Nonprofit counseling center River City Advocacy continues to serve New Braunfels residents and is seeking support from the community in its effort to build a larger facility to serve its growing clientele.

According to RCA Outreach and Development Director Tiffany Quiring, the health, economic and social impact of the coronavirus on locals has caused an increased need for affordable mental health care options.

“The coronavirus shutdown has brought about new struggles for our clients, especially financial,” wrote Quiring in an email. “Many [residents] depend on jobs that aren’t considered essential, but RCA is dedicated to seeing clients regardless of their income or ability to pay.”

RCA has plans to construct a new building at 1614 W. San Antonio St. on a plot of land leased from Christus Santa Rosa.

So far, about $750,000 has been raised for the new building with support from the McKenna Foundation and Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.

RCA needs $50,000 more in community donations to break ground, Quiring wrote.

“Unfortunately, our fundraising for the new building has pretty much come to a halt,” Quiring wrote. “Due to the coronovirus shutdown, we are primarily focused on meeting the immediate needs of our clients and consumers.”

Though fundraising events scheduled for May and June are on hold, RCA will host its fourth annual “To Heck with the Blues!” fundraiser on Facebook Live from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 9.

Marc Heymann Music and Brian Mills Music will perform and proceeds from a silent auction will go directly to RCA.

“We depend on grants from foundations and donations from the community to help us provide these affordable services to our clients,” Quiring wrote.

The nonprofit offers sliding scale-based counseling fees with sessions usually ranging from $15-$60 for clients without insurance. RCA is currently conducting telehealth appointments for existing clients.