According to Census Bureau data, 75% of low-income families move above the federal poverty line within four years, but half the households slip back under within five years. UpTogether is championing a nationwide movement where every person is recognized for their strengths and contributions and have what they need to thrive. We partnered with UpTogether to expand their work into San Antonio. Today, UpTogether is supported by the City of San Antonio and a range of local funders, including Methodist Health Ministries and the San Antonio Area Foundation, in addition to support from Google.org.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 53% of people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other issues associated with mental wellness will reach out to a pastor for help rather than to a psychiatrist or a doctor. We have prepared two reports on this topic and have partnered with Pathways to Hope, which continues to do good work in this area. Our first report partnered with the Meadows Foundation to explore the role of faith-based organizations in mental health in San Antonio. Then, in the fall of 2018, the Foundation partnered with 13 San Antonio-area Christian congregations and a research team at the University of Texas-San Antonio to study how churches respond to members of their congregations who might be experiencing mental health problems.