BCFS Hill Country Resource Center: Where Collaboration Meets Compassion

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For someone who needs help in the Texas Hill Country – whether it’s counseling, crisis intervention, or education and employment assistance – traveling to multiple nonprofit offices around town to meet basic needs can be difficult, especially without transportation or the flexibility to miss work.

That’s why BCFS gathered local nonprofits under one roof at the BCFS Hill Country Resource Center Model is an innovative way to connect several nonprofit organizations and maximize their combined talents and resources. For the community, this means that those who are struggling have easy convenient access to a wide array of programs, services, and resources in one central location.

Services Available:

  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Emergency shelter placement
  • Literacy programs and educational support
  • Job training and job placement
  • Parenting support groups
  • Help for military veterans
  • Creative art therapy
  • Computer lab access
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Prepared For Emergency Management

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With more than a decade of experience responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, BCFS Health and Human Services’ Emergency Management Division (EMD) is a recognized nonprofit leader in emergency management, incident management, disaster response, public health and medical emergency response, mass care, medical sheltering and planning for vulnerable populations.

In addition to our top-tier incident management expertise, EMD has built an extensive inventory of resources that allows us to provide customized logistical, communications, and mobility support that meets the unique needs of our partners in federal, state and local government and private industry. We maintain a fleet of more than 90 support vehicles and trailers including:

  • Tractor Trailers
  • Commercial Buses
  • Mobile Command Platforms
  • Ambulances
  • Fire Engine
  • Mobile Medical Unit
  • Box Trucks
  • 1-Ton and 1-1/2-Ton Trucks
  • Generators
  • Light Towers
  • Laundry Trailers
  • Shower Trailers
  • Toilet Trailers
  • Forklifts
  • Polaris ATVs
  • Mast Trailers

EMD also provides state-of-the-art communications support for responses of any size. Our communications resources include VHF, UHF, and 700/800 MHz radio equipment, satellite voice and data devices, and cellular voice and data devices.

EMD’s stock of life-saving emergency supplies and warehouse resources are always at-the-ready to be deployed to:

• Erect a self-contained compound the size of a small city with the capability to shelter thousands of disaster survivors simultaneously, complete with sleeping cots, medical triage equipment, hygiene kits, and shower, toilet and laundry facilities

• Care for disaster survivors who need medical care and those that have access and functional needs

• Supplement local first-responder’s capabilities, including fire departments, police departments and search and rescue teams

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL THE MISSION TASKING, OUR GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY PARTNERS REST ASSURED THAT BCFS EMD HAS THE RIGHT TOOLS IN THE TOOLBOX TO RESPOND.

BCFS Kicks Off Holiday Season With Thanksgiving Events

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BCFS Health and Human Services celebrated Thanksgiving the best way we know how: by helping children and families enjoy good food and fellowship — giving them experiences that would otherwise be out of reach. Our initiatives were a precursor to the holiday season, and as December progresses we plan to deliver even more joy to children and their families this Christmas.

Family events

Prior to Thanksgiving Day, BCFS Education Services Head Start invited children and families in Beeville, Fredericksburg and Johnson City to free family events on November 21st and 22nd.

More than 530 turkeys were given away to local families. About 2,000 free meals were served from gourmet food trucks. Plus, 400 backpacks were given out to children.

Kids enjoyed face painting and balloon artists, met superheroes and princesses, and got to check out a real fire truck, courtesy of local fire and police departments partnering with BCFS for the event.

The purpose of the event was to raise awareness about BCFS Education Services’ Head Start program, which provides free Pre-K and early education services to 3 and 4 year olds. BCFS Education Services is enrolling students now for their Head Start classrooms in Harper, Johnson City, Beeville, Skidmore, Refugio and George West.

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children by providing educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Turkey & trimmings for Del Rio families

In Del Rio, more than 100 families received turkey and all the trimmings on the week of Thanksgiving. The meals were given to congratulate the families for completing the STAR program operated by BCFS Health and Human Services, which provides counseling, trainings and other services to unify and strengthen families.

Services To At Risk Youth (STAR) helps Del Rio families create stable, loving home environments by providing free counseling, training for youth and parents, and help reducing family conflict and delinquent behaviors in youth, like truancy and running away from home. The STAR program serves families with youth 17 years old and younger. This November, BCFS helped 160 children and youth and gave out 133 Thanksgiving meals.

“Many of the families we serve live paycheck to paycheck, or are struggling with unemployment, so putting a full Thanksgiving spread on the table is a burden, or completely out of reach,” says Interim Director, Delia Ramos. “We wanted to help families enjoy a holiday meal with loved ones, but also leave a more lasting mark on their lives through the STAR program.”

Thanksgiving luncheon for San Antonio youth

On November 24th, BCFS hosted a Thanksgiving luncheon in San Antonio for youth from foster care and their foster families. The luncheon brought together approximately 200 youth from foster care, foster families, and BCFS’ community partners including the Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS).

The event was complete with long, family-style banquet tables, games like giant outdoor Jenga, and a football game on projector screens. Youth played with BCFS staff members and mentors, and expressed their thanks for BCFS Health and Human Services’ PAL program, among other blessings.

The PAL program, or Preparation for Adult Living, helps youth from foster care prepare for life on their own by teaching life skills like budgeting, healthy relationships, and how to access critical resources.

What’s next?

December has begun in the same spirit as November with #givingtuesday, an international day of philanthropy, which fell on the first of the month. BCFS Health and Human Services encouraged supporters to sponsor a child through CERI (Children’s Emergency Relief International), and welcomed donations to our many community programs.

As the holiday season continues, stay tuned for more information on the annual BCFS program Christmas Dreams, which will give youth in the BCFS Lubbock Transition Center holiday meals, visits with Santa, and donated gifts. This year we will give gifts to 55 young adults and their 23 children.
BCFS’ Lubbock Transition Center is a one-stop-shop for youth in or aging out of foster care, those in the juvenile justice system, and others in need of a helping hand to make the transition into adulthood. The center provides case management, counseling, life skills training, and education and employment assistance.