The H. E. Butt Foundation is the largest private employer in Leakey, Texas—a small town in Real County—just down Highway 83 from our property in the Frio River Canyon. The town and its outlying areas have their own way of life, with a unique pace, identity, and set of assets. Rural living can be complex in ways that are overlooked and underappreciated, and there are too few services to meet the needs of the community, including physical and mental health resources.
In 2018, the Real County Community Initiative launched to cultivate wholeness by investing in local leadership and catalyzing partnerships that promote health and well-being for children and families. Our office and convening space in Leakey is available for nonprofits to use free of charge to collaborate, promote, and disseminate resources to families in the area.
For more information, contact RCCI’s Dana Williams.
Our Mental Health Initiative connects institutions such as churches, schools, and out-of-school-time programs to the training and resources they need to serve their communities’ needs with empathy and urgency. In addition to a pilot project at a San Antonio high school, we’ve launched two unique studies, including an inventory of mental health initiatives and projects in San Antonio, conducted in partnership with the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, and a close study of pastors and congregations in select Protestant and Catholic churches, conducted in partnership with the University of Texas-San Antonio.
Our goals include ensuring that youth get the help they need when mental health challenges arise and that people concerned about their mental health find strong support in local communities.
For more information, contact Angela Briaud.