Hanselmann Pottery in Corrales, NM is hosting its Harvest Festival Sale this weekend and next, September 21, 22, 28 & 29. They are introducing their new Hand-Thrown line. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heading Home. We’d like to thank Luke and the wonderful folks who support Heading Home and work to end homelessness in New Mexico.
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This is a story from one of our home teams, who support a family of seven. Dubbed “Granny Belles Angels,” the team is comprised of volunteers, Stephanie Johnson, Brett Braud, Deborah Harris and Gordon Douglas.
It’s back to school for the five school age children of our Heading Home family. This semester brings a new high school, a new middle school and a new elementary school for them; lots of change, stress and also lots of excitement. The book bags filled with supplies from Casa San Miguel gave us a huge start to get the kids ready for school. Many thanks from all of us. The food boxes we picked up from CSM will help the family make it until their SNAP card refills in few days: $340 for the month.
The team and family agreed it would be great to get the kids haircuts for school and we decided to make an adventure of it. The kids piled into Brett Braud’s car and the rest of the team met up with them at UNM for haircuts at the Student Union. We had lunch in the food court, and then took a walking tour of campus complete with a photo shoot at the duck pond. A visit to any university would be incomplete without a stop at the bookstore, which we did, where we bought each child a book.
We then headed over to Stephanie Johnson’s house to meet with the kids’ case manager. We decided to first have a tea party and enjoyed lemonade and cookies in the backyard, which was served with great flare by the youngest boy. The kids watched a movie while we had our meeting and at the end of the day, we sent each of them off with a bag of snacks.
On the way home, they were stopped in traffic on Jefferson and encountered a man experiencing homelessness asking for spare change from passersby. The kids had no money to offer, but the youngest suggested that they give the man their snacks. He waved the man over, rolled down the window and handed them over with a big smile.
There is no way to explain the special moments the children give us each time we get together. In spite of being “at risk for food” and rarely having three balanced meals in a day, this 9 year-old boy recognized that there was someone who no doubt was hungry, and whom he could help in a small, but genuinely generous way, and did — without hesitation and great joy.
Back in May, we won Exhib-it’s Nonprofit Giveaway, an online, social media contest on Facebook. The prize? Exhib-it awarded us with this awesome tabletop trade-show display this week!!! Standing six feet tall, the display will be used for community presentations. The competition was fierce, but we managed to pull away ahead on the very last day. Thank you to all of our fans who voted for us on Facebook and helped spread the word about Heading Home. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Office of the Mayor, City Hall. Earlier this afternoon, Albuquerque Heading Home announced the that Veteran’s Heading Home would become the newest program in the organizations efforts to make experiences of homelessness in Albuquerque rare, short-lived and non-recurring.
The project will initially focus on female veterans, providing those in need with housing as well as offering assistance with employment behavioral health, transportation and child-care.
Veterans Heading Home Steering Committee members, Dorothy Rainosek, Thelma Domenici and Committee Chair, Kyla Thompson, have made personal contributions to help fund the project and have begun additional fundraising efforts. Lockheed Martin on behalf of Sandia National Labs, already supporters of Albuquerque Heading Home, also presented a check for $20,000 this afternoon.
Since 2011, Heading Home has housed over 220 people and continues to collaborate throughout the community to offer innovative solutions to homelessness.
“We continue to follow best practices with proven results,” said Dennis Plummer, Heading Home’s CEO. “With Veterans Heading Home, we will apply that same methodology and spirit of community collaboration to the veteran population. Heading Home has always been about all people experiencing homelessness. We simply focus on specific sub-populations so that we can measure outcomes.”
Jodie Jepson, newly appointed Deputy Director of Albuquerque Heading Home, remarked that “The number of veterans returning to Albuquerque will continue to increase and with it the need for this kind of programming. We hope to be able to assist those in need and prevent further hardships wherever we can.”
For more information to get involved, contact Megan McCormick at (505) 226-1700 or email at email@example.com.
Welcome to the relaunch or our website. We have been waiting for this day for such a long time and now it’s finally here! Our image has come a long way in the last two years. Check out the images below to see how far our image has come.
This is our new logo:
This was our original logo:
The Splash Page
When people visit the website, a splash page appears to direct viewers to different sections of the site to take action. Click on any of the four color buttons with the splash page to donate online, volunteer your time, find help with housing or go directly to the site for more info.
The Home Page
For starters, check out the home page – streamlined, simple and a reflection of our folksy personality. There’s social media at the bottom and even a live Facebook feed of all of our posts in real-time! You can even sign up for site updates and our monthly newsletter. Check out the round, green circle at the top of the picture; that’s the donate button. Now donating online is simple, efficient and just a click away.
But here’s the fun part about the home page. See the image of the person on the banner? The quote on the bottom of the image says “I’m homeless.” Go anywhere on the site and that picture will transition to a different picture of that same individual, with a different background and a different quote, “I’m home.” Another fun feature is a rotating statistic of our work in the community on the right of the image. Now you can see different statistics for all the ways Albuquerque Heading Home accomplishes “The Smart Way to Do the Right Thing.”
The news section has changed. We’ll have an introduction text to the left of the main articles, which will scroll down, blogger-style. We’ll post all of our new articles here – from breaking news in the community, to volunteer opportunities, donor spotlights, homelessness statistics, etc.
