The Landing ministry welcomes the stranger by providing short-term hospitality in a wing of the administrative building of the parish. Since 2019, we have hosted youth groups, clergy, indigenous people traveling to Albuquerque, and many migrants. This hospitality always includes shelter and food for the night, sometimes clothing and laundry, and occasionally also transportation. There are beds for nine in two rooms, and blow-up mattresses as space permits. A Prayer Room provides a quiet space for the traveler. The scope of The Landing's involvement with our guests is short-term, but the profound impact on their lives and journey is undeniable.
We humbly ask for your consideration of ways you and your family can help us help those in need in 2023, however big or small. The work is transformative.
In order to accommodate a higher volume of guests and yet keep the work sustainable, we are putting together collaborative teams. Each team will have specific, doable areas of responsibility and scheduling flexibility, described below. Frequency of scheduled service will depend on the number of participants. Familiarity with Google Translate is essential for some roles and not needed for others. Speaking Spanish, Portuguese, Creole or other languages may be desirable for some roles also, but Google Translate compensates well. Please think about which teams might suit your interest and abilities:
Meals: Prepare simple, inexpensive, nutritious, hot meals for the current census and deliver them to the Landing.
Laundry: Pick up, launder, and deliver clean sheets, make up beds for new guests
Housekeeping: Join a cleaning crew
Stocking: Work with the Food Pantry to stock the pantry and fridge for Landing guests, keep a list of needed items to purchase
Travel Bags: Prepare bags of meals & snacks for bus or plane travel, and small toys
Clothing: Pick up/shop, sort, hang-up items available to guests in need from hats to socks
Hygiene Kits: Put together Ziplock bags of basic toiletries for travelers
Airport: Teach migrants how to navigate an airport while getting boarding passes, going through TSA, and queuing up to board
On-Site: Take a shift as the person in charge and available for guests. Rely on Google Translate as needed
Medical: Be the nurse/doctor on call when guests are ill. Others on this team may be needed to accompany guests to Urgent Care or the hospital.
Other Ways to Help
Not everyone who wants to help has time to serve on a team.
Donate Items or Shop the Sales. Drop off box for the Landing is in the parish Office during church business hours.
Hygiene: toiletries travel-size shampoo, soap/body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, razors
Snacks: granola bars, chips, dried fruit/nuts
Clothes: Winter Sweaters & Jackets (Women S, M, L; Men M, L, XL), Jeans (Women 6,8,10; Men 30, 32, 34)
Backpacks and reusable shopping bags
Small blankets/throws for the bus and to keep children warm, twin bed blankets or sheets
Sometimes we need to buy tickets for migrants, buy items at thrift stores, Walmart or CostCo; or buy groceries to feed guests. This ministry can be supported by tax-deductible donations to St Michael's with this ministry specified. Here's how:
Click on the DONATE button at stmichaelsabq.org or all-angels.com. If The Landing is not on the menu, select OTHER from the dropdown menu. Specify "LANDING MIGRANTS" in the note.