Fox Run center holds health, safety festival
IF YOU GO
WHO: Fox Run Neighborhood Network Center
WHAT: Health and safety festival
WHEN: 1-5 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Fox Run Apartments, 2008 Sam Houston Drive
ADMISSION: Free, open to the public
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES
Housing and Community Services Inc. is a non-governmental community-based nonprofit established in September 1993 to develop and manage affordable housing. In Texas, 49 multifamily properties of assisted housing are under Housing and Community Services' oversight.
For Steve Dworaczyk, it's all about helping.
Dworaczyk, who has spent time working at the Victoria YMCA and as a juvenile probation officer, now runs the Neighborhood Network centers at two Victoria apartment complexes.
The centers are a program of Housing and Community Services at the government-subsidized housing at Fox Run Apartments and Houston House Apartments.
"We're trying to improve the quality of life for the residents and eventually move them on to where maybe one day that can own a home, get an education or improve their job status or employability," he said. Dworaczyk is a native of Columbus, Ga., who moved with his family to Texas at an early age.
"With the children, we want to focus on improving attendance in school and their grades in school."
Dworaczyk said the centers' services are not just for the residents of the apartments.
"The unique thing about what we do here is that it's not just for the residents who live on the Fox Run or Houston House property - it's for the community," he said. "Anyone can come in and use our services."
Those services, which began in February, have included a job fair, a summer food program, an anti-bullying program and a homework center, among others.
"We are going to continue to build and bring in new programs and be creative and progressive in what we are trying to do to improve the lives of the members of our community," said Dworaczyk, a member of the Class of 1985 of A.C. Jones High School in Beeville.
From 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, the Fox Run Neighborhood Network Center is hosting a health and safety festival.
"Right before school starts, we thought would be a good time to bring some of the agencies together at one place," Dworaczyk said.
Expected to take part in the fair are representatives from the Texas Department of Public Safety, Victoria Police Department, Victoria Fire Department, Victoria County Sheriff's Office, Texas AgriLife Extension Service and others, said Dworaczyk.
"We'll also have booths and information for senior citizens, water slides for the kids, refreshments and door prizes," he said.
"It's an opportunity for the residents to network with some of the agencies in our community and get the information they need."
The center also offers help for residents who run the gamut from rental assistance to help with dental bills.
"We are a conduit to resources in the community," Dworaczyk said. "We try to help, and if we can't, we'll find someone who can."