Educational and recreational programs needed for at-risk youth in East Austin.
Build a new corps community and administration center.
Critical need for drug and alcohol rehabilitation services for women.
Create a new women’s drug & alcohol rehabilitation program and housing.
Downtown shelter and social services center in need of repair and renovation after almost three decades of constant round-the-clock use.
Desperately needed renovation and expansion of services at the downtown shelter and social services center.
The Shelter for Women and Children is over capacity, causing us to turn away women and children every day.
Build a new shelter for women and children
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Each night, The Salvation Army Austin provides a bed to 420 neighbors in need.
73 percent of female adults improved their financial status after taking advantage of services provided by the Austin Shelter for Women and Children.
Last year, The Austin Shelter for Women and Children (operated by The Salvation Army) remained at 110% capacity for the duration of the year; there simply is not enough room to accommodate those in need.
79 percent of case-managed persons at the Downtown Shelter and Social Service Center went on to safe housing in 2014.
In 2014, 74 percent of The Salvation Army’s clients sheltered in Austin were women and children.
Homelessness is especially stressful for children. They worry they will have no place to live or no place to sleep, and school attendance is often poor.
The total number of beds at The Salvation Army emergency shelters has not increased in 10 years, while the city of Austin’s population has increased by 29 percent over the same time.
80 percent of clients who participated in The Salvation Army Employment Service Program improved their employment status.
Roughly 400 women and children are on the wait list for emergency shelter in Austin daily. On average, more than half of those on the list are children.
67 percent of those sheltered at the Austin Shelter for women and children are kids who attend public schools, preschools and child care just like any other child.
Capital Campaign Speeches and Coverage
The Salvation Army is rising to the challenge to meet the growing needs of our community with our capital campaign, Invisible Austin, to shine a public spotlight on the crisis of family homelessness.
Watch the videos to the right to learn more!
"The Shelter for Women and Children is over capacity, forcing us to turn away women and children every day."− Lt. Col. Henry Gonzalez, Salvation Army Austin Area Command
"My time at the shelter allowed me to think, prepare and get things in order. I feel renewed. I am renewed."− Kimberly, Salvation Army Austin Client
"The Salvation Army is helping me get back to what my kids know as normal."− Debra, Salvation Army Austin Client
"The needs in the Austin metropolitan area continue to grow, and The Salvation Army has a tremendous responsibility to be a part of the solution."− Lt. Col. Dorris Gonzalez, Salvation Army Austin Area Command