CEO and Founder
Austin Threads was born out of Cathy Hamilton’s experience as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) where she witnessed the indignity of teen girls selecting used clothing from a barrel.
Cathy recognized an unmet need and created a retail-like environment where our community’s often-forgotten teens in foster care can shop for NEW clothes, shoes and personal items for FREE. Thus, the formation of Austin Threads! “Ms. Cathy,” as the youth call her, has worked tirelessly for over three years to bring her concept to full reality.
Humberto “Tito” Sandigo
Humberto “Tito” Sandigo is a proud Nicaraguan-American and the youngest of four. Tito loves furry babies and takes selfies with all them! With two degrees from Trinity University, Tito combines his passion for marketing and theater and is always in the creative mode and ready to jump on projects to better the community. In addition to coming on board to Austin Threads as the Shop Manager, Tito can be found working on the Annual Taylor’d For You Fashion Show, helping out Trinity’s Costume Designer, or designing custom outfits for friends and family.
Hunter Beaton, a first year, 18 year old student at the University of Texas at Austin, is the founder of Day 1 Bags and Backpacks. He started his project when he found out that foster children entering a home typically get a trash bag full of their items, as was the case of his adopted siblings.. For 3 years now, Hunter has been fundraising and providing the best bags available across 14 states and over 28,000 bags to foster youth and former fosters. Now, while in Austin, Hunter wants to help with the efforts of Austin Threads, a subset of San Antonio threads aimed at helping those referred or at risk teens in the greater Austin area!