Welcome to the

HEART of Taos ONLINE Resource Center:

Support Services and Transitional Housing

Who We Are:

We are a community-funded nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women of Taos County experiencing homelessness or near homelessness. We are 100% community funded and do not receive any federal or state monies. The extent of our service completely depends on the level of our funding in any given month. Our operating motto is “Community is the Solution”. We are comprised of a small staff and board, volunteers, and a community network of caring individuals.

What to Expect:

Please come to our Resource Center IN PERSON to complete our Confidential Assistance Request paperwork. You will receive a Welcome Orientation to our Resource Center and our Resource Packet. You will then be contacted via phone as soon as possible (depending on demand for our services it may be a week or two) to set an appointment with one of our Support Coordinators.

In immediate emergencies, we may be able to authorize immediate short-term assistance and/or shelter first, before proceeding with an assessment interview to determine how to assist you further. Generally, it takes 48-72 hours to assess your needs and our ability to assist you.

Who Do We Serve?

We welcome Taos County women and transgender individuals 18 and over with or without children and pets, post-recovery, exiting incarceration, with disabilities, experiencing loss of income, health, and many other life circumstances, events, and traumas that result in current or imminent involuntary homelessness.

Who We Can Not Serve:

Although we do not have the expertise or facility to provide the specialized support needed for women living with severe or untreated mental illness or active substance abuse, or women fleeing immediate domestic violence, we do make referrals to appropriate community partners and agencies.

THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO IMMEDIATELY:

We encourage all women experiencing (or at imminent risk of experiencing) homelessness to:

  1. Apply for SNAP/food Stamps and Medicaid
  2. Download or pick up the HEART of Taos Community Resource Guide:
  • Get your name on public and ALL subsidized/low income housing projects waiting lists immediately and
  • Become familiar with the Food Distribution services (Shared Table, Food Pantries) offered through our community

Support Counseling

The H.E.A.R.T. of Taos can offer Support Counseling as part of the support services available.   As a member of your Support Team the Support Counselor will assist and empower you to continue to make positive choices in your life that will help you succeed while involved in services at H.E.A.R.T. of Taos. The Support Counselor is available by telephone or for appointments in the office. Short-term (3-6 sessions) counseling is available on an as needed basis. Some of the issues that can be addressed include: processing changes in your circumstances, feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, fear or depression that may arise from these changes. If you are interested in this extra support, either in the office or over the telephone, please call the H.E.A.R.T. of Taos office at, 575-776-4245, and leave a message. The counselor will return your call to discuss how best to provide the Support Counseling you may need.

RESOURCES

These resources can also be picked up at The HEART of Taos Resource Center

Please fill out and return in person so we can meet and learn about your current needs and circumstances.

This Guide will assist you to navigate the various community services you may be eligible to receive.

Stabilization Planning can reduce the overwhelm of managing the details of life. This Self-Help Stabilization Packet can assist you to set and reach new goals that re-stabilize your life.

Overwhelm occurs when a stressor is too great for someone to manage and can be experienced in many different ways.

6 Strategies to Help with Overwhelm

Overwhelm occurs when a stressor is too great for someone to manage, i.e. an emotional event like a birth or death, a sudden life change like loss of a job or homelessness, or a long to-do list that you can’t seem to finish. Feelings of overwhelm can be experienced in many different ways. It can manifest as an intense emotion such as anxiety, anger, or irritability; poor thought processes, such as worry, doubt, or helplessness; and behavior, such as crying, lashing out, or experiencing a panic attack. Anxiety is one of the most common symptom of overwhelm. It can appear as a rapid heartbeat, sweating, tingling, chest pains, shortness of breath, or a combination of any of these symptoms. Whatever the reasons behind the feelings of overwhelm, here are six strategies to help relieve or prevent those feelings.

1. Accept your anxiety. Fighting your feelings of overwhelm tends to make the feelings of anxiety worse. It is normal to experience some feelings of anxiety when stressors are unfamiliar, unpredictable, or imminent. Think of accepting your anxiety as if you are riding out a wave.

2. Change overwhelm-inducing thoughts. Thoughts of feeling out of control or unpredictability are common with feeling overwhelmed. Thoughts that are unreasonable or unrealistic can create feelings of anxiety. It is important to pay attention to what you say to yourself during these times. Self-defeating thoughts (“I’m not good enough”,” I’m not smart enough”, “I’ll never get this done”) are damaging and will lead to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. When these thoughts occur, stop what you are doing and take a break. Go for a walk, listen to some favorite music, or watch a comedy TV show or movie to get your mind off those thoughts. Try writing some positive affirmations that you can post around your house or in your car that you can read when those thoughts start. That can become a mantra that you say over and over to yourself that will eventually replace the self-defeating thoughts.

3. Change your multi-tasking mind set. Multitasking means that you are doing too many things at once. This can create feelings of overwhelm. If you have a long to-do list, do 2 or 3 things on your list and take a break. Then do something to reward yourself for completing those items on your list such as have some candy or chocolate, go out for lunch, or take a long bath.

4. Focus on right now. When you are consumed with what may happen in the next few minutes or months, you can’t appreciate the present moment. Try to schedule a time to think about the future so you can enjoy the here and now with your family or friends.

5. Take a deep breath. With the feelings of overwhelm come feelings of anxiety. The anxiety can cause your breath to become short and shallow. When beginning to feel this way it is important to take time to breathe deeply which encourages your body to relax. Take several deep breaths counting to 3 when breathing in and out. This can be done anywhere and at any time when feeling overwhelmed or anxious.

6. Take action. Engage in an activity you enjoy, reading a book, writing, or taking a walk. Think about ways you can solve the stressors that triggered your feelings of overwhelm.

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