Jackie Davies Retires from BCFS-San Antonio

After 17 Years of Dedicated Service, Jackie Davies Retires from
BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio

BCFS Health and Human Services extends sincere congratulations and appreciation to Jackie Davies, STAR Counselor at BCFS-San Antonio, who retires on August 31, 2017. With a servant’s heart, Jackie worked to make a lasting impact on the lives of the hundreds of children she served through BCFS’ Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program.

Photo: Jackie with BCFS Co-workers

Jackie Davies earned an associate degree in applied science before enlisting in the United States Navy. After 20 years, she retired with honors as Chief Hospital Corpsman, joining the BCFS System family in 2000. While managing her responsibilities with BCFS, she pursued her education, earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Vision International University in Ramona, California. In the last 17 years, she has achieved certifications and licenses as a chemical dependency counselor, a Doctoral Diplomat in Christian Counseling, a Texas Certified Anger Resolution Therapist and a notary public.

At BCFS, Jackie has been regarded highly for her sense of accountability and for her positive attitude, some of the same qualities for which her family and friends love her. Fittingly, some of her family and friends joined BCFS System staff at a farewell party to celebrate her retirement. Among her daily co-workers, the overwhelming sentiment is one of being blessed with having learned from Jackie during her career with BCFS-San Antonio.  

“Jackie is nothing but love,” said her longtime friend, Bea. Jackie’s cousin, a retired attorney, praised Jackie’s professionalism, fondly recalling the time Jackie worked at her law office.

“I knew if I was asked for a client file that was serviced during the time Jackie worked at the law firm, it would be there,” she said. “She epitomized excellence.” Her beloved cousin closed with a passionate excerpt from Maya Angelou’s “And Still I Rise,” reaffirming through powerful poetry Jackie’s unwavering commitment toward her family, her friends, her clients, coworkers and career.

Touched by the kind thoughts of others, and recalling an emotional session earlier in the day with a client who knew it would be their final meeting, Jackie imparted heartfelt words about her work at BCFS, saying it was her honor to have served the BCFS family.

“Thank you for allowing me to serve,” she said before eloquently describing how the image of a tree in the BCFS logo impressed her with its symbolism: from deep roots grow strong branches whose healthy and numerous leaves symbolize the many members of the large BCFS family. In closing, Jackie summed up her thought process as she reported to work for the last 17 years.

“I felt I was on a mission,” she reflected. “Not always an easy mission, but I knew I must endure.”

Celeste Garcia, BCFS Executive Director – Community Services Division, presented Jackie with a plaque commemorating her years of service to BCFS, and Asennet Segura, BCFS Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer – Community, International & Residential Operations presented a retirement gift. BCFS President & CEO Kevin Dinnin even joined the retirement celebration, presenting Jackie with his special challenge coin, signifying her tireless commitment to the children and families we serve.

“She is an exceptional lady,” Dinnin said as he turned to address Jackie. “We are all honored to have worked alongside you, and are thankful for your 17 years of dedicated service.”

Congratulations Jackie and thank you! The BCFS family wishes you a restful retirement. May you continue to touch many more lives!


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.

Fiesta Fun for Families

Fiesta Fun for Family Programs Operated by BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio

Photo: Girl playing a ring-toss game at BCFS table

BCFS Health and Human Services-San Antonio’s commitment to end child abuse and neglect was front and center during Fiesta Week 2017 in San Antonio, April 19-29. April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, so BCFS-San Antonio staff that provide services to local families ventured out to various Fiesta events to share information and resources with the community. At the events, staff distributed giveaways and incentives to parents, caregivers and children, and even invited children to join them in a fun game of ring toss!

Staff from the Texas Families Together and Safe (TFTS) program and the Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program help families raising small children and teens, and families and youth in crisis.

Fiesta de los Niños San Antonio

At Port San Antonio’s Fiesta de los Niños event on Saturday, April 22, BCFS-San Antonio staff from the TFTS and STAR programs interacted with families and filled a booth with information about resources available at BCFS-San Antonio. At Fiesta de los Niños, children and families enjoyed games, a colorful parade, rides, activities, music and dancing.

United Way Kids Festival

Friendly faces from BCFS-San Antonio’s TFTS and STAR programs manned a table at the United Way Kids Festival at Lockwood Park on Saturday, April 29, to enroll families and caregivers in the two programs. The free, community festival was open to families in the San Antonio area. The United Way Kids Festival featured more than 65 booths, where organizations provided information, activities and entertainment to promote early childhood development.

