First United Methodist Church of Austin has established relationships with local outreach organizations.
Hunger and Homelessness
Central Texas Food Bank (www.centraltexasfoodbank.org; 512-282-2111)
Central Texas Food Bank works with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed us to bring 31 million meals to our community each year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits that turn to us for help.
Caritas (www.caritasofaustin.org; 512-479-4610)
For over 50 years, Caritas of Austin has been a turning point in people’s lives. Each year we serve thousands of families and individuals who do not have a stable place to call home. Through comprehensive, relationship-based services, Caritas of Austin turns crisis into stability and empowers people toward the life they want.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes (mlf.org; 512-328-7299)
We provide food & clothing and promote dignity to our homeless brothers and sisters in need. 365 days a year, volunteers hit the streets of Austin to serve the homeless. Volunteers serve food, clothing, hygiene items, and other life-sustaining necessities where needed most.
Foundation for the Homeless(www.foundationforthehomeless.org; 512-453-6570)
FFH mobilizes faith-based & community resources to restore hope & aspiration through transformative opportunities that prevent or end homelessness & nurture a more caring, sustaining community. Two of FFH’s programs are Family Promise/IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network) and the Tuesday/Thursday Feed My People breakfasts. General donations provide direct service assistance for clients in need of various items (e.g. money for medications, emergency clothing necessities, utility/rental debts, etc.).
Special Mission Opportunities
Justice for Our Neighbors (www.jfonaustin.org, 512-270-9883)
JFON is a network of more than 15 locally funded and managed sites that operate approximately 40 church-based immigration legal clinics serving more than 3,000 low-income clients a year. JFON sites take on a wide range of immigration cases, including asylum cases for those seeking protection from persecution or even death, survivors of human trafficking who apply for protection, detention cases, and many more. The Justice For Our Neighbors network also leads immigrant communities to better understand their rights and equip faith communities to respond quickly to emerging threats, such as workplace raids or emerging ministry opportunities created by changes in immigration policy or practice.
iACT (Interfaith Action Council of Texas, www.aaimaustin.org; 512-386-9145)
iACT, a member of the Austin Refugee Roundtable, serves refugees from 15 countries: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Rwanda, Somali, Sudan and Syria. iACT provides English-as-second-language classes and cultural instruction to help refugees as they integrate into the Central Texas community.
Austin Habitat for Humanity (www.austinhabitat.org; 512-472-8788)
Habitat for Humanity builds and repairs homes almost exclusively with volunteer labor. Whether you’re a skilled crafts person or you’ve never picked up a hammer, building with Habitat is a life-changing experience. You can sponsor a project, bring a group, or come on your own. Click here to register as a volunteer.
Hospice Austin (www.HospiceAustin.org; 512-342-4700)
Private, non-profit agency whose purpose is the care of terminally ill people and their families.
Samaritan Center for Counseling and Pastoral Care (www.samaritan-center.org; 512-451-7337)
The Samaritan Center has been saving lives, healing emotional wounds and giving hope to individuals and families for over 40 years. The Center’s mission is to improve the mental, physical, and spiritual health of children and families in Central Texas. They provide professional counseling, integrative medicine, and psychiatric services that are accessible and affordable for all, especially vulnerable populations such as uninsured or underinsured low-income families, and veterans struggling with the emotional wounds of war.
The Care Communities (www.thecarecommunities.org; 512-459-5883)
The Care Communities surrounds people who are battling serious illness with a dedicated family of volunteers and connects them to social workers who help ensure they have adequate housing, food, and income. Care Teams and one-on-one volunteers work together to help with non-medical daily tasks and offer companionship and emotional support to our neighbors who need it most.
Family Eldercare, INC. (www.familyeldercare.org; 512-450-0844)
Family Eldercare provides essential services to seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers. They strive to ensure that older adults receive the care they need to remain independent and living in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. We support caregivers with services and education that allow them the opportunity to have balance in their lives and to maintain good health. Family Eldercare provides a continuum of services on a sliding fee scale to more than 6,000 elders, people with disabilities and their caregivers annually in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties.
Ten Thousand Villages (1317 S. Congress Ave. , 512-440-0440; www.villagesofaustin.org)
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, “fair trade” retail store that sells crafts, jewelry, home furnishings and other items made by artisans in more than 30 different countries.