Dreams for the Holiday…

Dreams for the Holiday…

Charity Norman grew up in Farmington, and has dreamed of owning a home in northwest New Mexico since she was a little girl.  She works for Human Services in the Child Support Division, and meets single mothers that have the same dream every day.   For the past year, she has secretly kept floor plans in her office as a constant reminder of her goal. Charity and her three sons had lived in a...

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CNM Student succeeds with an IDA

CNM Student succeeds with an IDA

Darrold Morris (a.k.a. Chef Deezie) remembers back to the time when his mom passed away from cancer, his life was changing, and all around him people were talking about going back to school and looking toward a brighter future.  A door opened for Darrold, when he was introduced to the IDA Program, at CNM by a friend.  As with any offer, he was interested, yet had his doubts. At that time he was...

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Corrales House Party with Mary Ellen & Sue raised over $5,000

Corrales House Party with Mary Ellen & Sue raised over $5,000

Long time supporters of high impact & out of poverty  initiatives, Sue Hallgarth and Mary Ellen Capek hosted a house party to raise needed dollars for one of their favorite New Mexico nonprofits: PROSPERITY WORKS.  The house party held Ocotober 27th in Corrales raised $5,825! In this time of startling and increasing gaps between those who have and those who need, Prosperity Works...

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Building Assets: Day Care Centers

Building Assets: Day Care Centers

Southern New Mexicans Build Assets &  Day Care Centers… Dina Ramirez, owner of Arcoiris Day Care financed her business expansion with $5,000 from her Individual Development Account (IDA), a matched savings opportunity available to lower-income households that don’t have the opportunity to take advantage of tax credits and rebates available to those of higher income. Ms. Ramirez...

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18 Months to Home Ownership

18 Months to Home Ownership

The title to the Rio Rancho home sits on the living room table. Beverly Aranda, a single mother of two, reflects on her accomplishments in the last 18 months. “We didn’t have a solid foundation. We had always rented and water bills were $160,” says Beverly. Struggling to live with her disabilities, Beverly met with Michael Lacomb from Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to help her...

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The Dream of Education, a Reality!

The Dream of Education, a Reality!

With education as a cornerstone of opportunity in our nation, we are excited to widen the possibilities for single immigrant mothers and their college bound students.  “Opportunities Start Here” is a financial education and matched savings initiative of Prosperity Works in partnership with Encuentro (Albuquerque) and The Women’s Intercultural Center (Anthony).  This project provided one...

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Congrats to Martinez family!

Congrats to Martinez family!

Congratulations to Nita Martinez & her family on the recent purchase of their home in Zuni, New Mexico!  A big thank you to her IDA Coach, Lorelei Sanchez with Zuni Pueblo Housing Authority!  Prosperity Works wants to share a message from Nita Martinez… “I thank all those that help fund the IDA Program.  It makes me think if I can save, so can others.  This lesson has helped...

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Congrats to Kayla!

Congrats to Kayla!

Prosperity Works would like to congratulate New Mexico I.D.A. Saver, Kayla Resendez and her family, on the recent purchase of their home! We would like to thank Kayla and her I.D.A. Coach, Adrienne Smith on a job well done! Kayla has been chosen as a featured Saver Story with Bank of the West, CFED, and Prosperity Works! Read Kayla’s story… Several years ago, Kayla Resendez was living with...

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Native Jeweler Goes Online

Native Jeweler Goes Online

Saine Atencio from Santo Domingo Pueblo has hand-made and sold traditional Native American jewelry for years. She used to drive across the country to sell her work.  Now she realizes modern business practices will allow her to expand her business and make it more cost-effective. Saine worked with a local organization nearest her pueblo, Empowering Our Communities.  Saine started saving through...

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Renter Buys First Home, Investing in Community

Renter Buys First Home, Investing in Community

“I cleared up my credit and, after that; we had no trouble finding a lender. I realized I really don’t want to get things on credit; it’s better to save.” – Jeannette Jeanette Esparza has five children. For years, finding rental homes with enough space was a challenge. Jeanette’s first step towards becoming a home owner was to participate in financial literacy training offered by...

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