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Joy Junction Recognizes Summit Electric Supply

New Mexico’s largest homeless shelter, Joy Junction, recognized Summit Electric Supply as a “Community Hero” for donating the Lifeline of Hope food service vehicle.

Joy Junction founder and CEO Jeremy Reynalds, Ph.D., presented the Community Hero award to Victor R. Jury Jr., president and CEO of Summit Electric Supply on Oct. 8 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North Hotel.

The nonprofit selects donors “that just went the extra mile to do something to increase our ability to serve,” said Rev. Joseph Krall.

“Through its donation of the Lifeline of Hope, Summit is responsible for us being able to serve twice as many meals as we could before because of our ability now to go out into the community and find people who do not have shelter,” Krall said.

Last fall, Jury read about the homeless shelter’s vision to take food to the hungry who could not get to the shelter, or for whom there was no room. At the time, Joy Junction was turning away as many as 25 people each night.

Jury found a catering truck on eBay in Florida, bought it, and gave shelter founder Jeremy Reynalds an airline ticket to pick the truck up. Summit also decaled the truck with its moniker “Lifeline of Hope.”

Shelter volunteers immediately put the truck to use on the streets of Albuquerque, garnering significant media attention that helped raise awareness of the shelter’s needs.

“When considering requests for help from many worthy organizations that serve our community, it is important to consider the impact of organizations and how effectively they use the dollars entrusted to them,” Jury said. “As I have come to know Joy Junction and its ministry over time, I have great confidence that its “bang for the buck” is among the best. It is a privilege to be able to further the shelter’s mission of giving a hand up, not a hand out.”