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Inside Austin, 01.19.14

Jan 19, 2014|

The Blood Center of Central Texas needs your donations to save lives and the Lifeworks organization celebrates the grand opening of The Works at Pleasant Valley.

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Today is Sunday January 19 and you're listening to -- inside us and today I'll be speaking with Cindy row from the blood center of central Texas. Shall share with us the critical need for type -- blood donors right now. A powerful reminder that the blood center can't serve the community and save lives without donors and just like you. Also with me today is Susan McDowell from a life forks. They're celebrating the grand opening of the works and pleasant valley. They're brand new 45 unit affordable housing complex for disadvantaged young adults on a path to self sufficiency. That's all coming up next on inside Austin. You know it's time now. I'm cleaning division tank you can always come up -- an excuse for not visiting long term care and I took up golf and yoga class -- intent for. Even -- Perfectly understandable. Since going to long term care dot -- means you actually acknowledged that one day you will be. Dare we -- old. -- use grows beyond this thing. I don't. 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Doing their own thing their parties and they don't really income blood donation is not the top of their list also we see an increase in illnesses and then people are again after the holidays people making bad. In doing those tests that they didn't have time for during the holidays so we do see it dropped. Typically every January. Okay our rights and that's news to me. An -- -- need all types of blood are there some types of blood that are more critical in terms of need -- others. -- the year we need all types of blood that impact together we always need type -- blood. Because that is the type that hospitals order the most. -- positive as your -- Most donors have -- positive it's the largest group of blood trickled -- the universe and universal blood his -- negative is that right and that can be given to anyone so of course we always are looking for our own negative blood. Is that a rare blood type to have. About 8% of the population have own negative blood well and then is so positive the next rare -- -- -- positive is the most common now it's among women really. An AB negative is the -- The universal recipient they can receive any type line EB naked now -- it's interesting. Figure your critical need right now is for type O blood donors in general track -- -- it's so somebody was that blood type and wanted to make a donation ware is best place to do that. We have three fixed Chinese so I mean size is on 4300 north Lamar. We have a site in South Boston. South -- -- shopping center and we have a site in round rock. Indeed -- deployment can you show up walk ins are always welcome the around drugs in her in the south las. In night in your hands and not alert. Button and a if you're just now joining us on answer option I'm speaking with Cindy wrote she is a public relations manager of the blood center of central Texas. Can you give us a little more information about the blood thinner at history and of -- -- first constant donors say there was founded by AM members of the -- scanning medical society in 1951. At that time is served only four hospitals in. Six and they've moved three times and the current main donor center is. Was built in 1972. And is located at 4300 north Lamar. And that's what is that right across the street from central marketer yes registry and -- We now serve over 37 hospitals and two medical facilities in the ten. County area we go as far and Norris Al west is a land Mount -- south. In San Marcus in east leave Burleson silly -- an enlarged central. Austin area -- sound like coming donations -- need a day in order to the service. -- we need. Approximately 200 donations per day. I've -- to a lot really get a lot of donations. From our mobile blood drives. Last year we held over 14100 mobile blood drives. And it accounts for about 60% of our total blood volume on the shelves and -- of that 60% 20% comes from high schools. So -- high schools are out of session. Ireland. Blood supply drops them. That makes it. Can anybody donate their restrictions on -- content they're definitely our restrictions you have to be at least seventeen years old. You have to Lee 115 at least a 115 pounds CD hold the line. -- 110 pounds to do platelet you have to be engine on good health and you have to be able to use supply. A photo ID. So what's the process record for someone who's never given blood before and and chosen one of -- happens. The -- process from the time you walk into the door until a time merely takes about 45 minutes. You con man and they gave you a packet of information and then. You go into one of the computer rooms private computer rooms and you answer about forty. Eight questions about your history and travel. Travel history -- your travel history -- you know rare medical history rank and you know what country's human visitor and rank. And then you have a mini physical. And they check your Humana trip which is your iron leveling your blood pressure your pulse in your temperature and if you pass all of those and they review all the answers to. Your questions and if everything is good then you proceed to give your donation. The actual blood draw takes only about five to seven minutes. And then after that you get Jason Cook -- in me asking you to sit