Joy Junction provides a hand up to homeless and hungry women, children, and families. With food, shelter, clothing, a recovery program, and life skills training, we empower individuals to re-enter the workforce and break the cycle of homelessness, one life at a time.
Since opening its doors in 1986, Joy Junction has grown to become New Mexico’s largest homeless shelter, providing help and hope for the homeless and hungry in the Albuquerque area. Joy Junction offers a “hand up, not a handout” to those in need. One of the few family shelters in the United States, Joy Junction keeps family members together, as they work to get back on their feet.
Joy Junction serves the entire Albuquerque metro area. Anyone who needs help is welcome at Joy Junction, without regard to race, color, age, national origin, sexual orientation or religion. The shelter provides both emergency and longer-term services for families.
Joy Junction provides three meals a day, seven days a week, and houses as many as 300 a day In one month, the shelter serves about 10,000 meals to its guests on site. In addition, the Lifeline of Hope mobile food wagon serves about 6,000 meals a month and distributes blankets and personal hygiene supplies to the homeless and hungry at various locations in Albuquerque. By meeting basic needs, Joy Junction seeks to establish a relationship with those who are in need, the first step in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
A nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, Joy Junction is a respected member of the Albuquerque community."