Hundreds of volunteers helped make our Point In Time count a success last week. Read the ABQ Journal article here.
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Heading Home Announces Hire of Communications Director
Breanna Anderson joins the Heading Home Team
Albuquerque- Today local non-profit Heading Home announced their hire of Breanna Anderson as the organization’s Communication Director. Heading Home was established in Albuquerque in 2004. The organization is dedicated to making homelessness rare, short-lived and non-reoccurring.
“We’re thrilled to announce that Breanna is the newest member of our Heading Home team. Her passion for telling stories, working with our community and media partners will be a great asset to accomplishing our mission of creating impactful, sustainable programs which are life-changing to those struggling on the streets,” said Heading Home Executive Director Dennis Plummer.
Anderson brings professional experience from both the private and public sector; formerly serving as Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Communications Director (Acting), as a Public Information Administrator within Bernalillo County and a Marketing Specialist for ABQ Ride. She started her career as a journalist at KKOB-am, then for NBC affiliate KOB-TV. “This is some of the most meaningful, rewarding, and result-based work being done in Albuquerque,” said Anderson. “I’m humbled to be a part of this team, whose extraordinary passion and commitment will never cease to inspire me.”
As the Communications Director, Anderson will focus on heightening Heading Home’s profile (as the organization looks to expand their collective-impact model statewide), creating a communication’s foundation and framework, showcasing the countless compelling stories of clients, and ultimately helping to make homelessness in New Mexico extinct.
Heading Home lives their mission of eliminating homelessness through several impactful programs:
Albuquerque Heading Home A citywide collaboration focused on housing Albuquerque’s most medically vulnerable and chronically homeless; those most likely to perish on the streets. To date, more than 420 individuals and their families have experienced the life-changing benefit of being housed, which has created a dramatic cost-savings to the community, as statistics show it is more than 30% cheaper to house an individual.
Vets Heading Home A brand-new Albuquerque initiative that targets five critical areas of veteran need: housing, mental health services, employment, childcare and transportation. This program, which connects heroes to services, resources, and stable housing recently housed their first family.
Albuquerque Opportunity Center [AOC] Campus The campus hosts the medical respite care program, veteran transitional housing program and serves as a local, overnight, emergency men’s shelter. These programs supply those who are struggling with a safe, warm place to stay. The newly renovated campus now includes a laundry room, computer lab, pantry, and library.
William Roper Jr., 6, tests out a mattress Thursday at his family’s new three-bedroom apartment. William, his parents and three siblings are the first family to get permanent housing through the new Veterans Heading Home program. At right is William’s brother, Jerome, 1.[/caption]
This article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on December 22, 2014. It is an update of a veteran family housed through Vets Heading Home, a program that uses the Albuquerque Heading Home model to successful house veterans and their families. Click to read the update.
An earlier article about the family can be read by clicking here.
Albuquerque Heading Home focuses its attention on people who are medically vulnerable and experiencing chronic homelessness. Due to its success, the model is now being applied to veterans, too, regardless of length of time homeless or medical conditions. Thanks to partnerships with City of Albuquerque, Veterans Administration, Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless and Saint Martin’s Hospitality Center, Heading Home is proud to serve those who have served our country.
We need many volunteers
…to survey people experiencing homelessness in January. It’s fun, the training is easy and you’ll make a difference! This bi-annual outreach helps providers in the city, like us, to determine needs, progress and challenges in making homelessness rare, short-lived and non-recurring through connecting directly with people in need.
Please call Lisa Maury (505-226-1700) to find out more about how to be a part of this important event.
Dust off your wooden pump shoes, put on your pencil skirt, get in your Hudson and Jive on over to the event of the year!
With a little help from Albuquerque professionals, some of the city’s best-known residents will go toe-to-toe to earn your votes in a dance competition to benefit Albuquerque Heading Home. The unforgettable evening also includes a cash bar cocktail hour, a plated dinner, a silent auction and a raffle for a cruise for 2 to Mexico or the Bahamas and other great prizes!
For sponsorship information, please contact Lisa Maury at 505.226.1700 ext. 1.
There is obvious need for a collaborative response to community police relations. On June 12, Albuquerque Heading Home attended a Mayor’s press conference about using a proven model for communal conversation process (from Cincinnati, Ohio) that results in shared agreements from all parties.
There will be forums (not two-minutes at the microphone) for victim’s families, racial minority groups, mental health concerns, the LGBT community, police officers and families, faith communities…any group that self-identifies as wanting to engage in productive conversation. Community-wide agreed outcomes will then be negotiated by these groups.
Read the press release about the process here: ABQ Community-Police Collaborative.
To participate in the conversation, click this link.
Albuquerque Business First (June 6th morning edition) cites UNM study that Albuquerque Heading Home is a success. Click here to read full article.
ABQ Journal staff writer, Rick Nathanson, reports that “Housing homeless costs less” (click to read full article).
Mayor Richard Berry, right, thanks Mattress Firm of New Mexico general manager Alan Cronick, left, and company president Alberto Estrada for supporting the Albuquerque Heading Home initiative on Thursday. Mattress Firm, in conjunction with Tempur-Pedic, is donating all beds for the program through the end of the year. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)