San Antonio Community Resource Directory
Southwind Fields (Nonprofit / Christian )

Our mission is to build a sense of community and provide empowerment for adults with special needs through connection, meaningful experiences, spiritual growth, and fulfilling work.

The Southwind Fields programs are based on the Community Strong concept that provides adults with learning differences the opportunity to lead meaningful, impactful lives.

Working alongside one another in Community Impact Teams, our Locals (program members) can enter the mission field in a way that not only helps them find fulfillment but also works towards the greater good, benefiting non-profits working to make a difference in our city.

In both the Southwind Day Program and the Southwind Fields Tiny House program, Locals are offered the opportunity to be contracted Southwind Fields employees, being hired onto Local Work Teams, earning a steady paycheck while being active participants in an employment setting of their choosing within our organization.

Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Leslie Bellieu - Co-founder/CEO Send email
Charles Morris - Co-founder/CPO
Online and Virtual Assistance

The SWF Podcast is not only fun to listen to, but it’ll touch your heart, and you might learn something, too!

Listen to our Local Leaders interview community leaders on a variety of topics, focused around friendship, business, community engagement and leadership.

Click here to see a test run.

Click here if you would like to be interviewed.

Leslie Bellieu Send email
Updated within the last 2 months.

We believe in learning from one another and sharing our unique gifts and talents.

At Southwind Fields, we encourage each Local to have a mentor.

For our City Locals, it may look like checking in once a week, grabbing a burger or a cup of coffee, touching base, and doing life together.

At our Local Hub, mentors might lead a life group, teach a class, or join us for lunch.

Click here to learn more.

Call or email to find out how you can become a mentor.

Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Leslie Bellieu Send email
(210) 526-1567
Updated within the last month

The Southwind City Locals program is designed for men and women of abilities who desire to live independently within the community and have the necessary skill set to do so with minor assistance.

City Locals live in our partnered, affordable price, apartment complex on the Northwest side of San Antonio. Here, they maintain their lease agreements, while enjoying the fellowship and community of living alongside other Southwind City Locals.

City Locals can attend the Southwind Day Program, should they desire, where they may participate in community impact team mission work and attend Life Groups and Worship Gatherings.

Other aspects of the City Locals program include:

  • Roommate match (Locals choose their roommate from a pool of potential life-long friends)
  • Community apartment living centered around the community-strong concept
  • Personal Local Advisor (case management/advocacy/State & Medicaid provider supervision)
  • 24/7 on-call support
  • 24/7 on-call wellness advisor
  • Minimum of twice-weekly check-ins
  • Weekly environmental checks
  • Bi-weekly support from an Occupational Therapy Intern
  • Independent living guidance
  • Bus/transportation training
  • Optional financial management with bi-weekly budget meetings
  • Weekly Local Family group events
  • Bi-weekly support group meetings
  • Employment search and retention assistance
  • Access to the Southwind Social Club

Click here to learn more about the Southwind Fields lifestyle.

Click here to apply to become a Local.

Fees:

  • Non-refundable program initiation and application fee: $150 (helps us cover the costs associated with apartment paperwork, job search, government-based fees, etc.)
  • City Local Program Fee: $350/month. Your monthly fee covers all of the services listed above as well as access to the Southwind Local Society.
  • Rent: Apartment application fees and deposits are typically around $150). Monthly rent is approximately $520/per person for a two-bedroom apartment and $890/per person for a one-bedroom (Locals opting to live in a one-bedroom must pass an evaluation for living alone before applying). 
  • Utility Cost: The approximate cost of electricity for a two-bedroom apartment ranges from $40-$50/person each month, based on the Local’s combined use. Internet is approximately $60/month. Trash and water are included with the rent.
  • Groceries & Entertainment: Most locals budget $80/week, on average for groceries and fun. Locals opting to use ride-hail services rather than riding the bus or utilizing via trans to get to work, or go out, should plan to budget an additional $30/week.
Leslie Bellieu Send email
Updated within the last month

The upcoming Southwind Fields Tiny House Community is Phase 3 of the overall vision for Southwind Fields.

It will provide a residential situation where our Locals (Southwind members) will experience an all-inclusive community of acceptance, growth, independence, and support in a therapeutic and supportive atmosphere.

Each resident will be provided a comfortable, manageably-sized rental home (or a room in The Inn for residents needing more individualized supervision) to call their own. We encourage residents to bring furniture and items to decorate as they please.

Each home will be fitted with A/C and a wet space for a sink and small refrigerator, but shared kitchens will be available also. These will create a sense of community and provide a higher level of safety.

Locals may enjoy cooking and breaking bread alongside their neighbors and friends in these moderately supervised spaces. Residents who have passed a simple cooking and food-handling course can prepare their meals.

Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Leslie Bellieu Send email
Updated within the last month

The Southwind Social Club is the second step in the Southwind Fields' overall vision. This multi-use space hosts:

  • Fun, purposeful, and engaging classes focused on growing and refining social skills, appropriate peer relationships, strengthening independent living skills, and enhancing job readiness.
  • A Monday through Friday program providing an empowering environment where adults with differing abilities may work towards holistic wellness (mind, body, and soul) and find meaningful experiences each week, surrounded by their peers while serving as missionary pathfinders in the San Antonio community.
  • A space for Local artisans to create freely and grow their skills in a supportive environment.
  • A space for Locals to gather, hang out with friends, have healthy snacks, play games, and build healthy relationships in their free time in a safe, encouraging, and fun environment.
  • A space for budding non-profits and church plants to comfortably work, serve, or hold meetings from time to time, free of charge, until they have a place of their own.
  • A space for evening gatherings, Local group events, and fun, positive events, open to the community.

Local Society Hours:

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

*We are working on building transportation options for our day program (drop-off and pick-up) and are prayerfully working to raise money for this purpose. 

Local Society Day Program Pricing

  • Monthly Membership: $300/month

  • *Future transportation options will require an additional fee

Hours
Monday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Leslie Bellieu Send email
Charles Morris
Updated within the last month

Independence Pursuit is a collaborative effort, providing space, education, and opportunity for adults with learning differences to create, learn, grow, and pursue a path to their independence, whatever that may look like. We believe that everyone deserves to have a life they love...everyone. We believe in dreaming big, chasing joy, and looking forward.

Pre-employment Classes (TWC Contract Pending):

  • Work-Adjustment Training (WAT)
  • Personal Social-Adjustment Training (PSAT)
  • Vocational-Adjustment Training (VAT)
  • Job Placement

Click here for more information on Independence Pursuit and its programs.

Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED
Leslie Bellieu Send email
Charles Morris
Updated within the last month

Southwind Sports is meant to fill the space in sporting leagues for people with learning differences, who haven't yet found their fit elsewhere.

Click here for current information on this season's sport, registration, and fees.

No experience in any sport is necessary to participate. While we keep scores during games, we are focused on having fun and making friends! We'll practice for a while and then divide into our teams for games!

Leslie Bellieu Send email
Updated within the last month