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 133 weeks
Jewish congregation delivers Christmas meals to San Antonio first responders | University Hospital makes sure NICU babies don’t miss their first photo with Santa | Volunteers spread Christmas cheer at Haven for Hope | SA Clubhouse open during holidays to help those living, dealing with mental health illness | San Antonio domestic violence victims receive free Ring surveillance devices from local police agencies | Once homeless, San Antonio woman is determined to make the most of her new apartment — and new life | Former High School Football Players Giving Back to San Antonio Neighborhood | Founder of nonprofit pushing to expand Texas ‘Baby Moses’ law | Homeless families find refuge while working toward stability | Spanglish speaks volumes about inclusion and heritage | ‘He’s an angel’: San Antonio man pays $200 for stranger’s meds on Christmas Day | Helping San Antonio animals is young woman’s road to independence | Trinity’s Christine Drennon: Mapping San Antonio’s economic segregation | Charity knitters in San Antonio make hats, blankets — and a difference for those in need | Edwards Aquifer Conservancy launches research program to help better protect water quality for millions of people | Cosmetologist looks to pay it forward in 2020 | San Antonio’s Response to Migrant Influx Showed Compassion, Solidarity |
Battling Opioid Epidemic with Science, Compassion | How ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ made a difference in the San Antonio community | Annual Feast of Sharing brings thousands downtown for a holiday meal | Non profit raises thousands for battered women and children shelter | San Antonio Pastor Max Lucado Recasts Christmas Story as Immigration Allegory | For Those With Dementia And Their Caregivers, San Antonio Choir Is A Comfort And A Joy | Eagle Scout Projects Enhance Trails Along Leon Creek Greenway | West Side center hosts Christmas event for jubilant San Antonio families in the barrio | Santa delivers with the help of Elf Louise | With Community-Minded Hiring, SA Restaurateur Sohocki Helps Put Hope in Reach | Stopping Hunger Calls for Support Beyond Canned Goods | Businessman Bill Greehey Promotes ‘Servant Leadership’ Through $1M Gift to St. Mary’s | On West Side, a Spurs Santa finds strength to admire | Be a compassionate, responsible pet owner | SA nonprofit giving underprivileged people the gift of sight | Latino Dream Makers Fund loans money to local minority-owned businesses | Blessed Angels nonprofit helps San Antonians and area residents of all ages with food, school supplies, clothing and love | ‘My last Christmas’ — San Antonio poet-turned-pastor faces death with grace |
Blue Santa delights San Antonio South Side kids as helicopter lands at Miller’s Pond | Culture, good food celebrated during annual “La Gran Tamalada” | San Antonio firefighters carry out special mission from the North Pole | San Antonio Weighing the Benefit of Opening a Walk-In Mental Health Clinic | San Antonio tiene 49 nuevos ciudadanos estadounidenses | UTSA launches free tuition program for Texas students | San Antonio Rehab Center Uses Llamas to Help Comfort Patients | ‘I hate cops’: Why a photo of a San Antonio police officer is going viral | San Antonio councilwoman proposes free childcare at board and committee meetings | Local Nonprofit Committed to Children With Complex Medical and Developmental Concerns | Author Shea Serrano Raises $25K for Martinez Street Women’s Center in 24 Hours | Longtime volunteer dedicates life to helping kids in need |
New city program to help churches, nonprofits seeking to develop affordable housing | Helping those living with HIV get jobs and housing | San Antonio ISD Gives Internet Devices to High Schoolers Who Lack Home Access | Every Opinion Matters at Pub Theology San Antonio | SA Food Bank reaches goal, collects over 1 million pounds in November food drive | Qigong Class Providing Health-Centered Activity for LGBTQ Community | UTSA students to build smart home on Downtown Campus | San Antonio City Councilman John Courage Makes Listening Part of Public Service | Los Angeles nonprofit agrees to buy five San Antonio apartments complexes for $41.6M | New Alamo City Street Choir Lets Homeless Raise Voices in Song While Aiding Damaged Church | SAISD superintendent testifies in Congress about immigration policy affecting students | Southeast Side church raises money for inclusive playground | Through Running, Sign Language, and Grief, Tommy Thompson Finds Purpose | Volunteers hand out cash, spread goodwill to San Antonians | Edgewood ISD students rewarded with new wheels | Young Afghanistan woman volunteers to help refugees resettle in San Antonio | SAISD students travel to Alabama for history lesson and perspective | Baptist Health Foundation Awards More Than $6M to Area Nonprofits | Non-profit offers free counseling for children in church sex abuse case |
