A consortium of schools, churches, and unions, A.I. facilitates community organizing to help “the least of these” in the Albuquerque community. Working with A.I., Martineztown residents, and other institutions, Second Presbyterian helped secure eleven million dollars of state monies to help prevent flooding in the neighborhood.
In May 2016, AI ratified the agenda issues for the coming year:
On the fourth Saturday of the month, every two months, we partner with St Andrew Presbyterian Church to serve one hundred and fifty hot meals. Members and friends of Second Presbyterian make casseroles and serve food in person.
Family Promise of Albuquerque
Family Promise of Albuquerque is a local affiliate of a national organization, Interfaith Hospitality Network. Nationally, Family Promise has been providing shelter for families experiencing homelessness for over 25 years and has 182 affiliates. Family Promise of Albuquerque has provided shelter for over 400 families and has about a 70 percent success rate of helping families find housing within 90 days of entering our shelter program.
Camino de Vida
The Rev. Guillermo Yela, who interned at Second Presbyterian in 2008, is now the organizing pastor of the Camino de Vida worship community in conjunction with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the United Church of Christ.
This service organization is an extension of Bethel Presbyterian Church in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and hosts First and Second Presbyterian's mission partnership as part of its ministries in rural and urban areas of Guatemala.
Wings For L.I.F.E.
Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education, is an empowerment program that provides life-skills, education, training, and support for children and family members of prisoners. There is a Pre-K and Tutoring program for the children after dinner and some of the educational topics that are addressed for the adults include single parenting, finances and how to stretch a dollar, discipline, acceptance issues, prison visits, feeding a family, substance abuse and signs, reintegration and reunification issues, legal issues, public defenders, work/job issues, holidays, and anything else of interest to the group
Mobile Food Pantry
The second Wednesday of the month, Martineztown Residents Brad Brown and Michael Griego, in cooperation with Road Runner Food Distribution, provide free meals for more than one hundred families. Last year they distributed -tons- of food.
On the first Sunday of the month, members and friends of Second Presbyterian bring non-perishable food to place in front of the communion table to be given to the Storehouse — the largest food distributor to the hungry in New Mexico.