27 miles longs and only 3 miles at it’s widest point, Galveston, Texas begins where US 45 ends. Home to institutions like UTMB Galveston, Texas’s oldest medical school where Aggies and Longhorns somehow live side by side in harmony, Galveston is filled with an eclectic mix of surfers, retirees, professionals, and artists. Most locals classify themselves as either B.O.I (Born On The Island) or I.B.C. (Islander By Choice). Tourists flock to Galveston year round to go "back in time" at Dickens on the Strand, cool off at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, or just hang out at the beach. These visitors will push the normal population of 63,000 up by 100,000 on the weekends and even more during holidays! With over 60 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and being home to a myriad of historically significant events like the Juneteenth Proclamation, Galveston is overflowing with rich, vibrant history.
Like every city, Galveston has its challenges. The average income in Galveston is around $36,000 a year, well below the national average, while the living wage remains high at $26 an hour. Though the city has done an amazing job recovering after Hurricane Ike, there are still many of our neighbors caught in the cycle of poverty. In the neighborhood we work in, average income can drop to almost $9,000 a year! Our goal is to see our city thrive and North Broadway become a community people want to live in rather than leave!