Our donors fuel Amplify Austin success

By Payton Rothenberger, Communications Staff

Hosted by the local organization “I Live Here I Give Here,” Amplify Austin is the biggest day of giving each year in Central Texas. Companies and individuals alike get involved in making donations to ensure the continued success of the organizations that provide critical services to those in Austin who are in need.

This year, over 700 non-profits participated and raised $12.6 million! For me, it has been inspiring to witness this event and how, despite all of the chaos and uncertainty in the world, our community is still dedicated to giving back.

Here at The Salvation Army Austin, we set a goal of raising $50,000. In the end, we got so close, raising  $48,968 through the generosity of 260 local donors. We are so grateful to everyone who donated, shared our posts on social media, and rooted us on as we worked to reach our goal. The funds raised through Amplify Austin this year will ensure we are able to provide housing, food, and child-centric support services for local families experiencing homelessness.

The goal in this is to END the cycle of homelessness and ensure that children receive the resources they need to have a prosperous future.

FY2021 ANNUAL REPORT – ASWC offers resources for families to get back on their feet

 

By Payton Rothenberger, Communications Staff

Opened in 2004, The Austin Shelter for Women and Children (ASWC) is unique because it provides care exclusively for women and dependent children experiencing homelessness. “Our goal is to create a welcoming environment that really keeps women and children in mind,” said Shelter Director Anali Delgado. “We want our clients to feel safe, supported, and empowered to use the resources we provide to get themselves back on their feet.”

With comprehensive resources including case management, employment assistance, skills training, and on-site childcare, we can support these women in a way that ensures their experience with homelessness is brief and non-recurring.

In 2021, the shelter served 344 unduplicated women and children. Seventy-nine percent of families exiting ASWC moved to safe housing. One of these success stories includes Tina, a mom of three children, lost her home after a series of traumatic events. With nowhere else to turn, she brought her children to the ASWC where she was provided with the resources needed to secure a stable job and an apartment for her family. Through the help of The Salvation Army, Tina was taken from afraid and hopeless to independent and hopeful for her future. “I’m not sure what would have happened to us without The Salvation Army,” Tina said.

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