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Emergency Assistance

Catholic Charities of San Antonio can help. In your most desperate moment, we will welcome and embrace you with love. Guadalupe Community Center and St. Stephen’s CARE Center provide emergency assistance to address food insecurity, reduce poverty, and prevent homelessness.

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Food Pantry – Clients are able to choose and receive immediate free food assistance and groceries including canned goods, dry goods, dairy products, meat, bread and pastries, and even fresh produce from our own St. Phocas Garden. 

Mobile Food Pantry – Hope, our Mobile Relief Unit, travels around the 19 counties of the Archdiocese of San Antonio ministering hope, feeding the hungry, and comforting the homeless at parishes in and around our community.

SNAP Assistance – Guadalupe Community Center is now assisting with SNAP benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people buy food for good health. SNAP food benefits are put on a spending card and can be used like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP. Our case managers are available by appointment to provide assistance in accessing the resources if you qualify. Call the Guadalupe Community Center at (210) 226-6178 for more information.

St. Phocas Garden – Guadalupe Community Center maintains an organic garden on San Antonio’s west side. Staff and volunteers grow organic lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, and other vegetables to supplement the food pantry with fresh produce by adding nutritional value addressing food insecurity among the poor in the community.

40 Cans for Lent – During Lent, Catholic Charities collects canned food to feed the hungry in San Antonio. Get involved and gather your community for a food drive! To request a food collection bin, contact Guadalupe Community Center at (210) 226-6178.

Clothes Closet – Free clothing, shoes, small household items, and hygiene products are accepted and provided to those in need.

Emergency Financial Assistance – One-time emergency financial assistance is available to prevent homelessness and utility disconnection as well as provide financial coaching and budgeting assessment for income-eligible individuals and families. The program offers financial help to those about to be evicted or have utilities shut off. *Eviction notice and/or utility disconnection notice required.*

Parish Hotline – Priests are encouraged to call the Parish Support Line 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for emergency financial assistance, material assistance, and access to resources for their parishioners.

Project Cool  Bexar County seniors, age 60 and above, and disabled individuals are eligible to receive FREE fans during the hot summer months to reduce heat-related illness and death. Free fans are provided between June and September. Donations are accepted at Guadalupe Community Center and monetary donations can be made online

Box Fan Distribution Sites:

1. Catholic Charities – 202 W. French Place

2. Guadalupe Community Center – 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd

3. St. Stephen’s Care Center – 2127 S. Zarzamora

Box fan donations are accepted at the above locations M-F 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM.

For more information regarding free services and donations, call the Guadalupe Community Center and St. Stephen’s CARE Center at (210) 226-6178.