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David Santiago, Artist, Honors James Boyd












David Santiago artwork was featured in February’s Albuquerque the Magazine.  Mr. Santiago honored the memory of James Boyd with a stylized portrait of Mr. Boyd.  Sale of the painting benefitted Albuquerque Heading Home.  A limited run of prints of the painting can be purchased by clicking here for The Friday Paper.  Proceeds from the sale of prints will also benefit Albuquerque Heading Home.

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Breanna Anderson Hired as Communications Director

Breanna Anderson, Heading Home's Communications Director

Breanna Anderson, Heading Home’s Communications Director

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.

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Home Sweet Home for the Holidays

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.