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Mission Road Ministries (Nonprofit / Christian )

Mission Road Ministries is a non-profit organization located in San Antonio, Texas, serving more than 650 children and adults with (IDD) intellectual and developmental disabilities each day with residential, day activity services, and vocational programs.

Mission Road receives support from the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, governmental funding, and private donations from foundations and individuals.

Founded in 1947, Mission Road is one of two non-profit organizations in Texas caring for children with developmental disabilities who have been removed from their family by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) because of neglect and abuse.

Values

  • Faith – Christian Faith is the foundation of our ministry.
  • Family – We are committed to each other through unconditional love, care, and understanding.
  • Integrity – We conduct ourselves with compassionate honesty, ethical behavior, and responsible leadership.
  • Respect – We accept the individuality of each person and value their contribution.
  • Teamwork – Relying on each other, we can achieve Mission Road Ministries’ mission.
Carol White - President & Chief Executive Officer Mission Road Ministries Send email
(210) 334-2454

Murray Manor, Inc. is one of three apartment complexes in San Antonio sponsored by Mission Road Ministries that provide affordable housing and services for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, but need minimal supports.

The apartments are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment complexes, designed exclusively for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and are supervised by the Suzanne Smith Management Company.

The apartments have one or two bedroom options with a community room for gatherings and a laundry room.

  • Adult with an intellectual developmental disability
  • Low-income
  • Not under guardianship
  • Independent in self-care, self-medication, self-evaluation in emergencies
  • Minimal assistance required in home safety, kitchen/household management, clothing maintenance and community mobility
  • Active employment or participation in competitive employment, sheltered employment, vocational training or a day activity center.
Suzanne Smith Management Company
(210) 531-0577
Elisa Gonzalez Send email
(210) 924-9265
Updated within the last 4 months.

Unicorn Centers provides vocational and life skills training programs, as well as, our Day Activity program for adults diagnosed with IDD.  We are located near the medical center in Northwest San Antonio. As a program of Mission Road Developmental Center, Unicorn Center provides appropriate vocational and social activities to both residents of Mission Road community homes and those living elsewhere.

Unicorn Centers Programs:

  • Community Employment & Job Coaching
  • Day Activity Center

Typically, we are open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm throughout the year for adults 18 years+ with a primary diagnosis of IDD. All Unicorn Center individuals must meet our minimum physical and behavioral requirements including but not limited to:

  • Managing daily transportation to & from our campus
  • Eating independently
  • Safe self management of medication
  • Independently managing hygiene & restroom needs
  • Exhibiting safe, kind & thoughtful behavior at all times

For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call 210.737-3355

Unicorn Centers offers the following two programs designed to help our clients Work Successfully and Live Independently

Community Employment & Job Coaching
Matching adults with IDD with employers
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Unicorn Day Activity Center
An active, vibrant day program.
Learn More

Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Updated within the last 5 months.

Mission Road Developmental Center provides residential care for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through the ICF (Intermediate Care Facility) program and the HCS (Home and Community-Based Services) programs. The Texas Health & Human Services Commission monitor and license the HCS and the ICF group homes and the assisted living program. We have 12 HCS and 4 ICF for a total of 84 residents.

Home
Mission Road has 16 adult community homes throughout the city of San Antonio and one assisted living home on the main Mission Road campus for adults. Residents living in the homes are assisted by well-trained, 24-hour AWAKE staff. During the week, residents spend their day working, training for a job, volunteering or engaging in a social/habilitation program. Evenings are spent acquiring and refining the skills needed to live a more independent and fulfilled life. Weekends are for shopping, completing chores, recreational activities and spending time with friends.

Apartments
Mission Road Ministries sponsors a supervised apartment program for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who need minimal supports. The goal of the program is to provide supportive services to optimize the independence and productivity of the adults in an affordable living arrangement.

Mission Road has three apartment complexes in San Antonio that provide affordable housing and services for the tenants. Suzanne Smith Management Company supervises the three apartments: Independence Square, Murray Manor and Meadow Brook. The apartments are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment complexes designed exclusively for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. The apartments have one or two bedroom options with a community room for gatherings and a laundry room.

