‘Tis the Season of Giving at SLVBHG

Fernando Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of SLVBHG, (left) hands the keys to Lance Cheslock, Executive Director of La Puente, as Victoria Romero, Chief Operations Officer of SLVBHG, smiles while the exchange is taking place.

ALAMOSA — The San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group (SLVBHG) donated five vehicles from its fleet to local organizations serving the community.

“It’s been a long-standing tradition to donate our older vehicles to local non-profits,” said SLVBHG’s CEO Fernando Martinez.

La Puente, an emergency shelter focused on homelessness prevention, was one of the recipients of the vehicles.  Lance Cheslock, Executive Director of La Puente, came to SLVBHG to accept the donation.

“This is like an amazing Christmas present,”  Cheslock said.

His excitement was contagious. There were many laughs and smiles to share during the “ceremonial” transferring of the keys.

The Center of Restorative Programs (CRP), an organization that focuses on strengthening the community by bridging conflict and restoring relationships, will also receive donated vehicles.

SLVBHG recently acquired new vehicles to aid in the transportation of clients and staff.

“The agency’s fleet allows us to cover all 8,000 square miles of the San Luis Valley,” Martinez said. “Our outpatient staff must be very mobile, and this fleet allows us to do just that.

“As our vehicles get older, we trade them in. But when possible, we like to donate them to our partners within the community.

“La Puente is an organization with a tremendous impact on the homeless population. It is an honor to be able to assist them in their mission with these vehicles.”

Vehicles enable SLVHBG to meet clients where they are. Transportation is one of the major barriers to care in the San Luis Valley. Helping clients with transportation to their therapy appointments go a long way in assisting them in remaining stable in the community.

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