A letter from the Green Doors executive director

December 18, 2009

Dear Friends of Green Doors,

As you may know Green Doors has received three wonderful matching gifts this holiday season, totaling $11,000. The catch: you have to make an investment of any amount in our work in order for us to receive the matching gift! But, the benefit to you is knowing you have made a commitment to Austin and knowing that each dollar that you have given is worth two. So far, we have raised $3,550 of our $11,000 goal! Help us make it to our goal by making a donation of $10, $25, $50, or more before January 15th!

What are Green Doors’ staff members doing these next two weeks? Well, many of our residents have not shared a holiday meal or opened a gift in years. This holiday season, the staff at Green Doors committed to putting smiles on our residents’ faces. Children receive toys and clothes; mothers, clothes and household supplies; our veterans receive gift cards; and many receive delicious holiday meals. While Green Doors’ staff is busy making sure that individuals and families we serve are cherished this holiday season, we are aware that we can provide a festive holiday for our residents’ thanks only to the generosity of the Austin community. Because of you, the smiles that shine on our residents’ faces speak volumes.

Green Doors is dedicated to the proposition that no one – whether a child or adult, disabled or not, man or woman – should be allowed to live without stable housing. Many in our community struggle with homelessness and poverty. Our vision is that one day all Central Texas families and individuals will have the opportunity to live in affordable, safe, quality housing. Be a part of our vision! Because of you, the smiles that shine on our residents’ faces speak volumes. Invest in Green Doors and give a tax deductible gift of $10, $25, $50, or more and help Green Doors continue to provide safe, quality, sustainable housing to people struggling with or at-risk of homelessness.

Thanks for your committment,

Frank Fernandez

Frank Fernandez
Executive Director

www.greendoors.org

P.S. Make your donation worth double! Make your gift by January 15th, 2010 and three wonderful donors, Kara McGregor at Independence Title Company, Capital One Bank, and Kamran Shah, Green Doors President, will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $11,000. That means, for every dollar you give to Green Doors, Kara, Capital One and Kamran will give another dollar.

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My Christmas Holiday List

December 7, 2009

Yes many of you have heard me say “I’m not from this country” but I thought I’d partake in my “American-ness” by actually creating a Christmas gift list. You may have ready my earlier posts on my involvement with a local Austin non-profit, Green Doors. Well on top of my list is adopting a Green Doors resident.

Green doors meets an acute need in Austin by providing supportive housing to people struggling with or at risk of homelessness. Green doors has over 230 veterans, individuals and families we support right now. Your “gift” will help provide a holiday meal or modest gift in this holiday season, by delivering a holiday meal to each household and a $35 gift card for each individual in a home. $2,000 would meet the needs of all our residents so 100 gifts of $20 each would serve all our residents.

Adopting a resident is easy, you can donate here: http://www.greendoors.org/support/donate.php

Happy holidays and happy running.

– Kamran


What I do when I don’t run and work

September 20, 2008

Well, most of that time is spent sleeping, eating and watching TV. I’ve also been invovled with a non-profit, Community Partnership for the Homeless, for going on 5 years. This Thursday we had a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new development we just completed.

These are near the East Side track, on that steep hill that was part of the Go for the Gold 10k. The houses are for single parent families with one family member that has a mental or physical disability. You can click on the picture to see more of the houses, the first family should move in on the 25th.

CPH has a number of other houses in Austin that provide transitional housing for homeless veterans. We build and manage the properties and partner with other agencies that specialize in social services. In the case of the veterans program the VA and Caritas. In the case of this development SafePlace.

I won’t make any running analogies for now.


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