Outreach & Social Justice
"Individuals can resist injustice, but only in community can we do justice."
--Jim Corbett, founder of the sanctuary movement
Casa San Miguel Food Pantry
The Community Connections ministry goal is to connect St. Michael’s with the needs of the surrounding neighborhood. It presently consists of two efforts: referral to community services, and outreach to neighboring public elementary schools.
The referral part of the ministry is done in conjunction with Casa San Miguel Food Pantry on Tuesday mornings. We have a computer and a number of handouts, and our aim is to connect those in need with resources in the community. We have a listing of over 100 resources in Albuquerque which we update every 6 months, and a retired attorney who assists with legal questions from our clients. We are assisted in this effort by Safelink, a federal program to give cell phone service to those who qualify, and Catholic Charities, which signs people up for food stamps. These services are much appreciated by our clients, approximately 10-15% of whom request these services each week.
Our partnership with La Luz and MacArthur public elementary schools includes providing basic classroom supplies such as pencils, crayons, and notebooks, and also clothing items for students such as socks and underwear. We work closely with the school administration in providing what they perceive to be their greatest need.
St. Martin's Hospitality Center
St. Martin's is a shelter for the homeless in downtown Albuquerque, sponsored by the Episcopal churches in the city. A full range of services includes showers, clothing, job referral, housing resettlement, and psychosocial services for over 300 men, women and children daily. Parishioners from St. Michael's host a Sunday breakfast following a celebration of the Eucharist once every two months. Watch in the parish bulletin for times to bring food and other needed items or to volunteer to help.