Caroline Watkins Send email
(210) 334-2429
Updated within the last month

A few of our children living at Mission Road are members of loving and participative families. These families partner with us to care for their children overnight, throughout the week and on weekends as is helpful. We provide each child with professional, 24-hour AWAKE care by trained, attentive staff allowing the child to thrive and grow into a successful and happy adult.

We provide our partnering families with time and respite from the 24/7/365 care that often overwhelms families with children with special needs.

The children in our Boarding School program join us as residents in our cottages and participate completely in all campus and programming activities. The children attend public school at Harlandale ISD as full time students utilizing the exceptional special needs education program of the district.

Families maintain complete and full access to their children and are welcomed to the campus any time, day or night, to monitor and oversee their child's care. Parents are encouraged to attend all campus events and field trips. Parents continue to include their children in family activities that are part of their family tradition.

Children ages 3 to 17 years with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Mission Road Boarding School is a private, fee-for-service program contracted annually, billed monthly and priced individually based upon the needs of the child.

Anna Metaxas Garcia Send email
(210) 334-6486
Updated within the last week

Mission Road Developmental Center’s Community Employment & Job Coaching Program helps match adults with IDD and employers who are eager to have them on their team.

Justin Bader was honored as our 2023 Symbol of Success. Justin has worked at H-E-B Lincoln Heights for 15 years! Justin is a Customer Service Partner. Customers routinely seek out Justin at the cash registers on each shopping trip. Justin is described as unwaveringly friendly, helpful and responsible. Congratulations, Justin! You deserve it!

We are proud of Justin and all of our program participants, who, like Justin, have been diagnosed with IDD and who want and deserve to be accepted, supported, and welcomed into the community. Including having employment opportunities.

 

Let’s get started!

Here’s a great article! Enjoy… Career Guild for People with IDD

Looking for employment? If you are an adult with IDD and you would like help getting a job in the community, please complete and submit our Client Interest Form below.

Vocational Aptitude Classes:

Looking to HIRE for a job? If you are a business leader and are interested in hiring a person with IDD or you are interested in exploring the option of carving out a job at your company and hiring a person with IDD, please contact Elisa Ibarra at (726) 213-8716 or [email protected]

MRDC, through a network with the Texas Workforce Commission, local employers, and trained and experienced staff, provides Community Employment program participants with an array of services designed to enhance employment.

Interested in learning more about employment for people with IDD?

Updated within the last week

Children in our Custodial Residential Care program have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or exploitation and are placed with Mission Road by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

The children depend upon our highly trained staff to provide the support that enables them to achieve their full potential. Many of the children have physical disabilities and challenging behaviors, along with emotional scars.

At Mission Road, the children find a new, safe and predictable home staffed by trained, loving and professional caregivers. Our children thrive and progress in a safe, happy family setting in which all their needs are met--and then some!

Children ages 3 to 17 years with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Click here to fill out an interest form

The Custodial Residential program is licensed and monitored by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Fees for the care of our children are provided by the State of Texas through a variety of funding sources and are augmented by private and corporate donations.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Yolanda Maciel Send email
(210) 334-2431
Updated within the last week

The HandsOn Program of Mission Road provides quality residential care and day activities for persons with multiple disabilities.

The services are designed for individualized training that facilitates the acquisition and/or enhancement of skills in communication, personal care, daily living skills and recreation.

Services are provided in the least restrictive environment while promoting the safety, care and welfare of all participants.

  • Children and adults
  • Must have have a diagnosis of legal blindness, a hearing impairment that affects their speech, and a disabling condition that affects their independent functioning
  • Must meet the criteria of Medicaid Eligibility
  • The program serves 24 persons who meet the criteria
Tamdelyn Lott
(361) 277-4329 x: 6494
Updated within the last 3 months.

We are all living longer and better. This goes for both ‘typical” adults and adults with IDD (intellectual and/or developmental disabilities). Many aging adults prefer to live in their own homes with family members or live with non-relatives in a Host Companion Family (formerly Foster Family) well into their senior years.

