Being a New England transplant to Texas, one of the things I miss the most about the East Coast are the clearly defined seasons. Autumn was always my favorite season growing up, first because my birthday is in October but also because it meant beautiful foliage, pumpkin patches, apple picking, and of course Halloween! We may not see leaves turning colors in Austin until December, but since moving to Austin, the first breath of Autumn starts to hit me in October – the temperatures begin to drop some, the mornings are cooler, and pumpkins and gourds start showing up on porches and front steps. Last year at this time, we were preparing for our Fall Fiesta, a fun community event with face painting, fun games and prizes and a petting zoo. We cannot wait to bring it back when it’s safe for our friends and neighbors to come together again.
Like me, ACGC’s birthday is also in October and this year we are turning 69 years old… ACGC not me! It’s incredible to consider that in 1951 the 22nd Amendment of the Constitution was ratified, the first color television pictures were broadcast, and the term Rock N Roll was coined. All these years later, more than 200,000 clients have come through our doors, we have trained hundreds of mental health practitioners throughout Texas and the United States and ACGC is continuing to innovate, improve and expand our services to remain in lock step with the needs of our community. 2020 has been a painful and trying year to say the least, but tomorrow is a new day and ACGC will continue to be here as a support and a resource to our Texas community whatever the season.