In May 2015, Mayor Richard J. Berry launched the There’s a Better Way campaign to give panhandlers a chance at a change in their lives and a way to provide caring members of our community with a better way to donate their money.
Within months of its initial launch, Mayor Berry unveiled the There’s a Better Way Van to circulate throughout the city and offer panhandlers a job for the day. In partnership with St. Martin’s Hope Works, the van transports individuals to a job site under the supervision of the City of Albuquerque Solid Waste Department, to do work such as landscape beautification in designated areas to earn a day’s pay. At the end of the workday, the workers receive their pay from St. Martin’s and can get connected with other resources as needed or available.
Feel free to email any questions to Kellie Tillerson