H.E.A.R.T. stands for Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy, Respect and Transitional housing.

HEART of Taos is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide transitional housing and support services through the HEART Resource Center for Taos women facing homelessness.

HEART of Taos uses a one-on-one approach to meet each woman’s basic needs, and to provide support including individual and group counseling,  advocacy, access to our Resource Center’s many other services, and a step-by-step action plan that includes assistance in securing eligible government benefits, community services, employment, and permanent affordable personal residences.

Homelessness includes the experience of involuntary housing instability such as living in a vehicle or temporary dwelling, sleeping rough/outside or in an uninhabitable shelter, staying at a mass shelter, and doubling up with friends/family. Each month in Taos, women and children experience homelessness.

Our Services

  • Resource Center — SUPPORT!
  • ​Free Resource / Housing Guide
  • ​The HEART Free Boutique
  • Short-term Assistance to Meet IMMEDIATE Needs
  • The HEART Program to Transition Women Out of Homelessness
  • Shelter and Rental Assistance​
  • ​Storage, Moving and Home Outfitting
  • Employment Prep​
  • ​Wellness Activities

2018 Leadership and Staff

HEART co-founders Ama Khan and Kathy Herman with Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone.

(Back row, l-r) Judge Jeff Shannon, Mayor Daniel Barrone and Taos County Commissioner Jim Fambro with HEART co-founders and Board of Directors (front row, l-r) Ama Khan, Kathy Linton, Caroline Buerkle, Julia Jiron, Kathy Herman and Judy Buck.

HEART staff members

Kathryn H. Herman, Co-Founder and President, Board of Directors

Maia’ma (Ama) White Owl Khan, Co-Founder

Judy Buck, Vice President, Board of Directors

Kathy Linton, Secretary, Board of Directors

Julia Jiron, Treasurer, Board of Directors

Caroline Buerkle, Board of Directors

Angelina Romero, Board of Directors

Debra Sherry, Advisory Board Member

Susan Germann, Advisory Board Member

Anne Stillman, Advisory Board Member

Polly Raye, Advisory Board Member

Laurie Knox, Advisory Board Member

Susan Dilger, Advisory Board Member


Kimberly Park: Interim Executive Director

​Robin Cunningham: Support Counselor

Wavia Grubaugh: Support Counselor

Mary Tipton: Support Coordinator

Loup Pons: Street Outreach Counselor

Lisa Brown: Office Manager​​

Mary Miller: Program Assistant

Susan Moore: HEART House Manager

Lisa Olsen: Bookkeeper


HEART of Taos IS GROWING… and delighted to be able to expand our services to include greater support counseling (including counseling for staff exposed to “vicarious traumatization” and compassion fatigue) and greater eviction prevention services.

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