We’re so excited to have 22 (!) new Nonprofit Partners on board! These organizations are all working toward San Antonio’s shared vision—and they’re able to show exactly how. Our partnership provides opportunities to strengthen and better communicate their impact, and it allows us the opportunity to coordinate and align their efforts, fostering collaboration and strengthening San Antonio’s continuum of services. Get to know them below!
Since 2005, the Bexar County Family Justice Center (BCFJC) assists victims of domestic violence in their journey from survivor to thriver. Recognizing that no one organization can break the cycle of domestic violence alone, the Bexar County Family Justice Center houses 40 on and offsite partners including police officers, prosecutors, and community-based advocates. In one central location, BCFJC seeks to ease the access of services, such as crisis intervention, safety planning, child therapy, basic needs assistance, and job readiness assistance, all at no cost for victims. As one of the primary referral sources for domestic violence in Bexar County, BCFJC serves over 3,600 families each year.
Chosen helps children heal from trauma by strengthening their families. Through outreach, parent education, and kinship education programs, Chosen provides a holistic approach to family support. Their programs, serving families in Bexar County at no cost and in nearby counties at a sliding scale, understand the challenges parents, kinship caregivers, and children face. Chosen also supports caregivers and other professionals with trauma-informed care support and crisis intervention tools. The Chosen reach extends to over 750 families served with zero failed adoptions and disrupted kinship or foster care placements. Over ten years, Chosen has also seen an 88% decrease in anxiety-related behaviors for the families touched by their services, a 75% decrease in post-traumatic disorder behavior and a 75% decrease in depressed behaviors.
David’s Legacy Foundation is dedicated to eliminating cyber and other bullying of children and teens through education, legislation, and legal action. David’s Legacy focuses on the education of young people, parents and the larger school community, so they can understand and be vigilant with cyberbullying and bullying warning signs. With the help of the Texas Parent Teacher Association, David’s Legacy led successful efforts to pass “David’s Law” in 2017, which requires schools to include cyberbullying in their district anti-bullying policies and notify a child’s parents if they are a victim or alleged aggressor of bullying. David’s Legacy also offers the Don’t Bully Me Project, which is made up of volunteer attorneys who assist in situations when minors are involved in serious incidents of bullying. As of early 2019, David’s Legacy has reached over 1.2 million Texans who have pledged to be good digital citizens.
disABILITYsa connects people with disabilities and their families to information about local resources, programs, and opportunities that promote independence and inclusion. Educating, advancing, and engaging individuals with disabilities is at the heart of what disABILITYsa does. They share information, resources, and ideas between people with disabilities and the organizations that serve them. disABILITYsa also advances public attitudes and awareness of disabilities, while engaging individuals with disabilities to be active participants in their communities. They envision San Antonio as the number one community where people with disabilities want to live, work, and play.
The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas (DSASTX) provides lifelong services and support to children and adults with Down syndrome and their families in order to optimize well-being, develop rewarding relationships, and foster inclusion. DSASTX envisions every child and adult with Down syndrome, along with their family, supported on their journey, and embracing opportunities to help themselves and others, with or without Down syndrome, live better lives. With more than 25 unique programs and events, DSASTX serves over 1,250 families impacted by Down syndrome. In 2018, their work was supported by over 465 volunteers who served over 3,500 hours, all working to make South Texas a more inclusive community.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), guided by science and economics, finds practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. EDF envisions a community that preserves and protects the natural systems on which all life depends. Using a multidisciplinary approach, EDF works with multiple organizations—including businesses, governments and communities—to work most effectively towards environmental sustainability. For example, in collaboration with CPS Energy, EDF is working to reduce natural gas leak volume. This helps prevent waste and keeps energy costs affordable while reducing emissions of climate pollutants.
For thirteen years, Eva’s Heroes has served young people with intellectual special needs and their families. Built on the four tenants of interact, grow, learn, and love, Eva’s Heroes helps young adults, 14 and up, by providing community and family activities, summer enrichment programs, and SA Sibs—a support program for the brothers and sisters of individuals with intellectual special needs. Eva’s Heroes also represents and advocates for laws that directly impact people with intellectual disabilities. Eva’s Heroes reaches over 100 participants in 235 camp experiences and more than 1900 individuals with special needs are enrolled in their programs.
