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All About the CRRC Rec Center

CRRC:  Community Resource and Recreation Center

That’s a mouthful!!!  But what does it stand for?  You’ll find out if you keep reading!

CRRC has a large campus in two locations that most people don’t even realize.  Not only can you shop our Thrift Store, get groceries from the Food Pantry, borrow durable medical equipment, get financial help with utility bills, and much more.  That’s the Community Resource part–but just down the road below the beautiful Canyon Lake Dam at 123 Mabel Jones Drive is the CRRC Recreation Center, Pavilion, Community Center, and home of the Dam Seniors.

The Rec Center, built in 2000, offers a wide variety of exercise and fitness programs, tailored to every ability level.  If you enjoy learning to dance or are ready for “Dancing with the Stars”, check out their calendar for Celtic dancing, line dancing, Western dancing, ballet, and even Latin dancing in ZUMBA!  If dancing is not your thing, that’s okay.  The Rec Center offers aerobics, yoga, Tone, Silver Sneakers, Fit and Fab, and wellness.  Join a breathing and Tai Chi class.  Or come to Weight Watchers to get ready for the summer beach season.  Pickleball is another popular sport that’s caught on everywhere, including Canyon Lake.  A Spurs Basketball league is very popular for the younger set.  For those not athletically or physically inclined, come play bridge, mahjong or bunco.

The 18,000 square foot Rec Center, Community Center (directly behind the Rec Center), and Pavilion are available for rental to just about any group or activity.  Baby showers, wedding showers, corporate retreats, anniversaries, birthdays, fundraisers, and the list is endless.

  • The Canyon Lake Dam Seniors (yes, their real name) meet every Monday and Thursday in the Senior Center, located in the Community Center Building. They offer activities from cards and dominoes to arts and crafts.  Members love the pot luck lunches, day trips and birthday celebrations.  The Seniors create handcrafted items to sell in the annual garage sale and Holiday Bazaar. Anyone can join—just show up!!!
  • The beautiful covered outdoor pavilion located adjacent to the Rec Center was built in 2013 with financial help from the Canyon Lake Noon Lions, Kronkosky Foundation, and other donors.  It was dedicated in 2014 in honor of the late Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jan Kennedy. Rentals are available from 7 am – 12 pm and guarantee your use only—including bathrooms, kitchen facilities and tables and chairs
  • CRRC Rec Center is home to the very popular North Pole Village, held the second and third weekends of December.  A community garage sale, Holiday Bazaar, and Western dance are just a few of the Rec Center events for the community.  These fundraisers help pay for upgrades, repairs, and new programs.  Check the Rec Center calendar at http://www.crrcofcanyonlake.org  for other great community events—golf tournament, Race to the Pantry, chili cook off, Mason’s BBQ, Canyon Lake Noon Lions Fish Fry and Shrimpfest, Winter Texan Reception, and Breakfast with Santa.

For information on any of the programs or activities, contact Stephanie Gonzales or Andi Taliaferro at 830-964-3003 or email them at recreation@gvtc.com.

Spring Charity Golf Tournament Winners

The Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) held their first annual charity golf tournament on May 19 at Lakeside Golf Club in Canyon Lake. Eighteen very competitive teams vied for prizes on the beautiful, meticulously groomed fairway and greens at Lakeside. First Place team came in 19 under par and consisted of (left to right) Archie Dishman, Gene Rapp, Steve Vanderbur, and Jeff Quinn. Proceeds from tournament will provide vital social services to the Canyon Lake community.)

Here is the original press release for this event:

What’s better than being outdoors after sunrise on a beautiful blue-sky Texas morning, surrounded by lush scenery, singing birds, and overlooking the serenity of Canyon Lake, while at the same time helping our Canyon Lake community??   Being on the Lakeside Golf Club course with avid golfers like you, competing for trophies, prizes, and a $10,000.00 Hole-In-One grand prize!!

Bring your fellow golfers to the Lakeside Golf Club on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, for a shotgun start at 9 am to share a Four Person Scramble.  Sign-in will open at 8 am and you can register on-line at www.crrcofcanyonlake.org .  Your $65.00 registration fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, and luncheon during the awards ceremony.  Trophies will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place plus prizes for the longest drive and closest to pin.  The grand prize is $10,000.00 for a hole-in-one on the sixth hole!  Additional prizes available to win include a set of Callaway Irons, a 4K Ultra HD Smart TV; and a $500.00 VISA gift card.

Your participation will help raise needed funds for the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) operations.   CRRC serves all of the Canyon Lake community—Food Pantry, Thrift Store, Senior Center, Community Center, Rec Center, outdoor pavilion, loan of durable medical equipment, financial assistance—and more services are planned in our ongoing expansion project.

For more information, go to www.crrcofcanyonlake.org or contact Tom Meyer at (830) 515-8868 with your questions.  Tournament sponsorships start at $100.00 per hole (includes your name on a marker).

CRRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All donations above $35.00 are tax deductible.

CRRC supports the community with your support!

 

 

 

 

Guest Editorial by Eric Cooper, CEO of San Antonio Food Bank

According to Map the Meal Gap 2016, approximately 306,210 individuals (12.9%) are food insecure in the San Antonio Food Bank’s (SAFB) 16-county service area, of which, nearly one in two is a child (145,040), and one in four is a senior (75,100). Reaching households in need across this vast region is a shared effort between the Food Bank and its network of more than 500 nonprofit agencies.

