Who We Serve
- Teen girls who have been removed from their own families by Child Protective Services due to abuse and neglect and are also pregnant and/or parenting a child
- Our moms are between the ages of 12 – 17 and our babies are from newborn to 6 years old
- Most Seton Home residents have lived in disorganized and chaotic families, often being passed from one set of relatives, friends or foster homes to another
- Most are suffering from chronic trauma related to poverty, violence, abuse and neglect with symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and maladaptive coping skills
- 75% have experienced emotional abuse
- 91% have suffered neglect
- 69% have been involved with drugs
- 52% have suffered physical abuse
Chartered by the State of Texas and licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Seton Home provides…
- Supervised safe shelter, food and clothing
- Individualized case management & counseling
- Medical/dental care, prenatal care
- Parenting education
- Academic counseling, weekly tutoring, on-site summer school
- Life skills education, financial literary classes, nutrition classes
- On-site licensed child care
- Spiritual and moral guidance
- Recreational activities
- Supportive services after leaving Seton Home
Under our license from Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Seton Home operates a long-term residential program as well as an emergency shelter. 90% of our long-term residents have been placed with Seton Home by Child Protective Services.
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Seton Home began in the late 1970s as a dream which, when realized, would meet a real need in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. At that time, there was no facility that could readily meet the specific needs of pregnant teenagers in crisis who wanted to keep and parent their child.
Seton Home, named in honor of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, officially opened its doors on March 5, 1981, at 309 N. Alamo Street. The agency provided services in that location until 1987.
In response to a growing need for services to pregnant teens in 1987, the Archdiocese gave the agency use of three acres at 1115 Mission Road, which is our current location. With expansion of our services and client base, Seton Home now sits on eight acres and includes three cottages, a state licensed Child Development Center, chapel, the Dr. Leslie Parks Education Center, a sports court and administrative buildings. Today Seton Home serves 24 families who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect and sexual assault and are placed by Child Protective Services.
Seton Home is proud of the progress that is evident in the years that have passed since our doors first opened in 1981. With your help we will continue to grow and give new hope to teen mothers and their children.
About Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was a brave mother of five children, left to raise them on her own after the death of her husband. She is a model for single mothers in her patience and in her commitment to improving her community. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton also established the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph and St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, the first free school for girls in the United States. The legacy she left now includes six religious communities with more than 5,000 members, hundreds of schools, social service centers and hospitals throughout America and around the world. Seton Home’s founders were inspired by her example and hope that her prayers and guidance are with our families always.
Feast Day: January 4
Birthplace: New York City
A Prayer for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Lord God, you blessed Elizabeth Ann Seton with gifts of grace as wife and mother educator and foundress so that she might spend her life in service to your people. Through her example and prayers, may we, whose Faith Community is dedicated in her honor, learn to express our love for you in our love for all your children. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord.
Thelma Gutierrez- Executive Director
A Native of Floresville, TX, Thelma Gutierrez, moved frequently while serving in the United States Army, eventually settling in San Antonio, where she began her 17 year career in human services. She first joined the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (CPS) in 2001 as an investigator and Investigations Supervisor focusing mainly in the rural communities of Central and South Texas. She then joined BCFS Health and Human Services in 2009 where she held positions as Associate Program Director, Program Director, Associate Executive Director and Project Manager for multiple federal contracts. As well as working on special projects to serve those in dire need. She joined Seton Home in May 2017 and joins a team of innovative staff that have worked to become subject matter experts in "Trauma Informed Care and implementing the Residential and Child Youth Care Professional certification program." Thelma is committed to a life of service to others, and describes herself as a "servant leader". Thelma earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Louisville, in 1998.
Michelle Cammack, M.S., LCCA – Vice President of Programs
Michelle has her Master of Science degree in Psychology and is a Licensed Child-Care Administrator. She joined the Seton Home team in 2007. She has over 12 years of social service experience working with traumatized, at-risk youth and their families. Michelle originally started her journey with Seton Home as a case manager and through continued commitment and progressive responsibility, advanced to Director of Client Services, followed by advancement to Residential Program Director.
As the Residential Program Director for Seton Home, she currently supervises a multidisciplinary team that includes case management, medical, spirituality, resources, and residential direct care staff. The residential program serves dual generations, serving over 75 mothers and children annually, ensuring they receive quality wraparound services and a home like environment that promotes healing past trauma and breaking the cycle of abuse.
Michelle is a certified RCYCP (Residential Child and Youth Care Professional) trainer as well as a TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) practitioner. Her passion for providing trauma informed care and ongoing training to ensure staff perform at the highest level of standards is invaluable to the mission of Seton Home.
Jane Godelia, Clinical Program Director
Jane Godelia is the Clinical Program Director at Seton Home since 2013. She oversees the mental health and social services provided to the young mothers and children at Seton Home. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor (LPC-S), and a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She received her Masters in Counseling and Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mrs. Godelia has worked with foster youth and their families and vulnerable populations for over 10 years. Her professional experiences include working as a caseworker, in-home psychotherapist, state guardian, and an outpatient clinician. As a licensed counselor and social worker, Mrs. Godelia practices in a person-centered and strengths-based perspective, with a cognitive behavioral theoretical orientation, and a focus on providing trauma-informed care.
Laura Rodriguez, Case de Milagros Lead Case Manager
Laura joined Seton Home in May of 2015 as a Lead Case Manager for the emergency shelter. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has worked in the service of children and families for over 15 years. Laura supervises the case management staff for the emergency shelter and provides case management assistance to residents and sponsor with diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. She oversees each child’s assessment, individual service plan, family reunification and discharge. Laura is very passionate and dedicated in meeting the residents and sponsors needs. Her focus is to continue to create as a safe and respectful environment for residents through Trauma Informed Care Principles.
Loriana Arbona, Case de Milagros Program Director
Loriana is a Licensed Professional Counselor, having graduated with her Masters in Community Counseling, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Loriana has been with Seton Home for over 3 years, working with various programs serving our population of at risk youth as well as the community. As the current Emergency Shelter Program Director, Loriana’s focus is on ensuring the highest quality of care and services to the residents of Seton Home. With her emphasis on Trauma Informed Care and cultural competence, she is dedicated to both the physical and emotional well-being of the children served.
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