The Rock Program from NoonDay Ministry allows the faith based charity to give back to the poor, immigrants, and homeless among others. They serve food from a pantry and Breakfast, help with transportation including gas vouchers or bicycle repairs, and even coordinate financial assistance from a Heading Home housing program. Much of the aid, including free school supplies and clothing, is available as the result of the Alex Fund.
The charity is so much more than a shelter. Clients can not only get a roof over their heads there, but they can also learn about other resources available to them in Bernalillo County. As there are many programs available for breaking the cycle of poverty as well as homelessness.
Food, nutrition, cooking classes, and budgeting:
NoonDay Ministry is involved in all aspects of nutrition. The Albuquerque based agency will work to both ensure the client has a box of groceries to feed their family while also helping them prepare the meal and live healthy. They also focus on empowering the client by showing them how to shop on their own so they can both buy healthy food as well as save money on their monthly grocery bill.
The tools used to meet these objectives include a food pantry and cooking classes that are arranged by volunteers. They feed children, seniors, and pregnant women among others. The pantry will have some income requirements in place, but the cooking classes are open to anyone seeking knowledge. A demonstration will occur, and some of the attendees can even learn how to cook on their own. Or for more information, find additional assistance from food pantries.
The clothing closet at NoonDay Ministry is open to anyone in need, and it is open to the entire Bernalillo County community. For first time users, they should bring a picture ID for each adult in the household. If it is a student or youth looking for school supplies or clothes, they should bring a birth certificate, report card, or school ID card. People returning to NoonDay need a Picture ID. All items are given out first come first served basis.
There are limits in place. Each qualified person is eligible to receive no more than 3 free items once a month from the clothing closet. There is some flexibility in place as well, as clients are allowed to shop for what they need. Whether it is hygiene supplies or clothes, items are available.
Another NoonDay Ministry program is one-time financial assistance for rent arrears and utility bill expenses for persons who are in danger of becoming homeless due to eviction or utility-service termination. This is part of the Alex Fund, which is a component of the Rock Program. The applicant will need to be able to pay future expenses on their own, and any aid should be though of as a last resort. The program is sometimes referred to a Heading Home.
Limited monetary support is also available for homeless individuals to reduce barriers to housing or employment by helping to cover costs related to the procurement of personal identification, birth certificates and/or bus tickets for a job. The non-profit offers rapid rehousing services as well to families that are now stable. Formerly homeless clients receive financial aid for paying a portion of their total housing costs (utilities, rent, water bills and more) up to 12 months and participate in case management.
Other bills can also be paid as well. Or direct, in-kind goods are passed out. They will help people repair (or pay for) bicycles so they can get to work. The Alex Fund also provides school supplies to students in the local Albuquerque schools. They also offer support to immigrants and non-English speakers, including ESP classes, identification car assistance, and much more.
NoonDay Ministry is more than just a shelter. They provide financial aid and basic needs. All services are also offered to the large number of Spanish speakers in Albuquerque. For more information, or to apply for help, call the charity at 505-246-8001. Or the main drop in center is at 2400 2nd St NW · Albuquerque, NM 87102-1075.
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