Boysville Children’s Home and Shelter, the Home with a Heart, was founded in 1943 as a result of Rev. Don Holiman’s observation of orphaned, homeless and abandoned boys sleeping in San Antonio’s Travis Park. Today, we provide a continuum of trauma-informed services and care for children and caregivers affected by abuse, neglect, and family crisis. Through holistic wrap-around services, we provide each child the opportunity to heal from past trauma while focusing on their future.

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“Boysville gave me a family.  The orphan is now a son.”

Senior Chief Petty Officer, John Daniel Gee
“I lived at Ridgeway with the blessing of Frank & Rosa Buggs has houseparents. I can say Boysville changed my life. I’m now a college graduate, a father, and a small business owner. Wouldn’t change it for anything.”
Jeremy R. McClintock

“Well I lived there all through my elementary school years in the 80’s it was amazing place was surely glad I was able have safe place and people to care about me Kris and Karla was one best house parents that i had pleasure of knowing. I lived there when first time girls started to live they had the one big house.”

Joshua Cherry

“Growing up and being taken from my family was the hardest thing for me. But when i went to Boysville it changed my life forever along with my brother and sister they thought me so much kept me busy and having the houseparents there when you didn’t have your own parents. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be the person that i am today and i thank them for everything they have done for me.”

April Solano Ruelas



Boysville 2022 Annual Report

These days, when you meet Skye she is happy, kind, and outgoing. In her own words she has a positive spirit, she is always here to help, and she absolutely loves to talk. Skye is a big sister, and when she first arrived here at Boysville she thought that meant she was her siblings’ caretaker.

Boysville Fall/Winter 2022 Newsletter

At age 16, Jareli arrived at our Emergency Shelter right before Christmas. With short hair, broken English, and low self-esteem, Jareli had little faith in adults. Despite her past pleas for help, many adults failed to answer until she met Jennifer and Tina, two strangers who worked with Jareli and brought her to Boysville.

Boysville Spring/Summer 2022 Newsletter

We are proud to introduce our graduating class of 2022! Graduating from Judson High School, Andon and Jon are both residents of Hunter Cottage. From Trease cottage, Zag is graduating from Judson Learning Academy, and graduating from Founders Classical Academy of Schertz is Maya’Jeye, former Boysville resident at Ridgeway Cottage.

Boysville 2021 Annual Report

At 22, Kiara is counting her blessings one by one. She is as senior at Texas A&M Corpus Christi majoring in Media Production with a minor in Communications. She competes on the university track team as a long jumper and just added the triple jump to her lineup. She is also a budding musician and very popular influencer on Instagram and Tik Tok with over 300,000 combined followers.

Boysville Fall 2021 Newsletter

Dustin and Elyce Brown began their Boysville journey as house parents in our Residential Care Program. The Browns arrived a family of four and left as a family of seven after adopting Julian, Vincent and Rebecca through our Foster-to-Adopt program.



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