in the canteen about fifteen minutes so they can and -- -- and that's just to make sure that you're not feeling -- -- to -- -- I gather. Maybe feel just not -- themselves right after. Ryan if they found. All donors are encouraged to be well hydrated. And eat good meal before they donate. An afterwards there asked to take it easy. On not lift over ten pounds. In need. A meal that time protein. Mean how often can someone donate how much time -- any two -- between donations to filter their four -- -- blood donations you can donate every 56 days and four lately you can donate every ten days. -- -- -- -- As in platelet -- freezes is destiny freezes procedure. The job of bloody goes into a game machine a centrifuge and then -- -- -- it. And so it separates the -- separates it keeps the -- -- gives. Rest of the components back to you. So that's why you can donate every ten days how how time consuming -- that process is similar to giving blood. Now of that process takes a little longer typically from the time you're under the door until that time really this about an hour and a half. -- have you donating platelet if you wanna set aside a little more time that's -- you're just going in our nation may do you encourage owners to -- the door especially at the year rounds sort of task -- -- Different tennis we have on different promotions throughout the year where we offer items. We also have an online store. So every time aid donor donates they earn points in the making Naples points and redeem them for. Cool items on the Stiller. Left and left as you're doing something good from many -- will reward in the round of -- And I guess it's hard to remember to go in and donate a math I think last time I donated and now it's been longer than year. Yes well we should not reminders of once you donate you get reminders you can sign up to receive emails are feeling -- share your team now he you can not receive -- cars in the mail. And we encourage we talked to our donors in the remind them of the importance of donating we try to encourage or donate donors to Tony -- times a year. Wolf every donor would donate four times a year really didn't see. Shortages you wouldn't have this -- yeah now last but that's really. That's manageable when you think about it I mean just on your calendar and and then get in there and do it either Saturday hours yes -- beyond -- senator is open. Seven days a week. What shelf life of whole blood and -- I -- -- has a shelf life of 42 days and lately it has a shelf life of only five days so it's a quick turnaround. Wow man that's going to be quite a transportation system once you donate your. -- they also drawn. Four tubes of blood. That will be sent off for testing. And so it's sent out in me it goes to a series of fourteen tests. Eleven are of them are for infectious diseases. But in those results will come back within usually 24 hours. And then we will labeled the the product in putting on the shelf sillier losing a day there and -- and so. Or platelet donors a year actually talking maybe four days at a time you know. Any time you get the product in. After an inch up front had a process that you need to eat because it tests and -- out the door to hospitals assists in his hand and a surprising a lot of your own people don't know that blood has a shelf life. Well I you. I didn't think really I thought he could freeze says. And then how long does that class early and we freeze plasma. OK and so plasma can be frozen one year. OK and once it's body has to be used within 24 hours that we don't freeze get rid itself and we'd. We divide our blood into components. So you've got red cells. And you that platelets and plasma and then of course another component of blood as white cells that we. Filter that white cells out because that's the on white cells. Fight infection. And so once. They are they'll turn out is called Google reduced. Line and so Manning goes into the components area and then made divide that blood into its components so the blood is on the bottom. In the -- -- her on the top so then you've got to component testifying. You say every time. You donate you can saved two lives. That's pretty incredible. OK so that's important now. And you're right I. I never gave up to what the shelf life. I'll -- might be. I'm and it's all very important in terms of the resources that you have and -- you're getting them out the door and when. What what message do you want to do is to to donors when they walk in the -- We try to have our donors. Because sometimes. It's according to. -- and product sometimes we need platelets more than we need. Red blood cells and vice Versa so we have a board. In our reception area that will list all the blood types and what we need to and then today. OK -- then you know when you going to make a donation that your giving what's needed right the most. Running in that moment running -- and yelling what time what if any promotions -- you have going on right now. Right now if mom you don't in round rock you receive one voucher. And for two tickets to the January game to the Texas stars hot game and that's held at the Cedar Park sent her that's another of those news. And also everyone then donates receives a free Tumblr. During the month -- America remember -- Putin to drink and -- running. What would you say to someone who maybe has never given blood before and there. A little bit skittish and needles or maybe if raid they might catch something. It's a 100% safe you're not going to catch anything all the supplies used are sterile -- it's than -- never