Dec 29, 2015

Still Time For EOY 2015


Contributors Pushed Our Fundraising 

To 47%! 




Contribute by clicking the link below.
http://StreetYouthMinistry.org 

Nov 19, 2015

Conversations With UT Students

UT Tower. Photo by: Allison Fang
We've done several community conversations with student groups lately. We helped students share good and bad experiences at a mediation event recently. Keep it up!

I dream of student led responses to help homeless in Austin. That would be awesome (although I recommend learning through organizations that already serve the homeless for 18 months or so, so you learn quickly before leading your own efforts). 


I have noticed a recurring and encouraging pattern by UT students. It is true that many students have some type of negative encounters with homelessness in Austin. That's a shame, but it's undeniably true right now. And I'm glad people are sharing this information and sharing their feelings about this with one another. 

However, the response by so many students, after a negative encounter, is to try to learn more, to volunteer, and to put human faces onto the homeless situation. This builds healthy compassion! It's so awesome to watch! Also, consider volunteering next semester! 

Meanwhile, bring those socks on - Feet The Streets


Nov 15, 2015

Christmas 2015 Slideshow For Fundraiser



Thanks to everyone who participated in the Flash Fundraiser! 

Our current donation stands at $1,425.

Our goal is to reach $4,180. 


You can still donate here

The video below shows much joy during the 2014 Christmas Party.


Nov 8, 2015



We thank those who have donated to the flash fundraiser for the SYM 2015 Christmas Party.
 

You can still contribute today, November 8, 2015.

We are thankful for your donations!




Nov 1, 2015

Job Club And Hope





We hold Job Club each Wednesday. Many who are not ready for a job make fun of it, but there are always a few who come. 

We go over a hope-filled way to look for a job while homeless in the first half. In the second half, we role-play difficult situations that will come up on the new job (so they can keep the job and not feel compelled to quit). 

Here's the thing: almost everyone who comes to job club returns to tell us about the job they got right away. 

Hope can be taught, and I think Job Club is one of the unique and special places we really innovate!






Oct 29, 2015

Good News From Recovering Client 10/2015



We have ministered to a group of three street youth for some time. We got an update from one. 


We asked what contributed to his amazing and rapid change. 
"It was time for me to grow up. And two of my friends on the street convinced me that Jesus' relationship for me was true." 


Oct 25, 2015

Our Facebook Page



Here are three top reasons to visit our Facebook page on a daily basis.

Be sure to scroll down the Facebook page to view all postings.



Oct 8, 2015

Pairs of Socks




We currently have a need for lots of adult socks. We are now in the season for cooler and colder weather.

Image courtesy of Suat Eman at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
If you can give new socks, that would be great. Clean or unstained used socks are fine too!

You might be able to find some deals for $1 a pair for socks?





Please view our dropoff site.




Image courtesy of Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Oct 4, 2015

October 2015 Prayer Requests




Reflecting on Romans 12, we are reminded that serving others isn’t just a “good deed” or something to scratch off our good Samaritan to-do list; it’s our spiritual act of worship. When we sacrifice - our plans, our days off, our comfort - to serve others, we glorify God and offer him our sincerest worship. I encourage you to pray about this verse and share it with others. Where could the Lord be calling you to serve? How would our lives look different if we began seeing sacrifice and service as a joyful act of worship instead of just a task?

Praying Hands clip art

In light of this busy month, we ask that you would pray for us to get more volunteers to sign up across the board. We have an immediate need for volunteers to help out at almost every event we hold throughout the week. Our biggest volunteer need is for people to help out with our Food Recovery Event on Saturday. This event is a lot like the Food Network show “CHOPPED” but without the pressure, bright lights, and ridiculous emotional breakdowns.  We often have groups from UT or churches help us out and it’s always a lot of fun! I'm in charge of the event every week and need help. Grab a friend and sign up!

In addition to Saturday morning helpers, we also need helpers at our Prayer Time on Monday, topic leaders (share any kind of hobby or passion with the group--training, yoga, martial arts, meditation, drawing, fashion, beauty, etc.) for the Clothing Closet Event on Thursday, and volunteers for our Mini Mission Outreach on Friday. If you would like to volunteer with us for these upcoming events, feel free to click on any of the links to sign up on our website. You’ll also find our new Online Orientation on our website, which you can watch before volunteering to feel better prepared.

Praying Hands clip art

As volunteers and clients head back to school, there are many adjustments to be made. Pray that volunteers can find a place for serving SYM in their new schedules. Some of our clients are heading back to school, too! Some still live on the streets but many get housing by taking out college grants or loans, so please pray for smooth transitions for them also.

Another prayer request is for our friend Darvin, whose worker visa status is still pending approval. Please pray that his visa would get approved soon as he continues to volunteer with us until we find out if/when he will be able to stay in the US longer.

We also ask that you would pray with us about a new event we hope to begin soon. At the moment, we are waiting on approval from a group that we’re hoping will let us use their team to launch this new event. We believe that this event will be very beneficial to our clients, and we will be able to release more details when we move closer to the event launch. For now, I can tell you that I’m very excited about it!

Sep 6, 2015

Helping Clients

Sandwiches given to our clients.
We meet clients almost every day in the 12 blocks just west of the UT campus just as they are and right on the street. We get to know them and try to meet a need immediately. We invite them to our core events. We serve about 60 individuals this way every week. We also hold Wash Nights periodically.




As part of our relationship building and help to clients, we provide access to meals and snacks, socks, toiletries, clothing, and dog food. In addition, we provide bus passes to those clients who are working toward goals. We also provide college textbooks for clients enrolled in school.


Sep 3, 2015

Joy Of The Lord



A client today asked me, "Why are you always happy? You must smoke pot every day." I told him, "I'm not happy every day. But most days I'm joyful. And you already know where it comes from, if you think a minute." 

He said, "I'm not sure I believe in the joy of the Lord. I did once, but I'm not so sure anymore." Hopefully he will regain his confidence in what he has always known to be TRUE!

Volunteers also can show the joy of the Lord to our clients. It's one of the reasons we ask you into the ministry. Please consider accepting our invitation to join us! You'll be blessed
and be a blessing.



Aug 30, 2015

Our Donors

If possible, won't you consider becoming a donor? Donors help make our great programs and ministry possible.
 


Aug 23, 2015

What Do You See?

John 1:3 

All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. 

21st Century King James Version (KJ21) 
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Aug 20, 2015

Dive On In


At our website, we made a big list of ways to be engaged. We organized the big list by "getting your feet wet" and "taking a bigger step" either with lots of people or with just a few people. There is an email button for each section. Here's what you should do:



  1. Browse the list on our website and share the list with the right people. We made the list friendly to view either from your smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
  2. Like an idea? Push the adjacent button and tell us what you're thinking in the email.
  3. We'll get back to you with additional information and next steps. No commitment or judgment!