Community Assistance and Resources for Everyone (CARE)

Mission

Our mission, as the Community Assistance and Resources for Everyone (CARE) Network, is to serve residents of Canyon Lake, Texas by providing vital integrated resources such as emergency food, housing,  resources and educational opportunities to those in need.

About Us

After discovering how many partnerships and relationships the social service agencies and organizations in Canyon Lake had with each other, we decided to network more extensively to maximize and utilize each one’s opportunities to the best of our abilities. With over twenty organizations as a part of our network, we strive to learn the most about each other’s involvements, programs, and resources to make accurate referrals and make sure none of the Canyon Lake assistance needs remain unmet.

If you are a member of the Canyon Lake community, we encourage you to learn more about our opportunities. We help provide children’s resources, church support, financial assistance, food assistance, housing resources, medical assistance, recreation opportunities, and transportation assistance so you and your family can have the highest quality of life in our caring community.

We are here to serve you, so don’t hesitate to contact any of the agencies on this website with any questions or needs. We look forward to meeting and working with you!

​And, of course, if you have a service to offer that would complement anything we offer, we welcome your inclusion into our coalition!

Child abuse and neglect resources

Child Protective Services

Otherwise known as the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), the CARE network works closely with CPS to support their children the best we can. Specifically working with a faith-based specialist, CPS’s goal is to currently engage community members and churches with encouraging, mentoring, and even fostering children. If you have a skill you’d like to donate, CPS would love to utilize the talents of our community outside of adopting and fostering in order to maximize the success of its children.

Contact:
Hope Shelton                                                 3635 S.E. Military Dr.
Hope.Shelton@dfps.state.tx.us                               San Antonio, TX
(210) 337-3027

Connections Individual and Family Services

​Connections is a non-profit organization established to provide a safe and secure alternative to the “streets” for homeless, abused, or at-risk youth through providing housing assistance, life skills workshops, workforce education, and counseling services.

Contact:
Courtney Laverty                                     1414 W. San Antonio St.
claverty@connectionsnonprofit.org                     New Braunfels, TX
(​830) 629-6571

New Life Children’s Center

​New Life caters to young women ages 11-17 who have experienced severe abuse or neglect, helping them grow and heal through in-depth clinical therapy, personal development activities, and spiritual care in a safe setting. Girls stay an average of 6-8 months and begin to feel a restored sense of hope in their futures.

Contact:
Jacob Huereca                                             650 Scarbourough Rd.
jacob.huereca@Upbring.org                                  Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 964-4390

SJRC – Texas

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (SJRC) – Texas cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse, and neglect. We are their safe haven and offer help and hope to begin the journey of healing. The programs of SJRC Texas cover a continuum of care to ensure that children placed in our care receive therapeutic treatment along their journey of healing towards a brighter future. Our programs provide the following services: emergency placement, therapeutic residential foster care, pregnant and parenting teen services, community-based foster care services, and adoption services.

​Contact:
Christina Melendrez                                    652 Old Bear Creek Rd.
cmelendrez@sjrctexas.org                                 New Braunfels, TX
​(830) 629-0659

Schools and Daycares

Kid’s Cove Preschool and Daycare

Hosted by North Shore United Methodist Church, Kid’s Cove Preschool and Day Care is a total blast, and we have room for new friends! Call or email to schedule a time to come  by and check out the cove to see if this is the place for you. Our desire is to help and serve families of our community by providing quality childcare with strong academic, emotional, relational, and spiritual formation!​ Our loving and well-trained staff is ready to welcome your sweet ones with low ratios, great location, and flexibility for days of care!

We offer care for:
1 month – 5 year olds, from 6:45am – 6pm

Contact:
Myra Zumwalt                                         23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
nsumc@northshore-umc.org                                Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 935-2171

Schools Resources and Services

Communities in Schools – Startzville

​The mission of Communities in Schools (CIS) – Startzville is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS helps students address many issues or challenges that can prevent them from being successful in school. CIS helps ensure that children’s needs are met through mentoring, one-on-one supportive guidance, small group support, and school-wide events. CIS also services as a link between families and community resources, connecting students with the services they need.

