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Community Partners

Planned Parenthood South Texas believes that everyone deserves access to high-quality, compassionate health care. That’s why we’re here.

We also recognize that health care alone will not create all the change we need to see in the world. Too often, our patients leave our clinics only to face challenges such as structural racism, social and economic injustice, a broken immigration system, and voter suppression.

Our staff and our Board of Directors embrace core values and guiding principles that are necessary to create a more just and equitable world for all of us. We work with community partners to advocate for racial equity, the rights of women and girls, immigrant rights, LGBTQ+ rights, economic justice, public health, voting rights, environmental and climate issues, and gun safety and violence prevention. When it comes to changing the world for the better, we truly are stronger together.

Frontera Fund

Frontera Fund fosters reproductive justice and rights by supporting community advocacy and direct services for all people of the Rio Grande Valley regardless of gender identity, ability, sexual orientation, race, class, immigration status, age, or religious affiliation. The group helps Texans access out-of-state abortion care. In 2023, Frontera Fund began funding sexual and reproductive health care for patients at Planned Parenthood South Texas health centers in Brownsville and Harlingen.

Center for Refugee Services

Center for Refugee Services assists refugees making their new homes in San Antonio so they can successfully integrate into the community. Since September of 2021 they have helped more than 1,500 Afghan families, as well as immigrants from other parts of the world. Their services include ESL classes, job readiness, health and wellness support, and referrals to community support services. As part of PPST’s Partners in Health program, the Center for Refugee Services navigates clients in need of health care to Planned Parenthood health centers, providing them with vouchers to cover the cost of services so they can access family planning and other essential care.

Empower House

Empower House (formerly Martinez Street Women’s Center) provides community health services and education, youth development opportunities, and advocacy opportunities to empower women and girls of color in San Antonio. In 2021, PPST, Empower House and Pride Center, along with community leaders, participated in Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ Communities of Solutions framework to explore ways to improve health equity in Bexar County. As one of PPST’s Partners in Health grantees, Empower House helps navigate their clients in need of health care to PPST health centers so they can receive services at no cost to them.

Friendship of Women

Friendship of Women, located in Brownsville, works to empower and promote safety, health, and the overall well-being of adults and children impacted by family and sexual violence. The nonprofit is the only shelter in Brownsville for survivors of domestic violence. Their programs include advocacy, education, prevention, and provision of a safe home for victims and their families. In 2021, PPST secured a Latino Community Investment Grant to support Friendship of Women’s one-day summer camp for teens focusing on consent, boundaries, youth leadership, and activism. As part of PPST’s Partners in Health program, Friendship of Women provides their clients with vouchers to obtain health care at Planned Parenthood at no cost to them.

Gender Equality Network of Texas (GENTex)

GENTex advocates for the needs of trans women, trans men, and gender non-conforming people in the Rio Grande Valley. Recently, PPST secured a Latino Community Investment Grant to assist GENTex in creating period packs to distribute free of charge to people in need of menstrual hygiene supplies.

Good Neighbor Settlement House

This multi-service organization, which has been serving Brownsville for more than 60 years, provides food, hygiene supplies, medical care, and other essentials for people with low incomes, new immigrants, and those experiencing homelessness. Promotoras with PPST’s Habla Con Hermana education program work with Good Neighbor to help navigate their clients to Planned Parenthood health centers for services at no cost to them. In 2019, PPST secured a Latino Community Investment Grant to support Good Neighbor Settlement House’s work with refugees and immigrant families at the border.

Pride Center San Antonio

The Center promotes Bexar County’s LGBTQ+ community through a variety of services, such as support groups, peer mentoring, case management, and training for allies. Planned Parenthood South Texas partnered with the Center, Empower House and community leaders in Methodist Healthcare Ministries Communities of Solutions collaboration in 2021 to identify ways to improve health equity in Bexar County. In 2019, PPST and the Center organized an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and LGBTQ+ History Month, and in 2020 we partnered with the Center to create an educational video in honor of Pride Month.

South Texas Equality Project (STEP)

STEP is a partnership of LGBTQI organizations & individuals in the Rio Grande Valley focused on advocacy and visibility of the LGBTQI community. They cultivate and curate a list of LGBTQI-Friendly organizations, services and businesses. Planned Parenthood South Texas has invited STEP to participate as guest speakers for events and work together to host events for Pride Month in the RGV.

Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas

A reproductive justice organization in San Antonio , Sueños Sin Fronteras de Tejas works to increase positive health and healing outcomes for undocumented birthing and pregnant people of color in South Texas through community-powered mutual aid, education, and advocacy. PPST has received a Latino Community Investment Grant to support the collective’s creation of a zine to provide easy-to-understand information about sexual and reproductive health.

Team Brownsville

The group provides humanitarian assistance for asylum seekers who find themselves in Brownsville, Texas and those who are waiting in the Mexican cities of Matamoros and Reynosa. These are primarily people from Latin America, but recently Team Brownsville has been welcoming many individuals and families from Ukraine. Founded in July 2018 by a small group of like-minded educator volunteers,  their membership and mission has expanded with the help of volunteers and donors from around the globe. Planned Parenthood South Texas volunteers and employees have assisted the group by helping them at the Plaza Bus Station where they welcome asylum seekers. PPST has also helped them with 500 period packs and a monetary donation.

La Unión Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)

Founded by labor rights activists César Chávez and Dolores Huerta, the nonprofit builds stronger communities along the South Texas/Mexico border. In 2020, PPST partnered with LUPE, a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, to promote census participation in the region.

Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley

This grassroots organization provides asylum seekers at the U.S./Mexico border with basic necessities such as food, hygiene kits and clothes and helps with travel logistics and transportation. The group has received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. In 2019, PPST secured a Latino Community Investment Grant to support their work in welcome new immigrants to the U.S.