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Counseling

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – saves lives and brings hope to those affected by suicide.
www.afsp.org/centraltexas, (512) 905-1827

Austin Family Institute – provides thoughtful and focused affordable therapy while increasing mental health care access to those in need. They aim to increase access to mental health care for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it and provide direct services to clients individually, couple, and/or family therapy. Their therapists are qualified to address the following, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, behavioral issues, violence to self and/or others, and trauma.
www.austinfamilyinstitute.org, (512) 329-6611

Capital Area Counseling – CAC provides low-cost, no-session-limit psychotherapy for adults, children, couples, and families. Their income-based fees allow access to a private and personalized experience without the restriction of session limits – the length of service is solely determined by you and your therapist, therefore sessions can continue for as long as it makes sense to work together.

http://www.cacaustin.org, (512) 302-1000

Catholic Charities Central Texas – is dedicated to helping people of all ages, faiths, ethnic backgrounds and economic circumstances. Among other services, they provide high quality mental health services for children, adults, couples and families to help with life’s challenges. Services are offered on a sliding scale fee structures.
www.ccctx.org, (512) 651-6100

Gifts From Jada Foundation, Inc – strives to ensure that all who come to them receive the necessary counseling services, financial support, and other resources needed at no cost. 
www.giftsfromjada.org, 1-844-523-2999

Hospice Austin – As the first hospice in Central Texas, Hospice Austin was established more than 30 years ago by a group of doctors and concerned citizens for the sole purpose of serving families. Since then, they have provided end-of-life care to any person who needs it, regardless of the complexity of the illness, cost of care, or a patient’s ability to pay. Hospice Austin also offers grief counseling, free relationship specific support groups, and events to support anybody in the community who is grieving.

www.hospiceaustin.org, (512) 342-4700

LifeWorks Austin Counseling Division – provides support for individuals and families who are struggling with issues such as family conflict, abuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and the stress of everyday life. LifeWorks is one of the largest providers of affordable/free mental health counseling in our community.

www.lifeworksaustin.org/counseling/#, (512) 735-2100

The Austin Center for Grief and Loss – is a non-profit organization focused on grief and trauma with the mission to assist children and adults as they move from loss to life, transforming their grief through therapy, support, education, training and consultation. They strive to help anyone in need of hope and healing. For those in need they offer a sliding fee scale and a care assistance program when funds are available.
www.austingrief.org, (512) 472-7878

New Life Institute – their mission is to offer accessible, affordable and professional counseling services to those in emotional or spiritual need regardless of ability to pay. Their goal is to help each person transition from a place of difficulty to one of strength and emotional health. 
www.newlifetexas.org, (512) 469-9447

Waterloo Counseling Service – their mission is to strengthen the mental health and well-being of Central Texas individuals, couples and families through effective and affordable counseling with an expertise in gender, sexual and cultural diversity. Waterloo welcomes everyone and has an expertise in serving the LGBTQ community, people living with HIV/AIDS, Spanish speakers and people with low income. 
www.waterloocounseling.org, (512) 444-9922

Wonders & Worries – provides free, professional support for children 2-18 throughout a parent's serious illness. Through individual and group therapy sessions, kids and teens learn about illness and build coping and communication skills.
www.wondersandworries.org, (512) 329-5757

 

Group Support

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Camp Kesem – is the only national organization that recognizes and understands the overlooked population of children affected by their parent's cancer. Student leaders at UT Austin spend all year fundraising and planning a magical week-long camp during the summer, which is provided free of cost. Camp Kesem also provides year long support for these children through reunions and events.
https://campkesem.org, (260) 225-3736

Grief Share – is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Find grieving groups near you to join.
www.griefshare.org/findagroup, 1-800-395-5755

Hand to Hold – helps families before, during, and after a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay and infant loss by providing powerful resources for the whole family, and most importantly, one-on-one mentoring from someone who has been there. Their resources include in-hospital programs, articles and blogs, podcasts, social networks and trained peer mentors. All were designed with the emotional, physical and social needs of the whole NICU family – including siblings and grandparents. NICU graduate and bereaved parents are trained as certified Peer Support Specialists through the state of Texas. These Ambassadors use their personal and professional experiences to ensure all Hand to Hold programs and services work for NICU families, at every step in the journey. Visit www.handtohold.org, (855) 424-6428

