Video Produced by Blair Rinn
Six nights a week, hungry and homeless people come to Project Share for their evening meals.
Our 127-230 guests include children, families, women and men who share our dinner table and receive hot nutritious meals.
Each person receives a hearty welcome at the door and a full meal served buffet style. They often visit with family members and friends while eating. There are always clean restrooms and personal hygiene items if needed.
These hungry people receive the best home cooking in town in a safe & family friendly environment. They always find a hot meal including a main dish, vegetables, salad and dessert. About 40 of our guests often line up for second helpings of food—so we know the meals are great.
With good solid food in their stomachs and our supportive environment, our guests can better address their concerns towards creating sustainable life decisions such as housing, jobs, and health care needs.
We are only part of the solution. We collaborate with other local agencies to provide a wide variety of services.
How We Serve Dinner to These Hungry People
We are grateful for our small dedicated staff, who manage our dining room and volunteers with grace and dignity.
Our 400+ volunteers are the frontline of Project Share’s dining service. Six days a week, designated volunteer groups arrive with their donated food supplies for the evening’s meal. They prepare and serve the dinners as well as provide kitchen and dining room support and clean up. In 2012, more than 39,000 meals were served.
In 2014 we will serve our one millionth meal. A milestone of service, especially since 2014 will mark our 30th year.
We receive generous in-kind donations from other community organizations. During September 2013 we received a new roof for our facility. The previous month’s massive rain storms showed us and our diners the urgency of roof repairs.
We give great thanks to Matt Caward of Camdelen Construction, whose crew donated their labor and installed a new roof. ABC Supply Company donated roofing materials, and a roofing membrane was donated by Versico, according to Shae Garrett, Managing Partner at ABC Supply. The total value of the project exceeds $30,000. Matt, a former youth pastor, created the project and recruited the volunteers and suppliers. He and his church group have served food at Project Share.
Marriott Donates to Project Share
Recently the Marriot Hotels in Albuquerque renovated its guest rooms. Marriot Hotel Account Manager, Carmella Flores contacted Project Share and brought us 40 sets of pillows and blankets. She was assisted by Michele Connors, Chris Hjort, Melissa Sedillo, Mike Foster, and Donna Nelson.
These items were contributed by Courtyard Airport Hotel, the Residence Inn East, and the Courtyard Journal Center Hotel. Combining this with purchased tarps, and donated socks and gloves, Executive Director Peter Rinn and volunteers distributed these items to the homeless along Central Avenue, just in time for the cold spell that arrived in December. We are filled with gratitude for the Marriott Hotels for helping keep Albuquerque’s homeless warm and safe this winter.
We are proud of our in-kind donation program—our in-kind budget is greater than our cash expenditures. However, community involvement and in-kind donations are not enough. We still need dollars to pay for the basic infrastructure necessary to support our dinner program—building, heating & cooling, phone, internet, supplies, insurance and minimal staffing. We need your help.