COMING IN FROM THE COLD: HELPING OUT DURING AUSTIN’S DEEP FREEZE

During Austin's frigid February weather, Trinity Center and St. David's opened their doors so neighbors could come in from the cold. Trinity Center stayed open for extended hours and when it filled up, neighbors were welcomed into Edens Gym at St. David's for movies and hospitality. A warm place to be and warm hearts have greeted Trinity Center's neighbors during this exceptionally cold winter.

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COMING SOON: THE 2011 BARBARA JORDAN CELEBRATION AND LUNCHEON

It's Trinity Center's biggest event of the year, and we hope you will join us! The 2011 Barbara Jordan Luncheon will be held Tuesday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin (500 East 4th Street).

Friends and supporters of Trinity Center will gather to remember our generous benefactor Barbara Jordan, thank our current supporters, and reach out to new ones in our mission to help individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Austin. 

This year's keynote speaker is Turk Pipkin, well-known writer, actor, and director. His latest works, "One Peace at a Time" and "Nobelity," demonstrate how the efforts of individuals can make a real difference in our world.

Proceeds from the luncheon are a significant fundraiser for Trinity Center and support our mission of improving the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in downtown Austin.

For sponsorship and ticket information, please email Meghann Ziler at meghann@trinitycenteraustin.org or call her at (512) 610-3559. Only a few tickets remain. Please contact her soon!

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FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – JANUARY 2011

The end of a calendar year and my first year in the role of the Executive Director of Trinity Center and I am in love with this very unique place. Trinity Center offers volunteers, staff and the people we serve, our neighbors, the opportunity to awaken spiritually by practicing the path of love and service.  Trinity Center is a true manifestation of a road that was pointed to us by the spiritual teachers of all traditions and is best summarized in the commandment to “Love thy neighbor”.  While breaking our hearts open daily, we are blessed to be in the presence of Jesus-like and Buddha-like beings who serve for the sake of service and create a community of equals in an otherwise world of hierarchy that separates the haves from the haves not and the powerful and the powerless. “No one is free until everyone is free” is a quote from Martin Luther King that comes to mind as I am writing this letter on Martin Luther King’s day. The neighbors that we serve who suffer from abject poverty, who are homeless and don’t have access to basic needs that most of us take for granted, are not free. By feeding, assisting, and mostly by respecting and loving all, we are playing a small part, our part, in making this a better world and for this opportunity we are immensely blessed. The mottos that guide me in my work are “love everyone, serve everyone, and remember God”, by one of my spiritual teachers, Neem Karoli Baba, and “Be the change that you want to see in the world”, the famous instruction given to us by Mahatma Ghandi. Granted, we often fall short of these big aspirations, yet our commitment is deep and our attempt is sincere.

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