SA group to build village for homeless seniors | San Antonio historic church continues its mission of service after scaffolding accident | Raul Jimenez Dinner Feeds Thousands of San Antonians in 40th Year | On Thanksgiving, San Antonio troops find a home far from home | School helps elderly look ‘on fleek’ for Thanksgiving | Morgan’s Wonderland Camp brings community together | Webhead’s Janie Gonzalez Is on a Mission to Make Entrepreneurship Inclusive | Meals on Wheels Volunteers Bring Thanksgiving Feast to Those in Need | San Antonio police use beards to raise money for cancer research | Former Roy Maas youth pays it forward years later | Longtime South Side nonprofit helps poor and vulnerable populations | San Antonio woman, a singer and dancer with Taylor Swift, gives back to community’s performing arts | New JUNTOS gang court docket doing well in Bexar County, officials say | Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP –Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas | Latest career high school in San Antonio is medical — and has a dual language program | Food drive for students, by students in NEISD elementary school | Marine veteran helps community ‘Rise Above Hardship’ | Habitat for endangered whooping crane opens at San Antonio Zoo | Brig. General Lenderman brings kinder, gentler approach to JBSA command | City Looks to Tackle Digital Divide by First Assessing the Problem | San Antonio window washer now high on god, not heroin | Jurists have big plans for Bexar County courts coalition | Climate Mayors Network Announces Steering Committee to Strengthen City Climate Action | San Antonio volunteers decorate Christmas trees for youngsters at the Children’s Shelter | Philanthropist, Film Industry Veteran Eye San Antonio for Special Effects Academy |
SAPD’s crisis cops ‘Ernie & Joe’ receive national praise after HBO documentary premiere | Kids helping kids in Tater Tot Patrol | ‘While You Were Sleeping’: Leftovers go to good use, thanks to overnight ‘food rescuers’ | Here’s How San Antonio ISD Plans To Shift Away From ‘Punitive’ Discipline | Our plan to address domestic violence in Bexar County | A&M San Antonio announces partnerships with seven school districts | Indian nurses donate 1,000 hygiene kits to charity, homeless | Last Chance Ministries Serves Up Thanksgiving Meal on the West Side | San Antonio recognized for improved health policies | At interfaith Thanksgiving, unity is embraced | Retiree drives literacy caravan to promote reading to San Antonio children | California firm working on San Antonio homelessness plan impressed with what it sees so far | Changes to SAPD Crisis Response Team address domestic violence epidemic | Chicano student walkouts changed Texas, but inequities remain | Five Ways to Give Back to the San Antonio Community | Firearm injury prevention campaign unveiled | Preparations underway for Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner | Lonnie Walker IV eager to bring ‘joy, laughter’ to needy this Thanksgiving | VIA buses to offer free fares on Dec. 2 for Rosa Parks Day | San Antonio Housing Authority CEO Vows to Review Eviction, Fee Policies | Esperanza Center’s Peace Market: A Community Alternative to Black Friday | ‘Turkey Shortage’: SA Food Bank asks for last-minute donations | KIND Snacks CEO Daniel Lubetzky ’90 Makes $1 Million Donation | H-E-B donates nearly 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to San Antonio Food Bank during shortage | Study finds most loose dogs on San Antonio streets have owners | Reagan HS student donates 150 blankets to Roy Maas Youth Alternatives | San Antonio homeless lift their spirits find a home in song | Familias invitan a militares a su cena de Thanksgiving | Cerca de 200 familias de escasos recursos reciben pavos y despensas en San Antonio | How a Car Accident Showed Me the Meaning of ‘San Antonio Kind’ |
City Offers Help to Churches Seeking to Develop Affordable Housing Projects | Bestselling Author Shea Serrano on Success, Twitter Altruism, and Life Back in San Antonio | Transformative Justice … and Accordions | Interfaith San Antonio Alliance, Mayor Sign Proclamation to Address Affordable Housing | Public defender’s office aiming to address Bexar County’s domestic violence crisis with treatment over incarceration | New mural on West side honors victims of traffic accidents | Habitat for Humanity Unveils 10 Homes on the West Side | Four Years In The Making, Mental Health Center Opens In South San Antonio School District | National League of Cities Conference to Showcase San Antonio Policymaking | San Antonio teens assist Texas Ramp Project | The City of San Antonio Opens Nominations for the Next Poet Laureate | San Antonio Airport sustainability officer’s passion starts at home | Teslas, self-driving trucks, scooters: Transportation tech on display as San Antonio hosts mobility summit | How we can prevent domestic violence in San Antonio | Analysis Finds San Antonio Lacks Urgent Care Options for Behavioral Health | Fire at Church’s Chicken affects another church down the street | City of San Antonio surveying immigrants about their experience | San Antonio Lands Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s Rating of Cities for LGBTQ+ Equality | VIA’s new ride-sharing program has promise | A city that pays equally benefits San Antonio | After-School Program Giving Teens Access to State-of-the-Art Technologies |
