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ABQ FaithWorks Mission Statement:

"All people are safely housed and integrated into healthy communities." (of their choice)

Editor’s Note: As ABQ FaithWorks strengthens its Help at the Door capacity at member churches, here’s one congregation’s experience building community with its unhoused neighbors.

By Sara Keeney, Albuquerque Friends Meeting (Quaker)

“I am an independent woman who lives in a tent, not by choice, but due to having lost my apartment. I cannot walk and am in a wheelchair. I am thankful for the individuals from the Quaker Meeting House who smile and are warm, fighting for individuals like myself that are homeless, giving without expecting something in return. I am blessed by the individuals who came with their precious, purest, golden hearts, showing perfect kindness to get me out of the winter storm, and then have kept helping me to get stable housing and health care. I feel like I have been touched by angels. You are a blessing.”

Some of us call it a Step Ministry since our Meeting House is on a well-used path for unhoused neighbors through downtown, and many stop there daily. Our Albuquerque Friends Meeting (Quaker) has provided an electric outlet and water spigot as an on-going ministry over the years, and with recent increased need since 2020, it has grown in scope and energy.

Most daytimes when you walk up to our door, there may be someone on the entry porch already, using the outlet for charging a phone. Depending on your purpose your first words may be--"Hey, how's it going? How soon can I have a turn charging?" or "Hey, how's it going? My name is ___, Are you doing OK?"

A friendly, person-to-person greeting often leads to deeper conversation, to providing snacks or a needed blanket or jacket. Some of the regular unhoused neighbors have gotten to know our team members well and they tell us they help out by sweeping the steps, collecting trash, or by reminding each other that we can't have overnight camping on the property.

A small but energetic team coordinates what we can and can't offer and arranges at least one in person visit to the meeting house daily at a regular time. In listening to the requests people made on the doorstep, we decided this winter to establish a Go Fund Me account to raise funds to house a few vulnerable people in hotels during the worst cold and wet weather. Thanks to generous community support we were able to do that for two individuals for a cumulative total of 19 winter nights --but we also found that many asked for help that would keep them going longer. They said tents and sleeping bags were their most important needs. With many in-kind donations and Go-Fund-Me gifts we were able to provide at least 50 tents, 40 sleeping bags and countless jackets, blankets, gloves, socks and shoes for people who came to the door. We also shared resources regularly with grass roots community groups who do street outreach all year long.

The people we meet on our doorstep show great strength, creativity and resilience, along with heart-breaking personal challenges, as they survive on the street. Trust-building is a slow and intentional process for all. We have been able to accompany several on the barrier-laden process of accessing services and have learned how defeating that can feel. How can one print a form from phone internet access? How can one receive a call back from an agency when a personal phone can be stolen or run out of charge at any time? We are learning and are continually amazed at the ingenuity and persistence these neighbors show. We are learning how we can best provide person-to-person support, recognizing that of God within each of us.

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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

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