Our Next Projects

We will begin our next project on Sat. May 20th. We will be building a deck.  See below for more information on the agency.  We have never built a deck before so it will be a great learning opportunity.  We have had plans drawn up including all materials.  

The second project, in coordination with Habitat for Humanity, is working with children to teach and assist them in building there own bookcase.  We are coming up with prototypes and blueprints.  In June we will have a workshop at the shop so that you can build your own bookcase.  We will supply the blueprints and fasteners and you supply the materials for your bookcase.  We will build prototypes for the children and you to choose your design, materials, colors, etc.  This is going to be a really fun project.  

Santuario de Karuna is a micro animal sanctuary near Tijeras Canyon. Run by Tamara Hubbard and Coral Ricketts, the Sanctuario's slogan is "where all life matters." There are 36 rescued farm animals living on a small hillside in the Manzano mountains.  The primary focus of Santuario de Karuna is educating the public about animal agriculture through living compassionately and humane education as a means towards ending the suffering of farm animals.  Staff live out their commitment to animals by practicing a vegan lifestyle (that is, no forms of meat, eggs, dairy products, honey, or animal byproducts). The Sanctuario hosts educational sessions with visiting school children, making use of a small free-standing workshop.  

 CREW Provides:

  • Volunteer leadership and labor
  • Some project materials, either through solicitation of donations or utilization of CREW funds
  • Tools
  • Recommendations for professional services, if needs are beyond the scope of our skill set.
  • Project Management


Contact Denise Wheeler for more information:               
Tel: (505) 343-9307
or      
e-mail to: deniserw@unm.edu


​​​​Community Renovation Empowering Women, CREW

 Your Agency Provides:

  • A safe, clean, and accessible work site
  • Project materials
  • Necessary permits, licenses or inspections
  • Insurance to cover facility, contents, and volunteers
  • Storage for materials and supplies being used for the project, if possible
  • Bathrooms
  • Water
  • On-site power (electricity)


Welcome to CREW


Mission and Goals

Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Community Renovation empowering Women (CREW) is a non-profit service organization whose mission is “to build community and improve the status of women and children through building and renovating structures for agencies that primarily serve women and children.”  ​We accomplish this mission by teaching our mostly female volunteers construction skills that build confidence, afford them independence, and provide them opportunities to engage communities through service. 


Project Review

We start potential projects by visiting your site to discuss how well the services we can provide match your project needs.  We can then make recommendations, establish priorities, and work collaboratively with you on a plan.


What We Can Do

The following list is representative of the type of work we’ve done or can do:

Interior renovation
  • Demolition and moving walls, electricity, and plumbing
  • Installing plumbing fixtures
  • Installing cabinets, building shelves and other storage
  • Tiling, painting, and other finish work
  • Install flooring
  • Replace doors and windows

Basic landscaping and building outdoor structures
Basic structural reinforcement


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CREW is a 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization and your donations are tax deductible. 100% of all donations go to materials, supplies, and  CREW’s truck insurance.