November Update

New Arrivals We at CRS thought we were busy in October when we shared that we had welcomed 320 new arrivals. Little did we know that in November we would welcome double that, close to 700. Predictions have proven to be wrong. If we get word of a certain number in the next month, we usually see that many in … Read More

CRS Update


The Center for Refugee Services has been very busy in the last couple of months.  We apologize that we have not had a chance to share the success made thus far in welcoming evacuated Afghan families. Plans were quickly made at the beginning of September to collect and prepare for many new arrivals from Afghanistan. CRS welcomed 320 of these … Read More

Help Just In Time For Resettlement Arrivals


San Antonio is anticipating the resettlement of many individuals and families from Afghanistan. These newest arrivals are part of the Special Immigrant Visas program, whereby Afghans who worked for the US military in Afghanistan in a variety of capacities, seek safety in the US. Some may have served the military as interpreters, others may have served as mechanics, nurses, drivers, … Read More

What’s in a Name?


What’s in a Name?       “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”               (Quote from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, ca. 1600). The Problem of First Name Unknown (FNU) Unfortunately, that which we (legally) call a person, if not correct, can have complicated, time consuming and potentially … Read More

Planned Parenthood South Texas


A New Community Partner – Planned Parenthood South Texas On a limited annual budget, the Center for Refugee Services (CRS) works hard to identify other community partners to supply our clients with product for women and teens’ monthly periods. CRS distributes around 125 packets of pads monthly. Such product can be costly for a low-income family, with sometimes multiple female … Read More

Honoring Mothers and their new Babies with Baby Bags


It is a new year and a time of new beginnings. New COVID-19 vaccines are here. CRS is actively helping our clients to schedule vaccine appointments. Many have been particularly hard hit by the economic impact of the pandemic, having suffered illness and loss of their minimum wage jobs. But help from our generous community was on the way. Every … Read More

BHFSA Interpreter Grant 2020


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


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


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


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