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From May 23 to May 26, Water Captains Director, Rev. Sam Brannon, attended a week-long environmental spiritual retreat in Garrison, New York. The event was held at the Garrison Institute, which once housed the Monastery of Mary Immaculate. The Institute is up the Hudson River from New York City and diagonally adjacent to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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The 2017 Texas legislative session convenes in 6 months, and we need your input!

Please take 2-3 minutes to complete this brief anonymous survey, Faith Priorities for the 2017 Legislative Session.

In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, Texas Impact's Board of Directors will convene this fall to determine our legislative agenda for 2017-2018. Data from this survey will allow us to assess the interests of the faith communities we represent. 

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If a Category 5 Hurricane ever made landfall on South Padre Island, the storm surge could drive vicious winds and rain some 35 miles inland, forcing the evacuation of Brownsville, San Benito, Los Fresnos and other Rio Grande Valley communities. That possible scenario played out this week (June 8-9) in Texas’ largest-ever full-scale air evacuation drill, and Texas Impact was along for the ride! 

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Photo, from left to right:  Texas Impact board members Rev. Chuck Freeman, Ellen Sable, Dr. Whit Bodman, Rev. Sue Abold, Amanda Quraishi and Membership Director, Sadia Tirmizi

Note: this story originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman Opinion section, May 22, 2016.


In launching the Senate Finance Committee’s discussion of state spending limits this week, Sen. Jane Nelson said “the goal of spending limits is quite simple, but the calculations and application are much more complex.”

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Texas Impact and the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy welcome three interns this summer. Joseph Czap, Emily Sherron, and Ilka Vega will be conducting research and supporting new projects related to public education, water, and the South Texas border region. Welcome aboard!

Brianna Gaddis joined the Community Partners Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) AmeriCorps VISTA project in February 2016, serving in the Dallas, Texas area, and comes to Texas Impact from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.  Brianna earned her degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Public Health and after graduating in 2015, she spent three months living in Brazil, before settling in Dallas.

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This week, Texas Impact has staff and AmeriCorps VISTAs attending the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod Assembly in Houston. (Leis in the above photo courtesy of the Lutherans—they know how to have a good time!) Texas Impact team members will also be attending all five United Methodist Annual Conferences in Texas as well as the Grace Presbytery gathering next week.

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Water Captains from Jacksonville and Nacogdoches met at the Nacogdoches Recreation Center on May 18th to attend the Region I Water Planning Group meeting. The volunteer water leaders had all attended earlier workshops and were well-versed in most of the major issues facing east Texas and its projected water supply.

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