Albuquerque Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
THANK YOU for your interest in supporting our work to provide Sanctuary in Albuquerque.
Sanctuary Working Group Co-Clerks:
Sara Keeney (505) 379-3392 and Sarah Malone (505) 306-8771
Information on Immigrant Resources is available at:
There are several ways to help.
(https://www.abqfaithworks.org/) and write "asylum seeker" on
your donation. The Collaborative will use your gift to help people
seeking asylum and/or Sanctuary. Your donation will be tax-
The Albuquerque Monthly Meeting (AMM) has deliberated on matters related to immigration and sanctuary several times over the years. Scroll down to access pdf files with Minutes or Statements generated from or related to these deliberations including:
* International Sanctuary Principles Statement
* Minute on Immigration IMYM 2018
* Minute on Immigration AMM 2017
* Minute on Immigration AMM November 2014
* Minute on Immigration AMM November 2014
The Sanctuary Task Force of Albuquerque Friends Meeting envisions a community in which housing instability is rare--or brief and non-recurring--ending homelessness as we know it. We aim to engage with unsheltered neighbors from a framework of solidarity and mutuality—rather than a charity-based model--through which we may build a greater sense of relationship and shared community.
In keeping with Friends' Testimonies on Community and Equality, and recognizing AMM’s long-standing collaboration with (formerly) St Martin’s Hospitality Center (now Hopeworks), on their meal program, we support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in gaining access to life-sustaining resources within our local neighborhood and beyond. We progress toward this goal by providing access to safe, potable drinking water and to a resting place during daytime hours.
Additionally, according to our capacity, we will offer referrals to and/or support for liaison with groups serving unhoused people, as well as advocacy with government and other agencies to provide a wide-range of services.
* In collaboration with the Building & Grounds Committee we provide water access at the outdoor spigot (we installed a French drain to improve sanitation);
* Regular access to electric outlet on front porch to charge devices;
* Security for the enclosed garden;
* Daily monitoring team to provide snacks/supplies to unhoused neighbors and remind them of request that no one stay on the grounds overnight.
* Training for monitors in sharps collection techniques/sharps containers
* Narcan training and access on site
* Security System for roof
* Alternative to calling 911 plan
* Request to APD to stop using the AMM parking lot
* Interface with other community organizations and the City of Albuquerque
AMM has provided outreach to our unhoused neighbors since March 2020 including water & electricity access, snacks, provision of necessities such as sleeping bags, blankets, tents, & donated clothing and a place to rest.
The Sanctuary Task Force & Building & Grounds expanded their outreach in the winter (2021-22) to include a fund raising effort to provide additional resources and emergency shelter during extreme weather events. To that end, the Long Winter's Night Go Fund Me campaign was launched & resulted in distribution of numerous tents, sleeping bags, and two extended hotel stays, both of which ultimately resulted in permanent, supportive housing.
The Stone Age Climbing Gym joined AMM's Long Winter's Night Campaign to gather in-kind items (sleeping bags, tents, warm clothing) for our unhoused neighbors, as well as cash donations to our Go Fund Me event to provide funds for emergency lodging during extreme weather events this winter. AMM shared surplus with other grass roots organizations in the City, including the Hook-Up.
Already the Long Winter's Night Campaign has afforded us to give emergency overnight lodging to two of our regular visitors, and to purchase & distribute about 50 tents, 30 sleeping bags, and to collect and distribute in-kind donations from two more community groups. AMM continues to receive about two large donations per month from Talking Talons Thrift Store in Cedar Crest, including much needed clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and some tents. A huge thank you to Talking Talons for its ongoing support. Extra supplies are distributed regularly to: Good Shepherd Shelter, The Rock at Noonday; Hopeworks; The Hook-Up, and, of course, Albuquerque Friends Meeting!