Updated 4/28/2021

The full page 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign thank you ad in the Albuquerque Journal (April 2021) recognizing loyal donors and campaign champions. The ad was also modified to publish in The Paper, Albuquerque's newest independent news publication. Thank you to the Albuquerque Journal for designing the ads for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

 

First and foremost, Thank You. You have demonstrated that giving is about acting on what you believe. You believe in ending homelessness. You fight for basic human rights and guarantee social justice. You believe the health and safety of people who are experiencing homelessness are fundamental. Each year we receive support from donors like you that make Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH), in all its forms, essential.

Every dollar you gave will have an impact and maybe even save someone's life in 2021. Your gift to the 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign delivers health care and other life-saving services to people experiencing homelessness. All of us at AHCH are very grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from you in 2020. The goal amount to be raised by February 28, 2021 was $250,000. The final amount raised for the 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign is $360,807.00. We are beyond humbled by your giving which exceeded our aim tremendously. 

The 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign celebration video. Produced by Siarza Social Digital.

 

You are one of those people who don't just feel sorry for people who experience homelessness -- you do something about it, but much more than that, your giving inspires and reminds us why we do what we do to make the world a more just and equitable place.

With deep gratitude to the many individuals who made contributions in 2020 and well into 2021,  Thank you from Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

You are one of those people who don't just feel sorry for people who experience homelessness -- you do something about it, but much more than that, your giving inspires and reminds us why we do what we do to make the world a more just and equitable place.

The 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign thank you ad which is part of the recognition package for champion campaign sponsors featured in the Albuquerque Business First publication recognizes their added leverage of thousands of more dollars from loyal donors listed above. Click to enlarge photo.

With deep gratitude to the many individuals who made contributions in 2020 and well into 2021,  Thank you from Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.

AHCH builds its annual fundraising campaign around the First Day of Winter, December 21, to reinforce how important quality health care is in helping people overcome, exit, and avoid homelessness. The First Day of Winter, the winter solstice, is a national day when AHCH observes, remembers, and honors those who have died while experiencing homelessness.

In October 2020, AHCH Board Members, Fund Development Committee and Campaign Volunteers participated in a virtual-kickoff of the 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign by endorsing personal written appeals (PWA) to loyal, recurring, and new donors of AHCH. 

You acted on your belief in ending homelessness by giving to the 2020 First Day of Winter Year-end Campaign. Giving is about acting on what you believe in and you value social justice above all. Your support makes all the difference! In addition to helping people with physical and behavioral health needs, your caring donations will provide a safe place to talk with others going through the same challenges … to be respected as individuals … and find pathways to permanent homes.

While holding the celebration virtually was a new experience, the sentiment of celebrating as a group of dedicated fundraisers remained. Peers convened and celebrated each other for a job done exceedingly well. Together they raised needed funds for people in need, especially people and families who are experiencing homelessness during this ongoing pandemic. 

AHCH is Thriving and Surviving During the Pandemic Because You Care

 

You Believe That Homelessness is Inhumane and Unacceptable 

January 2021

 

You need to know that YOU matter to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless. Thank you. 

2020 was one of our most challenging years. Because of you, we did not face these challenges alone. You, our friends, and supporters kept us going when the hours were beyond imaginable and the needs were seemingly unsurmountable. You provided the support needed to continue providing health care and other services during this pandemic, allowing us to be nimble and respond innovatively to the needs of people experiencing homelessness. You helped us mobilize telehealth and street medicine in ways we never imagined.

You gave. You wrote kinds words of encouragement for our staff and showed up for people experiencing homelessness. Thank you for calling us and telling us how essential our work is during this time and sharing and liking our posts on social media. You demonstrated action on your belief that homelessness is unacceptable. Your investment in our mission will have a lasting local impact well into 2021.

You responded to our call-to-action for the Isolation Backpacks that are now helping people who are experiencing homelessness isolate or quarantine on the streets during this public health crisis. Since the very beginning, AHCH has been listening to the voices of clients, responding to their needs, while recognizing their disenfranchisement, and isolation from society.

The AHCH Street Medicine Outreach Program has distributed approximately 250 isolation backpacks to those who are sleeping rough on the street and trying to stay safe during this pandemic. The backpacks include oral hygiene kits, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, an energy bar, hand warmers, rope with a tarp and a foam sleeping roll.

Amidst this public health crisis, you learned how to connect, organize, and deepen relationships with those close to you while social distancing. We saw you working together to fight homelessness and for that we are deeply grateful.

Because of this support, AHCH maintained basic services while also adding to first responder strength as part of the pivotal frontline coordinated response to the pandemic for people living without homes in Albuquerque. And, we mobilized telehealth and street medicine in ways we never imagined. Individuals and families who tested positive for the virus were able to isolate and quarantine in wellness sites around Albuquerque for health and safety reasons followed by housing arrangements to ensure full recovery.

Because you cared, we built community around the needs for affordable housing, an adequate income, and access to healthcare during this public health crisis.

Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.

Together, our work is guided by these and other core values: 

  • Access to care including for chronic and emerging illnesses to save lives. 
  • Ensuring safe, decent, and affordable housing, health care, education, and a living wage and/or adequate income supports will go a long way to ending homelessness.
  • Challenging oppression based on racism, sexism, classism, gender discrimination and other biases/stereotypes within ourselves and our community and society.

Together we learned new ways and reinforced known ways of making lasting change.

Thank you for your investment in the AHCH mission and for sharing our vision to live in a world that is just and without homelessness.

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