The SA Hope Center (formerly the Christian Hope Center) began over 30 years ago as a benevolence ministry of Oak Hills Church. By 1999, the organization moved to the Westside to provide services in areas of the city with the most concentrated poverty.Two years later,they became a 501(c)3 non-profitand were operating one of the largest food pantries in the community, which lasted for over 13 years.In 2014, the organizationupdated its programmatic food pantry focus to become a multi-faceted social service agency “focused on addressing the root causes of generational poverty”in order to help clients create more sustainable lives.
Rebranding itselfthis year from the Christian Hope Center to the SA Hope Center, the nonprofit works in partnership with other area nonprofits, school, and church organizations in order to provide “grace-filled mentoring” and programs. Many of the programs are taught by the MSW and BSW clinical interns that work with the center annually. The array of bilingual programs and services available to people of all ages are:
- “Client Choice” food pantry –offering fresh produce, meat, dairy as well as all other essential needs for clients. Around 245,000 pounds of food is distributed from the pantry each year.
- Financial Literacy – offering financial management skills.
- Parent University –a support system resource for parents offering parenting classes.
- Mentoring Program – taught by trained social workers and case managers that aims to“holistically enhance the lives of working poor individuals and families to become food secure and increasingly sustainable on a long-term basis.”
- Onsite Education Partners– that provide GED classes.
- Clothing Assistance– offers a range of clothes for all ages to include interview outfits.
- Onsite Health Partners– UTHSCSA offers year-round health and wellness screenings and health classes.
- Workforce Development– through Onsite Job Readinessprograms that offer resume writing, assistancecompleting employment applications, interview preparation tips, guidance on appropriate interview and work attire and tips on conflict resolution skills in the workplace.
- Enrichment Classes- currently offering Quilting and Crochet classes.
- Spiritual Services – offering biblical classes and pastoral counseling for those in need of spiritual guidance.
- Kid’s Club – free of charge, fun and fellowship where kidsof all ages play games, create cool projects, and make new friends. Every Saturday from 11am to 1pm.
The SA Hope Center no longer operates on a walk-in basis. Please schedule an appointment by calling the main office at 210-640-2878 or email email@example.com. For more information, please visit: https://sahopecenter.org/. Business hours Mon-Fri 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Main Location: 321 N. General McMullen, San Antonio, TX 78237.
Additional sites for services are:
First Presbyterian Church
404 N Alamo St, San Antonio, TX 78205, 210 – 271 – 2704.
Mondays & Thursdays: 1-5PMTuesday’s: 9 am – 5 pm .Wednesdays: 9 am – 3 pm -Fridays: 9 am – 12 pm
1903 San Pedro Ave. San Antonio,TX 78212, (210) 432 – 6123 X 107
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2215 Leal St, San Antonio, TX 78207, (210) 732-3776
Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 3:30 pm Friday 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Good Samaritan Community Services
1600 Saltillo St, San Antonio, TX 78207, (210) 732-3776
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