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CCSCT to Partner with Safer Path Family Violence Shelter

On Monday, Sept. 30, Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) presented a Transitional Housing Grant for $450,000 to Safer Path Family Violence Shelter at the Pleasanton Civic Center. This $450,000 grant is awarded through the Department of Justices’ Office of Violence Against Women Transitional Housing Grant Assistance Program. The primary purpose of the Transitional Housing Assistance Program […]

2 CCSCT Management Team Staff Recognized with National Certification

Debra Martinez, CCSCT Fiscal Supervisor and Belinda Lacey, CCSCT Community Services Program & Compliance Manager, both received their designation as Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP) in Chicago, IL on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Debra and Belinda were 2 out of over 100 individuals in the nation to receive the certification. The recognition ceremony was held during the Community Action Partnership National Convention […]

CCSCT Attend Back to School Fair in Dimmit County

On Thursday, August 8th, CCSCT staff attended a back to school fair in Carrizo Springs, located in Dimmit County. During the fair, CCSCT provided over 300 families with informational pamphlets & applications for its Utility Assistance, Tenant-Based Rental & Weatherization Programs. The back to school event had over 60 vendors! CCSCT pictured are Patricia Tracy, […]

Congressman Castro Attends Fundraising Event to Help CCSCT Raise Money

On Friday, July 28, 2019, CCSCT held its Annual Fundraising Event, “A Night Out with Joaquin Castro”. The Congressman spoke about key issues related to poverty and expressed a solid relationship with the non-profit, offering to help where he could when asked. “I follow their work and help them in Congress when they ask for support […]

CCSCT Receives $80,000 for Housing Rehab in Zavala County

On Thursday April 4, 2019, the Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. (CCSCT), received $80,000 from the Middle Rio Grande Housing Finance Corporation. The funds are designated for Zavala County low-income residents who are in need of home rehab services. CCSCT is a non-profit, 501©3 organization whose mission is to empower vulnerable families and […]

“A Day In The Life”: Staff Attend Local Poverty Simulation

On Tuesday, March 26, CCSCT staff participated in Texas Lutheran University’s Poverty Simulation. A total of 8 staff volunteered to tables and play the roles of doctor, pawn shop owner, mortgage banker, teacher, and other business positions. Each of these positions interacted with individuals “living in poverty”, which were played mostly students and community members. The purpose […]

CCSCT Visits Washington, D.C. to Meet with Legislators

CCSCT Executive staff and Board members were in Washington, D.C. March 20-22 attending the National Community Action Foundation Annual Legislative Conference. At Wednesday’s opening session, NCAF Founder and CEO David Bradley, provided a legislative update to conference attendees. He discussed the fate of Trump’s 2020 budget, congressional response to Trump’s budget, appropriations outlook, and updates to […]

Staff Meet with Local Legislators at State Capitol

  Community Council of South Central Texas’s staff were in Austin on February 21st, along with several other Community Action Agencies across Texas, as part of the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies legislative day at the Capitol. The morning started with the Texas House of Representatives passing HR 311, a resolution recognizing community action […]

CCSCT Staff Member Recognized for Community Service Efforts

CCSCT Community Services Assistant Ileen Rangel and her husband, Chris Rangel, City Councilman for District 4 in Seguin, were recently the recipients of LULAC’s Community Leader Award. The Seguin LULAC Foundation held its 9th Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 16th where they were recognized for their efforts. This award recognizes those in the community who go above and […]

CCSCT Receives Prestigious Award

The Seguin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented CCSCT with the Juan Seguin Award at its 30th Annual Awards Banquet held on Friday, February 15th. CCSCT is honored to receive this prestigious award and would like to thank the Chamber for its recognition and continued support. Shown below with the award is CCSCT Executive Director, Bobby […]

CCSCT Partners with Seguin Fire Department to Provide “Safe at Home” Workshops

The Community Council of South Central Texas is partnering with the Seguin Fire Department to provide a series of “Safe at Home” fire safety workshops to help educate older and disabled residents in the community. The workshops are free to attend. The intended audience is people over the age of 60 but the workshop will also be […]

Former Board Member Francis “Country” Moczygemba Passes Away

CCSCT is heartbroken to announce the passing of its long-term Board member, Francis “Country” Moczygemba. Country had a servant heart and served on CCSCT’s Board representing Frio County from 2009 to 2017. He had also recently agreed to serve on CCSCT’s Advisory Council. He will be greatly missed. You can read more about County and […]

CCSCT Management Staff Attend National Conference

During the week of  January 15th, CCSCT management staff and Board member, Jimmie Flakes, attended the Community Action Partnership Management and Leadership Conference in New Orleans, LA. The conference is held annually as a means to provide resources and networking opportunities to individuals in management and leadership roles throughout the community action network. During the […]

