our Programs

After-School Literacy Class

Our after-school literacy program is the result collaboration between members of the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas State University.

The class under the direction of Dr. Maneka Brooks, a professor in reading education, and Ms. Heather Detrick, a certified teacher at De Zavala Elementary School. This high quality program serves fourth grade students at De Zavala Elementary school. Students are greeted with a smile and a nutritional snack.

Back to School Immunizations
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Eligibility

  • For individuals without medical insurance
  • Open to all school aged individuals

Services

  • Bring your children to receive all school immunizations

Sponsor

Basic Adult Computer, ESL and GED
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Eligibility

  • Minimum Age 21 yrs
  • Open to all those who are seeking to learn English
  • Open to all those who are seeking a GED

Services

  • Learn basic computer skills
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Class – Assist students in language acquisition through speaking, listening, reading, and writing the English Language
  • General Equivalency Diploma/Development Class – provides services to adults with limited mastery of basic educational skills; adults who do not have a secondary school diploma

Sponsor

Community Service & Court Ordered Volunteers Accepted!

Are you are a student who needs hours as a school requirement or have been ordered by the court to volunteer rather than pay a fine? Don't put it off to the last minute! Consider calling Centro Esperanza.

Some court-ordered community service volunteers can be accepted by Centro Esperanza. We can accept most traffic and some other charges. We cannot accept anything related to theft or violence.

Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of tasks in its program operations, i.e., food distributions, quilting, etc

To be considered for this program, contact Sulema Arrecis (512) 353-0356 to arrange a phone screening.

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Follow direction and safety guidelines.
  • Arrive on time.
  • Wear casual work shoes and closed-toe shoes.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Minimum age limit 16 years old.
  • Must sign a waiver of liability, if under 18 years old a parent or guardian must co-sign.
  • Able to work outdoors in various weather conditions and along natural terrain.

When you volunteer at Centro Esperanza, you are helping to bring hope to despaired communities!

Daisy Cares Pet Food

Program Guidelines

The primary purpose of this program is to prevent animal surrenders due to a family’s inability to feed their pet(s).

Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies families who fall under the low income guidelines or based on families receiving federal benefits such as TANF, WIC, CHIP, MEDICAID, SNAP (Food Stamps), or individuals who are disabled and low income by utilizing SAFB family intake form and issuing a voucher provided by the SAFB.

Services

  • To apply, stop by the center to pick up an application during our hours of operation
  • Families may come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 pm, to receive free of charge - pet food and supplies as made available through SAFB. If you are in need of additional vital resources, please call for outsource information.
  • Coordinator: Gladys Cornelius

Sponsor

ESPERANZA Baby Pantry
We are here to assist families with limited resources who find themselves in need of help in our community. Our Baby Pantry is stocked with SAFB items and in-kind donations from within the community and its neighboring communities. 

We rely on donations to fund our 501 (c ) (3) organization. Whether it is disposable diapers, baby wipes, formula, or cash to keep the organization in operations, it's these donations that allow us to assist the vast number of families we reach annually. It is heartfelt that with your continued support we will be able to assist many more families in our community. 

Families may come in on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 pm, to receive free of charge - disposable diapers , baby wipes and formula, as made available through SAFB. If you are in need of additional vital resources, please call for outsource information.
Food Fair
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Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies individuals based on their income (verbal declaration) by using a voucher provided by the SAFB and Federal Income Guidelines.
  • Must have application on file.

Services

  • Food Fair is a San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) program that provides large quantities of perishable and non-perishable food items (and more) to qualified individuals and families.
  • Food Fairs also connects individuals to other SAFB programs including Client Services (Federal Benefit Assistance) and Nutrition, Health and Wellness Education.
  • Vouchers available 3 weeks prior to event. During hours of operation: Monday 9am - 1pm, Wednesday 1pm - 5pm, Friday 9am - 1pm

Sponsor

Volunteers must arrive by 8am
Glucose BINGO
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Eligibility

  • Open to all

Services

  • Blood Glucose Screening
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Free Bingo
  • Nutritional Education

Sponsor

  • Quality Providers Home Care
H.O.P.E. Haven Summer Youth Program
Totally Free!

Eligibility

  • The community children are enrolled in SMCISD

Services

  • SHOW N’ TELL, program promotes positive interaction and life- rewarding skills.
  • SYNERGY Snack Pack, a food subsidization program designed to feed children whose only summer food source may be the food they are receiving at the community center. As a partnering agency of the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB), specific foods are attained by the center and placed into shopping mall style bags. The bags are then distributed to the children immediately following the Show N’ Tell presentation

Ten Week Duration, FRIDAY’s Only

  • TBA

Sponsor

  • RCCI
Please help us eliminate child hunger in our community by volunteering your time or by making a donation today.
Influenza/FLU Clinic
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Eligibility

  • No Medical Insurance
  • No Medicaid
  • No Medicare
  • Open to all ages

Services

  • Flu vaccinations

Sponsor

Mobile Food Pantry
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Eligibility

  • Agency staff qualifies individuals based on their income (verbal declaration) by using a voucher provided by the SAFB and Federal Income Guidelines.

Services

  • On the day of the event, the Mobile Pantry comes filled with a variety of produce, frozen and refrigerated product to provide supplemental food assistance to qualified families and individuals. Each Mobile Pantry vehicle can comfortably provide 200 families with up to 50 pounds of food. The Mobile Food Pantry occurs once a month, check out the next calendar date! To apply stop by the center to pick up an application during our hours of operation or bring in your completed application.
  • Vouchers available 3 weeks prior to event. During hours of operation: Monday 9am - 1pm, Wednesday 1pm - 5pm, Friday 9am - 1pm
  • Click here for an application!

Sponsor

Volunteers must arrive by 8am
Senior Farmers' Market
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Eligibility

  • Age Qualification: 60 or older
  • Senior must be a resident of Guadalupe County
  • Participants are eligible if on one or more of the following
  • TANF/AFDC
  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • SSI
  • Visit Farmers Market to view income guidelines and requirements

Services

  • Seasonal Senior Farmers’ Market Program provides fresh produce to qualifying seniors.
  • Vouchers issued day of event.

Sponsor

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Eligibility

  • Aims to improve the health and nutritional well-being of elderly individuals, 60 years and older, who are vulnerable to malnutrition and are income eligible.

Services

  • The USDA provides approved USDA Food for grocery packages that are used for home consumption. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the CSFP through contracts with individual food banks and provides oversight of their operations. Local organizations distribute the food packages and provide nutrition education to more than 34,000 eligible participants through an agreement with their respected food banks.
  • CSFP distribution held at this site on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sponsor

Utility Assistance

Eligibility

Services

  • Utility Assistance
  • By appointment only!

Sponsor