Parents caring for adult children with IDD often prefer to keep their child at home as opposed to alternative living arrangements such as moving them to a community home, apartment or nursing home. Likewise, there are many loving Texas families who have chosen to welcome a non-relative adult with IDD into their home and join in their family activities.

Mission Road's Host Companion Care program partners with families to provide professional training, oversight, and often immediate and urgent assistance. We help families and caregivers create and maintain a safe home environment where adults with IDD can flourish socially, emotionally and physically.

Adult Host Companion Care provides:

  • Meal preparation
  • Medication management
  • Social interaction & activities
  • Transportation services
  • Personal care (toileting, bathing, dressing)
  • Aiding in daily recreational & vocational activities

While the ISS services program is funded by the Medicaid waiver programs of HCS/TxHmLv and DBMD, we do accept individuals funded through CLASS, ICF, GR, and private pay.

Please note we do not accept Medicaid such as Molina, Star Plus or other HMOs.

Elisa Gonzalez Send email
(210) 334-6492
Updated within the last week

Independence Square, Inc. is one of three apartment complexes in San Antonio sponsored by Mission Road Ministries that provide affordable housing and services for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, but need minimal supports.

The apartments are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment complexes, designed exclusively for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and are supervised by the Suzanne Smith Management Company.

The apartments have one or two bedroom options with a community room for gatherings and a laundry room.

To qualify, applicants must be:

  • an adult with an intellectual developmental disability (IDD);
  • low-income;
  • not under guardianship;
  • independent in self-care, self-medication, and self-evaluation in emergencies;
  • require minimal assistance in home safety, kitchen/household management, clothing maintenance, and community mobility;
  • employed or participating in a competitive employment, sheltered employment, vocational training program, or a day activity center.
Elisa Gonzalez Send email
(210) 334-6483
Updated within the last month

Free To Be is our Individualized Skills & Socialization Program located on our Main Campus – Mission Road Developmental Center – on the city’s southside. We provide a stimulating environment for adults with IDD (intellectual and other developmental disabilities) mild to severe medical needs. We do this by providing both person-centered on-site and off-site activities. Through the years, this program has been referred to as adult day care, adult day hab (habilitation), and DAHS (Day Activity Health Services). The health and well-being of the people in our care and their families are our top priority.

Details:

  • Open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 3:00pm
  • Located on our 22-acre campus on the banks of the San Antonio River near Mission San Juan
  • For adults with differing levels of disability
  • Provides care for the physical, mental, medical, and social needs of our clients
  • Serves adults who may not be eligible for traditional day services due to the extent of their disability
Helping your loved one reach their greatest, God-given potential for Independence, Productivity, and Inclusion in the Community
Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Sussel Carreon Send email
(361) 243-9954
Updated within the last week

Meadow Brook, Inc. is one of three apartment complexes in San Antonio sponsored by Mission Road Ministries that provide affordable housing and services for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, but who need minimal supports.

The apartments are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized apartment complexes, designed exclusively for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, and are supervised by the Suzanne Smith Management Company.

The apartments have one or two bedroom options with a community room for gatherings and a laundry room.

  • Adult with an intellectual developmental disability
  • Low-income
  • Not under guardianship
  • Independent in self-care, self-medication, self-evaluation in emergencies
  • Minimal assistance required in home safety, kitchen/household management, clothing maintenance and community mobility
  • Active employment or participation in competitive employment, sheltered employment, vocational training or a day activity center
Suzanne Smith Management Company
(210) 531-0577
Elisa Gonzalez Send email
(210) 334-6492
Updated within the last month

Mission Road Developmental Center provides residential care for adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through the ICF-MR (Intermediate Care Facility-Mental Retardation) program and the HCS (Home and Community-Based Services) programs.

Mission Road has 12 adult community homes throughout the city of San Antonio, as well as one assisted living home for adults on the main Mission Road campus. Residents living in the homes are assisted by well-trained, 24-hour AWAKE staff. During the week, residents spend their day working, training for a job, volunteering or engaging in a social/habilitation program. Evenings are spent acquiring and refining the skills needed to live a more independent and fulfilled life. Weekends are for shopping, completing chores, recreational activities and spending time with friends.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Health & Human Services Commission monitor and license the HCS and the ICF-MR group homes and the assisted living program.

