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U-Haul Offering 30 Days of Free Storage to Central Texas Wildfire Victims

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The U-Haul Company of Austin is offering 30 days of free storage and U-Box Portable Storage to Texas residents whose homes have been damaged by these wildfires, or those still needing to move their belongings away from areas being affected at this time. With U-Box Portable Storage, you pick up or we deliver the U-Boxes, you fill them up and we store them in our secure warehouse or deliver them to a location of your choice.

In addition to the 30-days-free self-storage assistance being offered, U-Haul locations throughout central Texas also will be collecting donations of new personal-hygiene items, along with new and gently used household goods, furniture and clothing for Texas residents whose homes have been destroyed.

Also, people who need boxes can take advantage of the U-Haul Take a Box, Leave a Box Program. The program enables customers to return their reusable boxes and allows others to take them as needed – FREE. U-Haul encourages anyone who has any type of reusable box to drop it off at the nearest U-Haul location and allow another family to reuse the box, free of charge, instead of throwing the reusable box into the recycling bin.

Families needing more information about the 30-days-free self-storage assistance program or residents who have items to donate should contact the following regional office:

U-Haul Company of Austin
12611 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 331-7777

“With more than 1,000 homes destroyed within the last several days, these wildfires have caused critical damage, and are continuing to spread throughout the communities we serve,” stated Wayne Towle, president, U-Haul Company of Austin. “I hope this effort will provide assistance to families that need a helping hand.  We will continue to help our friends and neighbors in this time of need.”

Austin Recovery Announces Rob Lowe as Guest Speaker at Artists on Recovery Fundraiser

The Event will Take Place at Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater on Tuesday, November 8, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Austin Recovery, the largest and most affordable drug and alcohol treatment center in Texas, announces Rob Lowe as the guest speaker at their first annual Artists on Recovery fundraiser luncheon. Proceeds from the fundraiser will directly benefit the construction and operation of Austin Recovery’s new Family House facility, designed by Austin-based Sixthriver Architects.

The Artists on Recovery fundraiser luncheon will take place at the state-of-the-art ACL Live at The Moody Theater venue.  Each year, this new fundraising event will feature a nationally acclaimed artist sharing their story of recovery.  The goal of the series is to create awareness of the effects of addiction and the help available through highlighting an artist’s successful journey to recovery.

Rob Lowe, the speaker at the first annual event, currently stars in the NBC TV series Parks and Recreation, and is also known for his roles on The West Wing, The Outsiders, St. Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, and numerous other films and programs.  Having been sober for two decades, Mr. Lowe will speak about the difference sobriety has made on his own life, as well as that of his family.  Mr. Lowe will also be signing copies of his book “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” for event sponsors and key donors.  The book, dedicated to his family, has received much positive critical acclaim since its release.

All proceeds from this event will go towards Austin Recovery’s Family House, a unique and highly-specialized program which allows mothers to bring up to two children under the age of six into residential drug and alcohol treatment with them. “One of the beauties of Family House is that it allows mothers to work completely on their recovery without worrying about the safety and security of their young children,” says Jonathan Ross, Austin Recovery’s CEO.  Family House offers special forms of therapy for the children as well, enabling them to heal through their mother’s recovery process.  At more than 21,000 square feet, the new Family House facility will offer family-friendly private living quarters for mothers and their children to stay together, in a family-like environment with purpose-built play areas customized to enable strategic play therapies for the children.

Austin Recovery is now accepting corporate and organizational sponsorships and donations for the event, as well as sales of individual tables and seats for the luncheon program.  Early sponsors include MAXIMUS Charitable Foundation, Communities for Recovery, Sixthriver Architects, and Benchmark Recovery Center.  Contact Ramona Cruz-Peters at [email protected] for more information on participating in this fundraising event, including table or seat purchase, sponsorship, or donation.

About Austin Recovery
Since 1967, Austin Recovery has provided effective and compassionate chemical dependency treatment at very affordable rates. Non-profit and CARF-accredited, their transformational treatment model brings about in-depth cognitive, behavioral and spiritual changes essential for overcoming addiction. Austin Recovery offers a number of programs including medical detox, separate men’s and women’s campuses for 30-day and 90+ day programs, and Family House, which provides a minimum of 90 days of residential drug and alcohol rehab to mothers of young children and women in their third trimester of pregnancy, allowing them to bring up to two children under the age of six with them into treatment. Through parenting education and intensive case management, mothers in Family House are able to reconnect with their children and hone their parenting skills while also recovering from their addiction.  Austin Recovery also offers outpatient services, alumni support, family programs, aftercare and community education. For more information about Austin Recovery, please visit www.austinrecovery.org.

CONTACT: Ramona Cruz-Peters
Director of Marketing & Communications
Austin Recovery
[email protected]

SOURCE Austin Recovery

Web Site: http://www.austinrecovery.org

Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad Suffers Heart Attack in Texas

Salem FayyadAustin, TX – The Prime Minister of Palestine, Salam Fayyad, is resting in a Texas hospital after having suffered a heart attack.

Fayyad was in Austin to attend the graduation of his son Khaled Fayyad from college. On Sunday, the prime minister started experiencing severe chest pains and was taken to the hospital where he then suffered a heart attack. Catheterization, a procedure that opens coronary arteries using a tiny balloon, was performed successfully and Fayyad is resting.

Fayyad is in jeopardy of losing the Prime Minister’s seat that he gained in 2007. His independent views will likely not agree with President Abbas’ new partners – Hamas.