Roy Maas' Youth Alternatives gets $750,000 gift

Organization announces plans for $1.1 million emergency shelter

SAN ANTONIO - Roy Maas' Youth Alternatives received a large donation Monday night and announced its plans for the money.

Charity Ball Association awarded $750,000 to RMYA to aid the organization in its mission to help children throughout San Antonio.

RMYA announced the money will go toward the building of a new $1.1 million emergency shelter.

The current shelter, the Bridge Emergency Shelter, has served children in crisis at its current location for more than 30 years.

RMYA CEO Bill Willkinson said there is still a big need in the community.

"Unfortunatley there are thousands of children who find themselves homeless, or abandoned or neglected by a parent or a family member, and when they have no place to go, they know they can go here," he said.

Monday's donation will cover about 65 percent of the new shelter.

Groundbreaking for the new facility is tentatively scheduled for this fall.

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