Monday, March 16
Presbytery of Sierra Blanca
W hen Virginia and Carl Reed moved in 1957 to Alamogordo, New Mexico, they began married life in a house built to their own design. Over the next 50 years, this house was the center of constant activity but never any children. Carl had his career, and Virginia, a talented artist, soon began to fill their home with all manner of creative endeavor.
After her husband’s death, Virginia lived alone in their lovely home. That’s when she began expressing her heartfelt hope that this same house would be used to help people in need. Thanks to a partnership between First Presbyterian Church of Alamogordo and the Center of Protective Environment (COPE), her dream has become a reality.
Virginia’s Place is a transitional-housing program serving families who have escaped domestic violence by going to the COPE emergency shelter. In place of rent, participating families save a portion of their monthly income. Supportive services such as budget planning, household management, and job placement are offered. By providing safe, rent-free living, Virginia’s Place gives residents space to work on family relations and enhance their job skills while participating in a caring community.
The Center of Protective Environment was begun in 1982 largely through the efforts of the Alamogordo congregation, one of 17 making up the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca. A $13,000 award from the Women’s Opportunity Giving Fund of the former United Presbyterian Church gave COPE a solid foundation. Thirty years later, this partnership continues with a grant of $11,000 from Presbyterian Women’s Creative Ministries Offerings Committee.
A couple with a house, a widow with a dream, a church and community with a shared vision, all supported by the generosity of Presbyterian women throughout our denomination—this is how Virginia’s Place has become a reality and a safe haven for mothers and their children!
—Rev. Dr. Robert P. Reno, pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Alamogordo
Let us join in prayer for
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Corina Delman, OGA
Trina DeLuca, BOP
Let us pray
Gracious God, send your Spirit to comfort your children, especially those who have been caught in the grip of violence and abuse, and lead us all to your promise of love and safety. In Jesus’ name. Amen.