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 HopeWorks, 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 HopeWorks and are offered other resources as needed or available.
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