LifeWorks is a fearless advocate for youth and families seeking self-sufficiency by offering housing, counseling, and education & workforce programs.
Teens experiencing homelessness have unique needs. “I want to have fun. I can’t have a sleepover at the shelter, I can’t go to @sxsw or @aclfestival because I can’t afford it. I could go skating, but too far away. No way to be a young person, that was taken away from me.”
Did you know that more than 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are Black or identify as a person of color? Having uncomfortable conversations, especially around race, is a part of how we will end homelessness in #atx - @susanbmcdowell #LBJfutureforum
“There are currently 5 million Texans without basic healthcare plans,” @atxecho Executive Director Matt Mollica explaining just one of hundreds of reasons why a person may fall into homelessness. #LBJfutureforum
We’re happy to be a part of the #LBJfutureforum this evening!Tonight’s panelists, including our CEO, @susanbmcdowell, and youth advocate, Lyric Wardlow, will talk about youth and family homelessness in #atx. #endyouthhomelessness https://t.co/R4IrqZl79Z
Our Emergency Cold Weather Shelter (for youth 26 and under) will be open tonight! Dinner and breakfast provided. Pets must stay at Austin Animal Center. https://t.co/ybOYNX8uql
We’re honored to have our Executive Director Susan McDowell speak at today’s @CM_Austin. #CMlost #CMATX https://t.co/RMQvY0bSTK
RT @LBJLibrary: For the families and children experiencing homelessness in #Austin, what are the solutions and what can we do as a communit…
Susan will share her vision to end youth homelessness here in #atx. Registration opens in 10 minutes - get your free tickets with the link below! #endyouthhomelessness twitter.com/CM_Austin/stat…
This switch for @Frontsteps represents additional efforts to address homelessness. A housing-first approach coupled w/ case management means increased resources for clients to successfully make the transition from a shelter into a home. #endhomelessness bit.ly/2nvgtlC
Congratulations to @IntegralCareATX on the opening of Terrace at Oak Springs! There will now be 50 fewer individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets in Travis County. #endhomelessness #housingfirst #atx twitter.com/IntegralCareAT…
Special thanks to the Veloci-teers from @Velocityaustin for participating in the @UnitedWayATX day of caring with LifeWorks. https://t.co/LKuOWso1D8
A big thank you to @txsocks4thesole for the generous donation and continued support in helping the youth and families who seek a path to self-sufficiency. https://t.co/ZNuO9tAnBB
We were recently selected as a recipient of a $50,000 grant from @glimmeraustin to expand the range of services in our Workforce Development program to approximately 60 new clients! pic.twitter.com/vRBHBKp5jv pic.twitter.com/bfPcFd9JSx
We were recently selected as a recipient of a $50,000 grant from @aglimmerofhope to expand the range of services in our Workforce Development program to approximately 60 new clients! https://t.co/vRBHBKp5jv
Today, we commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Please stand with us as we honor the nearly 3,000 thousand lives lost on this day 18 years ago. #NeverForget #Honor911 https://t.co/t5XmzZKC3C
Congratulations to the Austin Youth Collective (AYC) and to @austintexasgov for its recent True Award! The True Award was given last week to the City of Austin by @TrueColorsUnite for its commitment to ending youth homelessness. https://t.co/gTigJPEYbs
For the past six months, our GED/HSE program has partnered with GHealth volunteers from @DellMedSchool. They have shared health-related info w/students in one or more GED or other HSE education programs here in #atx. Read about our great partnership here: bit.ly/2k86C3z https://t.co/qgmH2WlWrD
If you weren’t able to make tonight’s forum, you can watch it here! #atxhomelessforum #endyouthhomelessness twitter.com/downtownatxinf…
