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  • "We have grown from a helpful day center into the highest volume provider of homeless services in Austin-Travis County where the Sunrise Hub team is just one of 7 distinct teams following our now-famous integrated model of care that brings whole-person care to the whole person trauma of homelessness." Mark Hilbelink, Director Read More

  • People in Austin can now access life-saving medication Narcan 24/7 at a vending machine outside the south Austin church and day center. The vending machine went up in August at Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center thanks to a partnership with the N.I.C.E Project. Read More

  • Austin officials say a new strategy for clearing and removing homeless encampments will bring order and consistency to how departments prioritize and conduct such sweeps. The strategy was developed starting last November in response to voters passing Proposition B to put a citywide camping ban back on the books. Read More

  • A bright white vending machine was recently affixed to the east brick wall of the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center. It’s doing exactly what Em Gray had hoped — just a whole lot faster than she expected. Read More

  • A vending machine full of life-saving medication is now installed on the side of Sunrise Community Church in South Austin. Read More

  • Organizaciones comunitarias han unido fuerzas para instalar esta máquina del medicamento Narcan, usado para tratar sobredosis de drogas. Esta iniciativa ha recibido algunas críticas. Read More

  • The start of Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s monthly board of directors meeting yesterday had a different feel than usual. Typically, a few speakers may approach the podium to speak in support of or against an item on the agenda. Yesterday, however, advocates and members of Austin’s unhoused community packed the Rosa Parks Boardroom to implore Capital Metro to make some transportation services free for people experiencing homelessness. Read More

  • AUSTIN, Texas (NewsNation) — As more states work to reduce the damage being done by the opioid epidemic, Austin’s first Narcan vending machine now sits outside of a church and homeless day center. Read More

  • Now the county’s first Narcan vending machine sits outside the church and Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center...The N.I.C.E. Project (Narcan in Case of Emergency) partnered with Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center to provide 24/7 access to life-saving medication. Read More or Watch Here

  • Austin, Texas – The N.I.C.E. Project (Narcan in Case of Emergency) opens their first barrier-free Narcan distribution site at the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center to provide 24/7 access to the overdose-reversal medication Narcan. Read More

  • Austin, Texas — A report from the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office found drug overdoses are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in our community.

    To shed some light on this issue, three Austin mothers organized a walk on Sunday to educate the public and raise awareness of the rising number of fentanyl overdose deaths. Read More

  • It’s been triple-digit temperatures for weeks now around much of Texas. Homeless Texans are among the state's most vulnerable residents. Read More

  • On Monday, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors unanimously approved the implementation of a new system called Equifare that caps the amount riders pay for fares and provides reduced fares for people with lower incomes. But before the board voted, some Austinites voiced their concerns saying the reduced fares do not go far enough to aid Austin’s unhoused. Read More

  • After years of organizing by Texas Harm Reduction Alli­ance, including an emotional town hall at the beginning of May, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously declared the opioid overdose epidemic a public health crisis on May 24. Read More

  • AUSTIN, Texas — Megan Boyd has her boots to the ground at the Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center. She’s part of a mobile outreach program that travels to homeless encampments across the city to conduct coordinated assessments. As Boyd and her team arrived at a parking lot on Menchaca Road, the outreach team stumbled upon dozens of unhoused residents whose encampment was just cleaned out. Read More
  • The local nonprofit Ending Community Homelessness Coalition has selected three organizations to split a $2 million grant in a new partnership meant to help more unsheltered people of color in Austin. Two of the nonprofit organizations, Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center and We Can Now, are based in Austin and already work with people experiencing homelessness here. A third organization, Urban Alchemy, is based in California and is hiring staffers for Austin. Read More

  • St. David’s donates millions to help Austin nonprofit improve outreach. Read More

  • AUSTIN (KXAN) — Dozens of people lined up around Sunrise Community Church in south Austin Monday, with lead director Mark Hilbelink walking through the crowd, saying hello to those he passed. Serving as lead pastor for 11 years and as director of Sunrise’s homeless navigation center for six, once unfamiliar faces have since become regulars. Read More

  • As the current dialogue around homelessness in Austin continues to intensify, Mark Hilbelink, lead pastor of Sunrise Community Church in Austin, joins Alan on this week’s episode of the Gospel Con Carne podcast for a hope-filled conversation around serving our friends who are struggling to survive on the streets. Hear More

  • One day five years ago, they showed up. Mark Hilbelink, the pastor at the small Sunrise Community Church near Ben White Boulevard and Menchaca Road, noticed that among his flock that Sunday were worshipers who he knew were experiencing homelessness. Read More

  • Jane Angelo woke up Thursday morning and felt a tinge of despair. She lives alone out of her car, a decision she chose but one with reminders of solitude on days like Thanksgiving and during times like the coronavirus pandemic. A regular visitor to the Sunrise Community Church on Menchaca Road in South Austin, Angelo knew this year’s Thanksgiving meal offered by the church for people experiencing homelessness would be different. Read More

  • It's 500 Day at Sunrise! We're celebrating 500 clients housed! Check out Helen & Vernon's story and help partner with Sunrise to steer the next 500 out of homelessness! Watch

  • A lot of places that provide direct services for people experiencing homelessness scaled back or closed down due to COVID-19. The Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center picked up the slack. Watch

  • Effective Compassion explores what’s really working in the fight against poverty and how thinking biblically aids in the restoration of human dignity. This seasonal program is made for people who want to elicit real change because they know true hope. Hear More

  • Chris Baker speaks with Pastor Mark Hilbelink, the Lead Pastor at Sunrise Community Church and the Director of the Sunrise Navigation Center. In this episode, Chris and Mark examine the trials, tribulations and the opportunities of providing social services in this most trying of times. Hear More

  • Resources such as food, shelter or a shower are limited for people experiencing homelessness in Southwest Austin. As a result, homeless individuals are flocking to camps created on undeveloped land where they can sleep and live without being confronted by authorities, police say. Joshua Visi, an Austin Police Department liaison who represents the portion of Southwest Austin between Hwy. 290 and Brodie Lane, said most homeless individuals choose to stray from the downtown area to avoid drugs and crime. Read More

  • In this episode, Cassie talks with Mark Hilbelink, Emily Grace, and Michelle Thompson of Sunrise Church in south Austin, “the weirdest little church in Texas.” Hear More

  • As we take the off-ramp of US-290 West, I am shocked to see groups of homeless individuals huddled in the darkness beneath the overpasses. A short block later, on the right, more groups of men and women are gathered on a patio around some picnic tables. A sign on the lawn reads, “Hot diggity. You’ve made it to the Weirdest Little Church in Texas.” Read More

  • At the suggestion of a colleague (thanks, Kathryn), I stopped by the Sunrise Community Church, that calls itself as the Weirdest Little Church in Texas. There was a buzz of activity with many people milling about the outdoor picnic tables. I bumped into Pastor Mark who happily offered to introduce me to the ministry and give me a tour. Read More

  • You may see them on your way to work, or in parks: homeless people panhandling or sleeping under overpasses. Residents in a South Austin neighborhood say they’re concerned the problem is getting worse in their backyards, specifically the Ben White corridor. While Austin police say they believe the problem has improved over the years, some neighbors say more work needs to be done. Read More

The Sunrise Social E-Newsletter

Check out the latest edition of our new e-newsletter!

  • This summer’s record-breaking weather has been dangerously hot for our most vulnerable clients, but Sunrise has continued to serve while beating the heat with Kona Ice and meeting clients where they are at (Barton Springs)! Providing a home base and regularity for our unhoused neighbors makes the wheels of progress turn as we connect thousands of people to safe, supportive housing. Read More