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About HOPE

In 1994, 3 individuals David Saavedra, LCSW, Sister Marian Strohmeyer and Anna W. Cass, Parish Associate at Holy Spirit had the idea to provide medical and counseling services to the families who did not have access to any resources such as Medicaid, Medicare, or private insurance. The interest sparked as Father Gerald Frank arranged the three to meet and begin to unfold their ideas. 

Through extensive conversations, outreaching and community efforts, The Family Health & Resource Center (FHRC) was created and Community HOPE Projects, Inc was incorporated in 1995 and received its status in 1997. 


1998- David designed a curriculum to train therapists in the area of Marriage and Family Therapy. An affiliation was established with the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg, TX. The affiliation meant that graduate students from the School of Education in Counseling & Guidance Program would assist the FHRC in providing counseling services under the supervision of a Licensed Clinical Masters Level Social Worker, David Saavedra. 


1999- Sister Marian began recruitment area doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to assist in the development of medical component of FHRC. Ground breaking begins for a new facility in early 1999.

Volunteer Recruitment

2000- Ongoing recruitment and outreach for volunteer medical professionals and counselors. 

Grand Opening

2001- On Wednesday, January 3, 2001 the Family Health Resource Center opens its doors at 2332 Jordan Rd., McAllen, TX. The 12,000 + sq ft. center was build with specific rooms designed for medical and counseling services. 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

2002- CDBG begins to reimburse HOPE 

Establishment Hope Family Health Center

2003-2004- The Board of Directors rename Family Health Resource Center to what is now known as Hope Family Health Center. 

Fishing for HOPE

2006- Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance hosts the 1st Annual Fishing for HOPE Tournament. Mental Health Training is hosted to provide CEUs to Mental Health Professionals in the community. 

Methodist Healthcare Ministries Partnership

2007- Methodists Healthcare Ministries of South Texas funds Family Counseling Services

Laughter Yoga

2012- HOPE adopts Laughter Yoga techniques to increase health benefits to the community

Unidos Contra Diabetes

2014- 1115 Waiver allows a full-time DHR volunteer to be at HOPE.  HOPE joins Unidos Contra Diabetes collective impact with MHM Funder

Peer Support

2015- Peer Support Services funded by Hogg Foundation of Mental Health. Social Innovation Texas (SiF) grants HOPE a 5 year project to research two different approaches (usual and integrated care). 

Preventative Residence Program, Texercise, ACLM, DPP, Patient Wellness

2017- Preventative Residence Program at HOPE. Texercise, Patient Wellness, American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) are added groups and programs at HOPE. Peer Support recognized at National and State Level. Record breaking Fishing for HOPE fundraiser raised $300, 000. Salud y Vida Grant (SP) is a success. 

Hidalgo County Indigent Program, Warm Line, Integration Model

2018- Texas Health & Human Services, El Milagro Clinic, and Hogg Foundation introduce a collaborative grant based program 'Warm Line' for our Peer Support Services. HOPE accepts for the first time Hidalgo County Indigent Insurance and a clinic to serve their recipients. HOPE becomes a fully integrated clinic with the guidance and support of Si Texas Grant.