Buckner Children and Family Services in Lubbock is beginning a process of transition this year to better fulfill its mission. While the beginning of this process involves the sale of its campus on Brentwood Ave, which will soon be listed, the transition will not affect the continuation of the work Buckner is doing in Lubbock.
“We are committed to serving vulnerable children and families in Lubbock, and the sale of one of our campuses will allow us to improve efficiency and enhance our financial stewardship,” said Patricia Acosta, director of administration and operations for Buckner Children and Family Services in West Texas.
This transition will not impact the Buckner Family Hope Center™ or Buckner Family Pathways™ programs, which are located on Buckner’s South Loop 289 campus. Buckner Foster Care and Adoption, as well as the Buckner FYi Center, will continue operating at a normal capacity though the plan is for them to relocate later this year.
“The ongoing and increasing costs of maintaining the Brentwood campus are hampering our ability to serve more children through our programs. Our plans are to sell the property and relocate the team to leased space that better fits our needs and helps us be better stewards of our resources,” Acosta said. “We’ve spent more than a year studying this important decision and have concluded that this is the best move for our work in Lubbock and West Texas.”
Part of the transition plan includes Buckner no longer owning and leasing out cottages in the Lubbock area.
“Through the years, as needs have changed, our foster care program has focused on placing children in families throughout our community,” Acosta explained. "Because of that, the cottages on the Brentwood campus have remained mostly vacant in recent years. We believe children need loving homes like those provided by our foster families rather than being in an institutional setting.”
The history of Buckner serving vulnerable children in Lubbock started when the organization stepped in to direct the operations of the Milam Home for Girls in 1957. Ten years later, Buckner added the campus on Brentwood Ave, and in 2008, it acquired the campus on South Loop 289.
Through it all the focus to strengthen families has remained the same.
“We are focused on strengthening families through our preservation programs, like Family Pathways and Buckner Family Hope Centers, while our foster care and adoption work protects vulnerable children,” Acosta said.