The single best way to step outside of ourselves, and heal, is to do for others.
Service Opportunities in Austin, TX
“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it” –Alcoholics anonymous big book, p. 89
Communities for Recovery
At Communities for Recovery, they say give to keep. Whether a person is in early recovery, later recovery, or simply wants to support others on their journey, there is a place for you at Communities for Recovery.
Communities for Recovery is a safe place, an oasis of support and acceptance for anyone struggling with substance use or mental health.
Communities for Recovery is dedicated to building a strong and healthy recovery community in Austin, Texas, and beyond. They support long-term recovery for people with substance use and co-occurring mental health conditions by partnering within the Austin community to provide peer-supported recovery programs and services.
Pioneering Austin’s leading peer recovery program and offering support groups, meetings, educational workshops, health and wellness classes, a career closet, a computer lab, and connections to other community resources such as housing and employment, makes Communities for Recovery leaders in the Austin community when it comes to community resources.
Volunteer Opportunities available through Communities for Recovery – Women of Grace have historically stood as Recovery Coaches supporting women who are interested in Recovery and do not know where to begin.
Communities for Recovery creates a strong recovery community by connecting community members with meaningful service work, and with each other.
Communities for Recovery was founded by a team of volunteers, and volunteers remain the cornerstone of the organization today. There are so many ways to give back and find purpose and belonging as a volunteer with this organization.
Service opportunities with Communities for Recovery range from daily commitments, like assisting with community outreach or a fundraising event, to long-term involvement, which might include becoming a Peer Recovery Coach.
Whatever your passion, Communities for Recovery can help you find a way to apply it through volunteering.
You can connect with a volunteer coordinator at the following link, https://cforr.org/become-volunteer/.
“When I am willing to do the right thing, I am rewarded with an inner peace no amount of liquor could ever provide. When I am unwilling to do the right thing, I become restless, irritable, and discontent. It is always my choice.” –Alcoholics anonymous big book, p. 317
Trinity Center Austin
Trinity Center in Austin operates 6 days per week, Sunday through Friday
This organization grew out of the concern of parishioners at St. David’s Episcopal Church for people experiencing homelessness and living in shelters or on the streets near the church.
Trinity Center was founded by volunteers and is based on a model of action through volunteerism. Since its inception in 1999, Trinity Center has evolved from a Sunday-only ministry taking place in borrowed space, to a separately-incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in April of 2000, that offers a variety of programs and activities for the homeless population throughout the week.
Trinity Center is a leader among faith-based organizations serving our neighbors experiencing homelessness and poverty. They honor and serve Christ by practicing hospitality and companionship with one another.
Trinity Center is a faith-based organization conducting programs that serve the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of the poor and homeless in Austin.
Trinity Center achieves its mission through:
- Volunteer opportunities that foster compassion, understanding and acceptance of God’s people who are homeless and poor
- Neighborly hospitality in a caring environment
- Collaboration with similarly-focused agencies, faith-based organizations, service providers and partner congregations
- The responsible use of space provided by St. David’s Episcopal Church.
Sunday – 2:45 – 4:30p – On Sunday afternoon Trinity acts as the church for people experiencing homelessness with a service that is offered alternately by different churches and is followed with a meal. Many of the neighbors do not feel welcome in the regular Sunday services in town. By setting up the center as a communal place to worship, with a service, music, meals and a collaboration with other spiritual services’ providers we “walk the walk” of loving our neighbors as ourselves. There are usually 60-70 people who come to Sunday services.
Monday – While operating Trinity Center it became obvious that there are fewer services offered to homeless women, who are traditionally more vulnerable and at risk in the population. Since 2005, Trinity Center has operated a Monday program for homeless women, creating a safe and welcoming environment away from the streets and offering a free clothing. As in all other days of operation, breakfast and case-management services are offered as well. We receive mail for neighbors and offer mail check 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
Tuesday – Second women’s day of the week. On Tuesdays women are offered private showers and financial assistance to secure vital documents, such as IDs, birth certificates, food handler’s permits and prescription medication co-pays.
Wednesday – Friday Neighbor to Neighbor is a program that runs three days per week, Wed- Fri, and offers breakfast each day and a community center setting for all who come. They also offer individual case management aimed at assisting people in accessing services and additional services such as phone and computer use. Trinity Center receives mail for neighbors and offers mail check 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.
“You can help when no one else can. You can secure their confidence when others fail.” –Alcoholics anonymous big book, p. 89
The dedicated team of volunteers plays a key role in The Salvation Army’s goal to provide support, the very best social services, and to give aid wherever and whenever needed.
The only requirement for volunteerism is an interest in giving back to the community, along with the willingness and ability to work as part of a team of other volunteers and staff members.
Time and commitment are essential to the success of the organization. Individuals must be 18 years or older to volunteer.
The Salvation Army lists all their volunteer opportunities on their Austin chapter website, which can be found, https://salvationarmyaustin.org/.
For more information, contact Volunteer Manager Donna Clendennen: Donna.Clendennen@uss.salvationarmy.org.
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