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2020 School Supply Project

Schools are planning for children to return. We want our children to be ready for August.

We would like to provide filled backpacks for our newest residents (2016-2020) to San Antonio through local resettlement programs. We invite you to donate filled backpacks to achieve the goal of 400 backpacks for pre-K through grade 12.

This year we request backpacks be donated with the contents already packed and marked for age group to decrease the need for volunteer sorting and packing. We recommend working with friends to provide (marked) backpacks to cover each age group.  Check out the supply list.

We will gladly work with you, even pick them up if you have a large quantity. 

Questions, please call us at 210-445-6468 or send us a message on our contact form.

Please bring packed backpacks and donations to: 

8134 Fredericksburg Rd
(Resurgent Church)

Monday – Wednesday,
August 3-5, 10 am to 3 pm

or call for an appointment.

Our Services


We are able to offer language classes, guidance, tutoring & scholarships

Health & Wellness

We provide assistance with household goods, food programs, baby supplies & more


This is for legal refugees to get help finding a job, guidance and mentoring


We are able to provide legal refugees with citizenship, sewing and music classes

ESL Classes

English as a Second Language classes for legal refugees who need help with basic English

Community Support

Through the year, we have events to help our legal refugees attain a better quality of life

Helped Per Week
Visits Per Year
Diaper Packs Given
To Families Per Month
College Scholarships
Given Since 2010


US Dept of State Report to Congress

Located in the heart of the refugee community:

CRS has 5 core staff members, of which only 2 are funded, with 30 auxiliary volunteers (including multilingual refugees and public health/mental health graduate students).

In 2018 CRS obtained first-time grant/donation to fund two salaried full-time program managers, which has continued in 2019, providing for greater service efficiency and a seamless continuum of client care.

Why is the Center for Refugee Services Important?



The Center for Refugee Services assists more than 1,000 clients a year.  They are legally resettled refugees who have come from more than 20 countries torn by violence, war, and human rights abuses to make their home in San Antonio.

Countries of origin include:

  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Sudan
  • Iraq
  • Iran
  • Afghanistan
  • Central African Republic, etc.

Since 2010, more than 10,000 individuals have resettled in San Antonio as permanent residents; after five years, most apply for U.S. citizenship.

CRS is the only independent nonprofit agency that works exclusively to promote the successful community integration of legally resettled refugees.

Can you help by donating to support our work in the community?

Guidestar Gold Status


The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

2019 Grant


Ernestine Boylan Shugart Fund and John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation

November 2019


First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio, TX

2019 Grant


Richard D. Huff Foundation

2020 Grant

If you have questions or want additional information, 
please contact us.