DEL RIO — A total of 86 Del Rio families will receive a turkey and all the trimmings in preparation for the Thanksgiving holiday. Families will receive the meal as congratulations for completing the STAR program operated by BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio. The Services to At Risk Youth (STAR) program provides counseling, trainings and other services to help unify and strengthen families.
Last month, BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio announced the meal giveaway as part of a registration drive for STAR. The meals would be available to families who completed three STAR sessions before Thanksgiving. For its efforts, STAR enrolled more than 100 new clients and gave out 86 Thanksgiving meals. Some meals have already been delivered, and by Tuesday before Thanksgiving all eligible families will have received their meals.
BCFS-Del Rio Director Delia Ramos was elated about the community response to the STAR registration drive, and the opportunity to help local families.
“For many families we serve, it’s hard or just impossible to put a full Thanksgiving dinner on the table,” says Ramos. “With the meal giveaway, we wanted to help families enjoy the holiday, but also give them some longer-lasting knowledge and information through STAR."
STAR helps families build stable, loving home environments by providing free counseling, training for youth and parents, and help reducing family conflict and delinquent behaviors in youth, like truancy and running away from home. STAR serves families with youth 17 years old and younger.
For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio, call (830) 768-2755, visit 712 E. Gibbs Street, Suite 200, or go online to DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio.