Making wellness a priority helps create a positive, stable post-military life.

WHO WE ARE

We’ve created the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center to provide a multitude of wellness services for Veterans because creating and maintaining healthy habits after leaving the military can be hard for Veterans. From mental health to physical health to holistic health, this center will offer Veterans many services that will help them improve their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.
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6333 De Zavala Rd,
San Antonio, TX 78249
726-207-4892
[email protected]

WHAT WE OFFER

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Our Behavioral Health programs and professionals provide services that help people live their very best lives. From peer support programs to intensive case management to counseling to substance use treatment and recovery, our fully licensed providers: prescribers, counselors, social workers, case managers, and peer support specialists are here to listen and provide a bridge to healing.

WELLNESS

We value the holistic approach to wellness. Therefore, our wellness services are comprehensive. Our Endeavors Wellness Model supports six principles represented in our space. We provide a connectedness area where community members can gather and get to know one another, rest, and unite; meeting rooms where various groups and organizations can host meetings; a woman-Veteran-owned cafe with coffee and snacks; and a Relaxation Room for solace and recovery.

FITNESS CENTER

Our state-of-the-art fitness center is functional and adaptive. Members enjoy accessible cardio and suspension-training equipment, personalized wellness training, and group classes like yoga, Tai Chi, and more to come. We also offer individual fitness plans and health-coaching via our Endeavors Wellness App for those who are looking to reach their fitness goals.

WHO WE SERVE

We serve all Veterans, veteran dependents, veteran surviving spouses, and any person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves.

THE ENDEAVORS WELLNESS MODEL

Through Wellness, We Empower.

The VWC delivers positive, supportive, and integrated care all in one location to focus on self-care and overall health that enhances daily choices for wellness.

Driven by the vision to restore and improve quality of life, our Endeavors Wellness Model represents Six Principles of Wellness.

Focusing on each of these aspects, we offer Veteran services that will help improve their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.

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BOARD ROOMS

If you’re interested in hosting a meeting with a large group, reserve one of our board rooms! Our Cohen Clinic Board Room and Endeavors Board Room spaces are clean, quiet, and functional for groups of up to 25 (with seats for 12) or 20 (with seats for 10) respectively. Reserve your room for blocks of two, four, or eight hours. Please email us for pricing inquiries at [email protected]. Please note our hours when requesting reservations.

MEETING ROOMS

For larger gatherings, reserve our Community Room. Located on our first floor near the entrance, our Community Room can be reserved in its entirety or in halves. The maximum capacity for side A or B is 75, while the entire Community Room holds 150 people. Our meeting rooms are available for reservation here.

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MEET THE COMMUNITY TENANTS

OUR TEAM

DR. JILL E. PALMER, Chief of Behavioral Health

Dr. Jill E. Palmer, a Navy Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and 2019 graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee, serves as Endeavors Read More

DR. JILL E. PALMER
Chief of Behavioral Health

Dr. Jill E. Palmer, a Navy Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and 2019 graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee, serves as Endeavors’ first Chief of Behavioral Health.  With her research focus on Veterans, suicide prevention, and quality of life, Dr. Palmer has spearheaded the implementation of the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center. A state of the art facility in San Antonio, Texas, the Veteran Wellness Center utilizes Dr. Palmer’s expertise by focusing on the integration of mental health, physical health, and recovery services built upon a foundation of wellness principles. 

Dr. Palmer has over a decade of leadership experience through both the Navy and the private sector.  Passionate about leading healthy, productive, and innovative teams, she has led teams of social workers, psychiatrists, and other medical and mental health personnel, provided program oversight for multiple programs, developed policies and procedures to implement evidence-based practices, and has managed program budgets.

Dr. Palmer’s background in mental health delivery, along with her experience with diverse teams and virtual work environments, allowed for a 100% transition to remote work and telehealth services to over 400 active clients at the Cohen Clinics in March, 2020.  She also provided the research and the structure to the implementation of the Virtual Employee Wellness program at Endeavors, an initiative that provided daily wellness activities to over 350 employees for 13 months during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With over 18 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, Dr. Palmer is experienced in treating trauma, depression, and anxiety in children, families, Veterans, and active-duty populations. 

