About RMYA

Mission & Values

RMYA Vision
Restoring hope, one child at a time.

RMYA Mission 
RMYA creates brighter futures for children in crisis by promoting individual success and healthy relationships in a safe, healing environment, giving children and families the tools to end the cycle of abuse.

RMYA Values
Protection: We offer the children in our care sanctuary from cruelty, abuse, and neglect; and acknowledge that safety, security, and non-violence are foundational to rebuilding the shattered trust of these injured souls.Simplicity: We recognize that all human beings can best fulfill their highest purpose by simply helping them understand and accept who they are using straightforward approaches that encourage recuperation, personal exploration, and healthy integration into society.Integrity: We understand that we cannot successfully engage in our work together unless we do so with respect, honesty, and humility.  We have high expectations of each person’s work and behavior, and encourage self-reflection as a tool for improvement.Community: We seek out the interconnectedness that bonds us together as a team, and endeavor to actively discover ways to achieve our mutual goals. Through all we do, we look for opportunities to learn from everyone we encounter and affect human relations with the children in our care, with each other, and the broader community.Equality: We celebrate the commonalities and differences inherent in embracing a global family that includes people from all walks of life; acting and speaking respectfully in all our interactions, and listening carefully to what each person has to offer.Responsibility: We aim to thoughtfully leverage each resource entrusted to us; spending the money of our donors and grantors wisely, and encouraging knowledge sharing across staff, volunteers, and the public.

