At some point in most people’s lives, they could use a helping hand of one degree or another to get back on their feet. At Joy Junction, we understand this need and strive to provide a hand up, not a handout, to the homeless men, women, children, and families of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

We Help the Homeless

At Joy Junction, we offer assistance to anyone who needs it regardless of your sex, sexual orientation, race, color, age, national origin, or religion. Our organization is a Christian outreach ministry dedicated to helping the homeless in Albuquerque regain control over their lives by providing food, shelter, clothing, and safety. In addition to providing for these basic needs, we also provide assistance for each individual’s deeper emotional and spiritual needs. Through our “Christ in Power” program, individuals are taught important life skills that promote self-sufficiency and a decreased dependency on shelters and government funding. Our guests may stay as long as necessary to become “whole” and return to society healthy and productive.

Because we’re a nonprofit, donations-only organization, we receive no city, state, or federal government funding. We rely solely on the kind generosity of citizens and corporations in our city and state. We gladly accept most donations as long as they are in good shape. Your charitable donations are used to help our outreach ministry meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you are looking to contribute to our charity work, to volunteer your time, or share your gifts/talents/skills, and/or money, please contact us at 505-877-6967.

Donations we do/do not take at Joy Junction

Large Item Donations

Items must be gently used and in WORKING CONDITION ONLY.
The following items are upon
Manager’s approval only.
Call 505-238-3818 for approval and large item pick up scheduling.

  • Washers 
  • Dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers
  • Refrigerators
  • Air compressors
  • Bicycles
  • Trailers
  • Exercise equipment
  • Digital/LED flat screen TV’s (with all power cables)
  • Large stereos/speakers (with all power cables)

The following specific large items are accepted at donation drop off locations after phone screening.
Call ahead at 505-238-3818.
Items must be fully functioning – must not need to be repaired, refurbished, laundered, shampooed, or require stain removal.

  • Couches (reclining & non-reclining)
  • Love Seats (reclining & non-reclining)
  • Recliners  
  • Coffee Tables (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • End Tables (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Sitting chairs (styles with or without wheels)
  • Dining chairs (styles with or without wheels)
  • Dining tables (styles with or without wheels)
  • Desks (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Night stands (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Armoires (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Curios (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Hutches (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • TV Stands (styles with or without doors/drawers/wheels)
  • Entertainment centers (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Office chairs (styles with or without wheels)
  • Filing cabinets
  • Complete headboard & footboard sets
  • Book shelves (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Shelves or shelf units (styles with or without doors/drawers)
  • Mobility assistance units: wheelchairs, walkers, canes (in good condition)

Small Item Donations

Gently used donation items, that are accepted without manager’s approval at the donation drop off locations, MUST BE fully functioning items. They must not be ripped, torn, cracked, or broken. They must not need to be repaired, refurbished, laundered, shampooed, or require stain removal. 

  • Lamps (with or without shade)
  • Lamp shades (with or without lamp)
  • Booster seats, highchairs, car seats (NON-expired only)
  • Gently used laundered clothing
  • Gently used clean shoes 
  • Jewelry, accessories
  • Socks (Please pair socks before donating.)
  • Underwear/Undergarments (LAUNDERED ONLY)
  • Hats, caps, beanies, scarves
  • Helmets (with functioning straps only)
  • Gently used toys (Clean STUFFED ANIMALS, not ripped or torn, accepted at Thrift Store location ONLY)
  • Gently used books of ALL types
  • Housewares
  • Small appliances – functioning and complete with necessary parts (Unable to accept if appliance has any missing parts)
  • All Dishes (Unable to accept broken, cracked, or chipped items)
  • Food storage containers, like Tupperware, etc.
  • Clean, gently used pots/pans/roasters
  • Bakeware, silverware, barware
  • Home décor, all wall hangings, artwork, art pieces
  • Office supplies or stationary supplies
  • Laptops (with cords, chargers, adapters)
  • Arts and crafts or party supplies
  • Knickknacks, figurines, statues, vases
  • Automotive accessories
  • Small handheld power tools (working)
  • Records/CD’s/DVD’s/games (Unable to accept VHS)
  • Stereos, CD/DVD players, clock radios/alarms (working)
  • Gently used fully functioning curling irons, hot curlers, blow dryers, electric shavers
  • UNopened NON-expired Only of the following: cosmetics, hygiene supplies (bodywash, shampoo, lotion, combs, brushes, foot powder), female sanitary supplies, children’s diapers, or non-perishable food

Donations we are UNABLE to accept
  • NO large quantities of unpaired socks
  • NO waterbeds and/or frames
  • NO Tires
  • NO unopened, used, outdated paint or chemicals of any kind
  • NO analog televisions of any sort
  • NO typewriters (Unless in antique form)
  • NO pianos/organs (Unless manager has already been contacted for approval)
  • NO printers
  • NO ski equipment
  • NO hospital beds
  • NO medical equipment or supplies (oxygen units, needles, etc.)
  • NO bed frames (must be with complete bed set only)
  • NO mattresses outside of packaging
  • NO bed pillows outside of packaging
  • NO expired car seats
  • NO stuffed animals at the shelter (Clean STUFFED ANIMALS, not ripped or torn, accepted at Thrift Store location ONLY)

  • Sinks
  • Toilets
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Tubs
  • Construction items
  • High powered tools

We are grateful for any donation, but receiving items which we cannot use at the shelter, or hand out from the Lifeline of Hope truck, or sell in the Thrift Shoppe, puts an added burden and expense upon us by having to dispose of them. Thank you so much for your understanding.