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March 2019- Spanish Community Talks

Thanks to our community partnership with St. Patrick's Catholic Church, our student intern from Stephen F. Austin State University was able to present a community talk to several of our Spanish speaking community members. 

 

The presentation consisted of updating the community members about Impact Lufkin and their future plans.

The presentation also consisted of a community talk where the intern collected the community member's hopes and desires and as well as their opinions and perceptions of challenges and barriers. 

The community members identified language barriers and lack of accurate information exchange as some of the challenges they experience.

The community members expressed their desire for parents to be more informed in how to help their children go to college. The community members provided unification ideas in the form of multicultural festival and murals around the town. 

 

The community members also shared their ideas and desires for services they would like to see in the community center, such as immigration services, counseling services, jobs for the elderly and language classes. 

March 2019- 2nd Annual Community Fun Day at Jones Park

Impact Lufkin, in partnership with United Health Care and the city of Lufkin, organized the 2nd annual community funday at Jones Park in Lufkin, TX. Thanks to the generous donations and contribution of our sponsors, Brookshire Brothers, the Lufkin Police and Fire Departments and JNHD Buisness Consultants, allowed the event to be extremely successful. Over 200 community residents attended the event. Vendors, Organizations and Service Providers within the community attended and set up booths to share information about their services they provide within the community. The event fed everyone in attendance with a hotdog meal, free water and sodas and chips. The event provided entertainment, a party ballon maker, and a bounce house. The residents even had a chance tp have an exciting meet and greet with our Lufkin Police and Fire Department, who brought their vehicles for the children and community members to see up close. It was TRULY a Fun Day!

Impact Lufkin on the Move!
We are excited to share our efforts have been in the news!
Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 | Lufkin Daily News

Article: http://lufkindailynews.com/opinion/editorials/article_5ec9aa35-0122-5b4b-8a96-7f71fca3abac.html

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:30 am

Title: EDITORIAL: Bus Routes: Brazos Transit District, the city of Lufkin and Impact Lufkin work together to modify 2 bus routes

The Lufkin News

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round, all through the town.

That nursery rhyme is one step closer to becoming a reality in Lufkin, thanks to the efforts of the Brazos Transit District, the city of Lufkin and Impact Lufkin.

A cooperative effort between those three entities has resulted in a couple of proposed route changes for Brazos Transit, one to the Purple Route and one to the Blue Route.

The Purple Route’s change pertains to Timberland Drive’s H-E-B; with the proposed change, the buses will stop at H-E-B’s parking lot, where many who use BTD’s services go. The Blue Route’s proposed change has buses run up one way along Gaslight Boulevard to give better access to medical services in the area.

We believe those two changes directly address concerns voiced by the residents of Wards 1 and 2 during the appreciative inquiry, which was the culmination of two years of work between the city of Lufkin, Stephen F. Austin State University, Lufkin residents, local nonprofit agencies and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation.

According to the report, the development of a more effective transportation system with access for residents in Wards 1 and 2 is considered a priority by residents and leaders.

Right now, passengers on the Purple Route are having to cross Timberland Drive, according to Jo Penn, BTD marketing and communications coordinator. Stopping at H-E-B’s parking lot is a much safer alternative.

Proposed changes on the Blue Route potentially provide passengers with better access to the medical district facilities along Gaslight Boulevard instead of having to walk along to the street from a bus stop on West Frank Avenue.

“We worked with the city to come up with the best solution,” Penn said. “I think the new routes will help benefit the overall population of Lufkin.

“I’d like to thank the city officials who helped us. Impact Lufkin also had input on the route we had, and I’d like to thank them for their cooperation and help in this process.”

But as wonderful as both those proposed changes sound, they’re not official yet. Lufkin’s City Council will hold a public hearing on the changes at its March 6 meeting. If the proposed routes are not modified due to public comments or from the results of a public hearing, the new routes will begin on March 19.

Maps with the proposed changes are available on all buses, and on the District’s website at btd.org. Lufkin maps also can be viewed at the Transfer Point located at 302 S. First St. in Lufkin. BTD is accepting written comments or requests for a public hearing until March 5. Comments and requests must be sent to: 1759 N. Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, Texas 77803 or via fax at (979) 778-3606.

It’s just a first step, albeit an important one, in moving our city in the right direction.

 
Sunday, February 18th 2018 | Lufkin Daily News
Article: http://lufkindailynews.com/news/community/article_839fe5e0-ad14-5e0f-972d-d648a57ff5c9.html#.WoxarbZxAsE.email

Title: Brazos Transit District draws up map with two route changes

A pair of route changes has been proposed for Lufkin’s Brazos Transit District. The new BTD map includes two changes, one to the Purple Route and one to the Blue Route. The Purple Route’s change pertains to Timberland Drive’s H-E-B; with the proposed change, the buses will stop at H-E-B’s parking lot, where many who use BTD’s services go.

“Before, they were having to cross Timberland,” said Jo Penn, BTD Marketing and Communications Coordinator. “(The new route) is a safer alternative.” The Blue Route’s proposed change has buses run up one way along Gaslight Boulevard to give better access to medical services in the area.

“Before, our fixed route didn’t go down that road (Gaslight),” Penn said. “Now the general public can access the medical district.”

Though the routes aren’t set in stone yet, a public hearing will be held on the changes at the March 6 Lufkin’s City Council meeting.

“We worked with the city to come up with the best solution,” Penn said. “I think the new routes will help benefit the overall population of Lufkin.

“I’d like to thank the city officials who helped us. Impact Lufkin also had input on the route we had, and I’d like to thank them for their cooperation and help in this process.”

In September 2017, Impact Lufkin released a study on the community, a culmination of work between the city of Lufkin, Stephen F. Austin State University, the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and local residents and nonprofit agencies. The study cited strengths and weaknesses in the Lufkin community and cited transportation as an area of improvement.

“Transportation and beautification were on the top of the list that came out of the report,” Councilman Robert Shankle said. “Brazos coming in and making that a priority, that’s huge. They’re listening to the people.”

In response to the perceived need for improved transportation options in the area, BTD, Impact Lufkin and the city of Lufkin have worked together to come up with new routes for the public transportation provider to better suit the needs of Lufkin’s residents. Following a pair of meetings, a new map has been drawn up and proposed, with the new routes adoption pending a public hearing by the Lufkin City Council.

“It’s been a long time coming. Brazos has been trying to help, the city has been trying to help, Impact has been trying to help,” Shankle said. “Within two meetings, we came up with a plan. Everybody worked together to make sure it benefits all parties involved.

“I’d like to thank Impact Lufkin, the city and Brazos for coming together for this. It only took two meetings for this to happen. Within two meetings, everything was ready and moving forward.”

Maps with the proposed changes are available on all buses, and on the District’s website at btd.org.

Lufkin maps can also be viewed at the Transfer Point located at 302 S. First St. in Lufkin.

BTD is accepting written comments or requests for a public hearing until March 5. Comments and requests must be sent to: 1759 N. Earl Rudder Freeway, Bryan, TX 77803 or via fax at (979) 778-3606.

If the proposed routes are not modified due to public comments or from the results of a public hearing, the new routes will begin on March 19.

Austin King’s email address is

aking@lufkindailynews.com.