Children & Youth
KERRKIND, the Kerr County Inter-agency Directory, is a listing of important support, emergency, resource, and hand up agencies, non-profits and organizations serving the Kerr County and surrounding areas communities.
Emergency & Crisis
Other Emergency Services
Children & Youth
Christian Missionary Work
Counseling & Guidance
Drug Prevention (Substance Use/Prevention)
Education & Training
Eldercare & Senior Assistance
Food Assistance & Gardening
Health & Medical Assistance
Legal Assistance & Investigation Service
Mental & Behavioral Health
Referral & Coordination of Services & Government Liaison
Utilities & Other Financial Assistance
ANY BABY CAN OF KERRVILLE
To provide services through case management to families with children who have a disability, chronic illness, or developmental disability as well as families who are dealing with the loss of a child.
Ages Served: Birth-17
ADDRESS: 819 Water Street, Ste. 109, Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Lucia Garcia, Outreach Specialist
ARMS OF HOPE—MEDINA CHILDREN’S HOME
To assist and extend a loving hand to some of the most disadvantaged children and single-mother families in our culture by providing shelter, necessities and life skills at their greatest point of need.
Ages Served: Children and their single mothers
ADDRESS: 21300 State Highway 16 North, Medina, TX 78055
CONTACT: Jennifer Jaeger, Director of Social Services
To provide help to young people by using the performing arts as life skills tools to help them make better choices in life.
Ages Served: 6-13
ADDRESS: 228 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Lorraine LeMon
BCFS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, KERRVILLE
To provide youth transitioning out of foster care, and other at-risk youth and young adults (ages 10-25), case management, training, and mentoring. To provide training and assistance with finding and maintaining employment. To provide affordable housing with transitional living support. We also provide a computer lab with internet access. All services are free.
Ages Served: 10-25
ADDRESS: 1127 East Main, Suite 106, Kerrville, TX 78028
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
PHONE: 830-896-0993 ext. 3424; 830-928-1597 (cell)
FAX: 210-208-5259 or 830-428-3508
CONTACT: Kamaria (Kim) Woods, Director of Community Based Services
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS OF THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships is the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.
Ages Served: 5-17 (any gender, family size, income level, etc.)
ADDRESS: 102 Business Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Rianne Sykes-Wenske, Director
COMMUNITY RESOURCE COORDINATION GROUPS
To provide through county-based groups of local partners and community members interagency coordination to parents, caregivers, children, youth, and adults with complex needs to identify and coordinate services and supports. These groups help people whose needs cannot be met by on single agency and would benefit from interagency coordination. These groups strive to meet the person’s and family’s needs with community-based solutions whenever possible. People are referred to CRCGs by a local agency or organization, family or peer representatives, or through their own request. CRCGs partner with people and families to discuss their unique needs, strengths, previous services, and barriers. Ideas are brainstormed for appropriate services and supports, and individualized service plans are created to locate services and supports. Counties served are Bandera, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, and Medina.
ADDRESS: 3499 Legion Drive, Kerrville, Texas 78028
CONTACT: Carla Schuster, Chair
To provide counseling and educational programs through the use of HORSES to both individuals and groups. Our organization specializes in addiction recovery and prevention with an emphasis on the impact of trauma, the neuroscience of human/horse brain development and the role relationship plays in the recovery and healing of individuals. We empower the broken hearted with choices that will put them on the courageous path of rebuilding their lives and living and loving from a place of wholeheartedness. It is our belief that we are all hardwired for connection, and it is only through presenting our authentic, imperfect selves to the world that we are able to come truly alive, genuinely connect and then go on to live from a place of purpose.
Eligibility: High school age and higher; the client(s) will be seen as often as deemed appropriate.
ADDRESS: 673 Town Creek, Kerrville, TX 78028
HOURS: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment; Weekend group educational programs or family counseling
CONTACT: Malinda Simmons
DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES (TEXAS) – REGION 8
To provide low-cost vaccinations for children with Medicaid and to children and adults who do not have health insurance, free STD testing and treatment, and car seat inspections.
Eligibility: Vaccinations are provided to uninsured adults, uninsured children, and children with Medicaid. Health insurance and Medicaid disqualifies adults for vaccinations. STD testing is free to the public—no qualifiers. Car seat inspections are free to the public.
