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Sept. 29-Oct. 12 2013

Women’s Intercultural Center

Nancy Arreola, WInC Participant and her daughter Braelynn take a break from manning the Women’s Intercultural Center booth to visit and admire the other cultural booths at the Brannigan Cultural Center in Las Cruces. 1

Letter From the E.D. When Carter and I exchanged wedding vows, my family and friends thought, “What does she possibly see in him?” Even his own family thought I was too good for him. He was crude and vulgar at times. Everyone thought we had absolutely nothing in common. They just couldn’t see what I saw in him. Their judgment was based on comparing him to my first husband whom they all loved and appreciated. Carter was not as refined as Saif. He didn’t have his charisma, charm, education, his power over languages, or his deep pockets. Even I didn’t like him the first time I met him. He was feeding my father when I walked into the hospital room at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. As soon as I walked in I told him he could leave as I proceeded to continue feeding my father. When I turned around he was standing by the door. I remember getting annoyed. I loudly and rudely said, “I said, you can leave now!” After that incident I never thought about him again. Later that year, a friend of mine convinced me to go to a party. As it turns out it was Carter’s party. He didn’t make a big impression on me as he was still wearing his nursing uniform. I didn’t even give him a second thought once I met him, I just hung out with my friend. He did ask for my number which I gave to him. I had a policy of giving out my number to anyone who asked for it because I didn’t want them to feel bad. If it was someone I didn’t want to talk to I’d just say I wasn’t home and pretend to be my sister Nelly.

charming he was, how he catered to my every need and basically wanted to know everything about me. It was that day that I looked at him and saw him as my future husband. Judgments: we make them quickly, without thinking. We don’t have to love everyone we meet or be friends with everyone, but we should give them a chance. We are too quick to judge others by the way they dress, their hairstyle, their job, their age, or any other reason that keeps us from seeing, hearing, or appreciating them. At WInC we view people through judgment free glasses and encourage our participants to do the same. We encourage you to do the same. You may find that the girl you thought was so snobby really is nice. The person you thought was a robot really does have feelings. Or the person that you thought was mean is the sweetest person you’ve ever met. Every day is a judgment free day at WInC. We practice understanding, compassion, and acceptance. We pay compliments. Learning to live judgment free gives us rich opportunities to grow closer to others and truly be able to be there for our participants and for them to be there for each other. Living judgment free,

I didn’t get to know Carter until he called me out of the blue saying he was returning my call which was completely untrue. We chatted for a while, technically he let me do all the talking, then he asked me out on a date. Even then I wanted to cancel the date as I thought I had made a mistake in accepting but I couldn’t cancel since he was so close by. It was on our first date that he won me over. I still can remember the clothes he was wearing, how



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Building a Strong Local Economy How can you help build a strong local economy and maintain the unique character of your neighborhood? Shop locally as much as possible. Small businesses respond to the wants and needs of their loyal, local customers. Patronizing a local business isn't just about spending your money locally; it's about fostering a sense of community and culture. It also diversifies the local business economy and creates a friendly environment for new, innovative businesses. And when you stay local, you lighten your carbon footprint, too. So support the Momand-Pops. It's an enriching experience for both vendor and customer. WInC supports its micro-enterprises in various ways from facilitating their startup, providing entrepreneurial education, facilitating space, developing marketing products and so much more. We believe in and support a local economy. 4


participating for the first time in the Cultural Fair representing the country of Mexico.

All Related, Each Unique: The Cultural Fair, a project of the Brannigan Cultural Center in partnership with various student groups and organizations such as the Women’s Intercultural Center.

Through the various student groups and organizations representing a wide variety of countries we were able to:

Staff, volunteers and participants really enjoyed



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 Increase awareness and understanding of, and pride in, the cultural and ethnic diversity of Southern New Mexico.  Create an atmosphere of neighborly celebration that included live performances and food.  Educate the community about the international/

ethnic/cultural connections of its individuals, businesses and organizations.  And bring ethnic minorities into the community mainstream.




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Suki Rodriguez modeling one of Dora’s scarf’s.

Entrepreneurship at WInC takes all sorts of dimensions. Through our Economic Self-Sufficiency program, participants strive to become self-supporting by making and selling hand-crafted items. "We’re trying to utilize entrepreneurship skills, concepts and spirit to be able to help our participants with their micro-enterprises," says WInC Executive Director Mary Carter. "So although there's not a profit at the end of the day for the work that we do, there's definitely a social profit in what we do." About four years ago, Carter with input from the staff, participants and advisors spearheaded the small business development academy. Training which teaches individuals how to start a micro-enterprise to help them become self-sufficient. "The ladies are taught basic business skills as well as product development," says Carter. "We do this by examining their skills and abilities as well as their passion. We hone those skills and discuss a target market for them." They are taught to sell their items in the venues where they find themselves most comfortable, we help them explore those venues. Here we have Dora Andrews, pictured on the far left, knitting one of her scarves. She sells the scarves for $15 each. Suki Rodriguez, pictured to the left, models one of Dora’s scarf’s. Dora is knitting a better future for herself and a her family.


