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.