St. Andrew Presbyterian Church — Albuquerque, New Mexico
Every Sunday after worship we serve a hot lunch to 25-45 people who are living on the margins — hungry and/or homeless. In addition, we offer our guests sack lunches to take with them, along with clothing and personal hygiene kits. This Neighborhood Friends Ministry began in 2007 as the congregation sought to address the needs of people who came to the church’s door from the city park across the street. Since then it has evolved into a ministry that engages a third of our church membership as volunteers. Over the years, we have seen at least 18 formerly homeless participants move into stable housing. As St. Andrew celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, we are partnering ecumenically with several other congregations to hire a social worker to help people who come to our churches better connect with the services they need.
— Roger Scott Powers, pastor
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