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

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

New Operating Guidelines for Clients & Volunteers (Updated 2021)


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