Appreciating Mom Every Day of the Year

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. With Mother’s Day on our minds, our thoughts obviously focus on “mom.” For this year’s celebration, let’s make sure that we do more than just buy mom a rose or two, take her out to dinner and go back to the way we’ve acted all year. Let’s make a resolution … Read More

A Life Cut Tragically Short and a Community Divided

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. Uncivil discourse. We’re an angry bunch, aren’t we?  It’s now been blared all over the nation that hundreds of demonstrators marched in downtown Albuquerque on a recent Sunday to protest deadly shootings by the police, including that of a schizophrenic homeless man who was killed after a standoff with officers. … Read More

No More “Cosmic Loneliness.” Yes, I Believe in the Resurrection!

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. Nobody can deny that we live in a seriously troubled world. We see evidence on a daily basis; violence and killings, a seriously troubled economy, ongoing and seemingly endless political partisan bickering, and so the list goes on. What a depressing scenario! It’s no wonder that prior to his death … Read More

Thrift Shoppe at Joy Junction

Joy Junction shelters and serves food to as many as 300 people a night, and feeds even more from our Lifeline of Hope mobile food truck every day of every year. In order to support Joy Junction’s mission, we have a Thrift Shoppe. Our Thrift Shoppe is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, and is closed … Read More

“Acceptable” Vices. Would You Give a Cigarette to a Homeless Person?

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. We all have our vices, but some are “acceptable.” Smoking is becoming increasingly unacceptable in American society, but after seeing a picture of one of our Lifeline of Hope clients smoking, I wondered what our Facebook friends thought about it. With that in mind, I posed this question. “Yes, he … Read More

An “Overburdened Vagabond” Enduring a “Walk of Shame”

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. We’ve all seen them-the homeless walking Albuquerque’s streets carrying their bags, pushing a shopping cart, or struggling under the weight of a heavy backpack. Young or old, clean shaven or bearded, male or female; most of these poor souls have a look of tired desperation. The problem is, that especially … Read More

A Graduation with a Difference

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. It wasn’t your typical graduation, and the certificate issued won’t transfer for any academic credit. However, the ceremony was a wonderful experience and the certificate marks the successful completion of nine months of walking the long road to recovery. Let me explain. The graduation was for seven members of Joy … Read More

A World of Hate! Love or Anger: You Choose

By Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D. Founder and CEO Joy Junction Inc. Having cable news on in the background today while I worked was probably a mistake. While I tuned in to hear “news,” what I ended up getting for the most part was often angry, hate-filled punditry, about how the “other side” was wrong. I must confess that I wondered how … Read More

To Shelter or Not to Shelter?

Imposing Biblical morality on non Christians. Just imagine! You’ve lived with your significant other for years and you have children together. Neither faith nor marriage has played a big (even small) part in your life. You’re making it-but barely-until job cutbacks and an eventual layoff result in you being evicted from your apartment. It’s a crisis. You’re referred to a … Read More