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TAX-WISE GIVING - ACT NOW BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2013 Benefit from making your 2013 gift to the Women's Intercultural Center through your IRA. The IRA Charitable Rollover was extended through December 31, 2013, as one of the provisions of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The IRA charitable rollover enables individuals age 70 1/2 and older to make direct transfers up to $100,000 to 501 (c)(3) organizations, without having to count the transfers as income for federal income tax purposes. Who qualifies to use the IRA charitable rollover provision? Individuals who are age 70 1/2 or older at the time of the contribution. From what accounts can I make transfers? Transfers must come from your IRAs directly to the Women's Intercultural Center. If you have retirement assets in a 401(k), 403(b), etc., you must first roll those funds into an IRA, and then you can direct the IRA custodian to transfer the funds from the IRA directly to the Women's Intercultural Center. How much can I transfer? Up to $100,000 per spouse for 2013. Does this transfer qualify as my minimum required distribution? Once you reach age 70 1/2, you are required to take minimum distributions from your retirement plans each year, according to a federal formula. IRA charitable rollovers count towards your minimum required distributions for the year.

bracket. However, you will not be entitled to an income tax charitable deduction for this gift. Can I use the rollover to fund life-income gifts such as a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder trust, a donor advised fund or a supporting organization? No, these are not eligible. How do I know if an IRA charitable rollover is right for me? If you are at least 70 1/2 and: You do not need the additional income necessitated by the minimum required distribution, OR 1. Your charitable gifts already equaled 50% of your adjusted gross income, so you do not benefit from an income tax charitable deduction for additional gifts, OR 2. You do not itemize deductions, OR 3. You are subject to income tax deduction and exemption phase outs. What is the procedure for executing an IRA charitable rollover? To complete an IRA charitable rollover, the first step is to contact your IRA custodian to learn their procedures. Please contact Mary Carter at 575-8825556 or via email at for wire transfer instructions before you direct your IRA custodian to transfer the funds to Women's Intercultural Center or kindly notify us if your IRA custodian will be sending your funds by check.

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What are the tax implications to me? Please consult with your own tax advisor to learn how an IRA charitable rollover may benefit you. Under federal law, the transfer of funds as your charitable gift, from your IRA account directly to the Women's Intercultural Center from your IRA custodian, will not be counted as income to you. You can lower your taxable income by making a charitable rollover distribution, which may place you in a more favorable tax




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Author Unknown As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is AUTHENTICITY. As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it RESPECT.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is LOVE OF ONESELF. As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time. Today I discovered that is MODESTY.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it MATURITY.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening. Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it FULFILLMENT.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I could be calm. Today I call it SELF-CONFIDENCE.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today I call this connection WISDOM OF THE HEART.

As I began to love myself I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today I call it SIMPLICITY.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today I know THAT IS LIFE!

Deidre Price As a environmentalist living in New Mexico, I was particularly interested in what the Women's Intercultural Center was doing in terms of their recycling and building with recycled materials. I was very impressed to find that their building is built with recycled tires and glass and that not only do they recycle the usual items: cans, plastic, glass -- they recycle clothes and even make new items from recycled materials. The center empowers the members through GED training, employment training, micro-business training and 15

civic engagement. They rent out their facility to the public and house volunteers to help them run the organization. They have empowered and assisted many women to become more self-sufficient and leaders in their community all while using very innovative fundraising strategies and useful programming. Congratulations to the Women's Intercultural Center and keep up the good work!



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Halloween decoration made up of a variety of items that were donated to our thrift store.

Scraps of material made into Halloween flowers.

Boxes recycled to be used as bags for our thrift store.

Bags made out of left over wrapping paper 17

We worried and worried about how we were going to fix the gutters and here came Eddie Torres. He's already finished the gutters in the patio area and the side. He needs to finish the four in the front. We're waiting to see if we can borrow a long ladder because the current one we have is to short for him to reach the front gutters safely. Thank you Eddie for all your hard work in helping us maintain the building. It's amazing how one individual can create a world of difference.