Elisa Gonzalez Send email
(210) 924-9265
Updated within the last week

Errands, doctors’ appointments, therapy sessions, teacher meetings…the to-do lists are seemingly never-ending for all families. This is especially true for moms and dads caring for children with IDD.

Mission Road offers a once-a-month Mom’s Morning Out program for families caring for children who have been diagnosed with IDD at home. The program affords parents with children with IDD some much-deserved free time and even “me” time and is available to families living in San Antonio and Bexar County caring for children with IDD.

Mom’s Morning Out was specially designed to give children diagnosed with IDD healthy and active Saturday mornings while also providing their caregivers with time to relax, exercise, go shopping, see a movie, or visit friends. Parents need professionals they can trust to care for their special-needs child while they take some time to re-energize and relax. We are delighted to provide this loving care by our professionally trained staff members, so parents and families can be confident that their child is receiving the best possible and appropriate care while they are away.

Mom’s Morning Out Activities:

  • Playground Time
  • Games in our gym
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Quiet time in our sensory room
  • A healthy lunch is also provided!

Families living in San Antonio and Bexar County caring for a child, age 6 to17 years, with IDD.

$40/child for 4 hours of care.

One Saturday each Month: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (September through May) (As scheduled and available)
Updated within the last week

Mission Road Developmental Center provides in-home and family support services to children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who choose to remain in their own home.

Mission Road’s Home and Community-Based (HCS) Services and other Waiver programs ensure the individual’s welfare in the community and prevent or delay institutional placement. A team of professionals and family members develop a plan with the individual seeking services to identify the goals and services that the adult needs to continue to live in his/her own home.

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission monitor and license the program.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last week

Mission Road annually offers the Summer Outreach And Recreation (S.O.A.R.) & MORE program to our resident children as well as children from the community with an IDD diagnosis. S.O.A.R. & MORE was created for children who have been diagnosed with IDD and is a strategic educational and engagement program that helps keep children engaged in academics, life skills, art, play, and more throughout school breaks. The program serves our residential children, each of whom has been removed from their families by the State due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. It also serves children from the community who live with their loving families throughout San Antonio. We call these children our “Koalas”.

S.O.A.R. is a summer camp that offers a unique opportunity for children diagnosed with IDD to have a classic camp experience. For most of the children in MRDC’s care, S.O.A.R. is their first experience attending any type of summer camp. Over the years, S.O.A.R. camp proved to be so valuable that we added “& MORE”, which is the after-school and school holiday break component of the program. This program provides our resident children and Koalas with a safe and inviting place to spend their summer days and school holidays and opportunities to experience the type of joy, fun, and excitement that they deserve and that only childhood can bring.

All of the children we serve have varying degrees of IDD and many have accompanying physical disabilities. S.O.A.R. & MORE is integral to their continuing progress and personal achievement. Children with IDD require a great deal of structure, consistency, and predictability to maintain their progress and move forward academically, socially, spiritually, and behaviorally. Without consistent reinforcement, especially over the summer, they tend to regress in all areas.

S.O.A.R. & MORE is considered an enrichment program by the State. Therefore, it’s ineligible to receive State funding, so each year we must raise ALL of the funds necessary to continue this vital program. The funds we raise are put toward staffing, programming, materials, meals, transportation, special field trips, activities, and more. If you would like to make a donation in support of our S.O.A.R. & MORE program, please CLICK HERE to be directed to our donation page. We are grateful for your generosity!

Volunteer opportunities for S.O.A.R. & MORE are also available! Click here for volunteering details and info.

 

Children ages 3 to 17 years with intellectual or other developmental disabilities.

Click here for more information or to submit an interest form.

What makes S.O.A.R. special:

  • Our longtime, professional, well-trained staff care for the child during the program.
  • Children are put into small groups that are age and level-of-care based.
  • S.O.A.R. camp is held for eight (8) weeks of summer break.
  • S.O.A.R. camp is offered Monday-Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • S.O.A.R. & MORE is attended by all of our resident children and up to 26 Koalas.

