Like many Texans, staff of the Catholic Charities of San Antonio (CCAOSA) family went without electricity, water and internet access for several days resulting from the region’s unprecedented winter storm. While resources are becoming available again, the city of San Antonio, and likely the whole state, will deal with the storm’s aftermath for weeks.
Despite the extreme weather, bad road conditions, and power and water outages, CCAOSA continues to serve people.
The St. Stephen’s CARE Center food pantry is open, providing food for people experiencing hunger.
President and CEO of CCAOSA, J. Antonio Fernandez, braved the conditions and took to the streets in the agency’s Mobile Relief Unit, also known as Hope, delivering basic needs to the homeless community. Staff handed out clothing, blankets and food from HOPE’s USDA-certified kitchen.
The city and local nonprofits did an amazing job housing as many homeless people as possible, but San Antonio is geographically large, which makes it very challenging to reach everyone who needs help. CCAOSA broadcasted social media alerts about its homeless outreach and asked the audience for assistance in finding people on the streets and any homeless encampments. Fernandez, with the HOPE staff, visited every single location that was mentioned.
If you would like to help CCAOSA, please visit its website. You can also find a list of items to donate here. Catholic Charities USA is also accepting donations to help Catholic Charities agencies affected by the winter storm respond to immediate and long-term needs: Click here to donate.