For over one hundred years the House of Neighborly Service’s purpose has never wavered: do good in the community. As a community support center rooted in San Antonio’s Westside, children through seniors are served by several programs: Kid’s Place Child Development and Treatment Center, Family Support, Senior Health, and Food Security. Kid’s Place is an evidence-based, early intervention program for lifelong success that works with children ages eighteen-months to five years. Family Support encourages healthy homes through holistic care such as home- based parenting education, case management, and meeting basic needs through their collaborators: SA Food Bank, Texas Diaper Bank, and Assistance League of SA. Finally, the Senior Health Program provides free lunch, hosts meaningful activities, and creates an intergenerational space, bringing seniors and Kid Place students together for fun, community-building. House of Neighborly Service’s impact includes more than 500 hours of early intervention therapy, 25,000 meals, 300 hours of fitness and socialization, and 15,000 diapers for families in need.
The only education-focused leadership development program in Bexar County, Leadership SAISD inspires civically minded individuals to become leaders within the San Antonio Education community. Leadership SAISD strives to positively disrupt the education system through their Leadership Development Program and EdChats. The Leadership Development Program is a free nine-month program that provides the resources for local community members to become thought leaders around education. There are currently 206 LSAISD Alums, diverse both in demographics and industry. EdChats are community-based events convening all education stakeholders such as caregivers, educators and children to learn about relevant topics, engage in dialogue, and develop awareness of various action steps. Leadership SAISD is guided by placing kids first, learning continuously, pursuing equity, collaborating, and strengthening community.
Established in 1963, Lifetime Recovery provides high-quality counseling, treatment, and recovery services to individuals across Bexar County who struggle with substance misuse and mental health illness. Lifetime Recovery has grown to be one of the largest, most affordable residential treatment centers in South Texas and seeks to help restore families and individuals as positive contributors to the community. Lifetime Recovery serves the community through its co-ed outpatient facility and the Men’s Residential Campus—the only one in South Texas. Families and individuals have access to programs that focus on evidence-based treatment and counseling, peer recovery coaching and support, and family mental health programs. Lifetime Recovery serves over 2,000 individuals each year.
Maestro Entrepreneur Center (MEC) is revolutionizing how to grow the next generation of successful entrepreneurs. In a creative learning environment, MEC’s programs support business growth by incubating, accelerating, and connecting small businesses to opportunities. MEC incubates thirty to fifty small businesses annually by providing necessary resources such as an affordable office, warehouse, commercial kitchen, and shared conference rooms and receptionists. MEC provides support on how to get certified as a small, minority, veteran, and/or woman-owned company, and how to win local, state, and federal contracts. MEC also hosts ongoing training and mentoring provided by Maestros, successful business leaders that volunteer to give back. MEC and community partners have committed $1 million in lines of credit and small business loans for participants at reduced rates. By providing a resource center that helps emerging businesses develop the knowledge and skills needed to continually advance, MEC has created a culture of entrepreneurship across the community.
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas Foundation (NPCTF) works to expand and protect abortion access at the state and local level through education, training, organizing, and public policy. NPCTF provides educational, advocacy, and civic engagement opportunities that help advance abortion access. Their Next Generation fellowship is a leadership development program dedicated to building up and providing opportunities to the next generation of leaders in the abortion rights movement. Their Let’s Talk About Abortion (LTAA) trainings provide people with the tools to have conversations about abortion in their own community and to navigate the harder questions and conversations without causing additional stigma. NPCTF’s research and exposure of crisis pregnancy centers or fake clinics is instrumental to ensuring that Texans have access to medically accurate, stigma free information about abortion care. NPCTF also provides legislative and local policy advocacy opportunities in order to protect and expand access to abortion care for Texans.
Founded in 2015, RISE Rehab exists to Reach Inside Souls using Equines by providing the best therapy possible for those who need it the most. With an outpatient equestrian center and an outpatient therapy facility, RISE Rehab offers therapeutic riding and equine assisted physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language therapy. RISE Rehab envisions an inclusive and healthy community where individuals with cognitive, physical, or emotional challenges can reach their personal goals. RISE Rehab helps redefine “healthy” as experiencing joy and laughter, while improving overall health.
San Antonio Threads provides a safe and nurturing shopping experience for teens who are homeless, in the foster care system, in emergency situations, or otherwise referred to the nonprofit. With increased social skills, confidence, and the right attire, teens served by San Antonio Threads are supported in reaching their education and career goals. Each youth is provided a free and individualized shopping experience that includes two outfits, full size toiletries, five pairs of underwear, five pairs of socks, a backpack, a hoodie, and a pair of shoes. In addition to allowing teens to focus on their education and careers, San Antonio Threads alleviates the stress put on families to afford basic necessities. In 2019, San Antonio Threads plans to serve 2,000 young people.
