Austin's House History


Austin’s House was built through the collaborative efforts of many agencies and members of the community who care deeply about the welfare of children.    Austin’s House began with a desire to provide shelter and services for abused and neglected children within Douglas County and the surrounding rural counties, to avoid placement of the child outside his or her own community.  Because of the shortage of family foster homes in rural northern Nevada, children who were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect often had to leave their schools, extended families and community as well.  A high quality emergency shelter serving the rural counties could function as an important interim placement until the child was either reunited with the family, or an appropriate long term placement was found.  The initial effort to build Austin's House was led by CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Douglas County.


On December 31, 2003, Austin’s House was incorporated under the legal name ‘Carson Valley Children’s Center’.  The agency received a non profit 501(c)3 designation from the IRS on February 25, 2004.  In late 2005, a local teen, Austin Kirby, took his own life.  His loving extended family became actively involved both personally and financially in getting the shelter built, and in recognition of their efforts, the shelter became known as 'Austin's House'.  The Austin Kirby Foundation remains our largest single donor.  Ground breaking occurred in June, 2006 and the Board of Directors and many community supporters began the daunting task of raising funds for the 5,300 square foot facility.   The facility was completed in July of 2007 and began accepting placements in September of that year. Built and furnished entirely with private donations of cash, materials and labor, Austin’s House is truly an example of what a united community can accomplish.