December 2014

Real People. Real Change.

Family Service Association

of San Antonio, Inc.

Since 1903 we're the family

you can always count on!





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Protect A Child
Keep A TEEN In School
GUIDE A Lost Soul
CARE for a Grandparent
STOP A Parent's Violence
RESCUE An Abused Child
Family Service Association
702 San Pedro Ave.
San Antonio, TX 78212
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Our mission: Empowering individuals and families to transform their lives and strengthen their community.

Our core values: Respect, Responsiveness, Excellence, Integrity, and Accountability. 

In this issue:

  • The Neighborhood Place "A Place where neighbors gather"
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Today: Energetic, Diverse,  Abundant Offerings
  • A Collaborative Spirit
  • Our Partners
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • What Can You Do?

The Neighborhood Place:

Neighbors helping Neighbors! 

Photo: The opening of The Neighborhood Place. Click the picture to learn more.
When Family Service Association launched The Neighborhood Place on Rivas Street in 2006, it was a magical day for the west side neighborhood.  Unaccustomed to ambitious projects that bring innovative, comprehensive, inclusive new services to their humble community, the neighbors were thrilled.  At first, they came in slowly, shyly, with a friend, a question, in wonderment.  Then they arrived in groups, whole families, trailed by others who came to see what all the excitement was about.


Today The Neighborhood Place hosts more than 300 events a month, and serves approximately 90,000 annually, from infants to centenarians.

Photo: A mother and son enjoying the day.
Once Upon A Time
Photo: The Neighborhood Place entrance
The Neighborhood Place began its life as H.K. Williams Elementary School, filled with the noisy activity of small children.  But demographic changes, maintenance costs and other facts of life forced the Edgewood ISD to close the school.  And there it sat, a sad reminder of what it used to be and a commentary on a neighborhood's decline.  When Family Service came along and transformed and repurposed the school, it changed the community.  An abandoned school is a blight. A vigorous community center is a dynamic gift.
Photo: 2013 event at The Neighborhood Place

Today: Energetic, Diverse, Abundant Offerings

On a given day or night, you'll find The Neighborhood Place bustling with energy and diverse activities, including these ... which are just a sampling of the abundant offerings:

  • Parents sitting in classrooms with other parents, learning how to build stronger, healthier relationships with their children, schools and neighbors.
  • Child care workers engaged in professional workshops to advance their skills and improve life for our community's children.
  • Teens at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, an amazingly high tech facility with the latest computers, software, a recording studio, filmmaking capabilities and STEM equipment.  It's FREE and it is redirecting kids toward successful careers.
Photo: A teen exploring in the Teen Tech Center.
  • Latinas 18 and older getting free screening and education on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, thanks to a partnership with the University of Texas Health Science Center.
  • Forums for teens to inspire peers and younger students in neighborhood schools with their anti-drug, anti-dropout and pro-positive lifestyle message.
Photo: A group from our Youth Against Gang Activity Program on a field trip.
  • Youth engaged in job readiness training, paid summer internship placements and financial planning.
  • Adults gaining financial empowerment from professionals who provide individual counseling that focuses on banking, saving, credit and debt reduction.
Photo: An adult getting much needed financial advice.
  • Families in crisis "shopping" at Margaret's Place, Too, where donated clothing, toys, diapers, wipes, car safety seats and other essentials are stocked for emergency response.
  • Kids shooting hoops and playing games in the gymnasium, safe, supervised, getting fit, having fun.
  • Teachers enhancing their skills in a model classroom.
  • Children visiting a non-custodial parent or transferring from one parent to another in a safe, neutral environment.
  • Adults, young and old, working in a computer lab, taking classes, learning English, earning a GED.
  • Renters, landlords and homeowners seeking advice on Fair Housing issues.
  • Families bonding through Dance Therapy, which promotes the cultural richness of Latin ballroom dance, education and public speaking.
Photo: In 2012 then Mayor, Julian Castro,  participates in a Dancing with the Children competition
  • Neighbors coming in with bags of paperwork to get free federal income tax filing assistance from VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).
  • Fathers gathering with the American Indians of Texas Fatherhood Campaign for mutual support, recognition, strengthening and skill development to help them become the best dads they can be.

A Collaborative Spirit

Photo: 2013 Coleman Awards with youth across various programs.

Evidence of a collaborative community spirit abounds at The Neighborhood Place.  On-site and off-site partners enhance services with their presence and enrich the diversity of services - attracting people to our doors who want to be healthier, happier, smarter, more successful and connected to their neighborhood.  They are learning how to build and fulfill dreams in a myriad of ways.

Photo: 2014 Argo Insurance delivered holiday meals for families in need to The Neighborhood Place


Our Partners

Thanks to The Najim Family Foundation, H-E-B, The Mays Family Foundation, Rackspace, AT&T and Valero for believing in the transformative powers of The Neighborhood Place. Our partnership with the surrounding residents, local leaders and elected officials, children and protective services, colleges and universities, the City of San Antonio, Edgewood ISD, many neighborhood organizations and agencies has enabled The Neighborhood Place to survive and thrive. Thanks to further collaborations with Precious Minds, New Connections; Catholic Charities; the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; Methodist Healthcare Ministries; VITA; KLRN; and Making Connections.

Photo: To all of our on-site and off-site that help make The Neighborhood Place happen, thank you.
Adopt-A-Family Program
Family Service has been making the holidays a little brighter for so many families in need through our Adopt-A-Family program for over 20 years. If you are looking for an opportunity to give back this season call 210-299-2400 and ask to "adopt a family" in need. 


A special thank you to all who have donated their time, talent and treasures in 2014, we are truly grateful for all you do to help us empower individuals and families to transform their lives and strengthen their community.



What can you do?


 You can help.  Donate now!  Real People.  Real Change.


Your tax-deductible donation on our secure web site will help continue programs and services offered at The Neighborhood Place and make it a national model for communities to reverse poverty, stop child abuse and transform a population.  Or you can mail your gift to Family Service Association, 702 San Pedro, San Antonio, TX 78212.  To schedule a personal tour of The Neighborhood Place, contact Xochitl C. Davis, Vice President, Communication, Marketing & Customer Service at (210) 299-2443.

Look What Your $$ Can Do!
Our services to the community are among many programs Family Service offers to strengthen families, transform lives, and change the community. It is what we've been doing  for 111 years. Your gifts in any amount ensure a brighter tomorrow for families in our community. Please send your contributions to Family Service Association, 702 San Pedro, San Antonio, Texas 78212.

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