Earlier this year we partnered with Oxford Commercial to help us move into our new Austin headquarters. As part of Oxford Commercial’s creative giving program, they donated a portion of our moving expenses to four charities of our choice. Today, we recognize one of those charities: LifeWorks. We are honored to welcome LifeWorks to share a little more about their great organization:
It all starts with acceptance.
At LifeWorks, we believe in the transformational power of acceptance. We are fiercely committed to empowering our clients to find their path to self-sufficiency and we are determined to have a positive, sustaining impact on our community that will last generations.
As an Austin non-profit focused on helping youth and families, we work every day with young men and women who’ve endured circumstances that are unimaginable: abuse, neglect, abandonment and violence. Many have endured years of moving from one foster care placement to another without ever knowing a single adult that they could depend on. Others have had to survive years of unstable or unsafe family situations. And far too many are forced into homelessness to escape intolerable circumstances for the “freedom” of life on the streets.
LifeWorks serves youth and families who want to change the direction of their lives, whether they are homeless, parenting or “aging out” of the foster care system. We offer 20 different results-focused programs – ranging from shelter, education and counseling to workforce development and affordable housing – all focused on helping clients find their path to self-sufficiency.
At LifeWorks we help our clients see themselves in new ways, and in the process, help them see their futures in new ways as well. We let them know that they possess the skills to address the challenges they face and the power within themselves to change the direction of their lives.
Empowering better futures requires proven, measurable results.
At LifeWorks we don’t shy away from data. We embrace it. It’s why we use a results-based accountability model to assess the impact and effectiveness of our services. For our organization to make an impact, all our passion, commitment and hard work must produce consistent, measurable and positive outcomes.
We serve over 10,000 individuals each year through 20 different counseling, education/workforce, youth development and youth housing/homelessness programs, providing the most comprehensive safety net of support in our community.
LifeWorks operates nine locations around the city of Austin, TX:
- Three Youth & Family Resource Centers (South, East & North)
- Street Outreach Drop–in Center for homeless youth
- Emergency Shelter for runaway, abused, abandoned and foster care youth
- Young Parents Program / Shelter
- Transitional Living Program
- Supportive Housing Program
- Affordable Housing Apartment Complex
It all leads to stronger families & a healthier community.
Every young person who comes to LifeWorks is facing a fork in the road.
One road leads down an all-too-familiar path of neglect, anger, apathy and disengagement. It’s the path that results in many young people becoming a burden of the state, or worse, the criminal justice system. And it leads to a world that propagates another generation of hopelessness.
But there is another road. It’s not fast or easy or painless, but it is empowering, rewarding and ultimately, life affirming. It’s the path to self-sufficiency. And it leads to a world where success is expected, achievement is celebrated, and independence is realized to the extent that it becomes utterly unremarkable. This is a world where hope is passed on from generation to generation.
To learn more about LifeWorks, make a gift or get involved, please visit www.lifeworksaustin.org.
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