Did you know that aging out of foster care and moving in and out of the juvenile justice system are some of the biggest causes for youth experiencing homelessness? #atxhomelessforum #EndYouthHomelessness https://t.co/l2IKo20zZm
RT @DowntownATXInfo: Tonight’s forum on homelessness in our community at the @TheLBJSchool is kicking off. Bill Brice from our team joins M…
OurExecutive Director, Susan McDowell, is participating in a panel this evening on homelessness. She’ll be sharing the ways that we’ve already made an impact on #endingyouthhomelessness #atxhomelessforum #atxcouncil https://t.co/aXYWEAtHns
A huge thank you to all the generous donors who kindly contributed to our Annual Back to School campaign. We collected hundreds of much needed supplies for youth and families headed back to school. #Education4Everyone https://t.co/4DMoJ3A7pF
We’re truly grateful to @capitalone, an ongoing supporter of our efforts to End Youth Homelessness in Austin by 2020. Special thanks to James Roy and Brency Cuellar for all they do for LifeWorks. #endingyouthhomelessness https://t.co/KT3CB9soWH
In honor of our 2019 Back to School campaign, we are bringing it back with #flashbackfridays! Reshare if you remember reading "Stellaluna" by Janell Cannon. You can learn more and view our wishlists at lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20…. #Education4Everyone https://t.co/X3LUkkciax
In honor of our 2019 Back to School campaign, we are bringing it back with #flashbackfridays! Reshare if you remember reading "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff. You can learn more and view our wishlists at lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20… #Education4Everyone https://t.co/41cONMzyQk
A big thank you to @logisticare for your generous back to school donations! #BackToSchool https://t.co/pPvjSjLduH
“Supported Education helps us paint a picture of what is to come and how a client's long-term career and life goals can manifest from further their skills and education,” Stephanie, a LifeWorks Employment Specialist, says. #Education4Everyone #LWBack2School https://t.co/FhdcZhiocS
“We have a chance to end homelessness in our city.” @MayorAdler #ATXcouncil #endinghomelessness https://t.co/3FsnOQwMQg
Happening now! Tune in if you can. #endinghomelessness #atxcouncil twitter.com/downtownatxinf…
We've reached our backpack goal, but we are still in need of school supplies for our youth and families. View our back to school wishlists at lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20…. Thank you for your continued support as we work to end youth homelessness. #Education4Everyone https://t.co/xZc0yroLeB
As an Employment Specialist, Andrea helps new GED grads w/ identifying their hopes & dreams. Her best Back to School memory is earning a master’s degree: “This completed my family’s legacy because everyone in my immediate family had received their master’s." #Education4Everyone https://t.co/Z031tUiaWr
A big thank you to @DPRConstruction for volunteering today and your ongoing support of the LifeWorks mission. #endingyouthhomelessness https://t.co/29dILoYSWQ
In honor of our 2019 Back to School campaign, we are bringing it back with #flashbackfridays! Reshare if you remember reading "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister. You can learn more and view our wishlists at lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20…. #Education4Everyone https://t.co/ipDRIytuaL
In honor of our 2019 Back to School campaign, we are bringing it back with #flashbackfridays! Reshare if you remember reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle. You can learn more and view our wishlists at lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20…. #Education4Everyone https://t.co/sPul4OFsyR
Merih assists #GED clients w/ aspects of their secondary education enrollment. “[One of] my students feels (that) she will finally break out of poverty, and with her promotion in near sight, she already feels like a winner,” Merih says. #Education4Everyone #LWBack2School https://t.co/lEnPxrqzEx
