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Abilene mayor: ‘We will find the way forward’ from COVID-19 crisis



ABILENE, TX – The COVID-19 crisis came with no handbook, manual or set of instructions.

We are following the best scientific theories we can find, but fact-based propositions are still months away.

Safety and health concerns are paramount, moving forward, even as we try to avoid a widespread economic decline. The approximate $4 trillion allocated by the federal government recently was vital, but just as with duct tape and baling wire, it wasn’t the final answer.

Your community leaders responded, assessed and targeted our most susceptible Abilenians. Stabilization efforts involved the United Way of Abilene and Community Foundation of Abilene.

United Way expanded outreach, increasing 2-1-1 Call for Help hours and partnered with Food Bank of West Central Texas, City Lights and Christian Service Center: providing funds for food, shelter and clothing.

They worked with the Abilene ISD, Alliance for Women and Children, Boys and Girls Clubs and the YMCA, providing free day camps for children of essential workers. They partnered with the Regional Victims Crisis Center, American Red Cross, New Beginnings and FaithWorks, allocating about $500,000 for efforts to keep our community safe and productive.