Hometown Highlight: Highland Lakes Crisis Network
History of Highland Lakes Crisis Network
The Highland Lakes Crisis Network (HLCN) was established due to a major flood in 2018 that affected many families in the Highland Lakes area. Local churches came together to support and help more than 680 cases of residents devastated by the flood. The natural disaster ultimately resulted in the need to start an organization to help during times of crisis, stemming the creation of the HLCN, a designated long-term recovery committee for Burnet and Llano County.
“We are a network of local churches working to provide for the physical, spiritual, and emotional support of our neighbors during times of crisis and disaster,” said Kevin Naumann, Executive Director at HLCN. “We are also a connection platform for resources and collaboration in working toward solving major community situations. We’re ready to serve, from the individual house fire to deployment of teams after a tornado to working on big-picture solutions for more than 95 students in our area who are classified as homeless.”
The HLCN is always looking for ways to be engaged in the communities it serves and is there to respond to meet the needs of anyone who needs help. Their Shepherding Program was established to do just that.
“Our Shepherding Program is a critical piece in our organization that focuses on areas for growth and improvement. The program partners a trained volunteer with each of our clients and they are there to be a friend, supporter, and a problem-solving partner. We strive to have a strong team to support and help guide our clients out of their circumstances. We want to be a hand-up, not just provide hand-outs,” Naumann said.
Making An Impact
Right now, the organization is currently focused on a partnership that will provide more than 40 living units in Marble Falls that will be used to house families short-term while they work to help those families out of their situation. They are also working on ideas to help support statewide issues with the foster care crisis and strengthening their network of resources during times of crisis. HLCN’s goals for the next few years are to continue to work on strengthening their Shepherding Program and continue to help their communities through resources, training and establishing trust throughout their communities.
Their accomplishments throughout the year have impacted people affected by COVID-19 and by the major winter storms in Texas in addition to helping fight childhood hunger in their local communities.
“With our support we’ve deployed teams of people to cook, package and deliver more than 170,000 meals to people impacted by COVID-19. We deployed teams to deliver meals and supplies to those impacted by the winter storm and have worked more than 50 cases of recovery,” Naumann said. “This summer we also partnered with Marble Falls ISD to deliver school lunch meals and supplemental snack items to children who do not have transportation or other means for meals. This has impacted more than 70 children on an ongoing basis.”
How You Can Help
To support the HLCN and the work they do, you can go to their website and fill out a volunteer form as they are always in need of volunteers, or you can also join their mailing list and follow their social media pages to receive updates.