Over $4,500 in donations presented by Hendrick Medical Center
ABILENE – At an Alice In Wonderland-themed Mad Hatter party, BCFS’ Abilene Transition Center gathered with local youth, community partners, other non-profits, and Hendrick Medical Center to celebrate the transition center’s third anniversary of serving youth in foster care, those aging out of care, and those at-risk of serious issues like homelessness and substance abuse.
At the event Friday June 6th, staff led tours of the transition center and its programs, donned in Alice in Wonderland-themed costumes, and held a hot dog eating contest, a silly string fight, and a playful game of “water war” with community partners. A ceremony was held to celebrate the achievements of several of the transition center’s youth, and one young man gave a speech about how he turned his life around with the help of the center’s juvenile justice program.
The BCFS Abilene Transition Center is a safe-haven for local youth, helping them transition successfully into adulthood and independence. The center serves youth in foster care, those in the juvenile justice system, and other young adults by providing case management, counseling, mentorships, assistance with education, employment and housing location, and transitional housing for young men called “Our House.”
Hendrick Medical Center presented the BCFS Abilene Transition Center with a check for $2,055 from their Run For Our Youth 5K fundraising event held in April, and surprised the center with gift cards and donations worth another $2,500 to help the youth buy professional clothing for job interviews, pay GED fees, buy bus passes and get state identification cards. Maribeth Jenkins, Elyse Lewis, Michelle Mauldin, and Janice Reeves of Hendrick Medical Center were in attendance.
“We are grateful for the generosity of Hendrick Medical Center, and their gifts demonstrate they truly understand the needs and struggles of our youth,” said Terri Hipps, executive director of BCFS’ Community Services Division. “Too often, young men and women come to us with nothing but the clothes on their backs, and we strive to act as their support system and help them see a brighter future. Partners like Hendrick Medical Center help make this life-change possible in youth who have nowhere else to turn.”
Attendees included youth who utilize the center’s services, as well as representatives from Taylor County Juvenile Probation Department, Providence Service Corporation, Betty Hardwick Center/MHMR, Serenity Foundation, 2-1-1, and the Hendrick Medical Center.
The party marked the BCFS Abilene Transition Center’s 3rd anniversary and the 70th anniversary of BCFS, the global system of health and human service non-profit organizations that operates the Abilene Transition Center and six others like it across Texas.
The transition center will host their inaugural Men’s Field of Dreams Steak & Eggs Breakfast on August 7th at the Abilene Country Club. Men from the Abilene community are invited to enjoy breakfast, live music, a classic car-viewing, and guest speaker Jimmy “The Rookie” Morris, who inspired the book and movie “The Rookie.” All proceeds will benefit the BCFS Abilene Transition Center and Our House. Registration information is available at DiscoverBCFS.net/Abilene.
For more information about BCFS’ Abilene Transition Center services, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/Abilene or call (325) 692-0033. To support the work of the transition center by donating, contact Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie at (325) 692-0033, give securely online, or send checks to 1290 South Willis Suite 55, Abilene, Texas 79605.