menus before -- discarded after his cheeses. So it's a 100% safe as far as that procedure. As a momentary. Dick. And but the feeling -- you receive after you have donated it can't be measured because you've really. Helps two people. Give them hope for a better life. Will what else would you like people to know about the blood senate central Texas. Not one thing is that Tom blood. Is thinking if only one person can give another he can growing you can't buy you can't manufacture. Every money needs it. Mean everybody has it so. When I share it. And do our part and some -- I mean. If you've ever been in the hospital and -- -- a pint of blood night you've received it because someone else. Made the decision to Tony that the attorney and maybe you perceived even more than one pint if you were and you know -- difficult circumstance or correction if -- happen -- them. -- That the only way that we can continue to to receive that help hospitals as individuals. Who are in good health remember to take a pies out of their day. And make a plan to go donate blood or blocking and Cindy said Watkins. Are always welcome. January is -- on national blood donor month so really yes. And so the blood -- is encouraging all eligible blood and platelet donors to make a New Year's resolution to coming in and donate. It it takes a little time. That is so important and if everyone. Helps anyone else. I mean that there is no words that can can measure. What you are doing for another person. Especially now because there it you do you have a critical need or type O blood donors and so if you're listening and you -- your hearing the call and you wanna take action. You can find the locations to make your gift at this blood thinner central Texas website which is in your hand stop or. Very easy to remember their phone numbers 5122061266. If you prefer to make a phone call. But -- that this is important to note that the supply of Coppola on the shelves right now is at a critical level and the only way to increase that is with your donation. That the questionnaire. In the computer is quite sophisticated -- and it's the same questionnaire every tiny getting gifts right incidents and why is that because you wanna make sure that. You're screening as effectively as possible that's correct. And the we follow the rules and guidelines and regulations of the FDA. They're the ones is set all the rules and they they are the ones that make the questions. And even if you are platelet donor and you come in every ten days he still have to go through that same screening process. Because things can change day by day hour by. Our. Well that's important but that. I mean that's got to be the way to ensure that when you're in need the blood that you're getting is -- say it's safe to help you right now. Do you have families that come in together and make a donation together we do who we head. Two families in particular that I know that come in the mother the father. Their daughter. And they're daughter's daughter home and now we have. Spokespeople. A program. In the center and they coming and and I talked with them. They tell me their story and then we posted on our website so it's very interesting if you go to the web site to go to that. Section in the spokes person section and read all the interesting stories and how blood donation has at their life. Teams like a great example -- sat for your children. That Yankee go in and donate as a family and obviously your your teenage children action to be seventeen or older. But it's great to say you know -- you might need. Blood Sunday so pay it forward now -- get into the habit. Early on. That's a good habit to I think establishes you move into your college years and forward and I. Me. The -- a special reason to give blood but. You just need your own reasons some people come in because like you say. Someone in their family or friend has received line. Our common. Maybe they've been asked my friend to go with something like buddy program. And arm maybe they just think it's the right. The thing to do whatever the reason. It. It's an so important. Coming in and share your -- Life. If you're feeling inspired go to the website after the blood center of central Texas that is in your hand out toward. 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All of which are focused on helping young people achieve self sufficiency. How that is a lot of services. And ignorant is that what we find is that people coming to us you know the average. Seventeen year old in our shelter has been -- anywhere between. Five and 35 Foster care placements. Says there are a lot of needs to be -- in in the pathway to be self sufficient. For example they may come to us because they need a place to sleep for awhile while they figure out stable housing that also they need help with. Education with workforce training maybe some man may be some counseling so -- -- twenty different services. Allows us to surrounding young person with the support that they need so they can now walk pathway to self sufficiency. -- and a -- that we care about all too often leads towards. You know what we can refer to -- lack parks and you know to the tragic statistics in the people you care about news. You know end -- and chronic cycles of homelessness or in the juvenile justice system and we're really working to help. Used choose day pathway to self sufficiency where hopefully within a few years you know -- they no longer need to supported social services. Their you know they're living there at their own lives and pursuing the goals that -- -- -- -- -- if you're just now joining us on inside -- and I'm speaking with Susan McDowell she is the executive director of life works. Says Susan is that -- -- your typical customer that individual that's been through a lot of -- for Foster homes and is left with no real support. In terms of finding a job placed at becoming self sufficient. We have we sometimes call ourselves the pork in the red organization. And we served. I young people between the ages and say -- -- sixteen and early twenty's. Where you know he they've experienced a lot of disruption in their lives -- they've been through a lot of Foster care placements and are now facing life -- -- -- on their. Or they've experienced a lot of homelessness. Or many of them are also parenting very young children says you know the fork in the road is. You know which way are you going to -- -- -- going to travel a pathway to finishing school and entering the workforce. Or are you trying to travel a pathway that leads to demand more dependents. Long term on social services. Or you know. Even more frightening path as you know like on the street or. Frequent interactions with -- -- the justice system are homeless services. So we are trying to provide or you'd need comprehensive plan for self sufficiency so. You know and we help you know you identify what their goals put your dreams -- and -- structured and realistic path to achieve as a Mac can include housing. Counseling education any number of services. You get the word out about life works and -- hazard you know you know the word out is no problem because we have very deep roots in the communities. Obviously all of the schools now about us we worked very closely with Child Protective Services Austin police department. The court systems so if and we have a street outreach program where youth who are living on the street and Austin. Now all about us so you know very often a the -- will end up on the straight and ministry -- around them will say you know I had let's Digital Life pork so you don't end up here so. The word out about us is we've got a good network of -- So then resources must always be something that you are in need. Oh absolutely because you know even with twenty different programs and we served. You know more than 6000 families every year says you know we need to make sure we keep our capacity. Two to meet this demand and the reality is that you know were only scratching the surface. This week you know we had to the the very fortunate opportunity to open up the works at pleasant valley which is a 45 unit. Affordable housing complex went -- with access to a tremendous number of social services. And -- higher education the reality is you know weekend off weekend a fanatic you know 34 or five complexes like the need is that -- So you say you're doing what you can but the need is far beyond which are -- right now absolutely. So how will this complex the works how's that -- change things for the community members who were able to land received it's it's. Well -- the works as a result of years of life works work I advocating for a living learning community. It includes like I said the stable affordable housing. And extensive supported surfaces and also immediate access to higher education so what we have an east Austin. Is that campus model where we have to 45 units on land and -- sent to life works. Youth and family resource center which is 830000 square foot facility that offers. Council lane literacy instruction. Case management job training. I'm mental health services huge range of services to to support the residents of the works. And also community members. And on the other side of the housing is Austin Community Colleges east -- campus. Which offers a day you know a pathway in -- higher education and workforce training. So the goal is for residents to you know have a period of stability in the rent is very affordable. While they're engaging in a service plan to take care of whatever their social service needs on -- While making an entrance into higher education and workforce training center. The pathway to self sufficiency so most of these young people are working and going to school at the same time they're trying to get hired to -- -- a job that pays more I -- absolutely. Absolutely everybody who comes to the works well be engaged in a plan to. Increase in their position in the workforce increase their educational goals. And also because so many of the the use and the families we are serving has experienced a long time trauma. Having that period of housing stability. All Naples used to engage in and night in counseling or whatever surface you. You need to to. You know -- really process that get the support Unita to. I gonna let your life and makes sense of what you've experienced such so. Is they're not a time limit in terms of how long you can take advantage of this affordable housing complex or any of the housing options that life works offers. No I twenty at the units are what we call permanent supportive housing which means that there is no no time. Stay as long as says they like as long -- They need to -- to build their path but -- sufficient. Now has to be a huge -- off I mean in terms of feeling like okay I have a place where I can just beat. And I don't have to worry about anyone and kicking me out you know I can really. It grounded. So many programs have a time limitation that may or may not be realistic given me the challenges of the president's. So -- we find you know we serve a lot of young people and you know we find that very often I just