Boysville Today Spring 2020

Meet our 2020 Seniors: Read about how we are handling the COVID-19 crisis and get ready to boogie down … save the date for the Grooviest Auction in the West featuring KC and the Sunshine Band!

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Free Parent Training Program

Family

FamilyParents, grandparents, guardians or anyone caring for children, 0-17 are invited to join us for a free eight-week parenting workshop*.

New classes start April 2, 2019.   Call (210) 488-7978 for more information.

Based on the Nurturing Parenting Program, this evidence-based model teaches behavioral management tips, creates more confident family leaders and helps caregivers recognize the power they posses in their own family’s development. Our participants will be encouraged, supported and assisted through this journey of recognizing the power that comes from learning effective parenting skills and the impact they will have on

children as they grow.  Through the Parent Empowerment Program families will be strengthened, and parents/guardians/caregivers will have the ability to be the kind of role model their children deserve.

Sign Up Today!

All classes will be held on the Boysville Campus located at 8555 East Loop 1604 North, Converse, TX 78109. For more information or to register, email Vicky Rine or call (210) 488-7978. Space is limited.

Childcare provided with confirmed reservation. Pizza will be provided.

Foster Care Information Meeting Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Foster Care at Boysville

Are you ready to open your heart and home to a child in need?

 

Children outnumber available foster homes 44:1. Now, more than ever, we need you to open your home to a child in need.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Boysville Campus/Thompson Building
8555 East Loop 1604 North
Converse, TX 78109

Come see how you can help change a child’s future by becoming a foster care parent.  

RSVP: Leticia Gomez, lgomez@boysvilletexas.org

Boysville Alumnus Receives Prestigious Honor

Senior Chief Petty Officer John Daniel Gee Appointed Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy

Senior Chief Petty Officer, John Daniel Gee, has been commissioned as an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy.  Governor Gregg Abbott approved the commission on October 10, 2018.

Gee, a resident of San Antonio, now stationed in Washington, lived at Boysville for 10 years until his high school graduation.

“Living at Boysville is by far the single greatest influencer in my life,” said Gee.  “Every promotion, every degree and every award can be traced back to the dedication of the houseparent’s, support staff and donors of Boysville that were there for me from 1991 to 2001.”

Gee, who has been a member of the U.S. Navy for 18 years, is the Force Protection Officer for Naval Submarine Support Center- Bangor, WA. Gee has served on four US ballistic missile submarines and spent roughly four and a half years underwater as a Missile Technician in the US Navy.   He also is a licensed marriage and family therapist associate with a doctorate in biblical studies.   He serves as the pastor of Family Ministries at Chico Alliance Church.  Gee was nominated through State Representative Roland Gutierrez, the chairman of the Committee on Defense and Veteran Affairs. The Governor of Texas is the Commander-in-Chief and may grant a commission to a selected Texan as “Admiral of the Texas Navy,” in recognition of exemplary service to Texas, the United States of America, or mankind in general.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by a state I love so dearly and cannot wait to return to when I retire from active duty,” said Gee.

Paula Tucker, Chief Executive Officer of Boysville, has known Dan for over 18 years.

“Dan is not only a role model to his crew and to his family; he is also a role model to the children we serve every day,” said Paula Tucker, CEO of Boysville. “His success embodies our mission of providing a safe, family environment to children in need so that they can become responsible adults.”

To hear more about Dan’s experience at Boysville, visit https://www.boysvilletexas.org/johnsstory/

COVID-19 UPDATE

Paula Tucker, Boysville’s CEO, gives a video update on how our children are doing and how you can help during these trying times.    At this time, all our our emergency shelters and on campus residential homes are filled with children who need a safe place to call home. We are thankful that all of our children and staff have remained healthy during this crisis. We hope you are too.

 

We’re blessed to have our library and recreational spaces on campus for our children to help with online learning and giving them space to be active. As we care for the health and safety of over 90 children today, we need your help. No matter how small or big, your donations are greatly appreciated during these difficult times.

 

Thank you for all you do. May God watch over you and your family during this crisis.

