Pine Hill/Ramah Outreach Center

Pine Hill hoganMargaret Merrill

Executive Director, Oso Vista Ranch Project
Serving the Ramah Navajo Community

We have enjoyed an active month during February. Eighty-four community members utilized the computer lab during February, doing homework, research, connecting to social media, checking email and registering for state, tribal and federal support programs.

Our IRS-certified Tax Help NM site has been very popular and much appreciated. We have completed over 140 free tax returns during February, netting community members approximately $150,000 in refunds. The community is very grateful that we are offering this service and saving the community thousands of dollars in tax preparations and loan fees.

Our youth programs continue to thrive. The teens have decided to start their own peer-to-peer support group. They decide the agenda, plan icebreaker and youth leadership activities and schedule guest speakers. They also schedule time for board games and birthday parties.

Pine Hill, Oso Vista Ranch Project

Oso Vista Ranch Project Elementary Youth Leadership Students work on a community project presentation.

Update from Dr. Shawn Secatero, NASNTI Principal Investigator

The Pine Hill Outreach center has had major success in the growth and development of their Outreach Center! Margaret Merrill has reported to The Leadership Council that, “the computer lab in Pinehill is running great! There are 12 computers for the students to use, but other community members are utilizing those computers as well.” Furthermore, Margaret reported that they “are currently moving from a 1000 sq. ft. building to a 2000 sq. ft. building which will accommodate the influx of students coming in to use the computer lab, as well as the staff who work there.”