Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Friday morning briefing: Christmas dinners, long walks and part of an ear

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Christmas dinners A couple of free Christmas dinners: The Lighthouse Mission in Clovis is hosting a free Christmas dinner from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at the facility, 407 Casillas Blvd. It’s part of the mission’s “no one should be alone” outreach and is […]

Lighthouse Mission gearing up for Christmas celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Carolyn Rubio-Lopez, a part-time Lighthouse Mission staff member, organizes dolls and other toys for the children’s Christmas celebration at the Lighthouse Mission 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Benna Sayyed Lighthouse Mission staff and volunteers are busy preparing Christmas gift packages to give to less fortunate children in Clovis on […]

Volunteers: Community dinner rewarding

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Raymond Mondragon and Leticia Perez of Clovis go over routes to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound community members. Benna Sayyed Sandra Taylor-Sawyer recalls when her close family members stayed at the Lighthouse Mission, and considers it a great blessing to her family. On Thursday, Taylor-Sawyer helped spread this blessing to […]

Groups organizing Thanksgiving meals for community

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Michelle Armijo, aassistant cook at Lighthouse Mission, applies butter to rolls Wednesday that will be served at today’s Thanksgiving dinner at the Lighthouse Mission. This is the eighth annual Thanksgiving dinner for the community and meals will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission […]

Our people: Answering the call

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Courtesy photo Clovis residents Gerri and Richard Gomez met over 30 years ago. Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” […]

Religion feature: Lighthouse Mission opening new facility Saturday

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Lighthouse Mission soup kitchen volunteer Patrick Apodaca has lunch in the soup kitchen with his daughter, Sarah Cordova, and her son, Christopher Cordova. Sarah has also volunteered at the Lighthouse Mission. Benna Sayyed The Lighthouse Mission homeless shelter in Clovis has helped countless down-and-out folks for 25 years, but outgrew […]

Lighthouse holding ceremony for second shelter

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission will hold a ceremony to mark the opening of its second shelter. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 8 at 500 L Casillas Boulevard, said Richard Gomez, administrator for the mission. “We’re going to be able to house mothers and children in the old shelter, and house single […]

Count on Jesus to get us through storms of life

It was on a school trip to Boston several years ago that I first saw a genuine lighthouse. While driving out toward the tip of Cape Cod, we stopped to explore a lighthouse that was open to visitors. Standing on the sandy hillside surrounded by wooden fencing, the lighthouse silently spoke volumes as I looked […]

Lighthouse hosting spring break party

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Lighthouse Mission volunteers Tracina Sanchez, left, and Keith Crompton work together Thursday to build a dart board for the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Spring Break Day of Fun to be held at the mission today. Liliana Castillo The Lighthouse Mission is hosting a Children’s Spring Break Day of Fun on Friday. […]

Lighthouse Mission to host senior day

Liliana Castillo The Lighthouse Mission is gearing up for the first of two events in honor of seniors in 2011. The mission initiated Senior Day in 2010 as a way to appreciate what senior citizens have done, said Executive Director Richard Gomez. “They’re the ones that have made the city what it is. We want […]

Lighthouse Mission hosting holiday dinner

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission will be hosting its annual holiday meal noon Thursday. Director Jerri Gomez said the meal will include shank ham and all the fixings including homemade bread. Gomez said the meal is for the underprivileged, disabled, elderly and those who don’t have family to share the holidays with. The meal is […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 7

Lighthouse Mission Come join the building team for the new Lighthouse Mission shelter. You can help the Lighthouse Mission by donating materials and labor or discounted contract rates. Building Team: • General contractor, Roper Construction • Pad Site, Eastwood Construction • Concrete donation, Don Pool Construction • Concrete finishing, Mercadal’s Construction • Plumbing, Mark Carpenter […]

More businesses donate toward Lighthouse homeless shelter

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lighthouse Mission Executive Director Richard Gomez said workers are expected to break ground on a new homeless shelter sometime in the next week. Sharna Johnson Businesses and contractors continue to step forward and donate their services, bringing the Lighthouse Mission’s new homeless shelter closer to being a reality. Executive Director […]

Lighthouse mission seeking donations

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission is in need of school supplies for needy in the area, according to a news release. Backpacks are needed for all ages. Supplies are needed for 150 elementary children and 50 middle school and high school students. Supplies needed include pencil boxes, folders, scissors, wide-ruled paper, rulers, crayons, spirals, mechanical […]

Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

Ticket feature: Lighthouse hosting Christmas party for needy

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File photo Last year’s Children’s Christmas Party at the Lighthouse Mission provides presents for 700 children. Organizers say this year’s party will be bigger. Freedom New Mexico In a room filled with six Christmas trees, some children will have their only Christmas. The Lighthouse Mission will host its annual Children’s Christmas Party Saturday. Director Jerri […]

First person: Traveling to volunteer

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rod Bakken spends his winters volunteering at the Lighthouse Mission. Rod Bakken travels to Clovis each winter to avoid the bitter cold of North Dakota. While in town, he spends his days volunteering at Lighthouse Mission. Christmas presence: It all started last year, it was Christmas time. My wife and […]

Lighthouse seeking donations for holiday events

CNJ staff The Lighthouse Mission is seeking help with its Citywide Thanksgiving Day Banquet and Children’s Christmas Celebration, Executive Director Richard Gomez said in a letter. For the banquet, volunteers can donate food or serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day. They should donate or notify the Lighthouse of their intent to serve before Nov. 20. […]

Mission seeking out soles

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Carolyn Rubio with the Lighthouse Mission organizes the shoes already donated during the mission’s third annual shoe drive. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Each year before the school year starts, the demand for new shoes depletes the Lighthouse Mission’s stores. To restore their ability to help those in need […]