Mark Riddick, Regional Director of Behavioral Health Operations

Mark Riddick is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health Operations at Endeavors. He is responsible for planning, program implementation, and compliance within the Behavioral Health line of service, including the oversight of our Veteran Wellness Centers.

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Mark Riddick
Regional Director of Behavioral Health Operations

Mark Riddick is the Regional Director of Behavioral Health Operations at Endeavors. He is responsible for planning, program implementation, and compliance within the Behavioral Health line of service, including the oversight of our Veteran Wellness Centers.

A 21-year Veteran of the United States Army, Mark rose to the highest enlisted rank of Command Sergeant Major. He deployed in support of Operations Joint Guardian, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

Mark holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of the Incarnate Word, a certification as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB), and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

MARGARITA OCHOA-SMITH

Director of Behavioral Health
MARGARITA OCHOA-SMITH
Director of Behavioral Health

Joining Endeavors in 2020, Margarita Ochoa-Smith serves as the Director of Behavioral Health for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center. In addition to launching state-wide virtual care co-occurring services for VWC clients, Margarita will also oversee services that support and promote emotional freedom and transformational healing for clients.

With a desire to influence positive change, Margarita strives to afford individuals the opportunity to trust in their goodness while journeying through transformation and healing. Her extensive experience in behavioral health and leadership, coupled with a career spanning over 20 years, exhibits her commitment to improving the lives of the diverse and special populations involved in behavioral health and criminal justice.

Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Park University at the Fort Bliss, Texas campus and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado’s Adams State University, Margarita’s dedication to ongoing education extends beyond the university setting. Sharing years of experience in the accreditation process by JCAHO, CARF, and ACA, she is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor, is Board Certified in the state of Texas, and is an International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), where she has earned reciprocity in multiple countries.

Previously working in both educational and correctional settings, Margarita has personally witnessed the immense ripple effect addiction and mental health has on children, families, communities, and countries. Demonstrating an ongoing dedication to serving those combating chronic behavioral health disorders locally, nationally, and internationally, she has created, developed, and launched programming for Jail Diversion, Residential Integrated Treatment, Specialty Courts, and Trauma-Informed Outpatient Co-Occurring Programs. Additionally, she has trained and mentored team members in methodologies and processes to ensure program success and appropriate client services, including the development of culturally competent and holistic programming. Further demonstrating her expertise, Margarita has served as an expert witness in a vehicular homicide trial.

Holding multiple leadership positions in El Paso, San Antonio, and Southern Colorado, Margarita has been instrumental in establishing the first Behavioral Health Treatment Court in Southern Colorado as well as the Medicine Bear Residential Program. Additionally, her clinical programming has helped form the first Integrated Residential Treatment Program for the homeless population in Bexar County.

Having the privilege of representing the United States by invitation of the Organization of American States (OAS) thru the Inter American Commission on Drug Abuse Control (CICAD) in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia, Margarita has served as an international consultant, sharing her expertise in social re-integration of populations impacted by trauma, mental health disorders, addiction, and anti-social behaviors.

In her spare time, Margarita enjoys doing charity work throughout her community and is active in several local civic organizations, as well as an international organization dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy.

Margarita cherishes time with her family and enjoys nothing more than family and friends gathering to share good food, good music, and great storytelling.

Kimberly Anderson

Director of Wellness
Kimberly Anderson
Director of Wellness

As the Director of Wellness, Kimberly Anderson acts as an advocate for wellness throughout the Endeavors organization. As a key part of her position, Kimberly helps to develop the Endeavors Wellness program both internally and for clients, equipping people with tools to enhance their own personal wellness. Additionally, Kimberly oversees all aspects of wellness for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center and facilitates three internal wellness events each week for Endeavors employees.
Kimberly entered into a career in public health and wellness well into her adult life. A spouse to a disabled veteran and the mother of a special needs child, she saw the need for education and advocacy in our healthcare system firsthand. Working on the development of the Veteran Wellness Center for over a year, and in her role since July 2020, Kimberly has a passion for wellness and for learning the best ways to stay healthy and heal difficult to treat conditions.
Kimberly holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Disease Control from UTSA and a financial wellness trainer certification from NWI. Additionally, she teaches Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) I 9.
In her spare time, Kimberly serves as president San Antonio PFLAG chapter. She also loves to read, spend time her friends, and enjoy the company of her husband of 23 years and their three children.

