At the direction of the late Archbishop Edwin V. Byrne, Brother Mathias Barrett founded the Good Shepherd Refuge on January 19, 1951. We are the oldest continuously operating homeless shelter in Albuquerque. To this day the Brothers of St. John of God continue to follow the Gospel mandate of Jesus Christ to love God and neighbor, and honor their mission to serve those in need through the direct services provided by the Good Shepherd Center.
The Good Shepherd Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your contribution is tax deductible.
St. John of God
The pious man was born in Portugal around 1492 and died on March 8, 1550. He lived in Spain from an early age, was a shepherd and a soldier, and sold books in Granada, Spain. He suffered a breakdown and experienced a conversion of heart to realize that all that is good is from his God; from this experience, he dedicated his life to the service of the poor and unwanted in the streets of Granada.
He attracted many people to volunteer with this new ministry who also believed in the restoration of dignity of each person. He was the impetus of the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God, a Catholic religious Order of Men dedicating their lives to the poor and unwanted in cities around the world, of which Good Shepherd Center is one of the many ministries.
The Bursting Pomegranate
Saint John of God's home town was Granada, Spain, whose name translates to pomegranate and is often seen as a symbol of eternal life. To the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, under whom Good Shepherd Center operates, the combined symbols of the pomegranate and the cross represent “charity and sacrifice.” The bursting fruit expresses the need for love to expand, and the cross reminds us that there can be no charity without sacrifice.
Meet the Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers who meet quarterly to conduct the administrative business of the Good Shepherd Center. Officer positions are held for one year. Annual elections for office are held every November.
2019 Good Shepherd Center Board of Directors
Deacon Steve Rangel
Deacon Michael Illerbrun
Bro Gerard Sullivan, OH
Good Shepherd Center
Official Figures for Calendar Year 2019
Meal figures are calculated from data provided by Gerald Martinez. Distributed items data taken from the Clothing Room database. Bed nights, medical patient data, and program figures are calculated from our client stay database. Compiled 15 Jan 2020 by Robert Tapscott.
166,795 full meals served.
29,662 bed nights provided for 1,339 unduplicated guests.
2,900 bed nights (included above) for 276 different medical respite bed admissions for 214 unduplicated guests. (Some guests on respite beds were admitted more than once.)
151 unduplicated guests in Substance Abuse Recovery Program. This does not include Phase 1 guests (those entering a one-week trial period) who do not go into the full program.
19,657 items distributed to 4,263 people, many of whom had multiple visits and are, therefore, duplicated. "Items" are primarily clothing but also include some toiletry kits, bags, blankets, etc.
Contact us today - we'd love to hear from you!
Brother Sean McIsaac OH
505-243-2527 ext. 102
Manager of Shelter Services
505-243-2527 ext. 108
505-243-2527 ext. 302
505-243-2527 ext. 303
Director of Vision Resources
John Fennelly, MBA
505-243-2527 ext. 304
Fresh Start Manager
Julian Ortega, LADAC
505-243-2527 ext. 201
Fresh Start Counselor
Juanita Baca, LPC
505-243-2527 ext. 208
Fresh Start Counselor
Gavriella Montoya y Tierney, LPC
You may enter names in the Book of Life, which includes requests for prayers for you and your loved ones, living and deceased, including prayers for health and special times in their lives. The Brothers pray daily for these intentions.