 

 


A Video Message from Our CEO
April 9, 2020

 

At this time, no unauthorized visitors are allowed on our campus. In addition, we cannot accept gently used donations.  Boysville has postponed all volunteer activities until further notice.   Only authorized persons, such as DFPS case workers, legal counsel and approved family members, will be allowed on our campus.  Individuals who are approved to be on our campus may be subject to a visitor screening including a temperature check.  Visitors must check in with the supervising director on duty.

Our administration has authorized that non-essential personnel work from home to mitigate potential exposure to the children.  Administration staff can be contacted by email and via cell phones.  Please understand that unsolicited donation drop offs will not be accepted and you will be turned away.

The Boysville Thrift Store will also be closed until April 1, 2020.

We continue to be available via phone, email, and social media networks.

Stay safe and healthy.

Better Together

“Originally, we were separated,” said Julian. When older sister, Liz came to Boysville, the group’s case worker along with their CASA worker began advocating for them to be reunited.

“Their TDFPS caseworker was calling regularly to see if we had room,” said Krystal Costello, their Boysville case manager. “She knew they needed each other.”

In 2018, they were finally reunited at Boysville.

“They made room for me,” said Rebecca, smiling broadly. It was true. Our girl’s cottages were full but Rebecca was able to stay in our shelter on campus, close to her brothers and sister, until there was an opening in a girls’ cottage.
Once back together, the siblings began to flourish.

Liz, now 20, graduated from high school in 2019 and moved into Boysville’s Supervised Independent Living Program. Recently, Liz was able to move into her own apartment in the community.

“Liz leaving was really hard on the kids and Liz,” said Krystal. “They were all crying. But she sees them weekly and talks to them often.”
Julian, an aspiring chef, is a true renaissance man. The 16-year-old enjoys art, dance, math and biology. His current passion and hobby is painting landscape scenes. He drifts into a stream of consciousness style of speaking when talking about his art. He takes pride in doing well in school. He is also planning to major in accounting in college. Julian transferred to Wagner High School just to be a part of the culinary program.

“I’ve been cooking since fifth grade,” said Julian. “I learned to cook eggs and always made Vincent’s and Rebecca’s favorite eggs.” His newest culinary interest is making cakes.

Vincent, 14, is a shy young man, with a love for art and technology. He wants to combine those skills to become a video game designer. His favorite subject is math and one of his favorite video games is Geometry Dash. His love for his siblings is apparent.
“My brother is my best friend,” said Vincent. He is also looking forward to next year when he is an 8th grader and Rebecca will be a 6th grader and in the same school.

Rebecca, the youngest at 9, is definitely the most outgoing one. She, like her brothers, love math. Talkative, smart, funny, and athletic, she has already played flag football and soccer, but her love is basketball. She also likes to collect basketball shoes.
“I want the Steph Curry 4 shoes,” said Rebecca, laughing. Rebecca easily slides into the conversation with her brothers and takes over while the boys watch over her.

Both brothers talk about Rebecca and her passion for sports.

“She really likes the Cowboys too,” said Julian.

They all have a profound love for their CASA advocate, Ms. Brenda. She has been a constant advocate in their lives from day one.
“MS. Brenda is really nice,”, said Julian. “She advocates for us. I think I talk to her more than anyone.”

Rebecca echoes Julian. “She takes us to movies and makes us homemade cakes for our birthdays. She even brings us lunch
at school.”

All of the siblings said it was hard to be separated from each other. They are happy to be together at Boysville. They are waiting for their forever family. Rebecca has a list of requirements.

“They should know English and Spanish. Be active. Know how to cook Mexican food. Like dogs” said Rebecca as she rattled off her list. But most importantly, they want to stay together in San Antonio.

Julian agrees.

“We know what it is like to be separated,” said Julian. “We are better together. We are a better family together.”

Boysville Today Spring 2019

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Meet our 2019 Seniors: Read about one foster family’s amazing journey and get ready… the Wildest Auction in the West is coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes

 

Since she was ten years old, Jaime has loved the idea of adopting a child in need. After the birth of their two boys, Jamie and Thomas, knew they still had room to grow. Jamie wanted to provide a home but both she and Thomas, were apprehensive that they could be the support system for a child in need.

