BHFSA Interpreter Grant 2020

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The challenge of interpretation confronts CRS’ staff members on daily basis. Over the past year those languages most frequently needing translation are Pashto and Dari (Afghanistan), Rohingya (Myanmar), Tigrinya (Eritrea), Farsi (Iran) and languages spoken in the DRC.  Unfortunately, while some of our staff members do speak some languages other than English, they are not these needed languages. Consequently, CRS … Read More

Recent Donations to CRS’s Clients

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Diapers The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has shown tremendous generosity to the Center for Refugee Services’ clients over the years.  Providing CRS with almost 13,000 size 4 diapers from their Bishop’s Storehouse regional headquarters in Colorado on an annual basis.  Additionally, Eagle Scout LDS members have collected need feminine hygiene product and diapers for … Read More

2020 Toy Drive

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We are thrilled to once again partner with Worldwide Languages to bring Christmas happiness to our San Antonio Refugee Population.  This has been a difficult year for this part of our community, most of whom work in service type occupations which have been and, to some extent, have still not resumed.   This year’s toy drive is even more vital. Due … Read More

It Takes A Village To Heal A Child

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Recently the Center for Refugee Services worked with one of our families to provide their child with lifesaving surgery performed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCH) in Ohio. One of our client families had a child who was born with a condition that both seriously compromised his health, ability to live a full life and participate in normal school age activities … Read More

Thank You For Clothing Drive Donation

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A huge thank you to all who contributed to our annual coat/warm clothing drive this week. We were visited by 83 families consisting of 490 persons. The items donated were very needed and included many new items, including some gorgeous hand knit caps that brought smiles to many children’s faces. Thank you to Vince Davis, Writer for the San Antonio … Read More

Products Available During Pandemic

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Pandemic or no pandemic, the need for diapers for children under age 4 and for sanitary pads for women and teen girls of reproductive age, goes unabated. Such needs are costly, particularly on a household that is low, or even worse during the Pandemic, no income. The Center for Refugee Services (CRS) tries to make some free products available each … Read More

Update on Employment Opportunities

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The Center for Refugee Services continues to work with our refugee clients and Special Immigration Visa (SIV) arrivals on employment opportunities, which are crucial to their integration into life in the United States. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have adapted some of our procedures since developing the employment network in November 2019. Under our revised processes, we are posting … Read More

New Operating Guidelines for Clients & Volunteers (Updated 2021)

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Because of COVID-19, CRS created new operating guidelines and hours, so that we may continue to safely serve refugee families in San Antonio. Please take a moment to read through these before your next visit to our office. If you have any questions, we’ll be happy to address them with a phone call to (210) 949-0062, by answering an email or if you fill out our contact … Read More

Promoting Infant Wellness

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CRS Promotes Infant Wellness, Safe Sleeping Practices As refugee families settle into their new lives in San Antonio, the Center for Refugee Services (CRS) helps them to provide for their youngest members by promoting infant wellness: Monthly diaper packages for children < 4 (through a partnership with the Texas Diaper Bank and the Church of Latter-Day Saints’ Bishop’s Storehouse) New … Read More

The Furniture Lady

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Pat Tappmeyer, One Volunteer’s Story Having fled war, persecution, torture, with only the things they can carry, living on the streets or in refugee camps, less than one percent of the world’s refugees are resettled.  They arrive in San Antonio with nothing.  Imagine arriving in a foreign land with nothing, and no family or friends to rely on. This is … Read More