Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio
San Antonio Community Resource Directory
The mission of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. is to provide for the needs of our community through selfless service under the sign of love.
Services and programs offered in the following area: Family and Children Services Family Self Sufficiency Caritas Legal Services Refugee Services Housing Services
(210) 222-1294 Send email
This is a parenting program for pregnant and/or parenting adolescents 19 years of age or younger. In an effort to provide support and guidance to adolescent parents during a transitional period of their lives, the Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program offers site and home-based parenting sessions. For many teens, high school graduation does not appear to be an option because they become parents earlier than they had anticipated and are overwhelmed with adult responsibilities at a very early age. However, when teen parents receive prenatal and parenting information while still in school, they are empowered and encouraged to complete their education. Through the Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program comprehensive supportive services are provided so that pregnant and/or parenting adolescents: • Become healthy, nurturing parents who know how to provide appropriate brain stimulation for their children • Learn the fundamentals of child development, proper care of infants/young children and healthy parenting techniques • Gain an understanding of healthy brain development and the importance of brain stimulation for young children • Demonstrate an ability to provide appropriate brain stimulation and will integrate the program into their daily lives • Demonstrate a sense of hopefulness for their future. The Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Program offers free group sessions hosted in schools and community centers throughout Bexar County for adolescents 19 years or younger. Home-based parenting visitations are also provided to adolescents who are pregnant or have a child 2 years old or younger. Home visits take place weekly for 12 weeks and then transition to once a month until the client’s child is 3 years of age. For more information call program director, Enid Reyes at (210) 222-1294 x235.
Pregnant or have a child 2 years old or younger.
Call for information
Enid Reyes - Program Director
(210) 222-1294
Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center offers free and low-cost counseling services in San Antonio and surrounding areas, providing the support needed to assist individuals and families with their mental and emotional well being. Working with clients of various backgrounds and experience, our Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center located in San Antonio, provides a safe and warm environment for individuals and families to embrace their lives and develop the necessary problem solving skills to cope with overwhelming situations. To provide for those that may not live within San Antonio, the Brazos Extendidos Counseling Program is a site-based counseling program which extends our counseling services into rural areas throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s 19 counties. We provide affordable counseling services to anyone in need, the Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center, along with the Brazos Extendidos Counseling Program, offer individual and group counseling sessions in a number of areas, to include, but not limited to the following: • Child-Adolescent-Adult & Family Counseling • Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling • Anger Management • Domestic Violence • Grief & Loss Therapy (Bereavement) • Marriage Counseling & Reconciliation • Parenting & Play Therapy for Children • Post-Traumatic Stress Therapy (for PTSD) • Recovery from Sexual Abuse/Sexuality Issues Counseling services are offered to both the insured and uninsured. Most insurance providers are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. If you do not have insurance or counseling is not covered by your insurance provider, Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center can utilize an income-based sliding scale fee system, allowing you to receive affordable counseling services regardless of your income level. Counseling services are provided to children 4 years of age and older, adolescents, adults and families who reside within Bexar County and designated rural areas of the San Antonio Archdiocese. For questions about counseling services or to schedule an appointment please call (210) 377-1133.
Resident of Bexar County Over 4 years old
Some insurance accepted Income-based sliding-scale fee system
Call (210) 377-1133 for information or to make an appointment.
Leslie Ellenbogen Send email
(210) 377-1133
Catholic Charities offers two home-based parenting education programs, Great Start Plus and Building Strong Families, for families that have been or are currently involved with Child Protective Services with a focus on improving parent-child interaction, increasing the families’ protective factors and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect. Both programs provide weekly, home-based parenting education sessions, offering personalized curriculum and training tailored to the family’s needs within the comfort of their own home. Utilizing the Nurturing Parenting curriculum, our programs aim to increase the family’s protective factors, such as: • Family functioning and parental resiliency; • Social connections and support; • Nurturing and attachment; • Knowledge of appropriate child development; and • Concrete support through information and guidance from family educators. All enrolled children under 5 years of age are screened for developmental progress, and potential delays are referred to medical or other intervention services as indicated by screening results. While increasing knowledge of child development, parents gain a better understanding of their children’s readiness to develop appropriate skills which will, in turn, decrease incidences of child abuse and neglect. As an enhancement to the parenting education sessions, both programs also offer monthly group opportunities for family engagement activities where all participating client families are invited. These events involve educational and interactive components to encourage learning and social connections. Case management is also provided to help provide resources for the family’s basic needs. Referrals are provided to other Catholic Charities’ programs including the Food Pantry, Clothes Closet, Emergency Financial Assistance, Catholic Charities’ Counseling Center, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and many more. Referrals are also provided for additional social service agencies as needed.
