Help the Homeless
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 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.
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.