April 2018 Newsletter

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT UPDATES: “CAN I TAKE CARE OF MY FAMILY? DO I HAVE A STABLE HOME?”

Advancement, resiliency, and stability were the initial topics for the Strong Individuals and Families Impact Council as they met to begin the Results Based Accountability (RBA) journey of establishing a set of aligned results, strong measurable indicators, impactful strategies, and program performance measures to create a condition of well-being for children, adults, and families.

The Impact Council, made up of experts in the field of family issues, community members, advocates, and key stakeholders, began their results conversation by addressing how the council could begin with strengthening the individual and then focus on the entire family.  “Can we start with the individual first and then impact the family, which in turn will impact the system?” was a common theme for the group.

Public policy, community organizing, and equity are topics that informed the discussion. Attendees shared that many times parents and families face the fundamental questions of “Can I take care of my family? Do I have a stable home?”

The expert group of stakeholders discussed several complex social issues during the recent four-hour long initial council meeting held at the San Antonio Area Foundation. Moving the needle for a group of people requires this dynamic Impact Council to continue to wrestle with how to improve the lives of individuals and families.  Over the next several months, this group will meet every three weeks.

For more information on Results Based Accountability, please view our RBA training slides. For more information on the Strong Individuals and Families Impact Council, please contact Katie Pace Halleran and Jeniffer Richardson at kpace@unitedwaysatx.org and jrichardson@unitedwaysatx.org.

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READY CHILDREN IMPACT COUNCIL CELEBRATES

Thank you flowers for our Impact Council volunteers.

Ready Children Impact Council members recently completed a series of meetings using research, a data-driven process and volunteers’ best thinking about what works and including the contributions of many partners. No single action by any one agency can create the needed improved results. This diverse group of volunteers is utilizing Results Based Accountability while developing strategies to solve complex community issues challenging our children. The Impact Council will continue moving forward with selecting results, indicators, and strategies for recommending how United Way will invest donations to make the greatest community impact. Thank you to all of the volunteers stakeholders who are committed to helping our community grow Happy, Healthy, Ready children.

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CAMPAIGN CHAIR KIM LUBEL HONORED BY WOMEN UNITED

At a reception hosted by NuStar Energy, United Way’s Women United recently honored Kim Lubel for stepping forward as the 2018 United Way Campaign Chair! Lubel is a volunteer, philanthropist, founding Women United member, and successful businesswoman. She is one of a handful of San Antonio women leaders to take on the opportunity, and the challenge, of leading a United Way campaign.

On behalf of the membership, Laura Vaccaro, Women United chair and vice president community relations and events at Valero, presented Sabrina Salazar the newly created Kim Lubel Childcare Scholarship. The scholarship honors Kim’s leadership in the community and recognizes one of the scholarship recipients who is doing exceedingly well academically and in overcoming challenges.

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HENRIETTA MUÑOZ DISCUSSES FAMILY-CENTERED PRACTICE

As part of its Family-Centered Community Change portfolio, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is partnering with community development initiatives in three cities — Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Ohio; and San Antonio, Texas — to integrate disconnected services for kids and adults. With an end goal of strengthening families, this approach focuses on enhancing both the quality of schools for children, as well as job and parenting skills for adults. In a new blog post series, the Casey Foundation explores what Family-Centered Community Change looks like to the organizations involved. Read how United Way’s Henrietta Munoz, Ph.D. uses Family-Centered Practice to help the organization move the needle in San Antonio.

Read the full blog post here.

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SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS JOURNAL “NONPROFITS IN ACTION”

We are pleased to introduce a partnership with the San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ), featuring the work of United Way nonprofit agencies and community programs called “Nonprofits in Action.” There are articles and information on a dedicated “hub” on the SABJ website. We welcome you to visit to find thought-leader information about complex local community issues and the strategies and programs that address solutions for improving the communities where we live and work. United Way nonprofits partners are invited to participate by contacting Domingo Gonzales at dgonzales@unitedwaysatx.org.

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APRIL 17 FREE VITA TAX PREPARATION DEADLINE APPROACHING

VITA provides free tax preparation services through April 17, 2018, for individuals and families who earned up to $60,000 last year. For more information on the 20 local VITA locations and services, please call 2-1-1 or visit www.vitasa.org. You also may be able to prepare your own taxes – either at home or at one of our sites that host My Free Taxes. If you are comfortable with computers and have a simple tax return, generally only W-2s, then you should consider using My Free Taxes.