Founder

Roy Charles Maas was born in La Grange Texas on August 12, 1948 to Hilda and Harold Maas. He said he had a happy childhood growing up on the family farm – with a horse, two dogs, and lots of room to roam and play.Roy loved sports and, as a junior in high school, he became very interested in golf when he mowed a doctor’s lawn and noticed old golf clubs in his garage. He bartered and got the clubs instead of cash for mowing the grass. Even though there was not a golf course in La Grange, Roy developed a passion for golf and literally hit hundreds of golf balls every day. Later that year, he entered the District Golf Tournament, and actually won it.Until Roy’s senior year in high school, he did not play football because he had been discouraged and bluntly told by a coach that he just did not have what it took to play the game. When that coach left an assistant took over. After a lot of coercing, he talked Roy into coming out for the team just to kick field goals and extra points. The coach then asked if Roy would help out for a while and be a receiver and later a defensive back. By season end, Roy was the leading receiver on the team; leading scorer; leader in interceptions; leader in total yards gained; and was named to the First Team All-State.Roy received a scholarship to play football at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. For his first college football game as a freshman he only got to play a couple of minutes, but he caught two passes. Roy started the next game and caught all seven passes that were completed. He had established himself and started every game for the next four years. As a freshman, he broke all previous receiving records at Texas Lutheran and as a sophomore broke all of those records, and was named to the Lutheran College All American Team. He was also an Honorable Mention on the NAIA All-American Team. By the time Roy finished college he had caught more passes (202) in a career than anyone in any college or university in the state of Texas.With a degree in Sociology and Physical Education, Roy still had dreams of playing professional football and ended up in Fort Worth playing on a minor league team known as the Braves. He also got a job at Lena Pope Children’s Home and often told stories of his first night there, which was quite an experience. Most of the kids were 13 to 17 years old and were pretty much out of control. On his first day, aggressiveness led to a confrontation that Roy was totally unprepared for. After spending a few hours on the job he left for a while and when he returned, six of the teenagers were waiting for him in front of the building with chains and baseball bats.Even though Roy had no experience working with these kids, he was assertive with them and ended up getting kicked in the face with a cowboy boot and was nearly killed. Ultimately, Roy did get them to settle down and the next day he moved into a house with them and became their substitute parent. Roy felt that he learned more during the next year living with them then he did in four years of college.In 1972 Roy was given an opportunity to play football in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He took a leave of absence from work and was off to Canada. He came very close to staying, but was the last ’cut’ before the regular season started.Roy went back to the children’s home in Ft. Worth and also went back to school at Texas Christian University where he received his Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1973. After a few more years at the children’s home, he moved to San Antonio to try something new.In August of 1976, Roy was hired as Executive Director of a new agency called The Bridge. The Bridge was established through an ecumenical effort of Catholic Family and Children’s Services and the San Antonio Urban Council and a grant from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under the Runaway Homeless Youth Act. On September 15, 1976, The Bridge began operation as an emergency shelter for 16 boys, ages 11 – 17. By February 1977, the need to provide services for girls became obvious and the Bridge was relicensed to provide care for 20 children (boys and girls), ages 11-17.The Bridge Advisory Board under the auspices of Catholic Family and Children’s Services, Inc. was comprised of four members from the Urban Council and seven at-large members from the community. In May 1977, The Bridge became incorporated as The Bridge Emergency Shelter and Catholic Family and Children’s Services turned the control over to the new corporation. Mrs. Olivia Garza, a Catholic Family and Children’s Service representative, was elected as the first Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Bridge Emergency Shelter.During the mid-1950’s, the Girls Council of San Antonio purchased a large two story home, at 1023 Aganier, for the purpose of providing a home (Aganier Hall) for dependent, neglected children. Many of these children merely needed a home because their parents were unable to afford their care. By the early 1970’s, the need to provide a service for children with more serious behavioral problems became obvious. The Girls Council of San Antonio looked for a group to help them make some necessary changes.The Optimist Club of San Antonio which had been involved with Boysville for many years agreed to join with the Girls Council in formulating a new program which was named Girlsville, Inc. In November 1977, due to a request from the Optimist Club, Roy became involved with Girlsville, giving assistance on a volunteer basis as a consultant in its daily operations. Through this initial contact and a growing dialogue between members of the respective boards, plans began moving forward for a merger. This was consummated in August 1978, and the new corporate agency was named Youth Alternatives, Inc. The Bridge and Girlsville retained their names as programs of the larger agency.As the agency grew and additional programs were added, Roy Maas began to search for a large piece of property to merge all of the residential programs in one facility. The dream became a reality with the purchase of Meadowland in Boerne in 1986, where up to 80 children live and attend school at the Meadowland Charter School.All of this growth was designed to meet the changing needs of the children of our community. None of this would have been possible if it had not been for the vision and hard work of Roy Maas. In August 1993, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the agency to Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Inc. (RMYA) to honor the dedication of the agency’s first Executive Director Roy Maas who was battling cancer. Roy passed away on October 30, 1994 after a courageous 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.In 1976, Youth Alternatives operated 16 beds for runaway and abused children and had an annual budget of about $100,000. Today, RMYA serves up to 120 children a day in the residential programs in addition to providing counseling to community families with children in crisis. Nearly 80,000 children and families have received services since 1976.RMYA not only provides quality services, but also does an excellent job of managing its financial resources. Roy often said he heard someone say “People need three things to be happy: someone to love; something constructive to do with their time; and something to look forward to.” That is what he tried to provide for all of our children.Roy’s commitment to helping children, whose young lives have been scarred by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, made RMYA what it is today. As Executive Director, Roy talked about the agency’s work through the Youth Alternatives newsletter. He talked about the children, and their difficult lives. When he was diagnosed with cancer he used the newsletter to share his experiences with our supporters. In one of his last articles before he passed away, Roy had this to say:

My hope for you:Is that you use my experience to improve the quality of your own life. Live one day at a time. Be positive. Be good to others. Be compassionate. Don’t argue. Be thankful for the things you do have. Don’t take your health for granted. Pray for others and yourself daily. Smile a lot. Be sure you let the people important to you know how special they are.

