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Expansion Plans for the CRRC

CRRC Planning to Build New Facility for Expanded Programs

APRIL 25, 2016

In the children’s book “Stone Soup” two hungry soldiers create a pot of soup from the little bits of food
provided by reluctant villagers. It was a unique view of what can be done when everyone does just a
little bit.

Similarly, many individuals and families can be fed when a community comes together to do it. That was
the vision many years ago, and it continues to be part of the mission at the Community Resource &
Recreation Center (CRRC) of Canyon Lake, today.

CRRC annually recognizes September as Hunger Action Month, which was initiated by Feeding America
to bring awareness to food insecure people across the nation. During the month, CRRC holds a soup
supper and “empty bowls” event, to symbolically recognize the many hungry people in the Canyon Lake
community. The Empty Bowls project helps feed families in Canyon Lake by supporting the CRRC
Emergency Food Pantry.

One-in-four children in Comal County – and, one-in-five seniors – are food insecure. They aren’t sure of
where their next meal will be coming from, according to Feeding America, said Maureen Schein,
resource program manager at CRRC.

“We like getting our local schoolchildren involved in this project,” she said. “Last year, parents told us
their children didn’t understand that some of their classmates didn’t have enough food. It was a good
educational program.”

The CRRC Food Pantry sees a steady increase, most years, in the numbers of people it feeds, Schein said.
As the population in Comal County grows, so does the need for CRRC services. Food insecure families
exist in the community and need to be served. Additionally, the organization is looking at some other
ways to assist these families.

“We hope to provide some classes to help them; cooking classes that utilize the foods they receive from
our food pantry; nutrition classes on what they should be trying to serve their kids,” she said. “We’re
offering more produce now, thanks to our partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank, but not
everyone knows how to serve some of the vegetables we’re getting. We want it all to be used.”

But, in order to store the additional produce, and to have a place for the classes, CRRC is going to need
more space. It outgrew its current facility years ago, Schein said.

Seeing this need, the CRRC Board of Directors developed a strategic plan that envisions a new facility
and expanded programs as the top priority.

“If the CRRC is going to be a responsible community member as well as an accountable service
organization, we have to grow into the future to accommodate the needs of our residents, “said Board
Chairman Diane Schaule.

The organization received a $250,000 matching grant from the McKenna Foundation in June of 2014 for
use toward the construction of a new facility to house the Food Pantry and classroom space for
enhanced educational opportunities.

“In less than 18 months, we made the match,” Schaule said. “There’s a lot to be thankful for, here in
Canyon Lake, and our community is at the top of the list. It has been very, very supportive.”
Groundbreaking could happen within the next couple months. But additional funds are still needed to
complete the building.

Schein said the building will house classrooms, including a training kitchen, for the classes that are
planned. Job skills, lifestyle, nutrition and dietary classes will be held, along with the cooking classes.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa and the San Antonio Food Bank have offered to help with the nutrition and
cooking classes. Resolute Health has offered up a TeleHealth machine for basic health testing. And New
Braunfels Works is working with CRRC to create a Canyon Lake chapter for life and job skills.
“And we can’t overlook the first need,” Schein said, “and that is the lack of storage space for our food
pantry. We have to have sufficient stock to provide the food to families, and we just don’t have the
room to do that in our current facility.”

The Community Resource & Recreation Center (CRRC) was formed in 1983 to address food and other
basic necessities of Canyon Lake residents. While the mission has been adjusted, it has not changed
dramatically. The organization counts on the kindness, generosity and abundance of the Canyon Lake
community.

How CRRC Came To Be

The Community Resource and Recreation Center was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization on January 23, 2003. CRRC was created when the Canyon Lake Action Center and the Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center joined together to meet the various needs of the Canyon Lake community. The CRRC mission statement, “to serve the residents of Canyon Lake by providing vital social service resources as well as life-enriching recreation and educational opportunities,” fulfilled both organizations’ desire to serve.

CLAC

The Canyon Lake Action Center, known as CLAC, started in February 1981when a group of six ladies joined together to form The Canyon Lake Volunteer Action Center. In September 1981, the group got an office at the VFW Post 2880 in Sattler from where they made phone calls and arranged for assistance with transportation for the disabled and elderly. The group started a linen closet and then a small food pantry to help those in need.

Other organizations such as the Pilots, the K of C, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and the churches joined in supporting the VAC activities. In 1983 the VAC Board of Directors Chairman was Clarence Gathright, Jr. and Mrs. Fran Muehleisehen was the director. At this time, the name was changed to Canyon Lake Action Center and the group purchased four lots. A temporary building was built with the help of the Canyon Lake Jaycees that became the Thrift Store. Numerous fund raising efforts were held to raise money to pay for the lots and later to build a building. In November 1984, the Action Center was dedicated. The building proved to be too small for all the activities and the Thrift Store moved to a rented space in the Bradley Building down the street from CLAC. In 1992, CLAC was able to purchase the Dove Plumbing building that was next to the Action Center and the Thrift Store moved in. Throughout the years, numerous additions were added to the buildings and in September 1998, a new building was built that currently houses the CRRC Thrift Store. Throughout the years, the most important word constantly used was “volunteers.” This still holds true today. None of this would have happened if it were not for the spirit of Canyon Lake volunteers.