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UNITED WAY KIDS FESTIVAL

United Way Kids Festival, sponsored by the Texas Cavaliers, is an official Fiesta® community event held at Lockwood Park in celebration and promotion of early childhood development. Families will enjoy free activities, entertainment, and information on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The festival will host numerous song and dance acts, arts and crafts, games, face painting, and giveaways. The event is presented by the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Dept., District 2, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and others contributing time and in-kind donations. For more information, contact Katherine King at kking@unitedwaysatx.org. #UWKidsFestival

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WOMEN UNITED POWER OF THE PURSE

One day I’m in a boardroom. The next, I’m driving an excavator on my ranch, covered in dirt.” United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Women United’s 4th annual fundraising luncheon, Power of the Purse, will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Valero’s headquarters to raise money for Women United’s signature cause – the Childcare Scholarship Program. Gay Gaddis, founder and CEO of T3, is the memorable and inspirational speaker for this year’s luncheon. Click here for individual tickets or tables.

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SPRING FESTIVAL DRAWS A CROWD

During spring break this year, over 1,000 people attended the community Spring Festival series. Families enjoyed educational activities in the sunshine and learned about Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES) III Grant from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), Prevention & Early Intervention Division (PEI) partners and community educational programs at Pearsall Park, Lockwood Park, and Woodlawn Park. The Festival was funded by United Way and the San Antonio Area Foundation.

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CARDBOARD KIDS--A CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

In 2017, there were 5,588 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Bexar County. And while that number is staggering, it’s just as shocking to learn that only 1 in 10 sexually abused children — typically by someone the child knows, loves, and trusts — ever make an outcry. Five years ago ChildSafe, a United Way nonprofit partner, created the Cardboard Kids Campaign, comprised of 2-foot tall cardboard figures shaped like children. Community members, businesses, and families decorated and displayed their own Cardboard Kids on April 5, “Reveal Day,” to create awareness for our mission of ending child abuse in Bexar County.

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BE PREPARED--RECEIVE EMERGENCY ALERTS BY PHONE, TEXT, EMAIL

AlertSA is an opt-in program that allows for users to develop a profile by visiting AlertSA.com. You may choose multiple methods of communication for receiving emergency alerts for different location, providing cell phone numbers to receive texts and voicemails, a home phone or landline to receive voice messages, or an e-mail address to receive alerts. Users can select multiple addresses, such as their home, work, school, or child’s school.

A unique feature of AlertSA is that it allows for users to self-identify as having a functional need or disability, such as a cognitive disability, blindness or low vision, or deafness or hard of hearing. This feature allows for first responders to know ahead of time which homes or work places have citizens that have a functional need or disability. First responders can use this information to better assist citizens during an emergency. Click here for additional information.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

WOMEN UNITED SPRING MINGLE | April 12, 2018 | MORE INFO

UNITED WAY SHOEBOX PROJECT | Now – April 27, 2018 | MORE INFO

KIDS FESTIVAL | April 28, 2018 | MORE INFO
WOMEN UNITED POWER OF THE PURSE | May 17, 2018 | MORE INFO
ELC CLOSE UP WITH ERIKA PROSPER | May 31, 2018 | MORE INFO
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS | June 6, 2018 | MORE INFO

COMMUNITY PARTNER HIGHLIGHT: 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.

When her grandfather was no longer able to care for her, Anna was placed with the “Dunlap” family. While the Dunlap family cared for Anna, her parents were engaging in efforts to be reunited with their daughter. Anna’s father, however, had multiple positive drug tests and eventually stopped cooperating with the department so his rights were terminated.

Anna’s mother became pregnant and gave birth to a younger sister, “Tina,” who was removed from her mother’s care when she was five days old and placed with Anna in the Dunlaps’ home. While Tina was motivated and eager to regain custody of her daughters and continued work on her services and attended all visitations, she lacked the mental capacity to appropriately care for her children.

Everyone involved in the case did everything possible to accommodate and support the mother, but she was unable to demonstrate that she could safely and appropriately parent her children. Because she loved her daughters and wanted the best for them, she made the difficult decision to relinquish her parental rights so that Anna and Tina could remain together and be adopted by the Dunlap family.

Nancy was an advocate, friend, and steadfast confidant throughout the process. With the constant love, patience, and hard work from the Dunlap family, the girls have flourished. Although both cases are closed and the children have been adopted, Advocate Nancy continues to visit the girls in their new home.

Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA), a United Way nonprofit partner, works to recruit, train, and supervise court-appointed volunteer Advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes.

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