San Antonio is a Compassionate City!
. . . one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. Every Wednesday, Compassionate San Antonio will be publishing a roundup of some of the compassionate acts we’ve spied with our little eyes.
Compassionate Acts in past 14 weeks
Inequality: San Antonio’s Silent Crisis | | Hurricane Harvey’s Unsung San Antonio Heroes | New Northside ISD high school celebrates its namesake | Activista latina se une al equipo del alcalde de San Antonio | Mujer Unveiled: Maribel Valdez Gonzalez ’13 gets a bold opportunity to defend dignity | Colonial Hills Elementary on national list of healthy schools | Generosas donaciones en San Antonio para Puerto Rico | Chalk It Up Makes Art ‘Accessible to All’ | United Way aims to raise $47.5 million this year in Bexar County | Adaptive Bike Program for Children with Physical Challenges Rolls Into SA | S.A. Ronald McDonald House adds $25,000 playground | Name change to LEE a Lame Egalitarian Effort | Will Bexar County Be the First in Texas to Legalize Needle Exchange? | First-of-its-kind girls running club breaks the mold | Latched: Helping Women of Color Meet Breastfeeding Goals | Soldiers’ Angels helping military families affected by Hurricane Harvey | City reconfirms commitment to help struggling monarch butterflies | Bexar County Receives $3 Million To Battle Opioid Epidemic | Tower of Americas turns purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Pups and Planes initiative plays big part of Airport Ambassadors program | New child advocacy center to be beacon of hope for community | Councilwoman Gonzales: Bond, Budget Can Boost Quality of Life in District 5 | S.A. woman weaves life in Kenya to help single moms with Imani Collective | Airport Simulation Gives Wings to People of All Abilitiesread more
Pub Theology attracts diverse following | Looking through an Equity Lens at San Antonio | City leaders approve progressive changes to animal laws | Nueva ordenanza en San Antonio para el cuidado de las mascotas | SA Attorney to Receive Stonewall Award from American Bar Association | Local Puerto Rican community aids devastated homeland | New S.A. dinner club to help women and addicts in the kitchen | Businesses Urged to Help Improve San Antonio’s Air Quality | District Attorney La Hood says ‘cite and release’ program will be good for Bexar County | Cite and release a worthy policy | Local couple uses pain to better lives of caregivers for military families | Peace in the barrio | Refugee Health Clinic | Juvenile Justice Courts Promote Education Over Incarceration | How San Antonio Can Shed Its ‘Unhealthy’ Label and Earn Gold | Group works to reduce crime at convenience stores on the West Side | Abstinence-only does not ‘follow the science’ | Advocates Push for More HPV Vaccinations in Bexar County | 90-90-90 Plan Takes On The Spread Of HIV, AIDS In San Antonio | McCullough Avenue Consortium Organizes to ‘Be Light, Not Blight’ | Education Advocates: When the State Fails, Schools Lean on Community | Third Annual San Antonio Feminist Film Festival | SAISD Plans to Tackle Poverty One School at a Time | Student Doctors ‘Adopt’ SAISD Studentsread more
San Antonians turn out for National Night Out celebrations | San Antonio police to wear pink patches in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month | City councilman speaks out about east side violence | San Antonio Businessmen Prepare Supply Mission to Aid Mexican Earthquake Victims | Bexar County suing opioid industry to combat epidemic | Mission to Chiapas: Quake Relief Trip Sparks Desire to Do More | How the De Novo Foundation helped change one man’s life | East side church hosts prayer, peace walk after rise in shootings | Popovich: No Spurs without community involvement | San Antonio organizations unite for Puerto Rico after hurricaneread more
S.A. can count its blessings as toxic waste flows from D.C. | It’s ethical and right for city to fund legal aid | DACA Recipients ‘Know No Home But Ours’ | Don’t Mess With Dreamers: Young San Antonians Prepare for a Life Without DACA | For equity’s sake, a fair city budget | Mapping San Antonio’s Generosity for Hurricane Relief Efforts | During a ‘virtual tour’ of dementia, nothing seems easy | Get Real, America: Meet Sister Denise | Interfaith ministry gives guidance, shelter to refugees | Brief encounters, lasting scars: One year later, memories of violence remain | Community helping east-side child care center recover from burglary | Texas Public School Districts May Now Store, Not Trash, Leftover Food | One In Seven Texans Struggle To Put Food On The Table | ¿Está al cuidado de un familiar enfermo? Este curso gratuito podría ayudarle | City’s largest neighborhood association shares simple way to fight crime | Hoops for Harvey raises over $5,000 for hurricane victims | The goal: making downtown inclusive | Program aims to reduce child abuse, neglect | Robert E. Lee apartments want to remove Confederate general’s last name from building | Distrito escolar pide ayuda para renombrar preparatoria | After 100 years, House of Neighborly Service continues to aid San Antonio’s poorest neighborhoods | 80+ neighborhood groups working together to take on mailbox thieves | As Nation’s Poverty Rate Declines, San Antonio’s Increases | Autoridades de San Antonio realizan taller de defensa personal para reaccionar ante incidentes violentos | Shifting Conversations About Rape in San Antonio: Support vs. Stigma | BiblioTech continues to grow digital reach in fourth year of operation | What Nicaragua taught me about San Antonio | San Antonio mayor to launch air quality pledge drive for businessesread more
Strait concert at $3.4 million and counting for hurricane relief | Can a community service center save a community? | Harvey Evacuees Receive Physical, Emotional Support in San Antonio | CPS crews head for Florida, will help to restore power for Irma victims | Tim Duncan: Don’t Forget About the Islands | North Star Mall to Host 12th Annual Canstruction® Design and Build Competition | Bexar County boosts spending, cuts tax rate | Creating a Culture of Health for SA’s Latino Children | UIW Med School Delivers Preventive Care to Community |read more