Contact:
Kate Kelly                                                             4111 FM 3159
gwen.cunningham@comalisd.org                         Canyon Lake, TX
​(830) 885-8010

North Shore Kid’s Hope Mentoring

KIDS HOPE USA is part of the partnership between North Shore United Methodist Church and Rebecca Creek Elementary School. The partnership began in August 2011. KIDS HOPE is a program that trains volunteer members of NSUMC how to befriend children to help each on with their particular needs. The matched mentor and child meet for 1 hour each week for at least 1 school year. The mentor builds a relationship with the child by listening and talking, by playing games and laughing, and by practicing reading and other academic skills as needed. The mentor serves as a role model to give the child a positive experience.

Contact:
Myra Zumwalt                                         23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
nsumc@northshore-umc.org                                Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 935-2171

Canyon Lake Church Resources

Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church

​You are invited to be a part of the work God is doing here through Christian Education classes for young and old, lots of occasions to eat, weekly worship services, and Bible study. We commit to honor and care for you and your family as we all strive together to love and serve the world. You can become involved through CLP preschool, Kid’s Hope Mentoring, Act II Sewing and Crafts Group, and hospital and home visitation.

Contact:
Laura Schafer                                              230 Shepherd Hills Dr.
clpocofc@gvtc.com                                               Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 964-2427

Canyon Lake United Methodist Church

​CLUMC provides a place to belong, grow in your understanding and relationship with God, and a place to live out your faith. It also provides community outreach through its Hearts and Hammers programs doing household projects, Food with Friends providing a free weekly meal, VBS, and other services.

​Contact:
Betty Smith                                                        206 Flintstone Dr.
Gsnbetty@gvtc.com                                             Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 894-3916

Crane Mills Baptist Church

Cranes Mill Baptist Church (CMBC) is a 15 minute drive from New Braunfels and a 25 minute drive from San Antonio, and it strives to be a lighthouse for God in Canyon Lake.

Contact:
Jerry Becknal                                                         10215 FM 2673
cmbcpastor@gmail.com                                        Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 899-7936

Hill Country Bible Church

​Hill Country Bible Church is an easily accessed church with a food pantry the 2nd Saturday of every month and a free community dinner every Wednesday.

Contact:
Franklin Watts                                                         20885 FM 306
atalie_watts@yahoo.com                                       Canyon Lake, TX
210-935-2945

North Shore United Methodist Church

North Shore United Methodist is an offshoot of the “mother” church of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church. It is actively involved in the community with its outreach programs, providing services such as its meal ministry, Kid’s Hope mentor program, and its preschool and daycare.

Contact:
Myra Zumwalt                                         23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
nsumc@northshore-umc.org                                Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 935-2171

Shepherd of the Hills Christian Fellowship

Shepherd of the Hills provides weekly services full of teachings that empower us to build lives that honor the Lord. We also offer a children’s church service, a youth group, and a SWAT (Students with a Testimony) Team, giving children of all ages an opportunity to grow in their faith.

Contact:
Linda Engelke                                                        8427 FM 2673
sothcf@gvtc.com                                                Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 899-4033

St. Andrew Lutheran Church

St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Canyon Lake provides opportunities for spiritual nourishment, personal growth, and outreach to our diverse community. They are the host of Family Promise, aimed to help homeless families with transitional housing, as well as hosting events such as Fill the Pantry and Fill the Backpack to end hunger through donations.

Contact:
Paul Miller                                                               7420 FM 2673
sastaff@gvtc.com                                                 Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 899-2273

St. Francis by the Lake Episcopal Church

​St. Francis by the Lake is the local Episcopal Church that can provide resources and services in addition to worship and prayer, striving to improve the quality of life for those around us who are in need.

