November 17, 2012
I started as volunteer with HRPCH almost two years after it began. I am a Food Pantry volunteer for El Divino Salvador U.M.C. located on 1701 W. Woodlawn, San Antonio, TX 78201. The Food Pantry was started by three elderly ladies and the customer base was about 10 or 15 clients. We opened one day a week each month. HRPCH partnered with the City and we were guest at the City Health Fairs. We grew from one to one greet and introduce the community to our services and letting them know where we are located. Very soon we were feeding 125 clients each week of the month. Our volunteer pool grew to twelve regular church members volunteering to pickup the food, stock the shelves, interview the cliens and distribute the foods. The friendly caring manner in which the client is welcomed and treated with dignity makes our Food Panty tops. The fact that Hispanic Religious Partership for Community Health Inc. is housed at our church makes it convient for our clients to access other services offered by the staff of HRPCH. The HRPCH staff is friendly and ready to greet and serve the clients that we refer to them. I became a board member about three years ago and we have taken training class to ensure that we are meeting the requirements of a Non-Profit Help Service Agency. Jorge Medina continues to seek ways to help city families with services that can reduce the financial strain in many households with small children and babies. Health maintenace is a high concern for board members. During client interviews by the HRPCH staff and Food Pantry volunteers we can see what help services the clients need. Many choices are made by young families and elderly. Decisions about providing medical care or nourishment for themselves or their families is often last in their budget because of their low income and high cost of living. When they come to HRPCH they are treated with dignity and helped promptly.
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