DATE: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Contact: Camille Ward
Columbus, NM – Yesterday, Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) and Western Sky Community Care visited the recently-opened Health and Wellness Community Complex in Columbus, to deliver generous donations that will help build out the services and activities offered to local residents at the new facility. Columbus Mayor Esequiel Salas also joined for the celebratory event, where attendees and members of the media got an exclusive look at the new Complex.
Rep. Sweetser provided a $1,500 check to the Complex for use in development of an attached community garden, where local residents will be able farm organic produce for use in meal prep programs and potentially a future farmer’s market. Meanwhile, Western Sky furnished supplies for the facility’s game room and upcoming community movie night events.
The Complex, which opened with a soft launch last month, features cardio and weight lifting equipment, and fitness classes including yoga, tai-chi, and Zumba. It also offers a number of services tailored to its border town residents, including GED, ESL, and citizenship classes, as well as tutoring and monthly health programs such as diabetes treatment with meal prep and glucose screenings. More offerings will become available as the facility adds more equipment and resources.
“Nothing is more important to me than ensuring the health and wellbeing of my constituents, so I’m proud to support this wonderful new facility in Columbus,” said Rep. Sweetser. “The Health and Wellness Community Complex will be a gym, education and healthcare facility, social hub, and so much more all in one convenient location. I can’t wait to see it continue to develop and serve our rural community for years to come.”
“Western Sky Community Care believes in the mission of the Health and Wellness Community Complex in Columbus to offer education, entertainment, and a safe environment. We are pleased to support that endeavor by donating supplies and equipment for their game room and movie nights,” said Western Sky President and CEO Jean Wilms. “We enthusiastically partner with local organizations that provide secure havens for the youth in our communities,”
“Since 2018, the goal of this administration has been to bring a higher level of health and wellbeing to Columbus residents. We are accomplishing this with the Columbus Health and Wellness Community Complex, its community garden and surrounding trails, and big plans to also add an indoor aquatic center and affordable housing on-site,” said Mayor Salas. “We know this center will bring many life changing benefits to our community members of all ages.”