History

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 which has grown from a hidden gem that provided a few services out of a small house, to one of the largest nonprofits in Austin.

Now situated on 11 acres, El Buen’s beautiful campus is situated in a South Austin neighborhood with three buildings. Building A houses our education and social services boasting seven classrooms, each accommodating up to 20 students and a fully-equipped food pantry. Building B is San Francisco de Asis Episcopal Church, which includes a kitchen for healthy cooking demonstrations and open space for meditation and yoga classes. Building C is the Wallace Mallory Clinic, where thousands of uninsured and underinsured families receive quality, patient-centered care.

While we specialize our services for the Latino community- individuals, volunteers and staff from of all backgrounds, faith traditions and beliefs are encouraged to join our mission. We have an especially strong partnership with local Episcopal churches and schools who volunteer for our various programs. To learn more about our Episcopal partners, click here.