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Our Services to Those in Need

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The Fresh Start Substance  Abuse Recovery Program

Fresh Start is a no-charge Matrix Model course for substance abuse recovery that encompasses the traditional 12-step program. The duration of the residential treatment is approximately six months. Participants receive shelter and meals, counseling, treatment, regular meetings, and have work duties at the Center. After successful completion, transition services are provided such as help to obtain housing, support services, education enrollment, job seeking, and follow-up care. Screening for admittance into the program is conducted Wednesday and Friday 9 am to 11 am. Please call the Center for more information at 505-243-2527 ext 202.

Housing Voucher Program
The GSC Housing Voucher Program will provide assistance to individuals over 21 experiencing homelessness who are in need of  stable housing, using the housing first
model. Programs available are: PSH- Permanent Supportive Housing and RRH- Rapid Rehousing.


During the application process, the GSCHP will collect information pertaining to the applicant. The GSCHP will verify this information. If the GSCHP determines that you are eligible, your name will be added to the wait list, unless we are able to assist you immediately. 

Once your name is reached on the wait list, the GSCHP will contact you to continue the application process. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information up to date with our office, 505-243-2527

Applications are accepted on Mondays 9:30am-11:30am on a first come first serve basis. No more than 5 applications will be accepted per day. You must apply in person at 614 2nd St. NW 87102 . 

There currently is a waitlist for these services, but applicants are encouraged to come in and sign up.

Housing Housing Program

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Respite Beds

In a cooperative effort with Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) and the University of New Mexico Hospital, the Good Shepherd Center provides a limited number of beds that are designated for men over the age of 18 recovering from illness or injury at no charge. Guests who are discharged from the hospital or clinic are transported to the Center.  Special assistance includes helping them with their meals.  They are seated and served a few minutes before the other residents to allow helpers to plate food and serve beverages to them.  Assistance is provided for guests to store and receive medications. Call Brother Charles at extension 108 for more information.


The Center does not have medical staff and cannot provide actual medical care.  Respite beds are available for up to 7 consecutive days upon a referral from the HCH or UNM Hospital.  If a longer stay is required, the guest must be seen at HCH or UNMH for an extended stay.


Transportation upon departure is the responsibility of the guest.

Men's Overnight Shelter

Overnight shelter is available to men over the age of 18 in the community as well as showers and breakfast. Check-in as at 6 p.m. throughout the week. Check-out is 7 a.m. Call extension 100 for more information.

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Community Meals

These meals are open to everyone on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  On Saturdays the meal is served at 11:30 a.m. to noon.  The average number of meals served is 300 per day. Call extension 100 for more information

At Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas a brunch is served at 8:30 a.m. with a wide variety of foods and desserts.

Mail service

Available to homeless, marginalized, and displaced persons who do not have access to a post office box or mailing address. A valid I.D. is required to register for the mail service. There is no charge. Mail may be picked up Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. Mail pick up is not available on Saturday or Sunday. Guests must have for I.D. to obtain their mail. Call extension 100 for more information.

The Clothing Room:

This service provides much needed basic necessities to the homeless. We distribute toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, and shaving products. We give out shirts, pants, shoes, socks, underwear, jackets, blankets, towels, and sleeping bags.  The clothing room is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We also offer a coat exchange.  


For support, please go across 2nd Street to the Clothing Room located at 614 Second St. SE, just across from the Center. Call extension 100 for more information.

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How You Can Help

Your financial support is greatly appreciated.  Donations may be made directly, through United Way, Amazon Smiles,, and Smith's Inspired Donations.  All services at the Good Shepherd Center are completely free, and therefore we are dependent upon your continued support.

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Planned Giving

This is a way you can provide financial support by a bequest, endowment through your favorite foundation, or donation of annuity or IRA distribution.  For more information about planned giving, contact or phone 505-243-2527, ext 303.


Your contribution of gently used men’s clothing for our Community Clothing Room is appreciated, especially jackets, belts, socks, shoes, shirts, and prepackaged men’s underwear.

Rewards Programs

Smith's shoppers: See about Inspiring Donations at Smith's and use code XN585 once logged into your account. 

Direct Donations

We accept all major credit cards and debit cards as well as PayPal. Just click the Donate Here! button.

Mail checks to:

Good Shepherd Center

P.O. Box 749

Albuquerque, NM



Your Prayers are always needed for all who enter our doors:

  • Prayers for continued support,

  • Prayers in thanksgiving ,

  • Prayers for strength.

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

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3) email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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