Office of Economic Empowerment

5101 Copper NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87108

Phone Number:  (505) 766-4946
Fax Number:      (505) 265-5412

The Office of Economic Empowerment(OEE) supports HELP-New Mexico’s mission to create self-sufficiency and promote economic opportunities to strengthen families throughout New Mexico through our programs that provide job training, job placements, education, supportive and emergency services to unemployed and underemployed individuals, youth, seniors, the homeless and migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout the State of New Mexico. The work readiness programs, along with the supportive services we provide, have the ultimate goal of helping low income New Mexicans achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and aid in the development of a trained and skilled workforce.

Our 2015-2016 yearly objective in support of our New Mexico communities is to provide 5,593 services to 4,300 individuals and/or families. Specifically, we plan to provide:

(1)       544 services to individuals to improve their skills or job status through job training activities.

(2)       2,693 services to individuals to improve their current skills for their job and/or to increase their skills in order to advance in their present or future occupation by providing for educational opportunities, and

(3)       2,500 services to individuals and/or families with employment and training supportive services which will help them continue attending training, help them get books or materials they may need for training. i.e. lab coats or tools, food or help with utilities, etc., and  emergency assistance.

(4)        270 other services to individuals and/or families with other services, such as independent living, case management, etc.

Additionally, Supportive Housing for individuals in need and a Food program for Day Care Providers is provided through the OEE.

Services are provided through our six Regional offices located in Albuquerque, Espanola, Gallup, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, and Roswell and statewide satellite offices.  To determine which programs/services are offered out of which regional/satellite office, please refer to the office page by clicking on the Location tab.

Our objectives are accomplished through the various programs the OEE administers (some statewide and some only in specific counties) such as:

Programs/Services

 

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides work readiness training along with supportive services with the goal of helping low income and farmworker families reach a higher level of self-sufficiency. CSBG funds are also utilized to help individuals and families who need emergency services. The goal of the program is to provide services to eligible low-income individuals and families to improve the communities in which they live.

 

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) provides training and job development to farmworkers so that they can secure employment and attain higher wages. The purpose of this migrant seasonal farmworkers program is to strengthen the ability of eligible migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families to achieve economic self-sufficiency. 

 

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program provides year-round assistance to youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in training, education and work experience to prepare youth for the 21st century workforce. This program assists youth in finishing high school/obtain a GED, get started in a higher education program, attain employment, retain employment and/or assist in finding better employment.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult and Dislocated Workers Program provides work information, work readiness, job training and job development along with supportive services to assist individuals ages 18 and above in finding meaningful employment and provides assistance to employers to find the skilled workers they need to compete and succeed in business.

High School Equivalency Program (HEP) provides supports to migrant and seasonal farmworker students to enroll and successfully complete their General Educational Development (GED) credential as well as offer resources for their enrollment in higher education, the military, or upgrade their employment.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides cash reimbursements to home child care providers and child care centers for the cost of providing nutritious meals and snacks to the children for whom they care.

The Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion (FGP and SCP)provides opportunities for low-income persons age 55 or over to provide supportive one-on-one community services to children who are at-risk or have special needs (physical, mental or emotional). The SCP program assists adults, especially older persons having exceptional needs, developmental disabilities or other special needs for companionship, in an effort to maintain their independent living. 

The Heat Stress Initiative provides support for the creation and dissemination of information for preventing heat stress in targeted occupations. 

 
 

Supportive Housing provides affordable housing for persons with special needs and/or homeless along with supportive services.

 

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) helps meet the needs of hungry and homeless people in Rio Arriba, Taos and Colfax counties for the provision of food and shelter.

Contacts - Office of Economic Empowerment


Rita Garcia-McManus
Vice President of the Office of Economic Empowerment
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505 766-4950
FAX: 866-534-2046
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Brenda Barela
Program Compliance Specialist
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505-766-4952
FAX: 505-265-5412
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Noelia McNew
Training Development Specialist
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505-766-4942
FAX: 505-265-5412
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Irene Panlilio
Budget Analyst
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505-766-4944
FAX: 505-265-5412
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Jodi Valdez
Administrative Assistant
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505-766-4966
FAX: 505-265-5412
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Phyllis Tabet
Program Manager - CACFP & Supportive Housing
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505-766-4938
FAX: 866-340-7233
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Mercedes Gutierrez
Supportive Housing Outreach Representative
5101 Copper NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505-766-4934
FAX: 844-224-4434
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Jennifer Nutt
CACFP Outreach Representative
5101 Copper Ave. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Call: 505.766.4962
FAX: 844.224.1369
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