Mandy’s Farm was recently awarded a grant from the Albuquerque Community Foundation in support of the AgrAbility Program. Funding was provided as part of the Foundation’s Environmental and Historic Preservation grants program, an area-of-interest focused on environmental and agricultural economy. Funding will support accessibility in the Mandy’s Farm agriculture spaces, increasing use of vertical gardening and environmentally friendly and wheelchair-accessible paving materials. As a result of the grant, Mandy’s Farm will be able to increase annual yields, as well as provide an opportunity for individuals of all abilities to participate in environmentally sound agriculture opportunities.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to have received support from the Nusenda Credit Union Foundation, BBVA Compass Bank, and Wells Fargo to assist in the delivery of the VAMOS Program. Designed to assist individuals with disabilities who are living without adult services, the VAMOS Program provides vocational training, information about post-secondary education, referrals for adult services, financial literacy classes, and a 40-hour customized internship within a local business or nonprofit.
The New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism has chosen to invest in the creation of an AmeriCorps program at Mandy’s Farm. Designed through an NMCCV Planning Grant, the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS Program is crafted to meet the needs of vulnerable individuals with disabilities who are living without adult services. The VAMOS Program provides eight weeks of intensive support to transitioning teenagers and adults who are navigating life after high school, as well as follow-along support following program graduation.
The Carl C. Anderson Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation has awarded Mandy’s Farm a grant in support of the VAMOS Employment Preparation Program. An initiative focused on individuals transitioning from high school to adulthood, the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS Program provides intensive vocational training and follow-along to those who are still on the waiting list for disability services.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to continue its partnership with the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Authority through participation in their 5310 programs.
By the end of 2018, Mandy’s Farm is scheduled to receive $76,445.60 dollars in ADA-accessible vehicles through the 5310 program. Additionally, Mandy’s Farm has been recommended to receive an additional $119,028.00 dollars in ADA-accessible vehicles during 2019.
Mandy’s Farm was recently awarded the 2017 New Mexico Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities System of the Year award, recognizing our excellence in providing transportation to adults with developmental disabilities in Bernalillo County.
Mandy’s Farm is proud to have received funding from Sandia National Laboratories for the second year running. This year, Sandia chose to invest $10,000 in our VAMOS Program, an employment preparation program for individuals with developmental disabilities who are navigating the transition from school to adulthood while still on the waiting list for Medicaid Waiver services. The VAMOS Program allows these individuals and their families to access eight weeks of programming designed to increase job skills, develop their resume, participate in a 40-hour paid internship, and so much more.
Since the summer of 2017, Mandy’s Farm has been thrilled to partner with Sydney Forestal of YogaRitas and PigYoga in order to provide quality fitness classes to our service recipients and friends of the farm! With the creative talents of our intern, Caroline Spencer, we were able to put together a fun fitness video featuring the great things we’ve been working on during our classes! We hope you enjoy!
Mandy’s Farm is thrilled to have received a Tier I grant from the local mason’s organization, Albuquerque Lodge 60, in the amount of $40,000. This grant is allocated to capacity-building in Information Technology. It will allow us to refit our IT infrastructure, replace outdated equipment, and train staff in up-to-date usage of today’s technology. This is an incredibly generous gift and will increase our efficiency and capacity as an organization for years to come.
Mandy’s Farm is proud to have received funds from Sandia National Laboratories in support of the Everyone Can Work Program. Everyone Can Work allows adults with developmental disabilities to identify career options alongside a trained job developer, receive assistance with job applications, and get on-the-job support from trained job coaches, allowing those we serve to gain and retain employment at minimum wage and higher.
Mandy’s Farm is pleased to announce our selection as an AmeriCorps Planning Grant recipient. This program is overseen by the New Mexico Commission for Community Volunteerism and will prepare Mandy’s Farm to implement a full AmeriCorps program in the following cycle year. AmeriCorps members will be brought on board to fulfill the vision of the Mandy’s Farm VAMOS (Vocational Access and Meaningful Opportunities for Success) Program. In New Mexico, adults with developmental disabilities rely on Medicaid Waiver services to gain access to the community, remain healthy, and obtain employment. The waiting list for these services is over a decade long, leaving thousands of vulnerable individuals without support following high school. The goal of the VAMOS Program is to close this service gap, supporting adults with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from high school into the workforce. We look forward to developing our AmeriCorps program with the support of the NMCCV.