Get Involved With Front Steps
Front Steps manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), the Central Texas Recuperative Care Program, and the AmeriCorps Keep Austin Housed (KAH) Program. Front Steps also provides transitional and permanent housing.
Front Steps Mission: Based on the belief that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home, Front Steps’ mission is to provide a pathway home through shelter, affordable housing, and community education.
Who We Are: Front Steps was formed in 1997 as the Capital Area Homeless Alliance. From its founding, our philosophy has been that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home.
The Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) serves as the first point of entry into the homeless service system for many of Austin’s adults experiencing homelessness for the first time, as well as those who have been living on the streets for years. The ARCH is designed to assess client needs, provide information on how and where to access services, and meet the basic emergency needs of homeless adults, as well as provide a place for homeless people to rest and get out of the elements during the day. Nearly 9,000 clients utilized the ARCH last year, including an average of 450 individuals each day.
Numerous co-located agencies make the ARCH a one-stop shop where clients can receive support for mental health, medical, legal, employment and other needs, all under one roof. Clients are encouraged to enroll in transitional services focused on helping them move from homelessness to affordable housing.
As a child, no one ever says, “When I grow up, I want to be homeless.” However, homelessness is a reality in our community. Every day Front Steps serves homeless men and women, many of whom have lost hope. We strive to restore their hope and guide them home. We sincerely believe that homelessness is a journey, not a destination. Front Steps’ dedicated staff, board of directors and volunteers ask you to join us on our Journey to Hope.
Volunteer Opportunities: Front Steps seeks diverse and committed volunteers to help homeless individuals access services at the ARCH.
By serving dinner, distributing hygiene products, assisting with mail and messaging, opening cold weather shelters, and monitoring the computer lab, Front Steps volunteers help homeless individuals find a pathway home.
Volunteer Orientations: Volunteer orientations are scheduled for the second Monday and the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information or to get involved, please visit FrontSteps.org.
For direct inquiries, please contact:
Director of Development and Communications