having. You know that period of stability allows them so much freedom to be able to focus on school. Be able to focus on our arts and then you know they made a move on like most of us dead and -- In our young adult years to -- to live in different places that this really gets them the opportunity to head in the right direction and get the opportunities. And the resources and support they need to you to take that next. I'm struck by how impact full this must be because I imagine for some of these young folks this is the first time. They've had that kind of stability in their lives that had that experience. Four for the majority of the young adults that were serving at the works this really isn't their first time in their first space so we were. You know delighted over the last two days to test our home improvement which. Which was sponsored by our great partner. Capital One and what what is his apartment makeovers or huge encampment in the apartments. This will be found in the past when we brand housing programs is that. You know it's youth are so grateful just for a safe place to stay that you know as the saying goes a house it's not necessarily. Home and so you know you would arrive and they would. Feel very shy about even putting up posters -- making the space program -- the home improvement challenge was about building teams of volunteers to adopt apartments. And -- the client to. Kind of decorated and furnished it in a way that I was not ostentatious you know I think first college apartment right. So. It's not fancy but it's it's comfortable it's safe and it's nurturing for the you know for the kinds of activities that. In our clients will engage and you know studying for their college classes -- coming home after a long day's work in just. Decompress. Or parenting small children says you know little things like making sure that their family pictures up that there's. Art on the walls and that it's. OK to make space you know expressed some of the things that. Bring you lack comfort and security it's actually skill that needs to be hot and says the home improvement challenge next. So you know right now we have. Twenty youth in the works here you are in and just waking up hopefully now and there and day I apartment that is more than eight. Stable roof over their head it's a real home for him. That is so important when you talk about little things mean a lot season. -- to have a pond that is decorated and is an expression of yourself as a reflection of yourself. And that's a big deal I married the first time I've put a nail in a wall of an apartment that I was ranting because it felt very permanent moon and I thought oh I mean I like this yeah I mean like changed out and I could but to have the ability to do. To know what you like and -- -- around you because it is a small thing but it means so much in terms of when you look at it how it changes your energy you know the couch to the photographs -- whatever small. Sort of tokens of we have around us such. Actually something strong sense of ownership and responsibility. All -- at the young people in these apartments have earned they've shown that they. Are very committed attitude in there rather attractive self sufficiency said they've achieved educational. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- This is something that they've they didn't match earned it and it has so now there's there's just the sense of ownership -- this is my hall in this is MySpace. This isn't a space where somebody's going to. Comment removed may and then I'll be someplace across the state in two nights from. This is real it's safe and itself can be here for a long time and really focus on my dreams set down some roots right. Said this 45 unit affordable housing complex called the works isn't pleasant valley how long was that projects. In the process I mean from vision to implementation at teams like a large undertaking. Yes it was roughly a six million dollar project says you know life works. Board of governors and staff and and many of our service partners. Have have been working on the station for several years and of course putting together the the many foreign aid. Huge part of it. You know we. We had the land we have an of the support and the amazing community in east -- Around us to make it and you know our partners that ACC and it seemed they were so much excitement and support for its. When defending came together. We broke ground in march of this year so it's been a really quick turnaround yeah. Construction. That must be so gratifying. Out absolutely absolutely because there are literally you know hundreds of people in the community who have been involved. In making this a reality and and that's how. Really think things happen in the meaning -- -- lives -- changed when volunteers. And. All departments and community really come together with a common vision. What are some of the resources that life works needs the most to continue doing that at work that they are doing. You know first and foremost you know we need the engagement. In the awareness of the community around yet the issues we are. Working with because I don't think still many people now. You know what it's like to grow up and Foster care what it's like ten. Grow up as a youth and experience. A lot of homelessness and what that means when your young adult that you get to you know the point being eighteen. Maybe nobody's ever talked to you about college and nobody's. Ever seen you in a way that if somebody who's going to college or is going to have a career. And you know