DCCNM History and Mission
Mission of DCCNM is dedicated to the development, growth & education of our Deaf NM community and sharing our Culture with our allies.
DCCNM's goal is to Provide Accessible & Affordable Housing to Deaf, Deaf-Blind, & Hard-of-Hearing New Mexicans.
It all started.....
In 1994 during a Town Hall meeting in Albuquerque, NM where the Deaf community was searching for solutions to the disproportionate level of access for Deaf individuals to housing, entertainment and employment. The idea of a Deaf Culture Center emerged. The idea was that it would be a place to have events, live, even to have jobs available. It would offer a Deaf friendly place created by and for Deaf New Mexican's. It would be a space designed by the people who know what they needed to have access the way they needed. Not an adapted perspective of Hearing culture to "fit" the Deaf. This was real Deaf Power, New Mexico Deaf Community Empowerment.
Since the idea of a Deaf Culture Center seemed a good idea for a name, the group decided to adopt the name of DCC.
From 1994 to the present Fundraising events were hosted. The group created dinner fundraising events, potluck dinners, holiday events, all the while establishing themselves as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Year after year the DCC came together monthly to host these events with the goal of raising enough money for the dream of creating a Deaf Culture Center to become a reality.
In 2008 DCC became was approved as an official 501(c)3 organization.
DCC has grown to include Deaf community members from all over New Mexico. The name was modified to be more inclusive to represent all of New Mexico. DCC is known as "DCCNM" The Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico. The name honors all who have given their time, creative thinking, hearts and dollars to make this dream become a reality.
All this was done in part by a handful of Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, and Hearing allies who formed a committees with the main project being called the DCC Building Fund.
The Goal of the DCC Building Fund:
Fundraising needed to satisfy the necessary amount to purchase land and build a Deaf centered community center/apartments for Deaf Citizens and people with other disabilities.
In 2010 DCCNM was introduced to Cardinal Capital Management who are renowned for building and organizing communities who are differently abled within the USA. They have been instrumental in bringing DCCNM one step closer to the dream.
In 2014 Enough money was raised to purchase a parcel of land.
The building plans have been in development and construction is set to begin in 2020.
In 2017 DCCNM's dream building was given a name. This name was selected from a list of community generated names that were then voted on by all participating NM residents. The building is now known as The Yucca Canyon Apartment. The name was chosen to honor our NM State flower, the Yucca, which is also represented in the DCCNM logo and the Canyon was to honor the Canyon that runs through our city of Albuquerque NE heights location.
2019 The land that was purchased was deemed an inappropriate location for deaf people by the "Ladies In Red Shirts" during a community town hall. Due to this DCCNM was forced to look for a new location. Just this summer the local community reached out to DCCNM during our summer meeting and have expressed their desire to right the wrong and welcome the Deaf community. We are now in the process of deciding our next steps.
Take Action today to help DCCNM continue towards its dream and efforts of raising over $14 Million dollars to make this dream become a reality!
The following organizations have been a tremendous support for DCCNM in their endeavor toword their dream for our NM community (listed in alphabetical order).
COPD of NM - Community Outreach Program
Deaf Senior Citizens
Intertribal Deaf Council (IDC)
All of these organizations have guided DCCNM in networking and navigating the NM State Legislature process where meeting legislators who share the same vision gave the NM Deaf community a 'voice' in the Round House.
NMAD (New Mexico Association for the Deaf) (including all the regional chapters of NMAD),
NMRID - NM Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf for collaboration at meetings and events.
UNM Interpreter Practicum Program for always sending Interpreter's in training to support access at all DCCNM General meetings.
Zia Deaf-Blind Club for always being involved and supportive at every level of the DCCNM's development.