HUG ME Ink KidsFest

HUG ME Ink, which stands for “Helping to Unite by Generating Mental Empowerment,” uses the arts to advocate for mental health awareness and bullying prevention. On April 29, BCFS-San Antonio staff attended the HUG ME Ink KidsFest to promote the TFTS and STAR programs. The KidsFest featured live entertainment, face painting, rides and souvenir balloon characters for children.


To learn more about BCFS-San Antonio’s TFTS and STAR programs, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/SanAntonio or call 210-733-7932

TFTS and STAR are funded by the Prevention and Early Intervention Division

Self-Defense Workshop

Self-Defense Workshop Teaches Del Rio Girls How to Handle a Physical Altercation
Annual workshop hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio

Thirty-two middle and high school girls learned the basics of self-defense at an annual workshop hosted by BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio. The workshop was held in observance of February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Photo: Assistant Demonstrates Self Defense Techniqus

Along with instruction in taijutsu martial arts, the young ladies learned how to avoid a dangerous situation, good decision-making skills when in trouble, and how to react in a life-threatening situation. Attendance at the workshop, which was open to girls ages 12-18, doubled from last year.

According to the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, one in three girls in the United States is the victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and according to the American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center, violent behavior often begins between the ages of 12 and 18. The self-defense workshop equipped girls with the skills to react quickly to destabilize or disarm an attacker.

The workshop was led by Hector Cruz, Jr., a healthcare professional with teacher certifications in tai chi, gymnastics, the martial arts and yoga. Throughout the workshop, Cruz and his squad of assistants demonstrated different moves that used balance, weight and the body’s pressure points to fend off an attacker. After each demonstration, the girls partnered up to try their newly acquired skills.

“We always want our kids to be safe, but when they’re faced with danger, we want them to be prepared to defend themselves if necessary,” said BCFS-Del Rio Family Violence Specialist Claudia Lopez, who organized the workshop. “Although this workshop was only for middle and high school students, some people from around the community have asked us to host a session for older women. Self-defense really is important for people of all ages.”

BCFS Health and Human Services-Del Rio operates programs to serve those in need throughout Val Verde County, including free counseling and crisis intervention through the Services to At Risk Youth (STAR) program, and domestic violence treatment and prevention through the Del Rio Domestic Violence (DRDV) program.

BCFS-Del Rio’s domestic violence hotline is available around the clock at (830) 768-2755.


For more information about BCFS-Del Rio, or to seek help for an abusive relationship, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio or call (830) 768-2755.

Del Rio Community Comes Together in the Spirit of Giving

With some quick help from the community, BCFS Health and Human Services was able to make spirits a little brighter for more than 120 children and youth in the Del Rio area this Christmas. A gift distribution was being organized for the families enrolled in BCFS’ STAR program, but when the initial plans fell through just days before the gifts were to be delivered, staff reached out to the community to help make these children’s Christmas wishes come true. In just two days, BCFS collected over $1,500 for the gifts, thanks to the help and generosity of private donors and local businesses and organizations.

Del Rio Community Comes Together in the Spirit of Giving

More than 47 families in need received Christmas gifts

Photo: Allie Whitaker and Sarah MorenoDEL RIO – With some quick help from the community, BCFS Health and Human Services was able to make spirits a little brighter for more than 120 children and youth in the Del Rio area this Christmas.

A gift distribution was being organized for the families enrolled in BCFS’ STAR program, but when the initial plans fell through just days before the gifts were to be delivered, staff reached out to the community to help make these children’s Christmas wishes come true. In just two days, BCFS collected over $1,500 for the gifts, thanks to the help and generosity of private donors and local businesses and organizations, including Brown Automotive, San Felipe Ex-Student Memorial Center,  Inc., the Del Rio Chapter of the American G.I. Forum and the San Felipe Lions Club.

When staff at Dr. Lonnie Green Elementary School learned of BCFS’ plans, they organized a last minute two-day toy drive to help out as well. Everyone’s hard work paid off, and BCFS staff began delivering presents to local families on December 16. More than 47 families received Christmas gifts.

“Our staff gave out more than 129 gifts. We are so thankful that the community came together so quickly to make this happen for these families. We couldn’t have done this without them,” said Delia Ramos, Interim Director for BCFS Health and Human Services.

BCFS’ Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR) program helps Del Rio families create 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. The STAR program serves families with youth 17 years old and younger.

For more information about the STAR program or to request free counseling, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/STAR or call (830) 768-2755.

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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.

 

 

Turkey Giveaway in Del Rio

Del Rio Families Receive Free Thanksgiving Meal from BCFS Health and Human Services’ family program, STAR

Photo: A family recieving a free Thanksgiving meal

DEL RIO – More than 100 Del Rio families received a free Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings this week. As they gather around their tables Thursday, they have more to celebrate than just the good food and fellowship – each family received the meal to congratulate them for completing the STAR program operated by BCFS Health and Human Services, which provides counseling, trainings and other services to unify and strengthen families.

