Empower families in Austin,Chicago
"As mothers, we stand together, hands locked, like chains, & we're not falling, we're not breaking...and we're taking our community back."Audio reading of Story
There are certain stories we can’t pretend we don’t know. We know children in Austin who have seen young men shot in front of their homes. We know babies and toddlers and mothers who sleep on the floor, with their clothes as their beds. We know adults & children who live in constant fear of being hit, of being hungry, of being homeless.
The daily stress of living in poverty, in a violent area of the city, is real and greatly affects families and their wellbeing. The statistics tell one story with their numbers but can’t show you the mother taking the bus to work the third shift out of love for her children, grandparents opening their homes to their children and grandchildren, cramming in a smaller space, so no one is homeless, aunts & uncles raising their nieces and nephews until situations get better. This is the greater story of sacrificial love and community we see in Austin. Families loving each other well.
And wanting to be in Austin. Raise their families in Austin. Have their grandbabies live in Austin.
But, for this to happen, families need to be nurtured, supported, and inspired. Zerlina Smith, of Austin, told the Chicago Tribune, “But when you walk down the street, nothing shows my daughter’s aspirations or hopes for the future.”
The physical house of A House in Austin, Chicago will be a place inspiring hope and vibrant futures for parents and their children alike. A home where parents and children take music classes together, play together, and learn together. A beautiful gathering space on the corner of Pine and Race in Austin, reaching out to its neighbors, and being a resource for families in the community.
We need your help to raise the funds to renovate the physical house. As one young mother told us, having a place of positivity, when you’re surrounded by darkness, means everything to her. A music room for singing, drumming, and dancing together. A safe, cozy play space for parents to sit with their children to do puzzles, build block towers, and draw together. A kitchen table for young moms to share burdens. Sofas for parents to sink into as they learn about healthy child development and brain-based parenting methods.
Our mission is to empower parents to shape their children’s futures through music, education, and nurturing.
Every child, in every zip code, deserves to have rich, meaningful early learning experiences and a healthy family. Every child deserves the same opportunities from Winnetka to Austin. Every family matters.
Please help us build our house for the beautiful families in Austin, Chicago and to support the Fall music programs and parenting education of A House in Austin | Chicago.
Thank you so much for your continued generosity in supporting our work in the Austin community. I want to share an article which details the importance of a two-generational approach to early childhood education. A goal of our work is to be in the parents' lives as well as the baby's during the first three years of life. With your support, we will walk alongside a pregnant mother--offering parenting education and counseling and connecting her with community resources. We will strengthen her bond with her baby through home visiting, peer support, and parenting courses and provide high quality early learning experiences for her child through our parent-child music classes. You are helping to make this a reality! The funds raised for the house renovation and for our programs will help us to be able to meet families' needs in a more effective, loving, and tangible way. Please share our gofundme link with your loved ones. We need more people to support us. Thank you so much!
Exciting news today! We got word we secured a new classroom space for this next year. We're partnering with Original Providence Baptist Church at 515 N. Pine Ave. which is one house away from our AHIA house. We will now be able to offer 6 parent-child music classes including two new classes in addition to Boppin' Babies & Toddlers Music Class--Bitty Babies Music Class (newborns to 12 months) and Wonder Kids Music Class (ages 3-5). These classes will take place during the week in the morning as well as one evening and on Saturday to accommodate more parents' schedules. We're also offering 2 Parent Chat Hours (one daytime + one evening) and a Parent Preschool Co-op two afternoons per week based on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. We want to be able to offer the Parents As Teachers home visiting program to 5 families this year as well, and our budget for the next year of programming is $52,000. The majority of the music classes will be taught by a Boppin' mother who became a certified Musikgarten teacher this summer! The majority of the budget is to pay her and our social worker for the home visiting program. We appreciate all of your generosity and support! If you have friends you think would be interested in supporting our work or foundations you're involved with, please share A House in Austin with them. We need to raise these funds to support the work of empowering parents to shape their children's futures in Austin.
Here are pictures from the splash pad today. These beautiful families are building A House in Austin | Chicago because they are families in Austin. Thank you for linking arms with them and supporting the work of AHIA. Please be sure to share our goals with your friends and family. Thank you so much!