Mattresses Donated to the City of Albuquerque Winter Shelter
November 30, 2015
ALBUQUERQUE - Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry thanked the University of New Mexico Hospital and Bernalillo County for their generous donations to the Emergency Winter Shelter. The University of New Mexico Hospital donated approximately 75 gently used spring mattresses to the Winter Shelter to replace some of the torn and worn down mattress pads that are currently on the beds. Bernalillo County stepped up and also contributed $5,000 for linens for the shelter.
The current, thin mattress pads have been at the shelter for over 9 years and have never been replaced. The mattresses that will be delivered this week were gently used in the pediatric unit for parents to sleep on while their child was a patient. The mattresses have been individually inspected so as to ensure the condition is suitable for further use. The donated mattresses will be placed in the families with children area and in the women’s dorm area.
The $5,000 being donated by Bernalillo County will go towards purchasing sheets, towels, and laundry carts.
The Rescue Mission, who operates the City’s emergency shelter, identified towels as the most needed item in the shelter currently. . On average there are 160 men, 30 women, and 8 families that stay at the emergency shelter each night, and these funds will help purchase towels for the individuals to be able to take a warm shower. Now, through the County’s generous donation, individuals no longer have to worry about bringing own towel to the shelter.
“The Emergency Winter Shelter meets a critical need in our community and Bernalillo County is thankful for the opportunity to team up with the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission to support the wellbeing of our residents who may not have any place else to go to get out of the cold,” says Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca.
"The City and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission help thousands of men, women and families stay warm during our coldest months,” says Mayor Richard Berry “I am very grateful to The University of New Mexico Hospital and Bernalillo County for these donations that will make the shelter that much more comfortable for our patrons."
This year, the City of Albuquerque and the Albuquerque Rescue Mission opened the Winter Shelter’s doors early, on November 11, 2015. The shelter accepts single men and women, families, and families with children under the age of 18. People needing shelter can go to the Albuquerque Rescue Mission located at 525 2nd Street SW by 8:00 pm nightly to be transported to the shelter on the West Side of Albuquerque. The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Family & Community Services expects about 190 people will utilize the shelter nightly for the next four months. An average of 13 people nightly utilize the emergency shelter van that has various pick up points along Central Avenue. For pick up locations and more information visit www.cabq.gov/family or dial 311.