BCFS Receives Grant from Community Foundation of Abilene

The Community Foundation of Abilene awarded $15,000 to BCFS Health and Human Services’ (BCFS HHS) Abilene Transition Center and Our House to support services provided to local youth at risk of experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, poverty or various other challenges.

ABILENE – The Community Foundation of Abilene awarded $15,000 to BCFS Health and Human Services’ (BCFS HHS) Abilene Transition Center and Our House to support services provided to local youth at risk of experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, poverty or various other challenges.

BCFS HHS’ Abilene Transition Center is a one-stop-shop for youth in or aging out of foster care, those in the juvenile justice system, and others in need of a helping hand to make the transition into adulthood. The center provides easy and efficient access to case management, counseling, education and employment assistance, and lifeskills training.

“When you consider the overwhelming likelihood of foster youth and those in the juvenile justice system becoming homeless, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and involved in crime, the services we offer at the Abilene Transition Center and Our House are lifesavers,” said Terri Hipps, Executive Director of BCFS’ Community Services Division. “We are grateful for the partnership and investment of the Community Foundation of Abilene in the lives of local youth. As a foundation funded by local donors, this grant sends a strong message to our youth that our community is rooting for their success.”

Foster youth are especially vulnerable to homelessness. In fact, within 18 months of aging out of the state foster care system, 50 percent of youth struggle to put a roof over their heads. BCFS HHS’ Our House provides a safe haven for males between the ages of 18-23 and provides a pipeline into the Abilene Transition Center so youth can receive wrap-around services

“It is critical that these impressionable young men have a safe place just for them. Because of the struggles they’ve faced in foster care or as a result of other traumas, they are extraordinarily vulnerable to becoming victimized and influenced by older individuals who are also coping with the issues surrounding homelessness,” said Hipps.

The Community Foundation of Abilene is a permanent collection of charitable funds supported by the general public and serving the greater Abilene region. The Foundation serves the entire community by raising, managing and distributing funds for charitable purposes. In many cases, contributions are pooled and invested, so that the earnings provide a permanent source of grant monies for general or specific purposes. For more information about the Community Foundation of Abilene, visit www.cfabilene.org.

For more information about BCFS HHS’ Our House project, please visit www.DiscoverBCFS.net/OurHouse.