Great Start Plus provides service to families within Bexar County with open cases through Child Protective Services. This program allows for open enrollment, with no referral from Child Protective Services required. At least one child in the household must be between the ages of 0 and 8 years old. Building Strong Families provides services to families within Bexar County with closed substantiated cases through Child Protective Services. A referral from Child Protective Services is required to qualify. At least one child in the household must be between the ages of 0 and 17 years old. Please contact Natasha Bridges, program director, at 210-222-1294 x258 for additional information.
Natasha Bridges - Program Director Send email
(210) 222-1294
Guadalupe Home is a transitional living program for women who find themselves without shelter and basic needs who are pregnant and/or parenting and are over the age of 18. Guadalupe Home provides safe shelter and support services in a home-like environment for mothers and their children to nurture and support their family unit. Support services are provided to residents in an effort to care for themselves and their children while moving towards self-sufficiency. Additionally, opportunities for personal development are offered to the residents including assistance with goal setting and achievement, establishing priorities and effective decision-making. Guadalupe Home encourages residents to take steps toward becoming independent, while creating a new life for their family. Please contact Mariel Luna, Program Director, at 210476-0707 for more information.
Women, pregnant or parenting, over 18
Call for information.
Mariel Luna - Program Director
(210) 476-0707
HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) is an evidence based, preschool readiness program utilizing developmentally appropriate curriculum and role play as the method of teaching. HIPPY works with parents in the home, supporting and empowering them in their role as their child’s first and most important teacher. The participants receive free curriculum, books and materials required to successfully engage their preschool aged child(ren) in the learning process. The program is staffed by home visitors from the community who provide weekly home visits as the delivery method, and periodic group meetings as a social outlet/networking opportunity for its participants and their children (childcare is provided). Our mission is to partner with parents to prepare their children for success in school; giving parents tools, skills and the confidence they need to work with their child from home.
Parents of pre-school children
Call Gina Acevedo, HIPPY director at 210-267-2567 for more information.
Gina Acevedo - HIPPY Director
(210) 267-2567
Provides rental assistance through the Emergency Solutions grant and case management to help families at risk of homelessness remain housed and transition to self-sufficiency.
Assistance is limited and provided to clients who have a court order eviction notice or eviction notice from their landlord.
Mon,8:00a.m -11:00am by appointment
Lydia Cardenas Send email
(210) 226-6178
The Nurse-Family Partnership is a voluntary, free maternal and childhood health program providing first-time mothers valuable knowledge and support throughout pregnancy and until their babies reach two years of age. Specially trained registered nurses empower mothers to confidently create a better life for their children and themselves, supporting them as they handle the challenges and experience the joys of motherhood.
Please call program director, Audrey Rost at (210) 266-3030 for additional information.
Audrey Rost - Program Director
(210) 266-3030
Parent Talk is a free, group based program for parents to gather and discuss the many different facets of parenting. Utilizing the nurturing curriculum, our educators facilitate weekly group discussions and activities in a judgment free, safe environment, in various sites throughout the Eastside Promise Neighborhood. Parent Talk facilitates Parenting and Life Skills education for individuals and family members acting as caregivers to children 0 to 17 years of age, and is offered in both English and Spanish. Our mission is to increase families’ protective factors through encouraging positive parenting practices: family functioning and parental resiliency; social connections and support; nurturing and attachment; through information, and guidance from parent advocates and their peers. (Meals are offered at each session and childcare is provided at most locations.)
Offered exclusively within the Eastside Promise Neighborhood (78202 and 78208) To speak with program director, Gina Acevedo, please call (210) 267-2567.
