Jun
4
to Jun 6

Camp Rehab Needs Volunteers!!

Camp Rehab is a summer day camp for children with special needs. We need volunteers full of energy who are prepared to help their camper have fun and participate fully to the best of their special abilities in all activities of Camp. You will be expected to take part in the activities also. You will be getting hot and dirty! However, you will receive one of the most rewarding experience of your life!

To register click this link.

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Jun
8
11:00 AM11:00

9th Annual Strong Families Event

Basic Network Partners are invited to participate in our Resource Fair at the event. 

We would like to have our local partners come out to this event and provide information, handouts/brochures, goodie bags, and screenings for services and eligibility for your agencies. We will provide tables and chairs to set up your displays etc. (You may bring your own tent for shade) We will have food, drinks, and fun activities throughout the event for the families and friends.

If your agency is interested in participating please complete the attached registration form. If you have questions contact /RSVP by May 31, 2019 to Tanya Johnson 325-676-6032 or Tanya.Johnson@abileneha.org

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Jun
12
7:00 AM07:00

Collaborating to Address Human Trafficking Conference

  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Collaborating to Address Human Trafficking Conference is designed for all professionals who may interact with victims or perpetrators of sex trafficking. Recommended attendees include: Health care professionals, students, law enforcement, attorneys, social service professionals and advocates. Texas A&M is collaborating with Big Country Trafficking Coalition and Texas Tech to present this conference. Nursing continuing education, continuing medical education, social work and LPC continuing education hours provided. TCOLE hours will also be available. 

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Jul
19
11:00 AM11:00

Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting

  • Texas Tech University Health Science Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are excited to announce that our guest speaker will be Rebekah Charleston! Rebekah has a powerful story after surviving human trafficking when she was younger. She is now a powerful advocate for other survivors and serves as the Executive Director of Valiant Hearts. Valiant Hearts focuses its efforts on five target groups. Through partnerships with churches, schools, and other nonprofit organizations, they are able to combat the effects of sexual exploitation from both a preventative and restorative approach. Rebekah also recently filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada to end legalized prostitution. Come Join us!

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Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Public Hearing ONS Five Year 2019 Action Plan

The City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is in the process of developing the FY 2019 Action Plan. ONS is holding this Public Hearing where they will receive comments and input from attendees.

Please consider attending one of the following meetings, as our input is crucial to how ONS will formulate their FY 2019 Action Plan and we need to ensure our neighbors experiencing homelessness are a priority.

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May
18
8:30 AM08:30

4Mind4Body Charity Gold Tournament

Registration is at 8:30 am and it is $50 per player. Proceeds go the evidence-based support groups, education classes, advocacy and awareness work for individuals, families and Veterans affected by a mental health condition and substance use disorder and for the new campus of PHOENIX House, Abilene's first mental healthclubhouse.

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May
15
6:40 PM18:40

2019 Ride of Silence

  • McMurry University parking lot north of Radford Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This is to honor those cyclists killed in cycling accidents in Abilene & the surrounding area. There have been 9 cyclists that have lost their lives in cycling related accidents in Taylor/Jones County.  It is also to raise awareness of cyclists on the roads and to promote safety.  Finally it is a reminder to all of us to share the road with others. 

This event is free of charge and everyone is welcome to bring their bicycles and ride along for this 5.5 mile route.  We do ask that everyone wear their helmets (required) and preferably bright riding gear to be safe. 

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May
13
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee and Conversations

Do you know someone who may need housing, food, clothing or support? Come to the Downtown Library to find out what help is available. Enjoy free coffee & snacks while talking with us! Everyone is welcomed to be apart of this monthly event where we create discussion over important issues and drink some great coffee!

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May
12
3:30 PM15:30

Walk with a Doc

Have fun and join us for a healthy walk. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic; then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doc.

This event will occur every second Sunday of each month.

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Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

The YMCA of Abilene will celebrate with FREE events and activities, and end with a FREE one mile Color Fun Run.

Healthy Kids Day is a free community event to help parents begin thinking about ways to keep their kids both physically and cognitively active this summer. It is the largest event of its kind in the nation, taking place at more than 1,500 Ys across the U.S.

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Apr
25
12:00 PM12:00

BCFS Lunch and Learn

Do you work in childcare or children’s education? Come learn about how BCFS-Abilene is making a difference in the lives of families with young children, and how you can be part of the change.

Enjoy lunch with BCFS-Abilene HOPES staff, where we will discuss important details of the HOPES program.

RSVP to Briona Sattarphai by April 19 at bs1118@BCFS.net or (325) 718-3322. Complimentary lunch will be provided with RSVP.

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Apr
17
1:00 PM13:00

Abilene/Big Country Hunger Coalition

A meeting for individuals or groups interested in developing a coalition to address hunger in the Abilene/Big Country communities. As a community, we want to begin developing important strategies and best practices highlighted in the Texas Hunger Initiative’s (THI) research to address food insecurity.

Join us as we continue discussing the next steps for the Abilene Summer Feeding Gap (July 29-August 16) and how you and your church or organization can help host a feeding site or sponsor a feeding site with volunteers and/or meals.

