By Alisa Garza, Administrative Assistant
In the month of January, WestCare Texas was honored to be a sponsor and presenter for DreamVoice LLC’s DreamWeek, an annual series of hundreds of events presented by local organizations and individuals with the mutual goal of honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and fostering the free exchange of ideas on universal issues that affect the human race. Our state’s sponsorship of the event was pivotal in starting off the new year. As Mayor Ron Nirenberg stated, “DreamWeek is one of the most forward-looking and iconic developments in San Antonio in the last decade.” WestCare Texas is proud to stand by Dr. King’s vision of racial equity and unity that this series of events upholds.
As a sponsor, we were honored to be a part of the opening ceremony and breakfast, wreath laying ceremony, MLK Jr. March, and Mayor’s Ball Gala as well as the DreamVoice Awards Luncheon in which Beverly Watts Davis, Senior Vice President of WestCare Texas, was recognized for her contributions to helping make DreamWeek an annual event. During this week, over 220 events occurred which provided networking opportunities to connect with others who believe in the promotion of equity, diversity, and civic engagement.
As part of DreamWeek, WestCare Texas hosted several events that provided information and educational opportunities. These events focused on race and class issues in San Antonio, healing families of color from the traumas of racism, and bringing substance use and crime prevention information to the Eastside community. Our events also included several mental health workshops, a healthy-living history workshop in partnership with the City of San Antonio’s Healthy Neighborhood Office, a panel conversation and video on substance use prevention, and a panel discussion on juvenile delinquency prevention and reduction in partnership with the Juvenile Probation Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It was our honor for WestCare Texas to start the year off as a MLK DreamWeek sponsor, hosting events that provided prevention and intervention resources while also bringing the Eastside community together to advocate for progress and Dr. King’s vision.