Our House for Young Women Breaks Ground

Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams joined BCFS System President and CEO Kevin C. Dinnin in breaking ground on Friday, February 14, for the construction of BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene’s Our House for Young Women. The groundbreaking took place at the site of construction in Abilene, Texas.

Williams and Dinnin were joined by local donors, BCFS System leadership and the staff at BCFS-Abilene, all of whom worked diligently and gave much to make the project possible. A $400,000 challenge grant from the BCFS System, the parent company of BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene, began a capital campaign that has reached $1.1 million to date and continues to grow.

This most recent development of Our House expands one of the many programs overseen by BCFS-Abilene that provides for young people without a home who struggle to secure independent living and are at a statistical disadvantage to find the level of success of which they know they are capable.

Our House in Abilene was first opened in December 2012, and at the time served male residents exclusively. For seven years, Our House has offered the space and tools necessary for young men to transcend out of youth and into lives of independence as adults. 

Shortly after opening the transitional living service in Abilene, Dinnin said that “we are investing in the Our House program because we believe in its effectiveness and its ability to make Abilene a better place for everyone who calls this city their home.” Seven years later, Dinnin and BCFS-Abilene maintain their faith in the success of the program, now expanding BCFS-Abilene’s offerings to include the same quality of housing and care to young women in the area.

“We are thrilled to soon be able to serve our most vulnerable neighbors – young women of this community facing sometimes incomprehensible circumstances in their lives – right here at Our House for Young Women,” said Alana Jeter, regional director of North Texas for BCFS Health and Human Services, in remarks at the event.

Construction of Our House for Young Women will begin in March and is expected to complete this December.

Learn more about Our House, operated by BCFS Health and Human Services-Abilene.

Red ribbons wave on the morning of Valentine's Day shortly before the groundbreaking begins.
Staff from BCFS-Abilene and other locations of BCFS Health and Human Services celebrate the end of a successful event.
Alana Jeter shares what Our House has meant and will mean to her community while two current residents from Our House listen in the crowd.
From left: Twig Capra, Nancy Capra, Asennet Segura, Dr. Jay Capra, Mayor Anthony Williams, Alana Jeter, Celeste Garcia, Michelle Parrish, Kevin Dinnin
Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams shares his hope for what Our House for Young Women will provide to his city and its citizens.