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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.

Want to partner with us? Send an email to [email protected] for more information.

Angry Tias and Abuelas of the Rio Grande Valley

This grassroots organization received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for their work providing supplies and support to asylum seekers at the Texas/Mexico border. In 2019, PPST secured a Latino Community Investment Grant to support their work in welcome new immigrants to the U.S. With the generous help of PPST supporters, we have provided thousands of menstrual products to Angry Tias and Abuelas to distribute to asylum seekers in need of hygiene supplies.

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.

SA Youth

SA Youth empowers San Antonio's high-risk youth and young adults to achieve their full potential by providing quality educational programming in a safe environment. PPST provides menstrual products, condoms, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests and other supplies for Reproductive Health Pantries at SA Youth’s two locations. These pantries allow students and staff to access reproductive health items for free and without judgement or stigma. PPST also supplied SA Youth with health care vouchers so students can access care at PPST at no cost to them.

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.

YWCA San Antonio

The YWCA San Antonio is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. It offers early childhood care and education; empowerment and education programs for youth and teens; health and wellness activities; racial justice and gender equity initiatives; and economic education for adults. Planned Parenthood has provided supplies to the YWCA to establish a Reproductive Health Pantry at its Olga Madrid Community Center on the West Side.

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.

Human Rights Campaign: San Antonio

Breaking down barriers that divide us. We are more powerful together than apart, and we’ve never been more energized or more focused. Our work centers on three pillars of action to end discrimination and fight for change at every level — and for every single one of us. Three pillars :  Mobilizing Equality Voters nationwide - Educating the public and the community about LGBTQ+ issues - Advancing pro-equality policy and litigation 

Radical Registrars

Radical Registrars is a grassroots, 501c3 nonprofit, nonpartisan, Black woman led organization based in San Antonio, TX. 

Our mission is to empower, engage and educate voters through civic education and voter mobilization across Central Texas. 

Our vision is to create a generation of informed and empowered young, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized folks to vote every election. 

We do this by way of year ‘round voter registration and civic education efforts. 

Moms Demand Action

Moms Demand Action is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. We pass stronger gun laws and work to close the loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. We also work in our own communities and with business leaders to encourage a culture of responsible gun ownership. We know that gun violence is preventable, and we’re committed to doing what it takes to keep families safe.

Thrive Youth Center

Thrive Youth Center is a non-profit organization that serves the homeless LGBTQ+ community in San Antonio.

Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive center for homeless LGBTQ youth, so they can become productive, skilled, educated, and successful adults with the opportunity to achieve their dreams.

At Thrive Youth Center, we are more than a shelter. In addition to
emergency shelter for youth coming directly off the streets, we provide:

  • Case Management
  • Benefits Assistance
  • Counseling
  • Career Counseling and Guidance
  • Life Skills Assistance
  • Education Support
  • Rapid Re-Housing