The CRRC of Canyon Lake is a dedicated Food Bank partner in providing critical services for a large portion of Comal County residents who struggle to set the table for themselves. The Food Bank’s nationally recognized efficiency and effectiveness depends on outstanding partners like the CRRC of Canyon Lake. And time and time again, the CRRC of Canyon Lake has gone the extra mile for children and seniors in need.

Food pantries like the CRRC of Canyon Lake provide neighborhoods and communities an anchor of stability and become a place of trust and hope for those living on the edge of poverty. The CRRC of Canyon Lake is known throughout the Comal County region as a food pantry and nonprofit agency that serves the community with integrity and treats its clients with dignity. This kind of support builds trust and respect, which in turn can bring much needed resources to support the agency’s mission.

This is why the CRRC Food Pantry has been honored twice in recent years with the Golden Apple award from SAFB.

The San Antonio Food Bank is proud to have such an outstanding partner in the fight against hunger in the CRRC of Canyon Lake. Children and seniors, in particular, experience less hunger and are better nourished thanks to this trusted agency. The donors, staff, and volunteers who support the work of the CRRC of Canyon Lake should be proud that their effort is truly making a difference.

The community surrounding Canyon Lake is better off and more fully nourished because of our great partner, the CRRC of Canyon Lake.

Resource Program Expansion Breaking Ground in Early 2018

“Yes, in case you’re wondering,” said CRRC Board Chairman Max Hosford. “We are still moving forward with plans to build a new facility in Canyon Lake to house our Resource Program.”

It’s been a while since CRRC had talked with the community about the plans, but Hosford said it is only because the staff and board have been almost singularly focused on the project. “We are proud to announce that we will be breaking ground before summer,” he said.

Hosford and CRRC Executive Director Darin Zumwalt said the new facility’s size grew as new needs came to light. Also, as new  partnerships were made within the Canyon Lake community and beyond some changes were made to the now “multi-purpose” building.

Medical services, mental health counseling and various education topics and classes are among the reasons for the increased size and purposes.

Zumwalt said, “We have several entities outside our community that are interested in coming to the lake to provide services to our residents. We’re excited about this because transportation is always one of the top needs in any survey that has been done. People have a hard time finding rides to obtain services.”

He added, “We have created available office space for outside agencies to come and utilize the CRRC building for their work thereby helping CRRC to continue helping the Canyon Lake Community.”

The Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) in Canyon Lake has been planning to build a new facility to house its Resource Program for almost four years. It started out as simply an expanded food pantry and storage area because the demands on the current pantry have grown beyond the 2,000 square foot building that houses offices, a medical equipment loan program, storage for Meals on Wheels containers, and also the food pantry.

Hosford said Resource Program Director Maureen Schein was still quite excited about the future, despite the delay.

Schein smiled, saying the need for more storage is evident. “There’s hardly room to walk around all the storage areas of the building we’re in. But if we have to wait a little longer – like we have been – to get more services to people, it will be worth it.”

She would like to move toward a Client Choice Pantry, which allows clients to do their own “shopping” in the “store,” similar to the way the New Braunfels Food Bank distributes food. This helps clients get food they are more likely to use, and cuts down on food waste.

Right now, it’s difficult for one grocery cart to maneuver in the small pantry at CRRC, let alone several, she noted.

Schein is pleased with partnerships that have been and are being created to serve residents that are mentally handicapped.

“When I participated in the Comal County Task Force on Mental Health I discovered that a lot of mental health needs were not being met in Comal County. I started asking around about how to best meet these needs in Canyon Lake.” That led to CRRC redesigning the floor plan and adding some office area, she said.

Zumwalt pointed out that surveys done in 2015, and again in early 2017 have revealed, and confirmed, a need for a health clinic for health problems and minor emergencies. Many residents are unable to gain access to primary providers, even for small concerns. Others need referrals for tests or to specialists.

Canyon Lake Fire / EMS Division Chief of EMS Brandon Kludt said the department’s new program, Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) is a logical partner for this new idea. “Our program is designed to take some of the burden and repeated ambulance runs off the EMS personnel. By visiting folks in their homes to talk about and manage health and social issues, we can curb their tendency to call 911 often times resulting in unnecessary transports to emergency departments.”

Since the inception of MIH in January 2017 , repeat patients have cut down 911 calls by more than 85%, he said. This allows ambulances and fire department resources to be free for more serious calls.

“We’re not saying their health concern isn’t legitimate,” Kludt said. “We’re just addressing them differently, in a proactive manner. This is healthier for the patient, and more efficient for our staff.”

Kludt, EMS Medical Director John Flanagan and his staff will lead the medical health screenings clinic in the new building.

Hosford said, “The new project is just the tip of our opportunity. We also will be concentrating on facility maintenance and upgrades to the Thrift Store, the Recreation Center and the Community Center, which need proper investment dollars put into each facility. Included as well, the continued operational dollars so that the organization runs smoothly and efficiently.”

He added, “We have fund raising work ahead of us and we know that the community has stepped up in the past and will come together now to help CRRC continue moving forward. As goes the growth of the Canyon Lake area and surrounding Comal County area, so goes the need for CRRC to provide updated and adequate services to the community.”

Board and staff members are focusing on The Big Give on March 22 to bring in funding. CRRC has been in the top fundraising organizations in The Big Give for all four years that it has participated.