GOOD SAMARITAN COMMUNITY SERVICES
(Address of Organization)
1600 Saltillo St.
San Antonio, TX 78207 210-434-5531
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
(Who We Are)
Good Samaritan Community Services, formerly the Good Samaritan Center, was founded in 1951 on San Antonio’s near west side by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas under the leadership of Bishop Everett Jones, and grew out of a downtown mission of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Today, GSCS is a private, non-profit 501c3 organization, a United Way agency and neighborhood center providing comprehensive services to over 6,000 low-income individuals and 1800 families annually. Since 1951, Good Samaritan Community Services has been the primary social service resource for residents of the near west side of San Antonio, one of our community’s most impoverished areas. Our commitment to improving the quality of life in this high-risk area is embodied in our mission, changing lives through excellent community services.
(What We Do)
WIA Youth Development (Get 2 Work)
A basic skills enrichment and vocational preparation program which provides comprehensive, effective services for over 1,000 at-risk youth, ages 14-18, through Workforce Solutions Alamo. The goal is to support the development of participants’ potential as citizens and leaders, improve their academic achievement, prepare them or employment success and meet their supportive service needs.
Child Development Services offers comprehensive, nationally accredited (NAEYC) daycare for children ages 6-weeks to 6 years and provides children a place to grow into healthy, intelligent contributing members of the community. The curriculum includes the promotion of their physical, social, emotional creative, cognitive and language development. Services include full day, after school and vacation care and special features. Over 200 Children are served annually.
Youth Services provides low income, at-risk youth, ages 6 – 18 years, the opportunity to develop personal and social responsibility and acquire essential life skills. Services include employment training, educational enhancement, literary arts, college preparation, peer mentoring and leadership development and supervised recreation in safe, caring environment. More than 4,000 Youth are served annually in 16 counties throughout Central and South Texas.
Family Development Services serves as a neighborhood resource and offer adults the opportunity to enhance employability, self-sufficiency and strengthen family life. The Senior Center serves as a senior nutrition site, offering hot, nutritious lunches Monday-Friday, and provides senior adults the opportunity for life-long learning and a venue to develop and maintain social support networks, thereby reducing social isolation and improving their quality of life. More than 800 Seniors and Adults are served annually.
Good Samaritan Community Services of the Rio Grande Valley is providing an enriched environment for the at-risk and impoverished youth of the community. All GSCS’ youth programs and activities have been intentionally selected to foster positive growth and development in a highly at-risk target population of 6-12 year olds. To achieve outcomes in Youth Development Services, we offer the following services:
Arts and Crafts
Girl and Boy Scouts
One on One Tutoring
Neighborhood association (district 5)
Child development services
Family services & programs
Pre-school education programs
Day care services available for children
After school enrichment services
Support group for diabetes & adult, & seniors
Senior center services & programs
Nutrition site for senior
Case management services