The city budget approved Thursday includes nearly $500,000 for a 24-hour re-engagement center staffed with case managers and social workers. Flores said Goodwill, one of the nonprofits contracted to operate the center, has pledged to match city funding dollar for dollar. Communities in Schools, which specializes in counseling and dropout prevention, earned the city’s other contract.
The center is slated to open in January at the Frank Garrett Community Center on San Antonio’s West Side.
“I’m a former educator, so my heart is always with the kids. And I think many of them, they just need a second chance,” Flores said. “They fell into hard times. They made a poor life decision. They had to drop out of school. Now they can’t find a job. Well, we’re going to be that second chance.”
Camille Phillips can be reached at Camille@tpr.org or on Twitter @cmpcamille