The H. E. Butt Foundation is one of the largest private employers 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.
We provide a convening space in Leakey, Texas for nonprofits and service agencies to use free of charge to offer services, collaborate, promote, and disseminate resources to families in the area. Some of our partners include Hill Country MHDD, Community Council of South-Central Texas, Bluebonnet Children’s Advocacy Center, Keep It Real Beautiful, and Leakey Independent School District.
In partnership with Hill Country Alliance and the Texas A&M Texas Rural Leadership Program, we collaborate to provide leadership learning and networking opportunities for the community through local workshops and programs. Along with a regional steering committee, our program—Leading in the Rural Hill Country—serves hundreds of rural hill country leaders.