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I hope this message finds you well this month of November. November is a beautiful month for its significance toward the improvement of humanity. It is a month of reflection and gratitude for that which we have. We want to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving holiday, full of joy, happiness, reflection, and motivation to become better people. While we get lost in the trivial, insignificant, and quiet frankly, unworthy, many are going hungry, being exploited, are homeless, are being abused, or are dieing, not knowing or enjoying some of the things we take for granted. Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday to appreciate true happiness as this stems from within one's soul. Remember and be grateful for the people who enhance our lives with their presence and those that do with their absence; be grateful for the abilities we have and the ones we're going to learn if we're permitted; be grateful for your life as many are fighting for theirs, not appreciating theirs, or have lost theirs; and be forgiving of those who hurt us and those we hurt with our flaws. When you leave this earth, no one is going to care how much money you had, what brand of clothing you wore, or what car you drove. But, if you made a difference in one person's life, that will immortalize you. For this month, our newsletter will feature the following:

·        A recap of TACIL’s activities

·        Tips for holiday shopping

·        Recipe forTurkey Leftovers

·        Appreciation of our collaborators


Since our last newsletter, a lot of good actions have been completed at The Ability Center. Many lives have been affected and improved to enhance the quality of life of these persons with disabilities.

·        Our Independent Living Program continues providing quality services to persons with disabilities in southwestern New Mexico. We continue providing Information and Referral Services, Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, and Peer Mentoring along with our Food Bank, Equipment Bank and other services we offer at The Ability Center. We have been conducting Rural Outreach, either in person or electronically, to market The Ability Center and educate communities on Independent Living.

·        Our Social Security Payee Program continues to educate Payees on money management, with Consumers sticking to their budgets, learning about savings, and expanding their financial literacy abilities.

·        Our grant implementation for an award from the Carl C. Anderson, Sr. and Marie Jo Anderson Charitable Foundation continues on schedule. All forty individuals continue receiving their monthly food rations without any impediments or delays.

·        In collaboration with NMCDHH, we have begun providing ASL classes again. We have a beginner session and an intermediate session. Turnout has not been as expected, but things will pick up eventually as we are aggressively marketing this grant.

Our McCune foundation grant is on schedule as Consumers continue to receive computer training from typing to business document development.


Consumer World offers these holiday shopping tips to help bag the best bargains:

1. Read the Ads: Check local newspapers on Thanksgiving Day. They will be chock-full of circulars and last minute deals. Friday’s papers will include additional sales. Get on retailers’ email lists, and look for deals and coupons listed on their Facebook pages. Preview the Black Friday sale circulars now at bfads.net, and get a list of sale items at all stores combined by category, like all GPSes, at blackfriday.gottadeal.com.

2. Evaluate the Deals: Not all advertised items are great deals. To separate the ho-hum from the good deals, use several of Consumer World’s pricing tools, such as the Price Checker at ConsumerWorld.org (to compare prices at many online stores instantly), DealAlerter.com (to get notified when an item’s price drops) and PriceHistories.com (to compare today’s price for an item to what was charged over the past six months). If shopping online, find out the total price including shipping and tax (if any), and what the reputation of the seller is using BizRate.com or ResellerRatings.com .

3. Research the Right Product: A low price on a lousy product is no bargain. Check websites where professionals evaluate products, such as Consumer Reports, Steves-Digicams.com (for cameras), Ecoustics.com (TV/hi-fi equipment), PCMagazine.com (computers), best/worst toy lists, etc. Also, nothing beats reading customer reviews by real owners of the products you are thinking of buying. Check Epinions.com, and read the user comments posted after most product descriptions at Amazon.com.

4. Save with “Triple Plays”: To save the most, combine the primary ways to save: buy items at a good sale price, use percent-off/dollars-off coupons offered by some stores to lower that price even more, and look for items that also have a cash back rebate.

5. Be an Early Bird: Toys-R-Us opens at 10pm on Thanksgiving, Kohl’s at 3am, and Sears and Target at 4am on Friday. Wal-mart (WM) will open at 12:01am Friday with all its Black Friday deals except for electronics which go on sale at 5am. Plot your route from store to store based on store opening times, and since quantities are very limited, arrive before the doors open. Send family members to different stores if opening times conflict.

6. Beat the Early Birds: Wal-mart and Sears have been running pre-Black Friday sales on weekends, with better than Black Friday prices on some items. To plan for the real Black Friday, scope-out key retailers on Wednesday before Thanksgiving to learn each store’s floor plan in advance. Avoid the crowds by ordering online since some Black Friday deals may be available on Thanksgiving Day or Friday in the wee hours.

7. Check the Return Policy: Before buying, find out the store’s return policy. While many stores have extended their return deadlines into January, others are clamping down by imposing restocking fees on certain categories of items, or by using a blacklisting database or returns tracking system to deny refunds to returns abusers.

8. Get a Gift Receipt: Make returns easier for gift recipients by asking the store for a gift receipt and include it in the gift box. Without a receipt, a refund may be denied outright, or may be limited to only an equal exchange, or to a merchandise credit for the lowest price the item has sold for in the recent past.

9. Use the Right Credit Card: Certain credit cards offer valuable free benefits. For example, don’t be pressured into buying a service contract when you can get up to an extra year of warranty coverage free just by using most gold or platinum credit cards. Ask your credit card issuer what length warranties qualify for an extra year of coverage, if any. Some credit cards also offer a return protection guarantee (they will refund the purchase price within 90 days if the store will not), or a sale price guarantee (they will give you back the difference if an item goes on sale within 60 days of purchase).

10. Save More with Price Guarantees: The bargain shopping process does not end with a product purchase. Keep checking the prices of the items you bought. Since many stores offer a price protection guarantee, you may be entitled to get back some additional money if the seller or a competitor offers a lower price before Christmas.



Here is a great recipe for turkey leftovers.


2 cups leftover turkey
2 cans (10-1/2 oz. size) chicken gravy
1 package (10-oz. size) frozen mixed vegetables
1 can (10-oz. size) refrigerated biscuits


·        In 2-quart casserole mix leftover turkey, gravy and vegetables.

·        Bake at 400F for 15 minutes. Top with biscuits and bake for 12-15 minutes more.

·        This recipe serves/makes 4




The Ability Center wants to take the time to thank the following individuals and (or) organizations for the great contributions they have made to the Center helping to fulfill our mission:

·        Aging and Long Term Services: Traumatic Brain Injury Program

·        Blas Rel

·        Carl C. Anderson Sr. & Marie Jo Anderson Foundation

·        Casa De Oro Care Center

·        Chris Van Horn

·        Christina Little of the United Way of Southwestern New Mexico

·        Deming Luna County Commission on Aging

·        Independent Living Resource Center of Albuquerque

·        Lowe’s Pay-n-Save, Tularosa, NM

·        Our Dedicated Board of Directors

·        Our Dedicated Staff

·        Rehabilitation Services Administration

·        San Juan Center for Independence

·        Sandra Williams

·        Social Security Administration

·        The McCune Charitable Foundation

·        The New Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons

·        The New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Area 3 Office

·        The New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability

·        Wal-Mart on Valley, in Las Cruces, NM

Most importantly, our Consumers for having faith in us and coming back to us for assistance to live a high quality of life in their communities free of exploitation and institutionalization.

715 E. Idaho Ave., Ste 3E Las Cruces NM USA
Phone: 575-526-5016  |  Fax: 575-526-1202