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 publishes a roundup of the compassionate acts we’ve found. Use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate actions! Follow us on @compassionNET1 to see them on Twitter as we find them.
Compassionate Acts in past 98 weeks
San Antonio Women Share Personal Stories Of Violence In Texas’ Deadliest Large City For Women | How much money has San Antonio’s temporary migrant shelter cost taxpayers so far? | Non-profit opening up new food pantry for San Antonio veterans | Seniors Struggle With Loneliness. This Tech Program Is Trying To Help | Domestic violence town hall laid bare the enormity of San Antonio’s problem | Colleen Bridger: The interim assistant city manager is focused on creating a healthy San Antonio | Newest juvenile judge readies launch of gang court in Bexar County | San Antonio area house fire disrupts Catholic ministry to the deaf | San Antonio innovator invents biometric gun lock that could keep weapons out of children’s hands | 28 children battling cancer, some terminal, get Christmas in July celebration | Professional Cuddler Offers Group Cuddling Therapy | New neighborhood urban farm crops up on San Antonio’s East Side | San Antonio teacher receives national sustainability award | San Antonio park police officer starts boxing gym to deter youth from crime | Spurs’ Lonnie Walker volunteers to get locked in hot car for PETA video showing dangers for dogs |read more
At Boys & Girls Club, some Spurs visits endure | Therapy animals bringing joy to hospital patients | Volunteers from Austin, San Antonio join to repaint, improve West Side homes | Northside ISD food program helps local families, refugee students | Technology gives voice to special needs kids at OLLU | Family works to provide comfort for migrant children traveling through SA | SATX program offers accessible job training for low-income families | San Antonio lawmakers team up to host town hall discussion on domestic violence | Man hopes to donate 400 kiddie pools to San Antonio families this summer | Volunteers harvest crops from San Antonio Food Bank’s Urban Farm | Building a Purpose Inspires Future Generations on San Antonio’s South Side | Affirming the LGBTQI community as children of God | Pride San Antonio sponsors Pride Bigger than Texas Festival and Parade | San Antonio Shows the Love in 16th Pride Festival | Throw a Dart, Make a Friend at Kathy’s Bar | Early Childhood Program Helps Parents Succeed | Back to school project launches to donate supplies to teachers | San Antonio animal rescues seeking homes for special needs pets | National and city leaders come together to fight domestic violence | Local, State Leaders: Culture Shift, Better Organization Needed to Address Domestic Violence |read more
Youth Mural Unveiled At Westside Church Known For Its Service to Homeless | San Antonio Public Library Launches Fine-Free Pilot Program | Poorest among us have so little, yet they give so much | City, organizations help residents cope with rising heat | Local nonprofits hopeful for funding to reimburse resources used to help migrants | New residency program addresses shortage of doctors in San Antonio | San Antonio Recognized as “Dementia Friendly City” | Two local rappers hope to inspire gang members to put down their guns | San Antonio Botanical Garden Offers Reduced Admission to SNAP, WIC Cardholders | New graduates overcoming homelessness, foster care, single parenting | How a free program helps San Antonio seniors stay connected | San Antonio Girl Scout teaches female empowerment to girls in rural India | UTSA creates Tito Bradshaw bicycle repair shop | Protect the peacocks: One northwest-side neighborhood is on a mission | Veterans form prison ministry group | San Antonio Non-Medical Hospice Facility Gives Patients Peace In Final Days | Mayor pledges to address overnight parking problem for homeless living in cars | SA Kids Breathe program to reduce kids’ asthma related hospitalizations, missed school | Erik Walsh Reflects on First 100 Days as City Manager |read more
