ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A local group with a long history of helping in Albuquerque, needs your help with a big, new project.
You may remember when homeless tent cities popped up across the metro. Well, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission thinks they might have a solution.
The non-profit has been helping those less fortunate for more than 60 years.
With the use of federal grants, the mission is turning their downtown temporary shelter into housing units where people can stay for almost two years.
“We are tripling our capacity of our ability to put more people through our come through our programs and have their lives permanently changed,” said Steve Ulibarri, Communications Coordinator.
The mission is renovating what used to be Furr’s Family Dining off of 2nd Street into the rescue mission’s daily food and clothing services location.
The project got the green light when the mission received nearly $790,000 from two affordable housing grants for the dormitory style rooms. But, they need your help to expand the project further.
“We are looking for that $4 million and I am unashamedly asking them to come alongside and help us,” said Executive Director John Hill.
The transformation of the downtown campus is expected to begin Monday, Feb. 15th and will be completed by the fall.
When the project is completed, people who stay at the facility must enroll in programs like job preparation and drug treatment.