CCSCT Brings Holiday Cheer to Two Deserving Families

For the holidays, CCSCT partnered with Guadalupe Regional Medical Center to provide a deserving family gifts for Christmas. Pictured below are CCSCT Executive Director, Bobby Deike, CCSCT Board Member, Mary Louise Gonzales, GRMC staff and the Palomares Family of Seguin. CCSCT also adopted a family of its own to gift with presents for Christmas. Pictured below are Guadalupe […]

CCSCT Receives Baptist Health Foundation Grant

On Tuesday, December 11th, CCSCT Board and staff members attended the Baptist Health Foundation award ceremony, where they were presented with a grant in the amount of $7,500.  The grant money will be used to purchase supplies for its WIC program, which provides services in Bee, Karnes and Wilson County. Pictured below are CCSCT Board member, […]

CCSCT Provides Warmth to Low-Income by Holding Coat/Heater Drive

On December 1st, CCSCT, in partnership with Seguin Print Shop, held a coat/heater & toy drive for eligible low-income families in Guadalupe County. Over 225 coats and 110 heaters were distributed to families to help keep them warm this winter. Seguin Print Shop also collected toys to provide to children at the event. A very […]

Pegasus Optimization Managers LLC Provides Meals Through CCSCT

Friday, November 16, employees of Pegasus Optimization Managers, LLC, from Pleasanton, donated 50 dinner boxes, along with H-E-B vouchers for a 12-16 lb turkey or ham, to families. The boxes included boxes of instant mashed potatoes and stuffing, cans of green beans and corn, gravy mix and a cake mix with icing.The boxes were handed out through […]

CCSCT Awarded $20,000 GVEC Power Up Program Grant

During the week of October 30, CCSCT was awarded and presented with the GVEC Power Up Program Grant in the amount of $20,000. The grant award will be used to increase the safety of homes in Guadalupe County by providing the means to prevent common home injuries and temperature related injuries. Priority for assistance through […]

Outreach Event in McMullen County is Successful

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, CCSCT County Coordinators Merlene Salmans and Sandra Royal, attended the AACOG Roadshow at the Tilden’s Lion’s Club in McMullen County. AACOG representatives and partners were present to provide information to individuals throughout the community regarding their services. Over 75 stress balls, bookmarkers, fans, pens and brochures creating awareness around CCSCT’s programs were distributed.  In addition, the […]

CCSCT Holds Advocacy Event for Congressman Gonzalez

CCSCT held an after-hours reception for Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, who was in Seguin on October 17th for the ribbon-cutting of his new office. The reception was held at the Seguin-Guadalupe Coliseum and was an opportunity for Congressman Gonzalez to speak regarding his advocacy efforts and areas of focus. A special thank you to Woodforest National […]

Congressman Opens New Office In Seguin

CCSCT staff were present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s new office in Seguin. This is the fifth location for constituents in the 15th District of Texas to obtain assistance with federal agencies, grants and veteran services. As quoted in Texas Border Business, “It is an honor to open an office in the northernmost […]

CCSCT Represents at Region VI Conference in Arkansas

CCSCT staff attended the Region VI Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas October 16-19. Staff  attended a pre-conference session where National Community Action Foundation CEO and Founder, David Bradley spoke about advocacy. Other conference sessions included CSBG Organizational Standards-A Regional Perspective, Improving Communities, Fiscal Best Practices,  Human Resources Cost-Savings, Building an Inclusive and Culturally Competent Organization and […]

Staff Attend AACOG Weatherization Recognition Luncheon

CCSCT staff attended the AACOG Weatherization Luncheon on Thursday, October 11th. During the luncheon, special recognition was given to Ernest Leal, Guadalupe County Coordinator and Merlene Salmans, Atascosa County Coordinator for referring clients to the AACOG Weatherization Program for assistance. Also pictured is Cindy Perez, Guadalupe County Coordinator, Vicky LeMeilleur, Kerr County Coordinator and Sandra Royal, […]

CCSCT Represents at Engage at Every Age-A Healthy Aging Symposium

CCSCT Frio County Coordinator, Delma Pargas, attended the Engage at Every Age-A Healthy Aging Symposium on Wednesday, September 26th. The event was held at the Pearsall Public Library and was hosted by the Alamo Senior Advisory Committee of AACOG.

