Welcome to SYMin!

Welcome! Here is an outline of services you can expect from SYMin. Click on what is most applicable to you. Expand the details under each heading to explore and learn more about how our services are arranged and how to access them. Social distancing required. Masks and vaccination encouraged.

New: SYMinU Skills Signup Form

Use this form to request a login. Eligible clients 28 and under only, please.

Take SYMinU With You on our App:

The schedule is shown in the table at right. You can expand and explore services below based on your location and situation by clicking on the headings below to expand details.

Austin

Camping / Pickup at Austin Learning Center

For those camping, we have these things to share. You can get them in Sunshine Store Monday through Thursday at 3 after group or Friday 12-4 during hangout.

  • Water

  • Sandwich

  • Camping food bag (limit 1 every 3 days)

  • A selection of men's or women's Clothing set by size (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X), fresh socks

  • Men's or women' shoes by size

  • Self-care hygiene and travel-sized toiletries

  • First-aid kits

  • Sleeping bag (after third visit, limit 1 every 12 months)

  • Back packs (after third visit, limit 1 every 4 months)

  • Phone service financial support (after third visit, monthly, while funds last)

  • Wifi

  • πŸ‘“ Eyeglasses voucher for exam and glasses if you can self-refer to a vision provider

  • Resource navigation cards (ID, sobriety, jobs, neighborhood resources, etc.)

  • Mail and package pickup (addressed to you) at Street Youth Ministry, 408 W 23rd Street Basement, Austin TX 78705. Note that packages can only be delivered to us M-F 12-4. Unattended deliveries are not accepted.

How do I get it? Be 28 and under, homeless, living outside.

Camping / Austin Outreach

For those camping, we have these things to share on outreach. We are at the Central Library every Tue/Thur at 1pm. We invite those interested and 28 and under to a group in the Central Library at 2pm. Bus passes are available after group for transportation back to our Sunshine Store.

  • Sandwiches

  • Bottled water

  • Camping food bag

  • Men's or women's clothing and Shoes (we bring a range of sizes on each visit)

  • Self-care hygiene and travel-size toiletries

  • πŸ‘“ Eyeglasses voucher for exam and glasses if you can self-refer to a vision provider

  • Resource navigation cards (ID, sobriety, jobs, neighborhood resources, etc.)

How do I get it? Text us at 512 553 3796 no later than 11am to find out where and when we will be out. Be 28 and under to receive food bag. Other listed resources are shared with all ages.

Housed / Pickup at Austin Learning Center

For those with legal housing on a lease as part of recovering from homelessness or enrolled in a program to end homelessness, we have these things to share in our Sunshine Store:

  • Full-size personal care and toiletry items

  • Household cleaning items (3 items per month)

  • Household starter items (as available)

  • You get two bags of pantry items if on a lease or one bag if couch surfing or staying but not on a lease.

  • All camping resources listed above EXCEPT sleeping bags, camping bags

  • Rent and utility support (monthly, requires active participation in groups, may require co-payments)

How do I get it? Be 28 and younger and have a lease with your name on it. Informal agreements and couch surfing are great but are not eligible for all services.

In-Person Groups / Austin Learning Center

We have in-person groups at our Austin in our Learning Center as follows:

  • Peer Support: Monday and Wednesday 2pm

  • Bible Study: Tuesday 2pm

  • Women's Group: Wednesday 1pm

  • Prayer Group: Thursday 2pm

  • Friday Fun: Friday 12pm

The Learning Center is new, so all first-time participants receive 1.5 hours of SYMinU credit for their first full visit. All in-person participants receive a daily bus pass if requested. The address is 408 W 23rd Street Basement, Austin TX 78705. Be outside near our gate.

All group participants are entered into a weekly raffle for 1.5 hours of SYMinU Bonus credit. One prize is awarded weekly per 10 participants. Bring more people, and more people win!

How do I get it? Be 28 and under and at our location by the start time. Check-in with our team so we can invite you in, if possible.

More Group Info Here

In-Person Groups / East Austin

We have every other Game Night at a Taco trailer with great outdoor seating. Come play cards, Jenga, and just chat. It's Tuesday night 5:30-7:30pm. The address is 12th and Navasota. However, during extreme heat warnings we are postponing this event.

Group participants are entered into a weekly raffle for 1.5 hours of SYMinU credit. One prize is awarded weekly per 10 participants. Bring more people, and more people win!

How do I get it? Be a client 28 and under. Clients who have leveled-up and completed their time with us are welcome to stop by to check-in but we may not be able to provide a plate for you.

San Marcos / Outreach

San Marcos / Outreach

For those in San Marcos, we have these things to share on Outreach on Fridays at 4:00pm, at Southside Community Center in the parking lot.

