Founded in 1983, Austin Street Center is an emergency homeless shelter in Dallas that serves men (ages 45 +) and women (ages 18+). Each person in need finds a safe place to sleep, showers, clothing, and meals. Austin Street also provides many programs and services to help people transition out of homelessness.
FUMC Coppell has been faithfully providing breakfast at Austin Street on Saturdays since 1992. Volunteers meet at the church at 4:15 a.m. and carpool to Austin Street.
Join a team and prepare food once a month (24 sandwiches, 24 hard boiled eggs, and 24 pieces of fruit). Three times a year, travel to the shelter to serve the guests for breakfast. If you can’t sign up for a monthly rotation, we can use substitutes for both food prep and serving.
Austin Street Christmas Morning
We are continuing our practice of serving a hot breakfast and singing Christmas carols with the folks at Austin Street Shelter on Christmas morning. For many families, this is a long-standing Christmas tradition.
We need casserole bakers, singers, drivers, servers, and travelers. If you wish to bake, foil pans and a recipe will be distributed between worship services on Sundays, December 3, December 10 and December 17. Those who bake need to bring hot casseroles to church at 4 a.m. on December 25. If you are not traveling to the shelter with us, someone will be in the parking lot to take your casseroles.
You do not need to bake to take part. Singers and servers can join us and carpool. Meet at 4 a.m. in the parking lot at the east side of the church. No reservations are needed! Questions? Please email Jeri McShan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Austin Street Center needs:
- new or gently used long sleeve t-shirt and sweatshirts (men’s and women’s)
- new socks (men’s and women’s)
- new gloves (men’s and women’s)
Leave donations in the Austin Street bin in Wesley Hall.
Austin Street Center Update
- The 2017 Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance Point in Time count showed that the total number of homeless individuals in Dallas increased by 51% over 2016, and the average age is 53. Austin Street is the only area shelter that focuses on the older population of individuals experiencing homelessness.
- Austin Street placed 24 guests into permanent housing in October 2017.
- Austin Street’s existing kitchen is only equipped to store and reheat food; as a result, their volunteers and staff are very limited in what can be prepared and served. Austin Street has obtained an adjacent warehouse that will be remodeled in 2018 to become a full commercial kitchen and dining/program area. This is critically important because more than 60% of Austin Street’s guests are diagnosed with diabetes and heart issues. The addition of a full kitchen will improve the nutritional quality of meals, as well as enable Austin Street to offer training to prepare guests for new employment opportunities. Currently, guests sit on their cots to eat. A dining room with tables allows guests to enjoy meals seated with others. Austin Street believes the experience of sitting around a table to share a meal is a critical part of socialization and building community. Additionally, the new dining area will double as a day space for guests, increasing the classes, trainings, and group activities to help end their homeless experience.