Fostering Self Sufficiency for Individuals & Families

Our Strong Individuals and Families Impact Council strives to ensure all individuals and families are stable, flourish economically, reach their full potential and maintain a quality of life free of discrimination.

Together, Our Impact is Strongest

Uniting the community to identify and solve our most critical issues depends on your generous support.

The Challenges We Face

Individuals striving to exit poverty, particularly intergenerational poverty, struggle to support their family and simultaneously build a career. Barriers to job readiness include illiteracy, incomplete education and lack of support. In Bexar County, race and gender factor into those experiencing significantly higher rates of poverty, unemployment and instability. The ramifications are profound when traumatic events interrupt self-sufficiency: adverse childhood experiences, crime, abuse, isolation, addiction, mental illness or chronic stress.


of San Antonians with less than a high school equivalency are living in poverty


of individuals living in poverty are employed


misdemeanor family violence cases are pending in Bexar County


less, on average, is earned by women of color compared to white men

Our Work in Action

Increasing Economic Stability

Those in poverty who want to move up from minimum wage jobs often face significant challenges.. We see ALICE every day – hard workers who keep the Bexar County economy running but can't make ends meet. The Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) population represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but unable to afford the basic necessities. At United Way, we’re working on system-level changes while helping organizations and initiatives offering education and workforce development, like our Dual Generation initiative, as they increase support of childhood and adult basic education, non-degree and industry-specific certificates, and other career and life pathways.

Addressing Wage Disparities

In San Antonio, there is a significant wage disparity ratio between full-time women of color earners and full-time White male earners, which ultimately undercuts the core of what makes American society prosper: opportunity and equality. At United Way, we are raising awareness about the value of investing in women of color and the availability of training regarding the importance of paying equal wages for equal work for women of color.

Breaking the Cycle of Family Violence

When lives are interrupted by traumatic events, the impact is broad and diverse, deep and life altering. At United Way, we are working to expand prevention and intervention services for those at risk of family violence or who are already victims or perpetrators themselves. Customized family services that help people stay safe and healthy include emergency shelter and crisis intervention for victims, in-home support, mental health and substance abuse services, access to respite care, financial counseling and support services for special needs families.


Alamo Colleges Foundation
Alpha Home
American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions
Any Baby Can of San Antonio
AVANCE - San Antonio
Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas
Chrysalis Ministries, Inc.
Clarity Child Guidance Center
DePelchin Children’s Center
Education Investment Foundation
Family Service Association of San Antonio
Family Violence Prevention Services
Goodwill Industries of San Antonio
Greater Randolph Area Services Program (GRASP)
Guardian House
Haven for Hope
Lifetime Recovery
Martinez Street Women’s Center
Meals on Wheels San Antonio
Mission Road Ministries
Rape Crisis Center
Respite Care of San Antonio
Restore Education
SA Hope Center
Young Women’s Christian Association

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