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Ecumenical Center Joins Blanco CRC

The Ecumenical Center, a San Antonio-based nonprofit provider of counseling and mental health services, has signed on to provide services to Blanco County residents at the Community Resource Center (CRC). The Blanco County CRC will provide office and meeting space for 30 federal, state, and nonprofit service providers. It will be located at 206 S. Highway 281 in Johnson City and is set to open on Monday, Dec. 2.

“We’re excited to be partnering with the CRC,” said Mary Beth Fisk, executive director. The Ecumenical Center currently has 24 locations in central and south Texas. Last year, it provided services for 24,000 people, half of whom were children.

Fisk said while she and her staff of licensed counselors are experienced with providing mental health services in rural communities, her first step is to look at the community’s needs. “We want to ensure that the services we offer are meaningful and meet the needs of Blanco County residents,” she said. “Engagement with the community is key. I’m currently reaching out to community leaders.”

A significant unmet need may be services for children and teens. The Ecumenical Center provides art and music therapies, which can be helpful for those affected by depression, anxiety, and grief. Another possible focus area may be veterans who are affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and traumatic brain injury.

All counseling services are “evidence-based,” meaning they have been shown through research to be effective at addressing particular needs.

Services are offered on a sliding fee scale, which means clients pay what they can afford to pay. “All people are welcome,” Fisk said. “No one is refused services.”

The Ecumenical Center was chartered in 1967 by Episcopal, Jewish, Catholic, and Methodist leaders in San Antonio who were looking to gather resources in the areas of psychology, medicine, and spirituality in order to provide education, counseling, and mental health services for the community.

The Blanco County CRC is part of Community Resources Centers of Texas, Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary of the Texas Housing Foundation. It is the fourth operational CRC under the Community Resource Centers of Texas, Inc. umbrella, with other locations in Burnet, Llano, and Williamson counties. The centers operate with the help of generous donors invested in community welfare, corporate sponsors, and grants. For more information, visit crctx.org.

-Joyce Humble, Blanco CRC Advisory Board

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Blanco CRC is Going Up!

By: George Barnette, Blanco County News

 

People still refer to it as “the old Super S”, but the building on Highway 281 South in Johnson City is rapidly becoming the new Blanco County Community Resource Center.

The building was taken down to its slab and structural “bones”, and now has interior ceilings and walls, turning former supermarket aisles into a network of offices, meeting rooms, and other spaces where government and non-profit agencies can provide social services to residents of Blanco County.

“This CRC will be a tremendous benefit to Blanco County residents,” said Donna Klaeger, Director of Community Resource Centers of Texas, Inc, which builds CRCs where the Texas Housing Foundation builds affordable housing complexes.

“Today, you’d have to drive to Austin or San Antonio, Marble Falls or San Marcos, to handle paperwork or meet face-to-face with someone from a social service agency. When this building opens later this year, you can do it right here near home.”

The CRC is a free office building for non-profits and government agencies. There will be offices and meeting rooms, with telephone and internet service, provided at no charge to those delivering service to local residents. 

“Some of those agencies will have space here full-time,” said CRC Director Jeanne Emerson, “while others may be here only a day a week or month. They’re welcome to as much time as they need, and when they’re here, they have all the services they’d expect in their own office buildings.”

The Johnson City Christian Food Pantry, for example, will occupy an entire end of the building full-time. With coolers, freezers, and shelving, they can offer grocery-store-style service as many days a week as their volunteers can staff. 

At the other end of the building, the Texas Department of State Health Services will have dedicated clinic space for exams and treatment for their clients. 

In between will be offices and work areas for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area, Blanco County Adult Probation, and more continue to sign up as the word spreads about the CRC’s availability. 

Besides the offices, the CRC will offer the local non-profits and churches the use of two meeting rooms and a demonstration kitchen.