And now, many years after Roy’s death, his dream continues. Our hope is that with your help RMYA will continue to make Roy’s dream a reality and that children will continue to experience Roy’s love and compassion through all of us

History

In 1976, Catholic Family and Children’s Services and the San Antonio Urban Council applied for and received a grant from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (now Health and Human Services) under the “Runaway Act”. They were awarded the grant and Roy Maas was hired as Executive Director. Roy opened “The Bridge Emergency Shelter” with a budget of $100,000 for 16 boys. In November 1977, working with the San Antonio Optimist Club, Roy became a consultant at Girlsville, which was a long-term home for girls. Girlsville, formerly known as Aganier Hall, was opened in the mid 1950’s by the Girls Council of San Antonio. In August 1978, the Bridge and Girlsville merged to become Youth Alternatives, Inc. At this point the “umbrella” concept now operating as Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives was born. As residential programs were added, it became clear that the children in the care of Youth Alternatives would benefit from living together in one facility. In 1986, when a 40 acre facility became available in Boerne, the Board voted to purchase it, remodel existing structures and add additional buildings to house more children. In August 1993 the Board of Directors voted to change the organization name from Youth Alternatives, Inc. to Roy Maas’ Youth Alternatives, Inc. This was done to honor the hard work and dedication of its founding Executive Director, Roy Maas, who passed away in 1994. RMYA has grown to meet the needs of over 80,000 children from our community whose lives have been scarred by abuse, parental desertion, family strain, or emotional turmoil. To address the varying needs of children today, RMYA provides a wide continuum of exceptional programs and services. The RMYA San Antonio Campus is located on West Avenue, and consists of the RMYA Administrative Office, Thrift Shop, The Bridge, The RMYA Counseling Center, and TurningPoint Independent Living Program, which is located adjacent to the West Ave. building in a small neighborhood. Our long-term residential services are located on the Meadowland Campus in Boerne, Texas, and the Meadowland Charter School which serves at-risk students in grades 1st-12th.

Board Members

RMYA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President – Theo Guidry
Vice President – Business Risk Management, Valero Energy Corp.

1st Vice President – Allen Guidry
Retired Insurance Agent

2nd Vice President – John Roach
Senior Vice President – Strategic Development & Technology, Valero Energy Corp.

Secretary – Janet Oord Graves
Retired Educator

Assistant Secretary – Bradley Randle
President, Velocio Mortgage

Treasurer – Manuel Ruiz, Jr.
Retired Civil Service & Consultant

Assistant Treasurer – Josh Loden
Senior Vice President – Middle Market Lending / Commercial Division, Broadway Bank

Parliamentarian – Charlotte Travis, Ph.D.
Retired Educator

Historian – Barta Busby
Retired Business Owner

Carolyn Alley
Retired Educator & USAA Program Manager

Gogi Dickson, Ph.D.
Education Consultant

R. Keith Franklin, Ph.D., LPC-S, LCDC
Licensed Professional Counselor & Adjunct Professor

Georganne Freund
Retired Attorney

Ron Graves
Retired Insurance Agent, Author, & Motivational Speaker

D’Ann Harper
President & Owner, D’Ann Harper Coldwell Banker REALTORS

Carin Hoch
Executive Director – Real Estate & ROW Department, NuStar Energy L.P.

Russell LeDay
Fiscal Analyst, SAGE

Nickey McCasland
Retired US Army Nurse Corps Officer

Mark Morkovsky
President & Owner, Morkovsky + Associates, Inc.

James L. Rizzuto
Retired Business Owner

Bruce Stroup
Investment Advisor Representative, Platinum Wealth Solutions of Texas
USAF Veteran

Affiliations & Licenses

Affiliations

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
United Way cares and helps children, families, and individuals with basic needs – food, clothing, shelter and safety – and changing lives through strong, well-managed programs. In the San Antonio area, United Way focuses on improving early care and education for children, helping students succeed in school, and strengthening families.

Texas Network of Youth Services
TNOYS is a network of members working toward a shared vision of Texas where all young people are valued, their strengths are recognized, and they have access to the resources, support, and opportunities they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Its mission is to improve, support, and protect critical services for youth and families in crisis so that they can meet their potential.

The Nonprofit Council
The Nonprofit Council providing one strong, collective voice for the nonprofit sector. The Nonprofit Council strives to accomplish that mission through advocacy, training, resource sharing and the strength and extensive knowledge of the combined membership.

Licenses

Texas Department of Family & Protective Services

  • Residential Treatment Center
  • General Residential Operation (2)