Crafting the News

BCFS HHS-Kerrville Director, Dennis Ferguson visits with Hill Country Caring Crafter to provide some update on programs offered within the community. 

BCFS Health and Human Services-Kerrville Director-Community Services Dennis Ferguson visited with the Hill Country Caring Crafters to give an update on some of BCFS-Kerrville’s programs.

The Hill Country Caring Crafters are a group of artists and crafters who meet weekly to work on their art. Some paint, some quilt, some create ceramics, and others handcraft everything from greeting cards to flower arrangements. The group in turn then sells the creations to raise funds for various Kerr County nonprofit organizations. BCFS Health and Human Services’ Our House-Kerrville is one of the organizations the crafters have chosen to help.

“We do what our heart leads us to do,” says crafter Jeanette Ruark.

At Our House-Kerrville, a transitional home for youth who have aged out of foster care and are working toward establishing their lives as adults, the crafters have “adopted” two residents with the intention of helping them outfit their apartments with home accessories.

“We make their place homey with things like towels, dishes, pots and pans, and cleaning supplies,” says Jeanette. “It’s a lot like the things you might purchase when you send your child off to college.”

Our House-Kerrville residents arrive in search of a safe place to sleep at night, often in the midst of working to overcome obstacles like poverty, homelessness, and joblessness, in addition to repairing long-term damage from experiencing abuse or neglect as a child. The Hill Country Crafters are helping a pair of youth at Our House-Kerrville get some of the homemaking items that youth would otherwise likely do without.  

In addition to helping BCFS-Kerrville’s Our House, the Hill Country Caring Crafters support of a variety of organizations such as Hill Country Youth Ranch, The Order of the Elks, and Junction House all focusing on helping youth.

The crafters were excited to hear Dennis’s update on the Our House-Kerrville residents they support, and learn a bit more about some of the other life-changing programs impacting youth that BCFS-Kerrville administers in the Texas Hill Country.