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

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

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

Thank You For Clothing Drive Donation


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

Update on Employment Opportunities


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