1985 Brother Mathias Barrett, a legendary friend of the homeless, founded Barrett House in a small residence on 13th Street and Mountain in Albuquerque. The house served an average of 15 to 20 women and children per day.
1988 Barrett added an additional residential facility called Milagro that currently provides transitional housing services at apartments located throughout Albuquerque. This program serves mature, single women with disabilities. Intensive case management is provided and the women stay in care for up to 24 months.
1994 Barrett received funding for Bridges to Self Sufficiency to provide intensive case management and affordable 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 to purchase a 16-unit apartment complex. Casa Verde provided an affordable, permanent housing opportunity for graduates of Milagro and Bridges, our transitional living programs.
2005 Barrett Foundation moved to our current 12,000 sq. home in the Northeast Heights.
2005 The Socorro program was established to meet the specific needs of women who have a disability and have been chronically homeless for the previous three years.
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.
The Barrett House Shelter serves more than 300 homeless women and children each year, providing an average of 22,000 meals, 7,000 bed nights, and over 1,000 hours of case management a year. Milagro and Socorro provide transitional housing and case management for 18 families. Bridges provides affordable housing opportunities for 12 families and our Rapid Rehousing program provides permanent housing for 12 families
We continue to improve our programs and network with the community in order to provide housing and supportive services to women and children who are striving to break the cycle of homelessness.