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Shalom Austin + LifeWorks A Place to Call Home Challenge

May 19 - May 23

We hope you will join us in participating in A Place to Call Home Challenge – a beautiful partnership and week of learning and action, created by LifeWorks. We are thrilled to offer the opportunity to learn, volunteer, and advocate for the youth population experiencing homelessness here in Austin.

Register now at shalom.convio.net/lifeworkschallenge.

Beginning on Wednesday, May 19 and ending on Sunday, May 23, LifeWorks will send you an activity to participate in each day and Shalom Austin will include Jewish texts, linking our actions to our tradition. We are excited to partner for these five days to grow together as a community dedicated to Tikkun Olam, repairing our world.

LifeWorks hopes the ripple effect of our actions and donations will touch hundreds of lives, starting with providing a new perspective on how to solve youth homelessness in our city. Everyone deserves a place to call home.

Once you sign up, you will receive reminder emails from LifeWorks. You can access the #LifeWorksChallenge landing page by visiting lifeworksaustin.org/lifeworkschallenge.

Day 1: LEARN
Attend a Lunch and Learn or evening presentation with LifeWorks CEO Susan McDowell and learn more about the issue of homelessness in Austin.

Day 2: TEACH
Use what you learned during our Lunch & Learn to talk with your elementary-age children, share this document with parents in your circle of influence, or as a reflecting tool for yourself while thinking about the impacts this issue has on our community.

Day 3: SHARE
Share words of encouragement and hope with our clients. Take a photo by yourself or with friends or family and share it on your social media tagging LifeWorks, your company or organization, and using the hashtag #LifeWorksChallenge.
(Ex: Everything starts with a dream! Keep positive! #LifeWorksChallenge)

Day 4: WATCH
Visit our blog post to find a list of movies about people experiencing homelessness.

Day 5: MAKE
Today, we encourage you to make emergency kits for individuals experiencing homelessness in our community and give them away in a COVID-safe manner.
Hand sanitizer
Feminine hygiene products
Electrolytes or iodine tablets
Protein bars
Beef or Turkey Jerky
Face mask


Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service