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On behalf of the FEAST Board of Directors and Staff,
we pray that you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving.

November marks my favorite time of year; celebrating Thanksgiving, and thanking God for His goodness. As I reflect on all the things FEAST has to be grateful for, I came to the realization that there may be many among us who do not know how God formed the organization that we all know and love, called "FEAST."
 
It began in the mid 80's. There were many families who felt God calling them to teach and train their own children. Even though no one knew exactly what home schooling was, those families began their journey trusting God to lead them, and He did! Soon, word about this fantastic form of education began to draw new families to the doors of those already home schooling, inquiring about this thing called home schooling. Those families were feeling the growing pains of their own home school schedules as the daily interruptions became too common, making it difficult to home school their own children with regularity.
 
This story was not unique to San Antonio, God was calling out parents to teach their own children all over Texas and across the Nation. Home schooling was legal, but there was nowhere for a family to go and find out what to do or how to do it legally. From this need, a national organization called HSLDA was formed to watch federal laws on home schooling, and a state organization called HOPE for Texas, (now Texas Home School Coalition) was formed to watch the state legislation on home schooling.
 
In San Antonio, Family Educators Alliance of South Texas (FEAST) was formed as the first home school organization in the South Texas Region for the purpose of being a clearing house of information for the home schooling families. The FEAST Board held its monthly meetings in a garage. It was in that dusty garage that the organization grew, incorporated as a 501c3, planned events, and set up a home schooling library so that those that could not afford to buy books could borrow books to teach their children. This unused office space and garage on North Flores was donated for use by the newly formed FEAST Organization, furnished with a desk and phone. A home schooled girl was hired to take phone calls and answer questions. If the caller needed more information, she would forward them to designated moms that could give more detailed answers. Each mom would donate one day of the week to answer questions, freeing up the remainder of their week for uninterrupted home schooling! Life was good for a short time. Although books and tests had to be mail ordered, taking up to three weeks to receive, home schooling continued to grow. With that growth came the long list of questions as to why people were home schooling: Religious conviction, educational advantages, flexible schedules, and even problems with the school their child was attending. Because parents were having challenges with schools, families often found that the problems in the schools left them in an emergency situation where they needed to home school now, not in three weeks when the books arrived. FEAST then began to stock a very limited supply of curriculum, specifically for emergency situations. These were the makings of our first bookstore.
 
Step by step the Lord blessed, and FEAST grew and prospered. We outgrew the down town location and moved further North to Data Point Drive, another borrowed unused office space. So many new families were coming into home schooling that they could no longer be handled on a one-on-one basis. FEAST began doing daily group orientations. A video was produced and additional staff was hired to help with the traffic flow in the office. Fellowship among home school families sprung into small church and support groups. As FEAST grew dads were called on to coach sports teams for their children.
 
When an old bowling alley on Blanco was abandoned and left to ruin, FEAST rented it for one dollar a year with the agreement that the families would clean it out and fix it up. When the families were done, the new facility housed three workshops, a bookstore, a home school information center, and two basketball courts complete with sport court floors and a snack bar on the side! The owner then gifted the facility to the organization! We were very humbled by the fact that no home school organization across the country had their own facility, much less a bookstore, meeting space and basketball courts! Families were so grateful for the amazing facility that God had given to us. In San Antonio the new Alamodome was built and playing off of that name we lovingly called our new facility the "Homedome".
 
FEAST grew, and as beautiful as our location was, God was not finished with our story. Just down the street and around the corner our friends at the San Antonio Christian School were moving and were unable to find a buyer for their campus on Burwood Lane. FEAST could never afford to purchase a school campus, (with two gyms, football field, portable classrooms, offices and a school library that could easily become the FEAST bookstore), but as often is the case, the Lord intervened and orchestrated a property trade for our Blanco Road facility. A Christian Ministry found the Homedome fit their needs; so they took possession, and, we took the school campus on Burwood in 1999 and began utilizing the bigger campus ever since.
 
