The Department of Outreach
Dignity Bags Initiative
Our Dignity Bags Initiative is an intentional and specific service provided for the homeless community, any individual and families in need. In reusable HEB bags or tote bags, we provide the following items:
- Toothbrushes and toothpaste
- Pads, Tampons, Liners, and Wipes
- Shampoo and Conditioner (2-in-1 if possible)
- Sandwich Bags, One Gallon Ziplock Bags
- Hand Sanitizer
- Bottle Water
It is a joy to collaborate with other organizations to assist this demographic. As Mission-Accomplished washes and dries the clothing of our friends in the homeless community, we can provide them with an additional service. In working with Flo Code, whose goal is providing feminine hygiene products to those in need, we help them reach their goal. In collaboration with North Austin 24, who does much with the alcohol and drug addiction community, we provide items for the clients they serve. Become one of our DBA’s (Dignity Bags Agent), who deliver to drop-off locations.
The Proximity Program
In this program, we come along side individuals and families to affect changes in their mindset, habits, and people in their circle of influence. This is done in a variety of ways that include themed events, teaching, providing resources, and helping to establish support systems. We also provide other fun activities that foster community, and build rapport, with our game nights and movie nights.
Currently, we serve low-income apartment settings and individuals under foster care. These locations include the Springdale Garden Apartments, the Settlement Home for Children, and the Jeremiah Program Austin. Though these are organizations we currently serve, we are not limited to these environments.
Collaboration is important for our success. That’s why we are thankful for the Jeremiah Program Austin, who allow us to come in and assist their single mothers and their children. We are grateful that the Settlement Home for Children has allowed us to come in and encourage their teen girls throughout the year. The Springdale Garden Apartments has continued their support by assisting us in all areas when we are on their property.
The Department of Enrichment
We are currently developing this program. The goal is to provide life skills, empowerment, and other tools to assist the individual with incorporating back into society. In supporting those currently incarcerated, and recently released, we embody the support system that is needed to champion any challenges.
Presently, we collaborate with Freedom Church, a local prison ministry in Del Valle, Texas. Their ministry assists the residents at the Austin Transition Center, a half-way facility, with a Sunday morning church service, bus passes, reading glasses, clothing, and shoes. Conduits Of Change’ founder Jay has been a speaker on multiple occasions since 2014, and we have had the privilege to provide some of these items for the residents.
The vision is to have our own set of half-way houses for those recently released, while continuing to support Freedom Church with their services at the Austin Transition Center. We are currently putting together life skills and empowerment curriculum to better assist those we serve. The plan is to reduce the recidivism rate for offenders, crime, an overcrowded prison system, and save taxpayers money for the cost of repeat offenders, starting here in Austin, Texas.
Carl’s Project undertakes the task of beautifying low-income/unkept neighborhoods in our communities. We do this in honor and memory of the life of Carl Brown. Our goal is to educate and train, individuals, and families to transform their neighborhoods and communities. Then we will create what we call HUBS of Sustainability in each neighborhood to continue the work of the Carl’s Project team.