The Mobile Relief Unit, Hope, was born after Catholic Charities’ response to Hurricane Harvey. Little did we know then that we would find other uses for Hope.
In 2017, Catholic Charities responded to the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey by organizing a relief effort of volunteers, donations, and other resources to assist our neighbors in crisis. As a result, Catholic Charities of San Antonio pursued a mobile relief unit to serve people in crisis in our community and beyond.
The goal of the Catholic Charities Mobile Relief Unit is to enable Catholic Charities to provide immediate family and support services throughout San Antonio and the surrounding 19 counties of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
The Catholic Charities Mobile Relief Unit will provide immediate response to three major strategic priorities to address humanitarian needs of food insecurity, homelessness, and disaster relief.
Hope enables Catholic Charities to reach those in need who do not have transportation to our sites by traveling around the Archdiocese and the state.
Since the Mobile Relief Unit launch, Hope has traveled around the Archdiocese providing a mobile food pantry and throughout the state providing relief to families separated at the border.
Weekly, community outreach travels around the downtown San Antonio to offer fresh meals and provide basic needs like hygiene kits, food, clothing, and other necessities to the homeless population.
In August 2019, Catholic Charities expanded the Mobile Relief Fleet with a shower trailer that contains two bathrooms with shower units and two laundry units to provide dignity to those in crisis whether homeless or displaced due to a natural disaster.
For more information, call Guadalupe Community Center, 1801 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78212, at (210) 226-6178.