The RST Austin office began operating in 2003. It is affiliated with the Episcopal Migration Ministries to provide services to refugees and asylees, and it works in partnership with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants to serve survivors of trafficking through our Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program!
RST Austin primarily serves newly arrived refugees with their initial resettlement into the local community. As started in our Austin office, the Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP) provides services to both domestic and foreign survivors of trafficking. RST Austin also offers comprehensive supplementary programs designed for long-term integration and ongoing support. Visit our about page to learn more!
- Resettlement Services
- Survivors of Trafficking Empowerment Program (STEP)
- Job readiness training and placement
- Legal Services
- Medical Case Management
- Social Adjustment Services
- Central American Minors Refugee Program Application (CAM-AOR)
- Community Wellness
- Refugee Cash Assistance
- English as a Second Language
VOLUNTEER WITH US
*Volunteer opportunities are very limited during this time as we practice social-distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please email the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can currently serve our clients in the community!*
Volunteer with RST Austin to serve refugees, asylees and survivors of trafficking in your community!
Our top 5 opportunities include:
Apartment Setups: Make an apartment a new home for an arriving refugee family!
Clinic Missions: Assist families and individuals with getting to and navigating important medical appointments.
Bus Orientations: Teach a new Austinite to use the bus system! Mobility is one of the most important steps to self sufficiency.
Airport Pickups: Welcome a new family at the airport and provide them with a warm meal their first day in Austin!
In-Home English: Provide English lessons to a beginner speaker for 1 hour/ week, 12 week commitment.
Volunteer Orientation & Training's are held once a month- see our full volunteer calendar and sign up HERE!
Interested in giving in-kind donations to our Austin office that go directly to the families we serve?! Check out the list below for the most needed items for newly arrived families!
Gift cards (HEB, Walmart)
Bus passes (1 week or 1 month)
Laptops/ Computers (working, with all parts! RST does not accept monitors by themselves)
TVs (must be working with all cords!)
Baby/ Children’s items (pack n plays, high chairs, strollers, car seats [can’t be expired], lightly used toys, children’s books, baby clothing)
Baby formula (not expired)
Diapers and wipes- all sizes!
Bikes and helmets (must have good tires!), bike locks
NEW blankets and sheets
Rugs (not dirty or heavily worn)
Furniture donations (MUST email Volunteer Coordinator @ email@example.com coordinate delivery with client)
Donations NOT accepted:
Used clothing- please send ALL clothing to the GREEN BIN in the back of the parking lot- this benefits our STEP program OR to St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop (901 W. Braker Ln., Austin, TX 78745)
Used Shoes- send to the green bin
Seasonal Items- Xmas trees, holiday decor
*Donations are accepted Monday- Thursday 8:30-4:30 and before noon on Fridays*