Our Community Events page provides you with events and public service announcements of interest to our San Antonio community. To add your event to the SACOC website, email your information to Jeanne Goodlin.

All events are open to anyone interested in attending them. For registration and information, contact the church or organization sponsoring the event.

Jewish Family Service Victim Advocacy Program

Crime hurts everyone...the victims/survivors as well as those connected with them. The goal of the Victim Advocacy program is to provide services and assistance to victims/survivors of crime and their families to aid in their recovery and to help them navigate through the criminal justice process.

Services Provided:

  • Intake and screening to assess victims/survivors needs and provide resources for available community and social services, including counseling*, financial assistance, referrals and case management
  • Help victims/survivors obtain pertinent documents, assist in preparation of Crime Victims Compensations applications and help secure Orders of Protection
  • Facilitate contact and serve as a liaison between victims/survivors and law enforcement, Prosecution and court staff; also available to accompany victims to court   

Who is eligible?
Working under a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant, services are FREE and available to any individual and/or their families who are the victim/survivor of a violent crime:
  • Domestic/Family Violence
  • Abuse & neglect
  • Assault (physical & sexual)
  • Robbery
  • Homicide (assistance available to surviving family members)
  • Vehicular homicide/assault (negligence/DUI/manslaughter)
  • Arson

*Under the VOCA grant, both the Victims/Survivors AND their families are eligible for FREE counseling (16 sessions) with Jewish Family Service
Contact information:
Natalie Dickson, Victim Advocate
1151 Mission Rd, San Antonio , TX 78210
(210) 533-1112

(If your agency is interested in learning more about the Victim Advocacy Program, I am also available to provided presentations to staff and groups.)

Update the Cribs in Your Nursery

The numerous dangers of drop-side cribs have been in the news over the past several years. For example, since 2007, there have been more than 11 million cribs recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Since 2000, there have been 32 deaths linked to detaching, drop-side rails.

These statistics are staggering, and because of the high number of fatalities and injuries, the CPSC voted unanimously to approve new mandatory standards for full-size and non-full size baby cribs, as ordered by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA). The new guidelines took effect in June, and include all cribs manufactured and sold, including resale, or leased in the United States. These regulations had not been updated in almost 30 years and have the following purposes:

  • Stopping the manufacture and sale of dangerous, traditional drop-side cribs;
  • Making mattress supports stronger;
  • Making crib hardware more durable; and
  • Making safety testing more rigorous.

Drop-side cribs are not the only safety hazard. Screws and other hardware can loosen over years of use, especially when older children begin to shake the frames or jump in the cribs. These new regulations help ensure that the hardware will stay tightly fastened, even over many years of use. In addition, mattress supports, slats and hardware must now be more durable, requiring more stringent testing to ensure that the beds are in compliance with the updated guidelines. With these rules in place, consumers should expect to see a new line of safer cribs in the marketplace. 

Make a Plan

These changes come in two stages. Effective June 28, cribs that do not meet the new safety standards can no longer be sold. Beginning Dec. 28, 2012, organizations must replace their existing cribs with ones that meet the safety standards. Child care centers, daycares, and church nurseries that charge a fee must comply with that deadline. The CPSC has not yet provided guidance on whether a church nursery that does not charge a fee but pays its workers also must comply, but given the dangers involved, the recommended risk management practice is that churches discontinue their use of non-compliant cribs. The deadline allows organizations with numerous cribs time to replace non-compliant cribs, but the sooner these can be replaced the better. Until all of the cribs in your facility have been replaced, you should frequently check older cribs for loose hardware and loose, broken or missing parts.

Planning how your church will make the transition to comply with these new regulations, both financially and functionally, can help make the conversion less strenuous, as well as help reduce the financial burden on your church. As a reminder, you will not want to sell or donate your non-compliant beds, as they are not safe for anyone to use. The CPSC recommends that these cribs be disassembled before being discarded, so that no one is tempted to use them.

Keep the Children Safe

Keeping the children who have been entrusted to your care safe is the number one priority, and the reason that these guidelines have been updated. While the conversion to the safer cribs may be a large financial investment for your church, doing so will not only help protect those who are too young to protect themselves, it also will help protect the church against an expensive claim or lawsuit. For additional information, please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Crib Information Center website at:

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