We need your help as LifeWorks GED students gear up for the school year! Consider viewing our GED specific wishlist and donating so we can help provide #Education4Everyone and end youth homelessness. View our GED specific wishlist here --> bit.ly/2Tr9rtz https://t.co/MGvacyzePf
Crayons, glue, and backpacks are only some of the supplies needed for our Pre K youth this school year. Interested in leveraging critical resources to help? View our Pre K specific wishlist here ---> bit.ly/33qHfvA For more information visit lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20…. https://t.co/uJouBNVCWL
ICYMI during the next couple of weeks LifeWorks is requesting new or gently used in kind donations for our annual Back to School campaign. Visit lifeworksaustin.org/backtoschool20… for more information. https://t.co/89SWIGm1Pr
Thousands of students within the AISD school system are preparing to head back to school. Many of them are still in need of basic classroom supplies and backpacks. Want to help? View our Back to School wish lists here: bit.ly/31r7IHF #education4everyone https://t.co/VI0bWpmBc7
Youth advocate, Lyric Wardlow, kicked off City Manager Cronk’s #ATXBudget2020 presentation by highlighting the success of advocacy efforts by the Austin Youth Collective in ending youth homelessness. https://t.co/8qW3qWeMUL
City Manager Spencer Cronk says that this year’s budget process included “unprecedented collaboration in building the budget to increase quality and equality across City services.” @austintexasgov #ATXBudget2020 https://t.co/AsbSTZTwnP
Our Executive Director, Susan McDowell, welcomes guests to LifeWorks for the #ATXBudget2020 presentation by City Manager Spencer Cronk. @austintexasgov https://t.co/zu4rUCwr2x
We are looking forward to hosting today’s press conference! twitter.com/austintexasgov…
We are excited to announce that we are partnering with @cocobundleco and @FitJoy on a new campaign to foster supportive home environments for clients as they learn & grow throughout the 2019-2020 school year! Learn how you can help us at cocobundle.co/givenow https://t.co/Hqb38oTL6e
A huge thank you to our 2019 Full Moon Masquerade donors! We couldn't have done it without you. Read more about our LifeWorks Prom and view photos on our blog here ---> bit.ly/2LExRyQ https://t.co/hJiAyo4Z9L
A huge thank you to our 2019 Full Moon Masquerade donors! We couldn't have done it without you. Read more about our LifeWorks Prom and view photos on our blog here ---> bit.ly/2LExRyQ https://t.co/3AUuDNJd0T
We're just $500 away from meeting our GoFundMe goal for our Second Chance Prom on Thursday! We're in need of men's clothing in small/medium sizes, belts, shoes of all sizes for men and women and some jewelry. Can you help? More donation info here: gofundme.com/lwprom https://t.co/efQP6si6xQ
This past May, LifeWorks was one of six #atx nonprofits named as beneficiaries of the @KappaKappaGamma Settings 2019 event. Today, the lovely women of Kappa Kappa Gamma Austin Alumnae Association delivered our portion of the proceeds, a check for just over $11,000. Thank you! https://t.co/HGUPlbnqPm
We have some great news! Thanks to your support in sharing and liking the below post from April, LifeWorks was selected by @northhighland as the $5,000 winner! #dogb2019 twitter.com/LifeWorksAusti…
"Friday marks the 150th anniversary of the day that brought freedom to 250,000 African-Americans from slavery in Texas, commonly known as Juneteenth." Great article from our friends at @KUT Read more here ---> bit.ly/2INB8YA https://t.co/99JYm07pPh
UPDATE as of 5:01 PM: Our phone and internet services are still experiencing intermittent outages. Please continue to bear with us. twitter.com/LifeWorksAusti…
As of 2:25PM all locations are back online. twitter.com/lifeworksausti…
*Important Notice* LifeWorks is experiencing a power outage at our east headquarters site which is also impacting internet and phone connections at all of our locations. If you are trying to reach us immediately, please send us a direct message. Thank you!
