By HEAL Staff Writer Jessica Martinez
The Ruidoso Alano Club recently opened its doors to provide a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment for those struggling with addiction to meet with others in recovery. Their location at 615 Sudderth Dr., Suite D in Ruidoso offers meetings for Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, as well as meetings for veterans, teens and seniors. Their main purpose is to assist anyone who desires sobriety to achieve and maintain it.
“We provide a clean and sober place to have meetings to facilitate strong & healthy relationships while individuals work to build a better life,” explained Ruidoso Alano Club Director, Diane Medcalf. “All of us in this community are recovering from something and while our experiences may be different, our feelings are all the same.”
The Club will be working closely with many groups and organizations in the community. “Many of the individuals coming to the Ruidoso Alano Club will benefit from education and require aid to get back on their feet. Outside assistance can really make an impact on the services we are able to provide,” Medcalf said. “We will be working with the courts, probation, counseling, Children Youth and Families Division, Sierra Blanca Boys and Girls Club, the Mescalero Apache Tribe, among others to combat this vicious disease.”
Recognizing the correlation that exists between domestic violence and addiction, Help End Abuse for Life, Inc. (HEAL) and The Nest Domestic Violence Shelter have extended their support to the club’s opening with a small monetary donation. The groups will partner together to provide services to their mutual clients.
“We are strong supporters of the Club,” said Susanne Francis, Operations Director at The Nest Domestic Violence Shelter “The program is a great resource for our residents who are looking for a healthy, clean & sober place to meet, grow, and find support in their recovery.”
“It means a lot to us here at the Ruidoso Alano Club that HEAL & the Nest have made the decision to work in partnership to support our efforts in fighting alcohol & drug abuse in Lincoln County,” said Medcalf. “Domestic violence and alcohol & drug abuse many times go hand in hand and having an amazing partner like HEAL, that genuinely supports our efforts to combat it’s devastating effects to our community and organizations, lends additional credibility to this worthy cause.”
In addition to donation and community support, the Club will operate a public cafe to help generate funds.
To learn more about or to donate to the Ruidoso Alano Club, visit their website at www.Ruidosoalanoclub.org or their Facebook Page, Ruidoso Alano Club.
To learn more about or to donate to HEAL and The Nest Domestic Violence Shelter, visit their website at www.helpendabuseforlife.org