EIC approves $500k for Doyle Community Center upgrades

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On Monday, Kerrville’s Economic Improvement Corporation (EIC) approved $500,000 in funding for the Doyle School Community Center. The monies will be used to improve the aging building and infrastructure. The EIC’s funds come from a one-half cent sales tax collected on all taxable sales within the city limits of Kerrville — known as 4B sales tax monies. The funding agreement must also be approved by City Council.

The Doyle School Community Center and its newly contemplated programming raises the level of healthcare in the neighborhood, provides a means to get people in the community to services that have traditionally only existed outside the neighborhood, gives access to food provisions for healthy eating, and provides educational programs that fill in educational gaps to enhance employment skills.

The Center recently received a Build Health grant of $250,000 to promote transportation, health services, and food provisions as part of the Hope for Health Project. Seven local partners include New Hope Counseling, Peterson Regional Medical Center (PRMC), Texas Department of Health Services Public Health Region 8, Light on the HILL at Mount Wesley, the City of Kerrville, and Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country.

In addition to EIC funds and the Build Health grant, the center has received a $200,000 grant from Perry and Ruby Stevens Charitable Foundation, and a $200,000 grant from the Hal and Charlie Peterson Foundation.

Jobs Retained/Created as a Result of Proposed Renovations and Programming:

  • Part-Time Facility Manager
  • Two Part-Time Kids Club Coordinators
  • Part-Time Custodian
  • Project Manager
  • Health Navigator
  • Therapist
  • Community Health Worker
  • Driver
  • Outreach Coordinator

The full EIC meeting can be viewed below.