Respect for All Peoples Since 1951

218 Iron St. SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102


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, 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.
Want to protect yourself and others? We are having a FREE flu shot clinic Friday 10/23/2020 from 2 to 4 pm!
Update on COVID-19 Response 10/22/2020:
In order to safely minister to the vulnerable in our community, the following measures are in effect:
**Effective 10/15/2020 Fresh Start addictions treatment is temporarily not accepting new applicants. We will reopen to new guests soon.**
We are opening our doors to overnight and short term stay guests by referral from other agencies and we are ministering to medical respite and 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 undergo temperature screens and 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 donated clothing 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 find a new normal 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

Our Services

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. **Temporarily closed to new applicants.**


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**


Daily meals

Community meals for all Monday through Friday 3:00 p.m. and  Saturdays at 11:30 a.m.


Men's clothing 

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.


Mail service

Monday through Fridays  1 p.m. to 4 p.m. pickup. Saturday 8 a.m. through noon.



Referrals for other community services available.


To Donate

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:

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Our Values


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.

God is Good

Get in Touch

218 Iron Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

P.O. Box 749, Albuquerque, NM  87103

Phone 505-243-2527

Fax 505-243-8267

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But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.


1 Chronicles 29:14

News & Noteworthy

COVID-19 Response Update

Thank you so much to our donors that have been so generous to us. We know that life—including finances—are uncertain right now, but your help keeps our door open to those most in need. 

While the overnight shelter is currently closed, our on-site residence substance-abuse treatment  and medical respite care are still in full swing, as are our community meal and clothing room.


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/boxer-briefs in Medium and Large are especially needed.

Too many fruits or 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!

Click play to see a story of one of our Fresh Start graduates

Our community


©2020 Good Shepherd Center 

All donations are tax deductible

We promise to keep all your information confidential—never sold or shared.

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We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Our Tax ID is: 85-0384940

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