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Dee Jones said, “Alongside is a pro-life, pro-single mom, pro-family ministry. The heart of our ministry is about relationships. We provide Mentor Moms to women that may be facing an unplanned pregnancy and to single moms in our community.” Restore Church is a ministry partner of Alongside. Justin Pearson is the Lead Pastor of Restore Church, located at 136 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Michele Rodarte is the Assistant Executive Director of Alongside Ministries.

As Alongside Ministries is Mentoring single moms, Dee and Justine describe the need for young boys to be encouraged by men since they don’t have much participation from their fathers. Pastor Justine describes how men in his Church helped several young boys build birdhouses as an initial project. Find out more about Restore Church at https://restoreabq.com/.

Alongside, Ministries also provide diapers, wipes, donated furniture, and other necessities to single moms with children in diapers. Find out how you can help at  https://alongsideabq.com/.


Sandi Scripter is the Area Director and Austen Drake is the Ministry Relations Manager for Joni and Friends New Mexico. Listen to find out about Wheels for World, Warrior Getaways, Family Retreats, Caregiver Respite, and how you might help them in their mission! Joni and Friends envision a world where every person with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ.

Steve McKee is the Co-Founder of McKee Wallwork and Company. He has written two books. “When Growth Stalls: How it Happens, Why You’re Stuck, and What to Do About It”, and “Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World’s Best Brands.” His third book will be released soon, “TURNS: How to Know Which Way to Go.”  The people and politics of New Mexico are the central focus of this interview. Steve said, “We can’t talk about the government as some sort of disembodied entity out there. The government is us.”

Steve has been published or quoted in the NY Times, Advertising Age, Investor’s Business Daily, LA Times, CNBC, ESPN2, and CNNfn. More information about Steve, his books, and other published articles are available at https://www.mckeewallwork.com/.

The Mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Alethia Hosts Larissa Lusko, and Dr. Brian Nixon visit with Nicole Kanne, Salvation Army Director of Emergency Disaster Services, about the Army’s work in New Mexico helping families displaced by the Hermit Peak and Calf Canyon fires.

For more information and to support the efforts of the Salvation Army go to  https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/.

The Liberty Justice Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization fighting for the constitutional rights of American families, workers, advocates, and entrepreneurs. Managing Attorney, Daniel Suhr stopped by ABQ Connect on his recent trip to Albuquerque. He spoke at the invitation of Paul Gessing, and the Rio Grande Foundation about the ways the COVID pandemic has shaped our legal landscape. Daniel said, “Americans have had their constitutional rights tested in profound new ways.”

The Liberty Justice Center website https://libertyjusticecenter.org/ is filled with understandable case law and stories about Americans engaging cancel culture and winning back the freedoms guaranteed by the constitution. Daniel said, “We are focused on free speech, empowering parents, education, and pushing back against cancel culture. Our website tries to take those cases and put them in everyday language for people who might want to learn about the importance of justice,  and how these principles work out in real life.

Across Nations Ministries is based in Window Rock, Arizona. Ministry Director Chuck Harper introduces  Hilltop School Teacher, Roger Everette, and Radio Ministry Manager, Jenna Martinez. Across Nations is advancing the legacy of Western Indian Ministries serving the Navajo, Zuni, and Hopi Nations for over 85 years. Chuck said, “We see Native American people not as a mission field anymore but as a major mission force!” For more information about the ministries of Across Nations go to http://www.acrossnations.cc/.

Dr. Elizabeth Holguin is Deputy Director of Homeless Solutions and Clinical Advisor for the City of Albuquerque’s Family and Community Service. Cristina Parajon is the Gateway Center Administrator, essentially serving as the project manager for Gateway at Gibson Health Hub. MONIKA DZIAMKA (Jam-Kah) is the Public Affairs Specialist for the City of Albuquerque Family and Community Services. Homelessness and its causes are a significant concern for all of New Mexico. The following topics are addressed in this interview:

  • The City’s multifaceted approach to homelessness
  • Plans for opening the New Gateway Center
  • What the data shows about people facing homelessness in Albuquerque
  • What are “trauma-informed services?”
  • The City Council’s consideration of government-sanctioned homeless tent encampments called “city living spaces and safe outdoor spaces.”

Cristina said, “when we say trauma-informed services and design, we are not asking what’s wrong with you (people facing homelessness); we’re asking what happened to you? What occurred that led to this point, and how can we design services around that question?”


Peter Martin is an associate Pastor at Calvary Christian Fellowship in Tucson, AZ. He is the author of  a Bible study called “Rooted in Sin: Rescued By Love.” Peter shares his personal struggles with pornography, pride, anger, and depression. With his fresh perspective and personal vulnerability. Peter said, “If we don’t learn how to learn from our defeats and grow from our failures, then we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again.”

Rooted in Sin: Rescued by Love is available on Amazon.

For more information about Peter Martin, go to https://calvarychristianfellowship.com/.

Mike is a Senior Advisor for Government Relations at The Heritage Foundation. He doesn’t pull any punches when talking about why progressives in this country object to securing the border. Mike said, “The opposition from the Democrat party to border security it’s an ideological thing, and it’s religious almost for them. In the absence of a large religious element in their party, they have found fervent belief in the notion that borders are bad and that nationalistic thinking and taking care of our own country first is, in effect, a racist thing. The reason why it’s got to this point is because the intellectual and financial elite of the Democratic Party recognized that it is illegal immigration on a massive scale helps them form a permanent voting coalition because people are dependent on the government and those people dependent on the government are more likely to be Democrats and vote for Democrats.”

Heritage’s mission is to formulate and promote public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. https://www.heritage.org/.

The question of whether there is a constitutional right to seek an abortion—at any stage, in any pregnancy, or for any reason was brought to the forefront of American politics, public policy, and law as US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was leaked to the press in early May. The Dobbs case is a challenge to a restrictive Mississippi abortion law. Ethel Maharg, Executive Director of the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico and candidate for the Republican nomination for New Mexico governor, brings her perspective on the issue(s) to ABQ Connect. Abby Williams, KLYT Producer, adds questions from the perspective of a Gen Z citizen.  Ethel said, “Roe vs. Wade is going to be overturned whether they like it or not.”

For more information about the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico, go to https://www.rtlnm.org/.