Our mission is to respond to the needs and concerns of homeless single mother families. We were founded in 1985 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as a homeless shelter and transformed in 1993 into a Transitional Housing & Education Program. The Sisters extended their ministry into the community-at-large in 2006 with the opening of the Visitation House Women’s Learning Center at La Casita.
Visitation House Ministries works to move single homeless mothers with young children out of poverty and homelessness by providing housing, education support and life skills training. The goal is for these women to leave with both the tools and the confidence to take the next step in their advancement, whether it is to take college classes, to get a job or a better job, or to be able to help their children. Their work in the program will ultimately empower them to make changes in their lives: to lift themselves out of poverty, and to provide a better quality of life for their families through education and employment. Over 30 years of experience has led us to develop a two generation approach because we know that the children will be the change agents ending generational cycles of homelessness and poverty. A key component for the children is the after-school tutoring program where each child receives approximately 4-6 hours a week of one-on-one tutoring, focusing on reading and math to help bring them up to grade level. The Visitation House Outreach Education Program, housed at La Casita is very much a “women’s space”, a place where both homeless women and other low-income women from the San Antonio community receive the opportunity and resources to pursue education goals that better prepare them for employment that pays a living wage. The center provides free, year-round, classes in GED preparation (English/Spanish), English as a Second Language, (ESL) computer skills training, college prep and college-level tutoring as well as academic and financial aid advisement. Classes are small, often given individually, and geared to the specific needs of the women, thus maximizing learning potential.
P.O. Box 12074
San Antonio, TX 78212