It is often the case that someone needs a hand up to escape the cycle of poverty. Matthew 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me,” guides the continuum of services we provide at Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Community Center. The Guadalupe Community Center is dedicated to providing support and advocacy services to individuals and families in need.
One of the oldest community centers in San Antonio, Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Community Center has been providing social services since 1944. Committed to enhancing the culture, health and quality of life for individuals and families, Guadalupe Community Center provides a multitude of social services free of charge. We pride ourselves on providing wrap around services to the community in the hopes that each individual will ultimately work towards self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities’ Guadalupe Community Center is home to the following programs and services:
Individuals and families in need of food are offered bundles of non-perishable food items which can last up to two weeks. Clients are also offered recipes for provisions in order to maximize the use of their food bundle. In the event an individual who is homeless seeks food from the Food Pantry, they are offered foods sensitive to their situation. Please contact Lydia Cardenas at 210-226-6178 x204 for additional information. (Walk-ins welcome Monday-Friday)
Wellness & Community Resource Fairs
Site based outreach events to increase awareness and accessibility of health screenings, wellness and safety information, and social service programs among the community. Please contact Lizzy Nemeth at 210-226-6178 x205 for additional information.
Emergency Financial Assistance
One-time emergency financial assistance to prevent utility disconnection, financial coaching and budget assessment for income-eligible individuals and families. Please contact Lizzy Nemeth at 210-226-6178 x205 for additional information. (By appointment only; First come first serve basis)
Individuals and families in need of clothing may visit our on-site Clothes Closet. The clothes, shoes and accessories are organized by clothing type, color and size. In addition, basic household items such as plates, cups and cook ware are also offered. Please contact Lydia Cardenas at 210-226-6178 for additional information. (Walk-ins welcome Monday-Friday)
William N. Mullin Military Family Relief Program
This program offers financial assistance, food and clothing assistance and counseling services to active duty, reserve, National Guard or veteran service members, as well as their dependents and spouses in need of social services. Helping veterans and their families work towards regaining self-sufficiency through case management and emergency assistance is the primary focus of this program. For additional information contact Lizzy Nemeth at 210-226-6178 x205.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
VITA is a collaborative initiative between Catholic Charities, the City of San Antonio, United Way, local colleges and universities, and a number of financial institutions working together to provide free income tax assistance and support to taxpayers, helping them claim federal earned income tax credit.
With a goal of increasing the financial stability of working individuals and families in poor and aid persecuted Christians, is a community garden used as a resource to not only augment the Food Pantry, but as a teaching tool for students enrolled in the After School and Summer Youth Program. For additional information, please contact Alejandra Sanchez, program director, at 210-222-2975 x202.
Adult Education Program
In partnership with ESC Region-20, this program offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and will soon include free Graduate Equivalency Diplomas (GED) courses. Please contact Lizzy Nemeth at 210-226-6178 x205 for additional information.
Community Voice Mail
Free, personalized, 24 hour voice mail access for individuals in crisis and transition. This service allows them to link directly to employment, housing, social services and personal support via telephone. Please contact Lizzy Nemeth at 210-226-6178 x205 for additional information.
Parish Support Line
Direct line for parishes allowing pastors additional resources to help individuals and families in need within their congregation. Please contact Anastacio Hinojosa at 210-222-1294 x311 for additional information.
After School and Summer Youth Program
Students in grades K-12 are offered a safe location after school and during the summer months. Participants are provided transportation, a hot meal, homework assistance, tutoring, character education, an opportunity to learn about gardening, sustainability and nutrition, as well as outdoor recreation and positive interaction with peers and adults. This program is offered at no cost to families, which allows parents to work and/or continue their education with the peace of mind that their children are safe. Please contact program director, Manny Garcia, at 210-226-6178 x216 for additional information.
Caritas Legal Services
Provides legal aid to low-income and immigrant families as well as those who are victims of crime, domestic violence and human trafficking. Additionally, free site based legal clinics called “Ask-A-Lawyer” are available to anyone seeking information about any legal issue.
Participants are offered legal information, and if necessary, referrals to legal aid or to other attorneys who will work on a sliding scale or a payment plan. Non-immigration consultations are by appointment only. Immigration consultations are available on a walk-in basis Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please contact Evelyn Huron, program director, for additional information at 210-433-3256.
- Ask-A-Lawyer Free Legal Clinics
Free walk-in legal clinics, called Ask-A-Lawyer, are held several times throughout the year. The Ask-A-Lawyer clinics are hosted by Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. and St. Mary’s University School of Law. Law student volunteers interview individuals about various legal issues. Licensed attorneys consult with the students about the legal issues presented. Participants are offered legal information, and if necessary, referrals to legal aid or to other attorneys who may work on a sliding scale or payment plan.
- Immigration Services
Through advocacy, education and direct service, the Immigration Services works toward the just and humane treatment of all immigrants by helping them to achieve the full benefits available to them under immigration law. Providing professional consultation and reduced-fee legal services, the Immigration Services focuses on reuniting families by guiding immigrants through the complex legal process. All individuals and families seeking legal services must first undergo a consultation. Through our consultation process, our staff is able to fully assess the extent of a client’s situation and provide the most appropriate options available.