Family Renewal Center

Eligibility Requirements for Enrollment into the Program:

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

Moral Reconation Therapy:
MRT is a cognitive-behavioral training approach that seeks to decrease recidivism, by incrementing moral reasoning, fixating on the individuals ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral magnification.

Job Readiness “Career Development”
Provides clients who have a malefactor background with the proper knowledge and guidance when applying and finding employment in the workforce. This program teaches individuals 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
Utilizing the same principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, this program avails those affected by incarceration learn how to live a drug and alcohol- free life. Through a 12 week course of educational and spiritual edification, 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 potencies of “secret keeping,” the reason why we steal, how to relinquish the underlying factors of our feelings and emotions, and additionally 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 distinctions between healthy and unhealthy relationships. It will help individuals understand positive qualities that lead to healthy relationships, explore components of effective communication, how to rehabilitate or leave certain relationships in a safe manner, and evaluate the overall current relationships 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 rejuvenating 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, relinquishing perilous relationships, and gaining control over detachment issues and self-harm. This is a treatment method developed categorically for PTSD and Substance Abuse, written by Lisa M. Najavits, PhD.

WANA “We Are Not Alone” (Women) and SHALOM (Men) Support Groups:
To equip and empower individuals and their families to surmount the consequences of incarceration, these support groups can help family members find ways to cope with the stress of apprehension, confinement, and release. Through the sharing of their experiences in an atmosphere of reverence and support, families discover that albeit participant’s individual circumstances may differ; their pain and struggles are homogeneous.

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.

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