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City to Increase Outreach Efforts

Doug Chaplin, Director of Dept. of Family and Community Services, speaks at today's press conference.  Left to right behind Mr. Chaplin are Sr. Rusty Smith (St. Martin's), Mayor Berry and Sergeant John Gonzalez (APD).

Doug Chaplin, Director of Dept. of Family and Community Services, speaks at today’s press conference. Left to right behind Mr. Chaplin are Fr. Rusty Smith (St. Martin’s), Mayor Berry and Sergeant John Gonzales (APD).

Read the full press release here:  Press Release 5_27_14

Increased funding for programs working with people living on the streets is anticipated.  This follows the City budget recently approved by Albuquerque City Council and is intended to strengthen provider connections throughout the city and to improve client service delivery.Albuquerque Heading Home was specifically named as a program proven to work. It is hoped that some of the City funding would serve to replace SAMHSA funding ($500,000) due to expire September 2014. You can call your City Councilor today and recommend such!

Today, we were glad to learn of additional resources to coordinate outreach service to individuals impacted by mental illness.

Article as it appeared in Albuquerque Journal on May 28:


ACF Great Grant Giveaway

Learn more about Albuquerque Heading Home from this promotional video produced by our friends at Albuquerque Community Foundation.  This was used for a fundraising breakfast and features three of our wonderful neighbors.

Help Us Survey Our Veterans

Did you know that not all veterans are eligible to receive veteran benefits?  Because this is true, Albuquerque Heading Home works closely with our local Veterans Administration to identify veterans whom they cannot serve, but whom we can.

April 14-23, 2014, volunteers will help us survey prospective veterans who are experiencing homelessness, but may be ineligible for VA assistance.  These are the people “Vets Heading Home” seeks to serve and the surveys will help us clarify the need.

WE NEED YOU!  Join the fun by calling Pat Gaston at 505-610-0787.  Training will be April 12, from 10 AM – Noon at 215 Third Street, SW.  Call Pat for more details.

This Morning – KASA 2

“This Morning” host, Elizabeth sat down with our CEO on Thursday, March 6, to ask about Albuquerque Heading Home.

We Need YOU

We are attempting to house 8 people/families per week. That’s awesome!

BUT…we need supplies to help people move in. Can you donate any of the following items? Or, will you send us gift cards for Target and/or Walmart, so that our new neighbors can shop with us? If so, please call Chandler at 505-226-1700.


a. Couches
b. Dressers (or chest of drawers according to the catalog)
c. Coffee tables
d. Lamps
e. Queen-sized mattresses/bed frames
f. Queen-sized bed sheets and fitted sheets
g. Kitchen tables and chairs
h. Lamps
i. Bathroom towels
j. Pillows
k. Drinking glasses
l. Plates
m. Pots
n. Pans










Photo:  Volunteers load furniture to deliver to newly-housed neighbor.

A Message From Megan

It is 2014 and “Click, Give, Repeat!” is back in the form of the Recurring Gifts Challenge. This year it is the goal of Heading Home to have 100% of our board members and key staff contributing financially to the organization. Next week we launch our second monthly giving campaign. This is a great way to make manageable, automated donations while doing your part to help us achieve total participation.

Demonstrating commitment to our mission is something most of us do daily. But personal, financial commitments up the stakes. Our own dollars are absolute testimony that those of us closest to the work we do have seen, first hand, the difference these dollars make. Giving inspires giving. No matter the size of the gift – yours will inspire others.

I hope you will join me this year and help to make our campaign a success.




Our friends at Inhabitants of Burque recently posted this video. It inspired some thoughtful discussion amongst our staff. It’s not often we see experiences of homelessness and joyful acts like dancing paired together as @itsMRich has done in “Happy”. We want to hear from you! Watch “Happy”, share your thoughts on our FB page today.

What do you think?