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Philanthropy is the way to change the world.


Dear <<First Name>>,

You have an exciting opportunity to be a part of the global day of giving. Make sure to give today here.

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless is excited to participate again in #GivingTuesdayNM and invites you to join the movement. #GivingTuesdayNM is not just about one sector, cause, or community. #GivingTuesdayNM is about New Mexico. Last year alone 200 nonprofits across New Mexico came together to collectively raise nearly $300,000 to fund their missions. For AHCH, that meant 22 gifts, 3 new monthly givers, and a total raised of $4,285.

Together we can do more. Because we believe in philanthropy as a way to change the world, this electronic mobilization of financial resources to the common good inspires us to participate as part of our annual year-end First Day of Winter Campaign.

It's easy and cost effective and joins us to larger social justice movements that share our values, including those that end homelessness.

For AHCH, 100% of the money raised today will go directly to provide basic needs such as dentures, motel vouchers, IDs, birth certificates, bus passes, hygiene supplies, coffee, etc., for people experiencing homelessness in our community.

In an exciting partnership and local giving effort with Flying Star, we are able to place all donors who give on #GivingTuesday in a pool to win a $50 Flying Star Gift Card. 

You Make it Possible to Fight Homelessness with Every Encounter

Addressing the Structural Causes of Homelessness in an Integrated Health Care Setting

He entered the conference room with a cup of coffee and a smile. He greeted the case managers and the behavioral health therapist whom were waiting for him. He arrived at 7:30 a.m. He was determined not to miss his appointment. He dropped his backpack, which was filled with his only possessions: some clothes, a thin foam rollup, and a water bottle. He got comfortable. He sat at the head of the table, folded his hands in, and took a deep breath.

Today, he hopes to be approved for an apartment. He currently sleeps in a tent in a dirt field outside of his parent’s home. He is in his mid-40s. During his assessment, he said depression, former theft charges, and unaddressed substance use issues were factors in his inability to secure adequate housing and employment. 15 years of experiencing homelessness was about to come to an end.

The case manager reassures him again that this assessment and its questions are essential and confidential and then completed the comprehensive community-wide coordinated assessment. He has now met two of the most important requirements: is experiencing homelessness and has completed the assessment.

After he gets approved, an AHCH behavioral health therapist urged him to begin setting up regular visits with her to begin mental health therapy. She even suggested a few closed support groups. He agreed. Suddenly, he kisses a gold cross that hung around his neck. He said he could receive mail at his mother’s house and does pick it up often.He said sometimes she will prepare him a lunch bag and send him on his way. In return, he said he buys himself and his mother food when his food stamps arrive at the beginning of the month. His application is signed by his case manager and himself. He sipped more coffee.

Health care was also addressed during the session. He said he was treated at AHCH’s medical clinic for minor injuries in the past. He followed-up by asking how he can get dentures from the AHCH dental program. He said he was always curious but didn’t have the courage to simply ask. He was assured that AHCH’s case management program would continue to navigate all services he may need to secure and sustain his housing including food distribution services every other week, syringes and Narcan through AHCH’s harm reduction program, and a health home.

Watch this video to learn more about the importance of case management. 

Give Together. End Homelessness.

 

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Albuquerque, NM 87125

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