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Since 2011 Crossroads volunteers have been collaborating with community agencies and acupuncture educators from Mexico, Canada and the US to facilitate capacity building programs for health workers in the border region. These programs have yielded thousands of free treatments for the public. Services are provided primarily in impoverished border neighborhoods and colonias where many people have no access to any medical care.
Outcomes of the Crossroads Border Project
Aug 2011-Feb 2013
- 15,000 treatments: provided in low income neighborhoods, and within self help groups for people affected by violence
- Over 20 community healing centers: autonomously funded community based projects
- 66 Promatoras trained
- Outcomes study underway through the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine
How you can support
As a social enterprise committed to reducing health disparities in our region, Crossroads will continue to support these ongoing capacity building programs. We want the Las Cruces community to be a part of this. There are several ways you can support the growth of these services.
1. Get acu yourself = help others have more access to acu
The easiest way is to come for a treatment at Crossroads Community Acupuncture in downtown Las Cruces 125 N. Main. For every treatment you pay for at Crossroads, on our sliding scale of $16-$41, we will invest $1 towards future capacity building programs. By receiving acupuncture treatments yourself, and inviting others to also come receive a treatment, at the same you’ll also be assisting your neighbors in the border region. Click here to learn more about setting up an appointment at the Crossroads clinic in Las Cruces.
2. Donation only acu days
Be on the lookout for donation only acupuncture sessions we periodically offer at our Crossroads clinic, at the Mountainview Food Coop and Tesoro Integrative Health Center in Las Cruces, as well as other community centers in the Las Cruces/El Paso border region. Proceeds will benefit the growth of these clinics. You can receive updates on these specials by following our blog, our facebook page, or to subscribe to our E-newsletter, “Borderland Acu” (subscription is free, just email us at email@example.com).
3. Pinata fundraiser for community clinics
Crossroads is selling handcrafted pinatas made by local artisans to support and fundraise for a non profit that oversees these community services, Pastoral Obrera. Click here to learn more about the pinatas made through Pastoral Obrera’s pinata workshop for unemployed workers in Mexico, and how you can purchase one.
4. Book sales from Healing in Community, by Crossroads Border Project co-founder, Mateo Bernal.
A portion of sales from Mateo’s book go to support the Crossroads Border Project. Read reviews of Mateo’s book on Counterpunch and the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. We have books for sale at our downtown location in Las Cruces, 130 S. Main.
5. Donations (our wish list!) to support our new coming clinics in Anthony and Mexico
Interested in helping these efforts or making a financial contribution/donation?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-312-6569