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A Cry For Help Inc., 6216 Second NW, Albuquerque 87107, 922-8788,, Facebook and Twitter. Services: Provides advocacy for those experiencing any type of abuse; services the needs of all citizens suffering abuse through the domestic and judicial system. Needs: Financial contributions to help fight for the rights of victims – mail checks or money orders to 300 Homesite Lane NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114. Also needed are household goods and clothing for the opening of ACFHI Thrift Store, office supplies and equipment, volunteers and court supporters, printing company to print brochures, pro bono attorneys and paralegals for documentation review.

Albuquerque Heading Home, 215 Third SW, Albuquerque 87102. Contact Robert Nelson at 226-1700. Services: Nonprofit works to make homelessness in Albuquerque rare, short-lived and non-recurring through emergency shelter, social services and permanent housing. Needs: Gently used furniture, kitchen supplies, hygiene supplies, toiletries and blankets for homeless people moving into new homes. Also needed are volunteers to help deliver furnishings to people moving into new homes, sort donations, and help at emergency shelter.

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, P.O. Box 25445, Albuquerque 87125, 766-5197. Services: Provides more than 7,000 men, women and children access to much-needed primary medical, dental and behavioral health care, in addition to social and street outreach service and supportive housing. Needs: A gift of $50 provides one half-hour of outreach to families with children to provide a child with medical screening and basic needs items. A gift of $500 covers the cost of eight hours at the drop-in center for up to 70 people where an individual can meet basic needs with coffee, a shower, telephone access, and other forms of individual and group support.

Albuquerque Rescue Mission, 525 Second SW, Albuquerque 87103, 346-4673. Services: A Christian ministry helping homeless and near homeless men, women and children with services including shelter, meals, clothing and blankets. Needs: Financial contributions; nonperishable food, warm clothing, underwear for men, women and children; blankets. Also needed are Christmas gifts for 700 homeless children aged 6 months to 12 years needed by Dec. 18.


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All Faiths, 1709 Moon NE, Albuquerque 87112, 271-0329. Services: Provides positive change, healing and hope to children, families and individuals. Services include: prevention and intervention; psychological evaluation and management; providing support services for families by working in their homes to ensure their children’s needs are met; parenting skills classes; interviews and interagency coordination in cases of alleged abuse; support groups led by parents with the help of a trained facilitator. Needs: Monetary support, diapers, baby wipes, toiletries, household items, toys, books, non-perishable food items, and new or lightly used clothing for children up to 18 years of age.

Animal Welfare Department, City of Albuquerque: Pets spending the holidays at the shelters while awaiting adoption are in need of new or gently used blankets, dog sweaters, jackets, beds, toys and treats. Items will be distributed to each animal on Christmas Eve. Donations may be dropped off through Dec. 20 at the shelters, 8920 Lomas NE and 11800 Sunset Gardens SW, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily except Monday; Lucky Paws in Coronado Center, Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; or any Petco store in Albuquerque, during business hours and check the city’s website to find more drop off areas.

Barrett Foundation, 10300 Constitution NE, Albuquerque 87112, 246-9244, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Services: In its commitment to ending homelessness, the Foundation serves single women and their children, as well as disabled, chronically homeless women through shelter, transitional and permanent housing, and the structure, support and critical skills training to help them build more secure futures. Needs: Volunteers, financial contributions, gift cards in denominations of $25 and under, cash donations for $10 monthly bus passes, unexpired food sealed in original store packaging, bottled water, women’s and children’s clothing, personal hygiene and grooming items, sheets, pillows, bath and hand towels, laundry and cleaning supplies. For information and a complete wish list, visit, click on donate.

CLNkids/Cuidando Los Niños, 1500 Walter SE, Albuquerque 87102, 843-6899. Services: Provides 5-star rated early childhood education and therapeutic services for children experiencing homelessness, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, and support services for families to become housed and self-sustaining. Needs: Gift cards from Walmart, Target, Smith’s, or similar stores to support purchases of classroom supplies and food. Diapers, sizes 3-5, baby wipes, and disposable gloves.

Casa Angelica, 5629 Isleta SW, Albuquerque 87105, 877-5763. Services: Residential facility for children and young adults with profound developmental disabilities. Needs: Laundry detergent, fabric softener, Clorox Wipes, AAA, AA, C, D & 9-volt batteries, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, body wash.

Catholic Charities, 3301 Candelaria NE, Suite B, Albuquerque 87107, 724-4670, Services: Mission is to create hope for those in need by promoting self-sufficiency, strengthening families, fighting poverty and building community. Services include housing, adult education, early childhood education, child care, senior transportation, immigrant services and refugee resettlement to individuals regardless of race, religion, country of origin, disabilities, age or gender. Needs: Financial contributions and volunteers.

