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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked QuestionsWhat Is Joy Junction?

Joy Junction is a 501(c)3 faith-based church ministry founded in 1986 that provides both emergency and short-term food, housing, and counseling for homeless women and families. We are the largest shelter for families in the state, with the capacity to serve over 100,000 meals each year to men, women, and children.

We provide for their basic physical needs as well as their emotional and spiritual needs. With food, shelter, and safety, we make every effort to help homeless individuals get back on their feet.

Who Does Joy Junction Serve?

Joy Junction shelters homeless or abused women, couples, families, and homeless men with children. It is important to note that children are accepted only with a parent or guardian also staying at the shelter.

How Long Can a Guest Stay?

Guests may stay as long as necessary to have their needs met and regain control of their lives. We help guests become “whole” again and return to society as functional, productive members of their community.

For those needing more extensive assistance, we also provide longer-term transitional housing and an opportunity to learn life skills in a structured environment.

How Is Joy Junction Funded?

Joy Junction is a non-profit church ministry and, therefore, receives no federal, state, or city funds. All of our funding comes from individuals, businesses, and a small number of churches willing to donate their money, time, and talents. Last year, your generosity helped thousands of women, men, children, and babies.

Who Refers Families to Joy Junction?

Families in need of our services are referred to us from agencies, churches, hospitals, and a variety of other sources. Joy Junction coordinates with the work of other agencies such as the Albuquerque Rescue Mission, the police and sheriff’s departments, and hospital emergency rooms.

We invite you to get involved in any way you feel comfortable. Call us at 505-877-6967 to refer the homeless whom you see in your community. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

How Can I Donate?

There are many ways in which you are able to donate to Joy Junction and help the homeless of Albuquerque. You can:

  • make a tax-deductible donation of your money
  • bring canned/bottled food and food service items, clothing, or hygiene products to Joy Junction in person
  • generously donate your time and talents helping to serve lunch, laying out mats, or perform a number of other activities
  • purchase a gift from our Dollar Days Wish List

Because we are a nonprofit, donations-only organization, we accept anything and everything you are willing to donate.

Are My Donations Tax Deductible?

Yes. However, it is important to consult with your accountant to discuss the maximum amount that is tax deductible. Remember, U.S. tax laws change regularly and your accountant will have all of the information you need.

Help Us Provide a Hand-Up

Joy Junction is a full-service human reclamation plant open to anyone in need of our short-term or long-term services. We are completely nonprofit and receive no funding from federal, state, or local government agencies. Whether it’s your time, talent, or monetary gifts, please consider donating to Joy Junction. Help us give a hand up, not a handout, to those in need in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Call 505-877-6967 to learn more about
donating to Joy Junction!