Madonna Center, Inc.

aka Madonna Center, Inc.   |   San Antonio, TX   |


To help individuals and families improve their daily lives through education, connections to resources, healthy aging and creating a sense of community.

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Executive Director

Mr. Roger Caballero

Main address

1906 Castroville

San Antonio, TX 78237 USA

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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Child Day Care (P33)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the U.S., Hispanics suffer the lowest educational achievements among major ethnic populations and are disproportionately susceptible to poor health outcomes. The Madonna Center operates in a neighborhood that is overwhelmingly Hispanic, and we seek to answer the myriad of challenges that poverty may cause, such as poor learning, poor health, and family instability outcomes. We serve our community by providing access to high quality, learning-based childcare programs, parenting resources, senior health and activity programs, fresh meals, and emergency assistance programs. Our services help to alleviate the burdens and long-term impacts, such as low educational achievement and poor health, of poverty in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children's Programs

Licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, we offer learning-centric services for at-risk children ages 2 months to 12 years, with plans under way to extend our reach to older children. We offer free or low-cost daycare, Early Head Start, after-school and summer day camp programs. We offer fresh, nutritious meals and snacks. Our learning programs focus on language development, literacy, arts and crafts, social skills, self-esteem building, field trips for older children, and outdoor activities designed to promote life-long healthy lifestyles. Our programs have a strong focus on improving the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) skills of at-risk youth to reverse historically poor academic outcomes in these crucial fields of learning. Our after-school programs, which become full-day programs during holidays and other school breaks, and summer day camp programs, offer a safe, inexpensive place of learning for children of the working poor. We also directly address the nutritional needs of an at-risk population of low-income children that disproportionately suffer poor nutrition. We served more than 22,000 healthy meals and snacks to children in 2016.

Population(s) Served

Our family programs benefit all ages. In 2016, of more than 5,000 people served, more than 1,500 were families. Out comprehensive approach to addressing the challenges of urban poverty begins with basics like food and emergency services. We distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of food each year to families in need through weekly food distribution stations at our center. We maintain an emergency food bank, emergency infant items closet and pet food pantry for families in crisis. We offer referrals to other San Antonio to help our families in need find help with housing, utilities, transportation, health care and employment services. We maintain a small computer lab for families without computers or Internet access. Our growing initiatives include programs like the Mother and Child program, community gardens and community health fairs. Our partners in these endeavors include the San Antonio Food Bank, Catholic Charities, local universities, church groups, civic organizations and other generous supporters. Our sports field is open to all family members. All struggling families benefit when their children and elders benefit from our programs specifically for those age groups.

Population(s) Served

Our Senior Citizens Program offers weekly learning-centric socialization for seniors 60 and older. For a cost of only $20 a year, with stipends from donations for seniors who cannot afford it, we offer field trips, healthy meals, arts and crafts, lifelong learning opportunities and healthy eating/healthy lifestyles education. We provide transportation to our center for those often isolated seniors who otherwise lack transportation or bus fare to reach our center. Additional services include translation, information and referrals, counseling, health screening and immunizations. More than 50 seniors were enrolled in our Senior Citizens Program in 2016, and those numbers are expected to more than double in future years. In addition, more than 150 seniors receive monthly food commodities in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, Project Hope and the federally funded Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). A new senior garden brings together seniors and senior volunteers in a learning and hands-on setting with raised garden beds and wheelchair access to promote seniors growing their own healthy produce. Intergenerational learning, healthy lifestyles/healthy eating initiatives are being planned.

Population(s) Served

HIPPY is an evidence-based family support model that works directly with parents in their homes to give them books, activities, and skills needed for them to take responsibility for preparing their children for school. Parents receive 30 weeks worth of school readiness curriculum designed to prepare their children for success in school. One-on-one time spent studying HIPPY’s math, science, language, and literacy curriculum will help ensure long-term academic success for children as young as three.

