First Lady Blog
Father’s Day is a holiday I hold dear to my heart as we celebrate the love we have for the fathers across Texas. It’s a great day to show our gratitude and appreciation for our dads as we remind them how much they mean to us—not just on Father’s Day, but throughout the entire year. This Sunday, I want to thank fathers across our wonderful state for all of their hard work, their unconditional love for their children, and the strength they provide to their families.
During my years working at a senior health care services company, I had the pleasure of learning about a wonderful organization here in Austin that offers programming to older adults and family caregivers: AGE of Central Texas. Founded in 1986, AGE provides direct services to hundreds of older adults each year. AGE is the only licensed adult day health care center in the area. Other services include free loans of durable medical equipment to keep seniors safe and mobile, and invaluable education, resources, and support to the unpaid family caregivers who are supporting an older loved one.
Yesterday I attended the first annual Texas Women Veterans Day Celebration at the Texas State Capitol, where I was joined by hundreds of Texans in Austin – and thousands more at events across the state – in honoring our women veterans in the Lone Star State.
Are you a small business owner who was impacted by Hurricane Harvey? If you are, or know someone who is, join the Rebuild Texas Fund, Governor’s Commission for Women and other partners for one of the upcoming Hurricane Harvey Resource Fairs for Small Businesses.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting with fundraising professional representatives from the Greater Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) during their Advocacy Workshop. It was such an honor to have the opportunity to join dozens of dedicated professionals from so many extraordinary Austin non-profit organizations.
I am excited to announce that June is Great Outdoors Month in Texas. The Lone Star State has been blessed with glorious natural beauty from the corners of the Panhandle to the fertile Rio Grande Valley. Tourists from all across our nation travel to see the beautiful national landmarks in our great state. Texas has outdoor activities for all to enjoy that include—but are certainly not limited to—hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, cycling, boating, camping, geocaching, and wildlife watching.
May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month and all month Adult Protective Services (APS) has been working with community partners and professional groups around the state to raise awareness about adult abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
Guest Post from the Texas Department of Public Safety: DPS Warns of Dangers of Leaving Children in Vehicles
Summer is approaching, and here in Texas, that means hot, HOT temperatures. One of the most preventable tragedies during the summer months is death caused by leaving children and pets unattended in vehicles. Keeping all Texans safe is mine and Greg's top priority, so today I want to share with all Texans this message from the Texas Department of Public Safety.