  • Meal box or sandwiches

  • Bottled water

  • Camping food bag (limit 1 every 3 days)

  • Men's or women's clothing and shoes (limited sizes on truck)

  • Self-care hygiene and travel-size toiletries

  • πŸ‘“ Eyeglasses voucher for exam and glasses if you can self-refer to a vision provider

  • Resource navigation cards (ID, sobriety, jobs, neighborhood resources, etc.

More San Marcos info here.

How do I get it? Meet is at one of the two locations listed above. Be 28 and under to receive food bag. Other listed resources are shared with all ages.

ANYWHERE

Help Line / Anytime

Call us to leave a message or be transferred if a guidance counselor is available. We return calls to clients as soon as possible. Text us. Facebook Messenger us. You can expect this:

  • Advice on Austin resources

  • Advice on San Marcos resources

  • Advice on nation-wide resources

  • Brief one-on-one guidance

  • πŸ‘“ Eyeglasses voucher for exam and glasses if you can self-refer to a vision provider

How do I get it? You must be 28 or younger.

Virtual Groups

For those with access to internet, we have virtual groups for assistance and fun by joining on Zoom with or without an app, with video or just by phone number:

  • Peer Support Group: Monday and Wednesday 2pm

  • Bible Study: Tuesday 2pm

  • Women's Support Group: Wednesday 1pm

  • Talent Night: Wednesday 6pm

  • Prayer Group: Thursday 2pm

Zoom Password: 8rpfM0

Group participants (28 and under) may claim a laundry pass good for laundry from time of award until end of month for attending at least two groups in the month.

Group participants (28 and under) are entered into a weekly raffle for 1.5 hours of SYMinU credit. One prize is awarded weekly per 10 participants. Bring more people, and more people win!

How do I get it? Participate by being 28 or under and joining our Zoom room at the start time. More Group Info Here. You join by phone or video. You don't have to install an app but you can. Clients who have leveled-up and completed their time with us are welcome to drop in but the host may limit your time in group.

SYMINU Points / Anytime

We now have several levels of SYMinU.

  • Each "hour" of SYMinU points is equal to $8 in merchandise or shipping cost.

  • SYMinU Survey can be done on paper or online to earn points.

  • SYMinU Vault allows you to save a digital copy of important documents for points.

  • SYMinU Quiz is online but no login or email is required.

  • SYMinU Skill requires an email and login

  • SYMinU Volunteer requires in-person volunteering to earn points.

  • SYMinU Bonus gives participants in our guidance counseling a fun way to enter raffles weekly for deeper discussions and group participation.

SYMinU Vault service is for clients. Use our Digital Vault to keep a backup of important documents. You can retrieve digital vault items by text, email or Facebook Messenger from anywhere after verifying your identity with us. To encourage use, we award the following points for helping yourself.

    • Copy of valid ID: 1 hour

    • Copy of birth certificate: 1 hour

    • Copy of vaccination card: 2.5 hours

    • Copy of voter registration card: 1 hour

SYMinU Survey allows you to fill in on paper (or online) several "get to know" surveys for a quick start.

    • Get to know you part 1

    • Get to know SYMin

    • Covid vaccination info

SYMinU Quiz allows you to watch videos and fill in quiz forms to earn points approximately equal to the average time it takes to learn the material. We have a large variety of subjects compiled by our volunteers.

    • You can get started with SYMinU Quiz by opening our app at syminu.glide.io. (It's not really an app but you can save it to your phone screen to reopen later)

    • The app has links to all available quizzes. You can only get credit for a quiz only once.

    • Credit is awarded as soon as we can for a passing grade, usually within a few days.

SYMinU Skills allows you to receive a login to an employment skills training site used by many major employers. You take courses designed for employees to improve teamwork, communications, and other soft skills. Most are 15 minutes or so in length. Pass the class to get the award. Request a login using this form.

SYMinU Volunteer is a way to help us onsite and give back. It's by appointment and agreement in advance. You earn hourly points for your work.

SYMinU Bonus is a fun way to earn extra points. We also have raffles weekly for bonus points and occasionally have other bonus opportunities.

How do I get it? You must be 28 or younger to earn SYMinU points.

You can spend your points after you turn 29 but you cannot earn any more. Points are not transferrable. You can redeem points for something and prearrange for someone else to will receive the item.

Goodie Bags / Outside Austin

Goodie Bags / Outside Austin

For those outside our service area of Austin and San Marcos, we are able to offer this service as a new pilot.

  • Men's or women's clothing set by size

  • Shoes by size

  • Self-care hygiene and travel-size toiletries

  • Redeemed SYMinU items

How do I get it? You must have sufficient SYMinU points to cover postage. We will mail only one small box. We cannot mail to a home. It must be a church, caseworker, or agency. We address them to you in care of your helper.

We can help you access the above services or refer you to other resources.

Call or text anytime 512 553 3796 or reach out to us by Facebook Messenger.

We have a lot of physical helps but the main thing we do is guidance.

We look forward to getting to know you and seeing your journey continue to unfold!

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