Project Holiday Help 2018

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This year’s Project Holiday Help was an incredible success!

As part of the Project Holiday Help gift drop offs, individual, family, and corporate sponsors purchased more than $42,000 (and counting) in gifts for 200 youth and families receiving support from LifeWorks. In addition, many of the purchased gifts were accompanied by gift cards. The total amount of the gift cards is still being calculated, but to date, more than $4,000 has been donated to help support the programs offered to clients. We’d like to send a special thank you to Aaron at Brungot Farms for donating 41 fresh cut Christmas trees and 13 wreaths to clients and their families to help make the holiday season feel extra special. 

We would also like to thank LifeWorks Special Events Coordinator, Maureen Engle, for her commitment to our clients and families and for her dedication in organizing another fantastic year of Project Holiday Help.

LifeWorks Selected for Health Starts at Home Program Grant

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LifeWorks has been selected as a recipient of a $300,000 grant from the St. David’s Foundation that will continue to support the agency’s efforts in ending youth homelessness through safe, affordable housing. 

As one of 12 non-profit grant recipients for the St. David’s Foundation Health Starts at Home program, the program aims to improve the health and self-sufficiency of affordable housing residents.

LifeWorks plans to work with St. David’s Foundation, the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work and the University of Texas at Austin Design Institute to provide input on a healthy community prototype, designed with input from LifeWorks clients who have gone through the affordable housing process.

#WeDoExist

LifeWorks and Texas Appleseed have partnered to produce a month-long campaign to help raise awareness about the numbers of youth experiencing homelessness in the state of Texas. 

The We Do Exist (#WeDoExist) campaign aims to shine a light on the issue of youth homelessness and addresses the complexities surrounding the issue, including aging out of foster care, gaps in provided services and ways to increase school-based resources to help youth experiencing homelessness so that they don’t fall behind in their education. 

The campaign also offers tangible ways for members of the Austin community to get involved to help end youth homelessness, such as the means to inform and petition the Texas legislature. Volunteer opportunities will be featured in the near future.

Learn more about the campaign at [www.wedoexist.org]www.wedoexist.org.

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