A HUGE thank you to @Q2ebanking for last weeks "Bike Build"! Over 40 company leaders collaboratively built 12 bikes to be donated to LifeWorks youth and families! We truly appreciate your continued support as we work to end youth homelessness. https://t.co/HXHhYgxsuo
RT @Mission_Capital: Our friends at @LifeWorksAustin are holding this very interesting #data training, where MC's Aligned Impact Fellow, St…
We are so thankful to the #ATX @CharlesSchwab team of volunteers for their work in helping to beautify our east site yesterday! #schwab4good https://t.co/TOTXtRLhEy
Happy Mother’s Day! At LifeWorks, our Young Parents Program helps new parents and young families improve their long-term well-being through employment opportunities, parenting education, securing childcare, and more. #SupportYoungFamilies #SupportTeenParents https://t.co/5ZnbKXTMK7
You may remember Shannon Klebart, our featured speaker at this year's Lunch for LifeWorks. In this article, Shannon explains how her journey to philanthropy began, and how anyone can become a "citizen philanthropist": urlzs.com/2dxjT #powerofphilanthropy #ATX
Thank you, @KappaKappaGamma, for a wonderful Settings 2019 event. We appreciate being included as a beneficiary alongside some of our great #ATX nonprofits! https://t.co/7Y8tHRj5pH
We still have a chance at $5K! Help our local @northhighland team win the #dogb2019 challenge by retweeting this post to thank them for their efforts in helping us #endyouthhomelessness! https://t.co/iDekMwUFgl
Volunteers from the @northhighland #ATX team put together kitchen and bathroom move-in kits for clients in our Rapid Rehousing Program. Together, we can #endyouthhomelessness! Help LifeWorks win $5K from their corporate office by retweeting this post! #dogb2019 https://t.co/H0MBxDejF3
LifeWorks is the featured organization of the month for tonight's Design Jam. Looking forward to working with #ATX creatives and #generalassemblyaustin! meetup.com/Design-Jam/eve…
We'd love to see you this Saturday at the Weird Homes Tour! LifeWorks will receive a portion of the proceeds from this event, where eight of the most creative, kooky, magical, and eccentric places in #ATX are open to the public! Learn more here: bit.ly/2V6COEU https://t.co/uX3cApM9AW
This video was shown at the Lunch for LifeWorks last week. In it, we highlight the power of lived experience, and the ways we utilize peer support to address the unique needs of our clients. Thank you, @CastleviewATX, for bringing our vision to life! vimeo.com/329874237 https://t.co/r9U2Trmq4w
This video was shown at the Lunch for LifeWorks last week. In it, we highlight the power of lived experience, and the ways we utilize peer support to address the unique needs of our clients. Thank you, @CastleviewATX, for bringing our vision to life! vimeo.com/329874237
Meet Shannon, a fearless advocate for youth and young families experiencing homelessness! As the Lunch for LifeWorks featured speaker, Shannon will share how her lived experience led her to LifeWorks and inspired her to give back to her community. #endyouthhomelessness https://t.co/yChPP4Z8VV
This afternoon's Lunch for LifeWorks theme is Building Up: The Power of Lived Experience. We're celebrating lived experience and believe a client's previous challenges and choices can serve as a source of strength in their journey to self-sufficiency. #endyouthhomelessness https://t.co/VLGC670sC6
"Living life on the streets in the beginning for me wasn't something I saw as a consequence, I saw it as a freedom. It wasn't until I realized that I needed shelter and food and basic things to really make me a happy person." - Alex, Austin Youth Collective #endyouthhomelessness https://t.co/gFatnaoEaj
“I want a house. I want to go to college to be a sign language interpreter. I want my life to be set. I want to prove everyone who said I couldn’t wrong.” – Taylor #endyouthhomelessness https://t.co/f6VQ1DQG4Z
This article from @ReportingTexas highlights our #AmplifyATX event where participants fundraised to sleep out. Read more about our efforts to end youth homelessness by making it rare, brief and non-recurring in Austin! #endyouthhomelessness reportingtexas.com/austin-works-t…
RT @TexasDFPS: This month is Child Abuse Prevention month! Please join us in spreading awareness about the importance of preventing and pro…
Ending youth homelessness requires a relentless and collaborative focus on providing safe, immediate housing options, and access to the kinds of services our most vulnerable youth need. #endingyouthhomelessness #endinghomelessness #atx #PITCount #housingfirst
On Oct., 1, we implemented three key programs: Diversion, PORT (our transitional living program), and Rapid Re-Housing Plus. Since then, we’ve housed *78* youth in 5 months! #endyouthhomelessness #atx #endinghomelessness #housingfirst #PITCount
There has been a 24% reduction in youth homelessness overall and a 57% reduction in unsheltered youth homelessness! #PITCount #endyouthhomelessness #atx #housingfirst #endhomelessness
The results of last year’s PIT Count are in, and we’ve got fanstastic news about youth homelessness! We’re at a press conference with @MayorAdler now. #endyouthhomelessness #atx #housingfirst https://t.co/WogxYJPvQM
Looking forward to working with @TheDrum and @karmarama! Thank you for inviting us to participate. twitter.com/NaomiTaylor149…