Hospice Austin – As the first hospice in Central Texas, Hospice Austin was established more than 30 years ago by a group of doctors and concerned citizens for the sole purpose of serving families. Since then, they have provided end-of-life care to any person who needs it, regardless of the complexity of the illness, cost of care, or a patient’s ability to pay. Hospice Austin also offers grief counseling, free relationship specific support groups, and events to support anybody in the community who is grieving.

www.hospiceaustin.org, (512) 342-4700

The Austin Center for Grief and Loss – is a non-profit organization focused on grief and trauma with the mission to assist children and adults as they move from loss to life, transforming their grief through therapy, support, education, training and consultation. They strive to help anyone in need of hope and healing. For those in need they offer a sliding fee scale and a care assistance program when funds are available.
www.austingrief.org, (512) 472-7878

The Christi Center – offers hope after the death of a loved one by providing support networks, community education, and therapeutic activities that are free, peer-based, and ongoing. By offering free, ongoing grief support groups that connect grieving children and adults with others who have experienced similar losses, they help the bereaved find hope and support for healing as they adjust to their "new normal."
www.christicenter.org, (512) 467-2600

 

Cancer Support

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American Cancer Society – whether you want to learn about treatment options, get advice on coping with side effects, or have questions about health insurance, the American Cancer Society is here to help. They can even find you a free ride to treatment or a free place to stay when treatment is far from home.
www.cancer.org, (512) 919-1800

Austin Cancer Center – provides the highest standard of care, and does it with heartfelt compassion and personal dedication to innovation and excellence in cancer care. This combination of quality care has been at the core of who we are and created their long-standing reputation for excellence, innovation, and exceptionally personalized cancer care. Austin Cancer Center continues to grow, innovate and evolve through comprehensive cancer care – for the whole person – not just the cancer.

https://austincancercenters.com, (512) 505-5500

B.I.G. Love Cancer Care - is a 501c(3), non-profit, volunteer based organization committed to providing basic necessities and personalized care to cancer kids and their families at Dell Children's Medical Center (Austin), Texas Children's Hospital (Houston, Katy and The Woodlands), and beyond.
http://www.biglovecancercare.org, (830) 377-5830

Breast Cancer Resource Center – staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC is committed to providing guidance, education, and assistance to thousands of local women whose lives have been disrupted by breast cancer.
www.bcrc.org, (512) 524-2470

Camp Kesem – is the only national organization that recognizes and understands the overlooked population of children affected by their parent's cancer. Student leaders at UT Austin spend all year fundraising and planning a magical week-long camp during the summer, which is provided free of cost. Camp Kesem also provides year long support for these children through reunions and events.
https://campkesem.org, (260) 225-3736

Care Box Program – is an Austin based nonprofit launched in October 2014 to fill a gap in care for cancer patients and their caregivers by providing essential care supplies, often not covered by insurance, which they need at home to help prevent malnutrition, infections, and injuries. 
www.careboxprogram.org, (512) 296-2180

Hair To Stay – is a nonprofit headquartered in Austin, offering a range of services to chemotherapy patients: from helping patients rent the scalp cooling equipment, to actually accompanying patients on trips to the hospital to assist in their use. Because the technology is not covered by most insurance carriers HairToStay provides grants to patients to cover most or all of the expenses related to use of scalp cooling therapy.  
www.hairtostay.org, (512) 777-8762

LIVESTRONG Foundation – provides direct services, connecting people and communities with the services they need while calling for state, national, and world leaders to help fight this disease.  
www.livestrong.org, (512) 236-8820

Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation – Loving Libbie's Comfort Through Food program not only provides a delicious source of nutrition, but also provides psychosocial support that positively affects the mind, body and spirit of patients and their families and helps them cope with cancer treatment.

