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June 25, 2015

Client Achievements






We love watching our clients succeed! They must want it and they do the work. One summed it all up the other day in prayer time: “Lord, help me to want to help myself get off the streets!”

We know we cannot fix any of their problems, but we know someone who can (Jesus)! We provide encouragement, hope, and lots of love.

In the last 30 days, here are some of our praises for goals accomplished: 38 stability goals, 10 sobriety goals, and 2 faith goals! Wow!

  • Two clients cleared legal problems. Unfortunately, even simple tickets for camping or side-walk sitting can turn into disasters once you’re working or housed.
  • We had four clients finish up semesters in education at ACC and UT! We are so proud of them! We provide textbooks for clients willing to do with work of seeking financial aid, enrolling, and choosing classes. And we are willing to provide tutoring on Wednesday nights for any client student.
  • We’re delighted that two clients have entered case management with organizations off the Drag. It can be so helpful to have a case manager helping to hold you accountable. We do case management “lite” for all our clients but love it when they also take up referrals to other agencies that help.
  • One client got his ID. We’re so sorry that IDs are so hard to get in Texas for homeless people. We pray for a more just solution over time.
  • One client has gotten transportation. So many of the jobs are not reachable by bus, so this really helps stay employed.
  • One client has gotten back on medication and is keeping up the work of taking them daily. It can be such a temptation once you start feeling better to stop.
  • We celebrate 14 clients obtaining jobs. A new job usually represents a tough time for clients with lots of new stresses and challenges. Often they quit due to bullying or despair. They are rarely fired.
  • Ten clients have moved into housing. Housing is usually a progression from somewhat unstable solutions (couch surfing, paying a little rent for a spare room) to better solutions (a shared apartment, a lease in their name). Few of our clients go into permanent supported housing.
  • We had ten clients achieve sobriety milestones. These range from 2 days to many years. We are so happy to see many people reexamining their sobriety desires and needs. 
  • Two clients have achieved faith goals. One is reconnecting with God, something he never expected to be interesting to him. And another has found a new faith home where he attends regularly.


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August 12, 2014

It Just Never Gets Old





We were at an event we call Wash Night. 

Interesting note. Wash Night is a very big success today, and it was the project of our very first intern, Remington! Our interns not only learn a ton and go on to do amazing things, but they also leave a lasting mark on the ministry!


“I remember you. You gave me coats when it was freezing outside. And you inspired me to go to rehab and start getting my life together. Thank you.”


A guy walked up I didn’t know. He was with a friend and wasn’t doing laundry. I didn’t recognize the guy at first. But then he said, “I remember you. You gave me coats when it was freezing outside” (and who knows, maybe a hand made scarf or hat made by someone). “And you inspired me to go to rehab and start getting my life together. Thank you.”

That kind of unexpected news just never gets old!



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August 27, 2013

A thank you note from a client


I received a wonderful thank you from a client first thing in the morning via Facebook. It was beautifully composed, just as you see it. I was able to do some follow-up work via Facebook with the client. She is employed, housed, and going to school. She studies the Bible and prays everyday. She can’t find a local church in her town that suits but after some discussion, may start a house church with her Christian friends! How exciting is that!
Terry,
I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you did for me while I was homeless. Now days I am a culinary student at [a college.] I own my own home now. You were always one I could talk to about anything and always knew the right advise to give for every situation. I can’t thank you enough for your guidance and support during my darkest days.
Sincerely,
[A recovery client!]
We love to hear from recovering clients. It’s great inspiration for us and for current clients, too! What’s your encouraging story?

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August 17, 2013

What a difference!


