Community Foundation of Abilene Awards BCFS Grant to Expand Reach

Community Foundation of Abilene Awards $24,000 Grant to
BCFS Health and Human Services to Expand its Reach

Photo Caption: April Young and Chelsea Bankes (BCFS’ Social Work Interns from Abilene Christian University) serve youth from foster care, local fathers, homeless young men, juvenile justice youth, and at-risk teens & youth

ABILENE –  The Community Foundation of Abilene has awarded BCFS Health and Human Services a $24,000 grant to hire an additional Youth Support Case Manager to serve local youth struggling with homelessness, poverty, unemployment or an unstable home life. The Youth Support Case Manager will help youth from troubled backgrounds achieve stability and self-sufficiency by providing guidance, support and connections to local resources.

After completing a comprehensive needs-assessment of each youth, the case manager will help them identify their personal, educational and professional goals and develop a transition plan.

The case manager will provide ongoing support necessary to help the youth achieve their goals – which may include help securing housing; employment support like resume-building and work skills training; and educational support including tutoring or help submitting college or financial aid applications.

“We are grateful for the continued partnership of The Community Foundation of Abilene in serving local young men and women in need,” said Emily Cole, BCFS Health and Human Services Regional Director. “This grant enables us to fill gaps between other funding sources and ensure that all the youth that walk in our doors can receive the help they need.”

The new case manager will serve youth from the BCFS Health and Human Services center, as well as BCFS’ Our House. The BCFS center provides case management, counseling, and  assistance with education, employment and housing to teens and youth. Many of the youth served at the center have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect and spent time in foster care, or have been involved in the juvenile justice system. The center is open to any youth who need a quiet study spot, a home away from home, or a chat with a counselor or mentor. BCFS Health and Human Services also provides parenting education courses for fathers to learn healthy communication and parent-child bonding tips.

BCFS’ Our House is a transitional living home that provides temporary shelter to young men in Abilene who are struggling with homelessness. Residents at BCFS’ Our House connect to programs at the BCFS Health and Human Services center for help furthering their education, securing employment, and learning life skills to prepare to move out on their own.

For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services’ work in Abilene, visit or call (325) 692-0033.

# # #

BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.