"Amistad” means friendship in the tradition of the good Samaritan. Since 1976, Amistad has been a social service organization that provides ‘wrap-around’ services to a wide spectrum of persons in need to include: persons with disabilities, low-income, elderly, incapacitated, Veterans and homeless. Now carried proudly in the hands of employees, these services bring care with compassion to those who might otherwise be neglected from meeting their needs, and ultimately empowering them to stand on their own. Our Mission is to advocate, connect, and deliver exceptional social services to communities, ensuring a dignified and meaningful life for all.

Causes: Disability Services, Senior Services, Veterans

Throughout the years, Amistad has seen many changes, faced challenges, experienced growth, but most importantly, has positively impacted the lives of thousands of people. What began as a project by Mrs. Lucy G. Acosta to provide transportation to elderly residents and persons with disabilities, has grown into a multifaceted organization serving El Paso and Far West Texas.

Today, Mrs. Acosta’s legacy lives on thanks to the support of staff and management, the Board of Directors, corporate sponsors, community partners, donors, and volunteers. Although the pandemic has brought on challenges, it has also brought more opportunities, expanding our reach to the people we serve. The difficulties of the past 12 months led us to “RHISE” to the occasion, basing every action on Amistad’s core values of Respect, Honesty, Integrity, Service, and Excellence, and with these principles we overcame our obstacles, and wholeheartedly continued to serve our beloved community.

This fiscal year, Amistad has served 30,000 individuals in need. With the help of generous donations from community partners, we have created a one stop shop for the elderly, persons with disabilities, Veterans, and persons at risk. Our team has guided clients during their darkest moments, ensuring they achieve a quality of life they can be proud of. When you give to Amistad, know you are giving to programs that provide 24/7 service to homeless individuals. You’re providing mental health services to Veterans living with PTSD. You are granting us the privilege of serving the disenfranchised in El Paso.

This El Paso Giving Day, support Amistad to ensure we continue to provide essential services for our community, for you and your loved ones.

Help us continue our Vision and Mission by donating today!

Guardianship clients at our 2023 Summer Bash
This year, with the help of local sponsors, we hosted over 200 clients for our annual Summer Bash.
Guardianship clients at our 2023 Summer Bash
Peer Support Specialists ready to mentor students with intellectual disabilities.
Our team attends over 300 events a year to educate the community on our various programs.
This year we collected over 1,000 food items for homeless Veterans.
Amistad uses the Client Health and Welfare Fund to purchase essential hygiene items such as wipes, adult diapers, shampoo, and body wash for our clients.
This year, our drivers performed over 20,000 trips and traveled over 900,000 miles.
Amistad is the only 24/7 Homeless Street Outreach Team in El Paso. This year, we've assisted over 300  homeless individuals within our community.