SouthStar Communities is especially grateful to our military personnel who fight for our freedom and sacrifice so much for our country.
To honor these American heroes, SouthStar has partnered with Operation FINALLY HOME, which provides wounded and disabled veterans with new homes. To date, 13 properties have been provided to this worthy cause in SouthStar neighborhoods across Texas.
With help and support, Operation FINALLY HOME will be able to continue to give America’s wounded war heroes a home that will help them succeed in their challenging new world so they may ultimately enjoy a productive and rewarding life.
Southstar has coordinated blood drives across its communities to replenish critical blood and plasma supplies. Onsite community events have also raised money for the local Red Cross, including Vintage Oaks' Hike the Hills annual trail walk, and blood drives at the Mission del Lago golf club (coordinated through South Texas Blood and Tissue).
In the Summer of 2015, Texas experienced historic and devastating floods affecting more than 45 counties in the state. Southstar inspired donations to be made through the Red Cross by SouthStar Communities residents in the communities of Vintage Oaks and Havenwood in the Texas Hill Country, King Oaks in Bryan-College Station, Lake Ridge and Sugar Tree in Dallas and Mission del Lago in South San Antonio, and raised $6,870. Southstar then matched the funds that were raised, for a grand total of $13,740. This money was used to help flood victims purchase staples like food, clothing, and other necessities that were lost in the floods.
Grateful for the tireless work of our first responders, SouthStar has donated land for local EMS departments to be closer to our communities. SouthStar has also spearheaded campaigns to include First Responders into our communities through directed housing programs and inviting them to participate in events that educate and connect our residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, SouthStar coordinated meal deliveries to local hospitals and fire departments to thank them for their service.
As a proud public school supporter in our communities, SouthStar has donated a number of parcels to welcome new ISD schools to the community. The company also fills summer food pantries, donates back-to-school backpacks and to local scholarship initiatives.
Southstar is a proud top tier sponsor to the Texas A&M - San Antonio Dream Maker Scholarship Program.
SouthStar recognizes the our role we can play in addressing regional disparities across our communities. We consistently support our local food banks, whether through food drives to local food pantries or filling the pantry at local ISDs, donation or volunteer drives. We also make it easy for our residents to provide support to the local pantries which SouthStar matches. 2020 was a record year for donations, totaling over $130,000 donated to local food pantries.
Across our communities, we have consistently offered opportunities to donate to the local Toys for Tots organizations. Over the years, Southstar has delivered countless truck beds full of toys for local families in need during the holidays.
Those who watched the Houston Texans’ first home game of the season or caught the highlights on the news saw JJ Watt burst onto the field carrying the Texas flag, to the raucous cheers of more than 71,000 fans. Watt became a national hero in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, spearheading a charity spree for those who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. What was intended to be $100,000 in matched funds is now more than $31 million raised thanks to all those Watt was able to inspire. SouthStar Communities is among them, having donated $10,000 to the JJ Watts Houston Flood Relief Fund, it was announced by SouthStar Chief Operating Officer (COO) Thad Rutherford.
“Our hearts and minds are with the people of Houston and The Gulf, many of whom lost everything during the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey,” he said. “We have been so impressed by everyone’s generous responses to aid our neighbors and are focused here at SouthStar on helping the area heal.