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More than 2,200 asylum-seeking migrants have come through Albuquerque in recent months, spending a few days in town before catching a bus or plane to meet sponsors in other parts of the country.
But Charlene Pyskoty says even a short stopover is enough time to make a difference in their lives, which is why Bernalillo County is allocating up to $100,000 to fund support services. The money will expand an existing $580,000 contract with PB&J Family Services, a nonprofit organization that will offer crisis debriefing and other coping skills to children and parents seeking refuge in the U.S.
Pyskoty, one of five elected county commissioners, said in announcing the funding on Friday that “it’s hard to even imagine the events these kids have lived through.” But as a professional mental health counselor, she said she understands the value of even a “short-term” intervention.