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You are a Caregiver if you provide routine assistance to a loved one who is 60 years of age or older and frail, disabled, or has a chronic illness, regardless of your own age or relationship to the person you assist.

Alamo Caregiver Empowerment provides services for family caregivers in Bexar County and some of the surrounding counties such as:

  • Education and training
  • Connecting caregivers with resources
  • Finding community supports

To access our services, contact the Alamo Service Connection (ASC) at the number below.

We serve unpaid, primary caregivers who care for:

  • a loved 60 years of age or older
  • a loved one of any age with Alzheimer’s or other related dementias
ASC Office 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
Alamo Service Connection
(210) 477-3275

Our clinics will be operating under normal business hours while we increase cleanings and screenings within our facilities.

Provides children and young adults with disabilities a place to go during school holidays and summer.

Serves ages 8-21

Monday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Thursday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Friday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM Saturday: CLOSED Sunday: CLOSED (Drop-off is available as early as 7:30 AM and pick-up as late as 4:00 PM.)

Our agency champions healthcare access for all individuals with disabilities. We believe that people with disabilities should have access to healthcare coverage and services that meet their unique needs and that all services should be readily available, affordable, accessible, and accountable.

To achieve these goals, Disability Rights Texas’s efforts include individual casework, training programs, and advocacy for public policies that support access to quality healthcare and services for individuals with disabilities.

For information related to this topic that is provided in American Sign Language (ASL), visit our Healthcare Videos on ASL Page.

ECI resources: For information about services for children with delays or disabilities who are 0-3 years old, please see our Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Resource page.


Click here to access all of our healthcare resources, educational, and advocacy information.

Patty Anderson - Deputy Director
Mary Faithfull - Executive Director

BrightStar Care is adhering to the recommendations of the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus as well as how to care and treat patients who may be diagnosed with COVID-19 in their homes.

Click here to learn how BrightStar Care is keeping clients safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals living with physical disabilities or special needs have unique care requirements, and in many cases, mobility is limited and some level of home care is required. At BrightStar Care of Metro San Antonio, we provide a personalized approach to care, case management, and disability assistance for our clients.

Quality Home Care:

BrightStar Care care professionals are trained to help those with disabilities and special needs such as Spina Bifida, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Cerebral Palsy and spinal cord injuries, giving them the support they need to live as independently as possible. From disability aids and accessible transportation to personal care, our advanced and specialized expertise in this area ensures our clients’ safety, and empowers you and your family to get the most out of life.

Our disability care services include:

  • Pressure Relief: Mobility issues can lead to pressure sores, debecutis ulcers and, in severe cases, the need for wound care. BrightStar Care caregivers are trained to provide pressure relief every 15 minutes for wheelchair-bound patients, and to turn bed-bound patients every two hours to prevent complications caused by prolonged immobility. Our CNAs are also trained in the transfer of patients using Hoyer lifts and slide boards, and use the proper techniques to help patients avoid injuries and falls during transport.
  • Care for Special Needs Children: Babies, infants and children living with disabilities or special needs have unique care requirements. BrightStar Care trained professionals specialize in administering in-home pediatric care and can provide comprehensive case management and support for children with special needs.
  • Special Event and Respite Care: Whether you need assistance caring for your loved one during a wedding or holiday celebration, BrightStar Care care professionals can provide help on a short-term basis so you and your family can make time for a vacation or receive additional support during a special event.
  • Travel Companionship: Travel and transportation can be challenging for individuals with disabilities and special needs. BrightStar Care provides travel companion care to help make travel accessible for people with special needs, enabling them to experience more in life.
  • Medical Procedure Transportation: BrightStar Care care professionals are available to help those who need assistance with a scheduled medical procedure or doctor’s appointment. Your compassionate care professional will:
  • Pick you up at home and taking you to the hospital or doctor’s office.
  • Wait until the procedure is completed and signing you out.
  • Safely transport you home.
  • If needed, stop at a pharmacy, grocery store, or restaurant if you need prescription, medical supplies, groceries, or food.
  • Make sure you are safely settled in your home after your procedure.

Additional options:

  • We can stay with you in your home after the procedure and assist with meal preparation, bathing, toileting, laundry, light cleaning, and medication reminders.
  • A Registered Nurse (RN) can visit after you are home and change your dressings, perform wound care or infection monitoring.
  • An RN patient advocate can help coordinate care, treatment, and communicate between you, your family and healthcare providers. We can attend appointments with you and help you understand options and make the best possible health care decision.

BrightStar Care is ready to help.

Open 24 hours
Lorena Villarreal - Director of Clinical Operations & Nursing
(210) 377-3355
Joseph Guijarro, MHA - Alternate Administrator & Compliance Supervisor

Due to Covid-19 health concerns we require that all participants 2+ wear a mask and observe social distancing. Covid-19 protocols will be followed for all in-person activities at this time.

The Down Syndrome Association of South Texas welcomes all new and expectant parents and their families! The whole family is welcome to enjoy breakfast with us while learning more about the Down syndrome community.  This meeting will be held quarterly as an opportunity for expectant parents and parents with children ages 0-3 to meet, socialize, and learn from each other!

Have you attended a New and Expectant Parent Breakfast in the past?  We invite you back to share your experiences and support other families.

Click here to register for program.

Free. Click here for program dates and times.

Brian Lopez - Executive Director Send email
Michelle Naeder - Program Director Send email

Our mission is simple, to assist and support, through fellowship and action, the fathers and families of individuals with Down syndrome.

Click here for registration form.

Click here for the latest updates on program dates and times.


Brian Lopez - Executive Director Send email
Michelle Naeder - Program Director Send email

Our clinics will be operating under normal business hours while we increase cleanings and screenings within our facilities.

Community living and support services are needed to maintain a good quality of life.

This program includes:

  • Respite services   
  • Day habilitation   
  • Employment services   
  • Nursing services
  • Dental services   
  • Behavioral support
  • Community Support (transportation)
  • Social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Dietary services
  • Audiology services
  • Accessible minor home modifications
  • Adaptive aids

To begin the enrollment process, click here to send an email explaining your situation.


Click here to see COVID-19 updates and guidelines from the Office of the Archdiocese.

This ministry was established to create a support group for cancer survivors and their caregivers.

We have expanded to include all people with serious or chronic illnesses and their caregivers and loved ones. It is a place where we can all come together to be encouraged and inspired as well as to encourage and inspire others.

Many of the people in this parish and our community have had, currently have, or will have to face a diagnosis of a serious illness or disability. We would like to offer encouragement and support to people who face these struggles. You do not have to be Catholic to join this support group; it is a community outreach ministry.
If you are a patient currently undergoing treatment, join us.  We are in constant prayer on your behalf. We offer you encouragement, wisdom and a hand to hold onto. We’ve been in your shoes; we can be a light in the darkness for you.
If you are a survivor, join us. We need your wisdom, compassion and experience to help others. It is said that God can take something bad and turn it into something beautiful. Take your experiences and turn them into something beautiful to give glory to God.
If you are a caregiver or loved one for a patient, join us. We understand having a serious or chronic illness is an arduous journey and the patient does not take that journey alone. We want to encourage and support you as well.

For more information contact Ann Trost 361-218-9843 or email at [email protected].

If you are interested in being a guest speaker at one of our meetings, please contact Magdalena.

Ann Trost - Ministry Leader Send email
(361) 218-9843