Contact:
Fr. David Chalk                                                        13250 FM 306
francis@gvtc.com                                                 Canyon Lake, TX
830-964-3820

St. Thomas Catholic Church

We have much to offer our community through prayer, bible study, support groups, and religious education. As more families are enjoying the peaceful life in the Hill Country, we invite all to come and join us in our parish family. We provide many opportunities for outreach, including CRRC donations, our women’s group Helping Hands, our Pro-Life Ministry, support groups, and Cleaning for Christ & Church which helps make our church environment shine.

Contact:
Harvey Ferguson                                              180 St. Thomas Dr.
stthomas@gvtc.com                                            Canyon Lake, TX
830-964-3497

Financial Assistance

CRRC of Canyon Lake

CRRC of Canyon Lake helps with emergency financial assistance for clients and residents of Canyon Lake. We can help each client once per year and up to 3 times in a 5-year period. Make sure to bring a copy of identification, income, and the bill you need paid and we will try to help you or refer you as much as we can.

Contact:
Maureen Schein                                                      1917 FM 2673
​resource.program@crrcofcanyonlake.org               Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 964-2324

North Shore United Methodist Church

North Shore United Methodist Church can also help with financial assistance on a case-by-case basis. Whether it be fuel, housing, or other bills that you need help with, we are happy to see if we can assist you to the best of our abilities.

Contact:
Myra Zumwalt                                          23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
nsumc@northshore-umc.org                                 Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 935-2171

Depending on the type of financial assistance you may need, other agencies may be able to help! Try to narrow your specific need to children’s services, housing, food, medical, or transportation; then, select the category from menu. We’ll try to help you as best as we can!

Food Pantries

CRRC of Canyon Lake

We help local residents and families who are going through crisis with food from our emergency food pantry. We serve individuals and families who are low-income, disabled, and/or senior citizens. Clients may be eligible for monthly food assistance or food assistance three times per year. Feel free to stop by the food pantry or call to see if you’re eligible for this grocery assistance!

Contact:
Maureen Schein                                                      1917 FM 2673
​resource.program@crrcofcanyonlake.org               Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 964-2324

Hill Country Bible Church

Hill Country Bible Church offers a food pantry once a month to clients who are low-income, disabled, and/or senior citizens. This food pantry is provided the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10am-2pm, at the church’s location. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact:
Atalie Watts                                                             20885 FM 306
atalie_watts@yahoo.com                                       Canyon Lake, TX
(210) 935-2945

Westside Community Center

Westside Community Center also offers a mobile food pantry the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month to clients who are low-income, disabled, and/or senior citizens. This pantry feeds 200-300 families and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contact:
Jennifer Hernandez                                                   2932 S. IH 35
jhernandez@nbtexas.org                                    New Braunfels, TX
(830) 221-4630

Free Meals

Canyon Lake United Methodist Church

CLUMC offers a weekly Food with Friends program, providing a safe place to sit and enjoy food and fellowship. No ID, no cost, no strings, no sermons, no questions!

Each Monday, 5-7pm 
206 Flintstone Drive
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
(830) 899-7104

Hill Country Bible Church

Hill Country Bible Church hosts a community dinner, free of charge, each week.

Each Wednesday, 6pm
20885 FM 306
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
​(210) 935-2945

Meals on Wheels Programs

AACOG

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) Agency on Aging provides a home-delivered meals program. This service offers a nutritionally balanced noon-time meal delivered to an individual. A home visit to determine eligibility must be conducted by the area nutrition provider contracted  by Alamo Area Agency on Aging. Home Delivered meals provide an opportunity for a home-bound individual to have face-to-face contact with a caring individual, such as the delivery driver,who can also provide a valuable assessment of the individuals health and well being.

