Home Teams are teams of 2 to 4 volunteers who provide social support to newly-housed neighbors as they adjust from living on the street to living housed. This volunteer position is about fostering friendship and strong community ties with people who have experienced homelessness.
Our new neighbors can struggle with tasks such as cooking, grocery shopping, making appointments, and enjoying community activities, especially if they have endured years of homelessness. Home Team volunteers spend a minimum of three hours a month for six months helping one neighbor. They provide companionship and friendship while doing activities the neighbor would like to do.
Some Home Teams have picnicked at the zoo or BioPark, visited museums, hiked in Albuquerque Open Space Lands, and gone for a walk in the Bosque. One team drove to Sandia Crest to see the fall colors on the way to the Tinkertown Museum, while another has a standing monthly date to go out to lunch and shop at a thrift store. With the help of his team, another neighbor adopted a shelter dog that does a happy dance every time he walks through his apartment door, reminding him every day of how good it is to come home to his own warm, cozy place.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering on a Home Team, please contact Kristy Anderson, Home Team Program Manager, at 505-344-2323 ext. 208, or Kristya@headinghome.org.
Thank you for helping us to make experiences of homelessness rare, short-lived and nonrecurring!