Up With People is Coming to Albuquerque to Support Saranam!












Save the Dates: Up with People is returning to Albuquerque from February 23 - March 2. The international cast will live with local host families, volunteer countless hours of community service and raise funds for Saranam through the world renowned Up with People show. 100% of ticket revenue will support our organization!

UWP’s latest production, The Journey will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Up with People, while acknowledging that UWP’s mission is an ongoing journey, and is as relevant in 2015 as it was in 1965. See the performance at The Hiland Theater on

Friday, February 27 at 7:00 pm and 

Saturday, February 28 at 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM.

The show will feature historical highlights from throughout Up with People’s existence: from the 1960’s to the new millennium along with short pop medleys from each era, and a medley of iconic UWP international dances. Original UWP songs will introduce timeless themes, and include messages of hope, movement, peace, and an overriding sense of motivation to go out and make a positive change in the world. 

Tickets will be available at www.upwithpeople.org/Albuquerque and prices are:
- $18 adults
- $15 students, seniors and children
- $60 family four pack (2 adults & 2 children)
- $50 VIP: includes access to a pre-show reception on Friday evening with Up with People cast members, access to the Up with People Green Room and VIP seating. 

This is one show you won't want to miss!




Thank you for building a playground with us!

Watch the incredible build and hear the story!


We did it!  With the help of nearly 300 volunteers, we built a playground for the children at Saranam.  Thank you!!!

TEDx: Ending Homeless Through Education



Executive Director, Tracy Sharp gave a TEDx Talk about Saranam's unique approach to ending homelessness. 

What is Saranam?


Saranam is a 2-year housing and education program for homeless families in Albuquerque, NM.  Saranam offers a comprehensive range of services to assist families in transitioning beyond homelessness.

We work with homeless families (a family, for Sananam's purposes, includes at least one adult and one child with a legal connection) who have a desire and the motivation to change their lives to end their homelessness.  

Saranam provides:

  • Long-term housing
  • Intensive case management
  • Increasing levels of education
  • Focus on addressing individual issues
  • Supportive community

Saranam is unique:

  • Saranam Values Housing: the foundation for a family's stability 
  • Saranam Values Education: increased earning potential
  • Saranam Values Community: The lack of and loss of community and support systems is an underlying cause of homelessness, and thus relationship-building is crucial to and incorporated into every aspect of this program!

Because building community and building a network for support is so important to the program of Saranam, families are accepted into the program in “classes.” This allows for an immediate peer group and community to form.

Saranam is not a drug/alcohol treatment facility, a domestic abuse shelter, a mental health treatment facility nor do we provide any emergency services/shelter.

The Name

The word "saranam" means “refuge” and comes from a song in the United Methodist Hymnal, #523.