We are the Good Shepherd Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where hospitality is expressed to our homeless and less fortunate guests according to the goal of our founder, Brother Mathias: "Charity Unlimited" through addiction recovery, overnight and medical shelter, food, and clothing for those in need.
We strive to serve, with respect and compassion, the most vulnerable in our community by providing sustainable resources, services, and programs that meet the most basic needs.
We are now accepting clothing and food donations!
See the KRQE article on Good Shepherd Center's continued ministry here
Update on COVID-19 Response 7/9/2020:
In order to safely minister to the vulnerable in our community, the following measures are in effect:
We are welcoming overnight vulnerable guests by referral only and we are ministering to
medical respite guests Fresh Start substance abuse recovery guests, both new and existing.
New Medical Respite and Fresh Start guests must first test negative for COVID-19
within two days of applying for help from Good Shepherd Center.
In an effort to halt the spread of disease, all guests and staff must wear masks in accordance with State law. Frequent cleaning and hand washing are strongly encouraged.
Should the need arise, guests will self-quarantine as necessary to protect the health of all those working and residing at Good Shepherd Center.
We are laundering all clothing donated for the safety of our guests.
All community hot meals will be served to-go and are now available Monday through Saturday.
Additional cleaning measures are in effect for all staff and guests.
Clothing room is now open with enhanced cleaning measures.
We appreciate your support and hope to return to normal service soon.
Until then, stay safe, stay home, and wash your hands!
Our Mission and Vision
To serve, with respect and compassion, the most vulnerable in our community by providing sustainable resources, services, and programs that meet the most basic needs.
What We Do
Fresh Start Substance Abuse Recovery
A comprehensive in-house substance abuse recovery program of at least 6 months duration. Intake is throughout the week, Monday-Friday 9-2 p.m. **Must have a negative COVID-19 test within the last two days of admittance**
Overnight Shelter for men
Overnight Shelter for men only by referral.
Medical respite beds
Medical respite beds for men recovering from illness or injury. Contact UNM Hospital or Healthcare for the Homeless. **Must have a negative COVID-19 test within the last two days of admittance**
Community meals for all Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Clothing is distributed 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday hours limited to 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Monday through Fridays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. pickup. Saturday 8 a.m. through noon.
Referrals for other community services available.
The link above charges no fees for your donation.
We accept all major credit cards and debit cards through PayPal. Your contribution is tax deductible.
If you would like to make a donation by credit card, in memory of a loved one, or leave a comment for us with your donation, please use the following link:
For direct goods donations please see our Amazon Wishlist:
Create an environment where people can feel welcomed, comfortable, understood, esteemed, and loved.
Recognize the richness of God’s gifts and His presence in every person regardless of age, situation in life, culture, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Work toward creating centers of excellence, fostering continuous improvement.
Encourage cooperation as a way of promoting standards of competence, efficiency, and accountability as we carry out our duties in the Mission.
Nurture a brighter, happier, and richer life in time of suffering and struggle; empowering confidence in living with joy.
News & Noteworthy
COVID-19 Response Update
Thank you so much to all at St. John's United Methodist Church for sharing with us their annual Fish Fry Dinner proceeds! We are even more grateful since there was a small turnout this year due to COVID-19 concerns. Thanks again for supporting our mission to minister to those most in need.
We are now able to accept clothing and food donations and the clothing room is once again open to the community. New men's boxers in Medium and Large are especially needed.
Too many veggies? We gladly accept fresh garden produce that might otherwise to go waste.
Overnight guests are now welcome but only upon referral.
Back to Business
We at the Good Shepherd Center are in frequent contact with City officials and are following the best practices laid out by them to decrease the impacts of the virus. Please see updates on City regulations at their website. For information on New Mexico's state efforts, please go to this website.
Please stay safe and maintain healthy habits to protect yourself, as well as those around you.
We continue to minister to those most in need through our Fresh Start Substance Abuse Program as well as Medical Respite through Healthcare for the Homeless. Temporary shelter for men is on a case by case basis. All incoming guests must have a negative test result for COVID-19 within two days before admittance to protect the safety of both our guests and coworkers.
Physical donations, both of food and goods, are gratefully accepted now that the COVID-19 has calmed down. Please do be vigilant though, as we are not all clear yet.
Please stay safe while regulations are loosened and we are able to move around and resume some almost-normal activities!