I was walking on our Friday mini-mission trip with a volunteer talking. I saw someone I thought I recognized about a half-block up. I suggested that the volunteer allow me to approach the person alone because the person I thought I recognized is sometimes very angry.
I couldn’t have been more mistaken about who I saw. The musical 6 foot 8 young man grinned ear to ear and shouted, “Well hello, Terry! I was hoping to see you! You probably don’t remember me, but I’m Jason.” I could hardly believe what I was seeing. 
For you see, it was the same man outwardly, but there was nothing the same about him. He was peaceful, happy, and full of joy. He told me where he had been for the past year or so and why he was traveling and street-dependent again. He gratefully took a few things and bragged about how he tells everyone what great work we do, wherever he goes. And then he said goodbye.
I stopped him and asked about his faith, because I had a hunch. Sure enough, he told me he had hit rock bottom about a year ago and have found a new life in Christ! I asked if I could give him a hug and he grinned ear to ear and dropped his pack to the ground. I once again feared for my safety as he bear-hugged me. Thankfully no ribs were cracked. What a wonderful difference faith makes.
We cannot fix anyone, but faith can cure anything through God. We are so happy to see someone find their way home to Christ’s loving arms.

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July 30, 2013

What triggered such a big change from electrical engineering to humanitarian work?


I was at a dinner party the other day. The hostess asked me to explain what I did at Street Youth Ministry. [We don’t hijack dinner parties but we are please to share when supporters ask!] The next day, I got an email from one of the guests. He asked, “If I may ask, what triggered such a big change from electrical engineering to humanitarian work?”
It’s a long story, but the short answer is that this culture of “throwaway” youth broke my heart when I began volunteering by accident to serve them a meal once a month in 2003. As I learned more about them over time by listening and observing, I was so amazed by their strength and resilience to adversity. As I listened to them even more, I realized they were very spiritual as a whole, and they were hungry to hear God’s story but really had significant issues with “church” and “Christians.” One thing led to another, and here I am serving them daily to help them achieve for themselves stability, sobriety, reconnection to God and a Christian community. Our motto reflect my own journey with the street youth: to know, love and serve street-dependent young people so that some may come to know Christ.

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July 27, 2013

Advice to a Client Fighting With Relapse


I am contacted by clients who are recovering but fighting with urges to relapse from time to time. They come to me wanting a Christian viewpoint. Here are some of the things I give them to meditate, think and pray over. We’d love to know what you think or would add…
There is no sin in considering a relapse. Only the doing would be a sin.
Christian sobriety occurs by being weak in yourself, humbling and submitting yourself to God, and allowing Jesus or the Holy Spirit to be strong in you. Strength comes from allowing yourself to be weak and leaning on Him.
Jesus has already done everything it takes for you to be forgiven, fully healed, and make you into more than you could ever imagine. You have to accept that GIFT from Jesus and allow it to happen. It won’t happen over night. And it’s not without struggle (for anyone). And it’s not always “up” and “happy.” But the life God has planned for your, dreams for you, wants for you, is better than any drug or high or drunk you could ever attain.
Jesus is with you. So if you were to relapse, he’s right there with you. Don’t try to hide or shrink away. Sometimes knowing that is enough to stop people. He can be the ultimate accountability buddy.
Staying sober is for you. It’s a choice you have to make. But relapsing hurts more than just you. And staying sober will benefit more than just you. Following God’s plan for your life will allow you to be a blessing for many, many people in future situations you can barely imagine. So don’t forget those reasons outside of yourself not to mess that up. It’s for you and for all of them, too.
Stay sober for you. You’re a beautiful and wonderful person, created in God’s image and for many great purposes. The devil tells you many lies about drugs and highs and drunks. They are just that… lies.

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July 15, 2013

Where to recovering clients go?


Years ago I asked the big question, “Where do clients go?” and the answer I got from one of the experts was not very encouraging to me. It’s eight years later. We have a jail ministry, and over the last couple of years, it’s given us data to believe that not that many clients end up there long term. We have a memorial service ministry. I believe we have a pretty good idea how many clients die. Not that many clients end up being older homeless people, either. So where to they go? 

We believe that most recovering street youth get jobs in small business and then raise families. Landscaping, auto mechanics, advertising, animal care, health care. There are just some of the places clients end up finding a place to work.

Message like this one just never get old:

You may not remember me, but people in Austin use to call me [xxx]. I am married to [xxx], and we use to be one of the older kids that hung out on the drag and asked for money. Well, we gave our lives to Christ, and now we live in Houston. We are married with a son and a daughter on the way. I currently have my own web site development company. We are helping the homeless in Houston get employed. I want to say, “Thank you for being there and may god truly bless you.”

