Homeless shelter filled to capacity

Homeless shelter filled to capacity

There are 38 comments on the KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico story from Oct 24, 2008, titled Homeless shelter filled to capacity. In it, KOB.com Eyewitness News 4 - New Mexico reports that:

The state's largest homeless shelter is filled to capacity caring for more than 300 people a night - a 100 percent increase in the average capacity over the past four years.

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Ralph the other

Gulfport, MS

#1 Oct 24, 2008
"Computer Executive"???? Gimme a break! Ya telling me a "computer executive" can't find a job in THIS city? BS!!!!

There are jobs everywhere, every day! Bus tables, deliver pizza, haul trash, do some painting...the uneployed are unemployed by CHOICE!
adriana

Crossroads, NM

#2 Oct 24, 2008
who knew there were some many homeless how sad
McCain

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Oct 24, 2008
Hey King Ralph, People can be down on their luck for any number of reasons. Maybe this guy is doing odd jobs to help with his familiy and is just not making it. don't generalize and assume that all people living in these types of places want to be there. Sure you have the ones that don't want to do anything. they need to be weeded out so that those willing to do what it takes for their family to survive can have a plave to stay.
Dennster

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Oct 24, 2008
viva Bush!!!!
cactus jim

United States

#5 Oct 24, 2008
what is a computer executive?
Just ME

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Oct 24, 2008
cactus jim wrote:
what is a computer executive?
Lol! Thats a good question. Maybe someone who make executive decisions about all the computers in a business?
Sluggo

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Oct 24, 2008
Homeless Shelters are 'transitional' in nature. Maybe a few nights or a week untill you get your crap together.

The fact that this 'Computer Executive' moved his entire family in 4 months ago, and they are still there, boggles my mind.

No wonder the shelter is overcrowded, some people assume that they can live there.
WorkingStiff

Carlsbad, CA

#8 Oct 24, 2008
Have to agree w/ Ralph. Many people are unemployed because they just dont want to work because it is either beneath them, to hard or not the right hours. We had about 7 people try out for a job here until we found the right person. They just wouldnt last. We told them it would get easier but usually they wuould not show up for work, smell like booze or come in late.

There is work out there if one really wants to work.
joy junction

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Oct 24, 2008
i believe( truely) that if Dr.Reynald's & his staff quit hidden the food @ jj there would be more food to go around for the people.I really think that everyone is just wastin their hard earned $$$$ on a place like joy junction.Dr.reynald's really doesn't know what's going on there cuz he's NEVER there.all the thing's he tell's the media is just one BIG lie.He ,Rosann& Jennifer continue to lie & hid the food when the MEDIA goes there.I think there should be an on goin investigation on what REALLY happen's @ joy junction.the people of NEW MEXICO are being played & are going on for a wild ride bout j.j.they have NO security & the place is LICE riddin w/families.I think that if Dr.reynold's can't control the people @ jj who will?there are fight's that ALWAY'S go on there.
joy junction

Albuquerque, NM

#10 Oct 24, 2008
it's a FAKE they continue to hide thing's from the media,like @ the warehouse where they store MOST of the thing's when they go on camera.Dr.Reynald's & Mrs, Von a Page go on long trip's to other countrie's on jj's xpense that $$$$ should go to the homeless NOT to take long trip's to somewhere.

“The Travelling Grandpa!”

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#11 Oct 24, 2008
joy junction wrote:
i believe( truely) that if Dr.Reynald's & his staff quit hidden the food @ jj there would be more food to go around for the people.I really think that everyone is just wastin their hard earned $$$$ on a place like joy junction.Dr.reynald's really doesn't know what's going on there cuz he's NEVER there.all the thing's he tell's the media is just one BIG lie.He ,Rosann& Jennifer continue to lie & hid the food when the MEDIA goes there.I think there should be an on goin investigation on what REALLY happen's @ joy junction.the people of NEW MEXICO are being played & are going on for a wild ride bout j.j.they have NO security & the place is LICE riddin w/families.I think that if Dr.reynold's can't control the people @ jj who will?there are fight's that ALWAY'S go on there.
If Reynalds was so picky about where his donations came from and stop refusing to accept some of them from certain groups, he might be able to get more food.

