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July 17, 2019

Clients Need More than Housing


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   “We don’t
just need housing,” a client named Curtis told me recently. “We need help
learning how to live in housing.” He was frustrated, but he’s part
of a voice of change in Austin.




 Street Youth
Ministry is trusted, and we inspire our clients. We empower them to make change
— we don’t make it for them. We are an evolving ministry, always looking to
keep things fresh. Being fresh helps attract people to us, but there’s more to
needing to be fresh than that. The landscape and the needs are always changing.
One must listen intently and inquire directly to learn what clients are
coping with and what they need now
. And you must pay attention to the
environment in which they are homeless and seeking help: other agencies, local
and federal agencies, relevant social problems and pressures.


   Curtis was
referring to a new HUD initiative (administered by ECHO with
federal funding) that has provided many clients with free housing for a period
of time. I know its origins well, because helped write the program definition that
got HUD approval and brought the $5.5 million initiative to life. HUD pays only
for housing, so we receive none of the funding and we are not able to be part
of the oversight. However, we refer lots of interested clients into the program
and continue to work with them afterwards.

Curtis was
voicing concern that people who are taken from the streets and placed in
apartments, even free ones, lose their community. They can become depressed and
isolated. In addition, we see clients with stress and anxiety from housing
responsibilities that can seem almost unsurmountable. Many invite their
friends over to re-establish that community, but this can lead to eviction.
Depressed
and isolated people have a hard time with motivation to find and keep jobs—a
new experience for many–so they are often unemployed.  Overall they don’t feel competent at life.


SYM has
adapted to this changing environment by listening to our clients
. We asked
how can we help. Some want one-on-one budgeting help. Some want employment
guidance. We spend considerable time in guidance counseling these days with
people who have housing but aren’t sure what is next. In addition, we help with
groceries once a week (see story next page). And we provide cleaning supplies
once a month. All this allows us to maintain our relationship, even
though the clients perhaps don’t come to our Drop-in Center as often, because
they have an apartment
.

   We have added several
events and activities with a goal of creating a feeling of competency within
our clients: art group, game night and talent night. They can volunteering at
SYM to earn credits so they can purchase nice donated items from our “store.”
(We’ve found this to be a great way to also re-engage clients in a personal
economy and teach deferred gratification.) They can earn participate in our online
learning programs and earn credit for merchandise on Amazon. (This teaches them
the process of saving for larger items and planning purchases.) We have several
events that are great for lonely clients who might need a community: peer
support group, movie night, or game night.

  

Curtis is a
good example of our guidance counseling at work
. He first received
services almost daily about 18 months ago. Then he stopped coming and began
pursuing jobs in security. He got an apartment under the HUD program, pays his
bills and buys his groceries. Recently, he started coming back to us on
occasion for community and guidance. He shared that he doesn’t want to work in
security. It’s just what he found. He wants to start a camp for
disadvantaged children, but he doesn’t really know where to start.


   Curtis has become
our next client intern for entrepreneurship. He will work in our Drop-in like
any intern, but we will also spend time with him teaching him about donors,
volunteers, in-kind giving, program management and so on. We hope that by the
end of the internship he will know if education or more practical experience is
the next step in pursuing his dream!



   Thank you for being a part of all the guidance
counseling and practical help we supply to our street youth clients! It
matters! It works!
  
Terry

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July 10, 2019

SYM expands southward!


We held our first event recently in San Marcos! We are in awe of how God has moved. Two street friends from Austin who are now in San Marcos helped introduce us to five other young adults, and we had a prayer concert! Amazing Grace! And the photo (above) includes a local volunteer as well! God is so good!

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July 10, 2019

SYM expands southward!


We held our first event recently in San Marcos! We are in awe of how God has moved. Two street friends from Austin who are now in San Marcos helped introduce us to five other young adults, and we had a prayer concert! Amazing Grace! And the photo (above) includes a local volunteer as well! God is so good!

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July 10, 2019

SYM expands southward!


We held our first event recently in San Marcos! We are in awe of how God has moved. Two street friends from Austin who are now in San Marcos helped introduce us to five other young adults, and we had a prayer concert! Amazing Grace! And the photo (above) includes a local volunteer as well! God is so good!

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July 8, 2019

Happy about his new bike!





SYM client Jerameel celebrates (with Rosie, our mascot) earning a newly reconditioned bicycle from the Yellow Bike Project. He completed more than 20 volunteer hours helping around the Drop-in Center. Yellow Bike Project is a volunteer-powered initiative to put bicycles on the streets of Austin and Central Texas by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group.

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July 8, 2019

Happy about his new bike!





SYM client Jerameel celebrates (with Rosie, our mascot) earning a newly reconditioned bicycle from the Yellow Bike Project. He completed more than 20 volunteer hours helping around the Drop-in Center. Yellow Bike Project is a volunteer-powered initiative to put bicycles on the streets of Austin and Central Texas by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group.

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July 6, 2019

In-kind donation bonanza!



Clients enjoy an odd donation

Alpaca Market delivers super healthy, locally sourced, organically grown salad bowls, breakfast bowls and more!
 
 Another Client gets a comforter to use in newly found apartment; 

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July 5, 2019

It began with pizza, and grew from there!



Bridge Investment Group, an organization of business executives who give back to the community, recently threw SYM a pizza party! They first planned to drop off the pizza and leave, but they were pleasantly surprised when they met our clients and engaged in meaningful conversation. They spent some time truly getting to know who they were serving, and that bridged a gap between two very different worlds. After they left, our clients were heard commenting about how cool it was for them to do that.


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July 4, 2019

Young Rotarians create ‘hygiene kits’ for SYM clients



Members of the Rotaract Club, UT’s chapter of Rotary International, helped assemble nearly 100 feminine hygiene kits that will be dispersed to SYM clients. The UT students were aided by a donation from the Rotary Club of Historic Brownsville. Rotary and Rotaract pride themselves in “service above self” at home and overseas.

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July 3, 2019

SYM’s top-rated again!


SYM’s top-rated again!
YOUR positive reviews helped us retain this distinction for a fourth consecutive year! Here’s a sample:

“I am always amazed at the way SYM continues to serve its community year after year, bringing new ideas and positive achievements on a rather small budget. Their heart for their clients is undeniable, and Terry has built a team that shares his vision and serves with love.” — A donor

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