Since 2007, the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe has incubated a number of critical initiatives across the community – including 33 Minutes of Memory, the Interfaith Community Shelter, Stand Up for Kindness, and the Faith Network for Immigrant Justice.
The Interfaith Community Shelter – The deaths of homeless men and women from exposure during the winter of 2006 – 2007 prompted the newly organized Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe, St. Elizabeth’s Shelter, other service providers, compassionate citizens, and the City of Santa Fe to arrange for temporary shelter. A more permanent solution, the Interfaith Community Shelter (ICS) was incorporated in 2009 and was granted 501(c)3 status in 2010. The ILA was active in raising the funds needed to extend the winter shelter to a Summer Safe Haven for women in 2016.
Envision Santa Fe began as a coalition of faith-based communities and social services agencies working to provide homeless families with the support they need to become stable and sustainable. Each member of our selected families receives a mentor. Volunteer mentors work with families for two years to help them transition into permanent housing, access community resources, and acquire skills to ensure sustainability. The ILA transferred management of Envision to Adelante in 2017.
Faith Network for Immigrant Justice- is a grassroots collaborative of people of faith organizing to reduce the harm caused by our immigration system. We are all impacted, either directly or indirectly, by this system, and we share a vision of a community where all people can be free and safe, regardless of papers or status. For more information, click here.
33 Minutes of Memory- If you believe too many people have died as the result of gun violence, if you are grieving the gun violence death of a friend or a loved one, if you are working to end gun violence, Rev. Gail and the Interfaith Leadership Alliance of Santa Fe (ILA) invites you to join us on the third of each month for 33 Minutes of Memory. 33 Minutes of Memory is a somber and beautiful ritual of grief, remembering and recommitment. To attend the next event, click here.
Gun Violence Prevention- The ILA partners with New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, a 501(c)3 non-partisan local organization whose sole purpose is the prevention of gun violence in New Mexico. It works through grassroots mobilization to promote reasonable gun laws, as well as educating the public about gun safety and the high emotional and financial costs of gun-related violence against children and adults. In addition, the ILA has initiated its own program remembering the victims of gun violence the third day of each month at noon in various locations across Santa Fe.
Interfaith Coalition for Public Education- Our mission is to support quality public education so that every child realizes their full potential from birth to career. We focus on (1) supporting student academic achievement (2) engaging the community to support public education. They have recently created “A Roadmap to Reinvention: Essential Elements,” a guide to re-imagining Santa Fe’s public schools. To read more about their work, click here.
Barcelona Food Initiative–in 2020 several Santa Fe worship spaces came together to work against food insecurity. Together they are working to ensure that more people have access to healthy, delicious food. Working out of St. John’s Methodist Church, they have added additional nights where the Food Pantry is open. Bringing together volunteers from many different denominations, all are determined to make food insecurity a thing of the past.
Environmental Justice- The ILA is invested in ensuring a bright future for the environment. We inform our members about events they can invite their congregations to take part in, from films to demonstrations. We also forward clergy letters from faith-based and other activist groups for members to sign, as well as work on legislative issues that concern the enviroment. The ILA is committed to being thoughtful stewards of this Earth that we all share.