Prayer Breakfast called for heavenly aid

Hill Country Community Journal | May 11, 2019

By: Bonnie Arnold

More than 200 people attended this year’s National Day of Prayer event in Kerrville on May 1, led by Dennis Ferguson, director of BCFS Health & Human Services, Kerrville’s Community Services Division

The program for the morning said the National Day of Prayer was created by law in 1952 by President Harry Truman as an inspiring way to bring people of all faiths together to pray and mobilize with a common focus.

BCFS hosts 3rd annual Men’s Breakfast in Kerrville

On Thursday, November 12, BCFS Health and Human Services brought Kerrville men (and women) together at the third annual Men’s Breakfast, featuring a classic car show, pro-football player, live music and steak and eggs – all to benefit Hill Country youth and families in need.
Tyrone Smith, former NFL defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers and former Baylor University Cornerback and Team Captain, led the keynote address entitled Know Your Purpose. The Tivy High School varsity football team was among the 220 guests. The George Eychner Quintet performed while guests perused a classic car show at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. A hearty steak and eggs feast was on the menu as well, catered by Rails.
Several youth from foster care and the juvenile justice system who are in BCFS Health and Human Services’ programs attended the breakfast to personally thank donors and sponsors for their support.
The breakfast raised more than $30,000 to benefit Kerrville youth and families served by BCFS Health and Human Services. Major sponsors for the breakfast included Trade Mark-Carrier, JM Lowe, Kerrville Public Utility Board, Family Practice Associates and Camp Mystic.
“When we provide young men and women with educational and economic opportunity, and serve as a stabilizing force in their tumultuous lives, it’s good for our entire community,” said Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie, development director for BCFS Health and Human Services. “The men and women who enjoyed breakfast with us are part of that stabilizing force for the next generation in the Hill Country.”
BCFS Health and Human Services helps youth from the foster care and juvenile justice systems; families with young children and teens; and young adults struggling with homelessness, poverty, substance abuse and unemployment. The organization provides counseling, education and housing assistance, mentorships, case management, parent support groups, child abuse prevention programs, and life skills trainings.
“We are so proud to be part of a town that sees value and potential in each and every life. It’s wonderful to see time-and-time again how invested our community members are in making sure we reach out our hands to help everyone who wants to work hard to reach their dreams – regardless of the challenge,” said Brenda Thompson, BCFS Health and Human Services’ local director.
For more information about BCFS’ work in the Hill Country, visit or call (830) 896-0993.

BCFS in Kerrville Receives $170,000 Grant from Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation

Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation Donates $170,000 to Furnish New BCFS’ Texas Hill Country Resource Center and Apartments

BCFS Health and Human Services has received a $170,000 grant from the Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation to help furnish its Texas Hill Country Resource Center and youth apartments.
The new BCFS Texas Hill Country Resource Center, set to open later this year, will be the cornerstone of Kerrville’s non-profit block, offering a variety of programming and services through several area non-profits that will be headquartered in the 20,000-square-foot structure.
BCFS’ transitional living apartments provide housing to youth aging out of foster care, and other young adults struggling with homelessness. Updates to the apartment complex began earlier this year, including kitchen and bathroom upgrades. In 2008, the Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation donated $100,000 to help turn the original complex into apartments for BCFS youth.
“The trustees of the Perry & Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation are proud to play a part in the development of the BCFS Texas Hill Country Resource Center and the apartments,” said Laurie Milton, Executive Director for the foundation. “The primary focus for Mr. & Mrs. Stevens was helping at-risk youth. The apartments will provide stable housing for youth who are emancipated from foster care.  The numerous nonprofits that will be located in the Resource Center will provide an environment of services for struggling families in the community. We are excited to participate in this new venture in our community.”
In addition to housing the many BCFS Health and Human Services programs, Art2Heart, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Families & Literacy, Inc., Hill Country Ministries and New Hope Counseling have signed on as tenants in the new building. Space is still available at the center for other community-based non-profit agencies.
“We are grateful for the continued partnership of the Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation,” said Brenda Thompson, BCFS director in Kerrville. “With this grant, we are one big step closer to opening our doors later this year and welcoming youth and families in need, plus all our community partners, into a top-notch facility our whole community can be proud of.”
“The BCFS Texas Hill Country Resource Center not only offers clients the convenience of finding an array of services in one place, but the close proximity of the agencies working in the new center will also help them work more efficiently,” says BCFS Development Director Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie. “Collocating under one roof will encourage communication; ensure non-duplication of services; and leverage the talents and resources of each non-profit to effectively address the needs of each child and family.”
The transitional living apartment complex is a drug- and alcohol-free facility consisting of eight units, with one unit reserved for a resident advisor. Tenants must be transitioning out of the foster care system or be receiving case management from BCFS in order to be eligible for residency. BCFS works with tenants to help them gain independence by providing job placement services, counseling, and help getting into college or trade school.

