On Sunday, August 27th, Albuquerque Heading Home celebrated nearly seven years as a collaboration housing Albuquerque’s most chronically homeless and medically vulnerable. The event was held at the Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater and featured a lineup of New Mexico crowd favorites. Joanie Cere, and Darin Goldston from the Memphis P. Tails, Felix y Los Gatos and Baracutanga each played their signature sounds from blues, to zydeco-infused rhythms, to South American flavored medleys.
Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry was on hand to receive an award from the collaborative for his support throughout the year and the initial push in starting the program. Berry even graced the stage and played a few songs with Felix y Los Gatos.
Kim Trujillo, who’s son was housed by the program, gave a moving speech about her family’s journey dealing with her son’s behavioral health issues and eventually homelessness. Her son is now housed and on his way to stability thanks to many service partners involved in the collaborative.
Thanks to everyone that came out and most importantly thank you to the collaborative’s service partners who work diligently on the front lines daily to serve our community members most in need. Albuquerque Heading Home collaborative partners include: Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, First Nations Community Healthsource, The Rock at Noonday, Therapeutic Living Services, the Albuquerque Police Department, City of Albuquerque, and Heading Home.