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About Us


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.

Brother Mathias' Motto:

Charity Unlimited... Never stop loving.

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.
Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God

Men's Gold and Diamond Ring worth $800

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

Vice President

Valentin Varela


Matthew Chavez


Dustin Shipp


Deacon Michael Illerbrun

Patricia Stelzner

Bro Gerard Sullivan, OH

Ron Andazola

Damon Martinez

Dustin Shipp

Becky Gomez

God is Good

Good Shepherd Center 
Official Figures for Calendar Year 2022

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 October 2021 by Robert Tapscott. 

  • 106,497 full meals served.

  • 939 Unduplicated Respite, Fresh Start, HARP and Medical Respite Guests

  • 27,076 Bed Nights for all programs

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


2 Corinthians 9:7


Let's Talk

Contact us today - we'd love to hear from you!

Executive Director

Brother Nick Foran, OH

505-243-2527 ext. 102

Director of Operations

Brother Charles Schreiner, OH

505-243-2527 ext. 108

Organizational Support

Bob Tapscott

505-243-2527 ext. 104

Assistant Bookkeeper

Jean Ann Chavez

505-243-2527 ext. 302

Donations Manager

Heather Mattax

505-243-2527 ext. 303

Clinical Director

Juanita Chavez, LPC

505-243-2527 ext. 202

Fresh Start Manager

Julian Ortega, LADAC

505-243-2527 ext. 201

Housing Advocate

Nate Jennings

505-243-2527 ext 209

Prayer Requests

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.

Thanks! Message sent.

Our Location

Good Shepherd Center


218 Iron SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico,  87102

P.O. Box 749, Albuquerque, New Mexico,  87103


phone: 505-243-2527


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