Normoyle Park is now home to the only AARP fitness park in Texas! Mayor Ron Nirenberg joined District 5-Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales to cut the ribbon, do an impromptu pull-up or two, and officially open a facility that will promote healthy living and community engagement for residents of all ages. We publish this compassionate news roundup 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 on KSAT 12, 5 December, 2019
New city program to help churches, nonprofits seeking to develop affordable housing
City investing $300K for a pilot program that will assist churches, nonprofits.

Seen on KENS 5, 4 December, 2019
Helping those living with HIV get jobs and housing
“We have found that when individuals have access to housing and employment their healthcare is typically improved.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 6 December, 2019
San Antonio ISD Gives Internet Devices to High Schoolers Who Lack Home Access
SAISD plans to deliver more than 1,100 devices to Lanier students as part of the initiative, made possible by the 1Million Project Foundation.

Found in San Antonio Magazine, December, 2019
Every Opinion Matters at Pub Theology San Antonio
“We believe everyone matters and that their views matter.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 6 December, 2019
SA Food Bank reaches goal, collects over 1 million pounds in November food drive
It collected 1.27 million pounds of food.

Seen on Spectrum News, 6 December, 2019
Qigong Class Providing Health-Centered Activity for LGBTQ Community
It’s his way of helping and healing outside of his office, but also a way to bring the community together.

Found on the UTSA Today web site, December 6, 2019
UTSA students to build smart home on Downtown Campus
This building will provide students, academics, practitioners, policymakers and citizens with the knowledge of the available technology to build better buildings and cities.

Found in the Current, 6 December, 2019
San Antonio City Councilman John Courage Makes Listening Part of Public Service
“I learned, a long time ago, the importance of being in the moment and listening to what the other person has to say, and understanding where they’re coming from before you’re ready to go ahead and develop your own thought and express that.”

Found in the Express-News, 6 Decmber, 2019
Los Angeles nonprofit agrees to buy five San Antonio apartments complexes for $41.6M
Their goal is “to reduce dependence on welfare, reduce the unemployment index, decrease school dropout rates and assist its constituents in creating wealth.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 7 December, 2019
New Alamo City Street Choir Lets Homeless Raise Voices in Song While Aiding Damaged Church
Powers first brought her violin to weekly Corazon Ministries dinners for the homeless at the church, what she calls a “mindful choice … to incorporate a level of joy and into everything, because their lives, in general, I think are much harder than most of us.”

Found in WOAI 4, December 4, 2019
SAISD superintendent testifies in Congress about immigration policy affecting students
“San Antonio itself is a city rich with immigrants,” Martinez said. “They are productive and hard-working individuals who become great contributors to the community and our schools.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 6 December, 2019
Southeast Side church raises money for inclusive playground
Playground to be available to the public, accessible for children with disabilities.

Found in the Rivard Report, 7 December, 2019
Through Running, Sign Language, and Grief, Tommy Thompson Finds Purpose
As the eldest child he often served as his parents’ voice when the family was out in the community. He became acutely aware at a young age at how the hearing world can exclude the deaf. As he grew older, Thompson began to envision possibilities for helping deaf people experience more of life in the hearing world.

Found in the Express-news, 7 December, 2019
Volunteers hand out cash, spread goodwill to San Antonians
For the third consecutive year, the Awesome Foundation gave away $1,000 in envelopes containing $10 or $20 each. The goal is to promote goodwill and brighten someone’s day.

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 December, 2019
Edgewood ISD students rewarded with new wheels
Earn-A-Bike is celebrating its fifth year serving children in San Antonio. The purpose of the organization is to foster healthy living habits through bicycles and mentorship to prevent obesity-related diseases.

Found in the Express-News, 9 December, 2019
Young Afghanistan woman volunteers to help refugees resettle in San Antonio
“I was blessed to be given an opportunity here to have an education and be aware of my rights, so why don’t I use that to help people who are less fortunate?”

Seen on KENS 5, 9 December, 2019
Family and friends of homicide victims celebrate Christmas together
“How many other mothers are out there? How many other siblings are out there? Why not come and bring them all together, because together we are stronger.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 9 December, 2019
SAISD students travel to Alabama for history lesson and perspective
“It’s not fair to treat other people wrong because of their race. does it hit home today? (pause) yes.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 10 December, 2019
Baptist Health Foundation Awards More Than $6M to Area Nonprofits
The foundation gave more than $6 million to 90 area nonprofits working to better people’s physical, mental, and spiritual health in one of eight counties served by the foundation.

Found on KENS 5, 11 December, 2019
Non-profit offers free counseling for children in church sex abuse case
“Be an advocate. That’s the biggest way that you can help.”


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