Students bring Christmas to needy

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Isaiah Willmot, 4, right, opens as present as his brother Elighio Rodriguez, 7, watches during an early Christmas party for five children from the Lighthouse Mission Thursday at a home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Mikayle Moore hugged her new dolls, however, the boxes the presents came in […]

Needy families receive gifts at Lighthouse mission

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Amanda Andrade, 9, center, gets hug from volunteer Alicia Zavala, right, as she gets a balloon after receiving her present. Amanda’s twin sister, Brianda, 9, is left. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Her nails will soon be as bright as her smile. Sarah Ratigan, 11, showed off the Nail Glam […]

Seeking shelter: Homelessness complex issue

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Laura Grant, 19, talks on the phone Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission shelter. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The buildings are arranged in a triangle on a seldom-traveled side street, a stone’s throw from the railroad. Winter comes and two of the buildings fill up, one with toys and clothing […]

Lighthouse Mission moves to new location

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A lighthouse greets visitors as they enter the new Clovis Lighthouse Mission. The mission offers clothing, food and shelter to people in need. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer A lighthouse symbolizes hope. Its purpose is to guide ships to safety on dark, stormy nights. A small replica of a lighthouse […]

Lighthouse goes to extreme to help others

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Tiffani Pitcock and her children, Phillip, left, and Hailey check out a new bed they received Friday from the Lighthouse Mission. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Tifani Pitcock and her two infant children were overwhelmed Friday when volunteers from the Lighthouse Mission showed up on her door step with a […]

Lighthouse Mission expanding operations with new building

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Tonya Lasky of Clovis, right, listens to Apostolic Bible Center Pastor Allen Urioste pray before lunch Thursday at the current Lighthouse Mission kitchen. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Leslie Radford: CNJ staff writer Robert Mendez walks a mile and a half a couple of days a week to the Lighthouse Mission’s kitchen. He looks forward […]

House of healing

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By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis residents’ dream of turning the abandoned and dilapidated Memorial Hospital back into a place of healing began its journey to becoming a reality in 2004. In April, the Rev. Steve Brown — experienced as both a pastor and a contractor — was hired as director […]

U.S. Postal Service should display flag

Letters to the editor Our United States Postal Service (USPS) in Clovis has a serious problem understanding the importance of flying our flag at the appropriate times. Memorial Day provided an excellent example. The flag was not flying freely as it should have been. Many businesses and private homeowners across Clovis proudly displayed the American […]

Alliance fears Matt. 25 will affect Lighthouse Mission

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Susie Aramijo, kitchen manager, left, and employee Michelle Sandoval, serve spaghetti for lunch Thursday at the Lighthouse Mission. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer As a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Clovis struggle to raise money to meet an end-of-the-year deadline for kitchen upgrades, some members of the […]

Kitchen could cause Lighthouse Mission to close

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Susan Armijo, kitchen manager at the Lighthouse Mission, prepares a meal for mission administrator Richard Gomez. (staff photo by Darrell Todd Maurina) By Darrell Todd Maurina A Clovis ministry that feeds up to 80 people a day could close next year unless it replaces its kitchen equipment to comply with state regulations. The expected cost […]

State law causes Lighthouse dilemma

By Darrell Todd Maurina Jon Goldstein, communications director for the New Mexico Environment Department, said the Lighthouse Mission’s current quandary happened because of a change in state law. Until 2000, Lighthouse Mission was legally allowed to use “homestyle” kitchen facilities for its cooking. That’s no longer allowed for new food service operations, but those that […]

Matt. 25 should remember the lighthouse

Letters to the editor The Matt. 25 resource center sounds like a wonderful idea to help the needy. However, open your eyes and see that we already have the Salvation Army and also the Lighthouse Mission that provide food, clothing, housing and spiritual needs to needy people each day. Hundreds are fed and clothed each […]