Agency Attends Making A Difference Luncheon

CCSCT staff attended the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce Making a Difference Luncheon on Wednesday, September 5th at the Silver Center. The luncheon was a time for area non-profits to come together and celebrate the International Day of Charity. Several non-profit organizations were on site to discuss how they have given back to the community, […]

CCSCT Participates in Atascosa Health Clinic

On August 18th, Merlene Salmans, Atascosa County Coordinator, attended the Atascosa Health Clinic. The clinic was coordinated by the County to provide individuals opportunities for health screenings and to provide individuals with information regarding different resources throughout Atascosa County. Merlene gave out over 100 program brochures and 50 CCSCT logo pens, fans, and stress balls. […]

CCSCT HR Director Receives National Certified Community Action Professional Designation

Kari Pastrano, CCSCT HR Director, received her designation as Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP) in Denver, CO on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Kari was one of 4 individuals in the state of Texas and one of 74 in the nation to receive her certification. The ceremony was held during the Community Action Partnership National Convention Awards Gala. To accomplish the CCAP […]

CCSCT Staff Attends Annual CAP Convention in Denver

During the week of August 27-31, several CCSCT staff attended the Annual Community Action Partnership Convention in Denver, CO. During the conference, staff attended multiple training sessions covering topics such as Implementing ROMA in Your Agency, Developing a Board Training Strategy, Success for Families, Winning the Award for Excellence, Performance Based Scorecard, How to Be a Spokesperson for your Agency and much […]

CCSCT Provides Information to Seniors in Kerrville

On August 21st, Vicky LeMeilleur, Kerr County Coordinator, attended an event coordinated by Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) at the Dietert Senior Center in Kerrville. During the event, Vicky was able to meet with many elderly individuals and provide information to them regarding CCSCT’s programs and services.  

Staff Represents CCSCT at Floresville ISD Annual Resource Fair

The Floresville ISD Social Work Department held its Annual Resource Fair during the week of August 13. Information about medical care and insurance, finance, mental health and much more was available to FISD families. CCSCT Coordinators Melinda Vollmar and Marissa Garza were present to represent CCSCT.  Floresville ISD was able to help 100 families with resources and 400 […]

Comal Outreach Assists 18 New Clients

On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, CCSCT held an outreach event at the Bavarian Manor in Comal County. Belinda Lacey, County Coordinator and Ileen Rangel, Community Services Assistant, were present to provide information to individuals about CCSCT’s services and to assist with determining eligibility for services. As a result of the event, CCSCT was able to provide utility assistance to […]

CCSCT Assists 37 Individuals at Outreach Event in Kinney County

CCSCT held an outreach event at the Kinney County Library Annex on Thursday, August 2 from 9:30am-2:30pm. CCSCT staff Sylvia Perez, Jose Vela, Daniela Flores, Carol Delgado and Ileen Rangel were able to qualify and assist 37 clients with utility assistance, as well as hand out applications for Weatherization assistance. CCSCT would like to thank Pride PHC Services for coming out and supporting the event […]

CCSCT Participates in Zavala County 8th Annual Back to School Health Fair

On Wednesday, July 25th, CCSCT participated in the Zavala County 8th Annual Back to School Health & Social Services Fair at Zavala Elementary. The Back to School Fair was established to provide information, services and school supplies for families in our community who are in need of assistance. CCSCT County Coordinators, Gilbert Betancourt and Reyna […]

Community Services Program Holds Outreach Event In Boerne

  On June 4, 2018, an outreach event was held at the Hill Country Family Services in Boerne. The Boerne Food Bank was having their large food distribution which was an opportunity for CCSCT to reach out to potential clients. During the event, over 300 flyers were passed out and several conversations occurred with individuals […]

City and County Officials Proclaim May Community Action Month

Several City and County officials throughout the CCSCT service area signed Proclamations declaring May Community Action Month. Participants include: Cities of Bracketville,  Hondo, Karnes City, New Braunfels, Seguin, Uvalde, Counties of Comal, Dimmit,  Edwards, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr,  Live Oak, McMullen,  Medina,  Uvalde CCSCT would like to thank you for your continued support!        

CCSCT Commercial Property for Sale!

CCSCT Commercial Property for sale located at 744 W. Kingsbury St., Seguin, Texas 78155. Click on the link below for more details.      

Fundraising Raffle-Get Your Tickets Now Through June 15!