https://lovinglibbie.org, (512) 566-3077

Wonders & Worries – provides free, professional support for children 2-18 throughout a parent's serious illness. Through individual and group therapy sessions, kids and teens learn about illness and build coping and communication skills.
www.wondersandworries.org, (512) 329-5757

 

Elder Care

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Austin Diaper Bank – is dedicated to providing diapers to Austin families in need to strengthen the community as a whole. Central Texans young and old need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life.  
www.austindiapers.org, (512) 710-7232

AGE of Central Texas – tackles the challenges of aging with expert, compassionate solutions to make aging a journey of triumph. They are dedicated to older adults and those who care for them and most of who they serve has a form of dementia or Alzheimer's.
www.ageofcentraltx.org, (512) 452-4611

Alzheimer's Texas – is dedicated to eliminating Alzheimer's through the advancement of research and enhancing care and support services for individuals, their families, and caregivers.
www.txalz.org, (512) 241-0420

Hill Country Senior Activity Center – is determined to make a difference in the lives of people age 60 and older. Their goal is to have meals and activities in which seniors can't wait to participate and share with other seniors. They want to have them excited about each upcoming day...and what each day offers.
http://hcseniorcenter.org, (512) 858-4663

Hospice Austin – As the first hospice in Central Texas, Hospice Austin was established more than 30 years ago by a group of doctors and concerned citizens for the sole purpose of serving families. Since then, they have provided end-of-life care to any person who needs it, regardless of the complexity of the illness, cost of care, or a patient’s ability to pay. Hospice Austin also offers grief counseling, free relationship specific support groups, and events to support anybody in the community who is grieving.

www.hospiceaustin.org, (512) 342-4700

Planned Living Assistant Network of Central Texas – offers an array of customized services designed to enhance the lives of individuals and families facing mental health challenges.
www.planctx.org, (512) 851-0901

Power for Parkinson’s – provides free fitness and dance classes for people with Parkinson's and their care partners in Austin and surrounding communities. Their mission is to engage people with Parkinson's in regular exercise to slow or even reverse the effects of Parkinson's disease, improve their overall sense of well-being, provide opportunities for socialization, and help prevent depression and isolation that often accompanies the disease.
www.powerforparkinsons.org, (512) 464-1277

Regency Integrated Health Services – a dependable and trustworthy management company for 52 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers across Texas. Each facility is locally staffed and a vital part of its community. The combination of local expertise supported by high standards and more than 25 years of operational experience allows for a personal and genuine experience at each location.

www.regencyhealthcare.com, (361) 576-0694

Texas Ramp Project – provides free wheelchair ramps to the elderly and people with disabilities who are economically disadvantaged.
www.texasramps.org, (512) 761-8894


 

Infant and Children’s Special Needs

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Any Baby Can – believes all children deserve the chance to be healthy and happy. They strengthen parents and their children through in-home therapies, resource navigation, and family support services. Their services are provided through home-visitation programs, community classes and support groups.
www.anybabycan.org, (512) 334-4452

Austin Diaper Bank – is dedicated to providing diapers to Austin families in need to strengthen the community as a whole. Central Texans young and old need a clean, reliable supply of diapers for a healthy and comfortable quality of life.  
www.austindiapers.org, (512) 710-7232

Capitol School of Austin – their mission is to provide an enriched learning environment where children with speech, language, and learning differences can reach their full potential and develop skills necessary to succeed in future educational settings.
www.capitolschool.com, (512) 467-7006

Hand to Hold – helps families before, during, and after a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) stay and infant loss by providing powerful resources for the whole family, and most importantly, one-on-one mentoring from someone who has been there. Their resources include in-hospital programs, articles and blogs, podcasts, social networks and trained peer mentors. All were designed with the emotional, physical and social needs of the whole NICU family – including siblings and grandparents. NICU graduate and bereaved parents are trained as certified Peer Support Specialists through the state of Texas. These Ambassadors use their personal and professional experiences to ensure all Hand to Hold programs and services work for NICU families, at every step in the journey.

www.handtohold.org, (855) 424-6428

Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation – Loving Libbie's Comfort Through Food program not only provides a delicious source of nutrition, but also provides psychosocial support that positively affects the mind, body and spirit of patients and their families and helps them cope with cancer treatment.

