Affected by the slaying of George Floyd, our founder attended a community forum to listen to community leaders. As she heard the struggles voiced by Bryan Police Chief Eric Buske when it came to building relationships within the community, she felt led to share some of her own ideas. Chief Buske invited her to meet with him and the assistant police chiefs, who welcomed her warmly. They listened to her ideas and took a bold leap of faith to step out of their comfort zones. Together, they tried some very new ways to build relationships with the community they served, and I Heart Bryan was born.
Since that fateful day, I Heart Bryan has sought out to find gaps in relationships between various parts of our community and beyond, and has strived to build bridges between those gaps to create more unity everywhere. Our police engagement events have now been duplicated all over the world! We are very happy to share our "how" and tell anyone who asks why we love Bryan so much. Come chat with us at one of our events!
From the beginning, our mission has been to create programs, events, and initiatives that build bridges between the various aspects of our community.
The Board (L-R)
Mallori Girard, Mekail Faquir, Jai Girard, Fabi Payton, Rusty Surette, Amelia Mc Cracken
*not pictured: Naomi Faquir, Tonya Hughes, Brittany Lammerts
To create a more unified community, where every resident can say, "This is a great place to live!"