Esperanza Shelter Holds Christmas Tree Auction
As most of us look forward to the holidays, family gatherings, delicious meals, and gifts tucked under the tree, some are seeking help to escape domestic violence. In Santa Fe, where they turn for help is Esperanza Shelter. We are who Esperanza Shelter turns to for help so they can continue to provide essential services for their clients.
From November 20 through November 30, bidding will be open on 16 beautifully decorated trees, donated by a generous and creative group of local businesses and organizations. Each tree’s theme was selected by the donor, so Esperanza’s tree is decorated in sapphire and gold to celebrate their 45th anniversary. Meow Wolf’s tree, of course, reflects the popular destination’s colorful multiverse. Crumbacher has donated an elegantly decorated tree and the New Mexican has a newspaper-themed tree. Trees were also donated by State Farm agent Brynda Gonzalez, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Legacy Mortgage, Del Norte LOV Foundation, First Citizens Bank, Loan Depot, Organic Pest Control, JAM Real Estate Experts, Gateway Mortgage, Massage Envy, and Demarais Home Staging and Design.
The trees will be available to view in person at the Drury Plaza Hotel at 828 Paseo de Peralta from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November 20 to 30. While there, you can scan a QR code to bid online for your favorite tree. You can also view the trees online rather than in person, thanks to partner Airs Cloud, which is creating a virtual tour. If you don’t want to take a chance missing out on your favorite tree, you can choose a “buy it now” option. Last year, every tree sold out.
Bidding closes November 30 and the lucky winners will have the trees delivered directly to their front door by partner Two Men in a Truck on December 1 or 3.
About Esperanza Shelter
For forty-five years, Esperanza has been the only domestic violence shelter in Santa Fe County. Esperanza’s trauma informed services include safe emergency shelter, advocacy, counseling, substance abuse counseling, adult and child therapy, child life skills groups, parenting classes, community navigation, court advocacy, outreach/education, and psychoeducational groups for both survivors and offenders.
When COVID hit, Esperanza had to move to a different model of providing housing for clients. Rather than a group shelter, they had to transition to a more expensive model of transitional housing, says Director of Development Marcos Zubia. He adds, “We need to raise $300,000 this year because of that move to a transitional housing model due to COVID. We are seeing more high-acute and high-risk clients coming into the shelter than ever before due to stresses of COVID and increased isolation. We need people to participate in our fundraiser now more than ever.”
Marcos continues, “We’re not going anywhere, but in order to continue to provide our services, we need support from the community.”
More ways to help
You can give that support by buying or bidding for a tree or making a cash donation through their website. You can donate gift cards. Marcos says, “We’ve seen the empowerment it brings to let people choose to buy what they want and need using a gift card. We’re asking for gift cards to Walmart, Target, Ross, T.J. Maxx, etc. Gas gift cards are huge, too, because we can give people a gift card to fill up their tank. Lyft gift card also help with transportation.”
As part of this fundraiser, Esperanza will host an online event to learn more about the effort, the people who designed each tree, and what you can do to help. Tune in to SantaFeNewMexican.com on November 20 for this online event.
To learn more about Esperanza, their needs, and their fundraiser, visit their website. Good luck on the tree bidding!This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead