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Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Pct. 1 Commissioner David Fuentes.
Safe Haven
L-R: Volunteer Frances Dicus and
Founder Angela Ridling.

Commissioners Court awards $75,000 to Safe Haven for Kids

Commissioners Court approved $75,000 in funding for the county's only live-in emergency shelter for abused children.

Although not officially opened, Safe Haven for Kids has been providing services since February, said Founder and Executive Director Angela Ridling.

"Thank you for allowing us to provide services to children in Hidalgo; so far this year there have been 469 children removed from their homes in the county," said Safe Haven for kids Executive Director Angela Ridling.  "Our goal is to expand and build additional cottages to house more children in the near future."

The funding, which comes from unclaimed property monies provided to the county from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, will allow Safe Haven for Kids to officially open its doors in early 2019 and provide a much-needed service in a therapeutic, home-like environment in which children can thrive and be safe from trauma.

"A few months ago when you first introduced yourself to Commissioners Court, we were all in agreement to help this facility open its doors," said Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores.

Child abuse, neglect or abandonment is recognized as a significant problem nationwide. In Hidalgo County, there is an average of 45 children being removed from their homes every month. In fact, of the 254 counties in Texas, Hidalgo County ranks seventh in child abuse cases.

"This is a monumental day for Hidalgo County," said Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu.  "This is the type of shelter services that we have been lacking for abused and neglected children and the first of its kind in the county; it's a tremendous step forward." 

Children are often taken to shelters in San Antonio, Corpus Christi or Laredo, or often spend many nights at CPS offices, Ridling said.  

The Safe Haven shelter is set on 2.5 acres outside the city limits of Alamo.

"Once we're officially open, children will be able to stay up to 60 days, and this will allow CPS to take their time in placing children with the right fit," said Ridling.

"We all recognize the immense amount of spirit and sacrifice you've made to help children in need," said Pct. 1 Commissioner David Fuentes.

An official check presentation will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Safe Haven, located at 1700 N. Alamo Rd. in Alamo.

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Buddy Silva and staff
Honoring Buddy Silva, Jr. (holding resolution) were Judge Mario E. Ramirez, Jr. (to the left of Silva) Commissioners Court (center), and staff from the Juvenile Justice System of Hidalgo County.
Buddy Silva
Israel "Buddy" Silva, Director/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer
Resolution in honor of Israel "Buddy" Silva, Jr. for 40 years of public service to Hidalgo County

Commissioners Court honored Israel “Buddy” Silva, Jr. for 40 years of dedicated public service to the Juvenile Justice System of Hidalgo County and the State of Texas.
With a Master's Degree in Education in the area of Guidance and Counseling, Silva began his Juvenile Justice career with the Hidalgo County Juvenile Probation Department in 1978 serving as a Juvenile Probation Officer and was subsequently promoted to the positions of Intake Supervisor and Assistant Chief.  

In 1983, he was appointed Director/Chief Juvenile Probation Officer by the Hidalgo County Juvenile Board of Judges.

"I'm much honored to be here today, thank you for recognizing my years of efforts towards the county and state," said Silva.  "This job is a challenge, and I'm amazed at how long I've been here as a director."

Judge Mario E. Ramirez, who read the resolution honoring Silva, told the court that although the Juvenile Justice Center and Boot Camp Facility were named after him, it was Silva who was instrumental in the opening of the two facilities.  

"Buddy was directly involved in the planning and oversight of the $1.5 million Post-Secure
Adjudication Juvenile Boot Camp Facility which became operational in 2000 and the $17.5 million Judge Mario E. Ramirez, Jr. Juvenile Justice Center, which became operational in 2007," said Ramirez.

Silva has also been recognized with various state awards and has served on several Boards throughout his career.

"Buddy has accomplished some tremendous much-needed projects for the county," said Ramirez. "It's great to honor someone who made a lot of positive changes in the lives of children and for the community."

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County Clerk

County Clerk's Office relocates departments

Due to the construction of the new Hidalgo County Courthouse, County Clerk Arturo Guajardo, Jr. has moved some of his most heavily visited departments two blocks north of the courthouse proper, allowing for easier access with 30-minute parking at the entrance.

The Official Records & Recording office is now located at 317 N. Closner. There, residents can process property deeds, subdivision plats & assumed name certificates. Vital Statistics, which provides birth and death certificates, marriage licenses and other records, will begin operations at 317 N. Closner on Monday, Dec. 17. 

"Thirty-minute parking is available at the L2 parking," said Hidalgo County Clerk Chief Deputy Annette Muniz. 

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