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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.

On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, ABQFaithWorks' Asylum Program held a holiday celebration at First Unitarian Church's gathering space for some of our newest neighbors in Albuquerque. The event was attended by over 60 children and their families currently in the program, and was organized and put on by a team of dedicated volunteers led by Vangie Wells. From purchasing to wrapping gifts and setting up the space, our volunteers made it all possible.

The children had a great time decorating cookies and eating donuts, while their parents enjoyed coffee, tea, and burritos. Thanks to the generous donations of our supporters, every child received a toy and warm clothes. It was a wonderful celebration filled with joy and cheer, and a great opportunity for families, volunteers, and staff to come together and enjoy each other's company. The Holiday Party was a reminder of the strong community that we have built through our Asylum Program, and the important work that we do to support and empower those seeking asylum in our country.

We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Vangie and the rest of the volunteer team for their hard work in organizing this event, and to all of our supporters and donors who made it possible, with special thanks to the First Unitarian Church and ERA Cares NM who, through their generous contribution, helped us ensure every child received a gift for the holidays. We look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of those in our Asylum Program, and to creating more memorable moments like this in the future.

As we come to the end of the year, we at ABQ FaithWorks are incrediblyproud of the important work that we have done right here in Albuquerque in 2022. We have been at the forefront of collaborative faith-based community response, supporting our vision that all people are safely housed and integrated into healthy communities of their choice.

For many asylum seekers that we served, this meant providing regular food distribution and a new Pathways program to help them integrate into our community, including such things as helping them get a government ID, get their GED, enroll in English classes, help them find healthcare, etc.

For our unhoused clients, or those facing the possibility of such, we have provided temporary emergency shelter, assisted with rent, and took the first exciting steps toward participating as a service provider in the City of Albuquerque's Rapid Rehousing Program. Through this program, we will help to secure housing for families with an urgent need.

We are grateful to have touched so many lives this year and to have grown tremendously to this point. We know this is only the beginning. There is so much more work to do, more light to spread to others here in our city.

We invite you to join us and ask that you remember ABQ FaithWorks in your end of year giving. Your generous gift will make a difference in the lives of others right here in Albuquerque.

On behalf of ABQ FaithWorks and those whose lives you will have touched through your donation, thank you.

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Volunteer opportunities are also available.

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