What Do You See?

It’s been said that perception is everything. It isn’t so much what we see, but how we see it. A stubborn person is a pain to one, and a model of steadfastness in another. A dandelion is a weed to some, and to others a useful plant (it’s leaves are often found in your grocery store salad mixes!) A teenager selling drugs on the corner is the blight of a community to one, and a …

Practice What You Preach

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ― Brian Tracy We love our community. We talk all the time about how much we believe in it. We have even built our whole model of community development and transformation on working with other organizations and individuals that share our love and passion to see our neighborhoods thrive. When we look at whether or not to …

An Overdue Update!

  We have had a busy couple of months and have lots of things in the works – from the San Jacinto Farm to art programs, there are some exciting things going on! The holiday season gave us an opportunity to partner with the Amarillo Police Department and volunteers from the community to get a dozen bikes cleaned up, repaired, and out into good hands. We are now looking at doing that on a regular …

Multitasking

Why do you do good? Maybe it’s your faith, past experiences, a personal code of ethics, or some other reason, but whatever the reason, it’s pushing you towards action, and one of the benefits of knowing our neighborhood is being able to play a part in those actions. Recently, we were fortunate to share in a life lesson and act of kindness from a young family who epitomized a spirit of giving this Christmas season. …

Who We Are

Square Mile Community Development (mi2) is a new nonprofit here in the Texas Panhandle. While the organization is new, the team behind it is not. We are all native West Texans who raise our families in Amarillo and who are deeply invested in our community. With over 30 years of collective experience working with, living among, and helping low-income and working-poor communities in Texas and across the country, we have seen the needs, heard the …

Lessons From a Dried Up Lake

Do you remember when Lake Meredith almost dried up? After years of drought, the lake that had once been a popular fishing spot for decades was becoming a desert––as the water disappeared, so did the fish. My kids and I ran around on the dry sand that used to be the lakebed, stepping around the dead fish that littered the ground. Our dog seemed to think it was Christmas, but it was bittersweet for me …

How We Started

It’s odd how things become. A little over a year ago, a handful of people met up to discuss the needs of our community. All of these folks had been serving in nonprofit organizations, churches, and civic positions and were more than familiar with the struggles many families deal with on the daily. As we ate at a little Mexican food place in East Amarillo, the obvious issues sprang up… beat up old rent houses, …