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Meet Our Staff

Ruben Garza

Executive Director

Mr. Garza has been Executive Director for over 28 years.  During his tenure Southside has grown, and now has a retirement center.  The center provides affordable housing for seniors, and services such as a free meal once a week, van service to doctors, and grocery stores. He was also instrument in building over 267 more units of affordable housing. He oversees the Transitional Shelter, affordable housing endeavors, Thrift Store and operation for Southside Community Center, and the Youth Service Program which provides after school activities for young students who need help.

Andrew Alejos

Executive Assistant

Andrew is a current student studying business at Texas State University. Andy works to keep Southside Community Centers finances looking sharp and helps contribute towards the overall success of all of our programs.

Deborah Villalpando

Assistant Project Director
512-392-6694 ext 30

Deborah oversees Sunrise Village as well as Autumn Springs in Smithville. Deborah works to keep both communities maintained and running smoothly.

Victoria Nunez


Victoria Nunez is responsible for accepting and reviewing all applications for specific assistance before submitting them to our Executive Director. She is also responsible for answering all calls and directing them to the correct staff member to ensure that the greatest customer service is provided. When you call Southside, ask for Victoria and she will make sure you are taken care of.

Jessica Telebelsarfi

Shelter Manager

She works to keep the shelter running efficiently. She is passionate about helping those in need. Please contact her if you have any questions.

Laurda Valencia

Shelter Cook

Laurda preps and prepares hot meals daily. She also coordinates and oversees volunteers throughout the week.