The Salvation Army Breaks Ground on Two New Facilities in East Austin, Launches Endowment Fund

Rathgeber Endowment
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The Rathgeber Center for Women and Children Endowment has been established to help with the operational expenses of the new emergency shelter.  A donation to the endowment will help ensure that The Salvation Army Austin will be able to help women and children transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Anyone donating $500 or more to the endowment will have a named paver in the Pathway of Hope at the new shelter.

Rathgeber Center for Women and Children:
A Salvation Army Shelter

The Salvation Army Austin Area Command groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 for two new facilities, the Rathgeber Center for Women and Children: A Salvation Army Shelter, followed by the Citadel Corps Community Center and Area Command.

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The construction of these two new facilities is made possible through the generous support of the community through our capital campaign.

Women and Children Homeless

Citadel Corps Community Center and Area Command

Citadel Corps Community Center and Area Command
Citadel Corps Community Center and Area Command

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There is a quiet crisis of family homelessness in Austin, including roughly 500 women and children who are on the wait list for emergency shelter daily.  These new facilities will help address this crisis for the Austin community by providing additional shelter and support services.

The Rathgeber Center for Women and Children will be built in two phases and will include 63 new bedrooms for women and children with a total capacity of 213.  In addition to bedrooms for families, the center will feature a new kitchen and dining room, case management offices, a computer learning center, multiple community rooms, a children’s playground, and a success closet.

The Citadel Corps Community Center and Area Command will include a chapel, a gymnasium, classrooms, kitchen, multi-purpose room, and administrative offices.  It will serve as a center for worship, ministry and outreach.

Women and Children’s Endowment Established

The Rathgeber Center for Women and Children Endowment has been established to help with the operational expenses of the new emergency shelter.  A donation to the endowment will help ensure that The Salvation Army Austin will be able to help women and children transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Anyone donating $500 or more to the endowment will have a named paver in the Pathway of Hope at the new shelter.

Donate Now