While visiting Albuquerque recently, a friend and I were impressed and inspired with a private tour of Joy Junction, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the largest in New Mexico, in existence since 1986, successfully providing on their own grounds shelter, food, clothing, transportation and counseling for over 300 homeless people a day as well as over 300,000 meals a year trucked throughout the community for others in need.
Their goal is a hand up, not a hand out; rehabilitation and not entitlement; by addressing physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Joy Junction offers a nine-month program in life skills, good decision-making, career planning, plus transition and other programs to help people return to mainstream society and employment.
It also has a thrift shop and is supported entirely through donations, with no public funding whatsoever.
A delegation from Durango might benefit greatly from visiting Joy Junction as a model to gather information and ideas for our community.
Katherine A. ReynoldsDurango