San Antonio Community Resource Directory
THRU Project (Nonprofit / Christian)
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While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

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THRU Project's mission is to help foster youth overcome the challenges of growing up in the foster care system by providing guidance, support and advocacy in order to prepare them for life after foster care.

As youth age out of the foster care system, they are often alone with no adult to guide them through this critical time of transition. Many former foster youth end up pregnant, homeless or incarcerated.

We recruit and train adult volunteers to serve as Advisors and then match adults with youth for one-on-one mentorship. We offer the life skills training that many have never received; we help them get a job, apply for college, set up their first apartment and navigate their finances.

COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

Make a monetary donation OR contact us to give a physical donation for our youth who are getting their first apartment in our housing programs!

THRU Project BRIDGES THE GAP between growing up in Texas Foster Care and transitioning into adulthood.

Click here to make a donation.

COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

Why mentor?

Thousands of young adults age out of foster care without a permanent home or family support. Many of these become homeless, pregnant, or incarcerated. For this often-forgotten group, having a mentor can make the difference between statistic or success.

To Become a Mentor:

  • Attend one of our monthly Mentor Information and Training sessions. Complete a THRU Project Mentor Application prior to attending the session, download the form here.
  • Get a jumpstart to your training by downloading THRU Project's Training Manual here.
COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

If you are a youth in foster care, aging out doesn't necessarily mean you are on your own.

We can:

  • Introduce you to an adult Mentor that can provide a listening ear and a support system for you
  • Provide a bus pass to help with transportation
  • Provide a cell phone and service to connect you to your Mentor and vital resources
  • Connect you to other resources for housing, employment and life skills
  • Provide housing necessities such as kitchen and bath supplies

We are only servicing these areas at this time:

Bulverde, Boerne, New Braunfels, San Antonio, and Converse Texas.

Please note: THRU Project Mentor program requires a one-year commitment to:

  • Meet with your Mentor at least once each month
  • Reply to any Mentor communications

Failure to do so may result in elimination from the program.

Free.

COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

We offer free cell phones and service plans to our foster youth preparing to age out and former foster youth.

Youth in the foster care system often face a frustrating reality of constant upheaval, moving from placement to placement, which can severely affect their ability to create a solid foundation. New caseworkers come and go, and new placements often mean a new school, causing youth to lose touch with friends and family members.

COVID-19 cast a wider spotlight on the digital gap that challenges foster youth. The pandemic forced an online reality on the world. Foster youth preparing to age out and former foster youth often lack access to basic internet. Limited access to technology not only hampers a foster youth’s ability to grow and maintain stable connections, it also affects their desire to stay updated, consume information, find employment, successfully participate in education, and access important resources to plan for their future.

Every youth who enters our program is eligible to receive a free cell phone and service plan. THRU Project created its cell phone program because we believe that in removing this barrier we can dramatically improve not only mental health and wellness but the overall success outcomes of our foster youth. This program really works in tandem with our volunteer mentor program as a phone-in-hand serves as an important lifeline between mentor and mentee.

COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

Foster children are moved around a lot. From placement to placement.

Learning important life skills often gets lost in the shuffle.

Our Life-Skills and Engagement Program came from recognizing that although THRU Project provides basic support such as bus passes, resource referrals, phones and job/education related assistance, our young adults oftentimes lack the life skills and positive networks necessary to break negative cycles.

THRU Project has developed a two-pronged approach that engages both youth and their volunteer mentors. Our goal is to host four workshop/events quarterly that focus on a particular skill. Topics will be chosen by the youth in our program; and may include cooking and nutrition, human trafficking, networking, communication, higher learning, and interview skills. The second part of each session will engage participants and volunteer mentors in team-building activities that are fun and create community.

Our goal for the Life Skills Program is that our youth begin to see themselves as a part of something bigger than themselves and know they are among people who understand their particular needs and situations.

Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

With our Next Step Housing program youth can now live in their own apartment with the security of a support system and a life-skills education, preparing them for successful independence.

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Actively participating in the THRU Project program(s) 3 months (or longer)
  • Employed (working full or part-time)
  • Submission of Housing Application with Resume and Essay
  • Complete full Casey Assessment
  • Agree to a Background Check (background check does not need to be clean)
  • Attend Apartment 101 Workshop
  • Recommendation from your THRU Project Mentor and/or Staff
  • Interview with Program Outreach Coordinators
COVID-19 Notice

While the office is closed due to COVID-19, Case Workers are working remotely and available to help.

For help accessing your benefits, including emergency funds, click here.

THRU Project is partnering with local employers to provide more employment opportunities for former foster youth!

We are looking for partners in the San Antonio area business community who are willing to offer foster-friendly work environments. This means they are able to be understanding and patient with unique situations of current and former foster youth including, but not limited to: transportation obstacles, communication (computer/cell phone) challenges, past trauma, and childcare.

Employers can post job opportunities here.

Foster Youth can view job opportunities here.

Click here for more information on this program.