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Angel Tree

The Endeavors Angel Tree program will assist in fulfilling holiday wishes for many of our San Antonio clients that we serve. Our Community Based Services programs provide supportive housing, case management, professional counseling, life skills training, and employment opportunities for chronically homeless adults with disabilities and their children throughout Texas. Please help us in making a difference this upcoming holiday season by sponsoring an individual to make their holiday wish come true!

Assessment Services

As Texas home study contractors, our experienced and highly-qualified professionals home study reports that can be used for domestic adoptions or foster care decisions. With your support, we’ll be able to continue to ensure a knowledgeable and justified decision is made regarding a child in need of a safe and nurturing home.

Cohen Clinic – El Paso

The Cohen Clinics at Endeavors offer services provided by credentialed staff trained to work specifically with the military population. Veterans, active duty service members (with a TRICARE referral), and military families can receive mental health care individually and together in the same place, at the same time, with the same treatment team.

Case management support and local referrals to help with education, employment, financial assistance, housing, and legal issues are also available via the Cohen Clinics.

Your support will directly impact Veterans, active duty service members, and military families in need of services addressing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, sleep problems, adolescent behavioral issues, relationship and family stress, etc.

Cohen Clinic – Killeen

The Cohen Clinics at Endeavors offer services provided by credentialed staff trained to work specifically with the military population. Veterans, active duty service members (with a TRICARE referral), and military families can receive mental health care individually and together in the same place, at the same time, with the same treatment team.

Case management support and local referrals to help with education, employment, financial assistance, housing, and legal issues are also available via the Cohen Clinics.

Your support will directly impact Veterans, active duty service members, and military families in need of services addressing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, sleep problems, adolescent behavioral issues, relationship and family stress, etc.

Cohen Clinic – San Antonio

The Cohen Clinics at Endeavors offer services provided by credentialed staff trained to work specifically with the military population. Veterans, active duty service members (with a TRICARE referral), and military families can receive mental health care individually and together in the same place, at the same time, with the same treatment team.

Case management support and local referrals to help with education, employment, financial assistance, housing, and legal issues are also available via the Cohen Clinics.

Your support will directly impact Veterans, active duty service members, and military families in need of services addressing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, sleep problems, adolescent behavioral issues, relationship and family stress, etc.

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES

We believe that communities are only as strong as the way they care for their most vulnerable populations. Across the country and the world, this often means caring for those with no place to call “home.” We are incredibly passionate about empowering people to build better lives for themselves.

Disaster Case Management

By providing disaster relief services for clients impacted by crisis and/ or presidentially declared disasters, we deliver relief, recovery, and hope. With the help of your donation, we’ll be able to continue creating safe environments, providing resource referrals, and helping individuals most impacted by a disaster to get back on their feet.

Emergency Services

Make a difference for individuals with nowhere to turn after a disaster. Your donation will help families struggling after hurricanes and other natural disasters get back on their feet and rebuild a life of safety and hope.

Endeavors For Education Golf Tournament

Endeavors is hosting its second annual golf tournament benefitting the General Alfred K. Flowers Scholarship. In our continued efforts to support the communities we serve, Endeavors has established the Major General Alfred K. Flowers Endowed Scholarship, pledging $25,000 to the Fayetteville State University Foundation Inc. in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and $25,000 to Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.

Endeavors Unlimited

Providing supportive employment training and accommodated employment for adults with disabilities, Endeavors Unlimited provides more than a job- it provides life-changing opportunity.  By choosing to donate to Endeavors Unlimited, you’re assisting us to continue to train these deserving individuals and then place them in positions that may have otherwise not been available.

