Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas is profoundly saddened by the inexplicable violence that has impacted both El Paso and Dayton this past weekend. The lives of children whose loved ones were killed or injured have changed overnight. The grief, anxiety and trauma is more than any child or teen should have to bear.
We offer prayers to all those affected and will be providing bilingual child grief workbooks and art therapy supplies to our sister center, Children’s Grief Center of El Paso. Thank you for supporting the mission of helping children’s hearts heal.
~ Staff and Board of Children’s Bereavement Center
Thank you to Melissa Wootan (mom to Kyley-Bug) and Stephanie Sheffield (aunt to Kyley-Bug) for sharing their design with the Center this year. Ten years ago, Melissa’s daughter died in a car accident and was buried on her 17th birthday. Melissa and her family began attending the Center’s Sibling Group with their son. Melissa shared that she was broken, her heart, her family and couldn’t see any hope for healing. She was afraid that if she moved forward, she would leave her daughter behind. The Center helped Melissa to know that it was okay to move forward and live a joyful life without her daughter.
Thank you to Jefferson Bank Trust for sponsoring the 2019 Fiesta Medal.
This year’s medal was inspired by Kyley’s beautiful life that was cut short at the age of seventeen. The butterflies appear to have just taken off in flight, the third butterfly’s wings are spread as if it is soaring. On the wings of all three butterflies are symbols that people commonly associate with lost loved ones: feathers, balloons, and rainbows. All of which are colorful, just like Kyley’s spirit. These are the little things Melissa and her family will take with them into the future that provide sweet reminders, and at times even assurance, that their lost friends and family are still with them.
Melissa hopes that the takeaway from this medal is that you don’t have to stay in your brokenness. That’s it’s possible, even okay, to move forward in healing. And something that’s so important to the grieving heart… the knowledge that you carry your loved one with you always.
The Center would like to welcome the two newest employees to the team: Leticia Villareal, Licensed Professional Counselor and Kristina Hernandez, serving as Development Director at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas. We’re excited to have you both part of the team. If you run into either one of them in the near future, make sure you stop to welcome them to the family!!
Leticia R. Villareal, M.S., LPC, LCDC-I Licensed Professional Counselor at the Center
Leticia R. Villareal, M.S., LPC, LCDC-I
Licensed Professional Counselor at the Center
Leticia, also known as “Letty” to clients, is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Missouri at Kanas City. Leticia previously worked at Laurel Ridge Treatment Center and Family Violence Prevention Services as a therapist the last couple of years. Leticia’s past work experience with adults and children includes work with parenting groups, foster care, victims of crime advocacy, and military veterans. Leticia is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern. Leticia is trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy, a therapy utilized to help reduce PTSD symptoms. Leticia has a passion for walking with people in their greatest time of need and providing a safe space to express their inner voice freely.
Kristina Hernandez, MNM
Development Director at the Center
Kristina Hernandez, MNM Development Director at the Center
Kristina Hernandez joined Children’s Bereavement Center this February as the Director of Development. Most recently, she served as Director of Community Investments for the San Antonio Food Bank, where she oversaw all corporate fundraising including special events, food & fund drives, and volunteer operations. Prior to her role at the Food Bank, she spent 17 years at a $2.8-billion credit union – the last 11 of which were spent in marketing and community relations. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management. She has served on the national Board of Directors for the nonprofit Bright Pink and on the Strengthening Families Issue Council for the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Kristina and her husband, Scott, have three amazing children – Brianna, Riley, and Keller. Kristina and Scott enjoy spending family time watching movies, playing board games, and watching live music.
Support The Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas on March 28th during Big Give 2019! #BigGive2019 is a full day of fundraising for nonprofits in San Antonio and surrounding communities.
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas works to foster healing for grieving children and youth, their families, and the community through individual counseling, grief support groups, and educational opportunities.
Want to do more? Help us fundraise! Visit the link above and select “Fundraise” to become a champion for kids in our program. Need help on setting up your page? Contact Franchesca at [email protected].
Join Leslie Wood for a tour of the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas at 11:00 am on the first Friday of each month. Take this opportunity to get a firsthand look at our facility, as well as learn more about our services and how you can help support our mission.
**Tour of the Heart for Friday, April 5th was been moved to Friday, April 12th.**
The Center would like to thank the two newest employees to the
team: Kerry Quinn, Finance Director of the Children’s Bereavement Center of
South Texas and Kimberly Fox, LPC Intern, serving as a counselor at Paloma
Place in Floresville. We’re excited to have you both part of the family.
Welcome to the team!! If you run into either one of them in the near future,
make sure you stop to welcome them to the team.
