For the past 45 years, RMYA (Roy Maas Youth Alternatives) has been providing a safe place for healing, safety and hope for abused, abandoned, neglected and homeless youth, having served over 84,000 children and families to-date in the San Antonio area. Our RMYA Meadowland Campus in Boerne (for nearly 80 children from ages 6-17) has provided long-term residential care for 35 of those years, providing a home-like, caring, and therapeutic setting for children to heal from severe abuse and trauma.
Our annual fundraising event, Fiesta at Meadowland, has been postponed for a second year due to COVID and the devastation of our Burdick Community Center during the recent winter storm. While repairs to our buildings at Meadowland are underway, we still need your help providing necessities for the children we serve.
Fiesta at Meadowland usually raises funds for critical infrastructure improvements to our campus buildings and facilities, for the benefit of our children, with the storm damage to multiple Meadowland structures, this is even more crucial. We must provide the best care possible for these children regardless of other circumstances, especially in this trying time as we strive to help hurting children heal and find happiness. The children deserve nothing less.
We depend on support from donors like you. You can make a difference in the lives of children like Nathan. Starting at age 8, Nathan had been bounced around to several foster homes. His behavior had become increasingly difficult to manage and his last foster mother had dropped him off to his caseworker without warning. Once Nathan moved to Meadowland, he exhibited extremely defiant behavior. Our staff noticed that Nathan was hoarding food. He took other people’s food, hid it in his clothing and sneaked it back to his room. Nathan’s food hoarding may seem like a simple thing, but it was affecting him on a daily basis. When Nathan was unable to hide food and return to the cabin with additional food, his emotional outbursts became impossible to control. He was a danger to himself, other residents, and staff. Through counseling, clinicians learned that Nathan had been starved as a child. For the first eight years of his life, he had often gone days without eating. He was severely malnourished. The clinicians and staff came up with a plan to help Nathan. They allowed Nathan control over his food intake, including permitting him to keep a small amount of food in his room, to return to the cabin with a portion of his meal boxed up for later, and to ask for additional food outside of the meal schedule. Through this approach, Nathan was able to take control of his food trauma and his overall behavior improved. The effects of his food trauma slowly decreased over time, allowing Nathan to begin to thrive.
With a supportive community, we can end the cycle of abuse by restoring hope, one child at a time. Would you consider helping these children as they begin their journey to healing?