MCALLEN –— Thirty McAllen families received a free Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings thanks to BCFS Health and Human Services-McAllen and the LIBRE Initiative. The families participate in BCFS-McAllen’s parenting education program and transitional services for youth aging out of foster care.
Texas Families Together and Safe (TFTS) is a parenting education program operated by BCFS-McAllen that helps families resolve conflict and improve communication, address children’s behavioral problems and deal with issues like strong emotions, alcohol and violence. Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) provides services to youth aging out of the foster care system that expand their skills and knowledge, strengthen their self-confidence and learn positive self-guidance.
“The holidays can be stressful for families struggling to make ends meet,” said BCFS-McAllen PAL case manager Deyanira Garcia. “We love helping our families enjoy a good meal with their loved ones – one they might not have been able to afford without help.”
BCFS-McAllen staff donated side dishes and desserts for the families. HEB contributed the turkeys in collaboration with BCFS-McAllen partner the LIBRE Initiative, a non-profit grassroots organization focused on the principles and values of economic freedom to empower the U.S. Hispanic community.
Parent facilitators drew names through a raffle to select the winning families from the TFTS parenting education program, and PAL case managers chose youth from the foster care program who needed the meal most or lived on their own.
For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services-McAllen or to join the TFTS parenting education program, call (956) 630-0010, visit 211 N. 15th Street, or go online to DiscoverBCFS.net/McAllen.
BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.