Tuition:

  • $300.00 per week/child.
  • Registration and payment for all eight (8) weeks are required.
  • A non-refundable deposit of 1,200.00 (four-week tuition) is due Friday, June 7, 2024.
  • The total balance is due July 12, 2024.
  • Daily pick-up is at 3:00 pm. $1.00 per minute is charged for each minute after 3:00 pm until children are retrieved.
Hours
Monday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

*Eight weeks
Updated within the last week

You make the world a better place.

Volunteers of all kinds are important to us. As a volunteer, we want you to participate in a way that is meaningful to YOU. We are dedicated to working closely with you to identify your ideal project plan, specific experience and "take away" plus scheduling days, times and places that are most convenient for you.

There are several ways to volunteer at Mission Road:

  • You’re the Expert

What is your passion? Expertise? Joy? Volunteer your time to play your musical instrument; build a bird house; teach us about the sun and stars; bake a cake; care for animals; teach us dances from your ancestors and on and on. Volunteering is about YOU! We love it all!

  • On-Campus Group Volunteers

Large volunteer groups are welcome! Activities can include working directly with clients on craft projects, reading, singing, playing sports and games. Got rhythm? Volunteer to dance with clients at our frequent carnivals and parties.

Volunteers may also choose to help with the care and maintenance of Mission Road facilities - painting, gardening, light repairs, hanging Christmas lights, even harvesting olives in our 250-tree orchard.

  • Off-Campus Group Volunteers

We love to be out and about. Our clients love to visit museums, the theater, historic sites, see movies, go bowling, and even volunteer for others - visiting senior centers, the Food Bank and baking cookies at the Ronald McDonald House. Where can you take us?

  • Sponsors

We appreciate individual and corporate sponsors who may choose donate items such as tickets for community events, books, puzzles, crafts supplies, etc.. Monetary donations are appreciated to help cover transportation expenses, meals and other expenses for off campus experiences - including over-night vacations for our residents.

  • Individual Volunteer

An individual may assist in on-campus programming; such as arts and crafts classes, music lessons, tutoring, field trips, birthday parties, fundraisers, holiday parties and much more.

  • Shindig, Job Luncheon and Club Unicorn

Individuals can volunteer with Mission Road's client and fundraising events. Dance with our clients, serve popcorn or pizza or serve on our special fundraising committees including Underwriting and Table Sponsor recruitment, Auction Donation procurement, Decor, Guest Registration, etc.

Complete our online Volunteer Form found here.

Upon submission, a team member will contact you to help coordinate a volunteer activity that meets your expectations and provides your volunteers with a memorable and productive experience.

Questions? Contact [email protected] or call (210) 334-2455.

 

Mission Road Volunteer Protocol and Restrictions

  • Mission Road does not offer volunteer opportunities for Court Ordered Community Service.
  • As of 2022, staffing challenges prevent clinical internships and student internships at both our Southside and Unicorn Centers campuses. We are not accepting university, college, and/or nursing school intern partnerships.
  • High Access and/or Individual Volunteers must complete our application, undergo a full background check (FBI and DPS), they must pay the non-refundable application fee of $87, and participate in an in-person interview. Acceptance is subject to approval and clearance at all junctures.
  • All requests for both individual and group volunteer projects are reviewed by and subject to approval by the Mission Road Volunteer Council. Not all requests are granted.
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Updated within the last 5 months.

The Individualized Skills and Socialization Program (formerly known as Day Activity) is hosted at our Unicorn Centers campus provides the people in our care with an active, vibrant day program. Our ISS program includes both on-site and off-site activities and is completely person-centered.

Our team works closely with our participants– adults with IDD, to be included in a community-based environment where we help them learn, improve, and retain the life skills that are essential to living and participating successfully in home and community life.

How we help and are included in the community… We helped feed 5,000 people and had fun doing it! CLICK HERE to learn more. For many years, our program has been partnering with financial leaders, neighboring congregations, and local charities to do inclusive ministry volunteering that allows members of our program to play a role in uplifting the lives of others who are struggling. Dozens of people in our program have participated numerous times over the years.

Visit our Facebook page to see some great photo examples of our clients’ volunteer work!

Adults 18 years and up, with a primary diagnosis of IDD.

Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Updated within the last week