There’s a bright ray of hope for at-risk youth right here in Boerne. Roy Maas Youth Alternatives — known as RMYA — is a residential treatment center for children who have been removed from their homes by protective agencies. Each child’s time at RMYA averages about 22 months, during which the highly-trained and dedicated staff cares for them in a home-like environment. “Of the seven comparable facilities in the state, RYMA was the only one that all of the children surveyed said they feel safe all the time”, Julie Healey, the Senior Development and Marketing manager said. The kids live on the 40-acre ranch and go to school there too; Meadowland is a private school on the property just for the children at RMYA.
Roy Maas, a former all-star Texas athlete, decided to dedicate his life to helping children after earning his master's degree in counseling from Texas Christian University. The program began in 1976 with sixteen beds, but it has grown to hold up to eighty children. The staff has grown a lot too, allowing each child to receive the individualized care they need.
Over the past few years, the cost of caring for each child has increased dramatically. The state only funds about 50% of that expense, so RMYA is dependent on generous donors in our community too. This summer, leaders are hoping to raise funds to provide the children with fun summer experiences like visits to the trampoline park and movie theater along with ice cream and s’more parties.
RMYA holds two fundraisers each year, and the “Brighter Futures Gala” is coming up on September 30th at La Cantera Resort. The event features an elegant meal, inspiring entertainment, and both live and silent auctions. Event sponsors and volunteers are still needed, along with donations of auction items. The goal of the event? To help children in need and keep the legacy of caring that Roy Maas started so many years ago shining brighter than ever.
You Can Help
Businesses and individuals can donate money and gift cards.
Groups can help repair, build, or paint.
Attend the Gala
Purchase tickets and auction items.
Visit RMYA.org for more.
“Of the seven comparable facilities in the state, RYMA was the only one that all of the children surveyed said they feel safe all the time.”