Giving Partner Showcase: Front Steps
Front Steps is an umbrella organization that is focused on providing a pathway home for those in the community experiencing homelessness. Through its various programs, Front Steps is able to offer emergency shelter for the most vulnerable, affordable housing in various areas of Austin, recuperative medical care, supportive services throughout the process of going from homeless to housed, and promotes community awareness of homelessness.
The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless is run by Front Steps and is located in downtown Austin. It is the first point of entry to individuals experiencing homelessness in Travis County. The ARCH provides resources such as sleeping areas, showers, a laundry facility, a clothing closet, and health services in their downstairs clinic. It is a one stop facility where all of the basic physical needs of homeless individuals are met.
ARCH staff and volunteers focus on meeting each individual where they are at, and seeing them for who they are, as fellow human beings. There is no sobriety or faith based requirement, and they strive to make each person feel accepted. Individuals wishing to work towards permanent housing are given a case manager that helps them work towards stability in income, housing, and self-care.
We partner with Front Steps to supply them with new socks which protect the feet of their clients that have to walk everywhere they go. Socks wear out quickly for individuals experiencing homelessness, but clients of the ARCH need only to ask for a pair and one is provided. Even clients that have recently moved into housing are able to have new pairs of socks to help stock up their wardrobe.
We are so grateful to have such an amazing partner to help give back in the Austin area. We are able to give to them when you buy from Mitscoots. For every item purchased, we give an equal quality item to help people in need and employ those transitioning out of homelessness to package everything up. The items we give make a lasting impact on our community and are a blessing to those who need them. So check out our store to buy our gear, or sign up to volunteer and give back to your community!
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