About Us

Making Positive Possible

In 1976, New Day Youth & Family Services began as Albuquerque’s first and only runaway shelter. For the past 40 years, New Day has remained singularly focused on meeting the needs of young people in trouble. To accomplish the mission, New Day works toward a vision that every youth has safe refuge for the present, adult allies for the future, and the basic skills needed to carve a healthy and positive path forward.

Meeting Needs, Creating Services - New Day strongly believes that to be effective in positively affecting the trajectory of the lives of at-risk youth, the following needs must be met:
• Safety – Youth must have a safe foundation from which to move forward.
• Vision – Youth must have a personal dream of a future.
• Success – Youth must experience progressive success toward their dream.
• Skills – Youth must have the skills to pursue their dream.
• Adult Allies – Youth must have healthy support that will encourage them through difficult times toward a positive and self-reliant lifestyle.

Our Mission

Our mission is critical: to authentically connect young people to safety, community and themselves.

Our Vision

A world where all young people’s unique identities and talents complete and strengthen the social fabric of our community.

Our History

In 1976, the founders of New Day discovered that homeless and runaway youth in Albuquerque had no safe home or shelter facility to turn to for help. The only option available was the Juvenile Justice system, which was set up to deal with delinquent offenders, not homeless youth. Sending homeless children, whose only “crime” was being unwanted, to the Juvenile Detention Center was unacceptable.

New Day was thus founded in 1976 as a non-profit, community-based agency that was Albuquerque’s first and only runaway house. The objective of the program was to protect runaway and homeless youth, ranging from 11 to 17 years of age, in a residential setting with the ultimate goal of reuniting youth to their families, or locating a safe alternative.

In the years to follow, New Day developed many additional services at the request of our community to fulfill the needs of struggling, at-risk youth and families. Today, we continue to be here as responsive and responsible neighbors to do what is best for our youth and our community.

 

Our Board of Directors

Max Thrasher– Chair
Mindi VanEvery – Treasurer
Rupal Engineer– Secretary
John Nichols
Yasmin Denning
Debbie Maestas-Traynor
Terry Word


 

New Day is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, and their monthly meetings are open to the public.

We invite you to attend our next Board Meeting, taking place on January 25, 2017 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Meetings are held at New Day's Life Skills Academy, located at 2820 Ridgecrest Drive SE, 87108 (South of Gibson). 

Please note that these monthly meetings are always on the 4th Wednesday of the month, and the location and time remain consistent.

New Day's Board Members bring broad and focused knowledge from a range of key industries, leveraging this to support our programs' efficient functioning.

 

Our Leadership

Steve Johnson – Executive Director
Brook Tayfoya - Director of Operations
Geri Pohl - Administrative Director