From the Executive Director

Julie Lyles Carr, Executive Director of Legacy of Hope Austin, is the wife of Michael and mother of eight children ranging in ages from 23 down to 7 year old twins. Two of her children are children with special needs and it was through the experience of procuring diagnosis, therapies and medical devices that Julie developed a vision for helping serve other special needs families.

She writes:
While we were not prepared to learn that our fourth child was hearing impaired and our seventh child had experienced a stroke, we were completely unprepared for the fights with insurance companies, the out-of-pocket expenses, the strain on our marriage and finances and emotions. As I sat in many a waiting room with each of my girls, watching the beauty of devoted parents care for their children and the stress they were carrying in their responsibilities, I began to wonder about what kind of support was available to these families.  As I began to hear these families' stories and journeys, it awakened in me a longing to bring opportunities to celebrate these amazing kids and their families through the arts, through nights out and through creating support programs that could bring a bit of ease to their lives.
Over time, that vision has come to fruition in Legacy of Hope Austin, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing arts and tutoring scholarships and family support to kids with special needs and their families.