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At a time when San Antonio area mental health organizations are losing millions of dollars in funding, Jewish Family Service of San Antonio (JFS) is working hard to provide innovative and affordable counseling to the community.

To give the organization a financial boost to its programs, the Wade Richmond Foundation picked Jewish Family Service of San Antonio as a $100,000 matching grant recipient for the month of March. All donations made in the month of March to JFS will be matched by the foundation, up to $100,000. This is something the foundation has done each year since 1999.

“This grant comes at a time when the climate for mental health funding is changing,” said Talli Dolge, CEO of JFS. “There are so many people who need professional counseling and they can’t afford it. The matching grant from the Wade Richmond Foundation will give our organization a much-needed boost as we use resources to make our organization sustainable in this new funding climate.”

Jewish Family Service of San Antonio provides mental health counseling and psychology, as well as social services for the elderly and disabled. The organization recently launched the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative, a pilot program with five other area nonprofits to bring much-needed mental health services out of the agency offices and into the schools.

According to a Mental Health America* study, Texas ranks the worst in the nation for providing access to mental health services. This includes access to insurance, access to treatment, quality and cost of insurance, access to special education, and workforce availability. The report also found that while the rate of adults with mental conditions went down slightly, the rate of youth experiencing a mental health issues rose with 63% of children and teens having a major depressive episode with no treatment.

The Wade Richmond Foundation’s mission strives to give energy and help to those who are actively caring for such neighbors. The Richmond family and the board of directors at the Wade Richmond Foundation said that the new mobile mental wellness collaborative was a main reason why he chose JFS to receive this matching grant.

“Each year we choose a charity focused on cutting-edge programs that help citizens in dire situations get their lives back on track,” said Jack Richmond. “We saw what JFS was doing with their mobile collaboration and how they were able to add new programming and help more people, all while their funding was being cut from long-standing organizations who changed their giving strategies. That is a big accomplishment.”

About Jewish Family Service of San Antonio
Since 1973, Jewish Family Service of San Antonio has strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, through social, psychological, health and educational programs guided by the Jewish values of “repairing the world” and “taking responsibility for each other.”

About the San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative
The San Antonio Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative was formed in 2019 to take mental health services for youth out of the agency offices and into the schools, using an “upstream” model of prevention. A first of its kind in the United States, this collaborative is undergoing a pilot year in the South San Antonio ISD. The partnering organizations include Jewish Family Service, Communities in Schools of San Antonio, Rise Recovery, the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, Clarity Child Guidance Center and Family Service Association.

Jack Richmond’s Legacy
JFS was chosen as the first nonprofit in 2020 to receive the Wade Richmond Foundation matching grant. Unfortunately, Jack Richmond, head of the foundation and longtime local philanthropist, passed away on February 14 at the age of 91. Those of us at JFS are proud to be an agency that Jack and Laura Richmond both supported. Our goal is to make this an impactful month, not just for JFS but for the Richmond family.

Jack and Laura Richmond visited the JFS board of directors in January to discuss the matching grant. All were deeply saddened to hear of Jack’s passing on February 14.