Santa Fe Need and Deed operates on the concept of forming a “circle of compassion” around the one in need.
We have a three-pronged approach to caring:
- to provide qualified/appropriate financial and non-financial support to those who are homeless
- provide an open support group on Mondays and
- Provide long-term Mentorships to walk-alongside those who are desiring a better, healthier future
We are intentionally asking the general public and those who are homeless to meet together in our “Circle of Compassion” Support Group. SF Need and Deed believes that this is the best way to begin to understand each other. It is the purpose of our weekly support group meetings on Mondays to allow those who are homeless and those who currently have a home to openly dialogue with each other.
These meetings are open to anyone who is respectful, non-aggressive, and non-violent. We do NOT allow any weapons, alcohol, or drugs on Church property.
Many of the homeless who participate in our group do not sleep in the local shelters. While we have close ties with the local 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”.
Individuals seeking assistance must attend our Monday meetings at Westminster Presbyterian (PCUSA) at 2:00 PM.
We offer bus and shower passes to those who regularly attend. Monetary help to keep or obtain housing is sometimes available for those who are screened and provide references of sobriety and goals.
Mentorships with SF Need and Deed are only offered to those who are 21 years of age or older, sober, drug-free and have goals they have set for themselves. 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.