodden, his motivations to assist the CCC – El Paso also stem from an erstwhile event and his own personal life experiences.

“A few years back, I heard about a Soldier and his wife that were killed in a motor vehicle accident,” Bodden said. “I was looking for a local organization I knew truly helped out the community, and the Child Crisis Center of El Paso is one of the few that caters toward the military as far as taking care of Soldiers’ kids. I’m a single father, so all of this resonated with me and I’ve been donating for them ever since.”

Although the organization’s chief program is its Circle of Love Nursery and Children’s Shelter, the CCC – El Paso harbors a variety of other programs and services in the vein of parental stress relief (respite), parent/sibling hospitalization, child care during training exercises, homelessness, deportation, and Temporary Child Protective Placement.

“We’re very big in ensuring that we share all of the services that we have, because a lot of people think we’re just an emergency shelter,” Gomez said. “However, we also provide a lot of the preventive services and programs such as our Military Family and Veteran Prevention Program (MFVPP).”

The 210th RSG plans to organize additional events with the CCC – El Paso in the future, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

“We want to extend our sincere gratitude, and we hope that this is the beginning of something else to come,” Gomez said. “We want everybody to know that we truly care about our troops, our military families, and for those who’re deployed and the moms and dads that remain home. If anything comes up for these families who have these stressors every single day, please contact us and let us help you.”

Author: Sgt. Christopher Hernandez – Mobilization and Deployment, DPTMS Fort Bliss

Child Crisis Center Seeking Food, Hygiene Product Donations

The Child Crisis Center of El Paso is asking for the public’s help, as their food pantry is running low on supplies.

According the the center’s facebook page, any and all food donations, as well as hygiene items will be accepted. Below is a portion of their post, with specific items requested:

“Hello everyone. We are running low in our food pantry. We are in need of canned meats (roast beef, chicken, tuna etc.), pasta, pasta sauce, sugar, flour, bread, soups, mac n cheese, juice, cooking oil, rice, cereals, hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, body wash). If you can help we would greatly appreciate it.”

Donations can be dropped off at 2100 North Stevens.

The Child Crisis Center of El Paso provides emergency shelter, family support services, and family education and prevention services for children from birth through age 13, suffering from abuse and neglect.

For more information please call 562-7955.

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