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Hispanic Religious Partnership for Community Health Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: TO MAKE DIFFERENCE BY ENGAGING THE LIVES OF THE DISADVANTAGED UNDER SERVED OR THOSE REQUESTING ASSISTANCE TO MEET THEIR BASIC NEEDS BY PROVIDING THEM WITH RESOURCES TO HELP THEM REACH SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

Programs: The corporation's mission is to provide programs that address the basic needs of underserved populations in san antonio and bexar county, texas. In 2014, the corporation operated three programs that included: healthy babies, incontinence gap and hunger relief. The corporation is able to accomplish much of this through its approach of partnerships with other nonprofit agencies and health services providers to provide such programs. The corporations staff expertise is enrollment and procurement of services for their client population. Through this one-stop shop approach to services the corporation helps break down language, transportation and other barriers that may stop someone from seeking services. The corporation also develops and coordinates sites from which the services are to be delivered. The sites have included partner churches, non-partner churches and other entities located in the poorest sections of the city. A brief description of those three programs are as follows:healthy babies programpromotes the well-being, healthy growth, and development of babies through the provision of diapers, nutritional items, other baby items and child wellness education. Incontinence gap programpromotes the well-being and healthy living of children with disabilities ages 5 and older and senior adults through the provision of incontinence items such as diapers, wipes and bed liners. Hunger relief programthe hunger relief program assures that families are able to meet their nutritional needs through emergency food assistance.

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

This staff members of this organization treats those who are served with dignity and respect. The staff is very committed to assisting individuals and families, and expanding awareness of the organization within the San Antonio community. Providing a Diaper Bank allows our organization to address a great need in our community, as there is no government assistance for diapers. We are very pleased to partner Methodist Healthcare Ministries' Wesley Nurse Health Ministries in offer parenting education classes. We feel strongly that this non-profit organization is helping families and individuals with babies the essential item of diapers to raise healthy children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The first time I heard about HRPCH I was so moved by the work they were doing through their parenting classes, I seized a corporate opportunity to partner with them. We met with the director to see if our company Nationwide Insurance, could plan a "baby shower" in order to help with baby item donations. Since then, we have had 2 events and HRPCH's story was selected for Nationwide's United Way campaign in 2012. Teaching parenting skills is so needed in our Community but often not an option for those who are already struggling to make ends meet. HRPCH gives individuals a chance to succeed by teaching them life skills they will use for a lifetime. At the same time, they use resources to help individuals with other needs. They treat everyone with dignity and respect. The Community feels blessed when they leave that place! I have also had the privilege of serving on the board this year and I have seen firsthand how this organization is truly lead by passionate individuals with a heart to serve our Community and show Christ's compassion through example.

Board Member

Rating: 5

An unmet need of economically struggling families with very young children is having sufficient diapers to maintain proper sanitation and health. In addition to meeting emergency food needs of San Antonio’s households, the Hispanic Religious Partnership for Community Health has identified this unmet need and addresses it by not only supplying diapers but also, and perhaps more importantly, providing parenting classes to those parents receiving the diapers. Classes address the very important subjects of health, stimulation, guidance, discipline, and nutrition. As a ministry of the United Methodist Churches in the area, clients receive treatment with care and compassion as the mission and core value of the board and staff are undergirded with the teachings of and belief in Jesus Christ. Early childhood care is recognized as a key factor, perhaps THE key factor, in future growth and development. The Hispanic religious Partnership for Community Health is recognized as a prime and effective force in this area.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed by being serving as a board member of this organization for the last ten years. When I began serving, Jorge Medina had just started working as the director. He has helped guide this organization to reach out to various parts of San Antonio providing first class service to the clients. While the staff has changed through the years, Jorge has been the consistent person helping the board seek to provide vision, planning, guidance, monitoring, and hope for the future as the program and outreach has expanded. As board we have been pleased that with limited resources but a dedicated, caring staff we have been able to provide a holistic service to our clients and are continuing to seek new partnership to better serve people. We are proud to know that our organization is finally beginning to be recognized as it stives for excellence in all its programs through its staff and volunteers. As a board we know there is still much that needs to be done and improved, but pray that God will help us fulfill our responsibility to better serve people.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My church is located in an area of San Antonio, TX, that is underserved by social service agencies and non-profit ministries. We have a high level of unemployment and underemployment among residents near our building. We were overwhelmed by requests for help, especially for groceries. We could only afford to have the Mobile Food Pantry come to our site 4 times a year. Thanks to the HRPCH, we will be able to host them every month for the next year. What a great ministry! Besides food, HRPCH makes parenting classes and a diaper pantry available to needy families. They sponsor Baby Boutiques for parents to be able to earn new baby clothing and equipment by attending classes. They have helped many of our folks with utility bills and eye care. We thank God for their ministry!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My church operated a small Food Pantry out of the church building consisting of mostly canned food donated by the congregation. Our targeted recipients were those who came to the church seeking immediate and temporary assistance with food. However, as we began to serve more people, we realized we needed to expand our food ministry to keep up with the demand. When we approached the Hispanic Religious Partnership for Community Health, we learned they just happened to be looking for a new distribution site in our Zip Code. With minimal advertisement, we had our first Mobil Food Truck from the Food Bank, sponsored by the HRP, come to our church parking lot. We understand the usual turnout for a first such event is around 70 people. We had 125 come for food! HRP's sponsoring the Mobil Food Truck in our neighborhood has been an immediate success and blessing. We look forward to a long relationship.

Miguel P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a member of a church that parner with HRPCH about 7 months ago. we are so happy to been able to serve the comunity through the mobil food pantry and the diaper bank. we help about 200 families each month with food and about 110 famies with diapers each month. all this we can not be done without the support of ameilio and this ministry. thabks for all the support and help you give us

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Kellie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking to help families who struggled to keep up with the diaper demands when I came across the HRPCH's website. I called and spoke with a person not a machine! The gentleman exuded enthusiasm and a real commitment to the cause he worked for. And, he was SO welcoming when he found out that I wanted to help by having a diaper drive in my neighborhood. This was my first real Drive and I needed guidance. He went out of his way to support me through the whole thing. Afterwards, he was so grateful (along with the rest of the staff)! This is a wonderful group who truly want to serve the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned for HRPCH and loved every second of it! The staff really cares about the clients they serve and is always willing to go the extra mile for them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to Hispanic Religious Partnership by Daughters of Charity. I was very satisfied with the professionalism of the staff. I was amazed with the quantity of food I received. I am very happy I came here. My God Bless them

Donor

Rating: 5

HRPCH does such wonderful things! HRPCH's Diaper Bank helps families keep their babies healthy!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful for the services offered here and will always come back. The staff and organization is terrific and you don't have to wait all day! Have also received other referrals and benefits other places didn't offer

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful and useful resources. Mayra was very helpful and sweet. Answered all my questions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The ladies were helpful and treated me with great respect. I went in for food and left with much more then expected. I received diapers, wipes, baby food, bed pads and a vision appointment to help me get an eye exam and glasses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was referred to this agency by United Way. I needed help with food, but they offered me other services too. They helped me with diapers, baby food, formula, wipes, and I am coming back so they can help me get some glasses. I have not been able to get my eyes check in two years, since i was laid off. These people care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The environment is unlike any other nonprofit in the area. Very friendly staff and fast service. All questions are answered and other resources are provided.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The ladies there were really nice. They were able to provide me with great support and help me catch up when I was going through a hard time. I will recommend them to family or friends, if they ever need any help. I was helped with diapers, wipes, and food for my children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization continues to raise the bar for other non-profits. Professional staff and wonderful services!