More children staying at RMYA shelter during pandemic

A local shelter is seeing a lot more children and teens in need of help during this time.

Capacity at the Roy Maas Youth Alternatives (RMYA) shelter has gone up by about 25% in the last few weeks.

The shelter normally houses around 15 children at a time. It is now closer to 20.

The 24-hour drop in shelter, Centro Seguro, is also seeing an increase in traffic. Bill Wilkinson, President and CEO, said help will remain available for those who need it.

“We are not turning kids away. We are figuring out what we can do and how we can help them and how we can get them off the street. We are just going to be there for them and we will figure it out,” explained Wilkinson

To reach Centro Seguro, please call the 24/7 hotline: 210- 340-8090.

RMYA is also accepting donations at this time.

For Cash Donations:

  • Check: If you would like 100% of your donation to go to RMYA with no processing fee, mail a check made payable to RMYA. RMYA 3103 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78213
  • Credit Card: you can call with your credit card information at210-340-8077 x 7001
  • Phone: You can donate directly online by credit/ debit card through the RMYA website.
  • RMYA 900 Club – for more information click HERE.

Other items needed:

COVID-19 Hygiene supplies: hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, Clorox wipes, Lysol,

Hygiene supplies: shampoo, conditioner, body soap and deodorant

Bedding supplies: New cots, New towels & wash cloths, New twin sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows

Cleaning supplies: soap, disinfectant, laundry detergent pods, cleaning products

Activity supplies: MP3 players, PS3/4 E-rated games, beads, board games, arts & crafts, paint by number, word searches/puzzles, markers, crayons, trivia games, cookie & cake baking supplies

New clothing and shoes: for ages 5 – adult sizes, boys and girls

Non-perishable food items:

Cheese or peanut butter crackers



Fruit cups

Granola or cereal barsPeanut butter


Spaghetti sauce

Mac & cheese

Beef jerkyBoxed drinks and juices

Individually packaged chips/ pretzels Goldfish

Plastic utensils

Gallon-size Ziploc bags

Donation Drop off Locations:

  • RMYA 3103 West Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78213 – at the Counseling Center office (side of building)
  • RMYA 121 Old San Antonio Road, Boerne, TX 78006 – at the Macia Administration Building

For more information about RMYA, click HERE.

Fox 29

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