Housing, Education and Supportive Community for Homeless Families

500 people for $500 Campaign A Success to Pave a Pathway Home


 We are excited to announce our 2018 spring campaign: 500 for $500 was successful. Inspired by the $500 Life is Good grant we were able to leverage and multiply the good by 500x! $250,000 gives us enough to support all 11 new new families for an entire year- and give us the ability to Pave a Pathway Home.  Look for our upcoming dedication of a rock garden complete with individual messages to our fmailies from those whose support made this possible. Thank you!

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.  

Saranam provides:

  • Rental payments so each family resides in their own independent apartment
  • Intensive case management
  • Increasing levels of education
  • Focus on addressing individual issues
  • Supportive community (support systems)

Saranam is unique:

  • Saranam Values Housing: the foundation for a family's stability 
  • Saranam Values Education: increased earning potential
  • 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 group home, drug/alcohol treatment facility, a domestic abuse shelter, a mental health treatment facility nor do we provide any emergency services/shelter services.

Saranam Video

 Thank you to Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM for partnering to produce this short video about Saranam!

Thank you for building a playground with us!

Watch the incredible build and hear the story!


We did it!  With the help of nearly 300 volunteers, we built a playground for the children at Saranam.  Thank you!!!

TEDx: Ending Homeless Through Education



Executive Director, Tracy Sharp gave a TEDx Talk about Saranam's unique approach to ending homelessness. 

The Name

The word "saranam" means “refuge” in a sanskrit dialect and was chosen by the initial developers of the program from a song, Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.

Help Us Bring Them Home