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 91 weeks
Software developer, educator, millionaire…and missionary to the poor | This Year, the Briscoe’s Pony Express Will Make a Stop at Brooke Army Medical Center | Charlotte Kelly Bryant praised for her service to the community | Monte Vista estate serves as recovery house for pregnant women, mothers addicted to opioids | New Foster Program Helps At-Risk Youth in Texas | Texas Singer-Songwriter Battles Veteran Suicide With ‘Project Hemingway’ | Basura Bash tackles trash along San Antonio waterways | Group makes blankets for local kids in crisis | University of Texas at San Antonio shoring up sex assault prevention | App, Community Buy-In Can Help Decrease Litter in San Antonio | Former patient helps others by forming team for Methodist’s Red Dress Fun Run | City to Provide ‘Disconnected Youth’ With Opportunity Pipeline at New Center | DA’s office adding staff to deal with rise in domestic violence cases | Unaccompanied no more: veteran’s death highlights critical action families should take | KLRN Creates 21st Century Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for SA’s Youngest Students | Giving voice to those abused by priests and pastors | Local Latina entrepreneurs help others thrive through workshop | Pilot Program Will Work with Corner Stores to Bring Fresh Produce to San Antonio’s South Side | Craft Brewing Effort to Aid Wildfire Victims a Mash of Resiliency, Grit, Grist | Travis Park UMC holds solidarity walk ahead of gay marriage vote | Baby Season for Wildlife | ‘Jeans for Teens’ drive at JBSA-Randolph helps homeless youth | Price Elementary students learn growing techniques to conquer hunger | NISD teachers, staff getting trained to help kids who have experienced trauma | Esta mujer hispana no solo ayuda a las víctimas de violencia doméstica, sino que también ayuda a los agresores a cambiar | Scooters, e-bikes create obstacle courses out of city sidewalks for those with disabilities | Hemisfair Guides Aim to Help Special-Needs Families Enjoy Yanaguana Garden More | Alpha Tau Omega keeps black history alive in young students | Nirenberg, LGBTQ+ Committee Talk Inclusion, Homelessness, Safety | Woman survives traumatic crash thanks to new resource on SAFD EMS units | School rock garden helps bring community together | Bexar County Autistic Adults Struggle To Access The Services They Need | COPS Metro Urges Mayor to Ramp Up Implementation of Affordable Housing Policy | Grub out for a cause during San Antonio Burger Week | San Antonio Activist Invites Everyone to Her 9th Annual Birthday Party Fundraiser |read more
UT Health’s Sanchez-Reilly Views End-of-Life Care as a Mission, Not a Profession | Family of geese saved along I-10 during morning commute | Second chance at hope: Prison retreat offers inmates faith, redemption | South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Rolls Out New Bloodmobile | Hilton Palacio del Rio first hotel in S.A. to provide on-site health clinic | K9s for Warriors expanding in San Antonio with rescue dogs | A Cry For Baby Cuddlers In San Antonio As Opioid Crisis Deepens | Hospital babies sport little hats made by big hearts | Flamingos flocking to local lawns… all for a good cause | Family violence cases getting attention they need | Taste buds satisfied and playground funds raised | Group helps homeless with coats and food | San Antonio nonprofit organization providing free help to women | Kids with special needs learning the rhythm of therapy |read more
San Antonio medical students offer hands-on lessons to high schoolers | Local foster care system undergoing overhaul to better serve kids | City Awards $500K to Future Dental Program at Palo Alto College | SA advocate for victims of priest sex abuse anxiously awaits list of accused offenders | Growing up Mexican, but not learning to speak Spanish | San Antonio Climate Ready: City Releases Draft Of Ambitious Plan | Measuring Up: Why It’s Time for San Antonio to Get Over Its Longstanding Inferiority Complex | La Puerta, a safe place for sex trafficking victims to heal, is ready to open in San Antonio | From Med School to the Streets: UIW Students Take Care Directly to Homeless | From Quantico