Homelessness Has Many Faces

There are as many reasons for homelessness as there are people who experience it. No two people are the same. The men and women who come to Austin Street are often in the most difficult season they have ever experienced. Because of this, the Austin Street team is committed to working with each individual by addressing their unique needs.

Jane* stayed at Austin Street for several difficult months—she had a serious drinking problem and was hard to work with, experiencing frequent bouts of anger. Several months passed without a word until one day, the phone rang. Jane called with amazing news: She had just moved in to her own apartment, and was 5 months sober! She called to say thank you for pushing her in the direction she needed to go… the direction that led to her life being completely transformed.

Chuck* has multiple, complicated health issues, including a mental health diagnosis. He had been estranged from his family for years. Through creative problem solving, Chuck’s case manager located one of his brothers, and facilitated a reunion. Chuck is now living with family, in the environment he needs to restore his health.

Patrick* was eager to help however he could—a hard worker, he wanted to volunteer his skills in the shelter while he prepared for employment through Austin Street’s E2 (Education and Employment) program. With the resume, clothing, and preparation he needed, Patrick landed an interview and was offered a job in a hotel with G6 Hospitality, one of Austin Street’s employment partners. Within a month he was able to move into an apartment of his own.

This is just a sample of the many stories heard daily from the men and women we serve. Men and women who end their homeless experience with the support they receive during their time in the shelter.

Ready to learn more about how you can help? Join us at Austin Street 101 on September 8!

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