In the heart of Abilene, there’s a remarkable network of non-profit organizations that dedicate their time, resources, and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of our residents. While there are countless worthy causes in our community, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the favorites among our BHGRE Senter team. These organizations tackle critical issues, from affordable housing to childcare, and from education to supporting our veterans and first responders. It’s through the remarkable work of these non-profits, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Abilene, that our city continues to thrive.
- Shay Senter – Habitat for Humanity:
Mission: Building Affordable Homes, Building Hope
For Shay Senter, the vision that “everyone deserves a decent place to live” isn’t just a motto; it’s a guiding principle. Shay is passionate about addressing the pressing issue of housing affordability, a challenge that’s more significant than ever. Habitat for Humanity plays a pivotal role by providing affordable housing options for those who qualify, helping families build a brighter future, one brick at a time.
- Pam Yungblut – The Alliance For Women And Children:
Mission: Empowering Women and Nurturing Futures
Pam recognizes the crucial role The Alliance For Women And Children plays in our town. By keeping kids engaged and off the streets during their critical junior high and high school years, this non-profit is making a difference. Moreover, it offers invaluable resources to help with homework and further education. For many mothers, childcare can be a challenge, and The Alliance steps in to provide vital support. Without them, the path for these kids might be fraught with dangers, from drugs to risky behavior.
- Judith Puryear – West Texas Rehab and West Texas Rehab Hospice:
Mission: Delivering Exceptional Care and Support
Judith applauds the outstanding services offered by West Texas Rehab, touching lives across West Texas. The addition of hospice care makes their mission even more critical. Providing specialized and compassionate care to those nearing the end of life takes a special team of individuals, and West Texas Rehab does this with the utmost care, offering peace of mind to families during challenging times.
- Kam Zinsser – Day Nursery of Abilene and Love and Care Ministries:
Missions: Nurturing Our Youngest Citizens and Serving the Homeless
Kam highlights the importance of Day Nursery of Abilene, which offers affordable quality childcare for all children. This organization not only ensures a safe environment but also promotes the physical and intellectual development of our children.
Love and Care Ministries, on the other hand, focuses on serving the homeless and impoverished, providing them with clothing, food, and a place to seek solace and spirituality.
- Diane Schmahl – The Abilene Community Band:
Mission: Enriching Lives Through Music
Diane shares her love for The Abilene Community Band, an organization that serves a vital purpose in our city. It offers individuals with a passion for music a chance to perform with a group of like-minded individuals, forming a close-knit musical family. The band represents Abilene with pride and performs at various events throughout the year, bringing joy to our community.
- Peggy Manning – Non-Profits Benefiting Children or the Elderly:
Mission: Brightening Lives, One Generation at a Time
Peggy Manning appreciates the many non-profits in our community dedicated to improving the lives of children and the elderly. While she couldn’t pick just one, her recognition underscores the collective effort to create a better future for our youth and provide support and care for our seniors.
- Leonard Davis – Non-Profits Supporting First Responders and Veterans:
Mission: Honoring Those Who Serve and Protect
Leonard recognizes the essential work carried out by non-profits supporting our first responders and veterans. These organizations stand as a pillar of strength for those who have dedicated their lives to our safety and freedom. Their work is vital, and their impact immeasurable.
- Patty Knight – Hendrick Home for Children and West Texas Rehabilitation Center:
Missions: Nurturing Children and Providing Exceptional Rehabilitation Services
Patty Knight extends her support to Hendrick Home for Children, an organization dedicated to providing a stable and nurturing environment for children in need. Additionally, she acknowledges the vital role played by the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in delivering exceptional rehabilitation services across our region.
- Richard Barto – TFI (The Family Initiative):
Mission: Empowering Children and Families
Richard Barto’s heart lies with TFI, a prominent child welfare agency that stands at the forefront of providing experience, compassion, and quality services. At its core, TFI is dedicated to what’s best for children and families, and it’s this commitment that sets them apart. TFI constantly strives to create new resources for foster parents and innovates solutions to meet the ever-evolving needs of families and children. Their work empowers and transforms lives, making a significant impact on our community.
Abilene’s non-profit organizations are the unsung heroes of our community, addressing critical issues, supporting vulnerable populations, and making our city a better place for everyone. The BHGRE Senter team is proud to be part of a community that cares, and we’re always here to support and champion these incredible causes. Whether it’s affordable housing, education, childcare, or support for our veterans, there’s a non-profit making a meaningful difference in Abilene. If you’re inspired to get involved or contribute, reach out to these organizations or the Community Foundation of Abilene, and together, we can continue to create positive change in our community.