We insist that Abilene's neighborhoods are worth living in and worth investing in. Our Community Coordinators have always lived this out by relocating their families into the neighborhoods where they work. We move into the neighborhood because...well, what better way is there to "love your neighbors" than being there to listen and to work alongside them?
All of our programs are secondary to living among our neighbors and come out of a desire to create opportunities for neighbors to meet each other and serve each other. As programs change (or ideas flop), one thing remains: our commitment to building relationships with our North Central Abilene neighbors.
Neighborhood Interest Dinners
One of our most regular activities is the monthly Neighborhood Interest Dinners at the Friendship House on Orange. Neighbors come together to share a meal & talk about their common desire for a whole, safe neighborhood. Many dinners also have a special guest speaker from the City of Abilene, sharing how their department's work impacts our community.
Join us on the 2nd Monday of every month at 1518 Orange St!
In 2017, we launched a pilot program in partnership with First Financial Bank to host matched savings accounts. Participants learn the ins-and-outs of budgeting, borrowing and bank from professional volunteers. When they meet their savings goals, we use donated funds to match their savings 2-to-1 to spend on higher ed, home purcashing or small business expenses.
Young Leaders of ABilene
Young Leaders of Abilene is a group of North Abilene middle and high school students who plan service projects throughout the schoolyear with our staff's guidance. In the summer, YLA teens are eligible for a job-like experience as a camp counselor at our Caring In Action (CIA) neighborhood day camps!
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Network & Caring Team
These are our two city-wide initiatives. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor Network (N2N) is a collection of people across Abilene who simply agree that knowing the neighbors on their block improves both safety and the social fabric of the community.
The Caring Team is all about visibility of caring people. With constant bombardment of negative news, it's easy to believe that no one cares anymore. As a visual reminder that more citizens care about the wellbeing of our city, we invite all of Abilene to post a simple sign saying "WE CARE." in your yards or storefronts.