Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse, Part I

 

God's Warehouse Front Side, February 23rd, 2016. Photo courtesy of Matthew "Matt" Young.

God’s Warehouse Front Side, February 23rd, 2016.
Photo courtesy of Matthew “Matt” Young.

“What I’ve especially loved seeing here since starting out some years ago would be how people passionate to help others come together and grow together.”

These words from God’s Warehouse Administrative Assistant, Vivian Caldwell, reveal much of the character of the people who serve at our partner on 920 1/2 1st Street Northwest in Albuquerque. Located just north of Lomas Boulevard and next to the railroad tracks, God’s Warehouse breathes life, hope, and vitality into an industrial zone of downtown Albuquerque.

When we visited God’s Warehouse earlier this week, we first met with Pantry Assistant, Narelle Delaquinto, & Vivian Caldwell. Even at mid-afternoon on a Tuesday, dozens of people waited outside and most chairs inside the waiting space were filled.

“On average, we distribute anywhere from 3,700 to 4,000 pounds of food per month,” Vivian shared with us. Her short-cropped dark brown hair with highlights matches her face, smiling every few seconds as she talked.

She also added that in terms of a rough breakdown of ages they serve, God’s Warehouse serves 350 adults, 70 seniors, and 300 children per month.

From L-R: God's Warehouse Pantry Assistant, Narelle Delaquinto; God's Warehouse Administrative Assistant, Vivian Caldwell. February 23rd, 2016. Photo Courtesy of Matthew "Matt" Young

From L-R: God’s Warehouse Pantry Assistant, Narelle Delaquinto; God’s Warehouse Administrative Assistant, Vivian Caldwell.
February 23rd, 2016.
Photo Courtesy of Matthew “Matt” Young.

“We also distribute 200 Homeless Packets with hygiene products & non-perishable food per month,” Vivian added, occasionally waving to the faces of weekly clients coming through the doors.

In order to give a full sense of the growth of their operations, Vivian continued in a roll of numbers with passionate emphasis.  We found this all the more remarkable given the thousands of people she’s served over the years.

“We started with 20 adults in our first month open,” Vivian said. “Now, not only have we expanded to a mobile location at Central Avenue and Tennessee Street junction, but we’re starting to lay out the plans for constructing a soup kitchen there.”

At one point in our conversation, Vivian looks up over the main serving area, points her right finger in the direction of the serving area, and asks me to look for one of their volunteers, Orlando G. .

“Now, talk about someone who’s given back so much and someone who’s touched my life, you’ll want to talk with Orlando,” Vivian gestures.

Stay tuned to next week’s Roadrunner Blog with “Part II” of our “Partner Profile: God’s Warehouse.” Learn more of how Roadrunner Food Bank & God’s Warehouse helped Orlando in times of struggle & of the impact our partners have on the lives of our hungry New Mexico neighbors.

Matthew “Matt” Young is the Communications Coordinator at Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico. To comment on this or other blog features, you can comment directly below; call Matthew at (505) 349-8845; or e-mail Matthew at matthew.young@rrfb.org. 

 



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