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Volunteers Packing Food


Mission:  Guide and coordinate St Mark’s outreach ministries and funding with community-wide social justice organizations such as Albuquerque Faith Works, diocesan social justice programs such as Church Unbound, and parishioner volunteer efforts such as Street Safe.  Ministries may include homelessness, affordable housing, food security, environmental justice, immigration, LGBTQ, youth & families, etc.


Church Unbound

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church

Outreach Ministry:  Church Unbound


Church Unbound was developed to establish a Christian worship without walls for those without and with shelter. We believe that to address spiritual needs on the streets of Albuquerque, we meet people where they are, engaging in mutual relationship building and practical hands-on ministry.


Joan Camera   505 440 8984 or via email here.

Regular Activities

Church Unbound meets every Sunday for fellowship and worship.


Next to the new library near Central and Louisiana.  Access to the parking lot is from Charleston, across the street from the fire station.  If you are coming from St Mark’s, go east on Lomas to almost Wyoming. Turn South on Charleston (Hertz Car sales is on the corner).  We set up at 1:00pm, we start serving refreshments at 1:30, and our service is at 2:00pm.  We have an opening prayer, a psalm, the Gospel reading, and communion.


St Mark’s Second Sunday Sack Lunches

On the second Sunday of every month, St Mark’s distributes 100 sack lunches. We meet to prepare the lunches on the Saturday before the second Sunday at 1:00pm in the Kitchen/Parish Hall.  Each sack lunch generally consists of a meat & cheese sandwich, chips, a sweet, and an orange.  The cost of the 100 lunches is approximately $300. 


Ministry Needs -

Cases of bottled water

Packets of instant coffee

Packages of Hot Cocoa mix

Disposable Coffee cups


Gloves, mittens, caps, scarves

Hand warmers (Hot Hands – available at Costco, Cabela’s, WalMart)

Gently used appropriate clothing – sweatpants, jackets, shirts, shoes


Cash Donations to St Mark’s Matthew 25 Dedicated Account,

Saturday - Sack lunch makers

Sunday - Sandwiches out of fridge and into lunch bags, and place in boxes to take to Church Unbound

Sunday - Carry lunches upstairs from the Undercroft to car going to Church Unbound

Greeters, Prayer-partners, Preachers (5 minutes on the day’s gospel), Refreshment distribution


We welcome all to bring their donations to Church Unbound service and join us. 

ABQ FaithWorks Collaborative

Albuquerque faith congregations working in community to welcome the stranger and address short and long-term needs of asylum seekers and people experiencing homelessness.

Please visit their website at



  • Ministry Name (link to webpage):  ArtStreet

  • Description (one paragraph):   ArtStreet is a community art studio accessible to all artists regardless of their housing status. Through their Open Art Studios, Therapeutic Art-Based Groups, Art-Focused Outreach and Multiple Art Shows and Selling Events, they provide artists with an opportunity to grow as individuals and art makers in the community. ArtStreet focuses on using art as a way of building community, self-efficacy and self-sufficiency. ArtStreet gives artists a common forum to share their experiences, create art, and increase awareness of issues of homelessness.

                           ArtStreet has served the art needs of the community for over 20 years and is co-located with Healthcare for the Homeless.

  • Contact Information (Ministry Leader, E-mail, Phone):  Lisa Newell, (via email here), 505.259.0569

  • Upcoming Activities/ Events (dates and times): Their studio schedule and shows in various community spaces are available on their website.

  • Ministry Needs (volunteers, items such as clothing, food, toiletries, funds, etc.): Current need is for donations of structural items that can be crafted into art. Examples include antique or discarded metal items, such as spoons.

  • List three parishioner volunteer opportunities: They recommend potential volunteers come to the space during open studio hours to create art and experience the space, then decide how they might want to volunteer with the organization.



Need more info.




The WINGS program ( at Las Cumbres Community Services is a program that serves immigrants of any background who have survived torture. WINGS offers a wide range of services including legal services, medical coordination, counseling, and social services. If you are interested in volunteering with WINGS or want to know more about any of these opportunities, please reach out to Isabel Spafford at or John Murray (via email here) or 505-363-8074.


