The Works II

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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).

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Changemaker Series

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You’re Invited!

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.

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October 1 Launch of New Housing Services

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On October 1, LifeWorks will launch three new programs that form the foundation of our community’s movement to End Youth Homelessness by 2020.  

The launch is the culmination of two years of advocacy, community planning, fundraising and leadership both locally (from staff, our dedicated community partners and City leadership) as well as nationally. 

The launch of Homelessness Diversion, The PORT (Permanency Through Outreach and Rapid Transitions) and the Rapid Rehousing collaboration with our partners ECHO, SAFE, and Caritas of Austin individually embody service innovation for youth exiting homelessness. Their real power will lie in how they work as part of Austin’s larger community-based service systems. We are working alongside the Department of Family and Protective Services and Austin Independent School District to develop diversionary strategies and pathways out of homelessness that are owned by our entire community, not just LifeWorks. This will continue to ensure that our entire community is rallying around solving the issue of homelessness in Austin.