TLC’s Year Of Service Stops In Austin
The rain didn’t stop TLC staff from exerting a bit of manual labor in exchange for a good cause down in Austin, TX! Our second stop on TLC’s Year of Service tour introduced us to Green Doors, a small organization in Austin committed to preventing and helping end homelessness in Central Texas. They do this not only by creating affordable, safe, quality housing for formerly homeless residents, but also by providing residents with the support services and education needed to end chronic homelessness.
So while rain deterred our original plans to get outside and help Green Doors with landscaping needs at several of their housing facilities, volunteers found plenty of work to keep them busy indoors. Over the course of two days, TLC staff helped build furniture for two apartments in Green Doors’ transitional housing site for veterans at Pecan Springs.
TLC volunteers also got a tour of several Green Doors housing facilities located throughout the Austin area. Account Assistant Joe Richards commented, “It was amazing to see the number of apartment complexes and houses Green Doors provides for disabled veterans and families struggling with homelessness. The sense of community amongst the residents is very apparent.”
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The experience was inspiring to volunteers. Lynn Levendusky, graphic designer, shared, “It was heartwarming to hear stories about previously homeless individuals who were given a place to live and a chance at gaining independence through the services Green Doors offers.”
And the impact the group’s work and philanthropic contribution will have on Green Doors residents is invaluable. “So often, our residents come to us with nothing; opening a door to a fully furnished apartment really makes a house feel like a home,” said Avalon Rehn, volunteer coordinator at Green Doors. Joe agreed, “By far the best part of the entire experience was seeing the finished product – a beautifully furnished apartment that will greet one resident when they move in for the first time.”
New residents begin moving into the apartments at Pecan Springs March 6.
TLC would like to thank Green Doors for welcoming our volunteers on this project. For more information about volunteer opportunities with Green Doors, or to make a gift, contact Avalon Rehn, Volunteer Coordinator at 512-469-9130 x305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.