Why did you change your name from Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless to Austin Humanists at Work?
Short answer: Because we are crazy enough to take on the task of a name change and attempt to rebrand for the sake of trying to generate more for the people we serve each month.
Long answer: There are many reasons why we changed our name.
1. The old name was extremely long and was a borderline tongue twister.
2. We felt the term “homeless” in the name didn’t truly represent every person who comes through our line. We also help those who have fallen on hard times and just need a little help from their community.
3. We are a group that has grown to include people from all walks of life. Volunteers include people who are atheists, agnostic, secular, freethinkers and even those who are theists. Inclusivity has made us grow stronger and more organized. While we are still very proud of who we are and where we started, we want to grow with our community and show all humans can truly help others without labels at all. We are genuinely helping because we love our city and want to help in any way we can.
4. We are still the same group of people who are very proud and thankful for all who have kept this organization going.
The change was announced in April 2016. Read more from the blog here.