S.H.A.R.E. Center

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The mission of the Student, Health, Advocacy, Resource and Engagement (S.H.A.R.E.) Center at Palo Alto College is to build a foundation for student success through engagement, advocacy, and co-curricular experiences.

For advocacy support, please contact:

Alamo Colleges Advocacy Helpline
210-486-1111

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

S.H.A.R.E. Center
210-486-3121
pac-share@alamo.edu
Student Center Room 101

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
First Saturday of the month: 9 a.m.– 1 p.m.

 

Housing Assistance

Alamo Colleges partners with the San Antonio Housing Authority to assist students in obtaining affordable housing. The current waitlist for housing in San Antonio is five to seven years; however, through the college, if eligible, this referral program can help students secure housing within three to six months.

Interested students must set up an appointment with a SHARE Center representative to complete the application. Email pac-SHARE@alamo.edu for more information.

Emergency Aid

Dr. Mike Flores Emergency Aid Program provides one-time financial assistance for students to pay expenses such as rent, utilities, child care, and unforeseen expenses (i.e., medical bills, car repairs)

To learn more, visit the PAC SHARE Center portal of AlamoEXPERIENCE. Online application 

Food

The Grocery Assistance Program is available to students once a semester. Groceries can be either delivered or picked up curbside. To learn more, visit the PAC SHARE Center portal of AlamoEXPERIENCE. Online application 

Food Pantry is available in the SHARE Center for students, faculty, and staff in need to select from available groceries. Food pantry visits are limited to twice a month to serve as many as possible.

Grab-n-Go lunches are available daily for students, faculty, and staff in need during regular operating hours (ECHS and Dual Credit students are not eligible).

Mental Health Counseling

Brief, solution-focused mental health counseling can be scheduled free of charge for enrolled students. Counselors are available by phone, email, or zoom during regular office hours. All sessions require an appointment. Email pac-counselor@alamo.edu to schedule an appointment.

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The Ray Ellison Family Center

The Ray Ellison Family Center (REFC) provides a child-centered program for children of Palo Alto College students, faculty/staff, and community members. The RFC strives to provide an early childhood program that promotes each child’s social/emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development to children ages 18 months through 5 years old.

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Clothing and other Support
Career Closet 

Through a generous partnership with the Texas Diaper Bank, PAC’s Career Closet located in the SHARE Center is open for all to shop. Due to limited supply, participants are eligible to select up to five items a month. This service is available to all students, faculty, and staff. 

Diaper Program

The Palo Alto College Diaper Program provides a month’s supply of free diapers and wipes to currently enrolled students that are parents. The Diaper Program is available through a partnership with the Texas Diaper Bank. To learn more, visit the SHARE Center portal of AlamoEXPERIENCE.

Online application

 

Federal & State Benefits Support

A San Antonio Food Bank Navigator is available in the SHARE Center to assist students with completing various benefit applications such as SNAP, WIC, TANF, and much more. To schedule an appointment, send an email to Denise Morales at dmorales@safoodbank.org 

Communities in Schools

Communities in Schools partners with Palo Alto College to help students navigate and re-engage in school throughout the year. We help students access resources such as technology, school supplies, emotional support, basic needs, and more. By providing another layer of support, students can overcome barriers to stay focused and enroll in college successfully. Communities In Schools is honored to serve all PAC students in their quest to graduate. For more information, visit www.cissa.org or contact Leslie Fink at lfink@cissa.org or 210-895-2523.

Community Resources

Texas 211 United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Dial 211 from any phone
24-hour up-to-date information and referral for Bexar and surrounding counties for all health and human service related resources.

Mental Health Crisis Hotline
210-223-7233
The Center for Health Care Services substance abuse and mental health crisis hotline is available 24/7.

 

Suicide Intervention Services
1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for those in distress.

San Antonio COVID-19 Hotline
210-207-5779
Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This hotline is for residents to ask questions about the coronavirus, and it is available in English and Spanish. For more information, visit the City of San Antonio website
COVID-19 information in American Sign Language

San Antonio Food Bank
210-431-8326 or 1-800-246-9121
Food assistance, access to food pantries and other referrals.

Through remote services, the S.H.A.R.E. Center continues to work with our partner agency the San Antonio Food Bank who hosts food fairs and pop up markets throughout the city of San Antonio. To learn more about the SAFB Food Fair program, please contact: SAFB Food Fair Department at 210-431-8424 or foodfairs@safoodbank.org.

 

 

Free or low-cost internet and devices

Programs are available to bridge the digital divide by providing students with free or low-cost internet service.

Free or low-cost internet and devices

Visit IT Services (Technology Resources) for additional technology resources and support.

Meet the team


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Carmen Velasquez-Avila
Director of Student Advocacy – Interim

Email:
cvelasquez@alamo.edu

Phone:
210-486-3233

 

 

 

Leticia-SHARE.pngLeticia Inocencio
Sr. Coordinator

Email:
linocencio@alamo.edu

Phone:
210-486-3117