to Cookies: Major General Angie Salinas | Big Ideas Changing San Antonio | Nirenberg Supports Mobile Shower Truck for Homeless but Wants Sustainable Plan | Medio Elementary School dedicates ‘Jump Rope For Heart’ to one of their own | Students take field trip to dentist office | Trinity kicks off 150th anniversary by giving back to San Antonio | UTSA continues long tradition of inclusivity with announcement of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies department | Why affordable housing and transit matter here | What could Austin learn from San Antonio’s homeless shelter model? | Out with the junk, in with the greens: SA company focusing on employee health with fresh food-stocked vending machines | San Antonio ISD bus driver gets students excited about reading | Iniciativa busca enseñar a los estudiantes oportunidades de trabajo en San Antonio | Caridades Católicas se prepara ante llegada de caravana |read more
MacArthur students get hands-on experience with Habitat for Humanity | ‘Youth of the Year’ competition highlights outstanding youth of San Antonio | Rapid Relief Team dishes out free meals for furloughed federal TSA employees | Humane Society offering free bag of pet food for furloughed federal workers | San Antonio Schools Offer Temp Jobs To Furloughed Workers | San Antonio’s Girl Up members help children of unpaid TSA workers | A cheerful spirit, a CEO looking to lend a helping hand and an achiever of goals | Local nonprofit to help with Catholic school tuition as government shutdown continues | Volunteers help count homeless population in Bexar County | SA church gives $75,000 worth of gift cards to federal airport workers | Bexar County Program Helps People With Disabilities Interact With First Responders | Bexar County CASA volunteers officially swear-in | SA Agencies Join Forces to Assist Federal Workers, Despite End of Shutdown | ‘Brothers in Arms’ program saving lives in SA | It’s Our Moment: Leadership Institute Empowers Latinas to Break Barriers | Spirit of Sound Fills Family Deaf Church | United Way has rethought how it gives its help | Pets getting food help, too | 311SA recognized as one of the most innovative Smart City projects worldwide | One in three households in San Antonio struggle to afford necessities | San Antonio airport offers high-tech help for blind travelers | New Shelter for Youth Sex Trafficking Survivors Opening | Human Trafficking: An International Crisis In Our Backyard | San Antonio’s Water System Taps the Wisdom of Young City Residents | Woman spends two decades volunteering at hospital |read more
GoFundMe Warns About Fake Fundraisers for Baby King Jay Davila | San Antonio area program hitches health, nutrition to Bible study | In Shutdown’s Fourth Week, USAA Donates $15 Million to Aid Coast Guard | Texas nonprofit steps up to help federal workers | Local food banks giving away care packages to government workers impacted by shutdown | San Antonio dads launch program teaching young girls life lessons through softball | An advocate and coach for the special needs community | Morgan’s Wonderland creará atracción para los pacientes de Alzheimer | Animal Care Services and K9s For Warrior to Open Training Facility | City Council Adopts New Principles for Public Participation | Tim Duncan spotted handing out food on San Antonio’s west side | Local businesses offer discounts, freebies to federal employees during government shutdown | What Can The Holocaust Teach Us About Resistance? | Working at SA Lighthouse for the Blind: ‘I Never Thought I’d Be Able To Do Something Like This’ | Bike San Antonio pushing for protected bike lanes, physical barriers | San Antonio tuxedo rental worker helps grandfather dying of cancer | Niña “milagrosa” salva vidas incluso después de la muerte | What San Antonio’s $1 million displacement policy would address, not address | Joint Base-SA volunteer celebrates 30 years of service | San Antonio’s 2019 peace laureates named | San Antonio church builds “transition homes” to help the homeless | MLK March a Reminder that Diversity Strengthens San Antonio’s Community | Sikhs In US Offered Free Food To Thousands Of Workers Affected By Government Shutdown | Commanders lend hand