“Texas has a take-care-of-your-own-needs kind of culture,” Emerson explained, “and our goal is to provide the space and tools for people and agencies to do that. We’ll make it easier for them to do for themselves and the community.”

A county-wide advisory board already is at work, helping get the center open and meet the center’s own needs. 

“We expect to continue taking a hands-on approach to direction and management of the CRC,” emphasized board chair Susan Hamm.

“This is not some plan developed somewhere else and pushed on Blanco County. We’re local residents and intend for the center to meet the needs of Blanco County residents.”

Indeed, local residents and the Texas Housing Foundation, which is providing the money to buy the property and build the facility, have been working together for years to make the CRC a reality. 

“The Texas Housing Foundation builds affordable housing complexes in cities where it is needed, including Johnson City,” Klaeger explained. “The rents paid by tenants not only operate those developments, but can come back to their cities through a Community Resource Center, helping not only themselves but the whole county.”

The total expected cost of the new CRC is $1.4 million. The Housing Foundation is seeking gifts and grants to help pay for it, pledging to match donations dollar-for-dollar, and has guaranteed the entire sum.

Now that funding is assured and construction is moving along on schedule, plans are being made for a ribbon-cutting and move-in before the end of the year.

“We expect to hang Christmas decorations in working offices,” Klaeger added.

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Blanco County CRC Ground Breaking is Huge Success

 

On Wednesday, January 23rd, more than 60 CRC Board Members, Advisory Board members, and staff; judges, commissioners, architects, contractors, area agencies, and local community members met to celebrate the building commencement of the new Blanco County Community Resource Center (CRC) in Johnson City.  The project, which is slated for completion this year, will mark the fourth operational CRC under the Community Resource Centers of Texas Inc. umbrella, with other locations in Burnet, Williamson, and Llano counties.

Headquartered in Marble Falls, Community Resource Centers of Texas, Inc. offers bold and fearless solutions to tackle elaborate rural challenges. The purpose of the CRC is to facilitate delivery of social and public health services to qualified clients provided by nonprofit organizations and government agencies. By housing dozens of these agencies in one location, clients can quickly learn about, apply for, and receive services that are administered by these agencies to improve their lives in both the short and long-term at no cost to the local taxpayer.

The new Blanco County CRC will act as a one-stop shop for community services, housing many different agencies who work together to serve Blanco County residents.  More than just a building, the CRC provides a hub of service, central knowledge, and collaboration. The structure will deliver free office and meeting space for partnering nonprofit and government agencies, as well as administrative support, connection, outreach, and expansion. The space also allows a location for stakeholders to gather, for healthcare, food and meals, and for hope and help. In times of local crises, the building is equipped to serve as a back-up emergency operations center. Current committed tenant agencies include: Johnson City Christian Food Pantry, Texas Department of State Health Services, Hill Country MHDD, Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center, Texas Workforce Commission, Highland Lakes Legal Center, and 33rd Judicial Court Adult Probation.

Construction of the 7,500 sq. ft. building is estimated to cost around $1.4 million with funding provided by partnership and management fees received from the Texas Housing Foundation as well as support from local donors invested in community welfare. In addition to providing office space for 30+ agencies, the building will also include a medical office suite, large food pantry space, community kitchen, conference room, and a community meeting room.  Any nonprofit agency interested in acquiring office space at the new CRC may email their inquiry to dklaeger@txhf.org.

Tax deductible contributions to the project can be made at: bit.ly/blancocrc

For questions, comments, or more information on how your financial support will be recognized:

Contact Donna Klaeger, Sr. VP of Community Resources – dklaeger@txhf.org or 830-798-4185.

 

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Burnet County CRC Welcomes its Newest Tenant Agency: Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services

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Community Resource Centers of Texas Inc. is pleased to announce the newest agency to join our Burnet County location. Catholic Charities Central Texas Immigration Legal Services will office out of the Marble Falls CRC, two days per week to provide low-cost legal consultations for an array of U.S. immigration processes.

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