11th Annual Women's Resource Fair
On Saturday, May 5, 2018, the Austin Young Lawyers Association hosted its 11th annual Women's Resource Fair, offering much-needed free resources to over 210 Austin-area women who are homeless, low-income, or survivors of domestic violence
TCWLA again proudly helped to sponsor the Fair along with several TCWLA board membersI along with 8 other attorney volunteers provided legal assistance in a variety of areas, including criminal law, family law, child custody, domestic violence, public benefit programs, immigration, consumer issues, and estate planning.
Attendees in need of long-term assistance spoke with lawyers from Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, and the Texas Advocacy Project. The Travis County District Clerk's Office, and TCWLA board member and District Clerk Velva Price, assisted the legal providers by looking up the status of pending cases, and the Travis County Law Library provided legal forms and assistance to the lawyers and legal organizations.
Medical service providers offered a multitude of medical services, including well-woman exams to approximately 35 women. They also administered 30 primary care visits; lab services, including pregnancy and blood tests, 11 sonograms, 15 HIV/AIDS tests with counseling and education, and 67 vaccines to 27 patents; 12 eye exams, and 4 comprehensive dental visits.
This is the 11th year in a row that my office staff and I have participatedThis is the 11th year in a row that members of my staff and I have participated in this wonderful event. I can not tell you how good it feels to be able to pay back to the citizens of Travis County for the wonderful way that I have been treated by just about everyone.
I really do believe that this is the most successful event that TCWLA has held to date!!!!
More than 40 social service providers shared information about services available in the AustinAdditionally, attendees shopped from a substantial clothing closet and received professional wear with the assistance of Dress for Success.
The Texas Advocacy Project gave out 80 handbags with resources for victims of domestic violence included in the bags, as part of its Handbags for Hope project. John Paul Mitchell students gave the women free haircuts, and each woman received free breakfast and lunch.
For the women to take full advantage of the available services, the Fair provided childcare to over 75 children. The children enjoyed a magic show, yoga, drama activities, free breakfast and lunch, and made Mother's Day cards for their moms.
I don't even need to be invited to this. We look forward to it every year. Already putting down next year on the calendar.
Thank you young women lawyers!!!!! Thank you.