About Us

Endeavors

Endeavors® is a San Antonio nonprofit that connects vulnerable populations to a wide range of helpful services.

Our Mission

Endeavors passionately serves vulnerable people in crisis through our innovative, personalized approach.

We seek to provide comprehensive, effective, and innovative services that encourage growth, allowing people to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. Why? Because we believe that everyone holds the capacity to grow, heal, change, succeed, and affect others positively.

Our Vision

We restore dignity and improve the quality of life for the vulnerable people we serve through the benefits of our programs.

We seek to unify families and communities torn apart by poverty, unemployment, or neglect by providing real, practical solutions and a path to earned income. We do this through a wide array of programs and services supporting children, families, veterans and those struggling with mental illness and other significant disabilities.

Our Work

Endeavors is a “smart social service” that assists over 16,000 clients each year.

Our work centers around homelessness, unemployment, child abuse, disabilities, and disasters by connecting individuals and families to services like education, crisis intervention, case management, homeless prevention services, parent training, practical life skills, and vocational support, training, and employment.

Our Approach

Endeavors is a dynamic organization, always seeking to improve.  

By hiring the best and brightest employees, constantly taking inventory of our work, and embedding our mission and values into each part of our organization, it is our greatest hope that we are able to measurably improve the lives and livelihoods of our customers in efficient, sustainable ways.

Our Story

Endeavors began in 1969 as an effort to serve San Antonio’s inner-city communities.

In 1969, several of San Antonio’s inner-city churches banded together to launch “Urban Ministries,” to help meet various needs within the local San Antonio community.  Eventually, this program expanded in scope, reach, and geography, to become Endeavors®, a national, innovative nonprofit that serves as a model within an evolving behavioral health and social service landscape.

View the 2018 Annual Report.

Faith Based Organization Statement

Endeavors is a faith-based organization based on Judeo Christian principles. The five churches that founded our organization in 1969 followed these principles while providing social welfare services to the community. We practice diversity and inclusion with our employees and those we serve. We welcome participation in our beliefs while respecting the beliefs of others. We accomplish the intent of our founders by seeking to provide expanded services in our community.

Non-Proselytizing Policy

Endeavors will not proselytize, nor will we enter or maintain business relationships with entities or individuals who require proselytizing as a part of their work with Endeavors. This means Endeavors will not enter or maintain business relationships on the express or implied condition that the people we serve must follow, or convert to, particular religious beliefs; or promote or condone messaging while we are providing services that is meant to induce those we serve to convert to a particular faith.

Our Partners & Collaborators

Endeavors partners with government and private organizations to provide services.

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, United Way, U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, City of San Antonio, SourceAmerica, TIBH, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Urban Alliance, and Haven for Hope.

Our Core Values

Accountability and Integrity

We exhibit integrity and accountability in all interactions with our clients, coworkers, and stakeholders by maintaining transparency, doing what is right and assuming complete ownership and responsibility for our actions.

Care and Compassion

We deliver all services with care and compassion using a person-centered approach to ensure clients feel safe, valued, and understood. We are active listeners and respectful communicators, exhibiting empathy in all that we do.

Teamwork

We are committed to a culture that combines mutual respect and the open sharing of thoughts and ideas with the willingness of individuals to work collaboratively in support of our client, employee, and stakeholder needs and to achieve the common goals of the organization.

Commitment to Making a Difference

Our work will have a measurable impact on the lives of the people and communities that we serve.

Community Involvement

We believe in the value of engagement with stakeholders and other community representatives to bring positive change to the communities where we deliver services.

Formerly Known as Family Endeavors