Upcoming Opportunities:

  • December 7: 

    • Food boxes: pick up, organization, and distribution

  • Ongoing:

    • Community events: help setting up and cleaning up, attending and socializing with WINGS clients (Spanish useful but not required)

    • Peer support: pair with a WINGS client or family to offer support as they adjust to life in the US (Spanish useful but not required)

    • WINGS health screenings: help direct clients as they arrive for a health screening by the WINGS healthcare coordinator



Street Safe/ AsUR
(Street Outreach)

  • Ministry Name (link to webpage)

  • AsUR,


  • Description (one paragraph):

  • Asur serves women on the street, including those who have been victims of sex trafficking and have struggled with homelessness, substance use and mental health issues. Asur follows a harm-reduction philosophy by striving to reduce the harmful consequences associated with life on the street. We are federally classified as a human-service organization and in the process of applying for 501c(3) tax exempt certification.


  • Contact Information (Ministry Leader, E-mail, Phone)

  • Interim Executive Director – Christine Barber,

  • 8226 Menaul Blvd NE #602, Albuquerque, NM 87110

  • Volunteer - Amy Malick, 860-805-1784, email her here.


  • Upcoming Activities/ Events (dates and times)

  • Ongoing street outreach at various times. For more info, e-mail Christine Barber


  • Needs (volunteers, items such as clothing, food, toiletries, funds, etc.)

  • Monetary donations (see web site or Facebook page for instructions)

  • Chocolate (Small, individually wrapped pieces, like Halloween candy)

  • Pads

  • Tampons

  • Condoms

  • Baby wipes 

  • Women’s underwear — S, M, L

  • Feminine wipes

  • Toothbrushes

  • Toothpaste

  • Razors

  • Deodorant

  • Lip balm

  • Hotel-sized shampoo

  • Hotel-sized conditioner

  • Hotel-sized lotion

  • Flip-flops or hard-soled slippers— all sizes

  • Detergent for the sink

  • Tarps

  • Flashlights

  • Blankets

  • Tents

  • Sleeping bags

  • Sleeping mats

  • Backpacks


  • Extra-special girlie stuff:

  • Secret-stash scrunchie

  • Body spray or perfume

  • Anti-chafing sticks and creams

  • Fake eyelashes & glue

  • Makeup

  • Lume whole body deodorant 

  • Jewelry (Previously owned is fine)


  • List three parishioner volunteer opportunities:

  • Donate any needed item above. Contact Amy Malick for pickup, mail items to the address above, or bring items to the church and Amy will collect them there.

  • Convene a small group to make hygiene bags (see items above – put in zip-lock bags or string backpacks you can order on-line), or what we call Bad Day/Good Day bags (special girlie items we give to women who are celebrating special occasions, like birthdays, or are having a really hard time).

  • Volunteer to do street outreach in the International District. This is gritty, and we provide training and safety precautions and oversight. This is always done in a small group. E-mail Christine Barber if you’d like to jump in.


Albuquerque Asylum Seeker Welcome

Pauline works on the clothing team with Albuquerque Asylum Seeker Welcome (website to be provided at a later time). 


The program involves receiving asylum seekers who arrive by bus from El Paso, Texas.  Most of the arrivals are Spanish speakers, however, there have been people from Syria, Russia and Haiti.  The City of Albuquerque has been providing rooms at a local motel, however, that service is coming to an end.  The asylees have already provided information regarding a sponsor in the United States. AASW  provides food, medical care, clothing, and help in making travel arrangements.  The average stay in Albuquerque is 3-5 days.  Volunteers are divided into teams to provide necessary assistance.  At this time, the schedule of arrivals is somewhat erratic due to political decisions being made at the border.  Pauline is expecting an updated list of clothing needs, however, jackets of all sizes will be welcome.  Feel free to contact Pauline Artery at: Email her here or 505-382-5255.

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