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Moving into an apartment on March 1, another man is now off the streets. Patience, persistence, support through the setbacks and keeping the goal in mind are needed to assist a person to move from homelessness to being housed. "Bob", a 51-year-old who has been on the streets and working with ABQ FaithWorks out of the First Congregational UCC for almost two years, is now in an apartment. Social work expertise assisted with paperwork that gave him access to resources to which he was entitled, and connected him with affordable housing. As a house-warming, FaithWorks was able to provide a carload of household items and food. Thanks, Amy, for this successful outcome!

Amy Malick, Director of FaithWorks Housing and Homelessness Program is laying the groundwork in member congregations to respond to their specific needs with the unhoused population. Contact her at

The unhoused often come to the doors of houses of worship looking for help. As we mature our program model for those seeking shelter, we are seeing situations that you might encounter, if you were the one answering the door or the phone:

  • a 17-year-old boy with torn shoes and no socks or jacket who was evicted from where he was staying. In a conversation over some food and warmer clothes, he revealed he was on the run since November from child protective services (CYFD, who had legal custody of him). He wanted to turn himself in and go to a youth shelter while CYFD handled the complicated process to reunite him with an aunt in Texas. We kept him warm and made that connection.

  • A mother calling from far away worried about her daughter who'd recently been given a sub-standard apartment here through a local agency. We contacted the daughter, determined she knew the steps to upgrade, and gave her moral support. When we asked what we could do further to help, she said, "Please call my mom and tell her I'm OK."

  • The Community School Coordinator at a local elementary wanting to help a mom with two children stay in a motel room for an extra week while working with case workers to find longer-term housing.

In our other program, asylum seekers have come to Albuquerque to stay in great numbers this winter. The FaithWorks Asylum Seeker program accepted 37 new people this fall alone. We assist them in gaining self-sufficiency in our community: navigating the legal system, public schools, staying sheltered and fed, and getting transportation.

It takes "a village" to accomplish this work, and we couldn't do it without you! Sign up today with Amy or Elijah to learn more and volunteer to expand this good work in our community! 505 457 1728

February. When the sudden snowstorm and frigid temperatures caught unhoused campers off guard earlier this month, we met the emergency call for help with donations of blankets, tents, sleeping bags, gloves, hats and hand warmers. FaithWorks collaborated with Street Safe NM to get the supplies out to the streets where people were struggling to stay warm in sub-zero temperatures. Below, Victor Gomez, lead sexton at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John, carried a load of donations.

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