Mission and Purpose of Organization

Dessert JourneyThe mission of the Colonias Development Council (CDC) is to improve the quality of life through the promotion, development and preservation of decent and affordable housing in colonia communities in southern New Mexico while creating the space for social, economic, and environmental justice initiatives. The CDC was established to provide leadership, advocacy, and organizing support, through civic engagement activities for colonia residents, most of which are families of immigrants of mixed status. Throughout its 27-year trajectory, the CDC has developed programs that address the needs of rural, colonia residents to improve the quality of life through leadership development, advocacy, creating opportunities for civic engagement, workforce development, and some services. These efforts are carried out through several of our current programs that include the following: the Integrated Services for Immigrant Families (ISIF), Early Childhood Education through the Chaparral Family Development Center, and the Promotoras de Apoyo Familiar (PAF).