Celebrating over 25 years of fighting homelessness in Albuquerque.

Pennies for the Homeless is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization founded in 1993 by Joseph Saavedra and the late Honorable Diane Dal Santo, former District Court Judge.  Our Board consists of a small group of local business people who are dedicated to the fight against homelessness, and the hope for a brighter future.

Joseph Saavedra & Diane Dal Santo


Pennies for the Homeless is the brainchild of businessman Joseph Saavedra and the late District Court Judge Diane dal Santo who together in 1993 started a “community penny drive” collaborating with APS students to collect loose change to help the homeless.

Diane Dal Santo Footprints in the Heart memorial necklace available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Pennies For The Homeless Endowment Fund.

Doing the right thing,
at the right time.