Join us as we team up to build a playground for the children at Saranam located at the Fox Ridge Apartments. We are seeking 150 volunteers who do not have to be skilled, trained or have any special tools; they just have to be enthusiastic, energetic, a team player, willing to work and have fun, fun, fun! (And be at least 18 years of age).
Arrive at 8am for breakfast and stay until project completion at 3pm. We’ll provide lunch, beverages, music and prizes, along with an opening and special closing ceremony at 2:30pm. The project build will happen rain or shine.
Team Leaders and site preparers are also needed!
ØSkilled builders are invited to become “Build Captains” (Team Leaders) to take on a leadership role.Captains are asked to attend a 45-minute orientation on Prep Day, November 13 from 12:20-1:20pm. We need 20 Captains.
ØAll are welcome to help prepare the playground site on November 13 and November 14 – we need a total of 30 volunteers to help!
Donations of Food and Water are also needed!
ØBreakfast, Lunch and Snacks for Prep Days (Nov 13-14th, 40 people) and Build Day (Nov 15th, 200 people)
Executive Director, Tracy Sharp gave a TEDx Talk about Saranam's unique approach to ending homelessness.
What is Saranam?
Saranam is a 2-year housing and education program for homeless families in Albuquerque, NM. Saranam offers a comprehensive range of services to assist families in transitioning beyond homelessness.
We work with homeless families (a family, for Sananam's purposes, includes at least one adult and one child with a legal connection) who have a desire and the motivation to change their lives to end their homelessness.
Intensive case management
Increasing levels of education
Focus on addressing individual issues
Saranam is unique:
Saranam Values Housing: the foundation for a family's stability
Saranam Values Community: The lack of and loss of community and support systems is an underlying cause of homelessness, and thus relationship-building is crucial to and incorporated into every aspect of this program!
Because building community and building a network for support is so important to the program of Saranam, families are accepted into the program in “classes.” This allows for an immediate peer group and community to form.
Saranam is not a drug/alcohol treatment facility, a domestic abuse shelter, a mental health treatment facility nor do we provide any emergency services/shelter.
The word "saranam" means “refuge” and comes from a song in the United Methodist Hymnal, #523.