On February 14, Valentine’s Day, staff members from Peterson Community Care loaded up a car full of supplies and needed items that would be delivered to Our House, operated by BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville. As a transitional living program, Our House helps young adults from foster care and other under-served backgrounds find stability in the face of financial insecurity, barriers to education, and even homelessness.
The benefactor of the donation, Peterson Community Care, is part of the Peterson family of services. The clinic is a private, not-for-profit, community-based healthcare facility serving Kerrville, Texas. The Practice Manager at Peterson Community Care, Tracey Richard, said that “We try and do something for the community every quarter. It’s really our job to think beyond the walls of the clinic and beyond the walls of Peterson and say, ‘How can we make a difference?’”
During a Peterson staff meeting near the beginning of the year, Tracey asked fellow employees if they knew any local causes that could use their help. “Amanda [Chmylak, a nurse at Peterson,] thought about Our House and knew what we did and said they wanted to help out,” said Shane Williamson, Case Manager at Our House in Kerrville. With Amanda’s recommendation, Peterson staff soon got on the phone with Our House administrators and were captivated by the simplicity of the organization and its end goal.
After identifying the need and committing to the cause, the logistics were the only thing left to put in order. “We made a list of what we needed and took measurements, and [Peterson staff] went out and bought everything themselves,” said Dennis Ferguson, Director of Community Services at BCFS-Kerrville.
In total, 12 employees at Peterson Community Care donated food, gift certificates, first aid items, medicine, window curtains, diapers, baby wipes, and more for a total gift valued at $650.
“It was a great ask. It was simple stuff that honestly makes a huge difference, and it’s just kind of the right thing to do: reach out and help your neighbors,” said Tracey.