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Family Service Association of San Antonio, Inc.
Last updated on September 25, 2013


Helping individuals and families improve their lives and strengthen their communities. We're the family you can always count on. Family Service Association of San Antonio celebrated 100 years of community service in 2003. As the oldest human services agency in San Antonio dedicated to helping families in need, Family Service Association provides an expansive breadth of social services to men, women and children of diverse ethnic, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.

Family Service Association of San Antonio has been building strong families since 1903. From six neighborhood locations and from 32 school campuses, Family Service provides high quality service in English and Spanish to the residents of 11 counties of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and all socio-economic levels. Family Service is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian agency funded by the United Way, fee-for-service contracts with both public and private organizations, foundation and corporate grants, private contributions, client fees, and outpatient mental health insurance. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, and no one is denied help because they cannot pay the full cost of service. Family Service is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children.

Our services include:
Counseling, Parent Education Classes, SMART START Connections, Families and Schools Together (FAST), Youth Against Gang Activity (YAGA)
In-home Personal Care Services, Guardianship Services, Employee Assistance Program, Child Care Resource & Referral, KidShare, Helping Children Cope with Divorce, Adopt-A-Family, and Uniform Collection and Distribution.

Family Service Association has grown and changed with the twentieth century itself. During the 1930's when the government took responsibility for providing direct financial assistance, private charities began meeting other challenges. For Family Service this was the development of social casework. By the 1950's, Family Service was providing high-quality, professional counseling services to the community. By the mid 1970's, Family Service had identified another need in the community. Accordingly, home based services and group education for families were established. In the early 1990's, the agency began providing some needed services through the creative use of volunteers, created the first teen-led gang alternative and implemented the largest Families and Schools Together program in the United States.

During its one hundred years in San Antonio, Family Service Association has also provided leadership in developing other needed services. In collaboration with other community leaders, Family Service helped to found the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The agency also initiated the City Homemaker Department. In 1940, Family Service was a founder of a new federated fund raising group for private charities, the United Fund, today the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Family Service Association began its life with conservative fiscal management, and balanced budgets have always been a hallmark. Family Service routinely receives "clean" independent financial audits, and regular recognition by the United Way for outstanding management. In 1903 the agency's annual operating budget was $5,000. The 2004 budget of over $5,500,000 will provide social services for more than 50,000 individuals & families.

Contact people:

 Meghan O'Farrell, Volunteer Coordinator, (210) 299-2400, (email)
Connie Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator, (210) 299-2439, (email)

Office fax number: (210) 299-4498


 702 San Pedro
San Antonio, TX 78212
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 Take the San Pedro exit from IH 35 downtown. Go north on San Pedro to Poplar and turn right. 702 San Pedro, south of San Antonio College.
  Nearest Bus Stop: San Pedro and Poplar, 1 minute walk
Last updated on September 25, 2013

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