Requirements:
Must be 60 years old or older
Must be assessed to be home-bound
Must complete a home visit to determine eligibility

Contact:
Trina Salazar                                          8700 Tesoro Dr., Suite 160
tsalazar@aacog.com                                              San Antonio, TX
(210) 362-5244

CRRC of Canyon Lake

Our office houses the volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels, distributing meals to our community’s shut-ins. If you think you or someone you know may be eligible, call the New Braunfels Senior Center to sign up for this program. Your meals will then be delivered to your door.

Contact:
New Braunfels Senior Center Meals on Wheels
(830) 629-4547

North Shore United Methodist Church

Our Meal Ministry began in April 2012 as an outreach to those in our church and community who could benefit from receiving assistance with nutritious meals. We wanted to prepare and deliver home-cooked meals that recipients would look forward to and enjoy. We serve over 1000 meals a year, and this ministry not only blessed those who received the meals, but all of us who participate in preparing and delivering them. If you or someone you know might benefit from this program, please call the church office.

Contact:
​Northshore United Methodist Church
(830) 935-2171

Children’s Shelters

Connections Individual and Family Services

Connections operates 2 emergency shelters for youth ages 10-17 who are in the midst of a crisis and need a safe place to stay.  The shelters provide a safe place to stay for youth in crisis. In addition to meals and short-term housing, shelters offer: individual, group, and family counseling; recreational activities; and linkages to educational and medical services.

The agency’s 2 shelters are located at:
1414 W San Antonio St., New Braunfels
209 Lang Rd., Portland, TX

​Contact:
Courtney Laverty
claverty@connectionsnonprofit.org
(​830) 629-6571

New Life Children’s Center

​New Life caters to young women ages 11-17 who have experienced severe abuse or neglect, helping them grow and heal through in-depth clinical therapy, personal development activities, and spiritual care in a safe setting. Girls stay an average of 6-8 months and begin to feel a restored sense of hope in their futures.

Contact:
Jacob Huereca                                             650 Scarbourough Rd.
jacob.huereca@Upbring.org                                  Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 964-4390

SJRC – Texas

St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (SJRC) – Texas cares for children and families who have been affected by trauma, abuse, and neglect. The programs of SJRC – Texas cover a continuum of care to ensure that children placed in our care receive therapeutic treatment along their journey of healing towards a brighter future. Our programs provide the following services: emergency placement, therapeutic residential foster care, pregnant and parenting teen services, community-based foster care services, and adoption services.

Contact:
Christina Melendrez                                    652 Old Bear Creek Rd.
cmelendrez@sjrctexas.org                                  New Braunfels, TX
​(830) 629-0659

Home Repairs

AACOG

Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) can also help with specific home repairs and installations that community members may need at a reduced or free cost. These include: grab bars, A/C units, heaters, and some ramps, in addition to other special circumstances appliances. AACOG also provides a Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), designed to help low-income people, particularly the elderly and handicapped, overcome the high cost of energy through the installation of energy conservation measures at no cost to the applicant. This program can lower the amount of energy used in a home, thus helping the applicants save more money. To qualify, the total household income must meet federal income eligibility requirements. Contact us if you’d like to receive an application or have any questions.

Contact:
Trina Salazar                                          8700 Tesoro Dr., Suite 160
tsalazar@aacog.com                                              San Antonio, TX
(210) 362-5244

Hearts and Hammers

Sponsored by Canyon Lake United Methodist Church, the Hearts and Hammers teams are made up of friendly volunteer church members who help with various household projects at minimal cost. Work jobs include light plumbing, electrical work, ramp construction and repair, yard work and clean up, as well as other small miscellaneous projects. Most jobs do not take longer than a day or two. If you would like your household repair needs looked at, please contact us and fill out a request form to be contacted soon.

