MEET CINDY: Charting Her Own Future

 

Cindy Wise came into our care in April suffering from serious health issues exacerbated by homelessness and drug abuse. Under the compassionate and caring environment at Doug's House, Cindy was able to get sober and begin paving a path towards self sufficiency. 

 

"It was kinda confusing because I'm still not use to relaxing environments like Doug's House. Here, I was able to get my health put back together. I'm able to get the things that I need to do that I couldn't do when I was homeless," Cindy said.  

 

Cindy is a unique medical case as well. She is a "HIV elite controller," which means her body prevents HIV from progressing towards AIDS. 

 

"I thought I was going to be like everyone else. I thought the viral load is going to get bigger. The T cells are going to drop but over time I never had a viral load. I've never taken medication," Cindy said. 

 

With Cindy's health now stabilized and dramatically improving everyday, she is working with community organizations to find permanent supportive housing. 

 

"God only knows, without Doug's House, I'd be out there sleeping on the streets. When you're homeless, it's not easy at all to envision a future," Cindy said. 

 

Cindy now envisions a future when she too will own her own home. 


DISPLACED FAMILIES: Repairing Flood  Damage


The summer floods forced Project Transitions to relocate two families. The flooding damaged two units at Highland Terrace-- our transitional housing program. Crews are making repairs, which are estimated to cost $18,000.

Shield-Ayres Foundation awarded Project Transitions $5,000 to help address cost associated with the repairs  We are also seeking support from FEMA and other non-profit organizations. Please consider clicking here to make a donation to help Project Transitions defray the costs. 


Glimmer of Hope Grant
Project Transitions received a $20,000 grant from A Glimmer of Hope Austin
t o provide seed funding to implement a new recuperative care project for people living with HIV/AIDS who are low-income and homeless.  The program, which will be based at Doug's House, provides medical care for homeless individuals who are too ill to recover from a physical illness but are not sick enough to be hospitalized.  You too can help this program by making a donation by clicking here

 

 

Want to host the hottest party of the year? Oilcan Harry's is seeking hosts for Red Hot, an annual fundraiser for Project Transitions on Friday, July 17. Please go by the bar to sign up as a host or donate a silent auction item. Yummy bites & delicious cocktails as always. Click here for more event details.The fabulous Austin Babtist Women will be providing live & funny entertainment.

 

BE PROUD: Celebrate Stonewall
Austin PRIDE will be hosting the  5th Annual Stonewall Celebration on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol on June 25 at 7 p.m. The event  celebrates  the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots-- the moment that sparked the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement.   Click here for the Facebook invite.
 
VOLUNTEERS: A Little Help Goes A Long Way
Whether you're interested in cooking, cleaning, painting, sorting clothes, gardening or just plain hanging out with residents, we want you! Orientation is on July 7th at our office (7101B Woodrow Ave).  Email Linc Allen  if you're interested in attending orientation

Please consider volunteering for these events:

 

Welcome  to our Newest Board Member
Joseph Werle was born and raised in League City, Texas. He obtained a BBA/MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He was the former assistant treasurer for Pride Houston and worked as a tax preparer with various accounting firms in Houston for most of his career until he moved to the Austin in 2013. He currently works as a civil servant for the State of Texas. 

 

 

Project Transitions Board of Directors
Matthew Albertson
Craig Davis
Bob Garza
Cindy Goldman
Blair Hodgkins
Michael Pizzutti
Thomas H. Smith, MD
Joseph Werle