How We Help
Now for some of the meat on the bone. How We Help is a combination of sections from the old site with an eye for simpler viewing. Here, you’ll find data and research articles about Heading Home, as well as information about our leadership team, board of directors and staff.
This part of the website is going to be very popular. We just know it! Here, you’ll find stories of folks who’ve been housed most recently and are willing to share their stories with us.
Make A Difference
We’ve saved the best for last. This is where you can engage. And when we say engage, we mean it. There are three ways for you to become involved with Albuquerque Heading Home:
- Spread The Word
We need influential leaders who will help to shape the future and take the challenges forward to the larger community. We also need contributors who are able and willing to make large contributions to ensure a strong supporting infrastructure that can steward high‐impact shifts in the way our community addresses homelessness.
Join us downtown this Saturday for Runway With Scissors. See an exciting fashion show featuring the latest hair trends and meet celebrity stylist, Nick Arrojo, who was a resident stylist for TLC’s What Not To Wear.
The event is this Saturday at Square Root Salon from 7-10pm at 800 3rd Street NW, Suite C. Tickets are $40 and are quickly selling out! Proceeds from the event will benefit Albuquerque Heading Home. Call Jason White for more ticket information, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mayor Richard J. Berry announced Tuesday that the city’s homicide rate has dropped 42 percent for the first half of 2013 when compared to last year.
So far this year, Albuquerque Police Detectives have investigated 14 homicides. There were 24 homicides at this time last year. At the current rate, Albuquerque will see the lowest number of homicides in more than 20 years.
“Once again, the Albuquerque Police Department is proving that they are making this city a bad place to be a criminal,” Mayor Berry said. “We are continuing to see record low numbers in crime during the past three and a half years.”
Police Chief Ray Schultz credits the department’s efforts to crack down on narcotics violations, the department’s Family Advocacy Center (FAC), the Crisis Intervention Team and the efforts of the department’s Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST) as key factors
Chief Schultz opened the FAC in 2007 to create a one-stop shop for victims. The detectives who work out of the FAC are able to intervene in serious domestic violence and stalking cases before they turn violent or deadly.
Additionally, the Chief’s and the Mayor’s efforts to curb homelessness through the Heading Home Project and through APD’s COAST have helped decrease the number of homicides involving homeless individuals.
“We have been on the cutting edge for several years and it is showing,” Chief Schultz said. “We hope to continue this trend throughout the end of the year.”
Volunteer Cleaning Schedule
Purpose: Help with cleanup of Albuquerque Heading Home’s administrative offices on Third Street.
Time Commitment: Two days per week (4 hours total per week)
- Vacuum all floors and stairs
- Empty garbage
- Transport recyclables
- Clean Bathrooms (toilets, sinks, mirrors, mop floors, stock toilet paper and paper towels)
- Wash Dishes
- Clean up conference rooms (chairs straightened, tables wiped down, whiteboards washed)
- Dust all desks/windowsills/tables/shelves
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4
After a fire destroyed an Albuquerque apartment complex a man is homeless again.
Jose Rosales now calls a Motel 6 room his home. The Red Cross helped him get the temporary housing after his apartment complex was torched.
Rosales said he didn’t have much time to gather all of his belongings, so he took what he could.
“I tried to save my life, then I run away,” he said. “I take my shorts, my shoes and my socks and that’s it.”
Most of his belongings are donated to help him on his feet.
Dorothy Otero helped Rosales find his first place through a city program called Albuquerque Heading Home.
“Someone is homeless for many, many years, you finally find them a place, they get settled in, and it finally looks like everything is going well for them and then something like this tragic happens,” she said.
Most people wouldn’t feel good with so little, but Rosales said he’s happy just to be alive.
“When I’m sad I read the bible and feel better again,” he said.
The city is looking for a new place for Rosales to live and, hopefully, he will move in the next week.
Albuquerque Heading Home will be moving Jose into a new apartment soon, but we need your help! Donate your gently-used furniture to us so we can furnish Jose’s new home. Call Robert Nelson today at (505) 226-1700 to make arrangements.
Back in 2007, we wanted to expand our service outreach at our emergency shelter program, Albuquerque Opportunity Center (AOC). What we wanted was a laundry list of many things – more beds, a laundry room equipped with washer and dryers, classroom space for board meetings and a computer room for our residents. What we began with was a grant to obtain one portable classroom for our site on Candelaria, which would be used for board meetings and serve as a computer room for the residents.
From that funding, we leveraged more funding and increased our proposal to two portables, which Albuquerque Public Schools was willing to oblige. And in 2010, we had leveraged enough funding to procure four portable classrooms for our site. By this time, we were salivating at the potential to do everything we wanted with the original laundry list and more. We began planning for a two phase Expansion Project to install the portable classrooms on site and then expand our storage area in the back of the building.
The first phase we knew we could do, but the second phase seemed like dream that couldn’t be realized. Then in late 2011, our dream was realized and the City of Albuquerque awarded us funding for completion of the second phase of our Expansion Project. This would allow us to expand the area in the back of AOC to include laundry facilities, a new bathroom for the residents, medical exam rooms, a kitchen storage area and most of all – new beds for our Respite Care Program. The portables would serve as a recreation room for the residents, offices for staff members, storage for maintenance and residents, conference space and computer room.
The Expansion Project is due for completion in July of 2013. We welcome you to take a tour with us on Sunday, June 23rd at 2:00pm at AOC and find out the impact we’re making in the community, what new projects we’re working on, and current volunteer opportunities.