Humble Beginnings is always a highlight of the year for us at Austin Street. It’s a time when we focus on sharing stories of courage and overcoming—from our special guests, and from those we serve every night. This year, we focused on The Sisterhood program, sharing Irene’s story (video below), featuring photography created by members of The Sisterhood, and presenting Wesley Prep with this year’s Legacy Award for their Common Ground Experiment project writing poetry with the women in The Sisterhood.
We are so thankful to Norm Hitzges for hosting the event for us every year, Donovan Lewis for serving as our emcee, and Bob Lilly and Randy White for providing an incredible program!
Veterans experiencing homelessness face a unique set of challenges and opportunities for recovery. In partnership with Carry the Load, Austin Street’s veterans program offers individualized case management to help our nation’s heroes find their way home.
Jeff* was discharged from the Army in 1975, already showing signs of what would much later be diagnosed as schizophrenia. Unable to cope with his mental health difficulties, Jeff spent the next three decades homeless, moving from the streets to shelters to friends’ homes and back again. Each time he was hired for a job, he’d lose it a short while later.
Finally, Jeff made it to Austin Street Center, where he participated in computer literacy classes and took advantage of on-site mental health screening and treatment. After receiving the help he needed, Jeff was able to move into his very first apartment—ever—at age 60. Now he keeps up with treatment for his illness and enjoys the privacy and dignity of living in his very own home.
This past year, Austin Street hosted the first-ever Veteran’s Housing Fair in Dallas in partnership with more than a dozen local agencies. Marcus* had never been to Austin Street before, but he found out about the housing fair and knew he needed to make a change after living on the street. Now, he receives safe shelter and his basic needs, while he and his case manager work on his individual plan to end his homelessness and restore his relationship with his family.
On any given night in Dallas there are more than 300 veterans without a home, representing around 8% of the total homeless population. These men and women made sacrifices to keep us safe, and as a partner with Carry the Load, we are committed to ensuring that they have access to resources and the support they need to end their homelessness—permanently.
We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Director Daniel Roby has been selected by the Dallas Business Journal as a member of the 2018 class of 40 Under 40 !
The Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate the up-and-comers and people that North Texas community should know—they’re the future executives and influencers to watch in the Dallas-Fort Worth business community and beyond.
These individuals are decision makers and leaders in their organizations and have been able to excel at their workplace or in their field at a remarkably fast pace. The Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 will set the tone for what is to come in North Texas.
Daniel embodies Austin Street’s core values: kindness, trustworthiness, empowerment, and determination. These values drive Daniel to seek out new and innovative ways to tackle the challenges faced by Dallas’ growing homeless population. Under Daniel’s leadership, ASC has doubled the number of case managers, initiated Diversion and Aftercare programs, and embraced the “Housing First” model of shelter management. ASC’s new capital campaign will focus on growing Austin Street’s services, facilities, and revenue to better serve the city’s homeless population. A new dining room, full-scale kitchen, and increased shower and restroom facilities are planned to better meet those needs.
Daniel was appointed by Mayor Rawlings to participate in the City of Dallas’ Commission on Homelessness. Daniel is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and chair of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) committee.
Daniel’s selection as an honoree for the 2018 40 Under 40 is one of several recognitions and accomplishments for this past year. As a member of the Leadership Dallas 2017class, Daniel’s proposal for The New Hope Garden was selected as the class project, adding a beautiful and bountiful space to the ASC campus, and in November, Daniel was named Non-profit CEO of the Year by CNM (the Center for Non-profit Management).
Please take a moment to congratulate Daniel on this well- deserved award!