Winter Storm Survivor – Levi

You wouldn’t guess from his affable demeanor that Levi has had an especially difficult year. On top of the pandemic, he lost his apartment to flooding during Winter Storm Uri, and just prior to that, he was hit by a drunk driver. He mentions this to make the point to me that while he’s experienced a series of extreme setbacks in close proximity, he recognizes “how good he has it” on the whole. We talked about his being inspired by the way people united during the storm and of forging unlikely friendships in the midst of the chaos. When he first evacuated his apartment, he ended up at a hotel near the airport with a friend who’d been visiting from out of town. Because they were amongst the earliest evacuees, he says they were some of the “lucky ones” to find space at a hotel. But food had run out there; nothing was open because of road conditions, and some stranded hotel staff were also temporarily living at the hotel with guests. When a diner re-opened in the area, Levi got in line to wait hours for a meal. While waiting, he struck up conversation with diner staff about his…

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Winter Storm Survivor – Loretta

Loretta has been in Texas since she was a young girl. She loves Austin for its liberal, relaxed, family-oriented ways, as well as its parks, waterways, and warm temperatures. “There’s nothing better,” she says. A mother of five, and even a young grandmother, Loretta is engaging in conversation and laughs easily. She speaks with passion and motivation about the future 501 non-profit she hopes to build to support folks who have struggled with homelessness, having experienced it herself for three years. On a self-professed “pay-it-forward mission of love,” Loretta is one of those inspiring, positive people you just want to be around. When the snow first began to fall in February, Loretta and her family were excited. Her daughters (ages 10 and 25), her 3-month-old infant grandson, and Loretta herself had all just recovered from a serious battle with Covid-19. So when they lost power and heat in the sub-freezing temperatures — and were given little to no information as to when it would come back — it was a hard blow to endure. “This is it. I’m on my own.” “I had been homeless for three years… but this ice storm was the worst experience I’ve ever had.” After…

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Winter Storm Survivor – Sheila

  Born and raised in New Orleans, Sheila has had a full career traveling across the world as a flight attendant in early adulthood and later becoming a law clerk for the United States Magistrate. Sheila describes that past version of herself as “the person that wouldn’t even go to my mailbox without full makeup.” Now, she meets with me in a simple New Orleans Saints t-shirt, jeans, and sneakers, her face clear and make-up free, walking her beloved Pug-Terrier pup, Harley. Vivacious and confident, Sheila tells me about how her values have changed and how she’s found her greatest passion in helping her neighbors. Sheila’s promise An avid supporter of Hope Family Thrift Store on 51st and Airport, Sheila frequently buys up household goods and distributes them directly to neighbors in her senior living community who need assistance. She proved her own theory when she learned during our interview that proceeds from Hope Family Thrift Store directly benefit the Austin Disaster Relief Network — the very same organization that came to her aid when her facility’s apartment management and government assistance were unavailable during the 2021 Winter Storm. “I close the store down sometimes.” When the storm hit and…

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48-Hour Challenge: An Astounding Run to Benefit ADRN

When God calls, how far are you willing to go? Two men took this challenge and ran…literally! They put their fitness to the ultimate test for the Lord running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 hours to raise money for ADRN’s Winter Storm Relief Fund. Travis McCormick and Kory Curtis’s passion for health advocacy and living play a part in everything they do. They spent the last few years training for an Ironman Triathlon and a 100-Mile Ultra Marathon. Sadly, like many plans in 2020, these races fell through due to COVID-19. In light of these major disappointments, they decided to take on an astounding new challenge. Travis and Kory heard of a new sort of endurance test created by a navy seal: a 4 mile run every four hours for 48 hours! Their intense training regimen of physical strength and mental might inspired the duo to use this challenge as an opportunity to help their community. They witnessed their ATX community in critical need following February’s winter storm and saw a perfect opportunity to make a difference. So they set their sights on raising $448.00 for ADRN through this 4 x 4 x 48 running challenge. The more…

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A Commitment of Stewardship and Trust

And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” (Luke 12:42-43 ESV) At ADRN, we take God’s command to be faithful stewards very seriously. So, we’re deeply grateful to receive commendations for excellence from two organizations dedicated to reviewing nonprofits and their finances. This month, ADRN received the Excellence In Giving Transparency Certification due to our commitment to a higher standard of open and accountable relationships with donors. We’re also honored to have earned a 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, GuideStar’s highest level of commendation for nonprofits. “At ADRN, we are committed to the wise stewardship of funds we receive from our donors,” said Michael Gish, ADRN Chief Financial Officer. “This Platinum Seal of Transparency is a strong indication to all that we have placed great importance on financial accountability and transparency. We want to offer full assurance to our donors that all gifts entrusted to us fulfill the mission of our organization.” Good stewardship translates into trust, which translates into resources for the…

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