San Antonio’s matriarch of annual Jimenez dinner left legacy of service | Recognizing Domestic Violence as an Economic Issue Can Save Lives | Local program teaching teen girls in foster care life skills | How handicap friendly is San Antonio? | French speakers needed to volunteer as translators during asylum process | Councilman Roberto Treviño Organizes Soccer Game As Respite for Migrant Children | United Way, Pre-K 4 SA offer to organize business alliance for child care providers | H-E-B to distribute ice today for those impacted by Thursday’s storms | Congolese asylum-seekers given taste of home | Mitchell Lake cleanup draws volunteers from across San Antonio | Art installation aims to raise awareness about gun violence and domestic violence | Foster parents get a break with babysitters | ForEveryoneHome: Cohort Cities Chosen for Inclusive Housing Policy Initiative | University Hospital tapped by state for maternal care program |read more
New center in Northeast San Antonio to boost services for children and adults with autism | San Antonio ISD school wins national recycling competition | San Antonio finds another way to fund air conditioning in public housing | Community event at east-side garden looks to unite neighbors after violent week | SA 5th grader gifts ‘Buddy Bench’ to his elementary school | Spurs Players Help Kids Refurbish Playground at SA Youth Center | Report Shows Women From San Antonio Face More Deathly Violence Than Those In Other Cities | Children’s Hospital collaboration brings the animal world to young San Antonio patients | Nonprofit, AT&T team up to bring bunk beds to children | Woman’s bond with beloved dog inspires her to help thousands | Spurs legend Tim Duncan teams up with the Clintons to expand San Antonio-based program to USVI | San Antonio Had One of the First Summer Camps for Black Girls – Now, It’s Coming Back | Surround Project explores family in ‘Four Places’ | San Antonio state rep plays key role in school-finance breakthrough | Family’s scholarship honors late son with special needs | City seeks fluent French-speaking volunteers to communicate with migrants from Congo |read more
Fifth grader writes award-winning essay about immigration | Monument is first to honor unaccompanied & homeless veterans at Fort Sam Houston | Wagner High School senior awarded David Molak Kindness Scholarship | San Antonio charter school turns farming into a classroom | Alamo Community Group breaks ground on affordable housing project near SAMA | Trump Dumped Thousands of Immigrants in San Antonio. The City’s Response Was a Lesson in Kindness. | San Antonio’s Musical Bridges Wins International Award For Connecting Cultures | Drug treatment facility treating drug addiction with fitness | Local food truck doing more than making great food | New shelter empowering sex trafficking victims who have aged out of other shelters | San Antonio continúa recibiendo a decenas de inmigrantes | San Antonio Sees Improvement In Park Access But Still Ranks Low Among Large Cities | Hoping for interreligious dialogue to become way of life | The domestic violence challenge — change things | At Vets’ Retirement Community, Volunteer Group Pledges ‘No One Will Die Alone’ | Former Roosevelt student-athletes raise $8,000 with their annual golf tournament | Kids with disabilities dancing without limits | Lead-Based Paint Exposure Still Poses Health Risks for Children | Local school districts to offer free meals over the summer | Volunteers Find Connection and Friendship by Visiting with Elders |read more
Walk in Love border tour starts in San Antonio | Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio CHEF program helping local families eat healthier | San Antonio offers asylum seekers a first glimpse into a better life | Portrait of a Turnaround Principal | Reforms undertaken to make crime fighting more just, efficient | City Council approves funds for migrant resource center | City leaders continue funding for taxi program that takes nonemergency patients to hospital | Non-profit offers training on domestic violence situations | HOPE unit helps homeless recover IDs | Elks Help Their Lodge Promote Philanthropy, Combat Declining Membership | Future counselors from UTSA make voices heard at state Capitol | SA Launches ‘Change The Way We Give’ Campaign | San Antonio barber gives free haircuts to homeless community | NuStar Energy’s Charity Golf Tournament Scores Big for Haven For Hope | Local women’s philanthropy group celebrates 20th anniversary |read more
