New HopeWorks Update: A Kind of Serendipity
Over the past several weeks, the restrictions placed on all of us have serendipitously offered a type of freedom not possible in an unchallenged landscape. In the quiet of self-isolation, you have reached out untethered to forge an even deeper connection with us and our mission than ever before.
The stories you have shared with us have been heartwarming but also heart-encouraging. Many of you shared a difficult time from your childhood, which fuels your compassion for people without homes. Many of you felt guided by a light, with which you wanted to envelope our agency. And many of you promptly surrendered your stimulus checks or donated from your DAF or IRA because you felt that it was the right thing to do. Because of your sacrifices, and with assistance from the CARES Act, we are now able to restore all of our programs to 100%.
Because of your sacrifices, and with assistance from the CARES Act, we are now able to restore all of our programs to 100%, beginning today (5/11/20). As some of you know, many of our critical programs offering therapy, housing services for families, crisis intervention, and day shelter services, have remained at full-time, so our clients in greatest need remain housed, connected, and in care. We have grown comfortable with being nimble in these changing times, always putting the clients we serve first.
There have been no positive cases of the virus among our staff or clients. This is an incredible victory, and one that speaks to the power of your intent and the collaboration among our service provider community.
As always, we will continue to adhere to State mandates and Department of Health guidelines, and our Hope Center and administrative offices will remain closed until after May 15th. More updates to follow.
Day Shelter Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am – 11:00am
All other programs are now back to 8:00am-4:00pm, or their regularly scheduled hours.
Resounding in the midst of this difficult time are your emails, calls, and notes. How can I help? What can I do? Please know that your faith galvanizes our spirit.
Here are many ways you can continue to support HopeWorks and the many clients who are still presenting for services:
- Keep donating.Your funds are especially critical right now (87% of funding goes directly to programs). If you have a Donor-Advised Fund, consider making a grant or joining in the #HalfMyDAF challenge. Any amount helps and will go a long way in shoring up our operating revenue, leading to long-term sustainability.
- Purchase local restaurant gift cards and donate them to the Day Shelter, to help with meal preparation. Alternatively, you can order from a local restaurant and have them prepare a meal for our clients. Learn more by reading through the Meal Delivery PDF.
- Revive that dusty sewing machine and stitch face covers and masks for our staff.
- Donate sanitizer, towels, bleach wipes, and other items to the Day Shelter, or consider purchasing them online and having them delivered.
- Join the Circle of Hope, our recurring donor club, which sustains our agency now and into the future.
Donations of in-kind items can be made by coordinating a drop-off time. Please call Emma Lewis at (505) 242-4399 ext. 329 to arrange.
Thank you for honoring and upholding our mission in the myriad of ways you do. In hindsight, this serendipity has provided much needed solace, and with your support, we will advance proudly and bravely, full steam ahead.
George was a successful paramedic and head coach at a Division I University. After years of experiencing significant trauma as a result of being a first responder, George developed PTSD and began using alcohol as a coping mechanism. Eventually, George lost his job, his family, and friends. He became homeless.
There are certain people that live their lives fully embodying kindness. Casey is one of those people. After he moved to Albuquerque from Dallas, he experienced some rough times and became homeless. For most people, this would be reason enough to become surly, grouchy, or self-pitying, but not Casey.
HopeWorks provides shelter, jobs, meals, permanent and re-entry housing, mental health services.
S1:E2 Donovan Discovers
Mike swings by Albuquerque, New Mexico to see Donovan, a young man who used to be homeless, but now makes soaps for the homeless.Posted by Returning The Favor on Monday, August 28, 2017
Check out this amazing story from Returning The Favor about HopeWorks’ good friend Donovan Discovers and his mother.
Abraham with the HopeWorks Outreach Team talks about the wide range of people they meet. People talk about the unexpected spiral that causes them to experience homelessness.
This Hope Found video, produced by Moji Studios, features Benita and her family’s compelling story. Such courage, and so much hope.