Project Cool

Free box fans are provided to senior citizens in an effort to provide heat relief and prevent heat-related illness during the hot summer months.

As part of a coalition with the City of San Antonio Department of Human Services, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities is continuing Project Cool, a program that provides free 20-inch box fans to older adults in an effort to provide heat relief and prevent heat-related illness during the hot summer months in San Antonio.

The goal of the program is to provide free fans as a low-cost, low-energy means to keep seniors cool without incurring high utility bills.

How to receive a free fan:
  • 60 years of age or older, must provide driver’s license; or
  • Disabled, must provide disability letter

Where to receive a free fan:

  • Catholic Charities – 202 W. French Pl., San Antonio, TX 78212
  • Guadalupe Community Center – 1801 W César E Chávez Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78207
  • St. Stephen’s CARE Center – 2127 S Zarzamora St., San Antonio, TX 78207

How to donate a free fan:

  1. 1. You can give an online monetary donation by clicking on this donation link to help us purchase box fans; or
  2. 2. Fans may be dropped off at any of the following locations:
Project Cool Informational Flyer



Free Fan Provides Comfort

One elderly couple stopped by St. Stephen’s CARE Center to receive a free fan after hearing about Project Cool on the news. They were immensely grateful because they had been sleeping in their car for a few nights where it was cooler than their house that lacked air conditioning. Project Cool has made it possible for this couple and so many others to find heat relief and sleep peacefully in their homes during the hot summer months.

Spreading the Support for Project Cool

Our friends at KENS 5, as part of KENS Cares, support Project Cool by promoting the program during their evening newscasts. Because of KENS5, H-E-B heard about our low inventory during the newscast and sent 500 fans over to St. Stephen’s CARE Center where seniors immediately began receiving free fans from the truck to their cars. In addition, seniors from our community even came by to donate fans to their peers who need heat relief in their homes. Thank you, KENS Cares, H-E-B, and the community for helping us help others through Project Cool. YOU are making a difference in the life of a senior!

Seniors Helping Seniors

Seniors helping seniors! After hearing about Project Cool on the nighttime broadcast of KENS 5, Juan, a senior himself, decided to donate a fan. He said that he is blessed to have central air-conditioning in his home, so he wanted to do his part to help those who lack cool air during the summer. Thank you, Juan!

For more information, please contact Guadalupe Community Center at (210) 226-6178.