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Helotes and San Antonio Celebrate Halloween
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014

What a fun time was had at the Casa last week.  Thanks to all those who baked and donated for the cake walks on Wednesday and Friday.  Special thanks to Christine Infante who baked and decorated over half a dozen cakes. 

The Halloween Costumes were marvelous!  Our three grand prize winners (shown here) were Teresa Jimenez dressed as Cleopatra for creativity, Rosa Herrera who was the scariest as the Vampire Bride, and Christine Infante, the clown, for the funniest.  Each of them won certificates to the Acadiana Café good for two entrees and two non-alcoholic beverages.

Many thanks to the Acadiana Café, located at 1289 Southwest Loop 410!  The Acadiana Café offers a 15% senior discount to everyone over the age of 55 on anything on their menu except alcoholic beverages and the already discounted Agin’ Cajun and Seasonal Menus!  Call them at (210) 674-0019 or stop by for a visit to thank them for their support from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Casa Helotes celebrates renovations
Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2014

Improvements to Casa Helotes Senior Citizens Center were proclaimed complete with a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Aug. 20. In the past two years the center has received a little more than $260,000 in Bexar County’s allotment of CDBG funds to make improvements to the kitchen facilities and parking lot and to increase energy efficiency.

“These may be some of the smaller projects we fund when it comes to monetary value, but they are by far some of the most important projects to ensure Bexar County provides for its residents by addressing quality of life issues,” Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said.

The CDBG program was enacted as part of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974. Bexar County has received more than $57 million in CDBG funds since it started participating in 1986. The program has served as a major source of funding to extend water services to rural areas of Bexar County, improve other infrastructure and public facilities, and provide affordable housing. The formula grant program allows for local governments to address physical, economic and social deterioration in communities as they see fit. All told, CDBG has injected $144 billion in urban and rural communities since August 22, 1974. The funds are distributed to local governments based on a formula including the area’s population, poverty level and other housing variables.

Casa Helotes in 2012 and 2013 received $264,575 to make improvements to the center that has served senior citizens for almost three decades by providing social interaction, assistance and hot meals. The most recent CDBG projects included purchasing new prep and serving tables, a commercial dishwasher, sinks and re-wiring for a kitchen that turns out more than 200 congregate meals per week.

The center also completed a number of weatherization projects to improve energy efficiency and make the facility more compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act specifications.

“The CDBG program provides funding for projects that do everything from extending water and sewer services in rural communities to making the type of improvements we have unveiled today at Casa Helotes that serve our senior citizen population daily,” said Aurora Sanchez, Director of the Bexar County Department of Community Resources, which oversees the County’s CDBG program.

Commissioners Court in July approved 25 projects to receive nearly $3 million from the County’s next cycle of CDBG, HOME and Emergency Solutions Grants – all programs of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Those projects include infrastructure improvements for the cities of Somerset, Von Ormy, Balcones Heights, Kirby and Universal City; public service projects for local nonprofit agencies; public facility projects; and tenant-based rental assistance, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing to prevent homelessness. 

Local painter is now part of the Monday painting classes at Casa Helotes
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ana Maria Arizpe of Helotes displayed her oil and acrylic paintings at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Country Market Sept. 13 at their new site on FM 1560. She brought everything from 24-inch by 36-inch to miniatures. Her miniatures are painted on small cut wall tiles. She also paints on pottery.

Arizpe started painting after she married. She had never taken a class in painting before. A friend’s wife was an art teacher. “My husband got me lessons with her,” she said.

She now is part of the Monday painting classes at Casa Helotes.

Some of her favorite subjects are cactus and Southwest landscapes. She also does animals of the Southwest. 

1st place People's Choice Award for Best Community Organization
Posted on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Casa Helotes Board of Directors was honored to accept the Echo newspaper’s 1st place People’s Choice Award for Best Community Organization.  

We would like to thank our many Casa clients and the people of Helotes for their recognition of the role the Casa Helotes Senior Center fulfills in the lives of Helotes residents and the surrounding communities. We especially want to thank the Casa staff and volunteers who make it all possible. We thank you all for your continuous support. 


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