“I always thought you had to be a saint to be a foster parent,” said Jaime.
Jaime and Thomas joined the Foster Care Program at Boysville and started attending foster care training.

“The training helped us to realize that we don’t have to be superheroes to make a difference.” With a house full of boys, Jaime and Thomas were hoping to foster a little girl.

After waiting several months, Jaime and Thomas received a call about a two-week-old baby girl needing a safe home. Now ten months later, Baby Marisa* is thriving with her loving foster family.

“It is so much more amazing than we could imagine.”

The McIlheran’s are taking it one day at a time while the courts determine if Baby Marisa is eligible for adoption.

“We are just living in the now,” said Jamie. She knows the impact a foster family can make on a child’s life. “We can give love with the infinite amount we have to share and that we can give for free.”

 

Find out how you can be a hero to a child in need today.  Click on Foster Care Information

*Name changed to protect identity

 

Boots, Bling and Bids

Wild West Auction Host

Join us on Saturday, August 17th for our Wildest Auction in the West event!  We are excited to announce Chuck Cureau will be our celebrity host this year!  Dan Kruse is back as our auctioneer and stay for the after party with the Juantanamos!

Come out for food, libations, silent and live auction, raffle and the chicken coop is back!  It is the best party this side of the Red River!

For more information, click Boysville’s Wildest Auction in the West

Boysville Annual Report 2018

In 2018, Boysville served over 300 children who needed a safe place to call home.  See our demographics and read some of our success stories from 2018.

 

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Fall Newsletter 2018

Twins return to Boysville to join SIL; Ozzie Opts for Opportunity; The Wildest Auction in the West was another success!

Fall 2018 Draft

God Put Me Here for a Reason

At 18 years old, Dom was given three options: he could sign himself out of care; enroll in a program in Austin, Texas; or enroll in Boysville’s Supervised Independent Living Program (SIL).  Dom chose Boysville.

“I was at Boysville in the Emergency Shelter in 2014 or 15,” he said. “I wanted to come back.”

Born in California, Dom came to Texas at a young age.  He really likes living in Texas.

“It’s a slower paced life style,” he said. “I remember California as being fast-paced.  But I like it here.”

Dom is attending his final year of high school and now has his eyes on college.  He hopes to go to University of Texas in San Antonio.

“Being at Boysville means I don’t have to live placement to placement,” said Dom.  He is able to focus solely on graduation and he is able to enjoy all the “perks” of his Senior year,  he says while smiling broadly.  “SIL has turned my life around.”

He has settled into his cottage, made friends with the other young adults and with the staff.  His favorite staff is Miss Crystal (Walker), who is a resident advisor and Boysville alumni.  “I can relate to her because she has been in care.”

Dom is a senior at Judson High School and set to graduate in May.  He played on the Judson football team as a free safety, but did most of his playing time on special teams.  Now he is currently on the track team.

He likes to stay busy when not in school.  He exercises, hangs out with his cottage “brothers” and is a member of the Boysville basketball team.  He likes that he is a leader on the team to the younger players.

“It makes me feel like I am more than I think I am,” the shy young man said.  “I feel like I am actually doing something.”

Dom has a big heart.  He hopes to find a career in medicine or social work.  He would like to give back to the community.

“God put me through all this stuff for a reason,” he said. “Maybe it was so I could help others.”

News So Good It Has Us Seeing Double

From March 1 through March 31, 2019, donations made to Boysville, Inc. will go twice as far.  The Richmond Family Foundation, a supporting organization of the San Antonio Area Foundation, will match all donations to Boysville up to $100,000.

Through the generosity of Jack and Laura Richmond, the foundation strives to give energy and help to those angels among us who are actively caring for such neighbors.

“We are truly blessed by the Jack and Laura Richmond to have this opportunity,” said Beth Green, spokesperson for Boysville.  “The funds raised will support over 300 children who have experienced abuse, neglect or family crisis.”

All gifts, big and small, donated in March 2019 are eligible for the match.   Donations may be made online at https://www.boysvilletexas.org/richmond-matching-grant/ or by calling 210-659-1901.

Boysville, Inc., established in 1943, began as a home for orphaned boys.  Today, Boysville,  a nationally accredited home for children, 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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