to Operation Homefront | SA places of worship, community members house homeless during cold | Scooters and the homeless — some parallels to think about | Speakers encourage community, faith leading up to MLK March | UT Health Helping Doctors in Underserved Areas Provide Specialty-Level Care | To Fulfill King’s Dream, Living ‘Together in Community’ Is Crucial | ‘The Miracle Factory’ helps special needs students excel beyond high school | Hundreds of thousands march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | San Antonio Spurs give an assist to beat hunger at Champions Against Hunger Dinner | San Antonio On Track for Most 2020 Community Goals, But Transportation Issues Worsen | San Antonio radio host performs at hospitals, classrooms off the air | VIA offering free unlimited rides to Alamo Colleges students, faculty and staff | Las familias de la organización 100 Club, que ayuda a los niños de policías y bomberos caídos, reciben una gran donación | Cellist From Baghdad Brings Music Message To San Antonio | Adaptations giving wounded veterans freedom in their own home | San Antonio’s Fuerza Unida celebrates 29 years of fighting back, empowering the voiceless |read more
San Antonio Chefs Cooking Up Diverse Array of Cuisines for Taste the Dream Gala Benefiting East Side | El programa escolar ofrecería ayuda a los niños que enfrentan el trauma de ver a sus padres arrestados | San Antonio military veterans learn songwriting, make connections at Soldier Songs and Voices workshop | City of San Antonio Selected for National Housing Award | San Antonio’s Sikh community feeds federal agents during government shutdown | San Antonio Receives Bloomberg Staffers, Support for Climate Initiatives | San Antonio students join others from Texas and Mexico to debate drones, sex trafficking and other issues at Model United Nations | Bees | Son’s Passing Inspires Life of Giving for Richmond Family | GOOD WORKS SA: He dreams big for cultural inclusivity in SA | Artpace brings protest banner show ‘Word on the Street’ to San Antonio | Alamo Colleges Developing Free Tuition Program for All Bexar County HS Grads | Alamo City Opera Stages As One, a Transgender Story Of Unity and Difference | Bakery Lorraine offering free coffee, pastry to government employees during shutdown | Local non-profit offer services in wake of King Jay Davila’s death | Crimen violento decrece en san antonio | Councilwoman Sandoval’s Push for More Transparent, Thoughtful Public Engagement | Tennis empowers individuals with Down syndrome | Army medic transforms shelter dogs into international competitors | Texas Diaper Bank offering assistance to government employees affected by shutdown | Catholic Charities helping families affected by government shutdown, asking for donations | San Antonio’s 2M Smokehouse offering free pulled pork tacos to employees furloughed by the government shutdown | Teams of counselors respond to Harlan, Clark High Schools after student deaths |read more
As Kawhi returns, fans have a choice | Why blood donors are needed after the holidays | Thankfully, you can still use the bathrooms at San Antonio’s missions, despite federal shutdown | Battle with cancer leads local man and family to help children eat healthier | What I learned teaching Islamic studies in Texas | Boerne startup Grain4Grain turns beer byproduct into flour, pancake mix | Spurs team up with Ashley Home Store to donate mattresses to underprivileged children | Battered women’s shelter building pet facility | Needy East Side church shares what bounty it has with San Antonio’s homeless and poor | Future in San Antonio? Julián Castro wants to make that case. | Volunteers make dozens of blankets for shelter pets at San Antonio Animal Care Services | What’s Up South Texas!: Man teaches life skills to youth through customized bikes | Bexar County sheriff hires psychologist to tackle ‘pervasive issue’ of deputy misconduct | How San Antonio educators are bridging cultural gaps to involve parents | Carol Burnett’s childhood house now home to west side nonprofit | Casa Mia, a safe haven in San Antonio for mothers recovering from opioid addiction, opens its doors | San Antonian gives meaning to gaming at local children’s hospital | North East ISD school opens Social Emotional Learning Lab | Reviving Guadalupe Plaza a matter of dignity, community | San Antonio police will let schools know about students who witness trauma |read more
