Servant Leadership at a Young Age

Giving Back 

Gianna Adams and her grandmother, Carmi “Mia” Adkins


Gianna Adams may only be 10 years old, but she already exhibits Servant Leadership! She has been helping her grandmother, Carmi “Mia” Adkins in Haven for Hope’s Kennel for three years. She loves helping take care of the cats and dogs who stay at Haven for Hope while their owners work on their housing plans.

Haven’s kennel has room for 20 dogs and 10 cats. Pets are important and we recognize how therapeutic it is for clients to be able to keep their pets safe while staying at Haven. Clients are responsible for feeding their pets and visiting them twice a day. Haven provides food, supplies, and basic vet care including core vaccines and flea treatments. Mia and her volunteers, including Gianna, help keep the kennel areas clean, restock supplies and make sure the pets are well cared for.

Gianna loves dogs but doesn’t mind changing the kitty liter and giving the cats fresh water and treats. “She used to be scared of the cats, but now she loves to play with them,” Mia said.

“Animals respond to love and that’s what we provide here,” Mia continued. When asked if she wants to care for pets as an adult? Gianna shakes her head. Her dream job? Illustrating children’s books.

We have no doubt, that Gianna will do great things in the future!





Haven for Hope and Bank of America Partnership Featured in San Antonio Business Journal

Haven for Hope and Bank of America Partnership Featured in San Antonio Business Journal

Bank of America benefits SA charity through leadership program

By Sergio Padilla

Jul 21, 2022

Bank of America Corp. established a “leader on loan” program as part of its philanthropic initiatives, which sends an executive to a local charitable organization within its respective market for a year.

Stefanie Adame, senior vice president of regional business management and operations executive at Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), was selected to spend a year as interim director of leadership and organizational development at San Antonio’s Haven for Hope.

“When I said yes to this assignment, I thought it was a perfect fit given my skill set,” said Adame. “I can come in, I can give recommendations, I can help in terms of leadership development and organizational development.”

Adame says her day-to-day duties include planning events, dealing with community partners and locating resources for the organization.

The program, which started in 2017, began as a partnership with four organizations. Today, it sends 27 executives to help with economic and philanthropic initiatives for respective organizations, according to Adame.

BofA works with area nonprofits to match leaders with the organization. She says in other markets, applications are posted for employees to sign up for leader on loan positions.

Adame said she retained her full salary, benefits and vacation time while serving as an employee with Haven for Hope. She is in the final few months of her tenure with the organization and says that once finished she will transition back to her duties with BofA.

“This is a very unique opportunity that we’ve had, the opportunity to benefit from it,” said Justin Barbour, general counsel and director of human resources at Haven for Hope. “We would welcome those kinds of opportunities in the future.”

Haven for Hope, founded in 2010 by founding CEO of Valero Energy Bill Greehey, helps provide food, shelter and clothing for San Antonio’s homeless. It has reached over 15,000 clients since its founding. The two organizations have had partnerships in the past, with Haven for Hope being named a Bank of America Neighborhood Builder in 2019.

Helping San Antonio’s Homeless Veterans

Haven for Hope’s Veteran’s Service team works with veterans experiencing homelessness beyond their immediate shelter needs. We help them establish Social Security disability and Veterans Affairs benefits and apply for other federal and state resources that can greatly improve their quality of life.

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Ashley’s Transformational Story

Ashley endured emotional, verbal, and physical abuse from her immediate family and in her marriage. She wanted to make a change and came to Haven for Hope. Ashley utilized several of Haven’s resources including counseling, parenting classes, and housing assistance. Watch her powerful transformational story.

Haven for Hope Featured in Documentary

  A documentary about the homeless crisis in San Francisco featured Haven for Hope. Beyond Homeless in partnership with the Independent Institute and Urban Vision Alliance highlighted Haven for Hope in the film as a unique solution to address homelessness in our City. KSAT covered the film premiere in San Antonio. Watch here. To watch the documentary for free, visit Beyond Homeless.