DT it's just need so match support from the adults around. So you know we need awareness we need volunteers. And you know we need people to be involved. With wife works in any way possible supporting our -- In and we just wrapped up a very. Successful. Holiday adoption campaign that. Helped our youth and families celebrate you know the holidays and the way that was. Is very supportive and very very meaningful Sam. All of this is you know on our. Website like works Austin dot Orix just invite everybody to. Learn more about life parks and and fine to -- at the way that in that they wanna engage. So if you if someone wants to make a financial contribution. If they don't have time to volunteer life works Austin dot org would be the best place to go absolutely. If you're just on joining us on inside Johnson I'm speaking with Susan McDowell she is the executive director for life works. Does life -- also have if this is a young adult is in danger and needs emergency shelter. Are there some programs available. Absolutely we ran an emergency shelter that is 24/7. And if you are a youth in crisis or -- crisis you can call us 24 hours today. And what's up on them 735. 2400. That's an important resource and says there are some many children even and Foster programs that may find themselves. And scenario that unsafe and need help absolutely. You know one of the the services that are shelter provides NC a shelter for. Runaway and homeless he's saying you know and fortunately there are a lot of -- where in the abuse or the neglect you know doesn't come to the attention of the teacher or somebody else who can. Who can make a call and send in and youthful ran away from home. In up on the street and that is you know we know that it's not say -- and you know you'd call us frequently and we'll we'll figure out the shelter and with the safety it's. So if you're butting up against your space resources that's not an issue you're gonna figure out we will figure it out we are famous for figured it out yes I'm. Really end up. We're pretty -- So the works that just opened on Friday I believe the forty banking unit affordable housing complex is that filled to capacity already are you in the process. Absolutely. So we. I would it feels very quickly because the need for affordable housing community is so great so. And one of the reasons we we did this was really in response to news the lack of affordable housing. In Austin so when I say that you know we can do three or five more things it's not an exaggeration real crisis with a portable housing. Period and Austin. And if you look at affordable housing with supportive services attached to pets are you working with residents to really further there not. They're goals in the workplace and an educationally. Sound it's a very very attractive place team. Sure I can match and so -- and our class so many of our clients are. You know they -- sound. Such advocates for themselves and their dreams are so you know so large you know many of them have been. Following you know our journey in developing the works for a long time and so you know as soon as Xavier they've been asking when can. -- -- -- -- I can imagine that does that make you wanna work on the next one -- absolutely absolutely it's very it's so inspiring team. You know get to that kind of OK we can take applications and then the next -- you're a -- and taking applications. It's you know our families our -- are working so hard on themselves. It is absolutely impossible not to be inspired. To him what are some of your plans. And challenges for the year -- And you know our plans for the year ahead are in first of all murders. You know this is the first time we've run an apartment complex -- and we -- shelters and transitional living sent its. We ran resource centers is our first time at an apartment complex -- you know we're gonna learn a little bit about the with a lot of partners we have in the community team to support -- -- long term it really speak carrying out how to impacted the the workforce schools particularly if you are aging roster. And and you know what role housing -- and what our world. So we ever got a year of planning to. Indeed it sounds like you could really use a lot of resources are you also partnering with certain employers who might need. The kind of work that somebody just graduating and can supply. Yes I have to say Austin Austin is such an engaged community. We find that we we a lot of employers to IR. Very willing to. Take a chance on on some of argued because they want to engage in the community. They wanna get back and saying they want to play a mantra ship role for so what have we actually have -- workforce program where we're working. The very intensively -- -- -- any tumor agent out of the prosecutors system to teach them the basic employment skills. They need to be successful in any. And -- -- worse then working with -- -- employers to place them but you know the challenges are are huge and many of us to. You know grew up. When -- You know without. Now with a lot of permanence and stability don't realize all of the informal lessons we've learned a long way from parents things like. How to answer. How to deal -- conflict. You know everybody has a first job that you know that kind of stakes actually. -- I was in a fast food restaurant. And I just had to drag myself there every day and I had parents to -- now your gonna drag yourself there everyday and you know you've got aspirations beyond that right -- -- paying your dues and by the way you're gonna pay your days are. So