Christina Kent Early Childhood Center, 423 Third SW, Albuquerque 87102, 242-0557. Services: Operates year round to provide early education, child care and two meals a day to 65 children of economically diverse working families. Needs: Hand puppets, toy train, Duplos and Legos, dress-up clothes, two twin inflatable mattresses for toddler room, riding toys for toddler outdoor play, baskets, quality art materials, commercial stroller for three or more children, overhead projector, locking two-drawer file cabinet, stereo cassette/radio player, electric skillet.

El Ranchito de los Niños, 2 Puesta del Sol, Los Lunas 87031, 565-4470, Contact Mary Spring. Services: Provides a safe home for children from infancy to age 18, with an emphasis on keeping brothers and sisters together. Needs: Financial donations–please call, send a check or visit the website. Basic items for children, such as toiletries, clothing, educational materials, food. Please call for a list. Volunteers for mentoring, cooking, tutoring, events and committees.


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Family Promise of Albuquerque, 2801 Lomas NE, B-4, Albuquerque 87106, 268-0331, Services: Shelter for families experiencing homelessness; provides 24-hour support and shelter through the work of three paid staff members and over 1,000 volunteers. Families may stay in the program for up to 90 days. While in the program, parents must be employed or actively looking for work. Tutors are provided to help parents improve literacy, math and computer skills, and volunteers help with resumes and online applications. The organization has about a 70 percent success rate of families graduating from the program with employment and into stable housing. Needs: Volunteers to commit to a two-hour weekday morning shift per week to help with tutoring or job searches. Certified literacy tutor training is provided. Volunteers to “adopt” a family for Christmas. Monetary donations to help replace beds.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless, New Mexico Project of the First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque Animal Advocates. Services: Delivers donations to homeless shelters for distribution. Needs: Donations of dog and cat food, leashes, and collars for both cats and dogs. For information, email

Good Shepherd Center, 218 Iron SW, Albuquerque 87102, 243-2527. Services: Provides overnight accommodation and clothing for homeless men, a community meal for men, women and children daily, mail service for men and women, and an alcohol and drug addiction recovery program for men. Needs: Canned fruit, vegetables and soup, sleeping bags, blankets, winter coats, hats, gloves, men’s underwear, socks, travel-size soap, shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.

Joy Junction, 4500 Second SW, Albuquerque 87105, 877-6967, 800-924-0569,, Services: Shelter for women and families; meals, transportation, counseling, life-skills program, thrift store and spiritual aid. Needs: Financial contributions, food, beverages, toiletries and hygiene items, clothing, diapers, baby products and blankets.

NAMI-ABQ (National Alliance on Mental Illness Albuquerque), 2501 San Pedro NE, Suite 212, Albuquerque 87110, 256-0288, Services: Advocates for services, treatment, support and research to benefit people affected by mental illness. Needs: Financial contributions and corporate sponsors. Volunteers specializing in nonprofit taxes and grant writing. Also needed are volunteers to maintain website, provide administrative assistance, facilitate support groups, act as family-to-family teachers, raise funds, and provide community outreach.

New Mexico Asian Family Center, 128 Quincy NE, Albuquerque 87108, 717-2877,, Services: Culturally sensitive case management, counseling, legal consultation (family law), children and family programs, and resource and referrals to Asians and their families in need. Needs: Financial contributions.

Noon Day Ministries, 101 Broadway NE, Albuquerque 87102, 246-8001,, Services: Provides meals and essential services to the homeless and near homeless of Albuquerque, such as rental and utility assistance, transportation assistance, school supplies for the many children Noon Day serves; also, Christian legal aid, clothing, toiletries, showers, grocery provisions, and even bicycle repair and haircuts. While meeting the basic human needs of Albuquerque’s homeless community, Noon Day provides assistance and support to encourage movement toward self-sufficiency. Needs: Monetary support, baby diapers (all sizes), baby wipes, winter coats and clothing, men’s pants sizes 32, 34 and 36, men’s and women’s white socks (all sizes), men’s and women’s underwear (all sizes), tennis shoes in all sizes for men and women, combs, sample-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner and hand lotion, feminine hygiene items, razors.

PB&J Family Services, 1101 Lopez SW, Albuquerque 87105, 877-7060; 209 San Pablo SE, Albuquerque 87108; and 255A Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo 87004, 867-2356; Services: Parenting education and support in the homes and at its therapeutic preschool for children (birth through 3) to attend with their parents; services for parents impacted by incarceration. Needs: Volunteers to adopt families for Christmas; donations all year to assist with utility bills and emergency needs, and volunteers.

