(GED) test or job-skills certification.
Restore Education and SA Hope
Center together were awarded a
five-year United Way grant to add a
full-time social worker to the facility’s
Monte Vista location and
bring a full-time GED
instructor to the SA
Hope Center’s main
These older adult
students are highly
motivated to complete
their program, but they
drop out because of a
family crisis, Megan says.
That’s where SA Hope
Center will act. The case
manager will wrap
services around the
students to make sure
they are stable and
Client Ida and her
grandson, Jude, stand
together; they received
assistance from the SA
enable them to continue.
“If we can come in, offer support
and deal with the crisis, we can get
them to a level stability conclusive to
finishing a GED program,” Megan says.
Removing roadblocks to allow
people access to the resources they
need is a hallmark of SA Hope Center.
Megan recalls an instance where a
local college contacted her because a
bright, promising student on full scholarship
had withdrawn from school. He
lived with his disabled mother, who
was confined to a wheelchair. It was
freezing cold that day just prior to
Christmas, she remembers, and the
family’s trailer had no electricity or
running water. SA Hope Center
stepped in. They got the utilities
turned back on, provided emergency
food and helped the mother with her
disability application. Not only was her
once-denied claim accepted, she was
able to brush up her skills and land a
part-time job. The support changed
the trajectory of the family’s life. The
son was able to stay in school to
improve his prospects for a better
career. The mother could provide for
their physical needs and was no longer
socially isolated at home.
Another SA Hope Center venture
connects Restore Education, the SA
Hope Center and the Good Samaritan
Community Services with resources at
Gina Collins, SA Hope Center client, receives fresh produce at the Client Choice Food Pantry.
the Good Samaritan center through a
grant from the local Genevieve and
Ward Orsinger Foundation. This
program also removes obstacles for
adults working to advance their education.
The collaboration includes free,
high quality, on-site childcare and
parenting classes for low income
families along with financial literacy,
GED classes and job training.
“The trend is to capitalize on
collaborative programs that holistically
care for families,” Megan says. “We
can’t just provide youth services when
parents aren’t doing well, and we can’t
help parents and not their kids.”
SA Hope Center is the light at the
end of the tunnel for families who feel
invisible and don’t know where to turn.
There are many reasons families may
present in crisis.
Like most nonprofits, SA Hope is
funded by generous donors. On
October 25, the ministry will host a
“Better Together” fundraising luncheon
at the Vista at Valero to officially
announce their name change and
showcase God’s blessings — the new
locations and greater momentum. You
can make a difference as you join SA
Hope Center in their mission to: “Love
people well by empowering them to
meet their own needs.”
SA Hope Center
321 N General McMullen Drive
San Antonio, TX 78237
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S TOR Y MADE POS S I B L E B Y:
Thank you Lord, for this anonymous donor
who generously gave so SA Hope Center
could be featured in this issue of The Beacon.
With this generous gift, we are able to raise
awareness of this ministry and the
difference they are making in our community.
SA Hope Center client learns financial management
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