RMYA’s Emergency Services programs include the Bridge Emergency Shelter and La Puerta Emergency Shelter. Both shelters serve children 24-hours a day in a structured setting for up to 90 days. La Puerta will focus on chronic runaways, severely abused and trafficked children, and children with high therapeutic needs due to trauma-induced behavioral and emotional issues.
Every child is evaluated for medical, mental, dental, and other health care needs when they arrive at our shelters. Professionals who are trained to help children in crisis no matter what issues they may be facing are available 24 hours a day and a master’s level therapist is assigned to help and counsel every resident. Children participate in individual and group counseling so they can develop the tools needed to manage challenges. Older residents also attend life skill classes to help educate them about food, finances, and the basics for surviving and thriving in the real world. Children at the Bridge and La Puerta will keep up with school through RMYA’s Stepping Stones Academy Charter School, which is on site. If children need additional help, RMYA can provide support through specialized tutoring. La Puerta has a large play yard, swings, and basketball court so children can exercise daily. It is crucial that children in RMYA programs experience as much normalcy as possible. Residents often attend community cultural, educational, and sporting events including Spurs, Rampage, and Missions games donated by community supporters. All residents are able to attend religious services at their request. For more information on La Puerta or the Bridge Emergency Shelter, call 210-340-7933.
The campus at Meadowland includes six residential cabins (four for males/two for females); an educational/ recreational complex, including a gymnasium and weight room; the Meadowland Charter School; computer lab; library; and the Burdick Community Center. Additionally, the campus has a jogging track, several ballfields, basketball courts, and a swimming pool and pool house. Children placed at Meadowland frequently come from chaotic, unpredictable environments with inconsistent discipline, care or supervision. Many have a history of abuse, and as a result have behavioral and emotional problems which, without intervention, could lead to criminal activities and other destructive behaviors. There are a number of clinical considerations that must be reviewed along with the “fit” of the child into a particular resident group and the RMYA capacity to work with any special needs the child may have. The Meadowland Campus accepts male and female children, ages 6-17 who are neglected, abused, abandoned, involved with the juvenile justice system, in crisis, or otherwise in danger. RMYA’s policy does not discriminate in the manner in which it provides services or in the manner in which it screens applicants. At no time will a referral be denied admission to the program based on sex, race, color, national origin, political belief, religion, sexual or gender orientation.
For additional information on the Meadowland Residential Facility contact 830-816-2425. For information on the Meadowland Charter School please click here.
Many youth aging out of foster care and youth who grew up in abusive or neglectful homes are ill equipped to adjust to life on their own. When young adults 18-22 find themselves unprepared for the responsibilities of adulthood and without the skills necessary to live independently, they end up homeless, as drug addicts or in prostitution, and many end up in jail.
In order to combat this growing population of homeless young people, RMYA offers the TurningPoint Transitional Living program to help youth who have aged out of foster care as well as other homeless youth. These vulnerable young adults are given a safe place to live and are taught how to care for themselves so that they can become productive, empowered members of our community. For more information about TurningPoint, please call (210) 349-3610.
It is difficult to ignore the many problems families face on a daily basis. RMYA (Roy Maas Youth Alternatives) provides individual and family counseling, short-term pediatric and adolescent psychiatric services, and low-cost parent education classes for youth and their families. Assessments may be available, as needed, for temporary and voluntary short-term residential care at The Bridge Emergency Shelter, where residents have access to psychiatric services.
The Family Counseling & Resource Center is open Monday-Wednesday 11AM-8PM, Thursday 8AM-5PM, and Friday 9AM-6PM.
We work with families experiencing a variety of behavioral and emotional crises, including but not limited to: parent-child conflicts, anxiety, substance abuse, runaways, truancy, emotional control issues and anger management.
We are an approved site for Bexar County Juvenile Probation and the Department of Family and Protective Services mandated counseling.
We accept Community First Medicaid, Traditional Medicaid, and Superior Health Medicaid. We also accept Master Card and Visa.
All counseling services are offered to the community on a sliding scale.
To make an appointment, please call 210-340-7971
Community Psychiatric Clinic
The RMYA Community Psychiatric Clinic provides short-term psychiatric services in conjunction with individual child and family counseling, for community children waiting to be seen by a private psychiatrist. Our counselors partner with psychiatric residents from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, to provide evaluations and follow-up assessments for children coping with mental health issues that could lead to abuse, hospitalization, or the breakdown of the family unit. RMYA also provides referrals for long-term psychiatric care when necessary.
To make an appointment, please call 210-340-7971
Our agency offers the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent training course. The seven week Becoming a Love and Logic Parent program was developed by Jim Fay, Charles Fay, PhD., and Foster W. Cline, M.D., of the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., in Golden, Colorado. It is $7 for each class or $35 when pre-registering for the whole course. To save time, parenting class registration forms can be downloaded here. Please call our office for further information at (210) 340-7971
Emergency Shelter Services
Is your family constantly fighting? Does your home feel out-of-control and chaotic? Do you feel like running away is your only option? You are not alone! RMYA offers shelter services for youth 5 to 17 years age. Please call our office for further information at (210) 340-7971
Centro Seguro, a joint effort between RMYA and Bexar County Juvenile Probation, is a 24-hour drop-in/drop-out center for young people ages 11 – 17 who are in need of a safe place due to homelessness, runaway, unsafe living conditions, or falling victims to sex traffickers. Youth have access to a wide array of services from a hot shower, a meal, a change of clothing, and immediate therapeutic support. The drop-in/drop-out center is the first of its kind in Texas where an estimated 79,000 child victims of sex trafficking currently reside. Safety and security, in a non-judgmental atmosphere is the priority at Centro Seguro. In addition to on site emergency drop in services, clients receive ongoing case management including referrals for medical, dental, and vision care; individual and family counseling services; as well as support groups. Centro Seguro’s mission is to connect with children, who have been or may be identified as sex trafficked, in ways that create safety and assist in finding a safe place off the streets they can call home. Please call the hotline 210 340 8090 twenty-four hours a day. We are here to help.