Our Lady of the Lake University is among the first universities in San Antonio to participate in the “No More” campaign to end domestic violence and sexual assault. By joining efforts of the newly formed Bexar County Commission on Collaborative Strategies to Prevent, Combat, and Respond to Domestic Violence, OLLU is committed to preventing domestic violence and sexual assault through education and outreach.

An anonymous donor paid off the negative cafeteria accounts at all of the elementary schools in NEISD, covering the debt of nearly 1,000 students. Principal Carol Pierce at Huebner Elementary School uses these moments to teach and give thanks. “Huebner Elementary’s motto for this year is, ‘In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND,’ and every day we talk to our students about sharing kindness with others.”

The Rapier Foundation donated a game-changing $500,000 to the homeless ministry of Redeemers Praise Church on Pine Street, where Pastor Shetigho Agbuke offers both physical and spiritual blessings.

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 in the Rivard report, 6 February, 2020
Ballet SA and Haven For Hope Partner to Bring Free Dance Lessons to Homeless Children
“Access to the arts does not discriminate and can play a vital role in healing and empowering children.”

Found in the Express-News, 6 February, 2020
City of San Antonio hosting first Girls Empowerment Summit
“This summit will empower young girls to be the best version of themselves with the support of local leaders and women from the community.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 6 February, 2020
Soul Art Project Puts a New Twist on Therapy
“Everybody can heal through some soul glue, and paper, and scissors, and stickers,” said Reed.

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 February, 2020
SAHA board approves changes to public housing fees
Late fees and fees for unauthorized pets and parking will be lowered.

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 February, 2020
Local students write letters to people living in China following coronavirus outbreak
The city’s International Relations Office will be mailing the letters.

Found on WOAI 4, 7 February, 2020
Community plans ‘mock graduation’ so dying mother can see her son graduate
We’ve never experienced anything like and to see the tremendous out-pour of love that people we don’t even know, strangers, it’s heartwarming.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 9 February, 2020
SA 2020, how far have we come? And what’s next?
“The biggest takeaway is that when you work together towards common goals, positive community change happens.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 10 February, 2020
Past Housing, Zoning Practices Contribute to Today’s Housing Gap
A new city committee is looking into changes in the City’s Unified Development Code (UDC) that would make it easier for developers to build affordable housing.

Found in the Express-News, 10 February, 2020
San Antonio scholar could bring ‘healing’ to contentious Alamo makeover
“This project, as it detangles the complexity of the site, what we’re doing both physically and metaphorically is providing a clear picture so that we can be honest.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 10 February, 2020
3rd Graders to Be Honored at National Philanthropy Day
Jack, Colton, and Matthew made it clear to their principal, teachers, and classmates that this effort was about more than delicious potato chips – it was about having compassion, creating awareness, and making a difference in people’s lives.

Found in the Express-News, 20 February, 2020
SAISD students ask for limits on school policing, amendments to their Bill of Rights
“We are open to the voices of those of you standing before us, and others at your campuses, to see how we can improve it and we can make sure that we are reflecting your voice.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 11 February, 2020
‘I’m Being Talked At And Not Talked With’: San Antonio ISD Students Ask For A Bigger Say
“When you want to get real input from students, it needs to be by students and from students.”

Found in the Current, 11 February, 2020
Students Ask San Antonio Independent School District Board to Rein in Campus Discipline by Police
“We don’t just want them talking at us instead of with us.”

Found in the Express-News, 10 February, 2020
County plans to offer inmates in San Antonio new treatment option to fight deadly opioid epidemic
“The end goal is to reduce overdose deaths, reduce recidivism and allow people to live healthy, happy lives post-incarceration.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 11 February, 2020
San Antonio students reach out to lonely kids on ‘No One Eats Alone Day’
Students will participate in lessons about social isolation and learn how to be more inclusive when they see a classmate eating alone at lunch.

Found in the Express-News, 11 February, 2020
Hope for a bright future for hard-to-place foster kids in San Antonio
Since opening a year ago, the Whataburger Center has provided housing and services to more than 200 children and youth, who otherwise might have ended up temporarily sleeping in Child Protective Services offices or on the streets.

Found in the Express-News, 11 February, 2020
Some San Antonio doctors already reforming health care system
“Financial toxicity, the difficulties a patient has related to the cost of medical care, is a medical complication.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 11 February, 2020
Councilwoman Gonzales on Poverty: ‘There Is No Time to Waste’
“This calls for all-hands, immediate effort from every sector of our city.”

Found in the Express-News, 12 February, 2020
District judge prods county courts to move on bail reform
A growing consensus of county officials favor moving away from a cash-bail system that punishes poverty rather than criminality.


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