August 2015

Santa Fe TTN is organized and led entirely by volunteers.

Coo rdinator's Corner

Jutta von Gontard 
 Since I didn't get a chance to make announcements in July - the picnic was not a suitable venue - I'd like to use this column to share a few things: 
Jean Palmer and Portia Blackman
found a wonderful new space for our monthly meetings. Some of you may already be familiar with the Montezuma Lodge No.1 on Paseo de Peralta. Starting with our August meeting, we'll gather there. (More detail below.)
-   Although July is usually a month when everyone travels and not much happens, the Social Committee continues to arrange new opportunities for meaningful community involvement (see
Linda McEnroe's report on the tour of the Food Depot below).
-   Lastly, The Steering Committee is pleased to announce two new members. Virginia Asman, our communications coordinator, and Ellie Briggs, member of the Transition Peer Group Council, are joining the Steering Committee beginning in August. Welcome Ginnie and Ellie!

Monthly Meeting

The August meeting will be Monday, August 24th from 5:45-7:30pm

NEW LOCATION - Montezuma Lodge,
413 Paseo de Peralta -
To the left (and set well back from the street) of the Scottish Rite Temple. There is plenty of parking. 

August program:  

A lifeline supporting students and their efforts to stay and succeed in school


TTN is pleased to welcome Julia Bergen, the Director of Communities in Schools of New Mexico. Julia holds a Masters in Education from Harvard University and brings 25 years of nonprofit management, program development and youth advocacy experience to her work.


Communities in Schools of New Mexico was founded in 2012 and began with two schools in Santa Fe. Two and a half years later, CIS is in ten schools, has a budget of 1.2 million dollars and has a staff of 16. The mission of CIS is to empower young people to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS uses an innovative framework for mitigating poverty related challenges that impede a young person to show up at school rested, nourished and ready to learn. The drop out rate is very high in New Mexico and dedicated staff and volunteers can make a great contribution with the wrap around services that are provided. 


Our TTN retreat last October was a call to action and connection in our community. Please join us in a dyna mic program to make a difference.


The monthly meeting is open to members and non-members.   

Suggested Donation: $3

Another Opportunity for Community Involvement

On Wednesday, July 8, several members of our Santa Fe TTN  chapter had a chance to visit the Food Depot, an outstanding example of effective community service! The visit was arranged Patty Smith, a member of our Social Committee.

The Food Depot, Northern New Mexico's food bank
, distributes food and household products to centers in nine counties each month. Its hunger network is composed of 135 partner agencies including emergency food pantries, hot meal programs, homeless shelters to name a few. 

Nate Patrus,
Volunteer Coordinator, guided us through the warehouse on Siler Road where all the donated food arrives, is sorted, and stored for distribution. The facility is about two years old and the inventory is overwhelming. The organization relies heavily on Volunteers, whose support and participation are key to the continuation of feeding people who are HUNGRY. Clearly, this organization provides great  opportunities for community involvement, and several of our members are already quite active. Thank you, Patty, for arranging such an energizing tour!


Host Your Own TTN Events! 

For three years, the Social Committee has arranged many events, including coffees, happy hours, and special trips to connect our members beyond the monthly meetings.

Something you would like to host? Hiking, art, theater? It's easy with MeetUp as a communications tool. The only requirement is that you host and manage the event that you start. Contact the coordinators, Ann Church or Linda McEnroe to get started. or singinglinda(at)



 Santa Fe Chapter




Warm up to TTN
at our Coffee Club 
Wednesday, Aug 26

Non-members are welcome to attend the Coffee Club
and Happy Hours.

Come and learn more about Santa Fe TTN and the value
of becoming a member.




Mark Your Calendar!

Transition Peer Group Orientation


Thursday, Sept 24
6 - 8 PM

Montezuma Lodge #1,
431 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM

If interested in being in a Transition Peer Group, finding out more or signing up for the Orientation, please contact

 Watch for more announcements and
information in the next month!

Santa Fe TTN Social Groups use MeetUp
to schedule and
share event ideas. 
meet up logo

To sign up
follow these instructions:
If you are not already a MeetUp member, go to and
select sign up, using your e-mail address.  You must go into your e-mail and verify your registration to finish the registration with MeetUp.Then find and sign  up with
our group,which is called 
If you are already a MeetUp
member, sign into MeetUp 
as usual and look for our 
group title listed above. 
You must be a current member to be approved
to participate in this communication tool.
If you need help,
contact Ann Church at 
The Santa Fe Transition Network