The Mission of Amigos Del Valle, Inc. is to positively impact the quality of life in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas through the provision of diversified and effective human services, community development activities and advocacy, which are directed to low income families; and with special emphasis in assisting the elder population to maintain active, healthy and independent lives.
Amigos Del Valle, Inc. is a private non-profit organization, chartered on October 4, 1974 under the State of Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act. In 1975, the Corporation received its tax exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The agency's Board of Directors is composed of 20 members. Its structure is the voluntary membership of 3 County and 12 City governmental entities and 1 banking/finance, 3 at-large (Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties), and 1 emeritus member. This approach to Board membership has proven to be most effective for the agency, in that the voluntary membership of public elected officials and other business leaders has enhanced the development, cooperation, and coordination efforts with other public elected officials, communities, special interest groups, and other organizations which provide services to the senior population in the service area.
The agency's purpose is to provide human services to the senior population in the South Texas Counties of Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy to assist such population to continue to live as healthy, productive, independent, and self-sufficient lives as possible. For Forty-One (41) years, the scope of the agency's services and activities has been the provision of congregate meals, home delivered meals, transportation, housing, and social services and activities for the seniors. The administration, implementation, and service delivery of this wide-range of services and activities to the seniors are carried out through an established network of 120 employees and 400 volunteers at and through 22 Senior Centers; 9 Senior Housing Projects; a Central Kitchen facility for the preparation of meals; a fleet of 1 mini-bus and 11 fifteen (15) passenger vans for demand responsive transportation; and 5 delivery trucks to deliver hot meals to the 22 Senior Centers on a daily basis.
In its Forty-One (41) years of existence, the agency has assisted over 96,905 unduplicated seniors through provision of 14,181,986 congregate meals; 9,219,004 home delivered meals; 4,300,164 one-way transportation trips; and 533 subsidized affordable rental housing apartments, and daily social services and activities. Without the dedicated hard work of over 400 senior volunteers, who provide over 80,000 man hours of volunteer work on an annual basis, the agency would not have been able to impact positively on the lives of such senior persons during its Forty-One (41) years of operation. The agency's Board of Directors, administration, staff, and volunteers remain firmly committed to improving and expanding the agency's existing services and to seeking, obtaining, and providing other much-needed, non-existing services to the eligible senior population of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.