ADDRESS: 819 Water Street, Ste. 290, Kerrville, TX 78028 (In the One Schreiner Building)
HOURS: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CONTACT: Nehilot DiPiazza, BSN, RN
ENHANCED HORIZONS (HILL COUNTRY YOUTH RANCH)
To provide an educational and transitional living program for foster youth, homeless and at-risk young adults, ages 18-24. Our onsite school offers a free, online accredited high school credit recovery and diploma program for residents and community youth. Our transitional living program offers safe, secure and affordable housing in a supportive learning environment. Our program includes a Young Mother’s Home for young mothers (ages 18-24) with up to two children. Through case management, Enhanced Horizons works with residents to develop individualized transitional living plans, a goal-driven plan of support and services. Housing, independent living skills, career-vocational training and apprenticeships, educational support and transportation are included in our program. Our program motto is—Come, grow and Go!
Eligibility: Our educational program is offered to EH residents and community students, ages 18-24. Our transitional living program is offered to former foster, homeless or at-risk youth, ages 18-24. The maximum time in our program is 24 months.
OFFICE HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
SCHOOL HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 8:20 am – 3:20 pm, flexible school schedules offered to accommodate working or parenting students. EH transitional living program is year-round.
ADDRESS: 149 Camp Scenic Loop, Ingram, TX 78025
(Located on a 35-acre campus, approximately 4 miles from the Y in Ingram, off Hwy. 27 towards Mountain Home.)
PHONE: 830-367-4330 Ext. 223 or 830-329-3164
HCM WIC (WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN)
To provide qualifying pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children with food assistance, nutritional education and breastfeeding support.
Eligibility: To qualify for WIC, the application must meet categorical, residential, income and nutrition risk; if an applicant receives Medicaid or SNAP, they automatically qualify for WIC; must be pregnant or postpartum mother, infant or a child up to the age of 5.
ADDRESS: 826 Sidney Baker Street, Suite 838F, Kerrville, TX 78028 (In the Sidney Baker Plaza)
HOURS: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesday of the month 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Every Wednesday 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
CONTACT: Kris Pederson
WEBSITE: www.hillcountrymemorial.org or www.texaswic.org
FACEBOOK: Hill Country WIC
HILL COUNTRY ALLIANCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING (HCAAT)
To provide community awareness of and information on human trafficking. Hill Country Alliance Against Trafficking is a Hill Country community-wide voluntary coalition in which participants represent a variety of community-based organizations & resources that offer services to individuals who are victims of human. HCAAT’s primary interests revolve around community awareness and provision of information relating to prevention, recognition, and intervention to prevent sex trafficking and/or recognize & rescue victims. HCAAT’s aim centers around filling informational needs of Hill Country residents, service providers & identification of gaps in resources in the local area.
LOCATION: HCAAT meetings are open to any individuals with interests and/or expertise in prevention & intervention to promote rescue, healing & recovery of victims of human-sex trafficking.
CONTACT: Pamela J. Haylock, PhD, RN, FAAN
WEBSITE: Under development at this time
HILL COUNTRY CASA
To provide local courts with trained community volunteers (court appointed special advocates) to serve as advocates for children involved in abuse and neglect lawsuits.
Ages served: 0-18
ADDRESS: 305 Earl Garrett, Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Stephanie Cash, Exec. Director
HILL COUNTRY COMMUNITY RESOURCE COORDINATION (CRCG)
To provide referral information to children, youth, families, and adults in need in Kerr, Kendall, Bandera, Medina & Gillespie counties as a resource coordination group. CRCG serves any person needing resource/referral information in the counties listed above. CRCG works with ISD’s, MHMR and other private organizations to serve people who still have unmet needs from service providers or for those that “fall through the cracks” of other agencies.
Eligibility: Any person needing resource/referral information in served counties
BCFS (location for meetings on 2nd Tuesdays of each month at 1:30 pm), Second Floor Conference Room
ADDRESS: 1105 E. Main, Kerrville, TX 78028
HOURS: Monthly meetings as needed
CONTACT: Gayle Long
KERR COUNTY CHILD SERVICES BOARD
To meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children. We work with CPS case workers on a “case-by-case” basis to encourage and support relative and/or kinship placements. We provide assistance with foster care licensing fees, furniture and other items necessary to have a child placed with a relative or kinship placement. We encourage foster children by assisting with extracurricular activities, graduation expenses and summer camps. We help with Christmas gifts for foster children and back-to-school items. We maintain the “Rainbow Room” at CPS where we provide clothes, diapers, formula, etc. for children taken into care. We have a backpack program where CPS case workers can pack a bag for a child when they are taken into care. We also reimburse CPS case workers for items they purchase for a child in care. We provide essential items to the CPS office, such as tissues, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, bottled water and snacks.
