CHRC is a Christ-centered Westside resource center empowering individuals and families in crisis to become sustainable through holistic individualized services, accountability and grace.
CHRC began nearly 30 years ago as a benevolence ministry of Oak Hills Church. We became a 501c3 nonprofit organization in 2001 and moved to our current location in the Westside in 2005. Over the past couple of years, we have been creating programs to help individuals and families get ahead through becoming financially self-sustaining. We also assist with physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
More than one third of San Antonio’s Westside families are living below the federal poverty line.The dropout rate in this area is more than double the national average. And with some of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, more and more children are being born into chronic poverty. The average CHRC client has an eighth grade education and cannot obtain a living-wage job. Living alongside others who face the same challenges, the community we serve lacks a tangible understanding of how to address the major challenges in their lives.
CHRC offers one-on-one mentoring services in a Christ-centered environment. Our mentors are professional case managers who work with families on a deep level to address the root causes of chronic poverty and food insecurity using evidence-based case management practices and motivational interviewing techniques. CHRC staff mentors help families create a goal-based plan to make positive steps towards financial sustainability, strengthening the family unit, spiritual health, and overall wellness. By focusing on the unique strengths of each client we serve, we empower our clients to take ownership of their lives and continue to take positive steps towards achieving their goals. CHRC offers the following programs: professional mentoring, pastoral and clinical counseling, parenting classes, financial literacy, job readiness programs, career fairs, youth and adult bible studies, marriage classes, and many other programs aimed at helping families get ahead in their lives.
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 (NIV)