Aldo Gardea

Phone: 512-278-4668


Degrees and Certifications:

Aldo Gardea

 Natalie Burk



Degrees and Certifications:

Natalie Burk

  • The mission of Communities in Schools (CIS) in Texas is to surrond students with a community of support, empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. The CIS model is designed to keep students persisting in education and ultimately graduate from high school. CIS partners with educators, students, and parents to identify needs of students who are At-Risk of dropping out of school. Once the needs are identified, CIS customizes supports for students and families and provides individual case management services, engaging the community as part of this process. CIS monitors student level data and tracks education outcomes for those students served. CIS in Texas has six components: 

    Heath and human services - including mental health and basic needs

    Supportive guidance and counseling - both individual and goup, and crisis response

    Parental and family engagement - including home visits and consultation

    Academic enhancement and support - including tutoring and extended learning time

    College and career awareness - including preparation and transition

    Enrichment activities - including mentoring and school engagement activities


    For additonal information please click here:

  • Internet Access

    Posted by Natalie Burk on 9/9/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The following resources were updated 9/1/20. 


    Families on Public Assistance

    Low cost internet for low-income families that qualify for public assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program, housing assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI, and others.


    Internet First

    No contract, no installation fees, no credit check


    Spectrum Internet Assist

    Deeply discounted wifi for new subscribers


    Comcast Internet Essentials

    Apply on mobile, istant approval, available to new customers and current customers who owe money to Comcast



    Families with K-12 and college students


    Charter Communications

    Free Spectrum Broadband for the first 60 days for new customers. Call for info and eligibility:




    Free Hotspots


    Spectrum Wifi

    Free wifi hotspots with downloaded app

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  • Utilities Assistance

    Posted by Natalie Burk on 9/7/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The following resources were updated 8/31/20.


    City of Austin Utility Customers

    Families and individuals may be eligible for utility discounts that include waivers from electric and water customer charges, and discounts on electrical and water volume usage charges. Check your eligibility here:

    Customer Assistance Programs (CAP):

    Fiancial Support Plus 1:

    Find more information and the application here:



    Residents of Travis County

    For county-sponsored help with utilities and rent, residents can apply for services at any of the 7 Community Centers in Travis County (including Manor Community Center 600 W. Carrie Manor St. Manor, Texas, 78653)

    For information about eligibility:

    To apply for assistance in Manor:



    Neighborhood Centers

    Call 3-11 for the most up-to-date hours of service for each specific Neighborhood Center.  


    Backland Neighborhood Center

    2005 Salina Street Austin, Texas 78722

    Monday-Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm


    East Austin Neighborhood Center

    211 Comal Street Austin, Texas 78702

    Monday-Thursday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm. Friday 8:00am-12:00pm


    Montopolis Neighborhood Center

    1416 Montopolis Drive Austin, Texas 78741

    Monday 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-6:00pm

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  • Free Covid-19 Testing

    Posted by Natalie Burk on 9/4/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The resources below were updated 8/31/20

    Free Testing Sites

    The following sites are open 6:30am-1:30pm (or until capacity is reached)

    • Monday- Barbara Jordan Elementary, 6711 Johnny Morris Rd, Austin, TX 78724

    • Tuesday -  Hornsby Dunlap Elementary 13901 FM 969, Austin, TX 78724

    • Wednesday – Manor Senior High, 14832 FM 973, Manor, TX 78653

    • Thursday – Southeast Metro Park, 4511 Highway 71 E, Del Valle, TX 78617 (last day of operation is 8/27-services will move to Burleson Road Testing Site)

    • Friday - Barbara Jordan Elementary, 6711 Johnny Morris Rd, Austin, TX 78724


    Sites focusing on patients WITHOUT health insurance 

    • Monday-Saturday 6:30am-1:30pm- Hancock Clinic Parking Lot-1000 E 41st, Austin, TX

    • Monday-Friday 8am-5pm-Burleson Road Testing Site-7019 Burleson Road, bldg., 1, Austin, TX 


    If you are sick...

    Stay home and call the COVID-19 Hotline (512) 978-8775 and a care team member will review your symptoms and determine if further face-to-face medical evaluation is needed. If medical evaluation is needed, the care team member will refer you to a site for further evaluation and/or testing

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  • Applying for Public Benefits

    Posted by Natalie Burk on 9/3/2020 9:00:00 AM

    Central Texas Food Bank

    Will designate a person (English and Spanish-speaking) to help clients determine eligibility and apply for the following programs. Call Central Texas Food Bank at 512-684-2550 or toll-free 855-684-2550 or schedule an appointment online:

      • SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program / food stamps)
      • Children's Medicaid
      • CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program)
      • CHIP Perinatal Program
      • TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)
      • Healthy Texas Women Program (family planning and health screenings)



    Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

    For children who receive SNAP benefits or are certified for free and reduced lunch. See full eligibility here:

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  • Food Banks and Free Goods

    Posted by Natalie Burk on 9/1/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The following resources were updated as of 8/31/20


    Eternal Faith Baptist Church

     12720 FM973, Manor, TX 78653

    Food Pantry

    Second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9:00am-11:00am



    Covenant Cares Ministry

    4410 Duval Rd.

    Austin, TX 78727

    Food Bank

    Wednesdays at 4:30pm. Doors open at 4:00pm

    Free Store

    Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00pm



    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council

    901 W. Braker Lane
    AustinTX 78758

    Food Pantry

    Saturdays 9:00am-12:00pm



    Bethany Christian Church Food Pantry

    3507 E. 12th St., Austin, TX 78721

    Food Pantry

    Second Wednesday of month from 10:00am-12:00pm

    Fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-8:00pm



    South Austin Church of Nazarene

    6711 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

    Food Pantry

    Tuesdays from 9:30am-11:30am (drive thru only)



    El Buen Samaritano

    7000 Woodhue Drive, Austin, TX 78745

    Food Pantry

    Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-10:00am (no documentation required)

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  • Welcome back MSHS!

    Posted by Philip Goetz on 8/24/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Mr. Aldo and Ms. Natalie would like to welcome our new and returning CIS students and families to the 2020-2021 school year!

    Though this year looks different than any other in history, CIS will be here to serve and support our MSHS students, families, and faculty. 

    CIS is currently focusing on providing our students and families with what they need to successfully participate in remote learning. This blog will be dedicated to providing basic needs resources and information to any one who may need it. It will also be updated on CIS services that are available to all MSHS students and families. 

    If you have questions or are interested in receiving CIS services, please reach out to Mr. Aldo or Ms. Natalie by email or phone. 

    Welcome Back


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