So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone...
San Antonio is one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S., however, also possess one of the highest poverty rates in the country.
Poverty x Rapid Growth = Disparity
Founded by local business owner, Susan Kaars-Sypesteyn, Third Coast Charities helps facilitate change through action and builds relationships between the businesses and residents that live and operate in midtown San Antonio. The City of San Antonio is very gracious and offers programs to help assist residents in need, but their funding only goes so far. In the midst of rising costs when a neighbor has to decide between paying a light bill and food on the table, Third Coast Charities can step in and partner with the City and other agencies when funding is limited.
In a growing city where businesses are thriving and experiencing success, it’s hard to know that our neighbors aren’t experiencing the same success. We can’t solve the inevitability of gentrification in our rapidly growing urban areas, but we can help slow down the burden our neighbors experience through our benevolent mission. Through community events, fundraisers, and sponsorship--we’re able to start a dialogue with our neighbors, meet them face-to-face and let them know that we are not just invested in our businesses but in them.
We’re all one and need to contribute back into the neighborhoods that we operate in. Funds raised will provide benevolence and physical assistance to neighbors in need—keeping lights on, patching rooves, cooking hot meals, providing basic needs…a simple helping hand. We will not only be good stewards to what has been given to us but to the neighbors that surround us. Choosing to be socially responsible as businesses shows our neighbors and surrounding communities that we are invested in them!
California native, Susan Sypesteyn comes from a family that believes all have worth. Unsure how the economy in LA was going to sustain her and her husband, their move to San Antonio has proved to be a major blessing in their lives. Texas has taken her in as one of their own and you can even hear a drawl when she speaks from time to time. She wouldn't be where she is without God and the community that took her in as family. She believes that as a business owner, she is equally responsible for ensuring the success of her neighbors and the community that surrounds her businesses. She is hopeful that by creating opportunities for residents to engage with business owners, the neighborhoods will become a more cohesive unit. Sypesteyn loves to spend time singing with her husband and four kids.