My whole family has been involved with LifeWorks for about 13 years! It all started with my husband, Rich, being on the Board for many years, as well as Board Chair the year LifeWorks broke ground on their East Austin campus. I was first introduced to LifeWorks at the Home Improvement Challenge that they do every year. I was hooked and it’s one of my favorite things to volunteer for every year. I’ve also had the pleasure of being the designer for one of the apartments for several years! When my daughter, Emily, was a junior in high school, I was a Co-Chair for the annual Luncheon with Laura Wieland and our daughters were Jr. Co-Chairs. They organized an "Empower Party" for local high school students and raised $10,000 for LifeWorks. My latest volunteer project that I love is Second Chance Prom and my son, Sam, has volunteered in various roles with me the last few years. I love that we can volunteer as a family for these LifeWorks events, as well as helping with Project Holiday Help and other LifeWorks events throughout the year.
As construction on The Works II progresses, we’d like to provide our supporters with updates on our new 29-unit apartment building.
Since late spring, Milestone General Contractors and our Construction Manager, Mitch Weynand, have performed a great deal of work, including excavating the site and coming back with compacted fill for the foundation of the building. So far, installation of the necessary underground utilities (water, sewer and electrical conduit) and the concrete slab with grade beams (footings that carry the load or weight of the building) have been performed. The framing of the project is also starting to happen, which allows us to see the outer walls of the apartment units and get a better feel for the structure of the spaces. In a few weeks, a small boom crane will set the roof trusses. Please feel free to go by the East site and see the progress being made (just make sure to stay off the building site itself since this is a construction zone).
Earlier this summer, LifeWorks was selected as one of three nonprofits to participate in the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ (AIGA) Changemaker Series.
The series has united teams of creative professionals with nonprofits and social change organizations to use design thinking, sustainable frameworks and creative tools to help advance their mission. This is the first time the AIGA Changemaker Series has come to Austin, and we are proud to be part of the inaugural group of three nonprofits (LifeWorks, Foundation for the Homeless and Texas Appleseed) selected to participate in such a unique opportunity.
On Tuesday, September 25, we will celebrate the culmination of our research with a special showcase! Please join us in celebrating our work and for the opportunity to learn more about advocacy through design for people experiencing homelessness in Austin.
Tickets are $10, include complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres, and can be purchased here. The event will be held at WeWork at 801 Barton Springs Road, from 5:30-8 p.m. Paid parking is available directly across the street in the Palmer Events Center garage. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund Austin’s next Changemaker Series. To learn more about the series and AIGA, click here.