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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Many thanks to all who have supported our children this holiday season.
Due to a rise in Covid cases across the community, our administrative offices are going virtual until January 2022. We have paused acceptance of in-kind donations of new clothing, personal items, etc. until January 10, 2022.
All gently used items (clothing, furniture, etc) should be taken to the Boysville Auxiliary Thrift Store located at 307 W, Olmos.
“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.”
“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.”
Now through August 20, 2022, Boysville is asking for donations of money or gift cards to popular retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Academy, Ross, Old Navy, Rue 21, DSW, Rack Room and more that will benefit our children.
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.
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.
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.
Since she was ten years old, Jaime has loved the idea of foster and adopting a child. 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.