Family Renewal Center

Eligibility Requirements for Enrollment into the Program:

*Social Security Card
*Proof of incarceration
(Conditions of probation/parole, Profile Report, TDCJ ID, Federal ID, Bexar County Reentry ID, etc…)

Job Readiness “Career Development”
Provides clients who have a criminal background with the proper knowledge and guidance when applying and finding employment in the workforce. This program teaches individuals with a criminal history, how to answer difficult questions on an application and how to answer difficult questions during their interview. Enrolling into the program will provide all clients with interview attire, professional resume building services, employer referrals, and transportation (bus ticket assistance after attendance of Job Readiness Program and verification of employment).

Money Management “Money Matters”
Involves a careful examination and understanding of fixed, flexible, and periodic rates. It will explore spending priorities, “how to use” software tools, and online banking. The class is divided into one hour of Money Management, one hour of Nutrition “Getting More at the Grocery Store” provided by the A&M University Extension Program, and one hour of Child Support 101 provided by Bexar County Child Support Probation. Enrolling into the program will afford all clients the opportunity to obtain funding and/or services for their Birth Certificates, Identification Cards, Food, Hygiene, Clothing, Utility Assistance (contingent upon funding), and Rental Assistance (contingent upon funding).

12 Step Faith-Based Substance Abuse and Recovery
Using the same Principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, this program helps the formerly incarcerated and their families learn how to live a drug and alcohol- free life. Through a 12 week course of educational and spiritual teachings, the program will establish a plan of action for avoiding relapse for those with addictive and compulsive behaviors.

Anger Management classes (instructors are certified to teach the curriculum):
Understanding an individual’s rage, learning strategies for managing the anger, anger reduction and long term changes, and living well are all components of this series. This course will cover special techniques that are used to diffuse the rage before it gets out of control. On-site Facilitators are certified through The Center for Anger Resolution, Inc.: Anger Busters.
Spanish Sessions Available Every Thursday

Theft Addiction and Recovery classes (facilitators are certified to teach the curriculum):
The majority of shoplifters steal to support an underlying addiction. This material will help to discover the powers of “secret keeping,” the reason why we steal, how to let go of the underlying factors of our feelings and emotions, and also how to cope with our destructive theft cycles. Curriculum written by Terrence Shulman, founder of The Shulman Center for Compulsive Theft, Spending, and Hoarding.

Healthy Relationships
An evidence-based practice examining the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. It will help individuals understand positive qualities that lead to healthy relationships, explore components of effective communication, how to repair or leave certain relationships in a safe manner, and evaluate the overall current relationship we are in.

Beyond Violence: Artistic Self-Reflection Women’s Workshop
Designed to help women suffering from violence in their life and to create an opportunity for them to make changes with violence prevention methods. This is a four part series: Self, Relationships, Community, and Society. The exercises will educate individuals on their thinking styles and patterns, personal relationships, forgiveness, and healing approaches. The purpose is for both the violence/aggression women have undergone in their lives. Art Supplies Are Included. Curriculum written by Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW.

Seeking Safety: Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse
On-site facilitators will work one-on-one with clients to establish safety techniques, working towards preventing substance use, letting go of dangerous relationships, and gaining control over detachment issues and self-harm. This is a treatment method developed specifically for PTSD and Substance Abuse, written by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD.

WANA “We Are Not Alone” (Women) and SHALOM (Men) Support Groups:
To facilitate spiritual, emotional, and personal support for the formerly incarcerated, their family members, and family members of the incarcerated; spouses, parents, partners, and children. These support groups can help family members find ways to cope with the stress of arrest, imprisonment, and release. Through the sharing of their experiences in an atmosphere of respect and support, families discover that although participant’s individual circumstances may differ; their pain and struggles are similar.

Mental Health Counseling/Pastoral Counseling (Individual, Couples, and Family)
The Department of Counseling and Human Services: St. Mary’s University Off-Campus Practicum/Internship Program provides Chrysalis Ministries Clients with Free Mental Health Counseling. This program develops and trains qualified St. Mary’s University Students in the fields of Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) to serve the needs of the Chrysalis Community.

Southwest Key Parenthood Program: Parenting Classes
Southwest Key Programs’ “Responsible Fatherhood” provides parenting classes at our site every Tuesday evening. This series is open for enrollment for clients that are formerly incarcerated, family members of someone currently or formerly incarcerated, or any persons with an active case with Department of Family and Protective Service (CPS). Any client attending this program will work with a Chrysalis Ministries case worker for assistance with all programs and other referral services as needed. The Responsible Fatherhood Program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

Health Awareness: HIV and AIDS Testing
Representatives from Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) Early Intervention Services provide free testing twice a month for clients and their family members. If interested, please call the main line for updated information and testing dates.

Sunday Worship Services

2 Annual Job Fairs (refer to special events calendar)

Notary Service

Men’s Health

Public Application Assistance Referrals

Community Service and College Internship Opportunities

Special Children’s Programs

  • Stuff the Back Pack: Back to School Program
  • Light Up a Heart Christmas Program
  • Happy Feet Shoe Program: Easter Program
  • Mato’s Make A Birthday Wish Program

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • Parents must currently be enrolled into a program
  • Parents must provide original social security card for each child – NO COPIES, NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Proof of income
  • Parents with children 18 years of age or younger must show proof of school enrollment (PreK thru 12th grade, GED, etc…)

**Special Programs Coordinator may require additional information for different program