Project PeacePal, 2340 Alamo SE, Suite 110, Albuquerque 87106, 255-2042,, Services: PeacePal is a peace through education nonprofit organization with the mission of inspiring youth to become peace building leaders. Over the course of a school year, it connects middle and high school age youth in the U.S. with pen pals across the globe, providing them with essential life skills such as intercultural understanding and communication, enhanced literacy, critical thinking, confidence, and conflict management. These skills prepare youth to have a better understanding of our common humanity and become more effective and peaceful leaders. Needs: Financial contributions and volunteers.

Reading Works, 6101 Anderson SE, Albuquerque, 87108, 321-9620, Services: Adult literacy program providing free one-on-one tutoring to adult residents of Bernalillo County who want to improve their reading skills, speak English as a Second Language, or prepare to take the GED exam. Needs: Gift cards from gasoline, grocery and retail stores for its clients, 90 percent of whom live below the poverty line.

Roadrunner Food Bank, 5840 Office NE, Albuquerque 87109, 247-2052, Services: Distributes 90,000 pounds of food a day to hunger relief agencies and via direct service programs. Needs: Financial contributions; protein foods such as peanut butter and canned meats and other non-perishable foods, fresh produce and meats; and volunteers. Volunteers can register online at

S.A.F.E. House, P.O. Box 25363 Albuquerque, NM 87125, 247-4219, Shelter location is confidential. Services: Emergency shelter for adult survivors of domestic violence and their children provides a range of services to help survivors choose and live violence-free lives and to set up new, violence-free homes. Needs: Monetary donations. Gift cards in any amount to help provide personalized Christmas gifts and clothing for adults and children in shelter. Twin and double bed sheets, pillows, blankets towels and bath mats, high efficiency laundry soap and fabric softener, new bras and panties (any size), new children’s underwear (any size), shampoo, hair conditioner, diapers (size 4 and 5), diaper bags, umbrella strollers. Please mail monetary donations and gift cards to S.A.F.E. House. Collection of donations is being coordinated by Women Entrepreneurs. Please call Elizabeth Lucero at 342-0246 to arrange a drop off. Donations of clothing, household items and clothing may be taken to the thrift store, 1301 San Mateo NE, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday year round. Volunteers are welcomed at the thrift store and shelter to help with periodic maintenance and landscaping tasks.

St. Felix Pantry, 4020 Barbara Loop SE, Rio Rancho 87124, 891-8075. Services: Provides food and clothing for families in need. Needs: Financial contributions. Tamale ingredients, turkeys, hams, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, fresh fruits and vegetables, nonperishable food; Christmas gift bags, wrapping paper and tags; new or gently used toys, all ages; clothing; small appliances. Volunteers needed 6-9 a.m. or 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through Saturdays. To volunteer, call for appointment to fill out application and meet with the director of operations. A background check and sexual harassment training are required for each volunteer.

St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, 1201 Third NW, Albuquerque 87102, 242-4399, ext. 238 or 254, Services: Day shelter for men, women and children offers meals, showers, clothing, mail and telephone services, and transportation assistance. Core service agency providing comprehensive behavioral health care and housing programs. Needs: Financial donations, nonperishable food, toiletries, hygiene items, diapers, baby formula, blankets, winter jackets, hats, and gloves. Volunteers needed to work in shelter 8-11 a.m. weekdays. Computer skills preferred.

The Storehouse, 106 Broadway SE, Albuquerque 87102, 842-6491. Services: Provides food and clothing to families in need. Needs: Financial contributions, nonperishable food, gently used clothing and coats, small household items and volunteers.

Storehouse West, 1030-F Veranda Drive SE, Rio Rancho 87124, 892-2077, Hours: 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; noon-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Services: Provides food boxes, children’s clothing, and help with utility bills for Sandoval County residents when funds are available. Needs: Financial contributions, nonperishable food items, children’s clothing, personal hygiene products and volunteers.

WIN Ministries Inc. (Women in Need), 8401 Pan American Freeway NE, Unit 69, Albuquerque 87113, 823-9887, 715-0829, Services: Helps single mothers and their children by providing furniture, household items and clothing. Also acts as a referral service. Needs: Financial contributions, grocery store gift cards, furniture, household items, clothing for women and children, and unwrapped Christmas gifts for women and children.

Watermelon Mountain Ranch, 1512 Deborah SE, No 203, Rio Rancho 87124, 771-0140, Services: New Mexico’s largest no-kill animal shelter, which has rescued and found homes for thousands of animals. Needs: Dog food, cat food, cat litter, blankets (please no feather or fiber filled), and cleaning supplies, particularly bleach. Volunteers needed at the resale store, the Ranch, and for the December Adoptathon. Dates and detail are available on the website.