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Nonprofit moves into new building, plans to expand services

Northwest New Mexico First Born plans to add satellite offices in Shiprock, Crownpoint

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Bria Betonie, left, plays with her son Davien Alfred Friday at New Mexico First Born's new headquarters in Farmington. The organization is celebrating its move with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

 

FARMINGTON — A nonprofit organization that provides support for first-time parents is expanding its services.

Northwest New Mexico First Born has been operating in the Farmington area since 2013 and has drawn increased interest in the services it provides.

After outgrowing its office on North Behrend Avenue, Northwest New Mexico First Born has moved to a new location at 114 N. Behrend Ave. next to its former offices. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday in conjunction with the summer art walk in downtown Farmington.

Diana Kinney, the organization's program manager, said there was room for only five staff members called home visitors in the group's smaller offices. The new space is large enough to accommodate six such staff members, who visit clients in their homes and provide them with support and advice.

Davien Alfred plays Friday at New Mexico First Born headquarters in Farmington.

 

During Friday's celebration, families visiting the new offices can make crafts to take home. Kinney said there will be tiles for the families to decorate with their children's handprints and footprints. She said families will also be able to make wall hangings on fabric that display all their handprints.

The organization is also preparing to offer a new service, targeted interventions. That service will focus on helping families that struggle with homelessness, domestic violence or substance abuse.

Kinney said the targeted interventions will likely start within a month, and the nonprofit hopes to open satellite offices in Shiprock and Crownpoint by the end of the year.

The organization works with families from all walks of life and provides free support services.

Diana Kinney, a program director with New Mexico First Born, talks about the organization's new location Friday in Farmington.

 

Bria Betonie was referred to Northwest New Mexico First Born in 2015 while pregnant with her son, Davien Alfred. Betonie said the group provided support for her throughout her pregnancy and when Davien was born prematurely. 

Each month, Betonie gets a new book from the organization to read to Davien. She said he likes the simple books with pictures.

"We really strive to help children get ready for school," Kinney said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.