Albuquerque, New Mexico, is trying to find a better way to help the homeless--and has hit upon a genius idea. Twice a week, the city sends a special van to find panhandlers on the street and offer them a chance to work for the day.
"There's A Better Way"Posted by St. Martin's Hospitality Center on Tuesday, September 1, 2015
"There's A Better Way"
The 16-seat van picks up whoever is willing to spend the day pulling up weeds, picking up litter, or doing other work for the city of Albuquerque. The jobs pay up to $9 an hour.
Proud of our partnership with @Saint_Martins - creating opportunities for people to earn a wage for a hard day's work pic.twitter.com/YdjYM2cuuL— Mayor Richard Berry (@Mayor_Berry) September 3, 2015
Proud of our partnership with @Saint_Martins - creating opportunities for people to earn a wage for a hard day's work pic.twitter.com/YdjYM2cuuL
At the end of the day, the van takes the day workers to a St. Martin's Hospitality Center, a local homeless organization, where they're paid in cash. The staff then directs people to temporary shelters or places where they can get food and other services, like counseling. The goal of the project, said Mayor Richard J. Berry, is to get people away from panhandling by giving them a foundation--and leads to more permanent jobs.
"We hope to see some uplifting stories come out of this,” the mayor said at a news conference announcing the program. It's certainly a great idea--and one worth copying across the country!
via Albuquerque Journal
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