Three cheers for Abilene.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 03, 2019
Abilene, Texas
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There's a feat truly worth celebrating out of Abilene, Texas: The city has become the first in Texas to house all of its homeless veterans. Nationwide, it is the ninth city to achieve this goal, reports Abilene-based KTXS 12.

In October 2018, Mayor Anthony Williams kicked off a challenge to end veterans' homelessness in 100 days. "During the 100 days of this challenge, our local housing and service providers redoubled their efforts to house as many veterans as possible in order to make veteran homelessness in Abilene something that is rare, brief, and nonrecurring," said the West Texas Homeless Network of their effort to eliminate homelessness for our country's servicemen and women.

Of course, nixing 100% of veterans homelessness (and all homelessness, for that matter), is the ideal goal. But you don't need to be part of a big group to make a tangible difference. If you're looking for ways to help out in your own hometown, check out five amazing ways to give back to your community.

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Now that Abiliene has accomplished this objective, we hope many more Southern towns follow their example. When you give back, you begin to live forward, friends.