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Elainna is a vibrant young woman with a warm smile. The oldest of several children, she grew up in Austin and graduated from Pflugerville High School. Nine years later, she developed a skin disorder that caused her to have chronic arthritis and difficulty walking. Unable to work, she was able to obtain housing through Accessible Housing Austin!. Elainna and her son are very happy in their new home and neighborhood. Elainna feels safe letting her son play outdoors and plans to open a Southern Cooking food trailer. Her son loves his teachers and is doing much better at his new school. Watch a video about Elainna here!
Contact: Isabelle Headrick, 512-442-6680
When Leslie Goodson and her three sons moved into an Austin homeless shelter, she felt like her world was crumbling. Leslie had overcome a lot already – her first son’s life-threatening illness and the sudden death of her husband. Leslie learned about Foundation Communities while at the shelter. With Foundation Communities' support, she gradually managed to get back on her feet and provide her family with a safe, affordable place to call home. Since moving into one of their communities, Leslie has taken advantage of their financial stability programs and successfully completed their Free Minds adult education course. Leslie is truly thriving and hopes to open her own restaurant one day.
Contact: Alyah Khan, 512-610-4009
In 2008, Roy moved to Austin for a job, but work and living arrangements fell through. Left with no job or place to live, things got really hard for Roy. Over the next several years Roy lived on the streets and in motel rooms, using drugs and working as a day laborer. At times Roy made efforts to pull himself together but when things started to improve his alcoholism interfered. Roy lost his day labor job and moved into the woods alone, where he lived for another year and a half just trying to survive his homelessness and alcoholism. One day after having much to drink, Roy experienced a near death accident. He fell 25 feet from an embankment overlooking Mopac Expressway. He was taken to the hospital and treated. Roy's family was unable to help and he had nowhere to go. The hospital social worker contacted Front Steps regarding the nursing home environment that their Recuperative Care Program offers. After participating in the program for 7 months, Roy moved into a Front Steps transitional home. Together with the Front Steps team, a care plan was created to help him acheive his goal of living independently. Roy continued to return to the nursing home as a volunteer and was eventually hired on as a paid employee. He now has a roof over his head in a place he calls 'home'.
Contact: Hannah Ford, 512-305-4153