Founding Ideas and Principles
Kaleidoscope began in 2013 as a program within First Christian Church (FCC) designed to reach the community in meaningful ways, and to offer support and connections that would result feeling more whole and loved.
At its inception, Kaleidoscope was an extension of the social justice and community work in which FCC had always engaged. It grew from a Facebook page in 2013 to on-the-ground support of existing programming in the community in 2014, and eventually piloted its own programming in 2015. In 2016, Kaleidoscope formally separated from FCC, and restructured as a federally recognized nonprofit.
Timeline/Notable Accomplishments in Kaleidoscope’s history
Vision & Mission
At Kaleidoscope, our vision is creating a world where lives are seen, heard and valued. And in the process, people experience a greater sense of joy, fulfillment and a vibrant life in the borderlands. Our mission is to find and meet the needs of our community.
What We Do
Kaleidoscope exists to illuminate the needs of our community and create connections that support and result in an integrated community. We do this by investigating and identifying gaps in essential services available to our most vulnerable community members, and facilitating collaborations with and among existing organizations to fill those service gaps.
We at Kaleidoscope commit to conduct our work and develop relationships in our community by upholding and promoting seven key principles:
- Creativity. Kaleidoscope utilizes imagination, original ideas and seeks fresh perspectives to address gaps in the community needs.
- Dynamic Teamwork. Kaleidoscope is characterized by the ability to change, activate new and innovative practices, and stimulate growth and connection in our community.
- Encouragement. Kaleidoscope stimulates the development of activities and beliefs in our community that give individuals and organizations support, confidence, and hope.
- Attentive Listening. Kaleidoscope always listens. We will listen to people, programs, organizations and systems in place in our community to understand, identify and create community connections that are holistic, dynamic, encouraging, creative, spatial, and relational.
- Personal Relationships (Relational). Kaleidoscope considers the way people, programs, and organizations are connected to leverage the most support and energy for our work in the community.
- Spatial Awareness. Kaleidoscope recognizes the importance of creating spaces (man-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity) that facilitate healthy physical, mental, and spiritual well-being in our community.
- A Holistic Approach. Kaleidoscope prioritizes the well-being of ‘interconnectedness’ in our policies, procedures, and programming.
Naoma Staley has served as the president of Kaleidoscope since 2017 and has been involved in the organization since it’s inception. Raised “all over”, she has been a resident of Las Cruces for more than nine years and contentedly calls it her soul’s home. She currently works as the Congregational Administrator for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Las Cruces where and utilizes the strategic planning and visioning skills she has honed over the past decade to create sustainable practices for the administration of the organization. She holds a BS in Geography and GIS (map making) from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, and an MA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from New Mexico State University. She is deeply committed to making her community the best place it can be for as many people as possible. Naoma works to carefully listen to others and utilize her planning and visioning skills in a way that is equitable, kind, and loving as she leads the development of Kaleidoscope’s community – serving programming.
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creating | community | integration
P.O. Box 1122 | Las Cruces, NM 88001
kaleidoscope creates is a 501(C)3 organization