Project Transitions wishes you all a very joyous holiday season and peace & happiness in the coming year.

TGRA Toy Drives

Director of Client Services, Lisa Medina, flanked by a guest and one of "Santa Bear's" helpers, gets ready to load donated toys into her truck.
With longtime Project Transitions supporter and legendary toy drive organizer, Glenn Eaddy in retirement, the cowboys with the Texas Gay Rodeo Association (TGRA) sponsored a toy drive in his name, graciously hosted by David Green at BT2 (Bout Time II) last Saturday night.

At the end of the event, Program Director, Lisa Medina and her "helpers" hoisted 6 large bags of toys into her truck and collected over $400.00 in cash donations from patrons.

"These toy drives are so important and we are grateful for the support of a loving community," said Medina. "After we collect all the unwrapped toys, we display them in the community center for parents in our programs to "shop" for their children. Whatever is left over is distributed to other needy kids elsewhere- no one goes without."
 
The TGRA Austin chapter, headed by Greg Dugger, will be hosting a final toy drive on Saturday, December 13th at the Iron Bear 8pm-2am. That event will coincide with the Naughty or Nice dance party that serves as the season's holiday party for many local "bears." Project Transitions staff will be on-hand for the festivities and will be looking forward to welcoming everyone who wants to come down and join the fun.

For those interested in attending, the Iron Bear is located at 121 W. 8th Street (at Colorado) in downtown Austin. Please visit their website for more information: Iron Bear.

Project Transitions Joins Austin AIDS Service Organizations in Day of Rememberance
 

In a show of solidarity, Project Transitions joined other Austin-area AIDS service organizations on December 1st for a day of worldwide remembrance and outreach. Grants Manager, Linelle Clark-Brown and Director of Client Services, Lisa Medina attended two World AIDS Day events at David Chapel Baptist Church in an effort to support the community churches that have been indispensable partners through the decades-long fight against HIV/AIDS, as well as an event at Huston-Tillotson University.
 
Later in the evening at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, representatives from multiple faiths and all ASOs offered inspirational speeches, song and prayer, including anecdotal personal narratives by long-term survivors like Roosevelt Gardens resident Jeffrey Tydeman, pictured below.
 
Every December, a day is set aside to honor the courage and compassion of the global community, and organizers hope to keep this issue relevant. Despite advances, setbacks are ongoing and there is still much work to be done. To learn more about World AIDS Day and global initiatives, start with this website:

 

Board of Directors

 

Matthew Albertson

Craig Davis

Jeffrey A. Early

Bob Garza

Cindy Goldman

Blair Hodgkins

Michael Pizzutti

Thomas H. Smith, MD

 

Staff

 

Craig Thibodeau

Executive Director

 

Lisa Medina,  

M.A., LCDC

Director of

Client Services

 

Layne Box

Development Director

 

Ricardo Jimenez

Media Relations and Volunteer Manager

 

Madge Whistler

Financial Administrator

 

Linelle Clark-Brown, PhD

Grants Manager

 

Liz Brown

Hospice Coordinator

 

Erika Hultquist 

Housing Coordinator

 

Estaban Olave

Senior Housing Specialist 

 

Karin Kokinda
Top Drawer Thrift

Store Manager

           
New Supporters Making a Difference

Christmas has arrived early for Project Transitions. The Religious Coalition to Assist the Homeless (RCAH) has awarded us a grant for $33,804 that will help support our transitional housing programs. In addition to this gift, we would like to acknowledge the Cleve H. Tandy Foundation for their generous support of Project Transitions' mission.

 

Over at Doug's House, Native Edge Landscaping has begun a volunteer project to beautify and enhance the backyard mediation garden and  the surrounding areas including the parking lot. Be sure to look at their website and see some of their amazing designs.

 

We are grateful to have these organizations partner with us.

 

Happy 10th Anniversary to Rain on 4th Street!

Our longtime partner and host of the annual April Showers fundraiser has turned a decade old. Show them your appreciation for being one of the hottest downtown destinations for dancing, great drinks and good friends and for being a committed supporter of Project Transitions and the gay community.

Yuletide Cheer


A special THANK YOU to Home Depot for providing Doug's House residents a beautiful Christmas tree this year and also to Laura Merritt & J.P. Kloninger as well as Emma & Stella Kloninger for the silver and gold decorations.

 

Pictured above, Interim Program Coordinator, Elene Drakonakis poses proudly in front of the tree with Development Director, Layne Box and Media Relations & Volunteer Manager, Ricardo Jimenez. 

 

Roosevelt Gardens also received seasonal cheer in the form of two donated Christmas trees, courtesy of Valorie Lyng. We are all certain that Santa's list of "who's been good this year" just got a lot longer! If you'd like to be on that list, take a look at ours. We have needs throughout the year and we rely on the community for many of these things. Thank you for supporting us, everyone. 

End of Year Report
We are proud of the hard work our staff, volunteers and the community contributes to the success of our mission. We are able to report some great news this year!
Here is an overview of program statistics:

Doug's House
Total served to date in 2014: 32
Hospice Admissions: 14 (10 residents recovered and were discharged)
Respite Admissions: 18

Housing
A total of 86 residents were served to date in 2014 (includes individuals and families)
86% of program participants exited to permanent, affordable housing

Outcomes
93% reported improved well-being
100% of those who are HIV + were in medical care
25 individuals found gainful employment
2 HIV+ teenagers were graduated from high school

Project Transitions warmly thanks you for helping us make these figures a reality!

Guess What's Coming on February 7th, 2015...
You guessed it!

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7101 B Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757



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