At our present location we did turn the school library into the FEAST Bookstore with over 17,000 titles. Class rooms have transformed into Computer Labs, meeting spaces, Offices were organized to house an Executive Director and over 20 staff members. Class rooms became Testing centers, Co-op classes facilitating over 40 classes on any given Tuesday and Thursday. The kitchen became the home making and cooking lab, portables became art and music studios, the school chemistry lab and hands on science building was quickly put to use with science for all ages extending to occasionally be one of the only locations offering Advanced Biology and Forensics! With the additional space FEAST now host its own science fairs. The old school cafeteria has become the community hub for Creation Science workshop, monthly Civics Classes, Fellowship Dinners, Summer Reading and Kick off meetings for eight different sports: Basketball, Football, Baseball, Soccer, Golf, Volleyball, Track and Field, and Cross-Country. Our fields are alive with young athletes learning the skills and disciplines of sports. For many years the whole campus was transformed to be used as one of the largest Home School convention sites in South Texas. What a difference this campus has made in the lives of the home schooling families in this area.
 
From the moment you walk through the front doors at FEAST, as you walk down the halls, you sense something different, something unique. You feel the spirit of God, of family, of love, of cooperation, of staff greeting you like old friends. A place where children are welcome and a crying baby is never a bother. FEAST has grown over these past 30+ years and continues to grow. That early mission statement of being a clearing house for home schooling information has grown also into a clear mandate from the Lord that our mission is to promote and support the benefits of parent directed education.
 
We would need another two pages to list the bountiful blessings that the Lord has poured out on the FEAST
Organization, but one thing remains, our home school community is loving and kind, dedicated to raising
children that love and honor the Lord Jesus Christ in word and deed, and we are amazed at what our God has done!
 
I encourage you to look around and see how God can use you this season to bless others. Please join us as we commit to continue the legacy of parent directed education.
 
Serving Him by serving you,
Linda S. Whiten
 
"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." 
Psalm 34:8
 
FEAST has been helping home school families for over 30 years by teaching them: how to get started; how to get around the roadblocks; where to find what they need; and how to stay in the battle to the end. These things are accomplished through orientations, counseling, workshops, special events, and customer service. Our teaching co-op began 17 years ago and has served hundreds of families each school year. In addition, we offer competitive sports programs for baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball.

The orchestration of these offerings is no small undertaking. From planning to scheduling to posting on the website and setting up online registrations, our staff works diligently to provide resources for the home schooling community.  It is not enough to offer these services now and/or until our children graduate, but for generations to come. When our home schooled children grow up and want to home school their children, we pray that FEAST will still be here, standing strong.

Because of our desire to remain active in the community for generations to come, we are expanding and updating several events, our facilities, and our employee/customer safety. Current projects include new a/c installment, heightened security, a new look for the bookstore, landscape upgrades, and new workshops for the children. These are in addition to our continual betterment of staff training, staff procedures, and upkeep of schedules. Future projects include bathroom remodels, locker-room remodels, and classroom walkways and porches remodels.

So if you would like to see a bigger, brighter, and better FEAST tomorrow, please donate today! In addition, remember, all donations are tax deductible!
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Please Consider Being a Monthly Donor to FEAST
 
How do we keep doing what we do? The answer is simple.
 
The prayers and financial support from people just like you who give monthly donations, shop at the FEAST bookstore, take part in co-op or sports or participate in fundraising events help FEAST continue to exist. We know that not everyone has the money to donate, but for those who do, it makes it possible for FEAST to operate efficiently and even offer new things to the homeschooling community. Keeping FEAST sustainable through monthly donations of any size helps us continue to invest in the spiritual, emotional, and educational life of each family to whom we minister. If FEAST has been a blessing to your family, will you help by becoming a monthly donor?
 

 



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Financial Contributions 

FEAST is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that continues to serve the home schooling community without any government aid or help and relies solely on your patronage in our bookstore and contributions from home schoolers and businesses who want to support the efforts of FEAST .

If you would like to support FEAST and help this organization continue to serve homeschooling families, please donate today, in person in our bookstore, from home by using the donation button below or by mail to the following address:

FEAST
25 Burwood Lane
San Antonio TX 78216

FEAST is a 501c3 and all donations are tax deductible.

 

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