Breaking Ground: LifeWorks expands critical services in East Austin

Photos by Aaron Arnold

LifeWorks broke ground on a first of its kind project that will dramatically increase mental health counseling, and educational and financial literacy for people in East Austin, as well as help for homeless and foster care youth. The East Austin Youth and Family Resource Center is partially funded by a lead gift of $1Million from The Sooch Foundation. 

 “We view LifeWorks as one of the pillars of this great community. No one wants to imagine Austin without the work that LifeWorks is contributing quietly every day…the work, through education and services that gives hope and a step up to some of our most troubled youth. That is why it is without hesitation that Sooch Foundation supports the newest LifeWorks location, the East Austin Center.” ~The Sooch Foundation 

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Who
A mother struggling with literacy issues can’t read to her children; a man experiencing deep depression after losing his job can’t afford or find professional help ; an 18 year-old foster-care youth faces homelessness unless he gets  support when he ages out; and a man wanting to learn English  so he can get a higher paying job to support his family. 

Each of these people would be helped at the new East Austin Youth and Family Resource Center. LifeWorks provides a comprehensive safety-net of support for each of these issues.

Why
With the uncertain economy, more individuals and families, especially youth, are experiencing crisis in our community.  With the new facility, LifeWorks, which already serves more than 11,000 individuals and families each year, expects to increase its service delivery capacity by 25 percent.

This new facility will be a hub for educational and financial literacy for all of Central Texas. The new building will consolidate other LifeWorks sites, house new offices for Capital Idea and The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, and create a space for retail on the ground floor. It will also function as a clinical lab/internship program for area universities Master’s counseling students.

 

Where
835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd. (at Lyons Rd.)

Lead Funding Partner
Sooch Foundation

Major Funding Partners
City of Austin Neighborhood Housing & Community Development /US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation

Bonnie K. Mills

Linda & Glenn Neland

St. David’s Foundation

Topfer Family Foundation

Key Partners
American Campus Communities | Miro Rivera Architects | SpawGlass Construction

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