Doyle Community Center Receives $1.2 Million Grant |

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is providing the Doyle Community Center in Kerrville with a three-year, $1.2 million grant to support the nonprofit’s operational capacity and continue neighborhood revitalization efforts that stemmed from their recent work with the BUILD Health Challenge Grant.

This investment will ensure that the Doyle Community Center has the leadership, skilled staff and strategic plan necessary to create the structure, systems, programs and processes necessary to ensure the sustainability of the organization.

With this funding, Doyle Community Center will be able to create its own vision, redefine its mission, and chart its own course after the BUILD Health Challenge funding ends. Over the next three years, Doyle Community Center will hire staff, create a strategic plan and fundraising plan that will allow Doyle Community Center to become sustainable and provide strategic programs and services to the community.

“It has been inspiring to see the Doyle Community Center revitalized and energized over the past few years as part of the Hope for Health Collaboration and we see incredible potential for continued growth,” said Jaime Wesolowski, President and CEO. leadership of Methodist Healthcare Ministries. “The BUILD Health Challenge gave the community the boost it needed to organize and bring together the necessary stakeholders so they could take ownership and pride in their efforts. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to support them and their efforts.

The Doyle Community Center is part of the Hope for Health Collaborative which received funding from the Build Health Challenge in 2019. The Hope for Health Collaborative was formed by New Hope Counseling Center, Peterson Health, Texas Department of State Health Services- Region 8, Barnett Chapel UMC and Glory Community Garden, Light on the Hill at Mt. Wesley, City of Kerrville and Doyle Community Center in a joint application for the BUILD Health Challenge.

These organizations, along with many others, are committed to working together to address the revitalization of the Doyle neighborhood of Kerrville, with an emphasis on social connections, navigation, and resident engagement to meet their resource needs and in individual and community health care.

Launched in 2015, the BUILD Health Challenge addresses the intersectional factors that impact health and wellbeing at the community level. BUILD recognizes that direct medical care, while essential, is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to raising the standard of living for people in the United States and works across sectors with community organizations to make positive and lasting improvements in community health.

“I am very pleased to be a part of the continued growth and success of the Doyle Community Center as we identify and provide strategic and valuable services to residents of the historic Doyle District,” said BK Gamble, Executive Director of the Community Center. Doyle. “Funding provided by Methodist Health Ministries has enabled us to hire quality staff to support our vision, mission and strategic programs. We greatly appreciate the investment MHM has made in our efforts to enrich the lives of our voters.”

The Doyle Community Center received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation on September 29, 2003. The purpose of the community center is to provide educational and social activities as well as access to health, food and social services to residents of the Doyle community.

Although the Doyle Center had been incorporated for some time, it operated at the grassroots level, offering various programs and serving as a gathering place for the community. The Board of Directors served as a working committee and actively participated in day-to-day activities.

The $1.2 million investment is part of Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ $129.9 million community investment for 2022 to advance health equity and support South Texas communities through direct services delivered through clinical and regional operations, as well as the development of community partnerships and advocacy.

The mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries also includes its half ownership in Methodist Healthcare, the largest healthcare system in South Texas. This creates a unique avenue to ensure that the Methodist Health System continues to be a benefit to the community by providing quality care to all and revenue to Methodist Health Ministries for its programs and services.

Jill E. Washington