1985: Brother Mathias Barrett, a legendary friend of the homeless, founded Barrett House in a small residence on 13th Street and Mountain in Downtown Albuquerque. The house served an average of 15 to 20 women and children per night.
1988: Barrett added an additional residential facility called Milagro that provided transitional housing services at a house in Albuquerque for up to 24 months. A few years ago, the house was sold and the women served by the Milagro program transitioned into apartments located throughout Albuquerque. This program serves mature, single women with disabilities and provides intensive case management.
1994: Barrett received funding for Bridges to Self Sufficiency to provide intensive case management and transitional housing opportunities for single women and women with children to reestablish themselves in employment or return to school to increase their earning potential.
1999: A generous donor helped the Barrett Foundation purchase a 16-unit apartment complex. Casa Verde provided an affordable, permanent housing opportunity for graduates of Milagro and Bridges.
2005: The Socorro program was established to meet the specific needs of women who have a disability and meet a definition of chronically homeless.
2015: The Casa Verde apartment complex was sold to pay off the mortgage of the Barrett House Shelter and administrative building and provide funding for building improvements.
2016: Barrett Foundation partnered with Albuquerque Heading Home to offer respite care at the Barrett House Shelter to provide a place for women experiencing homelessness to rest and recover after being hospitalized. The respite program is for women referred to Barrett House by Presbyterian Hospital and University of New Mexico Hospital.
2017: Bridges was retooled from transitional housing to a rapid rehousing program.
Today: The Barrett House Shelter serves more than 300 homeless women and children each year, providing an average of 43,800 meals, more than 11,000 bed nights, and over 1,000 hours of case management a year. Milagro and Socorro provide housing and case management. The Bridges Rehousing and Rapid Rehousing programs provide affordable housing opportunities for women, who have the capacity to increase their income, participate in a job training program or advance their education or work related skills.
We continue to improve our programs and network within the community in order to provide housing and supportive services to women and children who are striving to break the cycle of homelessness.