What 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 200,000 meals each year to men, women, and children.

Our services address our guests' 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.

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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.

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What can I donate to Joy Junction?

  • You can donate food to Joy Junction.

    We greatly appreciate food donations to help serve to our guest at Joy Junction and people served by our Lifeline of Hope. To learn what food donations we can accept visit our Food Donation page.

  • You can donate your time.

    We have volunteer orientations daily at 11:00 am, and have a variety of ways people can help out around our shelter. Please visit our Volunteering page to learn more.

  • You can donate a vehicle.

    At Joy Junction we can accept cars, trucks, RV's, even boats that we can then sell to support our cause of helping the homeless right here in our city. Visit our Donate A Vehicle page to learn all the details.

  • You can donate a variety of other items for use at our Shelter or Thrift Store.

    We are always welcoming of donations of hygiene items, bottled water, toilet paper, paper towels, and new clothing (especially socks). We also can accept a variety of new or gently used items that can be sold in our Thrift Store where all the proceeds go to helping Joy Junction's mission of helping the homeless in Albuquerque.

    There are some donation restrictions however, because not everything we receive can be used at our shelter due to health codes or other legal reasons. To see a full list of the things we are unable to take as donations please click to visit our How to Help page. Thank you.

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.
  • 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.

Help Us Provide a Hand-Up

Joy Junction is 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.

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