Austin History Center

Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc. Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc.
Title: Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc. Records
Inclusive Dates: 1994-2003
Abstract: Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc. (CEACO) was established in the mid-1970s in Austin, Texas to promote self-development, safety, health and self-sufficiency for low income and at-risk children, youth, and adults through basic needs assistance, workforce development support services, health education and youth development programs in Travis County, with a primary focus in East Austin. The collection contains Board of Directors, administrative, marketing, financial, organizational and program records that highlight the activities of the organization from 1994 until its closing in the early 2000s.
Identification: AR.2003.007
Quantity: 6.6 linear feet (17 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

The Central East Austin Community Organization (CEACO) was organized by a group of volunteers in 1973 as an outreach program dedicated to alleviating human suffering and ensuring equal access to all community services for underserved populations in East Austin. In 1975, CEACO became a non-profit community service organization and maintained a strong focus on serving East Austin neighborhoods, the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) developments, and Austin's African American and Hispanic populations. CEACO's goal was to provide a holistic approach with an emphasis on personal accountability and self-sufficiency through skills development. In 1997, the organization expanded its programing through grant writing and was able to increase the number of staff and expand its programing and offerings. During this time of growth the largest funding source for CEACO was a Welfare to Work grant contract through the Capital Area Workforce Development Board. When the contract ended in August of 2001 CEACO searched for additional funding sources to replace the lost income but was unable to maintain a constant revenue source. The organization disbanded in late 2002 or early 2003 (no documentation exists in the collection about the closing but the Deed of Gift indicates that the organization closed because of lack of funding). Through its twenty-five plus years of existence the organization had several office spaces: 2929 East 12th Street, 1715 East 6th Street, and lastly 2326 East Cesar Chavez.

The programing and activities of CEACO were designed to support the organization's objectives of promoting self-sufficiency and workforce development for people making the transition from welfare to work; preparing at-risk youth for the world of work through innovative programs that grew confidence and self-esteem, promote healthy lifestyles, teach life management skills, and enhance academic performance; providing emergency assistance to low-income families; and establishing collaborative working relationships with social service providers, government agencies, the faith communities and area employers to maximize the holistic approach. CEACO's programs changed depending upon funding and/or need and included: Success for Men Parenting Classes for non-custodial fathers; Basic Needs Food Pantry and Clothing Closet which provided emergency food supplies to those in need and business-style clothing for job interviews; Success Kids, an after school program for children that promoted life management skills, conflict resolution and academics; Ryan White Basic Needs/Minority Health that provided education about HIV/AIDS and a food pantry for HIV positive clients; Mentoring that provided a one-on-one support system for clients trying to achieve self-sufficiency; Success Women that was a special component of Welfare to Work program that provided basic needs, family support, life management skills, and mentoring; and Austin Collaboration for Transitional Services (ACTS) for youth aging out of foster care.

Larger initiatives that CEACO was involved in as the lead agency included the Austin Works Together Project and East Austin Alliance. Austin Works Together Project was a public/private collaboration started in November 1999 with federal Welfare to Work formula grant funds. The Project was a collaborative partnership that grew out of the Austin/Travis County Welfare to Work Coalition. Austin Works Together partners included CEACO (lead agency), Austin Academy, Crime Prevention Institute, the Capital of Texas Workforce Centers, Walgreen's, the City of Austin Housing Authority, Marywood, Goodwill, Crime Prevention Institute, and Communities Together HIV Resource Center. The project helped individuals change their focus from what they lacked to what they have and how to develop their skills to become self-reliant. The Welfare to Work contract ended in August 2001 and the Austin Works Together Project dissolved. After the Austin Works Together Project concluded CEACO organized the East Austin Alliance. This group was created in mid-2001 with a variety of partners to build collaborative relationships between faith-based communities and community-based organization to leverage resources for economic development and social equity programs in East Austin.

SOURCE: Adapted from the CEACO Annual Report 2000

Scope and Contents

The Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc. (CEACO) collection contains administrative office files, Board of Directors records, and program records documenting the activities of the final nine years of CEACO's existence. The records are organized into eight series: Board of Directors; Executive Director Office; Administration; Financial Records; Marketing, Publicity and Awards; Programs and Initiatives; Conferences and Other Organizations.

