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VITA Season Kicks Off in Bexar County
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will host a kickoff event on Monday, February 4, at Claude Black Community Center to start the 2019 tax season, which runs through April 15. Read more.
2018 United Way Community Campaign totals $46 million
Kim Lubel, 2018 United Way Campaign Chair and former chair, president and CEO of CST Brands, recently announced the 2018 United Way Community Campaign raised $46,010,000! Read more
“Please share my thanks with everyone who gives to the organization”
Imagine receiving a cancer diagnosis without a reliable means of transportation. Knowing that your cancer is treatable, but if you’re unable to get to your appointments, it’s a death sentence. Read more
Travis’ Story of Determination
As a medically retired veteran, Travis and his family saw an uncertain future ahead. Both he and his wife were searching for their next career steps that would help support their family. Read more
Teenage Mother Melody Struggles To Fit In With Her Peers
“Melody” enrolled at Healy-Murphy Center in March 2015. She moved to San Antonio from Georgia with her eight-month-old daughter, “Kasey,” to live with her father and his girlfriend. Read more
Larry Makes a Milestone Leap
Toilet training is a challenge for many parents and their children. When you add developmental delays to that experience, the task can become daunting. Families sometimes work for years at this task, with seemingly no end in sight. Read more
Jason Moves From Heroin Addiction to Advocate
Two years ago, Rise Recovery, a United Way nonprofit partner, hired “Jason,” a young person in recovery. At the time of his employment, he had achieved a little more than one year of sobriety. Read more
Unexplained Skull Fractures Lead Nancy to Anna
Nancy, an Advocate for Child Advocates of San Antonio, met “Anna” when she was just three months old. She had been removed from her home and placed with her paternal grandfather because she had sustained two unexplained skull fractures. Read more
Randy Overcomes The Consequences of Incarceration
“Randy,” a military member, was attending a class at a local substance abuse facility when he admitted that he was addicted to methamphetamines. Over time, he was arrested for breaking into cars trying to obtain money to buy drugs. Read more
Kathy and Bill Foster Infants Needing Specialized Care
Kathy and Bill Friend have been foster parents with The Children’s Shelter since 1997. They primarily foster infants, and unfortunately in many cases that includes infants born with controlled substances in their system, requiring extra support and specialized care. Read more
Amy Emerges from the Darkness of Abuse
“Amy” and her mother, “Janice” came to ChildSafe as a result of allegations of sexual abuse by Amy’s step sibling. Mom was at a loss because she felt that she had no support from Amy’s father Read more
Nick Has A Dream
Nick has a dream — a dream to be a social worker and help others the way the professionals in his life have helped him. Read more
Joan’s Blessing in Disguise
“Joan’s” Story: My time at Alpha Home has been a blessing in disguise. I was sent there by my probation officer after two years in federal prison. I came with an attitude of indifference. Read more
A Big Brother Turns Peter’s Resentment Into Resilience
Little Brother, “Peter,” met someone who would change his life forever when he was enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters as an 8th grader. Struggling with having multiple family members in prison, Peter had difficultly envisioning a positive future for himself. Read more
Displaced Foster Children Helped During Harvey
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) is helping displaced foster kids from 50 counties throughout South Texas.
Bill Wilkinson, CEO, shares that RMYA is currently serving as a place of refuge for some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Read more
80-Year-Old Senior Leader, “Grandpa” To 18, Friend To All
“Mr. Ruiz” began attending the Good Samaritan Community Services’ (GSCS) Senior Center in 2011, and at 80 years of age, quickly became an integral member of both the Senior Center and GSCS’ Child Development Services (CDS) Program. A talented, retired architect, he began leading art and woodworking classes in the Senior Center in the mornings. Read more
Baby Lauren Beats the Odds
At 30 weeks’ gestation, a local family learned that their little princess had a life-threatening condition called Hydrops, severe edema (swelling) in the fetus, and the prognosis did not look good. With fluid surrounding all of “Lauren’s” major organs, the doctors told her parents to prepare for the worst as there is only a 20 percent survival rate for babies with Hydrops. Read more
Grace Place Is Elsa’s Saving Grace
A year and a half ago, “Elsa” moved to San Antonio to provide care for her mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Elsa began working a full time job and managing the care of her mother and elderly father with their health issues. Each day Elsa would leave work, race home at lunch and check on her elderly parents. Read more
CentroMed Helps Michael Persevere
Michael is a 56-year-old male resident of San Antonio. In 2015, he was gainfully employed as a manager with a local call-center company until the company lost a significant client, and Michael, along with other co-workers, was laid off. Read more
Jacob’s Family Receives Medical, Crisis Assistance
Two year-old Jacob has been treated at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio since his birth. In spite of the multiple and complex medical diagnoses that impact his growth, development, and health, he is a joyful little boy. Read more
Healing a Young Mind and Heart
“Cole” [name changed] was admitted to the Clarity Child Guidance Center Acute Inpatient Treatment program struggling with anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Read more
The Spark is Back
“Jim” has been married to Mary for 10 years. They are parents to a 10-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter. A small business owner and a stay-at-home mom, the couple decided to seek counseling because they were feeling estranged from each other. The spark was gone, and they didn’t know what to do. Read more
Finding a Safe Permanent Home
Nikki was sworn in as a Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) Advocate and was assigned to two young children, one a first grader and the other in kindergarten. They had come to live with their paternal grandparents after Child Protective Services took custody of them due to parental drug abuse and neglect. Read more
“Any Baby Can” Helps Reshape David’s Life
A five-month-old child, “David”’ was recently referred to Any Baby Can of San Antonio by a health services provider who had scanned the child for a cranial remolding orthotic (helmet) to treat his diagnosis of Plagiocephaly. David’s mother had just lost her job along with its insurance, and her husband had just started a small business of his own, making the purchase of the helmet out of reach. Read more
My Life Has Been Forever Altered
“I am a former client of Lifetime Recovery. I am writing this letter to inform you of the services rendered to me while under their care that were absolutely invaluable in saving my life. I had been living on the streets with absolutely no idea which way to turn. I had absolutely no money, food and barely the clothes on my back when an opportunity to enter Lifetime crossed my path and my life has been forever altered.” ~ By former Lifetime Recovery Residential Outpatient Treatment client. Read more
Coping With Grief-CIS-SA Helps Damien and Carlos
Young Damien was living in a motel when he was referred to Communities In Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA) for help. With the recent passing of his mother, Damien’s father struggled to find steady employment and help Damien attend school regularly. Needing a positive outlet, he was enrolled in CIS-SA’s Martial Arts Group. Read more
Transforming Debbie’s Aggressive Behavior
Nine-year-old “Debbie” came to the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) Meadowland Campus because she was very aggressive with her siblings and foster parents. She had been hospitalized many times for her behaviors. Read more
BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.
The piercing sound of the smoke alarm wakes you up, and you stumble out of bed, disoriented and groggy. How long do you and your loved ones have to escape your burning home before it’s too late? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? The Red Cross can tell you. Read more
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