We believe that together, we can make Austin more vibrant for all.
What We Believe
Caritas of Austin believes that when every person has a stable place to call home, they can realize their full potential and contribute to our community. We build wellbeing by making sure that people have a safe home, access to healthy groceries, jobs that provide a reliable living wage, and educational opportunities to learn life skills. All of us need a sturdy foundation and layers of support in our lives to thrive; that’s what creates a strong community. Our innovative, personalized and proven approach to building wellbeing and ending homelessness creates a more vibrant Austin for everyone.
Our Name and Logo
Caritas of Austin (pronounced CARE – it – ahs) means love or charity in Latin. It is with this humility and commitment that we serve people daily. The first thing you’ll notice about our logo is a house. That’s because, regardless of who we are serving, our work begins with a stable home. Our approach is multi-layered and builds a strong foundation as we work to build holistic wellbeing for hundreds of people each year. And our services for people are as unique as their thumbprint, personalized in a way that helps them achieve their life goals.
We prevent and end homelessness for people in Greater Austin.
We aim to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring in Central Texas.
Monsignor Richard McCabe founded Caritas of Austin in 1964 with the belief that all people deserve to have their basic needs met. Even in its earliest days, this organization focused on ensuring people had a stable place to call home. Since its inception, Caritas of Austin has operated independent of any religious affiliation but has been generously support by all faith groups over the past five decades. While our organization and services have grown tremendously, our core work to restore dignity, respect, and stability for people remains unchanged. Our inspirational founder passed away in 2009, but his vision to relentlessly pursue better ways to support our most vulnerable community members lives on today.