Austin Street Center

Good for Families!
Location: In Dallas
Interests: Homeless, Men, Women
Time Commitment: 2-4 hours/month Two hours each on the first and third Monday of each month
Contact: Heather Brestle

Austin Street Center’s mission is to provide safe shelter and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless. Founded in 1983, the center is an emergency shelter that serves men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older. Each person who finds shelter with them is provided a safe place to sleep, showers, clothing, and meals. Once their basic needs are met, they begin working on other aspects of their lives that will help them transition out of homelessness. Austin Street Center houses a work readiness program, including a staffed resource center, computer training, a job skills training program, and an employment specialist case manager. They also offer substance abuse and spiritual support, and programs specifically for women and veterans.

Participants come together twice a month (1st & 3rd Mondays at 6 p.m.) to prepare a meal for shelter attendees. The volunteer coordinator sends out sign ups in advance so people can choose what they would like to bring. Volunteers serve the meal to shelter attendees, offer fellowship, and complete clean up after the meal.