Today is World Kindness Day, and the students at Woodridge Elementary celebrated with kind messages. This Compassion News Roundup is published every Wednesday afternoon. If you want to get the news sooner, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

Found in the Rivard Report, 7 November, 2019
I Care San Antonio Launches Impactful Program for Veterans, Their Families
By offering these expanded services to both veterans and their families, I Care San Antonio is easing the financial burdens and stresses veterans and their families face when dealing with military separation, civilian transition, and caregiver demands.

Found in the Rivard Report, 7 November, 2019
City Council Awards Geekdom $250,000 for Civic Technology Program
“This program will help us identify solutions aimed at addressing community needs that many of us see every day in our city.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 7 November, 2019
Green Acres: Commissioner Calvert Cultivates Plans for Urban Farm
“We’re going to transform that overgrown area from scary to a harvest.”

Found on Salud! America, 7 November, 2019
Elaine Hartle: Helping Foster Youth Prepare for Life’s Challenges
THRU Project provides10 homeless foster youth a rent-free apartment for a year. In return, they must attend school or work full time, take life skills classes & save $250/month.

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 November, 2019
Family finds success in program aimed at reducing child abuse, neglect
The families are teamed up with a promotora, someone who undergoes specialized training to become a health worker and mentor for families.

Seen on KSAT 12, 8 November, 2019
South San ISD students’ grassroot movement produces results
The Care, Acceptance, Reassurance, and Empowerment Zone, or CARE Zone, a new wellness center for students, parents and employees, will open Nov. 15.

Seen on KENS 5, 8 November, 2019
San Antonio mother keeps son’s memory alive through random acts of kindness
“The heart of my son, and the legacy he left us, one of love and kindness and to continue to spread that because love wins. Love will always win.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 8 November, 2019
Joint Base San Antonio confronting military suicide epidemic
“We need to have a culture shift. A shift in our connectedness and our transparency and our trust.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 7 November, 2019
Selby Draker: Volleyball Team Captain, With Big heart for Kids in Community
She volunteers with special needs kids. “I think their positivity is so inspirational. They face so many hardships and you walk into the room and they are dancing and smiling.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 9 November, 2019
CityFest Panelists Discuss Plans of Attack in Fight Against Poverty
The 2018 American Community Survey marked the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area as having the highest percentage of people living in poverty among the top 25 most populous metropolitan areas.

 Found in the Express-News, November 8, 2019
Floyd Curl ‘green street’ opens at Medical Center for cyclists, pedestrians
Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he hopes it inspires new, safer approaches to designs for pedestrians and cyclist.

Found in the Rivard Report, 9 November, 2019
Council Approves Zoning for Campus to House Homeless Seniors
The Housing First Community Coalition chose to focus on older, chronically homeless individuals because they are usually the hardest lives to stabilize. “The idea is to provide dignity for those last years of life.”

Found in the Express-News, 110November, 2019
Bringing meditation — and calm — to youth leaving the correctional system
“I was kind of stressed out sitting there, but then I kind of opened up, and the stress went away. I’m gonna add this to my social skills.”

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2019
Once a Catholic sister, Janie Barrera now operates massive loan fund for small businesses
LiftFund’s goal is to provide loans and other financial services for capital-starved small businesses and entrepreneurs who are locked out of the traditional financial system.

Found in the Express-News, 10 November, 2019
A serious discussion about college mascots
“There are petitions floating around San Antonio College asking for a nonhuman, nonviolent, nonracist mascot…how you present yourself sends a message.”

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2019
Vietnam veteran counsels San Antonio military veterans and invests in old West Side neighborhood
Even after retiring, Hector Caldera was still looking out for his fellow veterans saddled with memories of loss, jarring homecomings & the trauma of war.

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2019
Veterans find healing and purpose in Bihl Haus’s Forward, Arts! program
“They come in with closed body language and they grumble a little. Within a few weeks, they’ve created a sense of community, opening up and talking and sharing, painting and drawing and healing, really healing, through the art.”

Found in the Express-News, 11 November, 2019
Deer hunters can donate deer meat to San Antonio Food Bank to help feed the hungry
“Our No. 1 needed item is always protein. It’s rare that it is donated to us, because those industries have so little waste.”

Seen on KENS 5, 10 November, 2019
Tip Top Cafe holds weekly ‘Name your price’ day to benefit domestic violence shelter
In 2018, Bexar County had a record number of domestic violence deaths, and this year is no different, which is why owner James Scott is hoping to change that by adding a little compassion to Monday’s menu.

Seen on Spectrum News, 11 November, 2019
Pastoral Care Brings Hope to Hospital Patients
“Just to be with people in their hardest times in life and meet them where they are and support them where they are and just provide whatever care that I can give them during these difficult times in the hospital.”

Found on Spectrum News, 13 November, 2019
Salvation Army Helping People Stay Warm During Freezing Weather
About 1,1000 people in Bexar Co. have no shelter

Seen on FOX 29, 13 November, 2019
City to observe Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with slate of events
The events encompass a wide variety of activities, including volunteer opportunities, training sessions, homeless outreach, and advocacy.


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