San Antonio Community Resource Directory
St Peter-St Joseph Children's Home (St PJ's) (Nonprofit / Christian )

St Peter-St Joseph Children's Home-affectionately referred to as St PJ's Children's Home-is a short-term emergency shelter for children in crisis.

With over 125 years of caring for children, St PJ's Children's Home has a unique understanding of and commitment to providing a safe, nurturing environment for children facing challenges as a result of abuse and neglect.

In partnership with Catholic Charities, and under the umbrella of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc., St PJ's Children's Home serves as a temporary home to children who suffer abuse and neglect. Today, our home includes domestic and international shelters, counseling services and a mental health task force that extends to community-based counseling.

At St PJ's Children's Home, children are welcomed by a team of professionals to guide them from crisis to thriving. A case manager assesses their needs and refers them to services to address various challenges. In the meantime, they receive immediate care from health assessments and counseling to education while stabilizing the child with safety and security.

Rey Acosta - Vice President of Programs Send email
(210) 531-8564
Gladys Gonzalez - Executive Director Send email

Mental health assessment and counseling for children and adults with a specialty in healing psychological and emotional trauma. Also provides in-home counseling for children and families.

Services provided for:

  • Former residents of St. PJ’s
  • Victims of crime including sexual, physical, and verbal abuse
  • Mental health patients with anxiety, depression, grief, transitional issues, children, and families
  • Community children and families beyond our 17-acre home

To get started or for more information, please email [email protected].

Karen Diliberti
Updated within the last 4 months.

St. Peter-St. Joseph Children's Home, affectionately referred to as St. PJ's Children's Home, is a short-term emergency shelter for children in crisis. We strive to provide a safe and loving home to children facing challenges as a result of abuse and neglect.

Short-term emergency shelter for children from birth to 17 years of age who are victims of abuse or neglect and are under the protection of Child Protective Services.

Gladys Gonzalez
(210) 533-1203
Updated within the last year

The Family First Parenting Program provides material assistance, counseling, referrals, parenting education, and other resources to strengthen families.

Services provided include:

  • Material Assistance: Baby clothing, diapers, wipes, toiletries, and formula
  • Counseling: Therapeutic services for processing issues, concerns, and emotional difficulties related to the stress of pregnancy and parenting
  • Referrals: Assistance in connecting with various parenting, healthcare, insurance, housing, financial assistance, employment, and education resources
  • Parenting Education: Guidance on various parenting support topics
  • Case Management, CPR/first aid certification available

Eligibility is for men and women who:

  • are expecting a child;
  • parent a child 36 months old or younger;
  • are adopting parents within 24 months of placement of the child;
  • are a U.S. Citizen

Eligible parents do not need a connection or prior engagement with St. PJ’s Children’s Home to take part in the program. Community members are welcome.

Free.

Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Gladys Gonzalez Send email
(210) 708-4588
Rey Acosta Send email
Updated within the last 4 months.

Volunteers can make an impact on the life of a child, too. St. PJ's encourages individuals and groups to get involved on our campus.

Donate: Every year, St. PJ's cares for over 1,500 children. Your support helps provide food, clothing, and safe shelter to begin healing for children in crisis.

Click here to donate.

Wish List: Your generosity makes a difference in our children's lives as they experience love and hope. You can get involved in several ways!

Click here to learn more.

Events: Join us for a good cause and purpose

Click here for current events.

Volunteers working directly with the children must pass a criminal background check and a TB test.

f you want to get involved in a special way with a special activity, contact our Volunteer Department at (210) 533-1203 or at [email protected].

Volunteer Department Send email
(210) 533-1203
Updated within the last year

Thousands of unaccompanied children cross the border to the United States from Central America each year and are transferred to the custody of ORR. ORR promptly places these children in the least restrictive setting in the best interest of the child. St. PJ's is an approved ORR shelter.

Licensed short-term emergency shelter providing services for up to 82 international children and youth ages 5 to 17. International children who reside at St. PJ's are provided care in compliance with all regulatory agencies.

St. PJ's also provides temporary foster care homes for international children ages 0 to 12.

Gladys Gonzalez Send email
(210) 533-1203
Updated within the last year

Education for mental health professionals on mental diagnoses and treatment to help our community understand the impact of trauma on children.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Former residents of St. PJ’s
  • Victims of crime including sexual, physical, and verbal abuse
  • Mental health patients with anxiety, depression, grief, transitional issues, children, and families
  • Community children and families beyond our 17-acre home

Payment options:

  • private pay
  • sliding scale

Some insurance options include:

  • Medicaid
  • CHIP
  • BCBS
  • Aetna
Karen Diliberti
Updated within the last 4 months.