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Miller donations aid four area nonprofits

From left, Renee Walker of Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Roberta Radosevich of Haven House, Kim Kerschen of Locker #505: Student Clothing Bank, Kristin Herrmann of Invent Now! Camp Invention and Johannah Ruddy of Albuquerque Rescue Mission, celebrate the receipt of a combined $24,000 from the Albuquerque Larry H. Miller Dealerships. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

From left, Renee Walker of Albuquerque Rescue Mission, Roberta Radosevich of Haven House, Kim Kerschen of Locker #505: Student Clothing Bank, Kristin Herrmann of Invent Now! Camp Invention and Johannah Ruddy of Albuquerque Rescue Mission, celebrate the receipt of a combined $24,000 from the Albuquerque Larry H. Miller Dealerships. (Glen Rosales/For the Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four local charitable organizations are collectively $24,000 better off after receiving a donation from the Albuquerque Larry H. Miller Dealerships.

“We chose four nonprofit organizations that we are giving grant money to to help them continue their efforts within the community, said Michelle Aragon, customer retention director for Larry H. Miller’s American Toyota and charities subcommittee chairperson for Miller’s five New Mexico dealerships.

“We love to help organizations that focus on women and children, especially when it comes to education and health,” she said.

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The Albuquerque Rescue Mission, which is undergoing an expansion, received $10,000, with the money earmarked toward a new homeless women’s learning center, said Johannah Ruddy, chief development officer for the Albuquerque Rescue Mission.

“The classroom is going to provide them with all sorts of different education opportunities,” she said. “Computer literacy, financial literacy. Job training, résumé building. Anything and everything you can think of to get these women the skills they need to get a job and be permanently off the streets. That’s our goal.”

Locker #505: Student Clothing Bank got $6,000 to help provide undergarments and jeans for students in Bernalillo County, said Director Kim Kerschen.

The money will go toward students “that need clothing to go to school so they’re comfortable and they’re dressed appropriately so they can focus on learning as opposed to how they’re dressed,” she said.

The money also will be used for gym shoes, Kerschen said.

“That is huge for kids because if you have new shoes, you can run faster and jump higher,” she said. “And that’s really important to kids. This allows us to be able to do those things for the kids and serve more students.”

The Haven House got $5,000 to help its goal of serving women and children affected by domestic violence, said Executive Director Roberta Radosevich.

“This money is incredibly important so we can continue to provide service for woman and children who are fleeing domestic violence situations in their homes,” she said, adding the organization helps up to 900 people annually. “Safety is huge. Unfortunately, New Mexico ranks third in the country for domestic violence homicides.”

And $3,000 went to Invent Now! Camp Invention, providing scholarships to one of three Albuquerque-area, weeklong summer camps, said Kristin Herrmann, director of one of those camps.

“It allows us to offer partial or full scholarships for kids to come to our program,” she said. “For some they can’t afford it. It’s a STEM-based program and everybody loves science, technology, engineering and math. It’s a great program and we encourage kids to come invent what they want.”


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