A Safe Haven for Learning – Thoughts on DACA | The inside story of what it took to keep a Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey | Mayor Nirenberg Creates Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund | Mayor’s Relief Fund Part of Big Local Push to Aid Harvey Victims | Stranded Immigrants Find Shelter from Hurricane Harvey | We’re all family and family helps family | San Antonio’s Chow Train Feeds Harvey’s Victims on Texas Gulf Coast | PechaKucha Vol. 27 Shows San Antonio’s Humanity and Heart | Harvey a story of sweeping devastation and small miracles | Catholic schools to offer evacuee families free tuition for 90 days | After Harvey: Displaced Foster Care Children Find Friends in SA | How Those Rescue Videos From Houston Have Changed Us for the Better | Councilman Pelaez outraged after learning cockfighting conference held in San Antonio; seeks animal cruelty registry | City Council looks to fund immigrant legal services | The World’s Ugliest Statue, Right Here on Market Street | Record-Breaking Blanket Fort to Raise Awareness for Autism | Earn A Bike Battles Childhood Obesityread more
Hardberger to Nirenberg: ‘Stay in charge’ | San Antonio Prepares For More Evacuees From Aftereffects Of Harvey | Dozens of SAPD Officers Honored by Dallas PD | Solidarity Vigil at Trinity University | We can see through the darkness | Stand Up San Antonio holds event to end 90-day peace initiative | San Antonio Welcomes Evacuees, Deploys Help for Harvey | San Antonio ‘showing the love’ for Harvey’s victims | S.A. hospitals stepping up to help hundreds of evacuees | Bexar County Coalition Aims To Combat Opioid Epidemic | Compassionate SA: Rallying to Help our Texas Neighbors | Photos from City Council Offices | Local Chefs Take to Harvey-Battered Victoria, Rockport to Cook Up Aid | Tim Duncan, BlackJack Speed Shop pitch in to help Harvey victimsread more
San Fernando holds special Mass for immigrants, calls for end of racism | Exhibition: ‘Darkness Itself Can be Made to Illuminate’ | Announcing the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate | Nirenberg to address housing woes | Checking white church privilege | Temple members and city leaders take stand against hate during candlelight service | Local school district’s new reading program to debut WiFi on school buses | SAISD Adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Non-Discrimination Rules | Meet a Roadrunner: Honors student Shruti Sinkar is raising awareness about homelessness and hunger | Soldier volunteers to help children in need | Helping others makes birthday girl happy | Anti-bullying rally held at City Hall | Building A ‘Bridge’ For Bexar County Kids In Crisis | Million Summer Meals celebrates over 9 million meals | Diversity, participation in focus for Fotoseptiembre | Mowers transform little league park into a field of dreams | SAWS celebrates National Senior Citizens Day by simplifying affordability program |read more
Homeless Children In Texas Prep For New School Year | UIW med students will make house calls in community health project | Proposed $2.7 Billion City Budget First to Use ‘Equity Lens’ | Free program works to reduce maternal mortality rates | University celebrates 20th anniversary of Continuing the Heritage | Going to where the hunger is | S.A. Special Olympics softball team headed to North American Championship | San Antonio Inner City Reinvestment District Approves Funding for ChildSafe Campus, Student Housing Projects | San Antonio’s Confederate Monument Controversy Reflects A Nationwide Debateread more
How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter | Initiative aims to eradicate book deserts in communities | Girl Scout troop creating 300 little free libraries for S.A. anniversary | Dream Fund Partnership to Support Black-Owned Businesses | Paws for Purple Hearts Brings Warrior Canine Therapy to San Antonio | San Antonio officials OK permanent rainbow crosswalk | Teens earn laptops for graduating from digital literacy program | How trauma doctors and nurses saved the lives of smuggling victims | Community Summit Aims To Break The Stigma Of Mental Illness | How to build resilience in midlife | Floresville’s South Texas Heritage Pork raises all-natural pork with compassion | Rey Feo Bestows Scholarships on Students | Holocaust Survivor Rose Sherman Williams On The Horror Of Hate And Power Of Forgiveness | Local leaders push for full-time city wide outreachread more
No, governor, the common good is not socialism | Old School Activism | City Leaders, Law Enforcement, Advocates Clear the Air on Immigrant Rights | City comes together one week following human smuggling tragedy | East Side residents unite against violence | Erika Prosper: From Field Work to First Lady | Video: San Antonio mayor testifies against “bathroom bill,” saying it harms transgender people and the economy | Books Can Put Incarcerated Youth on a Productive Path | Father Carmelo A. Tranchese ministered to poor parishioners on the West Side | What’s Suddenly So Important About Trees| Filtered water bottle filling station at City Hall | HOPE for homeless — offered by cops | Teens mentor children at West Side community center | Refugee students prepare for college at Camp Discover | San Antonio Clubhouse serves as example for Texas cities | Program teaches children to cook — and eat — wellread more
Calls for Compassion and Action at Vigil for Human Trafficking Victims | San Antonio victims deserve our compassion, not condemnation | Muslim 101 met Catholic 101 | Haven For Hope Marks 7 Years Of Homeless Shelter, Services | The future of the West Side rests in small hands | El nuevo alcalde y la primera dama de San Antonio | San Antonio mother breaks $10,000 goal for cancer fundraising | “Block Party” held for low income families | Military social workers volunteer at S.A. charities as part of Army’s mental health pushread more