For scheduling and locations, please call (210) 787-0723.
Shirley Seaney Send email
(210) 476-0707
Learning to be a parent can be difficult and challenging for parents of any age. Parents as Teachers provides comprehensive support services to parents to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect by encouraging parent-child interaction and family well-being. This home-based program offers personalized curriculum and training tailored to the family’s needs within the comfort of their own home. These visits are centered around the relationship between the parent and child and encourage activities which promote healthy brain development and growth. Parents as Teachers helps each parent discern their own strengths and resources which will allow them to become good observers of their child’s growth and respond appropriately to their child’s needs, which ultimately allows their family to flourish.
For additional information, please contact Shirley Seaney, program director, at 210-568-8958.
Shirley Seaney - Program Director
Pregnancy and New Parent Support Program is for women and men who are expecting a child or who are parenting a child under 24 months. Our compassionate staff is ready to walk beside you and assist you in welcoming your little one and accomplishing your goals. Services include counseling, parenting education, and case management – including resources and referrals assistance. Our services can be delivered through individual, couple or family sessions. All services are free and confidential, and can be offered in our office or in your home.
Call our office at (210) 455-6105 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Karla Quinones Send email
(210) 377-1133
English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to refugee’s age 16 years or older. Classes are provided for refugees to gain the language skills necessary to become self-sufficient, and to find and sustain employment. Monthly bus passes are also provided to eliminate all challenges and obstacles between the student and their opportunity to learn. This program takes place at Lutheran House of Prayer, 10226 Ironside Dr.
The Education Program’s services and all classroom materials are provided to students free of charge, including childcare services, interpreting and translation services.
Wed-Fri, 9:00am–12:00pm
Elizabeth Ortiz Send email
(210) 222-1294
The employment services program provides job readiness skills, lessons on interviewing and assists with employment services and job placements. The employment team works with refugees to provide them skills and knowledge necessary in obtaining, and maintaining, employment, while becoming self-sufficient.
For Information call (210) 222-1294 ext. 2268.
Employment Program; ; (Remove Elizabeth Vidales) Saif Fadhil listed is the point of contact and his title is correct.
Saif Fadhil - Employment Services Assistant DirectorProgram Director
(210) 226-3569
Case managers are provided to empower refugees to better acculturate and integrate into the local community and American Lifestyle. Services provided: assistance with housing, Food Stamp applications, Medicaid renewals, transportation, interpretations services, school registration and instructional orientations to teach self-sufficiency.
Juliana Horn Send email
(210) 222-1294
Catholic Charities’ Interpreter & Translation Services is a social enterprise initiative providing professional, fee-based interpretation and translation services. Catholic Charities’ Interpreter & Translation Services offers face-to-face language interpretation, interpretation services over the phone and document translation services in over 80 languages.
Rates for interpreter and translation services depend on the specific service needed and the amount of time required to complete the request. For more information on fees for interpreter and translation services call 210-222-1294.
Saif Fadhill Send email
(210) 222-1294
Federally funded, cash assistance program which provides services to enable clients to become economically self-sufficient within 120 to 180 days in the United States. Services required under this program include case management, employment services and cash allowance.
At least one member of the household must be employable for the family to qualify for Match Grant Program and must be enrolled within 31 days of their arrival.
Saghar Roshan - Program Director
(210) 222-1294
The initial program for all newly arrived refugees resettling into the United States. Services include: • airport pick up • apartment set up with furnishings • food • clothing • cultural orientation • school registration • English classes • health screenings
Newly arrived refugees
Saghar Roshan - Program Director
(210) 222-1294
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA) is a state funded, employment based cash assistance program.
RCA is for clients who are not eligible for assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Assistance is available for the first eight months after arrival in the United States. For additional information please call 210-242-3137 and speak with program director, Juliana Horn.
Juliana Horn - Non-Projected Arrivals Director
(210) 222-1294
The Refugee School Impact Program (RSIP) offers activities that lead to the effective integration and education of refugee children. The RSIP supports impacted school districts with services for refugee children. Students between 5 and 18 years of age participate in activities including: English as a Second Language instruction, after-school tutoring, activities encouraging high school completion and full participation in school activities, summer programs and club activities, parental involvement activities and interpreting services.
