CAASNM Employee Chosen as Honoree for the Lewis Hine Award

Adela Trujillo, the Director of Family Wellness at the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM), has been selected as one of ten honorees for the Lewis Hine Award. The award is named for Lewis Wickes Hine, an early 20th century muckraker whose photos of child labor practices were instrumental to the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, a federal law that protected children from workplace exploitation. Since 1987, the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) has annually recognized ten people across the nation – five volunteers and five professionals – for their exemplary records of service to children and young adults.

Adela’s selection as an honoree is the product of decades of her hard work and dedication to the children of New Mexico. Adela began working with children in 1984, as a home monitor for the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP). CACFP is a federal program that reimburses home daycare providers for ensuring that they serve healthy meals to the children under their care. After serving as a monitor for twelve years, Adela became the CACFP Director at CAASNM. In 2013 she was promoted to the position of Director of Family Wellness. In addition to overseeing CACFP operations, Adela also manages related child health initiatives.

Despite her busy schedule, Adela still finds time to visit home daycare providers and work with children, her true passion. “I am very humbled and honored to receive for this award, because there are so many other people that do the same work I do,” Adela said.

Dawn Z. Hommer, the CEO at CAASNM echoed a similar sentiment about Adela. “Everyone here at CAASNM is inspired by Adela”, Ms. Hommer said. “She is the most positive and caring person you will ever meet. She truly embodies the spirit of the award on a daily basis”.


CAASNM is a non-profit corporation dedicated to building self-reliance for low-income New Mexicans by connecting our community to high-impact programs that encourage family wellness, empower families and bridge resources.

CAASNM has served the community for nearly five decades with high-impact programs to move people out of poverty and build self-sufficiency. Its vision is a community where opportunity exists for all to become self-sufficient. Its purpose is to be a voice for underrepresented populations, mobilize communities, advocate for the poor, and work with the community to better the resources and lives of the people who live in it. CAASNM is an active partner with dozens of businesses and other agencies in its service area that work to improve the quality of life for the community. CAASNM also serves as a catalyst for change by helping new programs launch and sustain themselves. Focus areas are Family Empowerment, Bridging Resources, Family Wellness and Community Connections.

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