Help us to help the current youth on the streets.


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July 8, 2013

Top Three Things I’d Do


I was asked recently a great question while speaking at All Saints’ Episcopal Church while presenting the ministry there to a group of 45 interested people. These were largely not novices at serving homeless people because they have several ministries there that directly serve homeless. The question was “If money weren’t an issue, what are the top three things you would do to help your clients.”
First, I’m going to give a different answer that I often give to parents of street youth asking what they should do. Here are my top three things that I think a parent should do if they have a street-dependent youth living on the streets of the USA:
A) Get your son or daughter a low end phones with internet. They are regularly on sale for $50 to $80. They may have it stolen from them, so don’t buy anything more. Purchase by the month a pre-paid plans ($35 or $40 per month gets unlimited texting, internet and calling). Don’t do a contract. Just stick with month by month. Your child can now keep in touch with friends of their choosing. They may even choose to stay in touch with you. They can research places where they can get help and call them. They can stay active on social medias. It’s a true lifeline. It’s not really a luxury in the USA.
B) Offer to purchase a hotel room about two nights a month to give your child a break. Living in constant crisis with no breaks leads to all sorts of physical, mental and emotional problems. Pay by phone and tell them not to give any type of cash refund for early check-out.
C) When your child decides to get a job and move from the street, help with deposit and living expenses for the first two weeks until they get paid. I would setup a bank account that you can both access and another that only you can access. Put money into the latter and setup a daily automatic transfer for a small amount into the first. Don’t’ micro-manage but don’t provide additional moneys beyond what you agree. They have to learn to make it but deposits and those first two weeks can be giant obstacles.
Now back to the question asked by the audience member. What would SYM do with unlimited funding? We are a faith-based organization. So first, we would make sure Christian volunteers and churches are used throughout the programs described below. We’d be an excellent employer of a volunteer coordinator and a communications coordinator. Together, volunteer and coordinators would:
1) Run a hostel with a kitchen. Active clients who attend indoor events at least three times this month, would get one room night (or something like that) and the option to exchange working at reception, kitchen, garden, or cleaning for additional room nights. All management and supervision jobs would be given to recovering street youth. Day labor jobs would be available in exchange for a room-night. This would be a legitimate hostile and we would welcome paying guests as well.
2) Operate a training center that works with some recognizable names in training to provide computer skills for real life (running a computer base cash register, waitress station, receptionist stations, etc.) and training in customer service. We’d operate a doggie day care offering grooming, walking and boarding services to the local neighborhood using clients who have been trained. They would compete for a set of “management” positions but all graduates of training classes could get overnight security, reception, advertising, crate cleaning, dog walking, and dog washing jobs.‚Äč
3) Augment government grants for school. FAFSA and governments grants do a great job for most homeless youth willing to attend community college. We’d only pick up certain outliers: felons, people who refused to register for draft, people who can’t satisfy residency, etc. We’d continue to buy college books for all clients who go to school and continue to qualify for government aid.
4) (a bonus) Form a hiring agency “co-op.” Clients join by paying a small amount each week (possibly even as low as $0.50). In return they can be selected by the membership as the “candidate.” All members work hard to get the “candidate” a job, pooling knowledge, networks, and talking straight to the “candidate” about clothing, hygiene, interview skills, attitude, presentation, habits, etc. The candidate signs a contract with the co-op to direct deposit 10% of paycheck for 3 months back to the co-op. Weekly paid members receive published job resources as well as snacks and access to meetings. The co-op pays other members of the group to watch pets or belongs of candidates.
5) (a double bonus) Form a detox facility for substance abuse. We would be a place willing to take in street youth client (attending at least 3 SYM indoor events in the month) for the purpose of detoxing from drugs or alcohol. They would stay there until a bed can be found in a longer term program. The goal of the detox facility is to always be able to get a spot open within 3 days. This would form a bridge buffer to rehab facilities that typically can only free a bed in 2-3 weeks. Two to three weeks is an eternity for a street-dependent youth.

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