​Contact:
Betty Smith                                                        206 Flintstone Dr.
Gsnbetty@gvtc.com                                             Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 894-3916

Housing Financial Assistance

AACOG

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, sponsored by AACOG, is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families in affording decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit. Assistance can be limited, but contact us if you’re interested. In addition, AACOG offers limited financial assistance to help with housing in certain circumstances, so call us if you have questions about qualifications.

Contact:
Trina Salazar                                          8700 Tesoro Dr., Suite 160
tsalazar@aacog.com                                              San Antonio, TX
(210) 362-5244

Crane Mills Baptist Church

Cranes Mill Baptist Church can provide limited financial help with rent and mortgages as seen fit at the discretion of the church staff. Contact us for more questions.

Contact:
Jerry Becknal                                                         10215 FM 2673
cmbcpastor@gmail.com                                        Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 899-7936

North Shore United Methodist Church

North Shore United Methodist Church (NSUMC) can provide financial assistance to community members struggling with housing, including help with rent and mortgages as well as referrals to other resources.

Contact:
Myra Zumwalt                                          23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
nsumc@northshore-umc.org                                 Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 935-2171

Transitional Housing

Connections Individual and Family Services

​Connections also runs the Chrysalis Transitional Living Program, a residential program assisting youth ages 16-21 to transition to productive independent living as adults. After meeting specific qualifications, applicants between ages 15-21 must independently request, complete, and return an application. After reviewing the application, the Program Coordinator will set up an in-person or telephone interview. If this program is appropriate, the applicant will be admitted into the assessment phase of the program; if not, referral information will be provided. For more information, please call (830) 620-0214.

​Contact:
Courtney Laverty                                      1414 W. San Antonio St.
claverty@connectionsnonprofit.org                     New Braunfels, TX
(​830) 629-6571

Family Promise

Family Promise partners with 13 local churches across the county to help provide a home for homeless families, creating a way for communities to address the challenge of family homelessness by using existing resources. Congregations provide space in their buildings to serve as temporary homes, and day centers allow families to take showers, receive case managements, and look for housing and jobs. There are multiple transportation options, and with volunteers giving their time, family homelessness is address without the creation of expensive shelters. On average, 74% of the families we serve will gain long-term housing while in the program, in 9 weeks.

Contact:
Stacey Minor                                                          PO Box 311866
staceyminor@fpgnb.org                                      New Braunfels, TX
(830) 214-0024

Home Visits

Mobile Integrated Healthcare

MIH conducts free home visits upon request or if the individual has made more than 5 911 calls in a one-month period. During this visit, a trained paramedic will do a fall risk assessment of the house, refer individuals to services, and work from an interconnected approach to service delivery. Don’t hesitate to contact Greg Eckert with any questions.

​Contact:
1074 Scissortail
Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 310-9094

Medical Equipment and Supplies

CRRC of Canyon Lake

At CRRC, we have a medical equipment loan program that is available to members of the community free-of-charge. We have a diverse supply of medical equipment, including wheelchairs, crutches, canes, handicap toilet chairs, and other useful medical instruments that individuals can check out for a 90-day period.

Contact:
Maureen Schein                                                      1917 FM 2673
​resource.program@crrcofcanyonlake.org               Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 964-2324

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating access to healthcare for uninsured and low-income families through direct services, community partnerships, and strategic grant-making in 74 counties across South Texas. The organization focuses on serving the individual and area communities by promoting health, wellness, and disease prevention through education, support, and encouragement. This organization can help provide insulin to low-income individuals unable to receive this resource due to lack of insurance or availability. Questions? Contact Tricia Mathis.

​Contact:
Tricia Mathis                                                       206 Flintstone Dr.
tmathis@mhm.org                                                Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 899-7145

Medical Screenings

Methodist Healthcare Ministries

Methodist Healthcare Ministries also provides a monthly health clinic to assess community members free-of-charge. A fully trained nurse provides blood pressure and blood sugar screening, diabetic counseling, and medical and nutritional education. If you have general questions regarding personal health issues or need assistance navigating your way around the healthcare system, do not hesitate to give us a call.

