Visit our Facebook page to see media coverage, photos and more!
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.