Because the numbers of COVID cases have stayed low in Palomas for the last several weeks, the government is allowing Palomas businesses to open with reduced capacity. Border Partners is starting to resume classes, too–with safety precautions in place.
Zumba classes are happening again every weekday evening outdors in the Border Partners’ Sports Center. There is also an indoor Zumba class every day with a limit of ten people, spaced throughout the facility. The Promotoras will also resume their senior workshop and lunch this week.
The schools in Palomas remain closed. So, because of that we’re unable to resume our projects and activities for children there now.
60 families receive food baskets
The Border Partners Palomas staff organized another food distribution last week! A very generous donation funded the outreach. Peppers’ Supermarket in Deming, NM again granted us a 50% discount, effectively doubling the amount of groceries we were able to distribute in Palomas.
Give-away stations of specific provisions facilitated an efficient distribution. In addition to groceries, we also gave away notebooks, pencils and t-shirts.
COVID-19 protocols governed the project. We maintained social distance and wore masks. One door served as the designated entrance and a different door for exit, so foot traffic moved through the hall in a single direction.
Border Partners’ General Manager Melissa Reyes remarked with satisfaction afterwards:
The event was well organized by staff. Our staff, along with volunteers, did a great job in finding needy families. Everyone worked well together to smoothly carry out the distribution project event.”