Mr. and Mrs. G’s Serves Up Soul Food in San Antonio | Man offers free hugs to strangers | Doing jail time while learning how to be a nurturing father | St. Jude’s Ranch For Children Texas gets surprise visitor | San Antonio Author Rudy Ruiz Seeks to Build Bridges, Not Walls, Through Fiction | At Methodist Children’s Hospital, dogs bring comfort through ‘power of the paw’ | Taking the reins to help troubled young people | San Antonio photographer Michael Nye explores blindness in book, Witte Museum exhibit |read more
Nonprofit helps West Side teens and their families | Salvation Army San Antonio making Christmas wishes come true | Bexar County Sheriff delivers presents to children dialysis patients | Northside ISD spreads holiday cheer with gift-giving program | CASA entregará juguetes a decenas de niños víctimas de abuso | Therapy dog spreads holiday cheer, brings gifts to Children’s Shelter | Airport ambassadors’ help ease holiday travel headaches for SA passengers | The true spirit of Christmas, 50 years on | Poetry readers were in the mood for ‘Kindness’ in 2018 | Treviño Seeks a Mobile Shower Truck for San Antonio’s Homeless Population | H-E-B prepares for 26th annual Feast of Sharing dinner | Chow Train halts Tuesday night meals after 13 years | Bearing gifts, Edgewood police emphasize the ‘peace’ in peace officer | ‘Fake News,’ Donald Trump ‘MAGA’ Sign Placed Outside Texas Holocaust Memorial Museum | SA cancer survivor gifts blankets to patients going through chemo | Vigil Honors Deceased Homeless People | Christy’s Hope gifts $500,000 to Battered Women’s and Children’s Shelter | Mounds of garbage, but no cleanup plan | Church holds free toy giveaway for families in need | Activists Head to Tornillo for Christmas | Community rebuilds West Side home destroyed by fire | Local advocates remember 7-yr-old migrant who died in custody, call for change Christmas came early for some San Antonio kids | | Feast of Sharing serves up Christmas cheer | Power broker: J. Antonio Fernandez, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio | Francisco Cigarroa’s Efforts to Expand Education for Students, Medical Professionals a Game Changer for Texas | Guide Dogs of Texas help connect the blind to fuller lives | A Dilley delivery for Christmas | Deserving families surprised on Christmas Eve at San Antonio Zoo | Christmas comes a day early for homeless in east San Antonio | San Antonio girl goes from making wishes to granting them for other hospitalized kids | Medical Outreach Program a Lightly Treaded Pathway to the Streets | The Chow Train rolls out after final Tuesday meal | Haven For Hope feeds 500 hot meals on Christmas | SAC Mortuary Science Students Focus on Helping Families Amid Grief | Children lifting burden for homeless families this holiday | North Central Baptist Hospital helping families with children in NICU |read more
San Antonio’s United Way Campaign Exceeds 2018 Goal by $5M | Going Global: Raba Kistner, Engineer of SA’s Most Transformative Projects, Bought by Aussie Firm | Delicious Tamales offering flavor and second chances | A one-man initiative putting a dent in homelessness | Thousands of autistic adults in Bexar County go without services | Baptist Health Foundation Continues Grant Legacy, Gives $7.2M to Area Nonprofits | UIW holds vigil calling for end to gun violence | Taking the fear out of veterinarian visits for pets | More San Antonio ISD grads getting to elite colleges — but that’s the easy part | City of SA delivers toys to Toys for Tots program | Más de 11,000 niños de San Antonio recibirán un regalo de Navidad gracias a ‘Toys for Tots’ | Empathy Is Essential To Effective Discipline | Police officers to host signing Santa event for deaf children | Santa program brings gifts, joy to lonely senior citizens | Local non-profit to host massive toy giveaway Saturday | Migrant Caravan a Lesson in ‘Loving Our Neighbors as Ourselves’ | San Antonio Youth Ballet performance of holiday Nutcracker benefits kids in need | San Antonio nonprofit and church host Christmas party for refugee children | San Antonio couple raises $1,500 for homeless man selling newspapers on corner | San Antonio Firefighters Deliver Gifts to 4,000 Children | Bexar County Sheriffs Spread Holiday Joy to Children of the Incarcerated | Head of San Antonio nonprofit protects asylum-seekers crossing the U.S.