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Apr
13
8:30 AM08:30

Effective Meeting Management Using Parliamentary Procedure

  • First Baptist Church University Place (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Do you need help presiding at a meeting? Would you like to know your options during a meeting? Having a hard time following the actions during a meeting? The Abilene-Emery Chapter of the American Institute of Parliamentarians is proud to present the Adamson Annual Parliamentary Procedure Workshop focusing on effective Meeting Management.

This is a great training opportunity on Parliamentary Procedure coming up on April 13th.  This class is taught by our local Abilene-Emery Chapter of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. If you are interested the deadline is April 11th which is $30.00 to register.  

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Apr
8
7:00 PM19:00

Community Meeting ONS Five Year 2019 Action Plan

The City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is in the process of developing the FY 2019 Action Plan. ONS is holding this community meeting where they will receive comments and input from attendees.

The mission of the West Texas Homeless Network is to lead the efforts to identify issues that affect those at risk of and experiencing homelessness and to support the development of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. This is why it is crucial for WTHN to have representation at ONS Public Hearings and Community meetings.

Please consider attending one of the following meetings, as our input is crucial to how ONS will formulate their FY 2019 Action Plan and we need to ensure our neighbors experiencing homelessness are a priority.

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Apr
6
9:00 AM09:00

Every Child Matters Festival

  • BCFS-Health and Human Services Abilene (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The HOPES Program and Fatherhood EFFECT at BCFS-Health and Human Services Abilene are working hard in the planning for our Child Abuse Awareness Event in April. We have secured the Redbud Park as our location.

If your agency would like to participate in our event with an agency booth, please let us know so we may secure you a spot! Our vision is to have multiple community agencies present with a child/family activity available at each booth. Your agency will be responsible for bringing your table/chairs/canopy etc. as well as providing an event or activity for the children at your booth. 

We have had several agencies sign up, but would love to have more! For more information email at bs1118@bcfs.net. Thank you and we look forward to working together for a great cause! 

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Apr
5
to Apr 6

Empowered to Connect Conference

  • Westgate Church of Christ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come experience practical teaching in a safe and supportive community as we work to equip families, churches, and professionals to better serve children impacted by adoption and foster care.

Featuring Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods, developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU, to help bring attachment and connection in families.

From 9am-5pm each day.

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Mar
30
8:30 AM08:30

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

  • 525 Beech Street Abilene, TX, 79601 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Become a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid provider and gain confidence in your ability to help vulnerable youth in crisis. Counselors, parents, youth workers, etc. all welcome! Class size is limited so sign up soon! CEU’s available, lunch and books provided, donations welcome.

**Must pre-register by: Calling 325-673-2300 or emailing Samantha@abilenemha.org

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Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Community Meeting ONS Five Year 2019 Action Plan

The City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is in the process of developing the FY 2019 Action Plan. ONS is holding this community meeting where they will receive comments and input from attendees.

The mission of the West Texas Homeless Network is to lead the efforts to identify issues that affect those at risk of and experiencing homelessness and to support the development of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. This is why it is crucial for WTHN to have representation at ONS Public Hearings and Community meetings.

Please consider attending one of the following meetings, as our input is crucial to how ONS will formulate their FY 2019 Action Plan and we need to ensure our neighbors experiencing homelessness are a priority.

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Mar
26
6:30 PM18:30

Community Meeting ONS Five Year 2019 Action Plan

The City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is in the process of developing the FY 2019 Action Plan. ONS is holding this community meeting where they will receive comments and input from attendees.

The mission of the West Texas Homeless Network is to lead the efforts to identify issues that affect those at risk of and experiencing homelessness and to support the development of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. This is why it is crucial for WTHN to have representation at ONS Public Hearings and Community meetings.

Please consider attending one of the following meetings, as our input is crucial to how ONS will formulate their FY 2019 Action Plan and we need to ensure our neighbors experiencing homelessness are a priority.

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Mar
26
8:30 AM08:30

Refugee Community Conference

The conference is intended to provide education on refugees, refugee culture, working across language barriers, and other topics of interest to individuals that encounter refugees in their daily life. We will also offer discussion time on the challenges and opportunities of being a refugee resettling community. The target audience is social service providers, (potential) employers, medical administration, school administrators, church groups, law enforcement, and other partners. Please note that the IRC is working on an educator focused training opportunity to be offered in early summer.

There is a $25 registration fee which covers breakfast, materials, and lunch. Check in is at 8am at Highland Church of Christ.

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Mar
21
6:30 PM18:30

Community Meeting ONS Five Year 2019 Action Plan

The City of Abilene Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) is in the process of developing the FY 2019 Action Plan. ONS is holding this community meeting where they will receive comments and input from attendees.

The mission of the West Texas Homeless Network is to lead the efforts to identify issues that affect those at risk of and experiencing homelessness and to support the development of community strategies to prevent and end homelessness. This is why it is crucial for WTHN to have representation at ONS Public Hearings and Community meetings.

Please consider attending one of the following meetings, as our input is crucial to how ONS will formulate their FY 2019 Action Plan and we need to ensure our neighbors experiencing homelessness are a priority.

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Mar
8
11:00 AM11:00

Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting

  • Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition Meeting (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition will provide announcements and updates on the coalition for the first hour and the second hour will be dedicated to a guest speaker, Kelli White.

Kelli has become a driving force in the coalition work and she has some amazing updates to share with us about her work at Hendrick Hospital, Abilene ISD and surrounding area school districts, and with our local law enforcement. We cannot wait for you to hear from her!

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