The Rio Rancho Regional Chamber had a triple-header of ribbon-cutting ceremonies Tuesday.
Amazing Grace Personal Care Services celebrated the opening of its new property at 4131 Barbara Loop and the arrival of two new tenants in the building.
The building, which was previously primarily occupied by Raylee Homes, was purchased by Tom Crider, owner of Amazing Grace’s Rio Rancho location, in August. Tuesday, Crider was joined by dozens of friends, family, chamber members, local business owners and elected officials for the ceremony, which featured a cookout in the parking lot.
“What an amazing accomplishment to see you grow to this and the services you continue to provide to the community in Rio Rancho and the surrounding communities as well,” Mayor Gregg Hull said. “You’ve just done an amazing job. So on behalf of myself and the city council in the city of Rio Rancho, we want to say congratulations and thank you for your continued investment here in the city of Rio Rancho.”
Amazing Grace helps Rio Rancho residents struggling to care for themselves by providing services like light housekeeping, food preparation and helping those who have mobility issues. The clientele’s mostly elderly people, but also anyone over the age of 21 that needs assistance with daily activities.
The two new tenants, ReadWest, Inc., and Shorei Ryu Karate Studios, also each had a ribbon-cutting to celebrate moving into the new building.
ReadWest, Inc. is a nonprofit adult literacy agency providing one-to-one tutoring sessions by trained, certified volunteers. ReadWest helps adults read, write and speak English. It uses volunteer tutors and donations to help improve the literacy of members of the community, thus allowing them to live more productive and enriched lives.
“What you guys are doing is you’re helping folks catch up and really to be able to expand their income, ability to serve the community on their own, doing all these different things,” chamber CEO Jerry Schalow said. “It all starts off with a request, and the services that you guys provide are just, it’s a growing need. It’s not a need that’s going to be going away. And we thank you guys so much for all of your efforts throughout the years.”
Shorei Ryu Karate has been teaching Okinawan-based karate in Rio Rancho since 2017. The school has been ranked in the top five nationally as a competitive school with the U.S. Association of Martial Artists.
“We’re excited about your continued investment in our community,” Schalow said. “Anytime a business can grow and expand, that’s an exciting day here in Rio Rancho. I appreciate all the things that you guys do, too. From all the work that you guys have done and all the different students you guys have had.”