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Joy Junction

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Religion, Religion-Related

Mission: To share the spiritual and tangible love of Jesus to the homeless, hungry, marginalized and disenfranchised.

Target demographics: Joy Junction is the largest emergency shelter in New Mexico and the only emergency shelter in the state that accepts families, keeping them together. We help as many as 300 guests a night, of which 70-80 are children. Including our Lifeline of Hope outreach to Albuquerque's most vulnerable, our kitchen produces around 16,000 meals a month.

Geographic areas served: Albuquerque Metro Area, New Mexico State, Nation

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

Joy Junction has helpful volunteers that help you to know what the specific needs of the homeless here in the area. I appreciate that they give the homeless the opportunity to work for the shelter as well.

1 Erica S.


Rating: 5

I recently donated some baby formula after I saw a request on Facebook. I'm glad that they accept material donations instead of just monetary because I have two kids so I always have things to give away. I would rather put my items to good use instead of just throwing them out. Not long after I sent my donation there was another request for baby formula, so I know that my donation was used for someone who needed it. I've got boxes of clothes and I will be using this organization again to put them to good use.



Rating: 4

I have chosen to support Joy Junction for one simple reason. They care! I have been donating my efforts to many different charities for years and I know when people are sincere and want to help. I feel comfortable contributing to such a great organization.

1 Jeanneth L.


Rating: 5

As the sister of a homeless man, I can appreciate Joy Junction for their dedication and compassion. I have seen the children that call this place a home, where they can stay with their family and not worry about being separated. This year, we brought our church's teens to serve dinner and I was glad the teens were impacted by what they saw at Joy Junction. I can tell you that my own children have learned to appreciate what they have just by seeing first hand what homeless people suffer. Thank you Joy Junction!


Rating: 5

Joy Junction serves men, women and families with shelter, food and training when they are in desperate need. Its van picks up people throughout the Albuquerque area, especially downtown. Others come on their own -- sometimes in beat-up cars and some with no car at all -- because they have lost their jobs, lost their apartment lease, one adult has moved out, etc. Joy Junction also has a large clothing store where people in need can receive necessary clothing items, while others can pay to buy and thus support the work. VERY reputable organization admired throughout central New Mexico. EXCELLENT reputation in every way. Well known in Albuquerque.

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