• A biracial family of four happily expecting a third child.  They're standing before a portico on a sunny summer day.

    FY 2015 Impact Report

    We are proud to preset our FY 2015 impact report. This report details our services, accomplishments and future goals to provide comprehensive and quality care for our community.

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  • 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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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

For almost 30 years, El Buen Samaritano has remained committed to its mission of helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, family literacy and emergency food assistance.

Uniquely, El Buen is a faith and community-based organization established as an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. For more on our history, click here.

By design, we focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate services. This intentionality helps us work towards health equity by providing effective, integrated and comprehensive health and human services. We start by acknowledging that an individual’s health begins before they come to our clinic—at their homes, schools and at work.

El Buen's Impact

In 2015, El Buen served more than 12,000 families by providing:

  • Quality primary and mental health services to more than 6,000 unique patients;
  • Community health education on diabetes self-management, prenatal and reproductive health to 1,700 individuals;
  • Nutritious food by providing emergency food assistance to 5,500 families; and
  • Family literacy services to 740 adults and 180 youth for academic support and enrichment

Patient-Centered Care

Patient-Centered Care

El Buen is on a two-year journey towards becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This care delivery model emphasizes health care coordination and communication to transform primary care to “what patients want it to be.”Using this model, patients are treated with respect, dignity and compassion that enable strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff.

Patients in medical homes receive the right care, in the right amount, at the right time. A medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It has become a widely accepted model for how primary care should be organized and delivered throughout the health care system, and is a philosophy of health care delivery that encourages providers and care teams to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions.

Above all, the medical home is not a final destination. Instead, it is a fluid model for achieving primary care excellence. PCMH recognition is the most widely adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes.

El Buen will be applying for accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance which is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality in 2017.

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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