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our way at 303 Lincoln St. in Anthony, NM! It’s a simple way to bring joy to a child's life. We’ll make sure that deliciousness gets into our lovingly packed packages for the children during our Halloween Celebration. Thanks for your support in making their life sweeter!


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Do you shop at Albertson's? You can help support our work by using our Albertson's community partners key tag at the check out. To request one email us at In the mean time you can download the Albertsons Shopping list and scan it at the check out by downloading it from our website at http:// albertsons.pdf


If you love our work then tell the world! You have an opportunity to help us make even more of a difference in our community. Won’t you help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with us? All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to http:// to get started!

We think everyone that participates, works, volunteers, donates and supports the Center is awesome! Some awesome people we’d like to recognize are: 

Bonnie Burns for her recent financial donation to the Center. Thank you Bonnie for supporting our us financially but also for your service in our Ready to Run Program advisory committee. Your support is invaluable to us.


Thank you to our participants for sharing their talents with our supporters and donors. They absolutely loved the private Reiki session you provided for them.


Thank you Grace Jacquez-Chase and her sister Angelica for their donation to our thrift store. Your continuous generosity helps keep our day to day operations going.

Featured ways to help WInC Can you believe Halloween is just around the corner! Have you picked out your costumes yet? How about for your kids? It seems like they’re already FLYING off the shelves! We LOVE Halloween at WInC, such an amazing time of year filled with magic and children’s laughter. Can you help bring a little bit of sweetness to the children of our community? Next time you head to the grocery store, grab a bag of Halloween candy and send it



Other Simple Ways to Help WInC Other ways to help us through everyday tasks can be found at our website at http:// If you have other creative ways to help, please don’t hesitate to contact Mary Carter at 575-882-5556 or via email at Thank you for your support! 20

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dates to remember


For additional information please contact us at 575-882-5556 or the contact number listed next to the event announcement.

Health Fair & Enrollment in Anthony - The health fair will have a presentation on the Medicaid Expansion along with information regarding the marketplace exchange. Eligibility specialists will be enrolling individuals in Medicaid along with the 4 providers (United Healthcare, Molina, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Presbyterian) that serve NM. La Clinica de Familia will be there to test blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.


October Open Enrollment— Medicare from 10:30am to 3pm by Irene Sonora from the Sonora Insurance Group. The enrollments will be on Thursdays on the following dates: Oct. 17, 24, 31; Nov. 7, 14, 21; & Dec. 5: Open Enrollment - Medicare

17-Dec. 5

Health Sciences Academy Board Meeting at 6pm.

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Domestic Violence Vigil at 3pm. Please join us in memory of those who have been killed by family members, spouses or partners. Together local residents and others join in support of domestic violence awareness month.

20th Anniversary Celebration: Join us in one of three celebrations in honor of our 20th Anniversary. Anthony Mayor Arnie Castañeda will join us in the celebration at the Business Breakfast and Participant/Volunteer Potluck Luncheon. A $20 donation is encouraged.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Come make an altar with us. A new altar will be added each day in honor of the designated deaths based on the Mexican cultural celebration of the Day of the Dead. The Altars will be on exhibit from Oct. 18 thru November 2. Official Celebration Day will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 9-10am. Join us for Chocolate, coffee and sweet bread and admire the altars.

18-Nov 2


Women’s Camp from 10 am a 2pm. Enrich and enhance your mind, body and soul.

Business Breakfast Celebration—7 to 9 am Local area businesses are invited to a special breakfast celebration at the Center from 7am to 9am. Come learn what we’re all about and how we can work together for the betterment of your business and our community. Participant/Volunteer Potluck Luncheon Celebration—12 to 2pm Bring your favorite dish and your favorite story of the Center to share with your peers. All former participants and volunteers are encouraged to join the fun. Let’s reminisce and catch up.

Join our Halloween Party and have fun with us at 5 p.m.

Interested in teaching a class, scheduling a workshop, presentation or training at WInC?

Celebration Dinner—6:30 to 8:30pm Current and prospective donors join us in celebrating 20 years of being a catalyst for change. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to provide the tools and resources needed for women to become the authors of their own lives.

We are always searching for Volunteer Instructors to teach in their areas of expertise. We currently have a special need for a haircutting instructor. For more info, contact Ilse Arrieta, Program Coordinator at 575-882-5556 or via email at 21

Women’s Intercultural Center WHERE IT STARTS 303 Lincoln Street / PO Box 2411 Anthony, NM 88021 575-882-5556 Fax: 1-866-285-7245


Week in Review Sept. 29 - Oct. 12, 2013  

WInC Week In Review Digital Magazine

Week in Review Sept. 29 - Oct. 12, 2013  

WInC Week In Review Digital Magazine