https://lovinglibbie.org, (512) 566-3077

Ronald McDonald House of Charities – strives to be part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families by providing programs that strengthen families during difficult times. The RMHC has supported many families by providing them with room nights at their "home-away-from-home", saving them millions of dollars in lodging and food expenses. Most importantly, the RMHC keep the families close to their hospitalized children and take care of their immediate and basic needs, which allows the families to focus solely on their child's healing. 
www.rmhc-ctx.org, (512) 628-5931

Sammy's House – is a nonprofit organization that provides innovative services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed. Their mission is to fill in the gaps for underserved children by creating programs that help children and families thrive through education, high quality early childhood programming, parent education, and community education on tolerance and recognizing the value and capabilities of all persons.
www.sammyshouse.org, (512) 453-5258

Variety, The Children’s Charity of Texas – Variety's financial assistance program addresses the immediate needs of children living with special needs in Texas. When insurance isn't able to support a child's needs and the financial burden is too great for a family to take on, Variety steps in to cover those costs. 
www.varietytexas.org, (512) 328-5437

Wonders & Worries – provides free, professional support for children 2-18 throughout a parent's serious illness. Through individual and group therapy sessions, kids and teens learn about illness and build coping and communication skills.
www.wondersandworries.org, (512) 329-5757


 

In-Home Care

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Kindred at Home – if you are recovering from illness, injury or surgery, Kindred at Home’s highly skilled medical team of caregivers will create a safe, supportive, and professional environment in your home. Kindred at Home pledges to maintain the highest quality standards in their delivery of home health care.

www.kindredhealthcare.com/our-services/home-care, (512) 342-0331

Meals on Wheels Central Texas In-Home Care – opened its doors to provide compassionate, high-quality in-home support services to low-income older adults, people with disabilities, and those recovering from illness.
www.handcentraltx.org, 512-477-2273


 

Food and Housing Assistance

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Food Assistance

Austin Open Door Outreach – each Saturday from 9 to 10:30am more than 200 brunch meals are served to the homeless and those in need. They also provide used clothing and toiletries at their Fig Leaf Store during those morning hours.
www.uumc.org/open-door-ministry, (512) 583-5909

Central Texas Food Bank - in partnership with government agencies, social service charities, local businesses and more, the CTFB work together to put healthy foods within the reach of Central Texans with the greatest need.
www.centraltexasfoodbank.org, (512) 684-2533

Common Good Community Development Austin – through programs like Hope Food Pantry and FreeStore Austin, CGCD provides basic services like food and clothing with an emphasis on hospitality, dignity, and relationship.
www.commongoodaustin.org, (512) 615-2119

El Buen Samaritano – is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive, and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education, and food assistance.
www.elbuen.org, (512) 439-8906

Hays County Food Bank – is passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education, and advocacy.
www.haysfoodbank.org, (512) 392-8300

Hill Country Community Ministries – serves families in crisis and living in poverty with food, clothing, and other assistance like vision vouchers, dental, and new shoes for children.
www.hccm.org, (512) 259-0360

Keep Austin Fed – reduces hunger and helps the environment by connecting surplus food and hungry neighbors.  
www.keepaustinfed.org, (512) 831-3654

The Caring Place – helps families in financial crisis. They help with rent, food, clothing, medical expenses, and transportation. They also have a Coats for Kids program where they provide parents with a gift card to purchase a new coat for their child. TCP serves individuals and families in the Georgetown and Northern Williamson County, Texas areas.
www.caringplacetx.org, (512) 943-0702

Meals on Wheels Central Texas In-Home Care – opened its doors to provide compassionate, high-quality in-home support services to low-income older adults, people with disabilities, and those recovering from illness.
www.handcentraltx.org, 512-477-2273


Housing

Family Eldercare – supports seniors and adults with disabilities in Central Texas to live with dignity in their communities by providing them and their caregivers with essential individualized services. Among other services, Family Eldercare assists in managing 10 low-income housing properties, along with Family Eldercare's own Lyons Gardens. Their Housing and Community Services program also provides wellness and a homebound phone call-in program called Lifetime Connections Without Walls (LCWW).
www.familyeldercare.org, (512) 450-0844

