Albuquerque, NM Panhandlers Are Being Given A Chance To Earn Money In An Honorable Way
Panhandlers across the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, may soon find a big break while panhandling.
The city of Albuquerque and St. Martin’s Hospitality Center have pushed forth a program that will allow panhandlers to earn $9 an hour for working on several city beautification projects like weed and litter control. Vans will be provided in order to pick up local panhandlers early in the mornings of Tuesdays and Thursdays. At the end of the workday, the van will take them back to St. Martin’s where they will be paid in cash for their workday. St. Martin’s staff will also be ready to help connect the workers with services for temporary shelter, substance abuse, mental health issues and housing.
“We might come across some folks and this is how they get started getting off the corner and away from panhandling, they can get a little bit of foundation and get connected to some of the services through our local nonprofits and they can start getting treatment for substance abuse if that’s the issue, or mental health if that’s the issue. We hope to see some uplifting stories come out of this.” – Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry
$50,000 was acquired as a city allocation, which helped refurbish the 16-seat van and will keep the program afloat throughout the end of the current fiscal year.
The jobs and work orders will all come in by the city’s Solid Waste Department. In addition, panhandlers can call the city’s 311 information number for more information about the new opportunities presented to them.
We pray that through this generous program, may the panhandlers get back up on their feet and seek you, Lord. Your blessings come in many ways. May you bless the people in this wonderful program.
Article: ABQ Journal