More on the project in our March blog post.
"In one year, Caritas North has served 108 new households, impacted 622 clients, and provided 5,035 meals," announced the nonprofit on its Facebook page, posting a picture of Caritas' first location outside of Dowtown's opening a year ago.
"In the near term, we will continue to grow staff and services at Caritas North, particularly to fill any gaps in services experienced in the first year. We want to expand educational offerings, both to clients and to the community at large," wrote Caritas of Austin of its blog.
Read the full post at CaritasOfAustin.org.
"The City of Austin is seeking community views on the Austin Police Department’s approaches to community policing and how they may be improved. (...)
Deadline to complete the survey is Monday, May 9, 2016."
Read the full blog post and find the link to the survey (available in Spanish and Vietnamese) on the City's website.
"The North Austin Civic Association Contact Team partnered with many community groups and members to apply for the City of Austin’s Neighborhood Partnering Program grant.
In exchange for completing a community service project of beautifying or adding artwork to fifteen bridges and retaining walls in the NACA area, the Contact Team planning area will be awarded funds for an infrastructure project," announced the North Austin Civic Association on its website.
"We are anticipating that we will be able to add sidewalks that will help students walk safely to school," adds the organization, inviting community members to sign up to volunteer for at least one of the events on Give Pulse.
From City Council Member Greg Casar (District 4): Online survey and community meeting on Public Safety
"We have worked hard to address some critical public safety needs in District 4 with a breadth of initiatives," wrote City Council Member Greg Casar in his latest newsletter, refering to "changing our public safety plan for South By Southwest season to ensure our officers are not pulled away from our neighborhoods for downtown, modernizing our technology so that police officers can spend time in our communities instead of on the side of the road managing tow truck services, investing resources to transform vacant lots with high crime rates into safer public park space for neighbors to enjoy, and giving folks with conviction histories a second chance at employment to reduce the chance of reoffending and reincarceration."
"But there’s much more to do," recognized the elected official. "We hear from our police department that an expanded community policing program is critical for the safety of our neighborhoods. Which is why last year during the City budget process, Council Member Ann Kitchen and I worked to dedicate funding for an independent review of the way that we do policing in Austin, with a particular focus on community policing and community engagement. Matrix Consulting has been hired to conduct this study, and they are asking for your input to help them evaluate the current services provided by the Austin Police Department."
The survey is available in:
- English – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HM9DTJW
- Spanish – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PT6FLDV
- and Vietnamese -- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6R6HX86
Moreover, "Matrix Consulting and the District 4 team are hosting a community meeting on Thursday, April 28th at 6:30 PM at the Virginia Brown Recreation Center at 7500 Blessing Avenue," announced Greg Casar.
"We hope you can join us to provide your feedback on the service provided by the Austin Police Department. Please e-mail Outreach Director Braden Latham-Jones at email@example.com or call 512-978-2161 to let us know if you can join us."
"One person is injured after a shooting in Northeast Austin. (...) The suspect left the scene and is not in custody," reported KXAN.
Following the examples set by two Guatemalan women who took sanctuary in local churches, including one in North Austin (St. Andrew’s Presbyterian), "activists are helping other non-criminal immigrants to also find protection at local churches to avoid deportation," reported the Austin American Statesman.
Watch Ahora si! video of Guatemalan citizen who took sanctuary in North Austin church on Austin360.com.
After White House talk, Austin educator launches high school of future next door to the Highland campus of Austin Community College
"Longtime Central Texas school Principal Steven Zipkes (...) is interviewing staff and putting together the curriculum for a Cedars International Academy charter high school (...) next door to the Highland campus of Austin Community College, which will partner with the school," and "Zipkes plans for Cedars Academy Next Generation High School at the Highland campus to debut in August with about 125 students in grades eight through 10," reported the Austin American Statesman.
"Cedars operates one charter school in North Austin, a kindergarten through eighth-grade campus that teaches largely low-income, Hispanic and black students," informs the Statesman. "At Cedars, about one-third of the nearly 400 students are learning English, and testing results are lackluster in some subjects, while outshining the state average in others."
"This year we are adding a large scale “Community March” to our event," announced Launchpad The Center when detailing the program of the 2016 edition of its Hombre a Hombre Festival (see North Austin calendar).
"Join us to champion the important role of fathers and leaders in our families within our community," invites Launchpad newsletter.
"We have the following special guests: