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 45 weeks
Students benefit from San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo scholarships | Group of MacArthur High students petitioning for change in gun laws | Children’s Path to Academic, Economic Success Begins Before Birth | Mohammed Choudhury: Recognized for Leadership in Expanding School Choice | Clínica ofrece un novedoso tratamiento contra la adicción a fármacos | Houston based group helping San Antonio launch program to keep students safe | Meet the 86 Volunteers Who Will Guide San Antonio’s Climate Plan | Panelists: Small Business, Affordable Housing Can Help Fix SA’s Economic Disparity | Sex trafficking survivor determined to a make difference | House Speaker Joe Straus Honored as ‘International Citizen of Year’ | Boy helps orphans, inspired by father’s journey | VIA gathering San Antonio coders to tackle challenges at codeathon | Applications for Mayor’s LGBTQ Advisory Committee Now Being Accepted | S.A. apartments test dog DNA to catch tenants who don’t scoop | People Who Make SA Great: Traci Brodbeck of the San Antonio Roses | UIW pharmacy school students learn to administer lifesaving, overdose-reversing drug | School safety changes could impact your child’s mental health | San Antonio traffic deaths spiked in 2016 — but dropped in 2017 | Town Hall Draws ‘Climate Champions’ With Aims of Greater Inclusion | Keynote by @Ron_Nirenberg in English y @ErikaProsper en Español @ National #Latino Children’s #Literature Conference | A birthday tradition helps lighten the load for children at RYMA | SA Women’s Day March to Emphasize ‘Positive Social Change’ | Choose. Act. Impact. | Project Helps Doctors Understand Patients’ Life Issues | Texas Power Broker Gomez fights for high-scale development on South Side at Brooks | iFLY creates a memorable day for those with disabilities | Bexar County Moves to Embrace ‘Therapeutic Justice’ | Emma Tenayuca’s work continues to inspire | Haven for Hope’s cattery gets a ‘purr-fect’ facelift | SA Kids to Imagine Their Future City in Interactive DoSeum Exhibition | SAPD Officer from East Side gives back to community | Mills takes ‘high road’ after racist incident in Cleveland | Bexar County Adds LGBT Protections to EEO Policyread more
A&M-San Antonio teaching parents of first-generation students | The Prosthetic Foundation helps those without limbs lead normal lives | Analysis suggests mortgages are less accessible to blacks, Latinos | UIW nursing students screening children for lead | American Heart Association is spreading heart health awareness through “Little Hats, Big Hearts.” | United Way child care scholarship allows parents to continue their education | Officers educate, ticket railroad crossing violators to prevent deaths | SAISD Head Shines Light on Student Challenges in State of District Address | Second Lady Tours Art Therapy Program At San Antonio Children’s Hospital | Nirenberg Leads Delegation to Mexico for Sister Cities Summit | Bexar County child hospitalization rate for asthma surpasses state average | Jefferson High School achieves International Baccalaureate World School status | Latching onto hope at San Antonio’s Baby Café | San Antonio martial arts school offering free year of training to anyone who turns in assault weapon | Program helps underprivileged kids ‘Suit Up’ for life | More than 500 units of blood donated in 48 hours for 7-year-old battling cancer | Volunteers clean up San Antonio streets in citywide Community Service Day | Noh8 | Save the Children: The Case for Early Childhood Education | Tip Top Café continúa su apoyo a The 100 Club of San Antonio | Therapy dog hired at San Antonio dental office | Teen launching first-of-its-kind S.A. pediatric pancreatitis program | Police begin 2-week grace period for outstanding misdemeanor warrants | #BlackPantherChallenge trying to send East San Antonio kids to the movie | Prince Hall Shriners Assist Local Kids | El equipo Rampage y fanáticos honrarEconomic empowerment zone to help military spouses with job searchon a sobrevivientes de cáncer | Florida shooting prompts letter-writing campaign by San Antonio students | Councilman calls on faith-based organizations to tack homeless issues plaguing SA | More ‘Bigs’ needed to mentor ‘Littles’ | East Side neighbors say SAPD drug crackdown yields results | Thousands of potholes repaired last year, officials say | Have courageous conversations in the classroom | San Antonio City Contracts: Where Small Business Made Big Gains in 2017 | Ethics in Action exhibition at the SA Ismaili Jamatkhanaread more
Special-needs children thrive at Kinetic Kids | Why black women are more at risk of death related to childbirth | San Antonio is on pace to fill its affordable housing gap … by 2294 | Caught between a car and a slow pace | Convicts speak to students at O’Connor High School | Experts on loan at the University of the Incarnate Word for Human Library event | Houston honors SA sanitation workers who helped after Harvey | Mennonites select their first African American leader | One of S.A.’s keys to success — ethics | Community holds vigil outside home where 14-year-old was shot and killed | All stressed out and no where to go | Billboards Throughout San Antonio Urge Army To End Use Of Animals In Medic Training | Volunteers wanted for SA Tricentennial community service day | Mario Salas using own history to reach young people | LDS Church provides 17 tons of coats, blankets to Haven for Hope | Volunteers give Salado Wilderness Area a makeover | Neighbors organize plate sale for grieving family of 14-year-old killed in West Side shooting | Meet the Super Chikis, the new super girls from San Antonio | Rodeo:Tacos for tuition | Treatment center unveils newly-remodeled home for women | Salvation Army provides service to seniors | Local leaders hold luncheon to find solutions for child abuse, neglect in Bexar County | Making Knowledge an Open Book with No-Cost Educational Resources | UTSA, San Antonio Express-News to discuss #MeToo movement at Feb. 15 town hall meeting | Mi sueño está en peligro: la estudiante de UTSA Andrea Ramos Fernández | Coming Home: Effectively Ending Veteran Homelessness in San Antonio | Activist’s Charity Birthday Party Marks Eighth Year | Popovich comments on importance of Black History Month: ‘We live in a racist country’ | San Antonio Zoo adopts two elephants | County takes a step forward on finding affordable housing fix | Youth summit embraces urban waters | ‘Skin In The Game’: San Antonio City Council Asks Local Schools How It Can Help Lobby State | Community members block walk on West Side to raise awareness, end violence | Remember the Woolworthread more
New Report Identifies San Antonio’s Most Vulnerable Communities | New San Antonio milk banks to help premature babies across Texas | SAPA helps rescue more than 400 Hurricane Harvey pets | Local high school seniors devote fundraiser to Sutherland Springs church | CPS Energy worker joining Puerto Rico recovery effort: ‘It’s in our blood’ to help | #MeToo sparking dinner table conversations with families | People Person | Smaller SA Arts Groups: Love the Symphony, But What About Us? | Recognizing diversity in community impacts educational opportunities | Rodèo breakfast brings South Side together | USAISR leading the way in ‘Stop the Bleed’ | San Antonio’s Hidden Black History And The Struggle to Tell It | Enfermedades mentales, un factor en la desaparición de personas | Teen dating violence awareness month | Spurs superstars don aprons for Champions Against Hunger fundraiser | The Poverty Pyramid: Who’s Got it Worst in America? | First-Ever NoH8 Photo Shoot Slated for SA | Dr. Ramamurthy receives Bexar County Medical Society’s highest honor | South San Pizza Man spreads hope one slice at a time | San Antonio women fighting to lower Texas’ soaring maternal mortality rate | SAISD Teens help community prepare taxes | Autism Treatment Center Expansion to Boost Services for Growing Community | Lending a hand where it’s needed most: Why one couple left Stone Oak for the East Sideread more
TC Calvert & Mario Salas named as 2018 SA Peace Laureates | District 10 Councilman honored for ensuring equal access to deaf community | Disturbing new human trafficking film features SA case | Life ‘forever changed’ after arm severed during vicious pit bull attack | Jammin’ Jams Fruit & Nut Tree Adoption | Parker keeps alive tradition of unselfish Spurs stars | NCAA Final Four to leave legacy in Alamo City | Private Company Aims To Lift San Antonio Schools, But What Happens After Grant Ends? |CASTtech students design coloring books for children’s hospital | Homeless advocates spend night on streets counting number of those in need | San Antonio mom who lost 16-year-old son to suicide traveling state with story | Leading the way in District 7 | Feds back S.A. whistleblower on VA transplant problems | New program brings battlefield strategies to local trauma centers | By the Numbers | With or Without U.S. Funding, Unesco Celebrates American Cities | Big Brothers, Big Sisters in need of male volunteers | Remains from Auschwitz victim laid to rest in San Antonio | Antonian Prep high school students give back after tragic deaths | S.A. cycling community offers help after teen fatally shot | San Antonio woman finds strength helping other grieving parents | Animal Care Services says it rescued 12,688 animals in SA in 2017 | In San Antonio, How Does Where You Live Affect Your Opportunities? | Sandoval: Public Health, Budget Equity is Critical to SA’s Future | SAPD training to handle mentally ill citizens following two deadly officer-involved shootings | Local organizations work to help victims of human trafficking | Following $25M Gift, UT Health SA Cancer Center Renamed After Mays Family | International Music Festival Bridges Nations Through ‘Universal Language’ | Growing safe, affordable housing | Rotary Global Education Grant will help UTSA senior bring clean water to Africa | Amid political uncertainty, SAC welcomes undocumented students | High Demand For Pre-K 4 SA Continues As San Antonio’s Population Growsread more
People Who Make SA Great: DreamWeek founder Shokare Nakpodia | Meals on Wheels took steps in 2017 to prepare for ice storm | RMYA Centro Seguro drop in center for homeless and sex trafficked children | Univision San Antonio ofrece una línea de atención para resolver dudas sobre DACA | Real Men Wear Gowns: The importance of donating blood | Hispanic babies die at a higher rate in two San Antonio ZIP codes | Bexar County continues to support organization helping grandparents | S.A. rabbi to deliver prayer before Congress | San Antonio steps up to help family cover funeral of teen killed in crash | Like San Pedro Creek, these apartments are being renovated — and its residents are worried | SA 2020 releases 2017 impact report, shows improvements in community goals | UTSA opens new Dreamers Center to meet escalating needs of DACA students | New homes in a new price range | Building A Trauma-Informed Care Network in South Texas | The State of Latino Early Childhood Development: A Research Review | Alamo Heights High School innovates for special ed inclusion | Big Lou’s gives away free pizza with blood donation | Joshua Build project | Locally Owned African American Network to Debut ‘300 Voices’ | USAA offering no-interest payroll advance loans to military members during shutdown | SAPD reaching out to teenagers through new program | Senseless Delay on DACA Decision Harms Students and Schools | Moving On: Why Poverty Means You Move More, and Why That Matters | Cooking the food of the world, right here in S.A. | Non-profit Agency Looking To Solve San Antonio’s West Side ‘Bike Desert’ Problem | Red Cross Honors “Everyday Heroes” | Community stakeholders showed up to open the new Medical Clinic on the Eastside | Rapid transit corridors could transform this community | Maps show how segregated San Antonio-area schools are | Utah LDS delivers 35,000 lbs. of winter coats & blankets to SA | Sports Advocate Opens the Gates for Families to Play at School Parks | New law in action: Extra school food landing in kids’ hands instead of trash | The dangers of divorce and domestic violence | Med Center projects aimed at bikes, pedestriansread more
Announcing Philanthropitch San Antonio Semi-Finalists | People Who Make San Antonio Great: Pastor Shetigho Agbuke | Bexar Co. Sheriff’s Office launches Special Victims Unit | San Antonio’s Bioscience-Medicine Industry Could Help Solve City’s Top Health Problems | Erika Prosper Nirenberg: A Leader in Her Own Right | San Antonio’s generosity, ZIP code by ZIP code | #NotInMyCity | Heidi Search Center closing its doors | Westside Arts Organization Pioneers Latinx Database | NEISD ‘Share Table’ helps fight child hunger | Erika and Shay Forbes-Wilson on Building ‘The Real Power Couples’ | Texas Couple Starts Food Truck for the Homeless: ‘It Makes You Feel Really Good to Give’ | War hero gets his smile back for free | Homeless combat cold with surroundings, blankets as winter weather returns | UTSA music movement calls for ‘Amazing Grace’ to be sung on MLK Day nationwide | S.A. ignores its rule that homeowners pay for sidewalks | Tricentennial is time to remember