CCSCT is conducting a raffle to help raise funds to subsidize costs of existing low-income programs, as well as expand services to additional low-income individuals throughout its 23-county service area. Tickets will be available for sale beginning Monday, May 14, 2018 and will be available until Friday, June 15, 2018. The cost per ticket is $10.00. To purchase a […]

Bealls 30 Days of Giving

Bealls in Guadalupe County will host its 30 Days of Giving beginning April 1, 2018. All customers who visit the Seguin store will be invited to donate to CCSCT, a valued non-profit organization in the community.  CCSCT serves low-income individuals and families in Guadalupe County and offers services including utility assistance, rental assistance, case management and Senior Nutrition. […]

CCSCT Conducts Open House for New Location in Jourdanton

CCSCT staff, Board members and the general public attended an open house for CCSCT’s newest Community Services office in Jourdanton on March 19. The office is located at 1220 Simmons Ave and is utilized to conduct intake services for its Utility Assistance, Rental Assistance and Case Management programs. During the open house, CCSCT staff also […]

CCSCT Conducts Focus Groups for Its Community Needs Assessment

In order to identify the needs of low-income individuals, CCSCT conducted several focus groups throughout its areas to gain input from the community. On March 7th, a focus group was conducted at Wilson County Inter-Agency meeting, where a total of 25 individuals were represented, including CCSCT Board Members, who provided feedback on the top needs of low-income individuals living in Wilson […]

CCSCT Achieves 100% of Federally Mandated Organizational Standards for Second Consecutive Year

  In January of 2015 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Community Services, released Information Memorandum No. 138 announcing the implementation of 58 Organizational Standards that private Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) eligible entities must implement by March 31, 2017. CCSCT is one of 40 CSBG eligible entities funded in […]

CCSCT Staff and Board Members Attend Management & Leadership Training Conference

CCSCT staff and Board members attended the Community Action Partnership’s Management & Leadership Training Conference January 10-12, 2018 in Houston, Texas. During the conference, staff and Board members attended workshops on Board Governance, Effective Management, Risk Mitigation and other topics. During the general session on Thursday morning, CCSCT was recognized for the successful completion of an Intensive Risk Assessment which […]

Woodmen Life Fundraiser to Benefit CCSCT Home Delivered Meals Program

Woodmen Life is sponsoring a fundraising campaign to benefit CCSCT as part of RedBaskets Community Improvement Project. Community Improvement Projects are projects that benefit the community at large. Woodmen Life has selected CCSCT’s Home Delivered Meals as the recipient of these funds. 100% of the money raised through for this campaign will be used to benefit CCSCT’s home delivered […]

CCSCT Participates in Local FEMA Disaster Meeting

Following Hurricane Harvey, a FEMA Disaster Meeting was held for residents in Karnes County. Individuals who were present at this meeting include CCSCT County Coordinator Mary K Lopez, CCSCT Board Member Katherine Gonzales, Karnes County Emergency Manager Shelby Dupnick,  National FEMA Representative Nancy, and Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Vicente Gonzalez’s office Albert Martinez and residents of […]

CCSCT Receives Additional Funding to Provide Disaster Relief Assistance to Hurricane Harvey Victims

CCSCT has received additional funding to provide disaster relief assistance to Hurricane Harvey Victims. If you have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you may request assistance from CCSCT. In order to receive assistance, you must by an evacuee from the affected areas and be housed in CCSCT’s  service area. Disaster relief assistance can include any of the following […]

Members of CCSCT Management Team Receive Certified Community Action Professional Designation

Bobby Deike, CCSCT Executive Director and Carol Delgado, CCSCT Community Services Program Director received their designations as Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP) in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The ceremony was held during the Community Action Partnership National Convention Awards Gala. To accomplish the CCAP designation, individuals working in leadership positions in the […]

CCSCT Opens New Administrative Office

CCSCT recently moved its Administrative Offices to 801 N. State Hwy 123 Bypass. To celebrate this milestone, CCSCT held an Open House and Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 18th so that individuals throughout the community could visit its new location. Visitors included Judge Kyle Kutscher, Mayor Don Keil, Albert Martinez-Representative for Congressman Vicente Gonzalez, a […]

CCSCT Receives Rotary Club Grant

CCSCT was recently awarded a $1,300 grant from the Rotary Club of Seguin. In order to be considered, CCSCT had to identify a specific project or event the money would be used towards. Executive Director, Bobby Deike and County Coordinator, Ernest Leal, attended the Rotary Club luncheon on Tuesday, August 1st to accept the award on behalf of CCSCT. CCSCT has elected […]

CCSCT Program Director Earns National Certification

Community Services Program Director, Carol Delgado, recently completed the requirements of National Peer to Peer ROMA Certification in order to become a Nationally Certified ROMA Implementer. The process to become a ROMA Implementer involves demonstration of understanding of the basic concepts related to Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA), demonstration of experience using ROMA in […]

CCSCT Earns Recognition at Texas State Conference

CCSCT staff recently attended the Texas Association of Community Action Agencies Annual Conference held on May 10-12, 2017. The overall theme of the conference was “Promoting Opportunities in a Changing Environment”. CCSCT had over 25 staff in attendance who participated in numerous workshops on topics such as Soft Skills for Professionals, Soft Skills for Clients, Needs Assessment, Weatherization and a […]