Habitat for Humanity – their vision is a world where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live.
www.austinhabitat.org, (512) 472-8788

Round Rock Area Serving Center – can help with financial assistance that may be available for services such as electric, gas, water bills, prescriptions, rent, gasoline, temporary shelter, and transportation.
https://www.rrasc.org, (512) 244-2431

The Caring Place – helps families in financial crisis. They help with rent, food, clothing, medical expenses, and transportation. They also have a Coats for Kids program where they provide parents with a gift card to purchase a new coat for their child. TCP serves individuals and families in the Georgetown and Northern Williamson County, Texas areas.
www.caringplacetx.org, (512) 943-0702

The Christian Compassion Center, Inc. (C3) – collects merchandise from national retail outlets, businesses, and individuals for distribution to citizens in need, free of charge. Through their ever growing number of volunteers and partners, they have been able to assist families with their immediate tangible goods needs and at the same time, empower them through core needs assessment and long-term holistic solutions.
www.c3austin.org, (512) 492-2195

Other

Austin Job Seekers Network – provides comprehensive job search programs and services to unemployed and underemployed adults in Greater Austin to support, equip, and enable them to find a better fitting job faster. While AJSN is a faith-based organization inspired to glorify God, their programs and services are available to everyone regardless of gender, religious affiliation, or ethnic background.
www.job-seekers-network.org, (512) 914-9844

Get Up Project – operates both the Hope Clinic and Mobile Smiles. Hope Medical Clinic is a primary care facility serving the needs of any person with limited access to medical resources in the Austin area. They are dedicated to serving those in transitional life situations, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or religious affiliation. Mobile Smiles provides limited restorative and preventive dental services.
www.getupproject.org, (512) 466-1455

Lone Star Circle of Care – provides exceptional and accessible patient centered healthcare for our Texas neighbors.
www.lscctx.org, (512) 686-0152

People’s Community Clinic – their mission is to improve the health of medically underserved and uninsured Central Texans by providing high quality, affordable healthcare with dignity and respect.
www.austinpcc.org, (512) 684-1712

Texas Association of Charitable Clinics – The health system in Texas is comprised of entities with overlapping services, goals, challenges and Charitable Clinics are a critical part of this system. These clinics utilize a holistic, cost effective patient centered approach providing a wide array of services that go beyond the physical health of a person. Clinics work across multiple systems including health, social services, educational, spiritual, etc. to help meet the needs of their patients. A list of Charitable Clinics can be found on their website.
www.txcharitableclinics.org, (512) 777-8929

Seton League House – an affordable boutique hotel for families to stay while their loved one is receiving medical care in the Austin area. Their 37-room guest house is within walking distance from Seton Medical Center Austin (SMCA) and a short drive to Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.
www.seton.net/locations/league-house/, (512) 324-3005

 

Transportation Assistance

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Drive a Senior – consists of 6 local Drive a Senior non-profit agencies that provide free transportation and support services to older adults in the greater Austin Metropolitan area.
www.driveasenior.org, (512) 456-8262

Meals on Wheels – makes sure all central Texas seniors stay connected and independent. They also have other programs that help our Central Texas neighbors age in place: In-Home Care, Veterans, Pets, Home Repair, Home Maintenance, Alzheimer and Dementia, Telehealth Treatment for Depression, and others.
www.mealsonwheelscentraltexas.org, (512) 476-6325

Round Rock Area Serving Center – can help with financial assistance that may be available for services such as electric, gas, water bills, prescriptions, rent, gasoline, temporary shelter, and transportation.
https://www.rrasc.org, (512) 244-2431

The Caring Place – helps families in financial crisis. They help with rent, food, clothing, medical expenses, and transportation. They also have a Coats for Kids program where they provide parents with a gift card to purchase a new coat for their child. TCP serves individuals and families in the Georgetown and Northern Williamson County, Texas areas.
www.caringplacetx.org, (512) 943-0702