Wherever You Live in Albuquerque, You Can Too!
ABQ FaithWorks is now so widely recognized in Albuquerque for our amazing Housing and Homelessness Program that the Mayor put $20,000 for ABQ FaithWorks in the proposed budget sent to the City Council for fiscal year 2023! But it’s not a slam-dunk that the budget will be passed as proposed.
Here’s how you can help NOW! During April and May when the Council is debating the budget for fiscal year 2023 starting July 1:
1. Go to this page and find your City Councilor: https://www.cabq.gov/council/find-your-councilor. He or she WANTS to hear from you! Knowing how the faith community feels about issues is important for elected officials, especially those who want to get re-elected. Clicking on their page gives you many ways to contact them – find a way that works for you!
2. Tell them why they should listen to you:
a. You are not only one of their constituents, but
b. You are part of and support ABQ FaithWorks, a collaborative of many faith communities (lots of good citizens) of different denominations working together to support marginalized populations – including the unhoused.
3. Tell them why ABQ FaithWorks is worth City support:
a. We work hard to leverage shared resources, setting the standard for a collaborative community response to marginalized and at-risk populations in our community.
b. We handle referrals from United Way’s 211 service and the Albuquerque Public Schools
c. We collaborate with UNM Hospital to assist people find Pathways to self-sufficiency
d. We support our member congregations with the unhoused who come to their doors
e. We assist migrants resident in Albuquerque to navigate our community, stay housed and fed, get to appointments with ICE, doctors, immigration attorneys
f. We collaborate with other NGOs like Lutheran Family Services, Catholic Charities, and many agencies for supporting resident migrants and the unhoused.
4. Tell them to support the budgeted allocation of $20,000 to ABQ FaithWorks!
Any Questions? Call the FaithWorks Office at 505 457 1728 for answers, and then call your Councilor!