Archive for November, 2015

November 30, 2015

Clients: We’ll be visiting Bethlehem We

Clients: We’ll be visiting Bethlehem Wed night! Hot meal and crafts! Don’t miss out! 5pm edge of UUMC parking lot.

November 24, 2015

I love my “job”: helping volunteers lo

I love my “job”: helping volunteers love our outcast clients; watching a group of youth yell “play it again” to a sermon on Romans 5:6-11; helping social workers deliver care; walking clients through tough choices, receiving a thank you: “The old me fought you and your message. The new me: well, I stick up for the message.” And being prayed for by a client no longer on the street and full of faith and hope. All just today. God is good.

November 22, 2015

Field Trip

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November 19, 2015

Conversations With UT Students

UT Tower. Photo by: Allison Fang

We’ve done several community conversations with student groups lately. We helped students share good and bad experiences at a mediation event recently. Keep it up!

I dream of student led responses to help homeless in Austin. That would be awesome (although I recommend learning through organizations that already serve the homeless for 18 months or so, so you learn quickly before leading your own efforts). 

I have noticed a recurring and encouraging pattern by UT students. It is true that many students have some type of negative encounters with homelessness in Austin. That’s a shame, but it’s undeniably true right now. And I’m glad people are sharing this information and sharing their feelings about this with one another. 

However, the response by so many students, after a negative encounter, is to try to learn more, to volunteer, and to put human faces onto the homeless situation. This builds healthy compassion! It’s so awesome to watch! Also, consider volunteering next semester! 

Meanwhile, bring those socks on – Feet The Streets

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November 15, 2015

Christmas 2015 Slideshow For Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Fundraiser! 

Our current donation stands at $1,425.

Our goal is to reach $4,180. 

You can still donate here

The video below shows much joy during the 2014 Christmas Party.

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November 10, 2015

Goals Achieved Fall 2015

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November 8, 2015

We thank those who have donated to the flash fundraiser for the SYM 2015 Christmas Party.

You can still contribute today, November 8, 2015.

We are thankful for your donations!

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November 5, 2015

Christmas Already?

Click Here To Donate.

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November 2, 2015

Job Club And Hope

We hold Job Club each Wednesday. Many who are not ready for a job make fun of it, but there are always a few who come. 

We go over a hope-filled way to look for a job while homeless in the first half. In the second half, we role-play difficult situations that will come up on the new job (so they can keep the job and not feel compelled to quit). 

Here’s the thing: almost everyone who comes to job club returns to tell us about the job they got right away. 

Hope can be taught, and I think Job Club is one of the unique and special places we really innovate!

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