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.
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.
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.
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.
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.