History

New Milestones Foundation (NMF) is a 501(c)(3) and a 509 (a) Type (III) supporting organization founded in 1983. Its purpose is to expand awareness, eliminate stigma and provide financial  support for the  programs and populations served by Integral Care — formerly known as Austin Travis County MHMR— many of whom are among Austin's most vulnerable citizens.

In its first few years NMF took on several important functions. Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided housing for Integral Care's consumers and the New Milestones Foundation oversaw the management of these facilities, which today number seven apartment houses with 86 units. The organizations also purchased automobiles and vans for Integral Care programs.

In 2001 NMF was reenergized and expanded its membership, and a plan to promote community awareness and fundraising was put into action. The Briiging the Gap Event, which has featured testimonials from celebrity speakers including Carrie Fisher, Christopher Kennedy Lawford and Mariel Hemingway, has been held each year since 2002.  In January of 2011 NMF completed an 18-month capital campaign, successfully raising $500,000 as part of a local match to refurbish two crisis respite facilities in Central Austin, and in 2013 it completed a $250,000 campaign (actually raising $283,000 including a grant for Family Preservation Services from the Texas Dept. of State Health Services) for children's mental health services. 

Outreach programs including an interactive Lunch & Learn Series, "What Would You Do In a Mental Health Crisis," and "One in Four of Us: An Interfaith Dialogue," are held regularly throughout the community.  The Friends of New Milestones was founded in 2012 and meets frequently during the year.

Funds from NMF have also been used to support:

  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Steven's Garden at the Alameda House
  • The Central Texas African American Family Support Conference;
  • The 2007 "We Don't Talk About Chris" Film Festival produced in conjunction with the Peace Council;
  • Cleaning supplies and household items for Integral Care consumers through the Julia Barkley Memorial Fund;
  • Resources for Integral Care's Psychiatric Emergency Services Department;
  • The Texas Suicide Prevention Network;
  • The Community Resource Guide for Children's Needs; and many other worthy projects.