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On Tuesday, January 24th, FaithWorks’ Directors Abbey Reed and Elijah Martinez spoke to the upper school student body of Menaul School about their respective programs. The students were engaged and interested in the work that FaithWorks does with both the unhoused community and the Immigrant community in Albuquerque.

The students and faculty asked insightful questions and participated by sharing their thoughts and pre-conceived notions about immigrants and people who are unhoused.

Elijah asked the audience to imagine walking from Albuquerque to Chicago to flee political and personal violence, only to be told that they must wait for months on the outskirts of Chicago until their numbers were called. He further asked them to imagine that when their number was called, that they were denied entrance into Chicago, sometimes without any reason being given. This imaginable example helped the students to understand the plight of some asylum seekers.

Abbey noted that one of the largest populations among our unhoused neighbors are those aged 18-25 years, who often have no familial safety net. They are often referred to as “the hidden homeless”. This resonated with the young folks in the audience who themselves are approaching that age group. Abbey made a specific ask of the students; to be kind to those they may encounter on our streets and to consider volunteering at a homeless shelter or foodbank.

FaithWorks is committed to changing the narrative around these two marginalized populations and both Directors challenged the students to question their ideas about who makes up the unhoused population in our City and who are the asylum seekers and refugees who have made Albuquerque their home. Educating our youth and asking them to think about these very complex social issues is important to the ongoing work that we do at FaithWorks and part of

our mission. Every opportunity we have to engage others in these important conversations helps us to further the goals of FaithWorks as a partner in our community.

Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte will be performing a benefit concert on February 18th at 7:00 pm at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church.

Singer/Songwriter David LaMotte has performed in all 50 states and on 5 continents. His music has been described as "Genre fluid," with songs that lean toward Americana, Acoustic Pop, Southern Rock, and World Music. In addition to his music, David is passionate about peace work and his TED talk on "What Music Can Teach Us about Peacemaking" can be found on This concert is a rare opportunity to see him perform live in New Mexico.

A typical LaMotte concert involves a healthy dose of storytelling and you can expect this at this show as well. This concert benefits ABQ FaithWorks ( and Asylum Seeker Welcome.

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On December 21st, ABQ FaithWorks' employees participated in a silent march, to honor the homeless persons from our community who have passed away. The memorial included a silent march and a candlelight memorial vigil at Wells Park.

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