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Our mission is anchored in the conviction that everyone is entitled to fundamental human rights including nutritious food, comprehensive healthcare, meaningful employment, affordable housing, and educational advancement. We are committed to empowering individuals by providing essential support and resources during critical times in their lives. Through offering education in life skills, access to job and career training opportunities, and fostering community engagement, we aim to inspire self-reliance, dignity, and a strong sense of self-worth. Our goal is to transform lives, creating active contributors to community growth and economic development, ultimately reducing dependency on welfare systems.

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Established in 1980 with the vision to transform the community, the Austin Peoples Action Center (APAC) began its journey with an initial fund of $500 from a community rummage sale. Under the leadership of Cynthia Williams, who has been at the helm as CEO for over three decades, APAC has tirelessly worked to advance its mission in the greater Austin area.

APAC is dedicated to breaking down the barriers of economic and cultural disparities that contribute to challenges such as under-education, under-employment, nutritional deficits, homelessness, and health issues. Through years of community engagement, the commitment of our neighbors, friends, and dedicated staff has turned visionary ideas into tangible actions.

Today, APAC proudly acknowledges the support from significant partners such as the Illinois Department of Human Services, Catholic Charities, the Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund, and the Illinois Department of Health. These collaborations, alongside the contributions of past supporters, have been pivotal to our ongoing efforts to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Join us as we continue to fight for a brighter, more equitable future for the greater Austin community. Discover how you can become a part of our journey towards creating lasting change.

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Picture a BETTER WORLD. Then

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