The Board of Directors series (1994-2002) contains a board member manual and handbook, examples of information packets for prospective board members, invitations to join the board and resignation letters and board meeting minutes. The monthly board meeting minutes packets (1994-2002) often include monthly financial statements, periodic audit reports, the Executive Director's report, monthly activity reports from staff, lists of current board members, copies of newsletters, event flyers, board resolutions authorizing the Executive Director to take specific actions, and other reports and documentation of issues or questions that came before the board such as updates to policy and procedures, staffing issues, and grant applications. These records provide a good overview of the successes and struggles of this non-profit agency.

The Executive Director Office series (1997-2002) includes records for two of CEACO's Executive Directors: Ginger Eways and Linda Wakeman. The activities of the two other Executive Directors that were employed at CEACO during the time period represented in this collection, Marie Jones and Faye Harris, are only documented in the Board of Director's meeting minutes from 1994 to 1996. The majority of the records in this series document Ginger Eways' tenure at CEACO and include planning calendars, correspondence, staff communications, staff meeting minutes and strategic planning documents. Eways resigned in November 2001 and the 2002 strategic planning documents, staff meeting minutes and board/staff meeting materials are from Linda Wakeman's tenure as interim and then the official Executive Director.

The Administration series (1997-2002) consists of general office files that document the organization and its policies and procedures, staff and volunteer information, general correspondence and the CEACO office spaces. The Documentation subseries includes bylaws, 501 (3) (c) determination paperwork, and procedure manuals and handbooks concerning new employees, general CEACO policies and procedures, the financial committee, accounting and financial management, case management, fund raising, and an accident prevention plan. Job descriptions, organization charts, volunteer applications and schedules, and volunteer programs make up the Staffing and Volunteers subseries. The Correspondence subseries contains client praise, letters of support for CEACO, CEACO-generated letters of support for other agencies and Linda Wakeman's correspondence from before (she was a CEACO case manager) and after she served as the Executive Director. And lastly there is a small amount of documentation pertaining to the leasing of office space on Cesar Chavez Street.

The Financial Records series (1998-2002) contains materials related to grants received by CEACO, fundraising and a single financial review. The monthly and year-end financial reports are filed with the Board of Directors minutes. The financial review materials are related to an August 2001 special review of financial and management controls requested by the Capital Area Workforce Board because of third party allegations. In addition, there are grant applications, reporting forms, grant extensions as well as a proposed grant schedule. Also included are planning materials for a variety of CEACO fundraising events including the Cotton Club Jazz Benefit, AIDS Walk, Oyster Festival, Harvest for Humanity and the Fall Fiesta.

The Marketing, Publicity and Awards series (1994-2002) includes marketing plans, fact sheets, media packets, press releases and public service announcements. CEACO produced several video recordings at Concordia University including a promotional video titled "Igniting the Human Spirit: Incubating Power for People" and a public access cable show called CEACO Connections that addressed issues such as welfare, basic needs and AIDS/HIV. And lastly, the series includes awards and recognition received by CEACO and newspaper articles about the organization.

The Programs and Initiatives series (1997-2003) documents the programs provided by the organization as well as CEACO's relationships with other government and social service agencies. The General Information and Contracts subseries contains materials originally housed in a large binder that provides an overview of the programing made available in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Also included are the contracts and memorandums of understanding the organization had with other government and social agencies that highlight the expectations, funding and success measures for the CEACO programing. The Youth Programs subseries contains materials related to the funding, activities and schedule of the Success Kids program as well as the Pathfinders program, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Day Initiative, the Saturday Math Club and the Summer Enrichment Program. Materials related to the Welfare to Work and Austin Works Together program make up the majority of the Adult Programs and Initiatives subseries. Included are memorandums of understandings with all the Austin Works Together partners; program guidelines and training manuals; progress reports; training intake forms and certificates of completion. In addition to Welfare to Work program records there are materials related to the Access and Visitation program, Austin Collaboration for Transitional Services, African American Women's Empowerment Program, Basic Needs/Food Pantry, HIV/Aids awareness and assistance, Holiday baskets program, the Power for People Project and East Austin Alliance.

The Conferences series (1997-2001) contains flyers, invitations and programs from local conferences focused on community building. And lastly the Other Organizations series (1996-2002) includes booklets and reports from other local social services organizations.


