Texas Governor’s Office Awards Grants to BCFS Health and Human Services for Work with Kerr County Youth
KERRVILLE – The Criminal Justice Division of the Texas Governor’s Office has awarded BCFS Health and Human Services a two-year, $216,000 grant to support individuals whose lives have been directly affected by crime. The Transitional Housing Initiative grant will support Our House operated by BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville, a transitional living program for young adults. The program provides intensive case management to young adults who are victims of abuse and/or neglect, foster children aging out of foster care, and other victims at risk of uncertain circumstances. Our House offers safe, stable housing, and professional guidance for qualifying program participants while connecting them to resources that promote independence and long-term success.
The Texas Governor’s Office awarded BCFS-Kerrville a second grant to support the Youth Averted from Delinquency (YAD) Program. This $70,000, one-year grant will help BCFS-Kerrville’s YAD program address truancy and delinquency in juveniles between the ages of 14-17 by providing intensive case management services to youth and their families.
“Over the next two years we expect the programs supported by these grants to positively impact the lives of youth and families in Kerrville and surrounding Kerr County with intervention services that we know work,” says Dennis Ferguson, program director for BCFS-Kerrville. “Both grants affirm that investing in our youth is critical in today’s society. Our goal is to develop these youth to become contributing members of their community.”
The Transitional Housing Initiative grant targets young adults ages 18-25 who have been victims of crime, with an emphasis on those who have past involvement with the child welfare system. Supportive services utilize a trauma-informed care approach and includes intense case management for youth and families, individual and group life skills training, restorative justice, and access to other critical resources.
The YAD program addresses the needs of youth facing troubling circumstances by providing intensive, evidence-based wraparound services that include engaging school counselors, law enforcement, juvenile justice probation, and the court system to ensure positive outcomes. Recent data confirm 94 percent of YAD program participants did not reoffend, 78 percent had no further truancy incidents, and 80 percent reported a decrease in substance abuse.
“BCFS Health and Human Services is committed to delivering strong outcomes through these well-established and proven programs,” said Celeste Garcia, Executive Director of BCFS Health and Human Services Community Services Division. “We are committed to continuing these successful programs to ensure youth in this community have a real chance at success!”
To learn more about BCFS Health and Human Services, or to support BCFS’ work in Kerrville visit DiscoverBCFS.net/Kerrville.