Southside ISD working to keep kids from going hungry this summer | San Antonio–Based Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Named Young People’s Poet Laureate | At a Home of Recovery, Women Celebrate Mother’s Day and Sobriety With Their Children | María Berriozábal, First Latina on Council, Advises OLLU Grads to Understand Selves, Serve Others | Several families reunited following Family Drug Court graduation | Invasive geese set to be euthanized get a reprieve | 1,000 smoke alarms installed on the East Side of San Antonio | Tennis Team Serves Up Community Service | Just One Night Fundraiser for Homeless LGBT Teens Set for May 18 | UTSA professor teaches border history through textbooks and hip-hop | How SAHA is reducing the ‘digital divide’ | Gimme Shelter: San Antonio Takes Its Bus Stops From Sorry to Superb | Financial Literacy Foundation Makes $1M Gift to Texas A&M-San Antonio | Trauma survivors reunite with people who saved their lives at University Hospital | City seeks funding for migrant shelterread more
San Antonio Health Director Gets First City-Funded ACEs Coordinator | Students can’t learn if they can’t read | $2 Million Grant Will Help Double Efforts of Bexar County Children’s Courts | San Antonio Support Group for Food Industry Professionals Expands to Austin | Pastor, Author Max Lucado Talks Sexual Abuse, Empathy in SA Setting | San Antonio Declares May Trauma-Informed Care Awareness Month | San Antonio man living with HIV for 29 years continues to fight for cure | Local hospital cafeteria worker creates bond with passing visitors | Tattoo artist is on a mission: ‘Erase Hate’ | Estudio revela el impacto de la comunidad inmigrante en la economía de San Antonio | Summer Hunger Is A Problem For 200,000 Bexar County Students | Homeless Census Finds More Families in San Antonio Lack Permanent Housing | Andy Sarabia, 79, fought for San Antonio’s forsaken and forgotten | A hero raised in San Antonio helped stop synagogue shooter | Kids on San Antonio’s East Side Play Ball With Cal Ripken Jr. on Their Own Field of Dreams | Creating A Trauma-Informed Bexar County |read more
Homeless men plagued by mental, drug issues get help at transitional home | San Antonio nonprofit receives $1 million to help adults with mental illness | Criminal trespassing charges no longer lead to jail for homeless | New food program brings fruits, vegetables to Southside corner stores | Alamo City event combines sneaker culture with community service | Therapy dog brings joy to Baptist Hospital children and staff | City offers free military-style fitness classes led by veterans | San Antonio school topples record 32,000 dominoes to raise money for sister school in Haiti | Haven for Hope ready to expand jail outreach program | San Antonio Food Bank Requesting Donations for ‘Stamp Out the Hunger’ Campaign | Special Cafe Offers An Oasis For People With Alzheimer’s And Their Caregivers |read more
Sweltering in place | Pediatric patients get makeovers | Michael Cirlos’ Peacock Alley mural shows the extraordinariness of ordinary people | More should be done to protect the city’s cyclists | Trinity University exchange program shows Spanish visitors around San Antonio | Homeless population doubles at Bexar County jail; trespassing top offense | Gender-marker changes help transgender San Antonians reflect who they are, not who they used to be | San Antonio Polo Club to open arena that will teach horse-riding skills to at-risk youth | Piñatas in the Barrio helps artists on West Side of San Antonio | Children with cancer coping with anxiety, trauma through art therapy | USAA shows off sustainability efforts for Earth Day | Hidden Warriors: homeless veteran women in SA | City, Foundations Partner With Cycling Groups to Fund Bike Safety Projects | SA man uses non profit to inspire next generation | Health equity is social justice, UT Health professor says |
City asks its employees to help with migrants at resource center | San Antonio’s visually impaired get the news on Owl Radio | Council Districts By The Numbers | Community joins together to remember crime victims, survivors | San Antonio Prison Wives group empowering women through community | Community Helping Influx of Hundreds of Migrants Daily | Compassion includes working through disagreements | Spotlight Series: Dr. Amanda Salinas | San Antonio swimmer raises $90,000 for Habitat for Humanity home | Profile: Dr. Amelie Ramirez, Salud! America | Chief appraiser talks booms, tax bills and growing up poor | Shining student nominations open for Breakfast of Champions | Teenage parents learn how to keep children safe from abuse, neglect | 2,500 migrants came through San Antonio last week | San Antonio councilman wants baby changing stations required | San Antonio program moves low-skilled workers into middle class |read more