RT @amy_mendenhall: Excited to have opportunity to present with @LifeWorksAustin staff on Strength Model case management at @CMHConference…
RT @hellotimscott: It was a great class with the smart and talented communications team @LifeWorksAustin. Lots of great student conversatio…
LifeWorks youth cold weather shelter will be open tonight! Please arrive between 7pm-8pm at our east site multipurpose room (835 N Pleasant Valley Rd). ❄️ For more information visit lifeworksaustin.org/coldweather. https://t.co/sYdToOK3YH
We would like to extend a special thank you to the employees of @Q2ebanking for their participation in A Night Out! Thanks to their commitment and the help of their friends and family, they raised a total of $8,418 toward the full amount of gifts made during Amplify Austin! https://t.co/0W0yWdzzM8
Thank you everyone for helping us #AmplifyLW! Your belief in our efforts to ensure that youth homelessness in Austin is rare, brief and non-recurring resulted in a total amount of $80,453!!! We truly appreciate your continued support! https://t.co/EnYzNK9q91
Youth experiencing homelessness may only have access to hot meals because of the community members dedicated to providing them. Every Wednesday, our Youth Resource Center shares details on where youth can access a free community meal. #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX https://t.co/c6ro8mwdLH
👍🏼Way to go #ATX! If you haven’t already given your gift in support of LifeWorks, there’s still time! - -> amplifyatx.org/multigive?org_… twitter.com/ilh_igh/status…
Sometimes, youth experiencing homelessness have less than $5 to purchase food for themselves. What would you buy if you had less than $5? #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX Support us as we end youth homelessness by giving here-->bit.ly/2NAiO7j https://t.co/mQB54y8OGd
Did you know that here in Austin more than 600 youth between the ages of 18-24 spend the night outside? You may come across many of these youth experiencing homelessness and not even know it. #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX https://t.co/9d91uugCSp
Youth receiving LifeWorks services may have access to bus passes or taxi cab vouchers to help them navigate the city for important appointments or commitments. #AmplifyLW #amplifyATX Support us as we end youth homelessness by giving here-->bit.ly/2NAiO7j https://t.co/okegkQgYqt
Good morning! You still have until 6 p.m., today to #AmplifyLW; have you made your gift yet? #AmplifyAtx Support us as we end youth homelessness by giving here-->bit.ly/2NAiO7j or visiting lifeworksaustin.org/anightout. https://t.co/dXrvcxRJzh
Almost 40 percent of the homeless in the United States are under 18. #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX
A University of Texas study estimated that 25 percent of youth experiencing homelessness are trafficked. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW
Trauma looms large in the lives of youth experiencing homelessness, making them hesitant to seek out help from unknown adults and systems. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW
Family rejection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity was the most frequently cited factor contributing to LGBTQ homelessness (46 percent) #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX
About 80 percent of homeless youth (aged 12-21) use drugs or alcohol as a means to self-medicate to deal with the traumatic experiences and abuse they face. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW
Symptoms and survival behavior associated with youth homelessness is criminalized, leading to a cycle of juvenile or criminal justice system involvement that does little to meet the needs of youth and instead serves to perpetuate homelessness. #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX
Runaway youth and youth experiencing homelessness may be forced into trafficking by economic necessity: A study of runaways found that most youth did not plan their departure and had $10 or less when they left home. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW
Eating dinner at the park while we talk to our youth about experiencing homelessness. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW https://t.co/nzDYTfKfOM
What would you buy for $5? Our youth and a participant getting groceries with their $5 HEB gift card. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW https://t.co/eWevJuoXBO
Those who are homeless experience higher rates of sexual and physical assault. One survey of youth experiencing homelessness found that 28 percent had experienced two or more forms of victimization while living on the streets. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW
More than 25 percent of former foster children become homeless within two to four years of leaving the system. #AmplifyATX #AmplifyLW
Youth experiencing homelessness typically do not have access to transportation, or the money to consistently pay for public transportation. Depending on where they must go, most youth choose to walk. #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX https://t.co/eDkt7P0htp
Almost 40 percent of the homeless in the United States are under 18. #AmplifyLW #AmplifyATX
 
 
 
 
 
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