Who We Are
We are a small non-profit corporation which attempts to provide emergency help to those of Bexar County’s chronically mentally ill who are in ‘independent housing’. We are an all-volunteer organization chartered in October of 2002. We work out of our own homes, deliver to their homes, and serve about 270 households a year. Referrals come from the Center for Health Care Services, the V.A., and private providers; most funding comes from individual donors. Grants from St. Luke’s Health Care Ministries help cover the cost of cleaning supplies. Cooperating groups include numerous churches, the Valero Energy Foundation, the Assistance League, NAMI, and South San Community for Mental Health.
Without government funding and disability checks for at least 30 days, and sometimes as long as 2 years, our clients are at risk for stress and anxiety disorders.
What We Provide
1. Our “Welcome Basket” project provides cleaning supplies for one month, as well as small household items such as linens and dishes, to mentally ill people moving into private apartments.
2. Our furniture donation project occasionally distributes beds or other items of furniture, but storage is difficult so check with us first before donating furniture.
3. In rare instances, we provide very small sums of cash for rent, boarding of pets, and other special needs.
What We Don’t Provide
Food, clothes, medicine. If we are given these items, we pass them along to agencies which do handle them. Substance abuse cases. Dual diagnosis cases are accepted, but the client must have an Axis I diagnosis by a qualified mental health professional in order to be eligible.
Thanks for helping us help the mentally ill !