I am set to spend a considerable amount of time in the Austin, Texas area. This exciting prospect got me thinking about places of interest I would want to visit and support while there.
My research didn’t only reveal some of the main landmarks and hangout spots, it also got me thinking about the less fortunate and I became curious as to what charities exist in that part of the country. My friends and I came up with a list of nonprofits and thought I would share it with you, in case you happen to be in the area as well or know someone who might be interested.
Of all the charities around, I took a special interest in those that deal with social anxiety and homelessness. Here is my list of 30+ charities to support in Austin and surrounding areas.
❀ Casa Marianella
Mission: Casa Marianella welcomes displaced immigrants and promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter and support services.
❀ Helping Hand Home for Children
Mission: To provide residential treatment services and therapeutic foster care for abused, neglected, and abandoned children.
❀ The Linus Connection
Mission: To make and deliver handmade security blankets for children in crisis situations. The blankets go to children in hospital emergency rooms, crisis centers, foster care, and battered women’s shelters.
❀ Settlement Home for Children
Mission: To help children who have been abused and neglected by resolving their emotional, behavioral, and familial problems & providing residential care.
❀ Texas Advocacy Project
Mission: To prevent domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking throughout Texas by providing free legal services, access to the justice system, and education.
Mission: To lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse, and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
❀ Austin Travis County Integral Care
Mission: To improve the lives of adults and children living with mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities in Travis County.
❀ Children’s Partnership
Mission: To provide mental health services for children in Central Texas.
❀ Mental Health Association in Texas
Mission: To promote mental health, prevent mental disorders, and improve the care and treatment of people with mental illnesses through education and advocacy.
❀ Pick with Austin
Mission: To educate and elevate a community awareness about a growing epidemic of youth depression and suicide.
❀ National Alliance on Mental Illness of Texas (NAMI)
Mission: Dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
❀ Front Steps
Mission: Front Steps provides a pathway home for our neighbors experiencing homelessness by offering emergency shelter, affordable housing, recuperative medical care, supportive services, and promotes community awareness.
❀ Green Doors
Mission: To prevent and help end homelessness and poverty housing for those working to achieve independent living in Central Texas.
❀ Habitat for Humanity of Austin
Mission: Dedicated to ending the cycle of poverty housing, anchored by the deeply held belief that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live.
❀ Central Texas Youth Services
Mission: To assist troubled children, youth, and families toward development of their full potential through provision of quality community-based services.
❀ Austin Child Guidance Center
Mission: To improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills to face life’s challenges.
❀ The SIMS Foundation
Mission: To provide mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals and their family members.
❀ Wonders & Worries
Mission: To ensures that children and teenagers can reach their full potential, despite a parent’s serious illness.
❀ The Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)
Mission: Dedicated to planning, prioritizing, and developing strategies to end homelessness in Austin/Travis County, TX.
❀ Caritas of Austin
Mission: To prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin.
❀ Foundation for the Homeless
Mission: To mobilize faith-based and community resources in a spirit of compassion to restore hope and alleviate homelessness.
❀ ReWork Project
Mission: To help those struggling with homelessness find a path to permanent housing through the dignity of work.
❀ Saint Louise House
Mission: To provide housing and essential services in Austin to women with children who are experiencing homelessness.
❀ Symphony of Soul
Mission: Symphony of Soul is devoted to nourishing the soul through the healing and inspiring power of the arts. Symphony of Soul provides live music or “musical medicine” to people who are confined in care centers.
❀ Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Mission: To provide food and clothing, cultivate community and promote dignity to homeless brothers and sisters in need.
❀ The Salvation Army
Mission: To provide emergency shelter, meals, case management and wraparound services for people experiencing homelessness. Surprisingly, most of those sheltered are women and children.
❀ Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas (PPHA)
Mission: Promote awareness, provide education and increase the resources necessary for the prevention and treatment of perinatal mood disorders to the professional and public community.
❀ Restoration House Ministries Jeans for Teens
Mission: RHM Jeans for Teens provides new to almost new, current style jeans, hoodies, and clothing for homeless teens attending school in Victoria, Texas.
❀ Mid-Coast Family Services
Mission: To empower children, individuals, and families to live a life free from family violence, homelessness, sexual assault, and substance abuse.
❀ South Texas Children’s Home
Mission: STCH Ministries (originally South Texas Children’s Home) is a faith-based, nonprofit organization providing a range of services, including homes for children who need care while their family is in crisis and homes for families for single moms and their children.
❀ Rehab Center Austin
Mission: To connect individuals with quality addiction treatment and care, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
There you have it. Do you know any other charities in Austin that focus on mental health and homelessness? Feel free to let me know.
In the meantime, here’s a little spoiler alert for my MMS posts in coming weeks: I’ll be sharing some positives from my native country and I’ll also be giving my take on the saying “smile and the world smiles with you.” Stay tuned!
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