Jemez House, Inc. Donates Nearly $300,000 To Northern New Mexico College Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund

NNMC News:

ESPAÑOLA — A generous donation of $299,257 from Jemez House, Inc. to the Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship support for generations of area students.

“When Dr. Rick Bailey and I initially discussed a possible donation with the Jemez House Board in 2019, we never imagined this significant gift of nearly $300,000 that impacts our current and future generations of NNMC students,” NNMC Major Gifts Officer Judith Pepper said. “Our NNMC family is so grateful to those who generously volunteered and contributed to Jemez House over the past 20 years.  From our hearts to yours, we thank you!”

Jemez House Thrift Store, in operation for more than 20 years, was located in White Rock, New Mexico. An out-growth of the Jemez House Group Home, it was founded to support the higher education of state group-home alumni. The mission of the store was furthered through donations from local residents and unpaid volunteers who took on the store’s operation. From 2006 to 2020, proceeds from the non-profit thrift store provided $610,385 in scholarships to more than 145 students. 

The hard work of the thrift store volunteers also prevented tons of material from being dumped in the landfill, provided the sale of low-cost necessities and even small luxuries to patrons, and filled the needs of those devastated by disaster.

The thrift store closed in 2018 and the Jemez House, Inc. Board of Directors voted to donate the remaining proceeds to the Northern New Mexico College Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund.

“Everyone who donated, served or bought through the Jemez House Thrift Store in the past can be confident that the good work of educating young people will be carried on by Northern New Mexico College in Española,” Jemez House board member Roberta Fine said.

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