• Strengthening Families

    The Good Samaritan

    While we were born out of the Episcopal Church, our goal, as a mission, is to continue to act as the Good Samaritan – welcoming the stranger, tending to their wounds, aiding in basic needs and bridging the gap between cultures.

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    Our 2014 Annual Report is out!

    The 2014 Annual Report highlights a year that marked the beginning of focused efforts on leading quality improvements, increasing access to care and enhancing patient experience.

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El Buen Samaritano is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and financial security services.

About Us

El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission (El Buen) provides health-care, education and financial security services to families in Central Texas.

In 2013, El Buen served more than 12,000 individuals.

The Wallace Mallory Clinic alone saw nearly 8,000 patients with over 20,000 medical visits.

El Buen’s Integrated Behavioral Health Program provided 1,484 visits to patients.

Clients made 3,724 visits for client advocacy services, referrals for social and medical services, and patient navigation.

A total of 4,681 individuals received nutritious food through our Food Pantry.

The Adult Education Program provided services to more than 1,800 adults with English as a Second Language, Citizenship, Computer Literacy, Basic Literacy and GED preparation classes.

El Buen Samaritano is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable health-care, education and financial security services.

Our History

In the late 1980s, Austin was seeing a significant change in demographics with Latinos from South America, Central America and Mexico migrating to the city. The Episcopal Diocese of Texas responded by founding El Buen Samaritano in a small rock house in South Austin.

El Buen Samaritano opened in June 1987 with a mission to strengthen Austin families in need. By 1993, El Buen Samaritano offered health services through a clinic which served 350 people, almost doubling the amount from the previous year. And as the number of clients increased, El Buen Samaritano’s programs also began to grow.

That year, the organization served 9,050 hot meals, distributed 1,400 food pantry bags, and gave away 900 items to children through a clothing closet. With the growing demand for services, former Executive Director Jaime Case launched Building Hope, a capital campaign to build a new campus in South Austin.

In 2003, the $7.3-million successful campaign resulted in an 11-acre campus in South Austin for more classrooms, a medical clinic, and a multipurpose building that would also house San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church.

As an important mission of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, El Buen Samaritano’s success is the result of a clear vision and the dedication to see this vision through.

From a small stone house to the beautiful three-building campus the organization occupies today, the commitment, hard work, contributions and support staff, volunteers, funders and communities throughout the past 25 years have helped El Buen Samaritano continue to enrich Latino families and the community at large encouraging their growth and empowerment in society.

Our Episcopal Roots

El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission has its roots in the Episcopal Church. As a faith-based nonprofit of the Episcopal Church, we welcome clients, volunteers and staff from a wide array of backgrounds, faith traditions and beliefs. We partner with local Episcopal churches and schools who volunteer on our campus and help all who come to El Buen search for new opportunities. Learn about our Episcopal partners here.

The Good Samaritan

While we were born out of the Episcopal Church, our goal, as a mission, is to continue to act as the Good Samaritan – welcoming the stranger, tending to their wounds, aiding in basic needs and bridging the gap between cultures.

Miguel and Rosalva visiting the food pantry

The Cárdenas Family

*Names are kept anonymous to protect client privacy. Just two years ago, Miguel and Rosalva Cárdenas lived in a $250,000 home in San Antonio. They lived on a combined income of $47,000. They hosted family barbeques once every two months and occasionally had friends and neighbors over for dinner. They cared after their youngest child, […]

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Volunteer taking cans of food of the shelf for a client

Alexandra Saldívar

*Names are kept anonymous to protect client privacy. Nineteen years old with a new born, Alexandra was facing the consequences of a financial crisis. With not one person to turn to and no family in the country, she turned to El Buen Samaritano in hopes of guidance to a clearer future. After her initial step […]

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Francisca and her daughter visiting the food pantry

Francisca López de Soler

“Coming to El Buen Samaritano’s Food Pantry opened many doors for me and my family,” said Francisca on her last visit to El Buen’s Food Pantry. “It was heaven-sent.” Last February, Francisca came through the doors of El Buen to access what she referred to as a program that was “heaven-sent”. “The food is very […]

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