South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) works to make homelessness a rare, brief, and nonrecurring event. Recognizing that no one organization working alone can end homelessness, SARAH distributes $9.7 million of federal funding to multi-sector organizations and hosts collaborative working groups with over 50 partners. Every January, SARAH oversees the Point In Time Count (PIT Count), a national initiative to find out how many people are homeless, who is homeless, and why they are homeless. The 2019 PIT Count, led by over 400 volunteers, revealed a 6% reduction in overall homelessness and a 12% reduction in unsheltered homelessness. In 2016, veteran homelessness ended in San Antonio. Today, every veteran is identified and housed within 90 days.
Spare Parts inspires and supports the growing San Antonio creative community through environmental accountability. Spare Parts has three main programs: Re-Edu, Re-Mix, and Re- Create. Re-Edu focuses on professional development for teachers, Pre-K through 12th grade, in all content areas. Re-Mix is a one-time creative program tailored to events and classrooms. Re-Create, through partnerships, educates the public about reuse through art in community exhibitions. Across all programming, Spare Parts seeks to change the way community members, at all age levels, purchase, use, and dispose of waste. Spare Parts’ innovative expression of art is rooted in their core values: support cultural and environmental sustainability; provide affordability and accessibility to the arts; offer community education; and foster creativity, green-style.
Summer of Service (SOS) fosters informed citizenship and engaged leadership in San Antonio’s youth by providing middle school and high school students with the opportunity to study abroad and use what they have learned to better their own communities. Year-round, students participate in local community service prior to their summer travel experience. These trips allow students to be citizen diplomats, forging new ties with our sister cities or to serve communities abroad. This real-world, experiential learning augments what students learn in the classroom. Through SOS, more than 400 students have traveled to 14 countries and counting. More than 500 students have served over 10,000 hours with 25 organizations. SOS sees a world in which all young people believe in their power to make a positive difference in their communities.
The Center – Pride Center San Antonio, formed as an all-volunteer nonprofit in 2011, is a community resource center serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals and their families and friends. The Center connects individuals to a breadth of resources and organizations related to health, wellness, support, education, activities, and advocacy. Critical social, mental and healthcare services and referrals, cultural programs, support groups, and a hub to connect to other vital resources are all offered at The Center. The Center envisions a community that respects the diversity of community members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.
Since 1933, the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired has been a leader in serving both the blind and vision impaired. The San Antonio Lighthouse was founded on the vision of blind individuals being educated, trained, and employed, while providing education for the greater community as well. The San Antonio Lighthouse offers a Vision Rehabilitation Center, education and training, career support, children’s education and senior programs. Every program is based on the needs and interests of each individual, from basic life skills to advanced technical skills that lead to full independence. In 2018, their rehabilitation programs provided over 12,000 services to San Antonians.
TEAMability, in collaboration with families, healthcare providers, and educators, provides children with complex disabilities the opportunity to achieve their potential. TEAMability’s comprehensive model assesses the abilities of each child served, designs an individualized learning plan, provides education and support for parents and guardians, and delivers Continuing Professional Education to medical professionals and educators. With a team of highly qualified and dedicated special educators, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, TEAMability envisions a community that challenges assumptions and advances service delivery for children with disabilities. All services are delivered to families free of charge.
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County brings together people, resources, and organizations to improve lives and create community-level change. United Way addresses our community’s most complex issues through assuring kids have a safe and healthy start, students are staying in school and graduating, strengthening individuals and families, and providing safety net services such as shelter, clothing and emergency care. Their programs include childcare scholarships, emergency food and shelter, ReadyKidSA, Shoebox project, and more. United Way also offers a confidential, free 24/7 helpline (2-1-1), which has handled over 220,000 calls. United Way’s community reach extends to more than 570,000 individuals and $46,010,000 raised to support programs.
University Health System (UHS) Foundation partners with individuals and organizations to fund innovative medical advancements, visionary programs, and essential services that help bring lifelines of healing. Built by the community for the community, UHS Foundation is a nationally recognized academic health system network across South Texas. They are also the only civilian-military trauma partnership in the country. UHS offers a multitude of programs that are rooted in delivering high-quality, compassionate care to all community members. Their reach extends all across the community from operating University Hospital to thirteen neighborhood clinics to two school-based health centers to the nationally recognized Texas Diabetes Institute. Over the last five years they have invested $3 million to support patients and their families. 100% of every gift directly supports UHS programs and services, benefiting patients and families regionally.