Population(s) Served

In summary, the program will offers training and support for newly-hired community member(s) who will then serve as conduits of information, collaboration, and sustained engagement with residents. These individuals, called "Connectors" will use peer-to-peer conversations and surveys to reach and better understand their neighbors, connect them to resources, and find out what is needed in the community. Connectors will complete a six-week intensive training institute offered by LISC San Antonio beginning early in 2021 to maximize their ability to recognize and build on existing neighborhood assets and help neighbors achieve community goals.

The Connectors program is part of a broader emphasis on Social Determinants of Health in San Antonio. Connectors are intended to reach individuals at the neighborhood level--those left out of the traditional engagement sphere--supporting better access to care and more informed health decision-making. Connectors will assist with resources across the social determinants of health, including economic and housing stability. Mental and physical health benefits also accrue from engagement and sense of agency delivered through community-based programming.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1942

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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We want to substantially expand our reach and programming to better serve impoverished families, seniors and children. We must add new buildings on grounds we already own to provide new space to offer expanded pre-school programming, day care and learning-centric summer day camp and after-school programs for ages 6 through 12. Our goals include incorporating intergenerational learning approaches to bring together our younger and older clients for shared activities ranging from exercise to gardening at our community garden, and for shared learning opportunities such as a healthy eating/healthy lifestyles program designed to address poor health outcomes in at-risk populations. Our early childhood education programs will be augmented with healthy lifestyles learning, such as our growing swim program, and with an initiative incorporating a proven music education approach to improving academic outcomes.

With a major renovation of St. Joseph's Hall on our grounds completed in 2017, attention will be focused on initiating more learning-centric programs for at-risk children who are predominantly Hispanic (95 percent plus). Poverty creates challenges for children, seniors and families we serve in two zip codes (78237 and 78207) with poverty rates ranging from more than 30 percent in 78237 to a poverty rate exceeding 40 percent in 78207. We will engage United Way in new discussions on funding and program priorities. We are expanding our reach to more fundraising sources through expanded grant writing activities. This effort will be supported by plans to purchase donor software and the establishment of a Board-led corporate calling program.

Madonna Center has been a trusted resource for our mostly Hispanic, largely impoverished neighborhoods since 1939. Every year, we serve more people with proven programs. With the nearest city park located 5 miles away, and no center or organization offering the total number programs that we offer free or at a very low cost as part of our comprehensive approach to addressing poverty, we are well positioned to attract the community support we need to succeed with our goals. Our qualitative and quantitative tools are already in place to measure the success of each expanded and/or new program. Our expanded infrastructure is already in place with completion in late 2016 of a major renovation of St. Joseph's Hall on our grounds to provide more space to serve more people and introduce innovative programs for the next 50 years. Also in the planning stages is an even more ambitious expansion of program space on land the center already owns. This adds to our capabilities for future decades.

In late 2016, we celebrated the opening of a renovated St. Joseph's Hall on our grounds, which will provide more program space for pre-school children and seniors. This multi-year project began with a capital campaign and attracted local government and private foundation grants. When the project contractor did not complete the work, we obtained a low-interest loan necessary for project completion. In early 2017, we saw completion of a Master Plan for a major expansion of our buildings and grounds (on property we already own) that was completed by volunteer assistance from architecture students at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This expansion will allow us to more than double the number of people served. Once the final plans are approved by the Board, we will seek grants and individual donations to begin work on this project.


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Madonna Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Pablo Escamilla

Escamilla & Poneck, LLP

Term: 2018 - 2021

Mary Bordelon, CDP

Congregation of Divine Providence

Juan A Chavira


David Toomie

SRC, Inc

Leticia Luna

Luna & Luna Attorneys And Counselors At Law

Maria Bayomi


John Martinez

Criminal Justice Administrator

Maria Butcher

Madonna Senior Citizen Program

Norma Garcia

Michael Buecher


Dr. Inez Cruz

Pre-K 4SAUniversity Health System

Dr. Laura Barberena

VIVA Politics

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or straight
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Person without a disability

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