What Will Be Your Labor of Love?
Our relationship with neighborhood organizations, including schools, has gone from one of nominal familiarity to mutual respect and support. Take just a moment to reflect on where we have been and the vision for where we are headed.
Where we have been can be summed up in a single word: growing. The Cathedral had several ministries, each operating in its own respective space and without a great deal of overlap. Now, it is hard to say, apart from their specialized work, where one of our ministries begins and another ends.
Our Food Pantry is operating at maximum capacity, feeding an average 80-plus families a month (that’s around 300 individuals). The Food Pantry provides staple foods once a month for eligible families who live in the 87102 Zip code near the Cathedral. The Food Pantry is open Tuesdays from 9:00-10:00 AM. More information, including the Cathedral’s compliance with USDA non-discrimination guidelines is found here. *
Our Thrift Shop remains a valuable place for people to become engaged with the life of our neighborhood. The Shop started in the 1960’s as an outreach of the Women of the Cathedral. Now volunteers are men and women who are Cathedral members and friends.
Anyone can make donations of clothing, household items, etc. to the Shop via the box at the Cathedral or deliver directly to the Shop. The Thrift Shop also obtains items from estate sales. Proceeds from the Shop benefit outreach ministries at the Cathedral and elsewhere in Albuquerque.
The Thrift Shop is located at 14th and Central. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Knitters Group works year-round making scarves (knit or crochet) which are given to needy clients during the cold months. The Group meets together on the 2nd Saturday of each month from September to May for conversation and to prepare the scarves to be distributed.
Our Angel Tree provides Christmas gifts and dinners for families in our neighborhood who might not otherwise be able to afford it. Many of This annual outreach begins in November with the distribution to families before Christmas.
Our Backpack Drive, in July and August, gives the families who come to us the head start they need to introduce their children into a new year at school. Many of the children who receive a backpack attend nearby schools.
All of these ministries work to make a difference in our zip code, 87102.
Where we are going requires a little more explanation. Our neighborhood partners like St. Martin’s and Albuquerque Heading Home already look to the Cathedral for support in the area of volunteers, mutual use of space and, sometimes, financial support. Over the next several years, we will be looking to give our partners even more financial support for new projects. Whether it is moving someone into an apartment, making sure schools continue to receive much needed supplies throughout the year, or helping St. Martin’s to make sure that each Sunday Breakfast represents a bounty worthy of the day of the Lord’s Resurrection, our vision moving forward is to strengthen our bonds with the neighborhood in which the Cathedral sits, so that we represent a center of support and care as well as education, art and music.
This is where you, Cathedral members, come in. Our vision is to empower YOUR ministry to our community. We have already forged several bonds by extension with organizations in which our members already are involved. “A Peaceful Habitation” is one such example, where two or three truly motivated members brought their vision to the Cathedral so that it could be involved in the exciting work being done to change lives.
What will be your labor of love?
Where do you see yourself fitting into this exciting vision?
What can we do as a community to equip you for the work you feel called to do?
Contact The Rev. Michael Drinkwater if you have a heart to share.
Thanks to our dedicated and faithful lay volunteers and leaders, as well as the care and support of all the Cathedral staff, we continue the work of Outreach programs. Even though we are doing well in our Outreach efforts, please know that all of our programs need volunteers! The time requirements are flexible and few, and the rewards are immense! Come join us!
In accordance with Federal Law and the US Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Read more here.