Heading Home hosted a tour of the Albuquerque Opportunity Center Campus on Friday, August 30 for those interested in learning how we work to make experiences of homelessness rare, short-lived and nonrecurring. We enjoyed facilitating this opportunity for donors to witness the impact of their support and showing community members the effectiveness of our programs. Friends joined us from as close as Cuidando Los Ninos and Roadrunner Foodbank, and from as far as City Care in Oklahoma!

The tour was led by Program Director David Sisneros who educated guests about the Men’s Overnight Emergency Shelter and Respite Care programs, co-housed at the AOC Campus. David spent time discussing the “3 Phase Approach” he and his team follow when working with clients when they first arrive at the AOC: 1) connect with resources, support and services; 2) establish income and/or increase skill level; and 3) increase residential stability. Guests were inspired when David talked about Heading Home’s “low barrier” philosophy. Everyone nodded in agreement when David said, “we’re more alike than we are different.”

There has been great interest in seeing both the AOC Campus and the Westside Emergency Housing Center and we know folks want to learn more about these vital community resources. This was the first of what will become a regularly recurring opportunity to tour the AOC Campus and soon, the Westside Emergency Housing Shelter. Please stay tuned for an announcement about when these tours will be scheduled and how you can secure your spot!