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.




Free Parent Training Program


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

Give Hope for a Better Tomorrow

Your gift today will give 120 children a safe place to lay their head on Christmas eve.  Please help us give children hope for a better tomorrow.

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.”

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/

Summer 2018 Newsletter

In this issue, we are celebrating 10 amazing young men and women who have reached the monumental goal of completing high school. Read more to learn about their plans for college and careers!


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Stay the Course

For one young man, known as Junior to those who are close to him, this is his mantra. Junior is a well-known personality at Boysville. Known for his kind heart and dedication to his goals, he is a role model for others on campus.

On any given day, even in the Texas heat, Junior is seen jogging around campus or working on his punching bag as he readies himself to join the United States Marine Corps. That is, when he isn’t working at one of his two jobs or attending community college.

As a teen, Junior struggled to finish his high school credits. Stephanie Harvey, our Supervised Independent Living Director, gave Junior the confidence and guidance to continue working towards his high school diploma. His already full schedule made completing the course difficult. However, with his characteristic commitment, Junior accomplished the inspiring task of earning his G.E.D. in just five months. Now, 22, Junior is ready to face his next challenge.

At the suggestion of his recruiter, Junior is attending his first year of community college. Junior’s ultimate goal is to become a military policeman.

“The Marines are the most disciplined and knowledgeable branch of the military,” said Junior. This speaks to his amazing personality and the characteristics that Junior embodies.