High Mountain Youth Project Drop-in Center Site
An email was sent out by High Mountain Youth Project on October 20th to share exciting news that a lease had been signed for a space at the Jira Plaza, 700 Mechem Drive in Ruidoso. Although a date to open the Drop-in center at Jira Plaza has not yet been announced, Board members, Advisory Committee members and volunteers are working diligently to make the space as comfortable and “home-like” as possible and install a modest kitchen. The commercially-zoned building is approximately 2 ½ miles from the Ruidoso High School campus and is in close proximity to grocery stores and ENMU (Eastern New Mexico University), Ruidoso. With nearly 2400 square feet, High Mountain Youth Project will finally have the space needed to set up an office where all of the organization’s files and records can be kept. The space has a “great room” that will provide plenty of room for the teens to gather to watch television, enjoy other indoor activities, or share a meal, while the loft area will provide a quieter space to do homework or rest. A storage room near the kitchen will provide a place for individual lockers where the teens can store personal items. There will be a washer and dryer to do laundry and (in the near future), a small kitchen to prepare snacks and an evening meal. Although the space has only one full and one half bathroom (while two full bathrooms would have suited the needs of the organization better), it was decided that HMYP had waited long enough to open their Drop-in center and start helping teens who are experiencing homelessness.