Help the Homeless

A march to end homelessness charged through Downtown along Fourth Street today. One participant told me it was organized by Health Care for the Homeless and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, among other providers.
A march to end homelessness charged through Downtown along Fourth Street today. One participant told me it was organized by Health Care for the Homeless and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, among other providers.
Marisa Demarco

I got a phone call yesterday from Marcy Allen, a reader responding to intern Graeme Prentice-Mott’s article on the old Westside jail used as a shelter during the winter. Allen was struck by the article and wanted to get involved. She’s been speaking with Pastor John Hill at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission about how to help the homeless.

The march actually went on for blocks. There was probably a good 150-200 people there.
The march actually went on for blocks. There was probably a good 150-200 people there.
Marisa Demarco

The New Life Program is part of the Rescue Mission. It feeds the public daily breakfast and dinner. And it also houses about 30 men with the goal of helping them back into the job market, says Pat Birmingham, assistant director of programs. “Our ministry serves destitute homeless, people with nowhere else to turn,” he says.

There were only two drummers, but the sound bounced between buildings and grew large and loud.
There were only two drummers, but the sound bounced between buildings and grew large and loud.
Marisa Demarco

The program is looking for basics, like socks, underwear, toothpaste and shaving cream. “That’s just basic taking care of our fellow citizen stuff,” says Allen.

If you’d like to donate, bring such items down to the shelter at 525 Second Street SW. They accept donations Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There are plenty of homeless providers who need donations of goods, money or time. Feel free to add as a comment to this blog a wish list along with drop-off hours and locations.