Street Youth Ministry

Street Youth Ministry is having a very difficult year because of the pandemic in terms of adding advocates. Everything else is going great--and I mean everything: staff, clients, achievement, in-kind donors and more, but we need more advocates. The first step is agreeing to receive our quarterly advocacy newsletters (that's four per year), which feature inspiring street stories that can be shared. Available by email or U.S. mail -- maybe one of the few mails you look forward to!

We also need additional prayer team πŸ™ members. We send them out individually, one prayer to a member. Clients generated more prayer requests then ever since the pandemic started! Use the same "Join now" button.

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm: Help Line available for clients, volunteers, in-kind donors, and supporters. Also text.

Austin Location


We're an outreach center for homeless young adults.

We provide access to donated food, clothing, and gear,

but what we really do is guidance counseling!

I learned this over the years. Everybody has bad things happen. Some more than others. But they have less impact if we fill our life jars to the brim with good people, good habits and good things. -- Terry Cole

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Potential client?

We welcome people through age 28 to call our Home Team M-F 9-5. We're here to help direct you. Our drop-by center is open M-F 12-4 with hot food at the gate, clothing, toiletries, books, crafts and food bags. We no longer are able to offer indoor groups or visits because of the pandemic. Call and see how we can help!

Give us a chance. We serve 150 people every month who have learned to trust us and find our approach inspiring, empowering and refreshing!

(Click the expandable headings as you explore how we can work with YOU!)

πŸ™‹ Potential volunteer?

We have options to volunteer from home available every day now. Contact our home team M-F 9-5 by phone to see if our Virtual Volunteer team can work for you.

In-person volunteering has been halted due to the pandemic. It's just not yet time for groups gathering (which is what our small facility looks like with staff, volunteers and clients). Join our family and select volunteering as an interest to stay informed.

Many of our volunteers are now setting aside a small donation to help with additional labor costs from the pandemic, since they can't help in person. Here's the volunteer giving campaign.

Give us a chance. We'd love to earn your trust and make every engagement something that brings you inspiration, unleashes your fuller capabilities, and encourages you by our fresh approach!

πŸ™‹ Recycler or shopper?

We take all sorts of things and give them a second life helping people! Food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning supplies. And we have lists for you shoppers out there, offering ways to help us when you are out and and by Amazon. We have two convenient drop-off locations and you can ship directly to us as.

Give us a chance. You'll find it uplifting to redirect the flow of no-longer wanted items to us. You'll be helping to empower young adults to find their path in life. We'll use your items in new ways that builds up our clients every day!

πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§ Potential donor?

We welcome new donors. Regular donors are such a blessing. We have more than 350 families that support SYM and make this valuable, unique and challenging work possible! We receive support from several churches and businesses as well.

Give us a chance. We serve 80 or so people every week who have learned to trust us. We will earn your trust, too, and help you have a front row seat as we inspire, empower and put our fresh approach to work!

Are We Effective?

How many people engage changes over time and varies as we meet new people. But once they engage by hanging out (forty hours) and talking (ten times), they are likely to be changing their life. Until they do, it goes much more slowly.

πŸ“° With the press?

We understand your deadlines and needs. We will help. We are experts in youth homelessness, helping with substance abuse, mental health, managing volunteers, recycling and reusing, food recovery, and use of technology for nonprofits. Call on us!

Email us: press@StreetYouthMinistry.org

β›ͺ With a Church?

We actively seek partnerships. We have a prayer team to engage your members. We can speak to groups. We encourage in-kind donation drives. And we would be please to apply to your outreach or mission committee for support.

Email us: partner@StreetYouthMinistry.org

πŸ›’ With a business?

We are active recyclers and can receive your overstocks and damaged goods. We have a empowering way to give new merchandise to clients so we love items you can donate. We can provide service projects for your small teams. We try to be very good neighbors and many businesses to send donations.

Email us: partner@StreetYouthMinistry.org

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