sacred purpose | Deadly smuggling case changed police policy | Plenty of promise (and work to do) on the East Side | MLK march’s success might just be in San Antonio’s DNA | 300,000 expected to attend local MLK march | The two sides of Martin Luther King, Jr. | Group holds vigil to bless MLK March in San Antonio | 85-year-old woman decorates home for San Antonio’s MLK March | DreamWeek Event Sparks Discussion on Segregation and Poverty in San Antonio | Old Highway 90 Event Celebrates Westside History, But Not Name Change | Full House at CASA volunteer training | Hope for the Homeless | Carlos and all DACA immigrants deserve a chance | When the dust settles on MLK Jr. Drive | Nameless heroes brave the icy weather | Iglesia abre sus puertas a personas que buscan protegerse de las bajas temperaturas | Albergues abiertos para quienes buscan refugiarse del frío | Podcast: Navarra Williams, CEO of SAMMinistries | Salvation Army shelters at maximum capacity during cold blast | MLK Park: God Bless USAA | We Shall Overcome | Ex-Coach Creates Trauma-Informed Program to Reduce Absenteeism in San Antonioread more
Aimee Lopez: Music Creates Compassionate Cities | Pride Center Finds Permanent Home Near Main Avenue Strip | Hit by a drunk driver, Southside teacher gives sixth-graders a lesson | Furniture For A Cause closing after helping SA’s homeless for 14 years | Dozen immigrants rescued from semi trailer on East Side | South Texas begins 2018 with critically low blood supplies | SA nonprofit receives influx of call for help after increase of house fires | The Health Collaborative and Getting Fit in 2018 | San Antonio SAFFE officers training to use Nextdoor app to better connect with community | 7 Civic Challenges for the CivTechSA Residency Program | SA’s Center for Refugee Services in desperate need of supplies | SAPD Reports 6% Decrease in Violent Crime, Fewer Homicides | Daryl Davis: Fulfilling MLK’s Dream by Engaging the Most Hateful | San Antonio kicks off 16-day summit known as ‘DreamWeek’ | SeaWorld San Antonio rescues turtles from frigid waters | Programa para ayudar a artistas inmigrantes en San Antonio | Revival of Dignowity Park sparking change on the East Side | Prejudice, stereotypes take emotional and physical toll | Community Groups Plan DreamWeek Events | Child Care Offered For Students At UTSA Downtown Campus | Texans of the Year | Low-Income Communities Are Struggling to Support Churches | Education, more tickets help ACS make headway on San Antonio’s roaming dog problem | Community members hosts plate sale to help elderly couple who lost home in fire | Cocktail Conference Celebrates 7 Years of Spirits, Charity for Children | Anuncian programa piloto para combatir el abuso infantil en San Antonio | La película “We are stronger”, que habla sobre estrés postraumático, llega a San Antonio | Scouts build gardens over winter break | San Antonio Library announces events for Holocaust remembrance | Reagan HS dancers hold clothing drive for women’s shelter | Meals on Wheels warns of risk of elderly malnourishment | Urban-15 Tells Another Side Of San Antonio Through ‘Hidden Histories’ Film Series | La ‘Dream Week’ busca dar más opciones de salud a la comunidad LGBT de San Antonio | What ‘Smart City’ Means: San Antonio Launches Committee On Innovation, Technology | San Antonio rescue dog inspires with one eye and a semicolon face | Program helps ‘later’ years be fun | DreamWeek event highlights women’s equality | Red Cross installs free smoke alarms for San Antonio residents | Lasting Legacy: DreamWeek Ushers in San Antonio’s 50th MLK Marchread more
Chris Madrid’s serves up burgers, fries for firefighters who battled October blaze | Bexar Not Among 18 Texas Counties Failing to Meet EPA Ozone Standard | Family pleads for sober drivers | They earn bikes for Christmas, and so much more | What we can learn from The Pearl | San Antonio couple finds new purpose in supporting Green Berets and their families | Fighting the urge to segregate San Antonio’s schools | East Side community discusses violence plaguing community | VIA gives riders some much needed shelter | SAISD tops list of large school food programs in Texas | Assistant to council the “sherpa” of the body | Realizan servicio memorial por personas sin hogar fallecidas en 2017 | Ms. Linda, thank you for all you do | Local company donates $30,000 for first responders and families | Express-News Sportsman