When Tech Data launched its Giving … Back to School initiative in August, the response we received was overwhelming. The work our nonprofit partners continue to do for our communities is nothing short of awe-inspiring, so we decided to shine the spotlight on a few of the incredible organizations that earned the votes of our colleagues this summer. But don’t take our word for it — get to know them in their own words.
Who we are and what we believe
Boysville, the Home with a Heart, was founded in 1943 as a result of Rev. Don Holiman’s observation of orphaned, homeless and abandoned boys sleeping in San Antonio’s Travis Park. The local police picked these boys up from the park in an effort to provide some safety and shelter for them. Today, Boysville is a nationally accredited home caring for all children, boys and girls, birth through college.
Our mission is to provide a safe, family environment to children in need so they may become responsible adults. Our mission reflects our objectives as safety is the first priority for children who have been abused, neglected or in a family crisis. Once a child feels safe, we work on healing and growth of each individual child through therapeutic, recreational and educational services.
How Tech Data and “Giving .. Back to School” has helped
Boysville is grateful for the support of Tech Data. At Boysville, children are given the chance and are encouraged to become a part of the community by following their passions. Most foster care children are not allowed to participate in extracurricular activities or even go to prom due to lack of funding. Whether it is playing YMCA and high school sports, singing in the choir, acting in a play or participating in JROTC, we make sure our children have the opportunity to participate. With over 50 school-aged children, extracurricular activities can get expensive. Funds from the Tech Data grant will give our children a chance at a normal childhood and the ability to say yes to activities.
Our Success Stories
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Jennifer Jay Greer
“Boysville has made a HUGE & POSITIVE impact in my life! Everything happens for reason...for the good.”
“Well, I lived [at Boysville] all through my elementary school years in the 80s. It was amazing place, [I] was surely glad I was able have safe place and people to care about me. Kris and Karla [were two of the] best house parents that had pleasure of knowing. I lived there when first time girls started to live they had the one big house.”
April Solano Ruelas
“Growing up and being taken from my family was the hardest thing for me.
But when I went to Boysville it changed my life forever, along with my brother and sister. They thought [of] me so much, kept me busy. Having the houseparents there when you didn’t have your own parents — if it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today and I thank them for everything they have done for me.”
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This blog was contributed by Tech Data's Corporate Communications team.