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.
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What We Do
Fresh Start Substance Abuse Recovery
A comprehensive in-house substance abuse recovery program of at least 6 months duration. Intake is on Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Overnight Shelter for men
Overnight Shelter for men, admittance begins at 5 p.m.
Medical respite beds
Medical respite beds for men recovering from illness or injury. Contact UNM Hospital or Healthcare for the Homeless.
Community meals for all Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday served at 3 p.m. Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.
Clothing is distributed 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Thursday hours limited to 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Monday through Fridays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. pickup. Saturday 8 a.m. through noon.
Referrals for other community services.
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Called to follow the Gospel mandate of Jesus to love God and neighbor, we the Brothers of St. John of God join the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of Good Shepherd Center in a mission of Hospitality and direct services to our most vulnerable members of society.
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.
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
Latest News: A Story of a Pair of Shoes
It was the coldest day since last winter, 38 degrees with the sun shining. It was Friday, and a cold spell from the north was expected to hit Albuquerque with freezing temperatures on the last weekend of the International Balloon Fiesta. An older homeless man came to Good Shepherd Center in desperate need of warm clothes. Thanks to our donors, we were happy to fit him with everything he needed, that is, except for a pair of size 11 shoes. The largest shoes we had at the the time were size 9. The old man had been robbed of everything while sleeping outside, and walking the streets wearing a pair of tattered flip-flops.
Meanwhile, just before the old man left, a young man came into the Clothing Room to pick up a brand new pair of black boots (size 12) he had left behind a month earlier. He had re-enrolled in the Fresh Start 6-month onsite substance abuse rehabilitation program at the Center. At this point he had very few clothes himself, since he had relapsed and found himself in dire need. Thinking the boots were long gone, he was so surprised and overjoyed to see them. It was like a little boy of Christmas morning! As the young man strolled off wearing a big smile, the older man asked him if he had an extra pair of size 12 shoes. They young man looked other in the eyes, smiled, and answered quite frankly, "No." Then he placed the boots from under his arm at the feet of the old man and walked away. Without a moment's thought, the young man set his own needs aside to consider someone else's dilemma. Love comes in may expressions, but this was gospel love at its best. Indeed, the Lord hears the cry of the poor.
As you can see, we are in need of winter clothing, belts, and shoes. If you would rather not have to worry about shopping and delivering other donations to the Center, feel free to go to our Amazon page and see our wish list.