you know just that kind of dynamic and if you've grown up in thirty extra care placements you don't know Howell. He don't know how to -- calls and you don't know all of these little steps along the way in the ones that are are really influence -- -- NG don't you just don't. So we're trying to get more programming. That really. Blocks youth through. You know that long journey entering the workforce and slowly building towards -- Michael's. That's incredible I would not have thought about that and yet as you say a season it's so obvious that those life planning lessons that we sort of all take for granted and coming from a stable home with two parents. That -- -- transition from the Foster care world into you the real world which is -- -- you know. Much harsher although some Foster care environments may be just her -- it's not it's not like you've been cocoons. And prepared to be unleashed into the into the world. It's just about figuring out how it works in that's. You know for you have so many of us you know we had a high school jobs ride. And yes some are better than others that really are I was on what we wanted or five years. Like doing this to get through. I'm doing this to get through graduate school or doing this so I can get to the better job that I think I can get promoted to 34. Months from. Yeah that's -- very parent if you you've grown up -- That kind those kind of role models but you know he transitioned. -- twenty times. You haven't seen how funny. It says you know I. So we're you know we're developing programming that. Really walks he used. Keeps them kind of -- sometimes that you have that kind of eye on the prize training and deepest learn these debts and you'll get treatment. That's. What we all want Andy we all grow up wanting to be self sufficient having -- first job having that first apartment. It's the stepping stone into. You know world of possibility. Right and it's figuring out how how to get there that's that's the key. And surrounding yourself with people who could see when. That's the other kind of secret ingredient and it's having the people around you saying you know -- can totally skewed. Absolutely -- and that way you can get it. That is essential I mean. I think about how much I need support with brightly for what my goals are. And I need to hear that from people who let me -- you I know you're going through period itself -- you can do this and then. To grow -- constantly struggling. And being being told maybe some things that were not supportive at all and how do you stand on your -- -- and feel like oh yeah I got this. Anyway that's almost it's like willing your -- through a wall without support. So many of our youth. They -- -- -- -- -- grow up thinking that you know something's wrong with me you know my parents -- and me are. They hurt me or you know why did that not last Foster Foster care placement not work. So often we get young people have just come to us. They just won another UK because nobody's ever really told them and meaningful way that they are okay so have to work. It is against surrounding them with people expectations and relationships. That are you know high expectations. Expectations around accountability. But that also just communicate and you're okay and T why are you that's that's mean people have that the courts never goes away right you and I start. Acted like to thank you get to this point and you don't need that anymore -- you really did hey you tetanus you've been working with our youth to to assure them that that there that they weren't that that they can expect. Is made -- huge step. That is hews absolutely. Out this -- suspend an education season at what else would she like folks know about life works. Life works is a units and very powerful resource or 6000 families and the community. I'm we provide counseling youth development opportunities education and workforce and then -- all continue on housing support for for youth and young adults. You know we all everybody needs help at some point and -- and at any given time we all know people who. And especially young people who you know we may be a little bit worried about -- worried about some decisions. Or read about what's gone on in the family so. You know the thing I believe people when it is you know Mike Brooks as a resource you know. Never be afraid to -- to reach out and let people know about. Like -- -- as we are you know hopefully what we do is we prevent homelessness and we prevent families from from falling apart. But were also there for young people when. When they need that. Certainly they need that support structure are around him. And we had a very powerful network services. That can leading a young person -- self sufficiency so I think. And the message -- lead is know about us you know. Use this as a resource and by all means. Please support us -- practically and and as a volunteer. We -- about the community. Susan McDowell executive director of life works thank you so much for being here it's really been thrilling to learn about the can work that life works as well thank you I appreciate it. If you would like to make a financial contribution or perhaps volunteer your time and services go to their website life works Austin dot board. If you are a young adults or against family in me. Call for an immediate assistance especially if you're in crisis I've won 2735400. Thanks for listening to -- inside -- that. Back in high school and that's when I started smoking. Almost everybody in your crowd did. 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