Irit Umani, the Executive Director of Trinity Center, began work in January of 2010. Ms. Umani comes to us from Berkeley, California, and she is originally from Israel. For nearly 20 years, Irit has lead organizations working with survivors of domestic violence. She has many years of professional experience serving people with needs for assistance, both as Executive Director and as Program Director. Irit says her work is based on and stems from a spiritual commitment for service. In her spare time, she keeps a practice of silent meditation and is deeply fed by being in nature, preferably with friends.
Christian Rodriguez, BSW
Christian majored in Social Work and completed his final field placement at Trinity Center before graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Before coming on staff he worked for a campus ministry serving college students in the Central Texas area. Christian’s desire to serve and show compassion, combined with communication and organizational skills, brought him to the center as our Operations Coordinator, running the kitchen and daily operations for Trinity. In his spare time Christian enjoys listening to good music, watching movies and spending time with the people he loves.
James was born in The Bronx as the son of Irish immigrants. His family moved to Canada when he was eight and he lived there for 25 years. After returning to the USA when he was in his 30s, he moved around to different parts of the States, but the first time he visited Austin, he fell in love with the city. A one-time “neighbor” of Trinity Center, he found a “home” here even before being employed as the Kitchen Assistant. Combining his background in Customer Service through various jobs over the years with his love for people has brought joy and purpose to James’ life. “I feel strongly that everyone has an interesting and uniquely human story that is worth listening to and learning from.” His interests include art, music including the blues and classic rock, and he is an avid reader. He aspires to be a podcaster in order to provide a voice for the homeless, who are a part of this community of Austin.
Emily Britz, LMSW
Case Management Supervisor
Emily has her Master’s degree in Social work and provides clinical case management to neighbors. She received her degree from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University joint program for clinical social work in St. Paul, Minnesota. Emily is originally from Minnesota and has seven years of experience working with populations experiencing mental health, substance abuse and homelessness. In her spare time she enjoys facetiming with her friends and family back home and being outside and going for hikes.
Eunice Garcia, BSW
Volunteer & Communications Coordinator
Eunice received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Texas State University in 2019 and completed her final field placement at Trinity Center, where she provided case management to our neighbors. After graduation, Eunice worked as a rehabilitation specialist for Integral Care, where she provided case management and connections to psychiatric prescribers to clients with severe mental illnesses. Born in Mexico, and raised in Austin, Eunice is able to communicate with our English and Spanish-speaking neighbors. Outside of Trinity Center, Eunice enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, dancing, boxing, and playing with her dog.
Americorps Case Management Aide
Libby Brennan is currently serving as a Case Manager Aide through the Americorps "Keep Austin Housed Program." Originally from San Francisco, Austin has been home for the better part of 17 years. She has dedicated her life to serving her community from volunteering to planning and hosting donation drives and fundraisers for local organizations. When not planning the next event or at the center, she loves to spend time with her daughter, see live music, make jewelry and travel.
Case Management Intern
Sofia (she/her) is working towards her master’s degree in Social Work at Baylor University and is interning at Trinity Center for her Summer semester. She previously graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, where she became active in advocacy and research. Sofia has conducted research regarding minority relations, Black studies, and housing policy. As a Policy Analyst and Outreach Manager for the Center for Responsible Lending in Oakland, California, she fought against predatory lending practices at the state and local level. The Covid-19 pandemic has inspired Sofia to shift towards working directly with impacted communities while advocating for expanded access to housing and economic resources. Sofia enjoys spending her free time hiking, swimming, playing video games, and camping.
“Some days it’s hard to put one foot in front of the other, but with a Christian family like all of you, it makes it easier.”