Santa Fe Need and Deed operates on the concept of forming a “circle of compassion” around those in need.

We have a three-pronged approach to caring:

  1. Operate our Monday Meal Outreach at Westminster Presbyterian Church every Monday at 2pm.
  2. Provide long-term Mentorships to walk-alongside those who are desiring a better, healthier future
  3. Provide qualified and appropriate financial and non-financial support to those who are experiencing homelessness

We welcome you to our Monday Meal Outreach at Westminster Presbyterian (PCUSA) 841 West Manhattan Avenue (Saint Francis and Manhattan). Doors open at 2:00 pm. We provide a free nutritious hot meal, free clothing and hygiene kits.  We also give away (31 day) city bus passes to those who attend regularly. At these meetings we regularly offer mindfulness meditation to ground and support a loving and caring self-image for those who are often in trauma.  These meetings are open to anyone who is respectful, non-aggressive, and non-violent.  NO weapons, alcohol, or drugs are allowed on church property.

At our Monday Meal Outreach we intentionally invite the general public to sit at the table with those experiencing homelessness (our Circle of Compassion) SFNAD believes this is the best way to begin to dialogue with each other and understand the issues of homelessness first-hand. This is also a great way to determine if you might like to volunteer with our organization.  (volunteer link).

Many of the homeless who participate in our group do not sleep in the local shelters. While we have close ties with the shelters and understand the dire need for them, we also know there are many people who feel uncomfortable or fearful staying there.  Many of our Client-Friends sleep in the arroyos, camp out or are “couch-surfing”.

Our Mentoring program is revolutionary in its concept and success.  SFNAD trains community members to work with our Client-Friends who are desiring long-term assistance and support. The mentees must make a commitment to begin working with a professional case manager in any one of the local social service agencies. Mentees must apply for the Mentoring program and be willing to submit to a background check. Santa Fe Need and Deed Mentoring is only offered to those who are 21 years of age or older, sober, drug-free or are currently in recovery. The mentees must set goals for themselves that can be routinely monitored by their case manager and supported by their Mentor.  We want to work with those who are truly ready to get their lives back on track.

We have a strict policy of not handing out cash (or even having cash) at our Monday Meetings. This is for the safety of everyone.