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Listening Project

Barrington Neighbors launched phase 1 of an asset based community development listening project in June 2017 with four key goals in mind:

  • Goal 1: Listen to neighbors in the service area to determine the skills and interests of residents and to build and grow future programming and offerings.
  • Goal 2: Identify key individuals and business entities in the service area to positively impact Barrington Neighbors’ mission to connect community to elevate all residents.
  • Goal 3: Ascertain the need and/or desire for a community center to be built at 8900 Starcrest Drive.
  • Goal 4: Increase awareness of Barrington Neighbors’ existence and offerings to the residents in the service area.

Thanks to numerous volunteers and community leaders, phase 1 is now complete and the information we learned will be invaluable to the future of Barrington Neighbors. To read the full report in PDF form, click the link below. We can't thank our neighbors enough for embracing the process and for seeing the vision that Barrington Neighbors has for all of us!

Click here to read the report.

 

Mentor a Student

Serna Elementary School, our local public elementary, is re-starting its Mentor Program for 4th and 5th graders. Barrington Neighbors is delighted to assist in recruiting volunteers who have an hour a week to help make a difference in the life of a student.

Mentors will need to be available for 45 minutes during lunch time either Thursdays or Fridays (volunteer picks) to work on different topics with their assigned student. During October the mentors will be working on math facts, and topics will change periodically.

The program will kick off as early as mid-October, so please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer or ask questions.

We're Connecting Community to Elevate All!

Several years ago, the Episcopalian Church of Reconciliation had a problem: Teenagers kept kicking holes in the six-foot fence surrounding the property.

In response, the church built a new fence — one that had intentional openings so people living around the church could walk onto the property. Then, they built a basketball court and a community garden to draw in even more people.

That basketball court saved Frederick Jones’ life.

“I definitely did have a lot of anger growing up,” said Jones, 17, who grew up with his grandmother in a townhome by the church.

From a young age, Jones saw overt acts of racism both on the news and in person. In elementary school, a teacher from a different school called him the “N” word.

As Jones’ anger festered, he began observing the boys and men in his neighborhood who were involved with gangs. Around the same time, he also discovered the basketball court at the Church of Reconciliation.

“The basketball court kept me out of trouble,” Jones said. “Those older guys (on the court), maybe they weren’t the best guys, but they sure enough showed me a lot of love and taught me right from wrong. They were good influences on me.”

Jones is 6 feet 4 inches tall, articulate and quick to laugh. He is the starting left tackle on MacArthur High School’s varsity football team — and has already received a wealth of scholarship offers from universities with top tier football teams. He dreams of playing in the National Football League and of using his platform to call attention to racial issues in the country. This summer, he is helping the church with one of their community outreach programs.

To continue reading the full story of how Barrington began, please click here to visit the Foliomedia website. This article has been shared with permission from the original writer. 

Sponsor a Student

To supplement the school-year tutoring program that Barrington Neighbors hosts at Serna Elementary School, and in an effort to help stop the “summer slide” for children who are not recommended for summer school but are at risk of falling significantly behind their peers over the summer, we are preparing for our 6th Serna Summer Enrichment Program. This program is now Barrington Neighbors’ signature project.

In 2012, a Neighborhood White Paper was commissioned for the area surrounding Serna Elementary and it was found that of the 4,519 households in the area, 72.3% are renter households. Median household income was $37,887 annually, with 29.1% of the population living below the poverty line. Approximately 40% of the population is Hispanic, while 18.9% is Black, making this a majority minority area.

In response to the great need in our area Barrington Neighbors began The Serna Summer Enrichment Program to directly impact the lives of the students. The summer program provides up to 60 neighborhood children from rising Kindergartners through 5th graders a safe environment for five weeks with the educational goal of maintaining or improving upon their test scores and reading level from the end of the previous school year to the beginning of the new school year. Serna Elementary Principal Joel Luther has credited our program with helping the school lead NEISD with the highest increase in STAAR test passing rates from 2013 to 2014, and we continue to play a key role in the educational advancement of these children.

Thanks to private sponsors like you, Barrington Neighbors provides this program FREE of charge to all attendees, allowing any child in need to benefit from this opportunity without their parents worrying about costs and affordability. We work diligently to conserve resources and are able to operate the program for an average of $450 per student who attends. 

On June 19, 2017 we will begin our 6th Serna Summer Enrichment program, and your financial support will make a big difference in the lives of these students. Using the drop down menu below you can choose the level of contribution that will work for you. If you would like to make a larger donation, please visit our Donate page where you can enter your desired amount.

Sponsorship Program

Your contribution will have a direct impact on the children in the area surrounding Serna Elementary. We look forward to another successful Serna Summer Enrichment Program this year thanks to the generosity of partners like you.

Community Garden Refresh

As part of our efforts to increase quality of life for residents of our community, and to increase awareness of healthy eating initiatives, Barrington Neighbors oversees a Community Garden of 34 raised beds. The garden is located on the property border between the Oaks of Marymont Apartments and Church of Reconciliation and is open for use by any resident of the surrounding area. 

On Thursday, April 20th, the Junior League of San Antonio came and completed a Done in a Day volunteer activity to help us refresh the community garden. In addition to the volunteers from the JLSA, clients from Reaching Maximum Independence and their Executive Director were on hand helping out and making a difference. In only a few short hours volunteers were able to weed and prepare 8 of the beds for residents to begin planting!

Feeding a Community

Located on the grounds between Church of Reconciliation and Oaks of Marymont apartments, THE garden is available for use by any resident in our surrounding community. Bed Stewards are individuals and families who adopt one of the raised beds to grow fruits and vegetables for use in homes. Many beds already have Stewards, and there are more available if you are interested. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to inquire.

Environmentally Responsible

Our raised beds are watered using an environmentally conscious rain catchment system. The tank collects rain water from the roofs of Church of Reconciliation and stores it for use in the garden.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently looking for knowledgeable volunteers to host educational workshops on how to prepare a the raised bed, tend the garden, and eat healthy. If you are interested or know someone who is, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are also looking for a volunteer Garden Steward who will oversee our Community Garden. Volunteer duties would be connecting with current bed stewards, recruiting new bed stewards, and coordinating periodic community planting and weeding days at the Garden. If you are interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

SUPPORT THE BARRINGTON NEIGHBORS COMMUNITY GARDEN

 
The Barrington Neighbors Community Garden is sponsored by Church of Reconciliation, Oaks of Marymont Apartments, Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas, Maintenance Supply Headquarters, The Home Depot, Wilmar, and HD Supply Multifamily Solutions.

COALITION PARTNERS

Episcopa Diocese of West Texas

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Church of Reconciliation

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Alcoholics Anonymous

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