I Care San Antonio Launches Impactful Program for Veterans, Their Families | City Council Awards Geekdom $250,000 for Civic Technology Program | Green Acres: Commissioner Calvert Cultivates Plans for Urban Farm | Elaine Hartle: Helping Foster Youth Prepare for Life’s Challenges | Family finds success in program aimed at reducing child abuse, neglect | South San ISD students’ grassroot movement produces results | San Antonio mother keeps son’s memory alive through random acts of kindness | Joint Base San Antonio confronting military suicide epidemic | CityFest Panelists Discuss Plans of Attack in Fight Against Poverty | Floyd Curl ‘green street’ opens at Medical Center for cyclists, pedestrians | Council Approves Zoning for Campus to House Homeless Seniors | Bringing meditation — and calm — to youth leaving the correctional system | Once a Catholic sister, Janie Barrera now operates massive loan fund for small businesses | A serious discussion about college mascots | Vietnam veteran counsels San Antonio military veterans and invests in old West Side neighborhood | Veterans find healing and purpose in Bihl Haus’s Forward, Arts! program | Deer hunters can donate deer meat to San Antonio Food Bank to help feed the hungry | Tip Top Cafe holds weekly ‘Name your price’ day to benefit domestic violence shelter | Pastoral Care Brings Hope to Hospital Patients | Salvation Army Helping People Stay Warm During Freezing Weather | City to observe Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with slate of events |
San Antonio unveils five-year domestic violence plan | Haven for Hope working to bring shelter to homeless people ahead of plunging temperatures | Superheroes drop in on pediatric hospital patients on Halloween | Chanel the Comfort Dog Cares for Staff at Methodist Healthcare | City right to seek help on homelessness | Run-in with law leads to app to keep track of defendants | Nonprofit Financial Coaches to Help Take on Economic Segregation in San Antonio | Bowler passionate about equality in once segregated sport | Center addresses need for San Antonio youth to ‘re-engage’ with school, work | SAISD students taste-test next year’s potential cafeteria food | San Antonio youth counselor offers kids love, attention and motherly discipline | Travis Park Church Continues to Feed People in Need Despite Roof Collapse | There’s $231 million in medical debt in San Antonio. KENS 5 is erasing some | The new Alamo battle to save site of lunch counter desegregation |
Breaking HIV’s hold | San Antonio’s Migrant Resource Center to Close as Migration Numbers Drop | Single mother shares redemption story after addiction: ‘It’s a new beginning’ | San Antonio elementary school celebrates the diversity of its own ‘Parade of Nations’ | 1,400 local kids receive free soccer shoes | VIA Transit Employee Art Exhibit Helps Create Connections | Church holds Sunday service in the midst of destruction | New South Side community garden nourishing neighborhood with ‘food desert’ | San Antonio Museum of Art Installs 6.5 Ton Taihu Scholars’ Rock Gifted by Chinese Sister City, Wuxi | Local dental school taking steps to serve people with special needs |
Too Few Degrees of Separation: Domestic Violence in San Antonio | South San ISD To Open Mental Health Resource Center Powered by 6 Community Agencies | City Council OKs Spending Nearly $130,000 to Develop Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness | San Antonio Adopts Climate Plan to Go Carbon-Neutral by 2050 | In book for childhood cancer patients, San Antonio author draws on her history with the disease | ‘Don’t Be A Monster’ program teaches students about bullying | Countywide project to raise awareness about dangers of unsecured weapons | Generational Poverty Plagues San Antonio. How Are Different Groups Tackling The Issue? | San Antonio parents urged to look for signs of teen dating violence | Condado de Bexar lanza su oficina móvil | At a San Antonio elementary school, creative adults gave a gift of music | Westside Washaterias Become High-Tech Hubs As New Program Tackles Digital Divide | Retired Firefighter Continues Mission to Save Lives | SA raises $600,000+ in 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Local Church Helps Thousands of Homeless San Antonionians | Chris Madrids helping children in the foster system | San Antonio to Reevaluate How It Fights Homelessness | Sight of abused dogs in San Antonio prompted meter reader to work on behalf of pets | Reducing gun violence begins with listening | Small group of volunteers work to make big changes in community | Bank of America gives $400k to two local nonprofits | LGBTQ+ youth often end up homeless; local programs helping |
St. Philip’s College, San Antonio Food Bank partner to offer campus pantry | YWCA started out fighting racism but didn’t stay on course, until now | San Antonio Starts to Confront Its Domestic Violence Crisis | Take action to empower girls | San Antonio volunteer lifts children’s spirits with year-round Christmas displays | Cities, non-profits get big government reimbursements for migrant aid | More than 500 people avoided jail for misdemeanors under San Antonio’s new cite-and-release program | Mobile Mammograms Spread Awareness in San Antonio | New ‘Housing First’ Homeless Services Campus Planned in East Side | Former Foster Child Finds Hope at UTSA Center |