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Good Sam Expands to Brownsville

Good Sam's "Asset Building for Clients" program will begin in January of 2016.
San Antonio, TX -- Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) will begin delivering its "Asset Building for Clients (ABC)" program in Brownsville in January.This program is designed to prevent juvenile delinquency and increase youth protective factors in the 78520 zip code. It has an outstanding history of delivering this program in San Antonio 78207 and is looking forward to expanding to Brownsville.

ABC services are focused on developing the following protective factors that have been
shown to prevent juvenile delinquency: social competencies such as decision making skills, assertiveness, and interpersonal skills; caring adults other than parent; clear rules and expectations; involvement in school/community; positive perception of self and others and sense of purpose.

The program will be delivered during the school day in partnership with the Brownsville Independent School District at Resaca, Garden Park, Skinner, and Russell Elementary Schools as well as Stell and Cummings Middles Schools; the program is expected to reach 575 youth annually.GSCS will also operate its "Camp Good Sam" program during the summer; this program is designed to combat the "summer slide" that economically disadvantaged students experience when not afforded opportunities to continue learning over the summer.

Brownsville ISD Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas states that "We are looking forward to having Good Sam delivering the ABC program in our schools.Our district serves some of the most at-risk students in the state and we welcome the opportunity to partner with such an outstanding social service agency.Good Samaritan Community Services has an excellent reputation and we are excited for the program to start."

Asset Building for Clients is supported by the State of Texas' Community Youth Development program.Start-up funding has been generously provided by the Brownsville Rotary Foundation, the Brownsville Community Foundation, HEB, the City Manager of Brownsville, and other anonymous donors.The Episcopal Church of the Advent in downtown Brownsville will host GSCS' local staff of nine (9) youth development professionals.

"What an opportunity it is to serve the youth of Brownsville," explains GSCS CEO, Jill Oettinger. "We are so excited to continue the expansion of Good Sam across South Texas and are grateful to our Brownsville partners for helping us launch this program.It helps us live into our mission to help overcome the impact of poverty."

About Good Samaritan Community Services
Good Samaritan Community Servicesisa catalyst for change, supporting individuals and families by providing excellent community services to overcome the impact of poverty.These services include a child development program, afterschool and summer youth enrichment programs, a college readiness program, family services, and the only nationally accredited senior center in south Texas.What began as a ministry of the Episcopal Church on the west side of San Antonio in 1951 now reaches 5,500 individuals and families across eight (8) sites in seven (7) South Texas cities.


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