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Daily Inspiration: There’s a Better Way

“Someone believed in them today.”

As Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry was driving around his city, talking to panhandlers, he had an idea. Since there is always something to do throughout the city, Mayor Berry decided to bring work to these panhandlers, instead of trying to get these demoralized people to go out and look for work.

So he took an old 2006 van, fixed it up, painted it, hired a wonderful person the panhandlers would trust, to drive it. Then, he partnered with a local non-profit to help fill out forms and disperse funds, and THERE’S A BETTER WAY was born. The video below talks with the driver and a few of the panhandlers about this wonderful program.

The statistics below, as of March, 2017,

show just how successful the program has become:

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Listen to Mayor Berry, during this 11 minute TedX Talk, as he discusses the program:

Follow this link-For more information on THERE’S A BETTER WAY

Follow this link-If you wish to DONATE TO THIS PROGRAM

Albuquerque has a sister program, which houses homeless people, called ALBUQUERQUE HEADING HOME.  This program helps house the chronically homeless and medically vulnerable on the streets of Albuquerque. The infographic below shows what a difference this is making with some amazing statistics…check it out:

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Follow this link-for more information on ALBUQUERQUE HEADING HOME.

Source: This Republican mayor has an incredibly simple idea to help the homeless. And it seems to be working. – The Washington Post



About Tamara Hoerner (1258 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

6 Comments on Daily Inspiration: There’s a Better Way

  1. Great Tamara and so inspiring that there are people out there who are such amazing helpers. Beautiful videos too.

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  2. Wow, this is incredible! This guy needs to be president!

    Liked by 1 person

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