Arranged into eight series:
Board of Directors
Executive Director Office
Financial Records
Marketing, Publicity and Awards
Programs and Initiatives
Other Organizations


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Ader, Joe.
Eways, Gloria.
Harris, Faye.
Jones, Marie.
Pankey, Charles.
Payne, J. B.
Sauls, Arthur.
Vance, Boyd.
Wakeman, Linda.
Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc.
Community Action Network (Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.). Housing Authority.
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department.
Capital Area Workforce Development Board.
East Austin Alliance.
Austin Outreach and Community Service Center, Inc.
Texas. Department of Health.
Texas. Criminal Justice Division.
Texas. Office of the Attorney General.
Texas Workforce Commission.
Travis County (Tex.). Housing Authority.
United Way Capital Area (Austin, Tex.)
Walgreen Company.
Austin (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)--East Austin.
AIDS (Disease)--Texas--Austin.
Public welfare--Texas--Austin.
Race discrimination--Social aspects--Texas--Austin.
Welfare recipients--Employment--Texas--Austin.
Youth--Services for--Texas--Austin.

Related Material

Periodicals - The CEACO Bulletin

Austin Files Subject - Public Welfare - Societies, etc. - CEACO P9460 (29)

Separated Material

General Collection

  • Austin-Travis County Community Action Network. Strategies for Building a Stronger Community: A Community Guide.
  • Austin Area Human Services Association. Austin Area Human Services Association: 2002 Membership Directory.
  • Girl Scouts - Lone Star Council. Possibilities 2001: Girl Scouts - Lone Star Council Program Guide.
  • Girl Scouts - Lone Star Council. Possibilities September 2000 - February 2001: Girl Scouts - Lone Star Council Program Guide.


  • One Voice: A Monthly Newsletter from the Housing Authority of the City of Austin. April 2002
  • CEACO: Hands on Austin. April 8, 2002
  • CEACO Connection. 2000-2001

Deaccessioned - Out of Scope

  • Texas Workforce Commission. Financial Manual for Grants and Contracts. January 1999.
  • Governor's Office of Budget and Planning. Uniform Grant Management Standards. January 1998.
  • U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Best Practices 2000 Awards. Pages announcing Austin Works Together Project Best Practice award filed with Awards and Recognition Box 8, Folder 14.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the former Executive Director of the organization in 2003.

Preferred Citation

Central East Austin Community Organization, Inc. Records (AR.2003.007). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2003/027

Donation Date: 2003 March 7

Processing Information

Collection processes and encoded by Molly Hults in 2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Board of Directors, 1994-2002

Box Folder
1 1-4 Board Manual, Board Handbooks, Prospective Board Member packets, 1997-2001
5 Board members, 1998-2000
6-9 Meeting minutes and records, 1994-1996
Box Folder
2 1-12 Meeting minutes and records, 1997-1998
Box Folder
3 1-20 Meeting minutes and records, 1999-2001
Box Folder
4 1-12 Meeting minutes and records, 2002

Executive Director Office, 1997-2002

Box Folder
4 13-14 Planning calendars, 1997-1998
15 Correspondence - Ginger Eways, 2000-2001
16 Staff communication, 2000-2002
17 Staff meetings, 2000
18-19 Staff meetings, 2001
Box Folder
5 1 Staff meetings, 2002
2 Board/staff retreat, circa 2002
3 Needs Assessment and Action Plan, 1999
4 Strategic planning, 2001
5 CEACO restructure, 2001
6 CEACO Strategic Plan: Igniting the Human Spirit, 2002
7 Staff Vision for CEACO, 2002
8 Boyd Vance, 1997-1999

Administration, 1997-2003

Documentation, 1997-2002
Box Folder
5 9 Corporate Documents, 1998-1999
10 Bylaws revisions, circa 2002
11 501 (3) (c) determination, 1997
12 New Employee Handbook, circa 1999-2000
13 Financial Committee Handbook, 1997-1998
14 Policies & Procedures Manual: Accounting & Financial Management, 1999
Box Folder
6 1 Case Management Handbook, circa 1999-2000
2 Case Manager Policies and Procedures, 2000
4 Accident Prevention Plan, undated
Staffing and Volunteers, 1998-2002
Box Folder
6 5 Job descriptions, 1998-2000, undated
19 Team organizational chart, 2000
6 Volunteers - University of Texas School of Social Work, 1999, undated
7 Volunteers - University of Texas McCombs School of Business, 2002
8 VISTA, 2000, undated
18 Volunteer applications and schedules, 2001
Correspondence, 2000-2003
Box Folder
6 9 Client praise, 2000-2001
10 Letters of support for CEACO, 2001-2002
11 CEACO-generated letters of support, 2002
12 Linda Wakeman correspondence and emails, 2001, 2003
Facilities, 1999-2002
Box Folder
6 13 Office space (2326 E. Cesar Chavez) leasing information, 1999-2000, undated
17 Charisse Health Care, 2002