The more we give to the homeless, the more we'll attract them from other areas. That's not meant to be mean or insensitive, its just a fact.
Concerned citizen

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Oct 24, 2008
JJ may not be the most desirable place, nor may it have the most honest people running it. However, it does serve this community. It has been long overdue for a restructuring, building and staff. Mentally ill people, drug addicts and just plain ol folk end up there, for basically one reason. Their resources have dried up. Now if i was unemployed w/a family of six, i would take a different approach. But who can really say in these hard economic times, what people are really going through. what i do know is that if you push hard enough and never give up, you'll get out of whatever situation you're in. And one more thing, Thank God that Bushs' term is almost over. He's been the pinnacle of many a good family taking a direct hit that lands them in places like JJ. Everyone is going to see some changes coming that are not good. Unless your what the republicans term "middle class". Meaning you make up to $250,000. Not here in NM. We ar first in the nation for poverty. Sending our kids hungry to bed and having one of the lowest wage bases in the nation. To all the families struggling, like mine, just hang on to each other. It's gong to be a rough ride.
brandon

AOL

#13 Oct 24, 2008
poor people :(

“say congrats I'm a new grandpa”

Since: Dec 07

Dulce NM

#14 Oct 24, 2008
Sign of the times...
I've been reading about tent cities popping up in places like San Diego and Tahoe, places where all those people lost their homes due to the sub prime thing... while that didn't happen here I can very well see someone in Ohio looking at a map and thinking, "Say Albuquerque sounds like a warm place to winter"! then they get here and surprise, surprise!

truth be told now that MSNBC listed us as a growing expansion state we could very well find ourselves buried in displaced homeless folks looking for work
Lady Gemma

Florence, AL

#15 Oct 24, 2008
Ok Im on a limited income myself rightnow and recovering from surgery and my time is kind of tight but is there anything anyone out there who knows of something i could do to help these shelters during this even harder time for others?
LadyGemmaFan

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Oct 24, 2008
Lady Gemma, you have the most compassionate response of all to this story. Can somebody find a number for all of us to help with these folks?

Anybody who has been homeless, down on their luck, or out of a job can relate to helping these people get out of this awful situation and back on there feet.

The immediate response some have that they are freeloaders and like a free ride in a homeless shelter is ridiculous and mean spirited.

NOBODY wants to be in one of these shelters one minute longer than they have to; if they did they should immediately be committed to a mental hospital.

This Bush Depression is going to last a lot longer than anything we've experienced in our privileged lifetimes. We are ALL one paycheck or illness away from homelessness and the street ourselves and the quicker we realize it the better. Voting against a raise in the minimum wage is going to haunt a lot of people in the next 5 or ten years.

The next hungry mouth you need to feed may be your own! Don't pre-judge these homeless just because they are the first to go down.
THINK

United States

#18 Oct 24, 2008
My sis is out somewhere in WA state. She called me and told me about the shelter situation for homeless single women. There might be 100 beds, 60 for homeless men, 30 for homeless families, and only 10 for homeless women without children. The single women line up way early for a bed, so when she gets there it is usually full. Don't know why there isn't more beds available for homeless single women. It is dangerous on the streets, and if you are a woman without any kids, there is no room in the shelters.
LOL

Las Cruces, NM

#19 Oct 24, 2008
THINK: Sounds like you need to nut up and wire your sis a bus ticket to come stay with you. Your SISTER is homeless and you're typing about it on a computer? HELP HER.
Ajivani

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#20 Oct 24, 2008
LOL wrote:
THINK: Sounds like you need to nut up and wire your sis a bus ticket to come stay with you. Your SISTER is homeless and you're typing about it on a computer? HELP HER.
We don't choose our families. How do you know her sister isn't a drug using thief that's already done the family rounds a few times? Or perhaps that doesn't exist in your world...

It's true that if you're female without kids there are comparably no resources for you. The number of women's shelter beds for women without kids is abysmal. It's another manifestation of the fact that you have no value unless you've bred. WTG, America!
richard

Albuquerque, NM

#21 Oct 24, 2008
THINK wrote:
My sis is out somewhere in WA state. She called me and told me about the shelter situation for homeless single women. There might be 100 beds, 60 for homeless men, 30 for homeless families, and only 10 for homeless women without children. The single women line up way early for a bed, so when she gets there it is usually full. Don't know why there isn't more beds available for homeless single women. It is dangerous on the streets, and if you are a woman without any kids, there is no room in the shelters.
wait a minute, Your sis is HOMELESS and you arent helping her??? I hope you are happy with yourself.

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