SPURS GIVE AND BEXAR COUNTY TO DONATE $235,000 TOWARDS MENTAL HEALTH AND THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
Donations to Chosen and the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative to Help Over 35,000 Local Youth
SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 12, 2020) – Spurs Give and Bexar County announced today a combined gift of $235,000 towards local nonprofits to help combat mental health stigma and childhood abuse and neglect in San Antonio. With this donation, Chosen and the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative will help over 35,000 local families.
“As distant learning continues, it’s left students that face abuse and neglect at home without a reprise and without a teacher to pick up on those vital signs,” said Spurs Give Executive Director Jennifer Regnier. “Schools often serve as sanctuaries, an escape from home for many abused and neglected children. It was crucial for us to not only address those issues at hand but also to help combat them. These two incredible organizations do powerful work in the community and drive positive and purposeful change for those young victims and their families. This fight is personal. No child should feel powerless, no child should feel alone. We are proud to be in a county that commits to fighting against the recent rise in childhood abuse and neglect, and mental health issues.”
San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative (MMWC), a group of local nonprofits led by Jewish Family Service, will receive $135,000 towards bringing mental wellness resources into school districts to offer students, parents, teachers and administrators easy access to counseling, group therapy, substance abuse recovery, grief counseling, and other wrap-around services. The mission of the Collaborative is to remove mental health stigmas and provide a safe environment for everyone to explore their mental health challenges. The funds will triple the impact while also expending their services to two additional school districts, Harlandale and Edgewood ISDs.
Chosen, a local nonprofit, will receive $100,000 to continue helping children heal from abuse and neglect by equipping parents with life-changing tools to overcome the hurt. In response to the rise in childhood abuse and neglect caused by the pandemic, the donation will go towards COVID-19 recovery and family stability and will be used to offer free parent coaching and therapeutic services for families below poverty levels.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the implications of social distancing and the economic recession have negatively affected many people’s mental health and created new barriers to treatment,” said Bexar County Precinct 2 Commissioner Justin Rodriguez. “This important investment will provide accessible and affordable services and support to children and families in serious need.”
Earlier this year, Spurs Give announced the formation of the Spurs Give Together Fund, a $1 million fund intended to support first responders, inspire local commerce, and provide for families directly impacted by COVID-19 through local nonprofits. Through the fund, over 40,000 meals from local restaurants were delivered to first responders and families in need. Over $400,000 went toward bridging the digital divide in the city and combating the rise of domestic violence.
Please visit spursgive.org/together, or text “SpursTogether” to 41444 to help Spurs Give in its mission to continue the fight against mental health stigma, and childhood neglect and abuse in San Antonio.
About Spurs Give
We are a family – a team – passionate about sports. We are passionate about what sports can do for our community – especially our youth. At the heart of it, we believe sports can provide a family with a common goal, and a hope for a better future. We are Spurs Give – the official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Since our founding in 1988, we have invested $28 million in our community. Through our players’ passions, our grants, and our impact programs, we are changing lives and leaving a lasting impact. You give. We give. Spurs Give.
About San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative
Formed in 2019, the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative brings mental wellness resources into the school district where students, parents, teachers and administrators have easy access to counseling, group therapy, substance abuse recovery, grief counseling, and other wrap around services at no cost to the individual. The mission of the Collaborative is to remove barriers to mental health services and provide a safe environment for everyone to explore their mental health challenges.
Chosen’s mission is to help children heal from trauma by strengthening families. They serve foster, adoptive, kinship and reunified families who have been impacted by the child welfare system. To learn more, visit chosen.care.