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ABQ & Heading Home Reveal Effort to "¢hange a Life"

Mayor: "We are creating an easy way for our community to help end homelessness."

December 18, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE - The opportunity for Albuquerque Sunport travelers to “¢hange a life” is now available at the airport in the form of a loose change receptacle. Situated in the security line, prior to the TSA checkpoint, now passengers emptying their pockets will, hopefully, toss their coins and help to “¢hange a life”.

Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry, Family & Community Services Director Doug Chaplin, Heading Home’s CEO Dennis Plummer, and Sunport staff welcomed the new addition to the airport with a ceremonial tossing of their change.

“Through the “¢hange a life” initiative, we are creating an easy way for our community to help end homelessness,” said Mayor Berry. “Every last penny given to the Albuquerque Heading Home initiative will go to helping the most vulnerable in our city. By giving to Albuquerque Heading Home, you’re supporting a proven solution and helping to prevent chronic homelessness.”

“The Albuquerque Heading Home initiative is all about the collective impact we can have when we come together as partners. The opportunity to “¢hange a life” is a great example of how we as partnership agencies are continually seeking additional opportunities to expand best practices throughout our city and state,” said Plummer.

Each month Heading Home will be sharing the proceeds collected with the partner organization involved in Albuquerque Heading Home, including: the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, First Nations, The Rock at NoonDay, Project ECHO, Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico, St. Martin’s Hospitality Center, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Transitional Living Services, and the City’s COAST unit.

Heading Home is a 501 c 3 that runs several initiatives- Albuquerque Heading Home, Vets Heading Home, Keeping Families Together and the Albuquerque Opportunity Center which includes a men’s shelter, respite and Veteran transitional housing.  Collectively these programs have transitioned more than 1,800 individuals and their family members into housing.