South Austin Assistance Ministry (S.A.A.M.)

Manchaca United Methodist Church is a partner in the South Austin Assistance Ministry (S.A.A.M.) which provides financial assistance to families in need. Click HERE to go to SAAM's web site

Spearheaded by a task force of the South Austin Ministerial Alliance, the SAAM concept came into being in 1998 in recognition of the need to more effectively meet the basic needs of the poor. Alliance members realized that churches could accomplish more by working collaboratively. They also recognized that, even in a joint effort, their churches were not in the position to offer the type of multi-faceted help that many families need. The churches that make up the SAAM coalition commit annually to provide food, clothing, financial support, and volunteers to this community ministry. In turn, our churches are better able to provide the kind of assistance to folks in need by referring them to the Post Road Community Center for “one stop assistance.

Any person or family that solicits help from member churches is referred to the Post Road Community Center of the Travis County Health & Human Services & Veterans Service. This department makes an assessment of the needs of the person or family and provides whatever help it can. If this help is not enough to meet the needs of the person or family, the department then turns to SAAM for additional funds to meet the assessed needs. Thus, SAAM becomes a “safety net” of aid for those who may fall through the cracks of the county system.

SAAM Program
Faith Presbyterian Church
1314 East Oltorf Street
Austin, TX 78704

Post Road Community Center:
Travis County Heath & Human Services & Veterans Service
2201 Post Road, Suite 101
Austin, TX 78704512-854-9130

Travis County Family Support Services Division
Call 211 for assistance