While nurturing partnerships and working with local leaders, local emergency service providers, the Real County Library, healthcare providers, and other entities, the Foundation’s Healthy Real County initiative, under the leadership of Dana Williams, has been investing in three emerging areas of community development.
Real County has a need for collaborative space to develop leaders and provide community educational opportunities, as well as mental health services. We networked with investors in the county about viable spaces in Leakey for these purposes and decided to work with a local builder. We are partnering with Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Services to strategize ways to provide mental health services within the county, using this space. We served on a leadership team, Real County 2025, building a strategic document to guide the future of the county. In partnership with Texas A&M, we trained 14 community members of Real County to become leaders and trainers of the Texas Rural Leadership Program. The local program, now called Real County Visionaries, is working to develop county-owned space along the Nueces River for better public access, sustainable green space, and to provide a family-friendly atmosphere. We will continue to provide leadership training in this space.
In 2018, we will create a collaborative space, continue to support the Texas Rural Leadership Program, and work toward collaborative healthcare services outcomes.