Financial Records, 1998-2002

Monthly financial reports are filed with the Board of Directors minutes.
Financial Reviews, 2001
Box Folder
6 14 Capital Area Workforce Development Board financial review, 2001
Grants, 1999-2002
Box Folder
6 15 Community Food and Nutrition Program grant application, 1999
16 Texas Workforce Commission grant, 1999-2002
Box Folder
7 1-3 Community Action Network (Travis County) grant, 2000
4 GlaxosSmithKline grant, 2001
5 Southwestern Bell grant application, 1998-2001
6 Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division grant report, 2000
7 Access and Visitation grant, circa 2001
8 Webber Family Foundation grant application, circa 2001
9 Mervyn's Lakeline Mall - 2002 Childspree award, 2002
10 Assorted grant applications, 1997, 2002
11 Grant schedule, undated
Fundraising, 1998-2000
Box Folder
7 12 Cotton Club Jazz Benefit - public service announcements, 1997
13 Cotton Club Jazz Benefit - Pamela Hart information, 1997
14 Cotton Club Jazz Benefit - expenses, 1997
15 Cotton Club Jazz Benefit - ticket master copies, 1997
16 Cotton Club Jazz Benefit - event thank you letters, 1997
Box Folder
8 1 AIDS Walk, 1997, 2002
2 Austin Community College Jazz Ensemble Benefit, 1998
3 Celis Fest/Hot Rock Festival, 1998
4 Oyster Festival, 1999
5 Harvest for Humanity, 2002
17 2nd Annual Fall Fiesta, 2001
5 Donors, 2000
6 Donation request forms, 1998, undated
17 Donor relations/fundraising training video recording (VHS), circa 2001-2002

Marketing, Publicity and Awards, 1994-2002

Box Folder
8 7 Marketing plan, circa 2000
8 Fact sheets, circa 2000-2001
9 Media packet, 2000
10 Press releases, 1998-1999
11 General information about press releases and public services announcements, 2000-2002, undated
12 Public service announcements, 2000
16 "Igniting the Human Spirit: Incubating Power for People" promotional video recording (VHS), circa 2001
16-17 "CEACO Connections" public access television video recordings (BetaSP master and VHS copy), 2001
Individual titles: Dignity Through Work; Welfare-Unheard Voices; The Changing Face of AIDS; Basic Needs: The Big Picture.
Box Folder
8 13 Newspaper clippings, 2002
14 Awards and recognitions, 1994-2000
16 Photographs , undated
Physical Charateristics or Technical Requirements
An Iomega Zip disk labeled "CEACO Photos" is housed in box 16 and a Zip disk drive is required to view the photographs. Photographs will be processed once a Zip drive is obtained.

