The Good Year That Was

Irit UmaniBy Irit Umani

Happy New Year! Looking back, 2014 was a good year for Trinity Center.

We were blessed with the commitment to serve that our many volunteers exemplify. Last year we had 58 dedicated weekly volunteers, 612 Sunday Streets volunteers and 128 occasional volunteers (Christmas party and summer mother-daughter teams). Together they offered Trinity Center a total of 6,378 hours of service – preparing and serving breakfast, monitoring the use of computers, providing clothes and private showers to women, managing the front desk, leading morning devotion and providing compassionate listening. We owe our volunteers much gratitude. Thank you all!

St-davids-episcopal-austinIn 2013 the vestry of St. David’s Church renewed the church’s-long term commitment to partner with Trinity Center and to support it with the free use of space and maintenance services. In effect, this decision enables us to exist and offer services to the most vulnerable citizens of our city. Thank you! Trinity Center, as a separate non-profit, is responsible for raising the funds needed for its operation, and in 2014 we met this challenge successfully. Trinity Center’s expenses for 2014 came to $338,000. We do a lot on a small budget.

The newest addition to our services is our ability to offer on-line sign-language translation to people who are hard of hearing or deaf. Our intern, Christian Rodriguez, assumed this goal as his internship/ school project, and in December we received a donation of a video-phone system that connects us to online interpreters, which increased our ability to offer case management and services to homeless and poor people who are deaf. We are very excited about this new service.

In 2014 we offered:

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21,272 meals to a total of 21,546 visitors (duplicated number).

1,057 people received financial assistance to acquire birth certificates and/or Texas ID/Driver license.

155 neighbors received financial assistance for their medications’ co-pay

1,354 weekly, 277monthly and 614 daily bus passes were given – total 2,245

Close to 1,000 neighbors received their mail at Trinity Center. Our estimate is that we served at least 2,000 people during the year.

We had 122 people in case management. Of that group, 52 moved off the streets — 12 to shelters and 40 to housing.

With all the important basic services we offer, we are most proud of, and committed to, how we offer our services. We feed the souls no less than we feed the bodies. We see the homeless people who enter our doors as brothers and sisters. We offer compassion and care as spiritual beings whose work is an aspect of our journey of faith. We bless and are deeply blessed.

We give thanks to the many that help us with their financial contributions, time and inspiration. Together we make this a better world where all are One.