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Our Values

Children – Family – Community

Health – Faith – Service

Our Mission

Empowering children and families to thrive by meeting their physical, mental and spiritual needs.

Our Vision

St. Paul Children’s Services will be one of the most effective organizations in our community providing programs and solutions to the nationally recognized healthcare crisis which ranks Northeast Texas as the unhealthiest region in our state. As a result of our strategic vision and programs focused on prevention, education and quality care, we will see more joyful and productive families. We will see a dramatic decrease in the incidence of life-threatening diseases and other debilitating health conditions.

Educational opportunities are more widespread in our community with college entrance rates on the rise. Families are strengthened and children are benefitting from the spiritual, mental, physical and healthcare needs provided through the programs offered at St. Paul Children’s Services.

Our History

30 years ago, the St. Paul neighborhood was home to gangs, drugs and other criminal activity. Residents lived in fear and children were unable to play safely outdoors. On a Sunday morning, a little boy riding his bike stopped to ask a member of St. Paul Methodist Church if anyone was able to attend the church and she replied “yes!”

 

That one question led to the creation of a faith-based mission that has touched the lives of thousands of children and families in the Tyler community and beyond. Establishing Wonderful Wednesdays after school program was vital in order to reach many other children in the community, and we could not do it without the volunteers that would help with the programs.

 

Eventually, the volunteers began to watch the needs of the community grow and in 1993, the Food Pantry and Clothes Closet opened. Then in 1996, the Medical and Dental Clinic opened. Since then the programs continued to expand, it was decided that an organization needed to be formed. In 1996, St. Paul Children’s Services was created as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to oversee and fund the community outreach programs.

And so it began . . .

Wonderful Wednesdays After School Program Started

Immunization Clinic Started

St. Paul Children's Foundation Created as a Separate 501(c)3

Andrews Park Built

Khakis For Kids Began

Santa's Secret Workshop Began

Donation Building Built

Community Centered Health Home Program Started

Named Changed to St Paul Children's Services

Named Foster Care Center of Excellence

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The neighborhood was the dividing line between two gangs.

Food Pantry & Clothes Closet Created

Medical Clinic Building Built

Acquired Wellness Center Building

Dental Clinic Started

Administration Building Built

Summer Program Started

Annex Building Built to House Khakis for Kids

Add Social Work and Counseling Services

Added Eye Clinic

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