Transitioning Austin's homeless neighbors into engaged community through shelter, opportunity, and support.

What is TOOF?

The Other Ones Foundation (TOOF) is a nonprofit that offers humanitarian aid, case management, and extremely low-barrier work opportunities to people experiencing homelessness in Austin, TX.

TOOF is building a community where no one has to live in the margins; a world where all people are inherently valued. TOOF is building a community where our clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters can find common ground and grow together.

TOOF and Findhelp Films Join Forces to Tell The Story of Esperanza

The Other Ones Foundation and findhelp films have joined forces (again!) to tell the story of the Esperanza Community. The Esperanza Community is a sanctioned encampment in Austin, TX where TOOF and the residents of the site are working together to build a transitional shelter community where unhoused individuals can find the stability they need to move on to a safer and more fulfilling life. Stay tuned as this incredible story unfolds! 


We work in tandem with many partners, including public, private, foundations, faith-based, and non-profit groups.

To all who support and contribute to this work, thank you!

2022 IMPACT:


Unduplicated clients served


People moved into stable housing


Earned income paid to people experiencing homelessness

580,000 lbs

Trash removed from green spaces in Austin


Join Our Bedding Drive!

YOU can be a part of welcoming an unhoused neighborhood into Esperanza!

As we continue moving folks into shelters at Esperanza, we are running a bedding drive to make them feel welcome. Click the link below to order some bedding and give someone the gift of a safe, comfortable night's rest:

Our Executive Director, Chris Baker, was featured as one of the heroes of Queer Eye season 6.

Chris has dedicated most of his life to serving others, particularly those experiencing homelessness. The majority of his friends, family, and coworkers will tell you that he is one of the kindest, most selfless people they've ever known. However, somewhere along his path, he forgot how to serve himself. This summer, he was given the gift of a week with the Fab 5, during which he began a journey of remembering how to love and care for himself the way he and TOOF love and care for our clients: unconditionally, radically, and without judgment. 

We are all incredibly proud of Chris, and it is an honor and a privilege to work alongside him. Watching his journey has been so beautiful for all of us at TOOF, and we hope it is able to have some kind of impact on you as well.