Author Archive | Irit Umani

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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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Limited service, abundant gratitude

By Diane Holloway
Communications/Volunteer Coordinator

Need some inspiration? We’ve got it! Even though we all wonder when the coronavirus will go away and leave us alone, when we’ll be able to open our doors and invite people to come inside, we are inspired every day by the people outside. We all feel the isolation and loneliness in our personal lives. Here at Trinity Center, we feel it every time we come through the door and see emptiness where so many wonderful neighbors once congregated.

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