Austin’s House, an emergency children’s shelter located near the Douglas County/Carson City border, is celebrating six years of providing compassionate care for children in crisis by launching its second annual giving campaign, the 2013 Appeal For Kids.
The 10-bedroom facility opened in September 2007 and was built entirely with donations from our generous community.
“We are so fortunate for the support of the surrounding communities over the past six years,” said Conrad Buedel, treasurer of the Austin’s House Board of Directors. “A lot has changed since we opened our doors. The need for our services has increased 30 percent in the past year alone. Children are now staying an average of 50 days compared to 21 days in past years. We continue to see a mix of kids from Carson City, Douglas County, and the surrounding rural communities. Austin’s House has no limit on the length of stay. We provide continuity for each child with services that allow them to stay in the same school, see the same doctor, dentist, and therapist, and have routine visits with family and friends.”
The community support has been tremendous, but raising the funds necessary to take care of children in crisis who must be removed from their homes is always a challenge for Austin’s House.
“We are extremely proud of our financial record,” said Buedel. “In 2012, we had revenue of $272,126 and expenses of $260,144. More than 70 percent of those expenses were for payroll to directly provide compassionate care for the children by our loving staff. The rest of the expenses are items like insurance, groceries, and utilities. We have reduced our cost to about $100 per child per day. Many of these kids need the utmost attention and care given their circumstances. We provide a terrific level of around-the-clock professional care for these children for less than it would cost to hire a babysitter for 24 hours. Our 2012 Appeal For Kids raised more than $32,000. This year, our goal is $40,000.”
Anyone interested in learning more about Austin’s House, the Appeal For Kids campaign or making a donation can contact Austin’s House at 267-6711 or visit www.austinshouse.org.