About Us

Mission & Vision

Madonna Center helps individuals and families improve their daily lives through education, connections to resources, healthy aging and a sense of community.

We provide several programs designed to educate young children, and our staff has undergone Texas School Ready’s comprehensive preschool teacher training to help prepare children for success in school.

From after-school programs to senior services, Madonna Center has activities and programs meant to build community among all age groups.

Our vision is one of educated children, resourceful individuals and families, and a safe, healthy community.

Core Values

Commitment to Quality Services



Culturally Sensitive



Our Story

The agency was founded in 1939 by the Sisters of Divine Providence as the Girls’ Club of San Antonio, and occupied a former residence at 403 Dwyer Avenue.

In 1941, the agency was accepted as a member of the Community Chest, the forerunner to today’s United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County. Five “extension units” were set up in 1944 to better serve the membership from several parts of the city. Around the same time groups for women were organized, and when the girls requested co-educational groups, boys were admitted to some of the social clubs. From then on, the Girl’s Club emphasized family membership and had groups for adults as well as for boys and girls of every age.

As services continued, the demand was too great for the staff time available and it also became clear that the building was far too small for the membership. A building fund drive was started and was enthusiastically supported by the staff and board of directors and, in a special way, by the members themselves who worked hard on various projects to raise the necessary money.

In September, 1956 the new building at 1906 Castroville Road opened for fall the program. About the same time, the Constitution of the agency was revised, the board of directors voted to formally change the name of the agency to Madonna Neighborhood Centers.

Board of Directors

Pablo Escamilla | President

Dave Toomey | Treasurer

Leticia Luna | Member

Sr. Mary Bordelon, CDP | Member

Juan Antonio Chavira | Member

Ana Maria Garza Cortez | Member

Norma Garcia | Member

Juan Martinez, MA | Vice President

Jeanne A. Cantu, MA | Secretary

Maria Butcher | Member

Virginia Sandoval | Member

Gerardo Cervantes | Member

Laura Barberena, PhD | Member


Roger Caballero | Executive Director

Luis Perez | Director of Operations

Elisa Romasanta | Children Programs Coordinator

Julia Gelacio | Individual, Family & Community Empowerment Coordinator

Irma Flores | Senior Services Coordinator

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