Eligibility: The child must currently be in the foster care system
ADDRESS: 717 Sidney Baker Street, Kerrville, TX 78028
HOURS: We are not open to the public—but take referrals from caseworkers at CPS, CASA volunteers, and ad litem attorneys
PHONE: 830-896-4488 (John Carlson, Treasurer); 830-928-2176 (Kellie Early, President)
CONTACT: John Carlson, Treasurer
Kellie Early, President
KERRVILLE CITIZEN POLICE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
To provide Christmas help to children through the Blue Santa Program. To provide family assistance with monetary or product needs through the Blue Santa 360 Program.
Eligibility: Recipients must be low income or down on their luck. An application is required.
HOURS: Available 24/7
CONTACT: Rose Bradshaw, City Liaison
PHONE: 830-377-8948 (Rose’s cell)
FACEBOOK: KCPAAA (Kerrville Citizen Police Alumni Association)
KERRVILLE I.S.D. ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION
The D.A.E.P. is a setting for students who have exhibited either serious or persistent misbehavior on the originating campus. This program’s focus is behavior modification as its primary goal. By providing students with an intense, highly structured environment away from their home campus.
ADDRESS: 1010 Barnett, Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Senior Director Steve Schwarz
Asst. Principal Dustin Cowart
KERRVILLE I.S.D. HEAD START AND EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPUS
To provide comprehensive educational services and social services to qualifying students and their families. Programs include PK3, PK4, ECSE and Head Start. Highly qualified certified teachers & staff work diligently to provide an exemplary educational experience for all of our students at NO COST. Our programs include parent education, socialization opportunities, and field trips. Registration is on-going. For more information about registration or to volunteer call 830-257-1335.
Eligibility: Eligibility is determined by income. Families may request services and discuss needs year-round.
ADDRESS: 1011 Third Street, Kerrville, TX 78028
PHONE: 830-257-1335 ext. 1915
HOURS: Open during school year (Aug. – May following school calendar); Office is open Mon. – Fri. 7:40 am – 4:00 pm
CONTACT: Traci Walker, Family Coordinator
KID’S ADVOCACY PLACE—HILL COUNTRY CRISIS COUNCIL, INC.
To provide a safe place for children of reported abuse by supporting them through the investigative process, partnering with local professional agencies and educating the community on child abuse issues. Services include trauma-focused counseling.
Ages served: Children and teens
ADDRESS: 313 Leslie Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Brent Ives
To provide programs in area school districts and other youth serving programs on prevention measures against bullying, healthy relationships, body safety, and internet safety.
Ages served: Children, youth and parents
ADDRESS: 313 Leslie Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028
PHONE: 1-830-257-2400; Toll Free 1-888-0047
CONTACT: Stephenie Nagy, Coordinator
K’STAR, INC. (FAMILY & YOUTH SERVICES (FAYS) & EMERGENCY SHELTER FOR DISPLACED YOUTH)
K’STAR, Inc. Counseling Services—Contact Gina Castilleja, Program Director
To provide free services to youth & parents who are experiencing difficult living situations or problems with truancy & are a school dropout risk. Through counseling, compassion, & parenting skills training, we enable families t grow closer & learn to effectively resolve conflict. K’STAR focuses on Trauma Informed Care, CBT and evidence-based curriculum. As a nonprofit organization, K’STAR, Inc. receives funding from the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services via the state runaway program & Child Protective Services, private grants, foundations, federal funds, budgets & fundraisers through Kerrville, Texas.
Emergency Shelter—Contact Melody Lowman, Executive Director
K’STAR Emergency Shelter provides nurture & support for displaced children. Through the practice of Trauma-Informed Care, we start the process of healing the abuse, neglect & trauma suffered in the child’s early years. Our home can house up to 20 youngsters ages birth to 17. Children are placed with us through the Texas Department of Protective Services, Family Tapestry, 2Ingage, and Saint Francis Ministries. We have done our job when the children are sad to leave K’STAR.
Eligibility: Counseling: Family must have a youth ages birth to 17 years old with the exception of 18 only if still in high school when 18. Shelter: Children birth to 17 years of age. Children are placed with us through the Texas Department of Protective Services, Family Tapestry, 2Ingage, & Saint Francis Ministries.