Endeavors Veterans Day Run

The Endeavors Veterans Day Run is held in honor of those who serve or have served in our armed forces. As we celebrate Veterans Day, this race will occur in collaboration with the City of San Antonio Veterans Day event (SA Vets Day).

Home Study & Report Services

As Texas home study contractors, our experienced and highly-qualified professionals home study reports that can be used for domestic adoptions or foster care decisions. With your support, we’ll be able to continue to ensure a knowledgeable and justified decision is made regarding a child in need of a safe and nurturing home.

Over The Edge

Funds raised during this event benefit children, families, Veterans, and those struggling with mental illness and other disabilities.

Permanent Supportive Housing

Assisting those who suffer from homelessness, the Endeavors Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides sustainable housing alongside access to mental health resources, education, and job training to chronically homeless, low-income individuals with disabling conditions throughout Bexar County.

By making a monetary or tangible donation, you are helping us ensure that these individuals receive long-term collaborative treatment, supportive housing, and the supplies necessary to address basic needs such as food, clothing, and medical care.

Rapid Deployment Services

When crisis calls, seconds count. Through our Rapid Deployment Services and Temporary Shelter Operation programs, we are able to respond quickly, supplying what is needed in the event of a disaster or crisis. From emergency shelter setup and operation to case management and intake services, donating to our Rapid Deployment Services will ensure that more people are taken care as quickly as possible when disaster strikes.

Serving Those Who Served

The Cohen Clinics at Endeavors offer services provided by credentialed staff trained to work specifically with the military population. Veterans, active duty service members (with a TRICARE referral), and military families can receive mental health care individually and together in the same place, at the same time, with the same treatment team.

Case management support and local referrals to help with education, employment, financial assistance, housing, and legal issues are also available via the Cohen Clinics.

Your support will directly impact Veterans, active duty service members, and military families in need of services addressing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, sleep problems, adolescent behavioral issues, relationship and family stress, etc.

Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics

The Cohen Clinics at Endeavors offer services provided by credentialed staff trained to work specifically with the military population. Veterans, active duty service members (with a TRICARE referral), and military families can receive mental health care individually and together in the same place, at the same time, with the same treatment team.

Case management support and local referrals to help with education, employment, financial assistance, housing, and legal issues are also available via the Cohen Clinics.

Your support will directly impact Veterans, active duty service members, and military families in need of services addressing depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, sleep problems, adolescent behavioral issues, relationship and family stress, etc.

Supportive Housing

With a goal to provide permanent supportive housing to our most vulnerable populations, we offer case management, professional counseling, life skills training, and employment opportunities for Veterans as well as those suffering from mental illnesses. By donating to our housing program, you are giving these community members the chance to achieve a life full of stability, successes, and self-sufficiency.

The Big Give

Big Give is a 24-hour day of online giving for local nonprofits. On this annual day of giving, we’re asking donors to get online and make a donation in support of our housing programs, services, and people we serve. Even a small donation will impact young adults, men with mental illnesses, and women with mental illnesses and their children who are experiencing homelessness.

Veteran and Family Support

Our Veteran Supportive Services Program rapidly re-houses and prevents homelessness among very low-income Veterans and their families by providing homelessness prevention and stabilization services, one on one case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other public benefits. Through your donations, you’ll help us to restore dignity and offer hope to Veterans in need.

Veteran Wellness Center

For Veterans, making wellness a priority helps create a positive, stable post-military life. Our Veteran Wellness Center helps them make that happen. With your donation, together we’ll ensure Veterans receive services that will improve their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.

Where It’s Needed Most

If you want to donate but are unsure of which program has the highest need for financial assistance, consider giving an “unrestricted gift.” By choosing to give an unrestricted gift, you are giving us the opportunity to fund programs with the greatest need, allowing your gift to have the biggest impact possible and to best support the mission of Endeavors and the changing needs of the community.

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