New Texas Hill Country Resource Center Rounding Into Comprehensive Community Center

Photo: Building under construction
March 2015
Photo: Unpainted finished building
May 2015

There’s no missing the almost 20,000-square-foot, two-story building taking shape on the non-profit block of 1100 Main Street. In the last two months, the site has gone from lumber framing to a bonafide building structure. BCFS Health and Human Services’ new Texas Hill Country Resource Center, which is being built by Kerrville contractor JM Lowe, is on schedule to open its doors this Fall, and will house fellow Hill Country non-profit organizations such as: Art2Heart; Families & Literacy, Inc.; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Hill Country Ministries and New Hope Counseling.

In the new center, Hill Country residents will have “one stop” access to:
  • counseling
  • case management
  • emergency housing assistance for young adults
  • life skills training
  • literacy training
  • educational support
  • connections to employment and educational opportunities
  • mentoring
  • parenting classes
  • arts and drama for children, and
  • Christian encouragement through Bible study and prayer
The shared-space concept instills greater access and accountability for the children, youth and families helped by the center, while also ensuring non-duplication of services and leveraging of talents and resources. All nonprofits will share training rooms, state-of-the-art communications technology, a conference room, computer lab and other common areas. Space is still available for other non-profit agencies. Organizations interested in leasing opportunities at the center should contact Sue Tiemann with Commercial Realty Services: (830) 792-5775.
“With the combined power of BCFS and our partners, this center is going to be the most robust site for care and compassion for children, young adults and families throughout the Hill Country,” says Brenda Thompson, BCFS’ local director.
Fundraising is ongoing to furnish the facility. Naming rights are available for spaces throughout the center, beginning at $1,200.
“Sponsoring one of the spaces in our center is not just a great way to help a child or family in need today, but also an incredible opportunity to permanently honor or memorialize someone you love,” says Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie, BCFS Development Officer.
To support the work at BCFS’ Texas Hill Country Resource Center or to learn more about working in the new facility, contact Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie at (830) 928-9387.

Brenda Thompson joins BCFS in Kerrville

BCFS Health and Human Services taps Thompson as Director of Community Based Services in Kerrville

KERRVILLE — BCFS Health and Human Services has named Brenda Thompson the new Director of Community Based Services at the BCFS Kerrville Transition Center. In this role, Thompson will oversee all programs operated at the BCFS Kerrville Transition Center, and will be at the helm when the new BCFS Texas Hill Country Resource Center opens later this year.

In her new role, Thompson will oversee all BCFS programs in Kerrville, manage the new center’s key projects, actively engage in community education and outreach and be responsible for all BCFS operations in Kerrville.

Thompson joins BCFS having previously served as CEO of the Kerr County YMCA and Executive Director of the Kerr County Day Care Center. Over her 18-year career in social services, Thompson secured $2 million in grants, initiated the merger of the Kerr County Day Care Center and the Kerr County YMCA, and operated programs that served thousands of families across the Hill Country.

“Retirement was short lived for me,” says Thompson. “When the opportunity with BCFS presented itself, I knew I needed to be a part of bringing a new nonprofit resource center to Kerrville that would help so many people in our community. My passion is working with youth and families so I am thrilled to be a part of BCFS and the many programs that they offer people in our area.”

BCFS Development Officer and Kerrville-native Kathleen Maxwell-Rambie is excited to welcome Thompson to the team. “Brenda and I worked together for years in local non-profits before joining BCFS, so I have seen first-hand how passionate she is about helping people. She’ll be a valuable asset to BCFS,” said Maxwell-Rambie.

“Brenda joins the BCFS team with a wealth of experience under her belt serving folks in Kerrville,” says Ben Delgado, BCFS Executive Vice President-Community and International Operations. “She is highly respected and well-known in the community because she has served here for nearly 20 years. We are honored that she’ll become the face of BCFS in the Hill Country.”

Construction is currently underway on the nearly 20,000 square-foot BCFS Texas Hill Country Resource Center. The new building will house several social service agencies and be the centerpiece of the non-profit block on Main Street. According to Maxwell-Rambie, the shared-space model emphasizes accountability in the youth and families it serves, ensures services are unduplicated, and promotes efficiency through the leveraging of shared talents and resources.

In the new center, BCFS will provide teens, young adults and families with counseling, case management, access to medical care, emergency housing assistance, life skills training, literacy training, educational support, and connections to employment and educational opportunities all under one roof.

To learn more about the BCFS Texas Hill Country Transition Center, visit

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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.