Last month, BCFS Health and Human Services announced the organization would provide Thanksgiving meals to families who completed three STAR sessions before the holiday. As a result, BCFS Health and Human Services helped 160 children and youth in November, and gave out 133 Thanksgiving meals.

Services To At Risk Youth (STAR) helps Del Rio families create 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. The STAR program serves families with youth 17 years old and younger.

Interim Director Delia Ramos says BCFS Health and Human Services will be there to serve Del Rio families in times of celebration and crisis.

“Many of the families we serve live paycheck to paycheck, or are struggling with unemployment, so putting a full Thanksgiving spread on the table is a burden, or completely out of reach,” says Ramos. “We wanted to help families enjoy a holiday meal with loved ones, but also leave a more lasting mark on their lives through the STAR program.”

For more information about BCFS Health and Human Services’ work in Del Rio, call (830) 768-2755, visit 519 Bedell Avenue, or go online to www.DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio.


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.

Del Rio Judges Celebrate 10-Year Partnership

Del Rio Judges Celebrate 10 Years of Serving Youth and Families through BCFS Health and Human Services Partnership

BCFS hosts appreciation breakfast honoring five local Judges

DEL RIO – In ten years of partnership with BCFS Health and Human Services, Del Rio judges have referred thousands of youth and families to the organization for crisis intervention, counseling and domestic violence services. To celebrate this partnerhip, BCFS hosted an appreciation breakfast June 18 for Justices of the Peace Hilda C. Lopez, Pat Cole, Jim Bob Barrera and Antonio Faz III, as well as County Judge Efrain Valdez.

Every month, the judges collectively order about 30 teens, young adults and families to participate in BCFS programs, mostly for misdemeanors or truancy. According to BCFS director Raquel Frausto Rodriguez, the judges review their dockets ahead of time and invite BCFS case managers into the courtroom to give on-the-spot referrals.

In many cases, the judges will defer fines or court costs, or clear the offense from the record if the youth or family joins a BCFS program and receives a certificate of completion. Rodriguez calls this longtime partnership an honor and a privilege.

“We work closely to identify the issues that are the root cause of each teen’s misbehavior or poor choices,” says Rodriguez. “If a student faces truancy charges and a judge sends them to us, BCFS works with the youth and family as a whole to find the real problem. Maybe they don’t have a car, or are being bullied at school, or they suffer abuse in the home. Perhaps their parents need them to go to work instead to pay the bills.”

BCFS operates the Services To At Risk Youth program, known as STAR, which aims to reduce family conflict and prevent delinquent behaviors, running away, and child abuse by helping youth and their families learn to resolve crises and develop coping and parenting skills. It includes free counseling, support groups, trainings, basic needs support, and emergency respite placements.

BCFS’ domestic violence program provides safety, support and resources to victims of abuse, as well as promotes violence-free relationships and abuse prevention.

“The youth of our community are our leaders of tomorrow,” said Precinct 2 Justice Faz. “Having the ability to intervene at a young age and the possibility of turning their lives around means that we as a community have succeeded.”

Even after the courtroom referral, the judges stay in close contact with BCFS.

“We keep the lines of communication open with our judges and work hand-in-hand to see how we can remove any barriers our families face,” says BCFS’ Rodriguez. “Sometimes all they need is transportation, childcare or basic assistance to come to counseling sessions or classes.”

Judge Valdez, who has served the community for 35 years, calls himself an “advocate” of BCFS programs.

“Seeing firsthand the dedication of the BCFS staff and the outstanding results that our youth and families experience has inspired me greatly,” Precinct 3 Justice Cole shared at the breakfast.

Justice Barrera (Precinct 1) recalled a memorable case he referred to BCFS.

“Back in April, a teenage girl from Mexico was attending school here in Del Rio. It was hard for her to socialize in the new environment,” said Barrera. “When she finished the BCFS class, she improved her grades to As and Bs. For me and my staff, it was something wonderful for us to have shared with her.”

Justice Lopez (Precinct 4) expressed her thanks to BCFS at the breakfast for “not giving up on people who do not realize they are in need of help.”

She added, “What inspires me to connect people to BCFS is the staff who show their concern and want to help people. BCFS’ services are inspiring because we can advise people of what is out there for them.”

The appreciation breakfast was held at Lighthouse United Pentecostal Church in Del Rio Thursday, June 18. The staff members of all five judges, who play a key role in assisting youth and families alongside BCFS, were also in attendance.

To learn more about BCFS Health and Human Services, or to support BCFS’ local programs, visit DiscoverBCFS.net/DelRio.

 

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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.