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 108 weeks
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 shelter
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 |
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 |
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 |
Catholic Charities expands to meet “huge” demand | Morgan’s Wonderland, Valero to build ultra-accessible camp | Cardboard Kids campaign kicks off | Alamo Colleges, other San Antonio employers embrace ‘living wage’ | University Hospital honors living organ donors, reunites them with recipients | Young filmmakers showcase their work on behalf of San Antonio nonprofits at BexarFest | San Antonio’s cultural connection with the Spurs goes deep | Community Health Leaders Launch VIVA Healthy Corner Store Pilot | San Antonio’s drug court judge seeks to banish the stigma attached to depression, drug abuse | Mobile STD Clinic Aims to Normalize Testing, Connect People to Resources | Teaching assistant works with young victims of abuse | UTSA students spend spring break helping to rebuild Puerto Rico | San Antonio-area groups come together to help victims of violent crimes | Student group in Randolph ISD tries to save planet by saving water | Tim Duncan Sends Six 40-Foot Trailers Filled With Cleaning And Hygiene Products To Territory For Homeless And Abused | Cyclist’s Death Spurs Advocates’ Call for Bike Infrastructure Improvements | South Texas Merchant Association makes big donation to fund pavilion for HS students | As child abuse cases rise, Baby Court sees success with keeping families together | Local artist wants to interview San Antonioan Muslims | As family violence fatalities in San Antonio increase, women’s advocates take to the streets | Compadre y Compadre teaching men to be fathers | City calls on Eagle Pass bus company to stop overcharging migrants | Holocaust liberator from San Antonio haunted by memories | ACS officers stress importance of humanely tethering pet dogs | San Antonio ISD, University Health System to open middle school clinics | San Antonio Attorney, Activist Describes Search for Warlord Joseph Kony in New Book | SA Youth YouthBuild program builds houses |
SAMMinistries working to end childhood homelessness, break cycle of poverty in San Antonio | BCSO liaison program bridging the gap between law enforcement, community | Big Give 2019 aims to raise money for local nonprofits | Why Manu is so beloved | Casa Mia Keeps Families Together Through Recovery From Opioid Addiction | Local author shares memories of woman fatally shot by SAPD sergeant | Familias migrantes continúan llegan a San Antonio tras ser liberados de centros de detención | Tejano statesman Navarro railed against intolerant Know-Nothings in San Antonio and Texas | Golden Rule to be held up as a shining example | Alternative course work helps NISD high school students live their dream | Baptist Temple Church honored with #compassionateSA Award | Rudy Ruiz Asks Readers To ‘Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes For A Few Pages’ | Commissioners Court Recognizing Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez | Guide dog trainers and their pups come to San Antonio | Spring Siclovia turns streets into “community playtime” | War, peace begin in our homes, have global implications | Church donates $2,000 worth of shoes for ‘Soles4Souls’ campaign | ‘Interwoven’ shines a light on one of San Antonio’s lesser known communities | Migrants Sent To San Antonio Welcomed With Open Arms And Open Hearts | Classic Theatre joins national series of ‘Twelve Angry Men’ readings | Ride for Reading cyclists deliver books on bikes to local elementary schools | City, County Introduce Committee Dedicated to Accurate 2020 Census Count | 92-year-old WWII veteran walks to hospital to volunteer, hand out cookies | City of San Antonio opens resource center for the influx of migrants | Courthouse rally kicks off Child Abuse Awareness Month | City jumps in to help shelter migrants | Spurs to open Sensory Room in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day | GLO trying to thwart Native Americans cemetery at the Alamo | Repair through Relationship | San Antonio teacher helps students through daily meditation | Law student launches workshop for adults with disabilities and their families | Pothole Patrol ready for action | Valero Texas Open’s Growing Charitable Efforts Impact San Antonians |