of the Year: Tim Duncan | San Antonio leads U.S. cities for minority homeownership | 1 tragedy, a million acts of kindness unite community | Reflecting on 2017: What it’s been like to report on San Antonio’s inequality | Report: Bexar County juries don’t like the death penalty | Catholic Charities kicks off 2018 with ‘Celebration of Hope’ | Director of disABILITYsa says it’s environments, not people, that have disabilities | Young ukulele player wowing crowds with her own songs | Organizations work to keep elderly, homeless safe during cold snap | SA family reunited with lost dog after fireworks scared it off | A Look Ahead Into San Antonio’s Tricentennial Year | Our Family Reads: The Mayor’s Book Club | Remember the Alamo? Why some Texans embrace a broader history | Here are a few things your congregation can do to help Seniors and families without heat in their homes | Salvation Army preparing San Antonio homeless community to get through the cold | Salvation Army ofrece ayuda para desamparados ante las bajas temperaturas | SA Zoo closes early to keep animals warm in freezing temperatures | San Antonio Veteran Named Chairwoman Of National VA Advisory Committeeread more
Faith and Discourse Combine in Weekly Beer and Bible Meet-ups | Irreducibly Human | Making a home for children who age out of foster care | South San student pays it forward during holiday season | San Antonio Prioritizes Education, Treatment And Prevention Of AIDS | BCSO sheriff works out with kids to instill healthy habits | Group delivers much-needed holiday cheer to domestic violence survivors | The Texas Woman Bringing Holiday Cheer to Children Who’ve Lost Parents to Guns | Homeless who died remembered | On Failed States and Innovative Cities | Grad Student Gifts San Antonio with “Geography of Poverty” Map | San Antonio’s Muslim-led, free healthcare clinic | Elf Louise’s sleigh ride of yuletide kindness | Voluntarios se preparan para servir a más de 15 mil personas en San Antonio | Make a resolution to sterilize your pet | A pachuco Christmas on the West Side | San Antonio ‘hot cops’ calendar raises money for a good cause | Elves bring affordable Christmas to east side | In a Hungry San Antonio, Thousands Gather for H-E-B Feast of Sharing | Southside ISD kids get tamales, presents and a visit from Santa Claus | Children’s Shelter asks donors to remember teens this year | Economic segregation in San Antonio: how we got here, is it real? | Former gang members nourish the barrio they once harmed | District 5 councilwoman aims to help housing on West Side | Foster mother adopts daughter through Children’s Shelter program | ‘No one here is unimportant’ | Class probes controversial topics through hands-on learning | U.S. Veteran receives small Christmas miracle thanks to other vets | Haven for Hope gives gifts to children of parents in recovery programs | SA family gets Christmas surprise after losing everything in fire | For Mentally Ill, Finding Purpose in Work at a Clubhouse All Their Own | The Christmas Magic of Elf Louise | At long last, Alamo Bowl hits charitable mark | Struggle not a stranger for UTSA’s student regent | El Pollo Loco serves up free Christmas meals for San Antonio homeless | Plumbers save Christmas gatherings every year | Temple spends Christmas giving back to first responders | SAPD officers keep busy surprising families with presents, food on Christmas day | ‘Never Give Up:’ A Holocaust Survivor Shares her Story | Texas Power Brokers: Elf Louise Executive Director Bill Harrison | New year is a great time to give | Christmas elf delivers toys to sick patients at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio | Spurs’ Gregg Popovich: ‘Pretty simple’ why I prioritize charity workread more
Spurs’ Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, visit children’s shelter to spread Christmas cheer | Santa came early with $7 million in gifts for San Antonio area nonprofits | United Way exceeds fundraising goal by more than $1.2 million | USAA employees show off new ideas at Innovation Day | VIA Completes 1,000th New Bus Stop Shelter, More to Come | H-E-B donates over 2.9 million meals to Texas food banks | S.H.A.R.E Center at Palo Alto College helps underprivileged students | Big Bob’s Burgers repaying community with Christmas turkey | ¿Cómo promover la unión familiar en esta época navideña? | Habitat For Humanity closes on last home of 2017 in SA | SAPD