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/

Boysville Today Spring 2019

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

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!

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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 an 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.”

Ozzie Opts for Opportunities

He is a proud member of the Honor Guard, who presents the national and state flags at football games. As part of the Judson Rocket Crew, he helps to boost team spirit and support the football team. Every home game, Ozzie and other JROTC students hoist the JHS flags to celebrate their team on the field. Ozzie is also a member of The Talons, Judson’s JROTC drill team. Ozzie is also a Staff Sargent of the Air Force JROTC at Judson High School.

Ozzie takes advantage of every opportunity he can.

“I fit in. It is disciplined and fun. I wear the uniform with pride,” said Ozzie. “I like being a part of something bigger than myself.”

This is all in preparation for his aspirations to join the Marines. He looks to the Marines as a role model for discipline, duty, and strength.

“It’s a lot of work to become a Marine and an honor to join the Corps,” said Ozzie.

Ozzie isn’t all work and no play. He always makes time for his other hobbies, dance and music. Ozzie has always loved dance, but he just began taking classes this year.

“I love hip-hop because I can express myself through the music,” said Ozzie.

Ozzie has also recently been teaching himself how to play the guitar by following online videos and practicing in his spare time. He perfects his skills by learning to play classic rock.

Two of A Kind


“Boysville goes above and beyond in providing for the kids,” said Ariana. “I’ve always considered it my home, even when I was away.”

Identical Twins, Briana and Ariana have different dreams and goals. 

Briana and Ariana look alike. They finish each other sentences. They even laugh the same. However, these identical twins have distinct personalities and different aspirations. Ariana is free spirit while Briana likes structure and organization.

“I want to be a psychiatrist,” said Briana. Ariana wants to travel and become a historian.

After several foster care placements, both Briana and Ariana came to Boysville in 2013. The girls needed stability and structure. Both girls immediately joined the basketball team and soccer team at Boysville. They participated in the Christmas pageant. Most importantly, they felt like they were able to be teenagers.

“We were rushed in the growing up process,” said Briana. After arriving at Boysville, she said she was finally able to relax and enjoy being a teen.

“My houseparents always treated us like we were part of

their family,” said Ariana. “We went on trips to Oklahoma and to the beach at Corpus.” The girls were placed in different cottages to help meet their individual needs.

The sisters reunited with an older sibling and the girls finished high school while living with her. However, they came back into care right after graduation.

Stephanie Harvey, Boysville’s Supervised Independent Living Director, knew the girls and immediately reached out to their case worker to bring them home.

“I love these girls,” said Stephanie. They are so funny and both are so intelligent.” Stephanie is working with both girls to recognize on their own individual strengths as they work towards their goals.

Briana and Ariana are both glad to be in the SIL program.

“Boysville goes above and beyond in providing for the kids,” said Ariana. “I’ve always considered it my home, even when I was away.”