Boysville Achieves National Accreditation

Boysville, Inc. has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Boysville, located in Converse, Texas provides a continuum of on-campus and community-based services for children, birth through age 23, who cannot remain in their home due to abuse, neglect or family disruption. Since 2000, Boysville has maintained a national accreditation status. Boysville consistently demonstrates the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services.

To achieve COA accreditation, Boysville first provided written evidence of compliance with over 3,000 COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.

Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Boysville, Inc. had successfully met the criteria for re-accreditation and had zero deficiencies.

“We are more than pleased to maintain our national accreditation,” said Paula Tucker, CEO, Boysville, Inc. “Boysville is known for providing the best services for children in need in Bexar County. This is truly a testament to our programs as being top-ranked in the country.”

“We spent a year in preparation for this visit,” said Tucker. “As child welfare reform continues to roll out in Texas, we will continue to be leader in best practices for providing wrap around services for children in crisis.”

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org.

Boysville, Inc., established in 1943, began as a home for orphaned boys. Today, Boysville cares for boys and girls, birth through 23, who cannot remain in their home due to abuse, neglect and abandonment. Boysville’s mission is to provide a safe, family environment for children in need so that they may become responsible adults.

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San Antonio, TX, August 28, 2017
For Immediate Release
August 28, 2017

Contact: Beth Green
(W): (210) 659-1901ext 222
(C): (512) 496-1406
Email: bgreen@boysvilletexas.org

Boysville Today Spring 2017

Catch up with graduation, prom and more of the spring goings on at the Boysville campus! Read the 2017 Spring edition of Boysville Today to learn more! For more information, browse our website or call us today at (210) 659-1901!

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Boots, Bling, Bids and BEADLE

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Boots, Bling, Bids,Beadle and Bowen!
Michelle Beadle, National ESPN SportsNation Host and Bruce Bowen, NBA Analyst and Spurs Legend to help children in need


San Antonio, TX August 16, 2017 –It’s time for boots and bling and everything in between as Boysville prepares to raise some much needed funds for children in need!  This year we are excited that Michelle Beadle, ESPN’s NBA Countdown Host and Bruce Bowen, ESPN Analyst and Spurs Legend, will join us as our celebrity emcees.  All of the proceeds from this event benefit the children living at Boysville.  The event will be held Saturday, August 192017 at 6:30 pm at the Bexar County Expo Hall #2.

Details:

What:                       51st Annual Wildest Auction in the West 

When:                       Saturday, August 19th, 6:30 – 11:00 PM

Where:                     Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall # 2

Who:                        Michelle Beadle and Bruce Bowen, Bret Mullins Band

 

For more information: www.boysvilleauction.org 

 

 

 

Boysville, Inc. was established in 1943 as a home for orphaned boys.  Today, Boysville cares for boys and girls, birth through 23, who cannot remain in their home due to abuse, neglect and abandonment.  Boysville’s mission is to provide a safe, family environment for children in need so that they may become responsible adults.

2016 Annual Report

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2016 was an excellent year for Boysville! Check out our 2016 Annual Report for great information and program results for last year. We can’t wait to continue improving and helping children in 2017!

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Oscar shares experience maturing-out of system

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Foster youth shares experience maturing-out of system

 

SAN ANTONIO- November may be Adoption Awareness Month, but many Texas children mature-out of their foster families without ever finding a home.

“It was hard because other people were graduating and they all had family there and everything,” said Oscar Paz, reflecting on his high school graduation two years ago.

Now that it’s in the past he can see it as an experience that made him stronger. “I just mustered on through it,” he said smiling.

As a foster youth, Oscar gets free tuition to colleges in Texas. “But I wasn’t doing so well,” he said.

Having to support yourself, buy textbooks, find a place to live is not often easy, even for children who have the support of parents.

“I had no where else to go, and my case worker said there’s this place called Boysville.”

Boysville a campus out in Bexar County, became his home, it even has a white picket fence.

He now lives here with housemates, who divide chores, and even have curfews like they would if they lived with a family.

“They showed me the way to excel and step-up the ladder,” Oscar said.

That’s because Boysville isn’t just a place to live, the staff listened when Oscar said he took care of his special needs brother growing-up, and wanted to be a nurse.

It’s a goal he’s now close to accomplishing, graduating recently as a certified nursing assistant, and he said this time, his graduation ceremony was exactly how he’d imagined it.

“When I graduated I had a lot of support,” he said. “There was a lot of staff there.”

And he has this advice for foster children watching who are in his shoes.

“Not to give up because there’s always hope,” he said. “And there’s someone always there to help you.”

