Crumbacher is dedicated to giving back to the Santa Fe community. One way we do so every year is by donating a tree to the Esperanza Shelter’s Christmas Tree Auction. Esperanza Shelter is a safe haven for victims of domestic violence. They work every day to make sure that victims have a safe place to stay, and that they are provided with the essential services needed. Esperanza Shelter turns to local businesses and community supporters such as Crumbacher to help make what they do possible.
For forty-five years, Esperanza has been the only domestic violence shelter in Santa Fe County. Esperanza’s trauma-informed services include safe emergency shelter, advocacy, counseling, substance abuse counseling, adult and child therapy, child life skills groups, parenting classes, community navigation, court advocacy, outreach/education, and psychoeducational groups for both survivors and offenders.
When COVID hit, Esperanza had to move to a different model of providing housing for clients. Rather than a group shelter, they had to transition to a more expensive model of transitional housing, says Director of Development Marcos Zubia. He adds, “We need to raise $300,000 this year because of that move to a transitional housing model due to COVID. We are seeing more high-acute and high-risk clients coming into the shelter than ever before due to the stresses of COVID and increased isolation. We need people to participate in our fundraiser now more than ever.”
The Esperanza Christmas Tree Auction is a 10-day event. From November 20 through November 30, bidding will be open on 16 beautifully decorated trees, donated by a generous and creative group of local businesses and organizations. Crumbacher’s tree is elegantly decorated with gold ornaments.
The trees will be available to view in person at the Drury Plaza Hotel at 828 Paseo de Peralta from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November 20 to 30. While there, you can scan a QR code to bid online for your favorite tree. You can also view the trees online rather than in person, thanks to partner Airs Cloud, which is creating a virtual tour. If you don’t want to take a chance of missing out on your favorite tree, you can choose a “buy it now” option. Last year, every tree sold out. Bidding closes November 30 and the lucky winners will have the trees delivered directly to their front door by partner Two Men in a Truck on December 1 or 3.
From all of us here at Crumbacher we encourage you to participate in Esperanza Shelter’s Christmas Tree Auction and help us make a difference this holiday season.