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About Us

Santa Fe Need and Deed (SFNAD)  is a dynamic, grass-roots, non-profit organization that helps homeless adults in Santa Fe through a variety of ways.  We are apolitical and have no religious affiliation.

Yet, we feel strongly that we offer our best when we operate from our hearts.

Our group has volunteers and board members who are or who have experienced homelessness. We believe this is extremely important for any organization advocating for the homeless. It is important to know the issues of homelessness directly from those who once experienced or are currently experiencing it. For a list of our Board Members, click here.

We have weekly meetings on Monday at 2:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian (PCUSA)  St. Francis Rd. & Manhatten Avenue.

Our Monday Meetings provide:

  • free hot meals
  • free clothing, tents, blankets, sleeping bags (when available)
  • free canned goods; specifically canned meat and protein drinks (when available)
  • Hygiene Kits (toilet paper, soap, toothpaste & toothbrush, razor, shaving cream, etc.)
  • A Resource Table with a comprehensive Resource Guide as well as information about service agencies in Santa Fe.
  • A Circle of Compassion Support Group open to all
  • Guest Speakers who are experts in their fields, for example: affordable housing, open dialogues with Santa Fe Police, Disability Advocates, training in the use of Narcan (to stop individual opiate overdoses in our community ) and more.

Our Circle of Compassion is made up of Client-Friends, volunteers and community members who openly dialogue about issues of homelessness. We sit down together and eat and discuss what help is needed and how it can be provided. We operate from a context of caring and respect. We don’t tell someone what to do; we ask them what they need and then recommend ways to get help. If the Client-Friend regularly attends our Monday Meetings, SFNAD may provide bus or shower passes, cell minutes, or gas vouchers.

Our organization also provides a Mentorship program which matches screened homeless adults with trained Mentors. Mentors provide a listening ear, transportation, help coordinating medical appointments, help with a resume, or with applications for social services. Mentors usually work alongside a comprehensive case manager from one of the social service agencies in Santa Fe. Client-Friends are also asked to attend Financial Literacy Classes provided by Guadalupe Credit Union. Our Mentors are in it for the long-haul. Mentors may work with a Mentee for as long as two years.

We also have an outer circle of compassion too. These are folks who may not regularly attend our meetings, but want to help in some way. They often donate money for specific needs, provide food for our Monday Meetings or help in other behind-the-scenes ways or become trained to become “buddies” or Mentors.

If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a mentor  click here to email us or visit our Deeds page 

Santa Fe Need and Deed, Inc. was Incorporated by the New Mexico P, October 12, 2012. 

We received our Internal Revenue Service Tax Exempt 501 c 3 Status, February 28, 2013.

Santa Fe Need and Deed Board Officers and Members

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Martha Hamblen (Executive Director) of Santa Fe Need and Deed. Martha’s experience as a news anchor, commentator and reporter as well as her time in corporate media relations, public relations, speech writing and as a business owner have helped her develop the foundation for Santa Fe Need and Deed. It was Martha’s ‘time on the Street’ that gave her the hard-earned empathy and understanding necessary to see more clearly the complexities involved in being homeless or near-homeless.

Bethany Whaley (Board Member) has been with us from the start, originally a Santa Fean, Bethany now resides in Austin, TX. While in Santa Fe she worked as a Mentor and a loyal volunteer for Monday Meetings and on the Executive Committee. Bethany continues to provide her wise and caring support to our client-friends, volunteers and board members.