College Heights & Friendship House

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Written by Dusty Garison - Community Coordinator

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye

No matter how much we try and plan for the future, none of us can know the twists and turns of “what’s next.” The truth of this principle has recently been reinforced to me. I have resigned from CCC, effective by the end of February. How this came about is a bit of a long story, but I think it’s a good one, so please bear with me.

My 88-year-old dad has been battling a crippling neuro-muscular disease for about 10 years. (Some of you may recall that I wrote a post about him back in the fall of 2016.) This disease has left him unable to walk, confined to a wheelchair, and essentially homebound. He lives in Orange County, Texas, between Orange and Beaumont, in the same house where I was raised, and on the same piece of land where he was born and raised. Recent events,...


CH Neighborhood Interest Group

Location varies,
Contact Aaron at 512-822-1318
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3rd Saturday of the month,
1:30 PM

CH Neighbors, Business Owners, Etc.

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Anyone interested in learning more about the Neighbor to Neighbor Network

From Grape to Pine and from North 1st to Ambler, the College Heights neighborhood has been an important part of Abilene for a century – and a vibrant part of CCC’s efforts since 2006.

While this neighborhood faces many challenges, the area is full of gifts and resources such as Hardin-Simmons University, Hendrick Medical Center, downtown churches including First Baptist, the new College Heights Friendship House, and plenty of businesses, homes, churches and small organizations. The potential for this neighborhood to become a thriving, whole community is great!

Connecting Caring Communities has made a strategic decision to focus more closely on the College Heights neighborhood as our primary location for community development, with all of CCC’s Community Coordinators relocating into the neighborhood. one of Abilene’s most historic neighborhoods. It was originally developed by Mr. W.G. Swenson, who sold the lots, laid out the streets, & brought electricity to North Abilene. The electric company he helped establish later became West Texas Utilities.

...was named for its proximity to "Simmons College," now Hardin-Simmons University. The Abilene Streetcar Company began at the college & headed south along the edge of the neighborhood, going through downtown, & then west to Fair Park (now Rose Park), & south to McMurry University.. the location of Hendrick Medical Center, currently the largest civilian employer in Abilene. Hendrick was established as West Texas Baptist Sanitarium in 1924 & has expanded through the years to become the premier provider of health care services in West Central Texas. home to many historical downtown churches including First Baptist Church. FBC’s current sanctuary sits on the original location of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest before that congregation moved to its current location at S. 6th & Meander. FBC’s original sanctuary was at N. 2nd & Hickory. First Baptist Church also had a hand in starting Hardin-Simmons University and Hendrick Medical Center.

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