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WestCare Texas Works with the UISD to Help Prep School Counselors    

By Jessica Cerda, WestCare Texas  The WestCare Texas team in Laredo recently helped facilitate a major gathering of school counselors to better prepare them for the large challenges that they’ll face with local substance abuse, narcotics, human trafficking, and mental health issues that have been elevated by the proximity to the U.S./Mexico border between Laredo, […]

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Pride on the Eastside Festival Brings Prevention to the Forefront

By Jessica Cerda While LGBT Pride Month focuses on the pursuit of equality and celebrates the accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ individuals, WestCare Texas – San Antonio is placing focus on prevention as it is one of the nation’s top hotspots for new HIV cases. Lead Prevention Navigator, Xavier Graves, teamed up with community partners to create […]

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WestCare Texas and Big Mama’s Safe House Recognize Local Teachers

By Jessica Cerda WestCare Texas’s team in San Antonio teamed up with one of their, fellow community-based providers, Big Mama’s Safe House to honor the teachers at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in observance of Teacher Appreciation Week on May 3. As part of their “Don’t Stop Teaching/Don’t Stop Learning” campaign, t-shirts were specifically made […]

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Building Excitement for Summer Extravaganza 2022

By Jessica Cerda As the school semester winds down this spring, the students, teachers, and parents at San Antonio Independent School District’s Artemisia Bowden Dual Language Academy are heating up the atmosphere with excitement for this year’s WestCare Texas Summer Extravaganza. “There is already a lot of buzz on campus,” said Pam Duesing, Director of […]

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World AIDS Day CARE-a-Van

By Jessica Cerda WestCare Texas San Antonio put the “Care” in Caravan by serving the community’s most vulnerable in observance of World AIDS Day. On Saturday, December 4, a coalition of organizations including AmeriCorps Public Allies, BEAT AIDS, the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Nursing Cardinal Wellness Center, Street Medicine, Women Veterans of San […]

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Bringing Life-Saving Services to One Convenient Place

By Jessica Cerda In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the team at WestCare Texas San Antonio forged great partnerships to save lives and provide relief in the face of disparities and disenfranchisement in the Eastside neighborhood and neighboring lower-socioeconomic ranked zip codes where WestCare is based. Local statistics showed that low-income Hispanic […]

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Taking Action in Observance of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Jessica Cerda, WestCare Texas In partnership with the Pagasus night club, BEAT AIDS, The Queen Fantasia, and Tundra Hall, WestCare Texas presented the “Current State of HIV and Medicine,” a panel discussion and Q&A with BEAT AIDS Outreach Coordinator, Elizabeth Tijerina and local drag queens, The Queen Fantasia and Tundra Hall. The panel was […]

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SAPD and WestCare Team Up to Prep Students and Parents for the School Year

Jessica Cerda, WestCare Texas WestCare Texas partnered with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) to host a special event on Saturday, August 14th at the Second Baptist Church Community Center that focused on preparing students and families for the new school year as well as building community trust between residents and police officers. “How you […]

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Joining Together to Address Mental Healthcare Gaps

By Jessica Cerda, WestCare Texas  The capacity to help those in need of mental healthcare and services in San Antonio’s Eastside has significantly increased as a result of the Bridges to Care program, which links individuals to behavioral health services and training through spiritual and faith-based communities. “Because of [WestCare’s] generosity, families are being impacted, communities […]

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In Vaccine Search, Love and Community Find a Way

Wire Article By Cary Clack, San Antonio Express-News A few weeks ago, two teachers who’d once worked together crossed paths in a local Costco. It had been more than 20 years, but even behind their masks, the two women recognized each other. Their conversation quickly turned to COVID-19, with one expressing frustration that she’d been […]