-Mexico border | Families of murder victims come together for ‘homicide remembrance event’ | THA1 Media Kicks Off #CandyCaneGiveBack | The Gift of Volunteering | Hundreds line up for Christmas giveaway on East Side | Paraplegic vet raises awareness for disabled vets through gaming | Volunteer Carolers Bring Holiday Peace and Joy to Bexar County Inmates | Archbishop celebrates Mass at Bexar County Jail | Eva’s Heroes will be onstage for Alamo City Dance’s sensory-friendly ‘Nutcracker’ | After 13 Years of Feeding San Antonio’s Homeless, The Chow Train Ends Its Weekly Dinners | Group sews special caps for children spending holidays in the hospital | Alamo Kiwanis Club donates adaptive tricycles to children with special needs | 12-Year-Old Runs Nonprofit to Treat Police Officers | Post-prison, women find a faith-based haven at Grace House | Prayers answered: Teen gets new smile for Christmas | Haven for Hope brings outreach program to homeless people beyond city limits | “Winter Whataland” Host Children From St. PJ’s, Children’s Shelter of San Antonioread more
6 things a Texas pastor learned from traveling with a group of migrants | Anti-bullying teen advocate at South San High School | San Antonio Symphony plays for children at Methodist Children’s Hospital | Construction community collects Christmas gifts for San Antonio’s foster children | Haven for Hope Holiday Party Provides Joy, Respite to Residents | Boy’s final wish still being fulfilled 10 years later | San Antonio Man Working To Erase Stigma Of Schizophrenia | West Side San Antonio’s Elders: ‘I’m Still Here’ | ‘Convoy of Hope’ bringing holiday cheer, food to seniors in need | Organ Donor Group Plans Larger New Facility at South Texas Medical Center | 100 pairs of youth sport shoes available at no cost, thanks to local children | Bringing hope — and cupcakes — to dancers working at San Antonio’s strip clubs | A happier holidays for families in need, thanks to local church program | Local kids receive gifts of bikes and helmets at Spurs game | Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich deliver new shoes to elementary school students | Bexar County jail inmates to learn how to be better fathers in class | Organization offers kits to help schools start food pantries now allowed by state law | Volunteers ‘just helping’ immigrants | Mountain biking therapy helps veterans with PTSD | San Antonio’s Majority by Minority Should Serve as a Thriving National Example | RAICES To Partner With Medical Community To Aid Detained Migrants | As law enforcement targets pimps, service providers seek to help young victims | BCSO partnering with Alcoholics Anonymous to help deputies battle addiction |read more
Law enforcement mentors working with students in troubled neighborhoods | An 11-year-old leader in the classroom | San Antonio Running Program Helps Homeless Win at Life | ‘Puppies and Pilates’ class benefits animals in need | Donate a toy to a refugee child living in San Antonio | Giving Back and Making an Impact | Univision San Antonio se une a la campaña “Unidos por la nuestra” | At San Antonio College, Sometimes $17 Can Help Stop A Student From Dropping Out | San Antonio Marks World AIDS Day With Awareness Campaign | Volunteers bring holiday cheer to children living with Spina Bifida | Woman transforms recyclables into art for others | Gotcha Covered holds its 22nd annual donation drive | Family Service Association’s large reach helps thousands | Rabbi calls for education, unity, Hanukkah celebration despite offensive graffiti | ‘Elf Louise’ going on 5 decades of helping SA kids at Christmas | San Antonio’s Project QUEST wins national $1 million grant | Youth in dropout-recovery program building homes in San Antonio | SA Food Bank celebrates eighth annual Harvest from the Heart campaign | Reaching out to people who are homeless |read more