Mental Health Detail Honored with ‘Spirit of Health’ Award | 2017 IMPACT magazine shares @Trinity_U scholarship, creative works, and community engagement | People Who Make SA Great: Lobbyist, skier, mountain climber Mona Patel | Her comes ParkerClaus! | San Antonio congregation delivers early holiday gifts to Sutherland Springs | Catholics, Jews celebrate Hanukkah in San Antonio | Councilwoman hopes ‘vision zero’ program reduces pedestrian deaths | Este libro infantil busca combatir el acoso escolar | San Antonio Rent Prices Low, But Demand Outpacing Supply | Bubble Bath Carwash donates grand opening proceeds to Haven for Hope | Commencement Spotlight: May Mzayek is shedding light on the refugee crisis | Higher Education Council of San Antonio: Hate speech is not free speech | Nirenberg benches housing incentives policy, for now | Convoy of Hope | Reagan Rattlers donate toys to SAPD Blue Santa | SAReads Semester-in-Review | UTSA students make video games for injured veterans | Airmen donate 3,000+ toys to west side church | Kansas police hope to change perception of pit bulls with new drug detective | Bexar County programs bring Christmas early for kids | San Antonio’s First Lady talks about sexual harassment | S.A.’s diversity on display for Tricentennial | Offer people with disabilities some humanity | Santa’s Firefighters Toy Drive brings smiles to San Antonio children | SA Food Bank, Bank of America give away 200 holiday meals | Drugs, death, redemption — and a guilt that will never die | How you can join the Spurs in the fight against hunger | North-side church serving up holiday cheer for kids in CPS | Tamales for a Cause | Thousands of kids get Christmas presents in Southside toy giveaway | Woman spends year collecting Christmas presents for kids in need | Finding new life after limb loss | Nonprofits and residents seek ways to improve city’s vulnerable ZIP codes | Saving the world, 12 kids at a time | Homeless children tell Santa where to leave gifts | Buying power: When selling is giving in the holiday season | San Antonio’s cultural mash-up this time of year can entertain and educate | Northside ISD school makes sure every student eats during the holidays | Valero’s $3 million gift to SA Zoo will help fund field trips for underprivileged schools | Chanukah message shared with all faiths | Is This the End of Low-Income Housing Along San Pedro Creek? | Women United awards child care scholarships | Ruth McClendon, former state representative, dies at age 74 | Clothing & bedding top Christmas wish list for kids in shelter | Noticias Univision sorprende a pequeños con sorpresas navideñas | Preparan más de 3,000 comidas navideñas para personas de la tercera edad | ‘Super Chikis’ Aim To Help San Antonio Girls Discover Their Superhero Powers | SAISD, Alamo Colleges partnership working for students | Haven for Hope helps mom of six start over in new home | Reporte: las ciudades más amigables de Estados Unidos | Woman helping Sutherland Springs survivors will ‘Share the Joy’ during difficult holidaysread more
A Place to Play, on Wheels or Feet | The Mom Of This Sikh Professor Had The Purest Troll After Finding Racist Threats To Her Son | Boys & Girls Club sees higher number of members at East Side branch | Animal Care Services will have ZERO tolerance for weather-related violations | Margaret Mary Healy-Murphy opened school to education children of slaves | Wintry weather does little to cool San Antonio climate kickoff | Discover the city’s hidden wildlife shelter | Bunker Labs’ Mission: Turning Veterans into Entrepreneurs | ‘¡Feliz Tamalidad!’ | La Sociedad de Conservación de SA apoya la educación con “Heritage Education Tours” [The SA Conservation Society supports education with “Heritage Education Tours”] | Hot deals on cold dogs: ACS hosting winter adoption special | District 10 task force takes initiative to fight homeless problem in area | Local students assemble donated bikes, get to keep them as presents | Superstar volunteers shine at awards ceremony honoring east-side community | Mayor’s “Housing Task Force” discusses issues in San Antonio | Spirit of San Antonio runs through Carmen Tafolla’s poetry like a river | Bells continue to ring and raise money for the Salvation Army | Texas Power Broker Najim works to give his money away | Local non-profit gives Christmas decorations to Hurricane Harvey victims in Aransas Pass | Threads of Loveread more