Kimberly Fox, LPC Intern, MA, NCC Supervised by Elizabeth Hartwig, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S Counselor at Paloma Place
Kim is a recent graduate of the Texas State University Professional Counseling program. Her passion has always been working with underserved children and adolescents. Her background is in improvisational theater and art, and Kim specializes in trauma and complex, traumatic grief. Utilizing Child Centered Play Therapy, Solution Focused, and Psychoanalytic based therapies, and she is able to incorporate intense therapeutic work through creativity with clients of all ages. Kim has served as the Communications Chair for the San Antonio Society of Psychoanalytic Studies since 2016, and has two cats, Mr. Deets and Tippytoe.
Kerry Quinn, Finance Director at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
Kerry Phillip Quinn has worked as a non-profit executive for the past 21 years. Kerry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Tech University and completed post-graduate work at the University of Vienna as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. In 2003, she earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UTSA.
the proud mother of a 23-year old daughter, Ella, and son-in-law, Dalton, who
serves in the Navy and is stationed at Point Loma. In 2013, she married
Chris — and his three sons. The three live in Denver, Palmdale, CA and
Austin, proudly making the couple empty nesters. Kerry & Chris are
both members of the Rotary Club of San Antonio, with Kerry serving both at the
club and district level. She is also the treasurer of the San Antonio
Public Library Foundation, where she’s served on the board for two years.
Kerry is an active volunteer with Texas Public Radio and Impact San
Antonio. She and her husband reside in Olmos Park and remain active in
both Boerne and San Antonio with volunteer involvement and community support.
CBCST’s 2018 Fiesta Medal, designed by Core Creative
For the past several years, you and your family may have seen the Center’s float in the River Parade or even seen us at Fiesta Fiesta, selling our Fiesta medals to raise awareness about the needs of grieving children in our community.
This year the Center is asking our supporters to help design the 2019 Fiesta medal for the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas! You may come up with your own design for the medal, but we also have some templates below to help get the creative juices flowing. All submissions must be received by Friday, November 2nd by 5pm and the winners will be announced the following Monday on our Facebook page.
Attn: Fiesta Medal Contest
205 W. Olmos Drive
San Antonio, TX 78212
If you would like more information on the Fiesta Medal Contest or would like to sponsor the 2019 Fiesta Medal, please contact Franchesca Velten at [email protected] or call the Center at 210-736-4847, ext. 244.
**Make sure to include your name and contact information on your submission!!**
This past July was the second year that the Center’s Camp Heroes
had the pleasure of partnering with Hermann Sons Life to provide a Grief
Support Camp at Hermann Sons Hilltop Campsite in Comfort, Texas. This camp was
a momentous occasion that it was our largest camp to date: 63 campers ages
6-17! The Center provided 18 staff and volunteers to conduct various the grief
activities for the group. Activities ranged from a ropes course, to volleyball,
drum circles, soccer/basketball, swimming, dancing, and so much more!!
If you are interested in more information regarding the Center’s grief camps or would like to refer someone, please contact the Center at (210) 736-4847 or email [email protected].
The Center had a great
month celebrating the ONE Year Anniversary since the our partnership began with
Austin-based nonprofit, Wonders & Worriesand
the START Center for Cancer Care. Being the first of its kind in the San
Antonio area, the program provides much needed support to children and their
families who have been given a life-threatening diagnosis. In the first
year that we’ve been operating in the San Antonio office, we’ve hired two staff
members and have a wait list for services.
long as the need continues, you can count on this partnership to be there and
we’re proud to be a part of the solution for San Antonio families.
Call 210-307-4853 for more information on services for you and
For the past several months, the Center’s staff has been called on
to assist with the response efforts for the church shooting in Sutherland
Springs. Counselors from the Center were called on immediately to provide
guidance and support for teachers and counselors in both La Vernia and
Floresville schools and has continued to be on-site in the community since that
The Children’s Bereavement Center, in partnership with the
University of Texas in San Antonio’s Academy for Crisis and Trauma Training, is
pleased to announce the opening of Paloma Place, a counseling center in Wilson
County. This collaborative partnership is funded in part through a grant from
the Victims of Crime Act, Whataburger, a gift from the San Antonio Area
Foundation and designated support from caring friends of the Center. Paloma
Place is a replication of the program established in San Antonio in 1997 and
will utilize innovative programming for children and families developed by the
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas.
Paloma Place is now open to the community and ready to greet you
with open arms. Photographed above from left to right: Marilyn Grubbs,
JoAnn Flores, Ashley Jesse (Program Director), Taylor Brown and Sara
Mann. Stop by Paloma Place at 140 Paloma Drive in Floresville, TX and say
hello this wonderful group!