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Street Youth Ministry of Austin

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Youth Community Service Clubs, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: Our mission is to know, love and serve street-dependent youths.

Target demographics: street-dependent youths

Direct beneficiaries per year: 519 individual clients meet 647 goals

Geographic areas served: the 12-block area immediately to the west of the University of Texas campus in Austin.

Programs: meals, clothing, cold weather supplies, conversation, referrals to other services, Bible study and a listening ear.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Street Youth Ministry over a year ago and have been volunteering with them in some capacity or another. Terry Cole and his staff run a very well-organized nonprofit - on a shoestring budget. Their website provides information on ways to help and specific needs and an easy signup process. They confirm your volunteer slot and send you a reminder and a receipt. The staff are a joy to work with. The difference they make in young peoples' lives is very evident . These special young people are shown love, learn accountability, and their progress and milestones are celebrated. Another thing to note about this organization is that they keep meticulous record-keeping of hours volunteered, monetary and in-kind donations. I received a detailed report of my volunteer efforts and donations at the end of the year. My granddaughters have enjoyed helping me with some of the tasks, and this gives them an opportunity to log their own volunteer hours.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at Street Youth ministry. I find it both rewarding and challenging at times.

1 Ebiekimie D.

Donor

Rating: 5

The staff and the work they do stay an inspiration to me and remind me of how God shows love through people like them that are willing to invest so much heart and time to see others experience life in a better way!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am always amazed at the way SYM continues to serve it's community year after year, bringing new ideas and positive achievements on a rather small budget. Their heart for their clients is undeniable and Terry has built a team that shares his vision and serves with love. SYM plans their budgets well without a lot of overhead and keep the money flowing where it should to meet their goals. I love the way they share the achievements of the clients on a regular basis because it makes me feel that my donations, though small, really do help make a difference. I no longer live in Texas, but I am happy to be a Prayer Partner and monthly donor and believe this is a vital service to the Austin community. May God continue to bless this wonderful organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm so proud to be a part of Street Youth Ministry of Austin. This ministry is changing the lives of the community it serves and the environment on the streets of downtown Austin.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've volunteered and donated to this ministry for several years now, and i will continue to do so, because i find it to be prayerfully motivated, smartly run and sincerely interested in knowing street-dependent youths and discovering fresh ways to serve them and rekindle inside them a hope that eventually leads them to exit the streets and resume satisfying and productive lives. Its approach is not duplicated anywhere in the U.S., i believe (and I've looked), but it ought to be!. I encourage everyone to check out the website (streetyouthministry.org), sign up for a newsletter, ask for a copy of the annual report, or take the plunge and become a volunteer. You will be amazed!

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Street Youth Ministry recently assumed responsibility for the Drop-In Center located in the basement of the Congregational Church of Austin. That makes SYM the primary provider of care to the street-dependent youths who populate the Guadalupe "Drag" west of the UT campus. If you have a heart for the homeless, i strongly suggest you consider including SYM in your giving plans this year. Take a look at their website -- streetyouthministry.org. It is an amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff is amazing and I look forward to volunteering every time!! They really help the homeless community and you can tell the difference they are making.

1 Vanessa E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have seen Street Youth Ministry go above and beyond to assist and provide for their clients not only to meet the physical needs, but also the spiritual and mental needs. Many success stories come from this amazing ministry!

1 TBoehman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I LOVE how SYM invests in their clients future through guidance counseling instead of only giving them things that they need for that moment. Lives are changed because of this investment!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SYM doesn't just provide the youth with what they need at the moment (i.e. Food, clothing, first aid items, etc.) they get to know the youth and care for their hearts minds and souls. Amazing connections are built. Love their work and working with them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

SYM has made an indelible footprint in the community supporting vulnerable street dependent young adults. The programming is unique and creative, while challenging each client to trust and explore what barriers might exist to prevent the client from achieving his/her individual goals. The budget is lean; staffing is lean but carefully managed for safety and maximization of resources. Clients are treated with respect and provided continual guidance to support needed lifelong changes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Street Youth Ministries is an amazing organization with great programs that gives hope to the youth. I am proud to be part of this family as a volunteer.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve known the founder for over 10 years and see the heart and significant time that Terry puts into SYM. In recent years it has grown with the addition of a leased facility, the drop-in, which would have likely disappeared without SYM’s willingness to stretch to keep it open and make it a more central meeting space for the ministry. I’ve seen the results year-in and year-out, teens and young adults making step-by-step changes as a direct result of SYM’s friendly, Christian counsel. They regularly take organic food donations that would otherwise have gone to waste and provide nutritious and tasty meals at events for clients.

Rachel J.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I haven't been there but I follow them on FB. I work Public transit. I talk to people young kids -street youth. I think everyone of them have told me about this place..that's why I started following them. The kids have said Positive stuff!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This street youth outreach has helped many youth in need; food, clothes, vouchers, showers, laundry. I'm very thankful for the love they show our street youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow. This organization truly changes lives. Talk about faith in action! SYM leads its clients through setting a series of goals that give them hope and eventually help them acquire those items and skills necessary to productive lives. That sometimes takes years, and scores of individual goals, but SYM stays the course with them from start to finish!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Street Youth Ministry continues to do great work using its new Drop-In Center located in the basement of the Congregational Church of Austin. In addition to giving direct support to street youth, SYM develops volunteer skills, sponsors internships and advocates on behalf of street youth. If you have a heart for the homeless, i strongly suggest you consider including SYM in your giving plans this year. Take a look at their website -- streetyouthministry.org. It is an amazing organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The SYM is my place on Friday!!!! I love seeing billy, terry, dee, and Rosie!!!! They help me with kitchen essentials, cleaning supplies, and clothes! I do on fridays because it’s support group day and I just need to vent about my week and I get great advice from friends!!!

Martha A. C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization. They do great work with street-dependent youth. With the support of SYM, many have gotten off the street, stopped destructive habits, gone back to school. It’s good stuff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome ministry, meets clients where they are with tender loving compassion. Rebuilding a shattered identity, restoring dignity and re-establishing hope in humanity. We are connected in suffering and united in healing. Blessing in all you do.

Billy17

Donor

Rating: 5

I love these guys. The donors are unbelievably generous, and the clients are equally appreciative. We have been witness to so many amazing transformations already this year; I cannot wait to see what God has in order. A year ago we didn't know if we were up to the challenge but not only did we meet expectations we blew it out of the water. With community partners, we can compliment the service we already offered, such as immunizations, Yellow Bike, and a real sense of caring. God has his hands all over this ministry - it is difficult to put into words.