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The mission of The Settlement Home for Children (The Home) is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources. The Home is a licensed nonprofit organization that serves individuals who have experienced severe emotional trauma, abuse and neglect.

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Phone Number: 512-836-2150
Address: 1600 Payton Gin Road
Austin, TX 78758
Founded in 1916, owned and operated by a group of Austin women deeply committed to children, The Home has continually evolved to meet community needs. The Home initially served as a day nursery for children, and then as an orphanage. Today a child placed in The Home typically comes to us as a referral from Child Protective Services. Our programs are administered on our 10-acre campus and include a Residential Treatment Center, Group Home Program, Transitional Living Program and a University of Texas Charter School. These services provide residents with the tools, resources and skills they need to live healthy, productive lives. We also have a Foster & Adoption Program that prepares Austin-area families to provide a safe and therapeutic family setting for boys and girls. By helping children learn to trust themselves and others, as well as gain a sense of self-worth, we work to ultimately end the cycle of abuse.

Impact Statement

In 2016, The Settlement Home for Children served 161 individuals, who came to us from 44 different counties in Texas.

Our Residential Treatment Center (RTC) provides 27 beds for girls aged 11-21 in a highly structured environment with 24-hour therapeutic support.

Our Group Home Program provides 22 beds for girls aged 11-21 in a home-like setting with 24-hour therapeutic support.

We have served 39 women through our Transitional Living Program (TLP), which opened in 2011. The TLP provides 11 efficiency apartments for young women ages 18-21 who are not quite prepared to live on their own and choose to voluntarily remain in the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS) through an extended foster care agreement. The tenants receive case management, therapy and independent living skill building.

Additionally, our Foster & Adoption Program has consummated over 100 adoptions since its 2007 inception, and we currently work with 19 foster families, who have 25 children placed among them. Last year, we consummated 18 adoptions, tied for highest number in one year since our program began.

Needs Statement

Here are examples of what different gifts could help us purchase:

$25 buys a coat for one child
$50 helps with immediate needs for an emergency placement
$75 pays for a bus ticket for a child to visit her family
$150 pays for a holiday meal for 2 foster families
$250 pays for warm blankets for a cottage of 9 children
$500 pays for activities for three cottages during the winter break
$1,000 buys a pair of shoes for all children in residential treatment
$2,500 pays for therapy for 4 children every week for 6 months
$5,000 covers the cost of utilities for 5 months for a cottage
$10,000 feeds a cottage for 3 months
"Settlement Home made me realize that my world wasn't falling apart; that I'm actually doing all right. Every single thing that made me into an adult was because of this place." Former Settlement Home Resident

"After years of abuse, I am grateful that I've been given such awesome tools. That's how you heal. It's being heard and having someone to express yourself to. It's hearing that you're okay, that you're lovable, that you didn't deserve the hurtful things that happened to you. It really helped me to forgive, to break the cycle of abuse that my parents couldn't. I credit The Settlement Home for my recovery." Former Settlement Home Resident
Our volunteer program was designed to provide flexibility for every volunteer.
We believe that the most powerful influence in our lives is our relationship with others. It is through these relationships that we hope to motivate our children to become loving, responsible adults. Volunteers play an integral part in serving as role models to the children that live here. There are many opportunities within our program to make these connections. Together we can make a difference in our children's lives.
Each of our volunteers comes from a unique background and has amazing skills and talents. If you have a particular skill or talent you would like to share, we can create a customized volunteer experience for you. We appreciate you and want to help you give back. We're here to help you make a difference.

Individual Mentors - Individual mentors build a corrective, therapeutic relationship with one child for a one year commitment. Mentors must be available 6-8 hours per month during evenings and weekends.

Cottage Volunteers - Cottage volunteers work under the supervision of the cottage supervisor and staff on one of our cottages to provide assistance to residents, assist with leading recreation or daily routine activities.

School Volunteers - Work under the supervision of the teachers and education staff in our on campus school to provide assistance to designated students; Help provide encouragement and positive reinforcement to students struggling to be successful in the classroom; Help promote a positive learning environment by focusing on academic tasks and designated student goals.

Recreational Volunteer - Lead a recreation or health & fitness class; teach music lessons; or teach a summer recreation class.

We also have volunteer opportunities for groups!