Good Shepherd Center
218 Iron St. SW
Albuquerque, NM - 87102
Acceptance is based on availability and beds are assigned on a first come, first served basis. In winter weather, space is available for bedrolls. A valid I.D. is asked to be presented and the guest must be sober at the time of admission. Showers are available, as well as an evening snack.
Departure is at 7 am every morning.
In a cooperative effort with Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and the University of New Mexico Hospital, the Good Shepherd Center provides a limited number of beds that are designated for those recovering from illness or injury at no charge. Guests who are discharged from the hospital or clinic are transported to the Center. Special assistance includes helping them with their meals. They are seated and served a few minutes before the other residents to allow helpers to plate food and serve beverages to them. Assistance is provided for guests to store and receive medications. The Center does not have medical staff and cannot provide actual medical care. Respite beds are available for up to 14 consecutive days upon a referral from the HCH or UNM Hospital. If a longer stay is required, the guest must be seen at HCH or UNMH for an extended stay. Transportation upon departure is the responsibility of the guest.
These meals are served to men, women, and children on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3 p.m. On Saturdays the meal is served at 11:30 a.m. The average number of guests served is 300 per day.
* At Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas a brunch is served at 8:30 a.m. with a wide variety of foods and desserts.
Available to homeless and displaced persons who do not have access to a post office box or mailing address. A valid I.D. is required to register for the mail service. There is no charge. Mail may be picked up Monday through Friday until 4 p.m., and on Saturday through 12 noon. Mail pick up is not available on Sunday. Guests will be asked for I.D. to obtain their mail.
The Fresh Start Program
This is a men's recovery program for substance abuse. There is no charge for this program. The duration of the residential treatment is approximately six months. Participants receive shelter and meals, counseling, treatment, regular meetings, and have work duties at the Center. After successful completion, transition services are provided such as help to obtain housing, support services, education enrollment, job seeking, and follow up care. Screening for admittance into the program is conducted every Wednesday morning between 8 and 9 a.m. Applicants must be sober at the time of admission. Please call the Center for more information at 505-243-2527.
This service provides much needed basic necessities to the homeless. We distribute toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and shaving products. We give out shirts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear, jackets, blankets, towels, and sleeping bags. The clothing room is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday hours are 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The only requirement is that guests limit their receipt of items to once per month. We also offer a coat exchange.
The Clothing Room is located at 614 Second St. SE, just across from the Center.