Case Studies

Friday, September 1, 2017 Research

Spurred by efforts to build stronger ties with residents, the Austin Byrne Criminal Justice Initiative team revitalized large open spaces that had fostered crime, increased local resources to engage and support youth, and created an empathetic and effective way to address homelessness.

Author(s): Multiple
Monday, September 1, 2008

The two organizations had evolved from different premises, and had developed different cultures and methods to meet a common challenge of engaging citizens in civic volunteering. Each of these national initiatives was making a difference in promoting volunteerism and supporting citizen service. Both had become more concerned about financial sustainability and impact in recent months. For five years the two groups had been competing in some areas, and collaborating in others, and the idea of consolidation was present.

Author(s): Deborah Edward, Ph.D.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Habitat for Humanity International describes its mission: “to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.” Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Author(s): Sara Struckman
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
In Austin, Texas, LifeWorks is an $8 million, multifaceted human services organization providing support as youth and families “transition from crisis to safety and success”1. This dynamic, well-respected product of a merger provides an array of services for homeless, runaway and foster youth; counseling to individuals and families; and prevention programs for at-risk school-age youth. It is a strong advocacy voice for the needs of at-risk children and families, and enjoys a leadership role in the human service community.
Author(s): Sara Struckman
Saturday, September 1, 2007 Research

The case study was made possible by a grant from the Volunteer Impact Fund.

Setting the Stage

Author(s): Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Ph.D.