Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides practical support to help parents and guardians learn parenting skills so they will be more confident and more competent leaders within their families.
Meld Parent Support Groups
Using evidence-informed curriculum and led by a parenting coordinator, Meld brings together parents who have similar parenting needs to educate parents on health and safety, child guidance and development, family management, personal development and other topics related to successful parenting. Meld stems from the belief that parents can, and do: learn from each other; give one another support; need to be free to make informed decisions about their families; and can cooperate in groups while maintaining their individuality.
Meld groups meet once a week for two hours at various locations around San Antonio. Group participants are eligible to attend a free annual field trip.
There are three Meld programs, each geared toward the needs of the parents within the group.
- Meld Young Moms group for young mothers ages 13 to 25
- Meld Growing Families for parents ages 26 and older, grandparents raising grandchildren, or other family members who take an active role in the parenting of children
- Meld Special Needs group, designed specifically for parents raising children living with a wide range of illnesses and disabilities
Enrollment is free. A complimentary meal and child care is provided during group sessions. Transportation assistance is available. English, Spanish and bilingual groups are available.
Parents as Teachers® home visitation program
As a Parents as Teachers® affiliate, Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides bimonthly or monthly personal home visits to families and monthly group connection events focused on parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting and family well-being. The program supports parents throughout pregnancy until their children enter school full-time (or age 3) providing health, hearing, vision and developmental screenings for eligible children using approved screening tools and methods. The program also connects families to resources and help them overcome any barriers to accessing those resources.
Enrollment is free. A complimentary meal and child care is provided during monthly group connection events. Transportation assistance is available. English and Spanish visitations are available. The program is available in Bexar and Guadalupe counties.
Parents Helping Parents Support Groups
The Parents Helping Parents model is implemented through church communities or community partners that are interested in developing parenting resources in their area. Each participating church community or partner identifies a team of two volunteer site coordinators who coordinate and facilitate the program in their community. Methodist Healthcare Ministries provides training and technical support to the volunteers.
Parents Helping Parents teaches health safety, child development, child guidance, family management and personal growth. Additionally, support is available to help coordinate resources and make them accessible to families. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Parents raising teens;
- Parents with children 3 to 12; and
- Teen parents
To attend a support group, you must be a parent or child caregiver, have the desire to learn and share experiences, a positive attitude and be respectful of others’ opinions and beliefs. English and Spanish groups are available.
Parents Helping Parents support groups are situated throughout Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ 74-county service area. If you are interested in volunteering as a group facilitator, a 12-week (12-group) commitment is necessary. Training is provided.
To learn more, or to locate a parenting program near you, call 1-800-959-6673 and ask for the Parenting Program manager.