• 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

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 by providing accessible high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and basic needs services.

In the daily pursuit of our mission, El Buen works to achieve health equity through culturally effective, integrated and comprehensive health and human services. This starts by acknowledging that an individual’s health begins before they come to our clinic—at their homes, schools and places of employment.

In 2014, El Buen served more than 12,000 individuals:

  • The Wallace Mallory Clinic alone saw 7,284 unique patients with more than 17,000 medical visits
  • El Buen’s community health workers (promotores) provided evidence-based education on diabetes self-management, prenatal and reproductive health to 1,695 individuals
  • A total of 5,438 families received nutritious food through our Food Pantry
  • Our Family Literacy program provided English as a Second Language, computer literacy and Spanish basic education classes to 735 adults; and academic support and enrichment programs to 180 youth.

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 opened in June 1987 with a mission to strengthen Austin families. By 1993, we offered health services through a clinic that served 350 people, doubling the number of people served from the previous year. That year, the organization served 9,050 hot meals, distributed 1,400 food pantry bags, and gave 900 items to children through a clothing closet.

El Buen’s programs continued to grow. Former Executive Director Jaime Case launched Building Hope, a capital campaign to build a new campus in South Austin. In 2003, the resulting $7.3-million campaign gave way to an 11-acre campus in South Austin with more classrooms, a medical clinic and San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church that included a multipurpose building.

El Buen’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 our community.

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.

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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