Serving Children and Adults in Need (SCAN) was publicly shaped in 1982 as Stop Child Abuse and Neglect in Laredo, Texas. Presently, SCAN is a community-based, nonprofit social services organization. The organization provides an assortment of comprehensive services to Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Frio, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kleberg, LaSalle, Maverick, Real, Starr, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Zapata and Zavala Counties. SCAN has over thirty programs that provide diverse prevention, intervention, and treatment services for children, adolescents, adults, and families
SCAN is known by individuals and families as a place where they can find the means to cultivate their full potential, and where they feel their language and culture are respected. SCAN’s programs and treatment services are provided by respectably trained and considerate staff members. The staff members help promote the healthy development of individuals by granting empowering opportunities throughout the community. The caring staff members support their clients by encouraging long term recovery and resilience, such as the case of their client Crystal.
Crystal was referred to SCAN Emergency Youth Shelter when her parents could no longer support her. At the time of event, one of her parents was being assisted at the SCAN substance abuse treatment facility. Crystal was able to stay in the youth shelter at SCAN for about ninety days. After the ninety days she was granted ended, Crystal was moved to a foster home in Brownsville, Texas. Crystal successfully obtained a job. When she turned eighteen she earned her General Equivalency Diploma and her driver’s license. At the age of eighteen, she exited the child welfare system and became homeless. After contacting SCAN, she instantaneously admitted to the transitional living program. The transitional living program is a program used to help the youth transition to adulthood successfully. Currently, Crystal is continuing her higher education while following a healthy developmental path. She is on her way to successfully transitioning into independent living.
United Way of Laredo generously assists SCAN’s vision in providing services to the community. The funds United Way provides go to supporting SCAN programs and buying school uniforms and school supplies for the youth.