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October Update

It was six months ago, this week, that Trinity Center’s staff and Board of Directors made the decision to close the center which would typically serve sixty to seventy people daily. Everything around us was closing as the city of Austin, the country, and the world as a whole attempted to defeat the COVID19 pandemic. For quite a while, downtown Austin was eerie, with only our brothers and sisters who are  experiencing homeless still visible. However, what was even more visible  amongst the empty streets and shuttered businesses were the organizations like us; libraries and other churches that were now unavailable. Imagine how the summer season felt, with temperature over 100 degrees for days in a row and every place these folks called “community” no longer available for respite and for basic services. Imagine the impact these closures had on these individuals, our neighbors. 

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Farewell, Trinity Neighbors!

Dear Trinity Neighbors,

In what would have been “normal” times, we would be gathered in Trinity Center for a brief devotion before breakfast, and I would have the privilege of saying goodbye to all of you in person. We would laugh, maybe cry a little and definitely hug. I’m a compulsive hugger, and you all serve up some of the best hugs I’ve ever experienced.

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Darlene: Hot but still hopeful outside

By Diane Holloway
Communications/Volunteer Coordinator

It’s a hotter-than-ever August and the middle of what seems like an endless pandemic. But Darlene, an Austin native who has been homeless for several years, still has a smile on her face. It’s hidden under a mask, but she smiles with her eyes and her cheerful “good-morning” voice.

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Nevertheless, we will continue.

By Irit Umani
Executive Director

When the COVID19 pandemic started, we just watched it for a while with worried minds, until it became clear that Trinity Center must re-adjust to the new reality. Clearly, we could not keep serving 60 people, six to a table, in our relatively small space. To do so would have meant spreading the virus and risking ourselves, our volunteers and the beloved neighbors we serve. It was heart-breaking because we love the mission, the values and the actual work that is done at Trinity Center. And the people we serve need us and our services.

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Bye bye and thanks, MeiMei!

By Diane Holloway
Communications/Volunteer Coordinator

From a shy middle school kid to a self-assured young woman now heading for Columbia University, MeiMei Graber, 18, has spent a half-dozen summers as a  Trinity Center volunteer through the National Charity League’s mother-daughter program. The NCL duos sign up to volunteer at lots of different places, but MeiMei kept choosing us, and we became her favorite.

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