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Changing Lives Coalition Executive Director Brissa Padilla invites everyone to come out and see who the new faces of CLC are, meet the new staff , and learn what CLC does: their different programs, groups and activities.

Artesia’s Changing Lives Coalition staff has recovered from their busy Summer Meal Program – which fed more than 1,800 children in Artesia, many of whom would have otherwise gone hungry – and are currently kicking off their fall programs. That includes getting ready for their Open House, which will be held from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The Changing Lives Coalition was created two years ago by Padilla and the CLC board members to combine local programs under one nonprofit organization. Today, the CLC oversees the 7024U Youth Outreach Center, headed by Kelcey George, and Program Prevention, coordinated by Jessica Caballero, which replaces the Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition with a broader range of programs and services.

7024U is currently getting their after-school program up and running. The program is for kids in grades 4-8 and offers a safe and fun place to hang out, with tutoring, mentoring, occasional field trips, arts and crafts, and yummy snacks. Program Prevention is busy getting ready for Red Ribbon Week, and everyone on the CLC staff is busy getting ready for their Open House!

The CLC is housed in the former Artesia Police Department building on Chisum Avenue, but you’d never know it – now there’s an all-purpose room with activities, games, and even a mini-stage, a kitchen, a very cool art room, a computer lab for homework, a music room for practicing and/or creating, and a quiet room for studying and reading.

So come check out the Changing Lives Coalition, meet the staff , and see what they’re all about at their Open House Sept. 26. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is invited! For more information, call the CLC at 575-736-7024.