Refugee and immigrant children between the ages of 5 and 18 For additional information please contact program director, Elizabeth Vidales at (210) 226-3569 ext 248.
Elizabeth Ortiz
(210) 222-1294
Founded in 1999 in response to a need for services among pregnant women, especially low-income women and pregnant teenagers, San Antonio Birth Doulas provided new and expecting parents with support in the areas of pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, newborn care and bonding in an effort to prevent infant/child abuse and neglect. The word “doula” is ancient Greek for “woman’s servant.” In the modern context, a doula is a trained non-medical person who attends to the mother’s needs (as well as her extended family) before, during and after childbirth by providing information, physical assistance and emotional support. In a sense, a doula “mothers the mother.”
For more information on doula services, please contact Suzanne de Leon, Executive Director, at 210-222-0988.
Birth and labor doula support in and around the San Antonio area. • • • Childbirth and breastfeeding classes • Postpartum services • Parenting training • Services are customized to fit your needs.
If you are interested in doula support services, please contact our office at (210) 222-0988.
Payment plans available.
Suzanne De Leon Send email
(210) 222-0988
This program provides bill payer and representative payee services to low income individuals age 55 and older who lack the ability to effectively manage their own financial affairs. A sister program to CCAOSA’s Guardianship Program, the Financial Wellness and Care Program is a less restrictive alternative to entering into legal guardianship. The goal of this program is to prevent financial abuse, neglect and exploitation of the aging community.
For more information please call Ruby Rodriguez, Financial Wellness and Care Case Manager at (210) 226-6178.
Ruby Rodriguez - Financial Wellness and Care Case Manager
(210) 226-6178
Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors and friends to children with exceptionalities and special needs. The FGP allows individuals age 55 and older to remain active and productive by serving children in the community. In that way, this program is mutually beneficial to children and seniors and results in a kind, compassionate experience for all involved.
If you are interested in mentoring special needs children you must be 55 or older, income eligible (based on government poverty guidelines) and in good health. Income eligible Foster Grandparents receive a modest stipend to help offset the cost of volunteering and serve between 15-40 hours per week. Call Chris Mallett, program director, for additional information at (210) 222-1294 x2229.
Chris Mallett - Foster Grandparent Program Director
(210) 222-1294
This program offers legal guardianship services, including less restrictive alternatives, for those who lack mental capacity due to illness or disability, and who are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. With the goal of protecting the most vulnerable in our society by ensuring their safety in the community, the Guardianship Services creates 1/3 of all guardianships established in Bexar County.
For additional information call LaSonya Robinson, Guardianship Legal Case Manager at 210-455-6105.
LaSonya Robinson - Guardianship Legal Case Manager
(210) 455-6105
RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people age 55 and over. “One stop shopping” for all volunteers who want to find challenging, rewarding, and significant service opportunities, RSVP helps make volunteering a more meaningful experience by offering information, support and guidance. Offering a full range of volunteer options with thousands of local and national organizations, volunteers are able to choose how and where they want to serve, choose the amount of time they want to give and whether they want to draw on their skills or develop new ones.
Call Enid Reyes, program director, at (210) 222-1294 x2235 for additional information.
Enid Reyes - Program Director
(210) 222-1294
Food Pantry: Individuals and families in need of food are offered bundles of non-perishable food items which can last up to two weeks. Clients are also offered recipes for provisions in order to maximize the use of their food bundle. In the event an individual who is homeless seeks food from the Food Pantry, they are offered foods sensitive to their situation. Clothes closet: Individuals and families in need of clothing may visit our on-site Clothes Closet. The clothes, shoes and accessories are organized by clothing type, color and size. In addition, basic household items such as plates, cups and cookware are also offered. Texas Diaper Bank: St Stephen's Care Center also serves as a Texas Diaper Bank distribution point.
Mon-Fri, 8:00am-5:00pm Walk-ins welcome
Lydia Cardenas Send email
(210) 226-6174