​Contact:
Tricia Mathis                                                       206 Flintstone Dr.
tmathis@mhm.org                                                Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 899-7145

Mobile Integrated Healthcare

MIH hosts a monthly HAPPY Clinic to provide free medical screenings to anyone in the community. Trained paramedics can assess community members for basic health problems, and nurses can then refer members to different health professionals if needed. MIH also performs fall risk assessments in an attempt to limit the number of calls to 911 each month through providing coordinated preventative care. In addition, MIH hosts CPR and First Aid trainings through the Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Department. Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

​Contact:
1074 Scissortail
Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 310-9094

Westside Community Center

Westside Community Center has partnered with the Texas Kidney Foundation to provide free kidney screenings to the public. This screening is free to the public and takes approximately 30 minutes; no fasting is required. Participants will then meet one-on-one with a medical professional to review the results. It’s fast, easy, and free! For more information, call (210) 739-9778 or go to http://txkidney.org.

Contact:
Jennifer Hernandez                                                   2932 S. IH 35
jhernandez@nbtexas.org                                    New Braunfels, TX
(830) 221-4630

Gas and Fuel Assistance

North Shore United Methodist Church

North Shore United Methodist Church (NSUMC) is able to generously provide financial assistance to needy clients, especially clients are in need of assistance relating to gas or fuel. For questions or to see if you qualify, contact our office or drop by our church and we’d be happy to help in any way we can.

Contact:
​Myra Zumwalt                                                                23880 N. Cranes Mill Rd.
nsumc@northshore-umc.org                                        Canyon Lake, TX
(830) 935-2171

Transportation Services

Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets

​Also sponsored by AACOG, the Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets program provides rides to any honorably discharged veteran, their immediate family (spouse, under 18 family member, or disabled adult in the home), surviving spouse, and/or caregiver of a veteran. We can provide rides to medical appointments, grocery and pharmacy trips, and trips to social and religious events to improve the quality of life for our veterans and their families. This is a limited rides program but also serves to connect veterans and their families with other transportation resources in their local area.

To schedule a ride, call 1-800-960-5201 or email vetrides@askasc.org today.

If you have questions, contact:
​Trina Salazar                                                           8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 160
tsalazar@aacog.com                                                           San Antonio, TX
​(210) 362-5244

Alamo Regional Transit (ART)

Sponsored by AACOG, the Alamo Regional Transit (ART) bus system has recently started running in the Canyon Lake area once again. Our service priority is senior citizens, low-income families, persons with disabilities, and veterans. Clients typically use our service for medical, work, school, daycare, or even personal needs reasons. You can request rides up to 30 days in advance, but not later than noon the day before.

Fare schedule:
One way in town is $2.00
One way out of town but in the same county is $6.00
One way to one county over is $8.00
One way to two or more counties over is $12.00

Call 1-866-889-7433 to schedule a ride today.

If you have questions, contact:
​​Trina Salazar                                                           8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 160
tsalazar@aacog.com                                                           San Antonio, TX
​(210) 362-5244

Agency Information Form

For CARE agencies to update their information or add new agencies to the page.
  • This description will be posted on the CARE page for the public to see. Please be exact in what you would like to say. This will not be edited before publishing.
  • This e-mail will be made public with the description of the agency. This should be the e-mail address that is available for the public to contact the agency at, if available.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, gif.

Questions?

Have questions about what you see on this site? We’re here to help! Feel free to contact any of the agencies directly using their contact information listed.

If you have inquiries about what services you may qualify for, don’t hesitate to contact Maureen Schein at CRRC, and she will be happy to work with you to find the best services that will meet your needs.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Contact:
​CRRC of Canyon Lake
​​Maureen Schein
1917 FM 2673, Canyon Lake, TX
​resource.program@crrcofcanyonlake.org
(830) 964-2324

Contact Us