Outreach & Social Justice
"Individuals can resist injustice, but only in community can we do justice"
--Jim Corbett, founder of the sanctuary movement
The Food Pantry has served up to 300 households per month since its beginning in 1997. The success of this ministry is reflected in the continued support by the church at large, our partnership with Roadrunner Food Bank, and the growth of the people being served.
The Landing provides short-term hospitality in a wing of the administrative building of the parish, welcoming youth groups, indigenous people traveling through Albuquerque, and migrants.
St Michaels is a member of the ABQ FaithWorks Collaborative. This is a consortium of churches working together to serve the marginalized in our community - the precariously housed, homeless and asylum seekers resident in Albuquerque. Learn more at www.abqfaithworks.org/.
St Michael's is committed to support the mission in Navajoland. The local parish, Good Shepherd, sponsors initiatives in the development of local micro-businesses, agricultural projects, and ministries to the Navajo community.
For more information go to the Episcopal Church of Navajoland website:
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. This ministry is on hiatus during Covid.
St. Michael's partners with the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry to keep abreast of political developments in New Mexico that are of concern to faith communities. These initiatives include participation in an annual Legislative Briefing during the legislative term, and lobbying on behalf of the congregation's concerns.
Dismas House is a reintegration community sponsored by St. Martin's Hospitality Center for people coming out of prison. Residents live in a house together with supervision and support, and St. Michael's parishioners provide them with a meal and fellowship once a month.
In cooperation with many regional groups, St. Michael's offers opportunities for education and advocacy around issues of immigration, especially along the Mexico/United States border.
Family Promise of Albuquerque is a non-profit organization that assists families who are at risk for homelessness, currently experiencing homelessness or recently exiting homelessness. The core of the program is their shelter, the goal is to help as many families with children as possible. No matter how families define their household, where children are concerned, Family Promise is here to help. More than 94% of families that go through the program graduate to continuous housing . With the help of volunteers from 21 faith communities around the Albuquerque & Rio Rancho area, Family Promise helped over 550 individuals in 80 families in 2020.
Family Promise of Albuquerque is also a community that wraps its arms around the families we serve to provide them with a network of support. SMAA Parishioners may donate funding or prepare and drop off food; they may also engage with the families to provide tutoring, child care, life-skills mentoring skills and stress relief/coping skills; or volunteer as part of the overnight team.
Outreach in the Wider Church
We support outreach ministries such as Episcopal Relief and Development, the United Thank Offering, the Borderlands Ministries of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, and others.