Compassion or Judgment? What’s Your 2017 New Year’s Resolution?

by Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. They’re all over Albuquerque and cities nationwide, holding a variety of signs designed to get you to fork over some spare change. Panhandling verbiage ranges from a simple, “Hungry. God bless,” to …

Former City Chief Public Safety Officer Concerned Albuquerque’s There’s a Better Way Program Doesn’t Require Background Checks for Workers

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. Former Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli said City’s lack of background checks for “A Better Way” Program are “are exposing people to unnecessary risk” and City couldn’t …

Albuquerque Being Touted Nationally as a Role Model for Helping the Homeless, so why are there Panhandlers on Every Other Street Corner?

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. It’s been about 15 months since blue signs sprouted like mushrooms all over Albuquerque encouraging people to call 311 instead of giving to panhandlers. By so doing, those with a heart to …

Educate Yourself and Care for the Homeless and Homeless Mentally Ill-Don’t Cuss Them Out

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. An Albuquerque man who told a panhandler to go get an f’ing job got more than he expected. The victim who said he didn’t want to use his name for safety concerns, …

While Signs Abound for Albuquerque’s New Panhandling Initiative, So Do Yet to Be Answered Questions

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. Questions include a service closed on Sundays and only open 15 hours a day While signs litter Albuquerque promoting the city’s new panhandling initiative, there are plenty of questions still to be …

Mayor of Albuquerque. Don’t Give to Panhandlers. They May Buy Food.

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. A new initiative rolled out by the City of Albuquerque on Wednesday is asking people not to give money to panhandlers. In an astonishing statement attributed to Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry by …