Boysville has 17 other young adults, like Oscar, they’re helping.

And they’ve helped more than 80 since 2013.

(Original news story aired on 11-16-17)

 

 

Boysville Today | Fall 2016

It’s fall at Boysville! School is in full swing and the holidays are just around the corner. Check out what’s happening on campus with our amazing Boysville residents and staff.

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Library Opening – A New Chapter

Boysville is happy to announce the completed renovation of The Spencer Library. Thanks to multiple generous donors, the children at Boysville have a wonderful new space to read, create and learn.

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Unplugged: Luschen shows United Way spirit at Boysville

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Unplugged: Luschen shows United Way spirit at Boysville
By on September 30, 2016

At work, David Luschen uses his leadership skills and expertise to make sure our customers have reliable electric service. As director of the Eastside Service District, he oversees crews working on utility equipment that deliver electricity to homes and businesses in our community. During his personal time, he continues serving the community as a board member of Boysville, a non-profit organization that provides vital services to kids in crisis.

Luschen has helped students get scholarships and taken part in fundraising events like the annual Wildest Auction in the West. He’s also taken some of the kids Christmas shopping. Luschen remembers one particular holiday season when he took a teenage boy shopping with $100. Before the boy bought himself anything, he made a point to buy his sister a $50 pair of shoes. Then, he bought himself a pair of shoes.

“It’s these kinds of stories that really tug at your heart strings,” said Luschen. “It’s a humbling experience and really puts things into perspective.”

Boysville is one of more than 100 agencies supported by United Way. Luschen proudly shares stories with his employees about Boysville’s impact on the community. Over the years, he’s taken small groups to visit the campus and see the real world inside Boysville for themselves. During this month’s corporate-wide campaign, Luschen’s employees at Eastside Service District got a chance to hear about the agency’s emergency shelter that directly benefits from United Way.

United Way Giving

 

“United Way support helps us provide care for the influx of children who come into our emergency shelter on a daily basis,” said Faith Green, a Boysville development associate. “Those who support Boysville through United Way help provide shelter for kids who come to us at 3 a.m. with nowhere else to go.”

Luschen also shows his strong support by designating his full United Way donation to Boysville. He’s one of many employees who give to the agency. In 2015, Boysville was eighth in total dollars of designated giving for CPS Energy with about $6,900. This year, it’s on pace to reach or surpass that amount. Luschen asks employees and others in the community to give to United Way to support important agencies like Boysville.

“I strongly encourage you to give to United Way,” he said. “If you prefer, designate your donation to a favorite agency or agencies. Also, when possible, visit a United Way agency to see the impact your donation can make.”

Each year, our generous employees are proud to support our community through United Way.

(This article first appeared on CPS Energy Newsroom)

Town and Country Optimist Club Helps Boysville Put Their Best Foot Forward

By Ursula Pari – Anchor
Posted: 6:48 PM, August 19, 2016
Updated: 12:15 PM, August 20, 2016

SAN ANTONIO – A shelter got a chance to offer a special shopping trip to 40 of its children for much-needed school essentials.

“These kids come to us with nothing, so to be able to buy, choose your own shoes and make sure that they light up and they’re sparkly, they are just having an amazing time,” said Beth Green, development officer for the Boysville shelter, a nonprofit that provides a safe environment for children in need.

Abuse, neglect, extreme poverty, homelessness and/or parental substance abuse are reasons children are in the Boysville shelter.

The Town and Country Optimist Club made the shopping trip possible.

“Knowing it was back to school, and knowing that there is such an influx with the shelter, we thought it’d be great to focus on the shelter children at this time,” said Susie Werts, director of the Town and Country Optimists.

“It’s fun to see them say, ‘Oh Batman. Oh Spider-Man.’ It’s great to see them so excited about a new pair of shoes,” said Cathy Woodruff, Town and Country Optimists’ treasurer.

“I think it’s great. I think of what my kids were like on Christmas morning and, to me, that’s what I am seeing right here. Kids that are so excited to get a brand new pair of shoes,” said Michelle Clark, assistant manager of the DSW shoe store.

When the children returned from DSW to the shelter, they received another gift of goodness. They were given new backpacks filled with new school supplies. It was another small token for children carrying a heavy burden in life.

Boysville has been around for 73 years, providing temporary shelter to youngsters who find themselves without a home. It also helps the children improve their grades, so the gifts received from the Town and Country Optimists will go a long way and take them on a journey to academic excellence.

Featured as a Difference Maker on TheFishSanAntonio.com

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Special thanks to TheFishSanAntonio.com for featuring Boysville as a Difference Maker!

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