By: Monique Sandhu Known as “the media guy,” or “the fundraising guy,” Mitchell Gibbs has been working with non-profits for the past twenty years. He has worked for a variety of organizations, dealing with education and advocacy as well as with underserved populations on health and housing issues. Mitchell has also experienced the non-profit side of things from a board member perspective, having served on some 50 different nonprofit boards. Mitchell is now Front Steps’ Director of Development and Communications and has been here since October of 2010. He says he’s a journalist by training and the transfer of his writing [...]
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By Monique Sandhu Rising Star native Melody Simon says that “volunteering feeds the soul” and lives out this notion with Front Steps at the ARCH. Coming from such a small town, she was anxious to get out and live in Austin. She attends UT and when she is not in school, she spends her time at the ARCH volunteering in various ways, from the hygiene desk to the dinner serving teams. She is also a Volunteer Leader and leads monthly volunteer orientations as well as attends monthly meetings to plan and discuss projects. Melody grew up in a household where chaos [...]
By Monique Sandhu Imagine being six years old, in a new country where everything was unfamiliar. If this life wasn’t challenging enough, imagine being stripped of all your rights and losing everything you have, including your identification. This was the life of a child named Harold. His mother married an American man and moved here from Germany to start a new life for herself and her six year old son, Harold. As the years went on, Harold suffered abuse from his step-father and at the age of 17 he ran away from home. He led a life full of darkness, loneliness [...]
Front Steps was formed in 1997 as the Capital Area Homeless Alliance in response to a recommendation of the Community Action Network’s 1996 Comprehensive Plan for Addressing Homelessness. From its founding, our philosophy has been that all people deserve the dignity of a safe place to call home. Front Steps manages the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) via a contract with the City of Austin. In the early years, we served 50-75 homeless clients a day from a small storefront location in downtown Austin. Today, Front Steps provides day resources to over 800 homeless men and women daily at [...]