Programs and Initiatives, 1997-2003

General Information and Contracts, 1998-2003
Box Folder
8 15-16 Programs binder, 2001, undated
Box Folder
9 1 CEACO programs , 2001
2-4 Texas Department of Health Immunization Program contract, 1998-1999
5 Travis County Social Services contract, 2000, 2001
6-7 Welfare to Work Housing Authority of the City of Austin contract, 2000
8 Ryan White Title I contracts and amendment, 2001
Box Folder
10 1-2 Community Action Network (CAN) 2001 renewal and amendment of contracts, 2001
3-8 Current CEACO contracts, 2001-2003
Youth Programs, 1997-2002
Box Folder
10 9 Pathfinders program, 1997
10 Fairway Village Apartments, 1997
11 Summer Enrichment Program, 1997, undated
12 MLK Day Initiative, 1997-1998
13 Saturday Math Club, 1998
14 Hero's Program, 1998
15 Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) and CEACO Memorandum of Understanding, 2001
16 Travis County Authority Memorandum of Understanding, 2001
17 Success Kids back to school, 1997-2002
18 Success Kids registration, 1998, undated
19 Success Kids agendas, 1999-2001, undated
20 Success Kids program report, 2001
21 Success Kids HACA reports, 2001
Box Folder
11 1-2 Success Kids activities binder, 2002, undated
3 Success Kids activities, 2002, undated
4 Success Kids schedules, circa 2002
5 Success Kids - Criminal Justice Division, 2002, undated
6 Success Kids - computer rules for youth, undated
7 Success Kids photographs, undated
8 Carnival, 2002, undated
Adult Programs and Initiatives , 1998-2002
Welfare to Work and Austin Works Together, 1998-2001
Box Folder
11 9 Office of the Attorney General Memorandum of Understanding, 1999
10 Austin Academy Memorandum of Understanding, 1999-2001
11 Walgreens Memorandum of Understanding, 1999
12 Crime Prevention Institute Memorandum of Understanding, 2000
13 Walgreen Company Memorandum of Understanding, 1999
14 Austin Works Together Partners Memorandum of Understanding, 2001
15 Concordia University Memorandum of Understanding, 2001
16 Marywood Memorandum of Understanding, circa 2001
17 Welfare to Work luncheon, 1998
18 Welfare to Work - assorted, 1998-2000
19 Success Women, 1998
Box Folder
12 1 Implementing Welfare to Work Through Public-Private Partnerships, 1999
2 Housing Authority of the City of Austin - Report of Pre-Award Review, 1999-2000
3 Texas Workforce Commission Welfare to Work guidelines, 2000
4 Austin Works Together program manual, 2000, undated
5 Austin Works Together partners, 2000
6 YWCA, 2000
7 Welfare to Work JRT class, 2000, undated
8 Job development staff training, 2000, undated
9 Austin Works Together project staff roster, 2000
10 Welfare to Work information for request for proposal, 2000
11 Client Advisory Council, 2000
12 Austin Works Together Fall Fiesta and Open House, 2000
13 Welfare to Work handbook, 2000-2001
Box Folder
13 1 Austin Works Together status and progress reports, 2000-2001, undated
2 Austin Works Together HACA monitoring visit, 2000-2001
3 Capital Area Workforce Development Board (CAWDB) monitoring, 2001
4 Memorandum to CAWDB for funding, 2001
5 Work to Welfare eligibility, 2001
6 Success programs, 2001, undated
7 Housing Authority of City of Austin, 2001
8 Austin Works Together partners, 2001
9 Austin Works Together cooperative working agreement, undated
10 Austin Works Together eligibility information, 2001, undated
11 Austin Works Together training intake forms, 2001
12 Walgreen's training orientation, 2001
13 Austin Works Together Walgreen's training, undated
14 Walgreen's job placement, 2001, undated
15 Walgreen Retail and Customer Service Course certificates, 2001
16 Information given to Judge Biscoe, 2001, undated
17 Texas Migrant Council, 2001
Assorted Programs and Initiatives, 1999-2002
Box Folder
13 18 Access and Visitation program, 2001, undated
19 Austin Collaboration for Transitional Services (ACTS) Memorandum of Understanding, 2001
Box Folder
6 3 Austin Collaboration for Transitional Services (ACTS) Procedures, 2001 September
Box Folder
13 20 Austin Outreach and Community Service Center, Inc/CEACO - African American Women's Empowerment Program, 2000
21 Basic Needs/Food Pantry program, 2001
22 Community Food and Nutrition Project 2000, 2000
23 Community Prayer Breakfast, 2001
24 East Austin Alliance Memorandum of Understanding, 2001, undated
25 East Austin Alliance membership, 2001
Box Folder
14 1 East Austin Alliance meeting notes, 2001
2 HIV/AIDS service information, 2000, undated
3 HIV/AIDS mailing, 2000 October
4 Women Rising Project (HIV services),
5 Ryan White/HIV Programs, 2001
17 "AIDS Alert" public service video recording (BetaSP), 2001
Box Folder
14 6 HIV printed outreach, 2002, undated
7 HIV Outreach and Prevention health fairs , 2002
8 HIV awareness quiz, undated
9 HIV originals, undated
10 Holiday baskets, 2000
11 Mentoring program, circa 2001
12 Power for People Project - Lockheed Martin IMS/Capital Area Workforce Development Centers Memorandum of Understanding, 1999-2001
13-14 Power for People Job Retention Project, 2001

Conferences, 1997-2001

Box Folder
15 4 Community Builders Workshop, 1997
5 Charitech 2000, 2000
6 Greater Austin @ Work - Growing Our Own Workforce, circa 2000
7 Greater Austin @ Work - Building Our Championship Team, 2001
8 Austin Police Department Faith Community Network Conference 2001, 2001
9 Austin/Travis County - Conference on Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2001
10 Communities Connecting for a Better Tomorrow, 2001

Other Organizations, 1996-2002

Box Folder
14 15 Austin Nonprofit Business Partnership Volunteerism, circa 1996
Box Folder
15 1 Community Action Network, 1999
2 Texas Department of Human Services, 2001
3 United Way Capital Area - First Call for Help, 2000-2002, undated