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Shelter and resources from Manna Outreach.

Using donations as well as government grant funding, Manna Outreach staff follows a family-centered approach to assisting low-income households as they move toward becoming self-sufficient. The non-profit will do its best to meet the needs around shelter, housing, employment, and more. An initial assessment is used to determine needs of the applicant from the Lea County region. Then after that is done the staff develop a service plan to meet immediate needs and make plans for the future.

Manna Outreach has a shelter designed for people from the Lea County community who are experiencing homelessness for the first time. Many clients become homeless as a result of a crisis, such as bankruptcy, eviction from an apartment, home foreclosure, job loss, catastrophic illness or domestic violence. The goal is to take a holistic approach to address the root cause.

There is temporary shelter and supportive services for a number of men and women. This is used while helping them find other transitional or mid-term housing within 30 days. The non-profit agency aims to help its clientele become permanently self-sufficient so that they never again return to a state of homelessness.

Several different services tailored for homeless families as well as those in poverty are managed by Manna Outreach family center. The agency can house a number of families in these apartments.

  • An emergency shelter has accommodations for a night or two.
  • Transitional apartments, located throughout Hobbs New Mexico, house families for several weeks or longer while the non-profits helps them work toward self-sufficiency.
  • There are also a few permanent supportive housing units are also available through the family center. These locations are intended for families who have moved out of shelters and transitional housing.

The Soup Kitchen has grown to a point where it helps hundreds of people per month. Volunteers from local churches and non-profit organizations take part in this Manna Outreach service. They prepare, serve and cleanup the meals with the donated food and money from the local community.




The location provides participating disadvantaged, struggling households thousands of free, hot meals per year. Clients include the homeless, low-income, elderly, shelter guests, children, transient, unemployed and handicapped and more. The soup kitchen is open to anyone, and there are no questions asked of participants. There is no proof of hardship needed nor any religious views expressed or any necessary qualifications.

Dedicated volunteers from Lea County work at the Manna Outreach Soup Kitchen. They always need more help though to keep this running. The staff work every day of the year to serve meals to residents living in poverty. Donations are needed, and people can hold mini food drives or fund raiser. Boy scout groups, churches and other agencies all contribute as well.

Manna Outreach also needs help with the occasional can sorting and shelf stocking. There is also always a need for one time donations and regular monthly contribution, as they often make up a large portion of the total income of the service.

To prevent at-risk, low income clients from becoming evicted or foreclosed on, there is a Manna Outreach Homelessness Prevention Program which offers short term (up to three months) and longer term (up to 4-6 months) rental assistance. Funding from the program may also on occasion include security deposit aid for those people leaving the shelter indicated above.

Eligibility includes prospective clients presenting an official court-documented eviction or foreclosure notice. They also need to have their social security cards, birth certificates for every member living in the household and proof of verified income.

For struggling, at risk clients of Manna Outreach, there are life skills and financial workshops used for coaching. The homeless from the community that are staying in the short term shelter will also be enrolled into these Life Skills classes. They touch on many issues, which includes financial evaluations, updating resumes, rebuilding credit, job searches and suggestions for leading a healthy lifestyle.




Any low-income resident of Lea County interested in connecting in the services from the non-profit will have access to do so. The charity and partners of Manna Outreach are very open to meeting new visitors who are invited to join the community and foster relationships. This oftentimes set once struggling clients on the path to independence and self-reliance.

The shelter at Manna Outreach is located at 909 S Selman St, Hobbs, New Mexico 88240. Everything from a meal to referrals to rent or self-sufficiency is provided. Call (575) 397-1155.


By Jon McNamara

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