San Antonio Community Resource Directory
West Avenue Compassion (Nonprofit )

The mission of West Avenue Compassion is to meet the immediate needs of our community while furnishing them the tools to move forward.

West Avenue Compassion started within its neighborhood. We asked the community what it needed and formed an organization to provide more than just immediate assistance. WAC offers programs to further develop its impact on the those around us so that they may stand proud on their own two feet and move forward! We've consistently grown since then, all thanks to the helping hands of this amazing community!

Business Hours Monday*: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Tuesday*: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday: CLOSED Thursday**: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Friday: CLOSED Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED *WAC is closed on all national holidays. **open on Senior Distribution days (First Thursday of each month)
Eric Buell - Executive Director
(210) 573-2847

The Choice Food Pantry allows our clients seeking food assistance to choose for themselves what products they receive.

This service is by appointment only.  Sign-up is on the last Tuesday of every month from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.

Please understand that available appointments fill up weeks in advance, so you may be placed on a waiting list.

Free

Eric Buell
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last 4 months.

Our pantry is stocked with gently used and new clothing items such as pants/shorts, shirts, sweaters, coats, dresses, socks, and shoes. We carry a variety of clothing for men, women, and children.

Depending on the supply, families can receive 5-10 articles of clothing each week.

Our clothing pantry is fully supported by donations, if you have gently used or new clothing you’d like to donate, please click here and title your message “donations.”

Free

Tuesdays: 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
Eric Buell
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last 4 months.

West Avenue Compassion’s Community Garden was created to educate clients about gardening and producing healthy fruits and vegetables that are often expensive through grocery stores. Ten families can plant, harvest, and care for four 4X4 boxes through the Community Garden. Educational classes are conducted each month to provide instructional assistance on the processes and how-to’s of taking care of a garden. The clients care for their boxes for the spring and fall planting seasons.

For more information, contact 210-573-2847.

Amy Aguinagla
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last year

We offer beginner and advanced English as a Second Language classes!

Monday & Tuesday: 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM (Advanced) Monday & Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Beginner) Monday & Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Beginner)
Eric Buell
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last 5 months.

West Avenue Compassion has partnered with Methodist Healthcare Ministries to offer a variety of educational health classes for clients and their families free of charge. The courses range from nutritional basics to specific chronic diseases like Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease.

West Avenue Compassion also partners with various healthcare providers to offer free preventative screenings for children and adults. Please check our calendar for upcoming events.

Free.

Classes are offered before Distribution: Tuesdays: 9:30 AM
Amy Aguinagla
(210) 385-6987
Updated within the last year

Clients can access computers with internet access to complete job applications and online classes and receive help with resume writing and interview preparedness. 

We also offer, by appointment only, our Job Readiness Clothing program.

For the time being, our job listings are posted at the entrance of SAF Drive. Please click here to see our current job listings.?

Please get in touch with us at [email protected] with any questions, comments, or ways we can help you find employment during this time of uncertainty.

Connectivity Resources
  • Device Lending
  • Free Wi-Fi
Please call or text 210-573-2847 for more information. Monday: CLOSED Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wednesday: CLOSED Thursday: CLOSED Friday: CLOSED Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Amy Aguinagla
(210) 385-6987
Updated within the last year

Girl Scout Troop 300, Munoz and Company, and Vaughn Construction collaborated with WAC to build and offer the Free Little Library to its community. 

All books are donated and free of charge to take or bring back when finished reading. We are often in need of adult and youth books.

Free.

Call or text (210) 573-2847 for details: Monday - Friday: 8:00 pm -5:00 pm Office Hours Monday*: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Tuesday*: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Wednesday: Closed Thursday**: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Friday: Closed Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed
Amy Aguinagla
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last 5 months.

West Avenue Compassion distributes food weekly to those who have difficulty purchasing enough to avoid hunger.

Requirements:

  • Click here to see the San Antonio Food Bank income guidelines.
  • New clients must bring a photo ID and proof of residency (i.e., lease, CPS, or SAWS bill).
  • Application with household members and information.
  • Serving Bexar County residents.
  • Drive-Thru Food Distribution.
Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Parking Lot opens at 10:00 AM
Eric Buell
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last year

West Avenue Compassion allows individuals ages 60 and over to participate in two monthly food distributions.

Paperwork needed to qualify for the Senior Distributions:

  • Proof of address
  • Picture ID with birth date
  • Proof of income

For more information or to receive an application, please come on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM during our weekly food distribution or call 210-573-2847.

Free.

First Thursday of the Month: 12:00 PM Seniors that qualify can receive Project Hope and Commodities.
Amy Aguinagla
(210) 573-2847
Updated within the last year

In partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, West Avenue Compassion offers Social Services Referrals. Through the application process, clients can take advantage of working with the SA Food Bank over the phone to qualify for governmental assistant programs such as SNAP, TANF/AFDC, CHIP, etc.

Free.

Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Amy Aguinagla
(210) 385-6987
Updated within the last 4 months.

WAC is powered by VOLUNTEERS!

In 2019, WAC distributed over 1/2 million lbs. of food - that’s 252 TONS! Served 1,349 families or 4,211 individuals. On average, 124 volunteer positions are needed weekly to make the magic happen at WAC. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles. Join the WAC family!

We couldn’t do it without YOU!

WAC offers many services to its community, and we need your help!

Click here for more information.

Click here to download a volunteer application.

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions!

Click here to make a monetary donation.

Updated within the last 5 months.