The Canyon Lake Community Recreation Center (CRRC) was an idea that started in 1993 when a number of people, spearheaded by Trish Wyatt, decided the community needed a recreation center for children. Through numerous fund raising efforts including penny drives and carnivals and with the help of county officials, the Recreation Center building became a reality in 2000. The Recreation Center featured Kids in Safe Surroundings, an after school program, and numerous kid related sports activities. Again, the key word is “volunteers.”

In 2016, the Community Resource and Recreation Center is staffed by seven full and eight part-time employees and over 170 volunteers. The Canyon Lake spirit of volunteering to help the community is still going strong today. While the original programs have been somewhat modified, CRRC still provides a food pantry, emergency financial assistance, and Thrift Store vouchers. CRRC provides a durable medical equipment loan program and partners with the Comal County Senior Center for Meals on Wheels. We still have an active senior bridge group that plays on Tuesdays and every other Friday. We have a Mah Jongg group that plays on Wednesdays. We provide meeting space for HUD Assistance classes, health seminars, club meetings, voting, safe driving classes, and private meeting. The Recreation Center has active Silver Sneaker I & II programs, yoga classes, adult and girls volleyball, adult the kids basketball leagues, pickleball and other classes – nearly everything from A to Z (aerobics to Zumba). Our Thrift Store quality exceeds all expectations. CRRC has something for everyone in the community. Thank you for supporting our programs!

The CRRC Does More Than You Know, in Canyon Lake!

Maybe you know what CRRC is. Maybe you even know what the initials in CRRC stand for.​

But, chances are you think that CRRC is the Rec Center, located across the road from the library on the Dam Access Road. Or, maybe you know that the CRRC is the emergency food pantry, located in our Main Office in Sattler. Possibly, you’re aware that CRRC hosts a thrift store that funds something; but you’re not sure just what it funds.

Well, all three of the above are true. And, there’s a lot more to us!

What do we do?

  • Offer recreational activities
  • Provide a great place to shop
  • Give food to families in need
  • House facilities for community events/functions
  • Rent out facilities

What do we have?

Three campuses with various services and facilities

What can we help you with?

  • Making new friends
  • Finding an exercise class suited just for you

What activities do we offer?

  • Spurs youth basketball
  • Western dance classes
  • Aerobics
  • Ballet
  • Celtic Dancing
  • Weight Watchers
  • Karate
  • Yoga
  • Zumba

Who can participate?

  • Anyone who wants to!
  • Kids in kids programs
  • Adults in adults’ classes

Who can we help?

  • Anyone in Canyon Lake – and sometimes outside
  • Canyon Lake families that have lived here at least six months can receive emergency financial assistance

What do we sell?

  • Antiques
  • Clothing
  • Books
  • Sporting goods
  • Shoes
  • Records
  • Toys
  • What are you looking for?!

What don’t we sell?

Food!

What do we need?

  • Volunteers
  • Financial support
  • Graphic design assistance
  • Cashiers

We started in 1983 to provide food and clothing to those in need. We’ve changed a bit since then, and, we have plans to change a little bit more!

Welcome to the CRRC from Board Chairman Max Hosford

The word ‘COMMUNITY’ comes to my mind when I think of the ‘Community Resource and  Recreation Center’ or as we know it within our ‘Community’ – CRRC!

CRRC is a non-profit organization that provides services to the ‘COMMUNITY’. We provide an Emergency Food Pantry; a Meals on Wheels Program, a Financial Crisis Assistance Program; Medical Equipment Loan Program; Job Counseling and we have a unique Thrift Store and an active Recreational Center.

I have no doubt that someone you know in this ‘COMMUNITY’ has utilized these services at one time or another.

What is provided today by CRRC only tips the scales of what our ‘COMMUNITY’ needs day in and day out. We have planned on what we need to do to continue supporting our ‘COMMUNITY’.

We have reached agreements with organizations to offer mental health services. We have also been working with a local physician and our EMS structure to define what we can do to offer medical services to our community.

We also see that the number of people we are feeding each day are climbing, which necessitates the need for CRRC to expands its Food Pantry. We cannot do this with the facilities we currently have. In the first quarter of 2018 we will break ground on a new facility. The new building will be large enough for CRRC to grow its program base, continuing to keep pace in the years to come.

We are growing but we have to have your help! CRRC cannot do this alone. We need our ‘COMMUNITY’ to contribute financially so that we can continue serving our ‘COMMUNITY’.

WHAT?? You don’t know us?? I will personally come to you with a presentation about CRRC and discuss your donation either as a business, a family, a school, a church, your HOA/ Neighborhood or your civic organization. My name is Max Hosford and I am pleased to be a volunteer, donor and 2018 Board President for CRRC.

With your help we can help our ‘COMMUNITY!’