Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Staying afloat.(Reach Out)

Byline: Garrett Ordower Journal Staff Writer

Facing budget cuts, New Day relies more on fund-raisers than Medicaid - practicing the self-help message it usually preaches to youths

These teen-agers seem to be engaged in normal teenage pastimes gossiping, playing pool and shooting hoops. But after they are done socializing, they will not be saying goodbye and going home.

They will instead be saying good night and going to bed.

These teens are at the New Day Youth and Family Services shelter because, for a variety of reasons, they cannot continue to live at home.

The shelter provides children ages 12 to 17 with a temporary home, therapy, counseling and education.

New Day cut many of its other services recently because of decreasing Medicaid reimbursements. It is turning to fund-raisers, like its annual charity ball Feb. 10, to help sustain its programs. …

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