Eva’s Heroes is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on four tenets: interact, grow, learn, and love. Based in San Antonio, the organization helps teens and young adults 14 and older, who have intellectual special needs, integrate and flourish in society. The organization was founded in 2006 by actress Eva Longoria and Board President Christiane Perkins-Garcia.

Intellectual Development Disorder is characterized by significantly impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning.

Our community partners are sometimes well-versed with working with the special needs community, and we have opportunities to work with organizations who are not experienced with special needs. We customize and adapt to all facets of our community.

In its seminal year, the organization was funded primarily by a single fundraiser, Celebrity Casino Night. As the demand for our programs expanded, we have added additional funding sources. We have an active grant program. We have added two fundraisers and partner with businesses and third-party supporters.

That’s where the need is. There are many programs for younger kids, but there is a dearth of programs for older kids.

We love volunteers in a variety of capacities, from working with the kids to performing administrative tasks! If you’d like to help, please email us at info@evasheroes.org. For the safety of our kids, every volunteer has to pass an extensive background check. After the background check is complete, we will contact you to talk about how to get started.

We welcome teens—we call them our teen buddies. It’s a unique feature of Eva’s Heroes that typically developing teens participate in our programs. The individuals with special needs can model the behavior of their peers, and the typically developing teens learn how to respond to young people with special needs; they develop attributes such as compassion and patience. Everyone benefits.

We can’t wait to hear your great ideas. Contact us at info@evasheroes.org —we’re all ears.