ADDRESS: 1016 E. Main Street (Main Office)—Counseling; PO Box 290962, Kerrville, TX 78029; 216 Market Avenue (Bandera office); Satellite offices: Bandera, Burnet, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kimble, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real & Uvalde counties
HOURS: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday - Friday (Administrative office); Hours vary to accommodate client needs
PHONE: 830-896-5437 (Melody Lowman, Executive Director; Shelter Contact);
EMERGENCY YOUTH SHELTER: 830-896-7293
COUNSELING HELPLINE: 855-327-8004 (24/7)
EMAIL: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
PATHWAYS 3H YOUTH RANCH
To build new purpose, strengthen character and personal integrity in young men using the power of nature as a tool. A balance of wilderness living and activities coupled with classroom and vocational education creates a positive environment for boys to grow emotionally, intellectually and physically. The philosophy of the treatment program is based on basic living and socialization skills, building self-esteem and behaviors patterned after aims and ideals of Scouting.
Eligibility: Boys 11-17 in CPS care
ADDRESS: PO Box 230, Mountain Home, TX 78058
HOURS: Open 7 days a week, 24 hrs.; Office hours Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
PHONE: 830-549-2457 (office); 830-370-8716
CONTACT: Mayra Eads, Case Manager
REACHING BEYOND BOUNDARIES
To provide community education on Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors with a vision to provide long-term housing with wrap around services for trafficked children. Reaching Beyond Boundaries is a non-profit agency.
Eligibility: Must be a victim of sex trafficking between the ages of 10-19
Kerrville, TX 78028
HOURS: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday; Other hours upon request
CONTACT: Denise Fritter, Founder
FACEBOOK: Reaching Beyond Boundaries
SAN ANTONIO COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL AND DRUG AWARENESS (SACADA)
To provide education, youth prevention programs, information resources and services to prevent alcohol and drug abuse. SACADA is a nonprofit organization that was awarded a grant from the Health & Human Services Commission of Texas to provide Bandera, Kendall & Kerr Counties with evidence-based substance abuse prevention services. The Youth Prevention classroom curricula we provide includes the following: Elementary School through Middle School--Too Good for Drugs; High School--Project Toward No Drugs.
SCADA training and presentation topics have broadened beyond the area of substance abuse prevention. We offer a variety of informative presentations and fun, creative activities for school districts, civic organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, senior centers, and parent organizations. We can provide training or presentations on stress relief, bullying, communication skills and journaling, for example. All services are provided free of charge and are offered virtually, as well as in-person.
CONTACT: Andrea Salazar, ACPS Director Youth Prevention
CONTACT: Claire O’Brien, Advanced Certified Prevention Specialist
PHONE: 210-225-4741 (Ext. 5010)
THE RETREAT HOME FOR CHILDREN
To provide residential therapeutic care for child victims of trafficking, exploitation, abuse and neglect. The Retreat Home is located in Kendall County.
Eligibility: Females ages 3 – 17 who have a mental health condition (PTSD, anxiety, depression, self-harm, etc.) as a result of trauma are eligible. Income isn’t a factor.
CONTACT: Brittany Thompson, CEO
WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS ALAMO—YOUTH SERVICES
To provide tuition assistance with occupational/vocational training & (approved) post-secondary programs, GED assistance, career exploration, work experience, leadership development, resume building, financial literacy, job readiness skills, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, work/training related materials & follow-up services. Provide support services (gas cards, ART passes, work-related clothing.
Eligibility: Youth ages 16-24: foster (present or past), disability (physical/mental/behavioral/cognitive, etc.), offender, pregnant or parenting, homeless/runaway high school dropout, basic skills deficient or low income
ADDRESS: 1700 Sidney Baker Street #500, Kerrville, Texas 78028
HOURS: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
CONTACT: Monica Lambert, Career Navigator, email@example.com
Roberto Corral, firstname.lastname@example.org
PHONE: 210-323-5735 (cell); 830-257-3171 ext. 2802
YOUTH EDUCATION SUPPORT CENTER (YES) OF KERRVILLE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
To provide after-school tutoring and enrichment program for 6th grade students, but other grades are accepted. Students either walk to the Center or are brought by their parents. The YES Center operates during the school session four days a week. Tutors are talented and caring community volunteers who recognize the need for a safe environment where students can receive one-on-one educational support and homework assistance in mathematics and language arts. Enrollment is by a teacher referral or parent request. There is no cost to the parents for this community service.
Eligibility: All sixth-grade level students who need help in mathematics and/or language arts. YES will enroll other proximate levels if room is available.
ADDRESS: 823 North Street, Kerrville, TX 78028 (Corner of Washington & North Street)
HOURS: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CONTACT: Ann Reynolds, Director
To reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be by providing mentoring, Bible study, and a variety of other discipleship methods to instill in teen moms core values about herself, her child, her relationships and her world.
Ages served: Teen moms
Kerrville, TX 78028
CONTACT: Sally Smithson