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Summit Electric Supply’s support of the state’s largest homeless shelter took a new dimension with the donation and distribution of four dozen coats for men and women across Albuquerque. Summit associates followed Joy Junction’s Lifeline of Hope food truck to motels, parks, and street corners where the homeless and others in need gather.
While Joy Junction Founder and CEO Jeremy Reynalds, outreach coordinator Kathy Sotelo and three staff members gave out hot soup, sandwiches and hygiene products, Summit associates Cathy Stone and Joshua Costanza gave out the much-needed coats.
“We usually just get a few jackets at a time, so the sheer number of coats Summit provided was greatly appreciated – and needed!” Sotelo said. “Cathy and Josh gave out all of them in one day.”
The economic downturn and joblessness are forcing more people, especially those with children, to have to choose between shelter and basic necessities like food and winter coats, Sotelo added.
While Joy Junction itself houses about 300 people a night, more are living in motels. In fact, the Lifeline of Hope now stops at as many as six motels a day distributing food and other necessities.
“It was a great experience actually meeting the people we were helping, and we gained a new appreciation for the work Joy Junction does every day to reach out to those in desperate need,” said Cathy Stone.
Summit donated the Lifeline of Hope food truck in 2009 and gave $10,000 in December 2010. President and CEO Victor R. Jury Jr. has also personally supported the mission of Joy Junction for more than a decade.