San Antonio Spurs rookies Lonnie Walker IV and Chimezie Metu recently pitched at the San Antonio Food Bank to help fight hunger. Pictured below: Twenty Summer of Service volunteers went to Family Services “Margaret’s Place” over the weekend to clean & tidy. There are good people everywhere everywhere!

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Found in the Rivard Report, 6 September, 2018
LEE High School Program to Train Staff to Address Students’ Mental Health Issues
Communities in Schools, an organization that connects families and students to community resources, created a new staff position that focuses on building awareness of social and emotional wellness.

Seen on KENS 5, 6 September, 2018
San Antonio scoutmasters have led Boy Scout Troop 358 for 40 years
“We want to continue working for youth. To me, I’m helping the future.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 6 September, 2018
Organizations compete for stretched tax dollars to help city’s homeless population
There is $8.9 million provided for homeless programs. More than 70 organizations submitted proposals.

Seen on WOAI 4, 6 September, 2018
Advocates push back against myth in low-income schools
“Trying to push back against the narrative about poor children and poor families make poor schools – that’s not true.”

Found in the Current, 6 September 2018
H. Drew Galloway and His Millennial Hustle
“When you approach someone on a campus or at their doorstep, you ask them, ‘What is keeping you up a night? What would you like to see changed in your neighborhood?’ And then we just listen. That’s deep canvassing. It’s emotionally harder. It takes longer.”

Seen on FOX 29, 6 September, 2018
New outreach program will target homeless youth
It’s a very under-served population, there’s only a few shelters in the country that are specific to homeless LGBTQ youth.

Seen on KWEX 41, 6 September, 2018
Distrito del South San Antonio busca incentivar el voto entre los jóvenes [SSISD seeks to encourage voting among young people]
Mayor Nirenberg: “It is the young people in our community who have the most at stake.”

Found in the Express-News, 6 September, 2018
City Council supports housing task force’s recommendations
Nirenberg formed the task force last summer to develop what he called a “comprehensive and compassionate” housing strategy for the city.

Found in the Rivard Report, 6 September, 2018
Affordable Housing Policies Get OK from City Council
“Truly all San Antonians need a place to call home.”

Found in the Current, 6 September, 2018
Council Approves Sweeping Plan to Address San Antonio’s Housing Problems
Councilman John Courage: “We can’t leave it up to the market because, basically, the market doesn’t care.”

Visto en KWEX 41, 6 de septiembre 2018
Concilio de San Antonio aprobó un plan que pretende asegurar vivienda para la población
La población de la ciudad sigue en aumento, por lo que el alcalde y concilio impulsan este plan de vivienda.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 7 September, 2018
San Antonio City Council Approves New Policies on Affordable Housing
It includes increasing the city’s investment in housing over 10 years, rehabbing older homes, and creating a coordinated housing system.

Seen on KENS 5, 6 September, 2018
UTSA takes peanut butter donations for parking citations
“This is something that helps them out, but also makes them feel good about helping someone else.”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 7 September, 2018
With Charity the Goal, Cherrity Bar Opens on San Antonio’s East Side
The Cherrity Bar combines cocktails and charitable giving, providing an easy and fun way for customers to give to the causes they care about.

Found in the Express-News, 7 September, 2018
San Antonio woman with MS fights pain with poetry
Corso said she hopes her poems can reach more readers, if only to let them know they’re not alone in their own pain.

Seen on KSAT 12, 7 September, 2018
City stepping up efforts to help low-income families rehabilitate, rebuild homes
“It helps us because it means we may not have a vacant house that becomes a blight in the neighborhood. A renovated house inspires the neighbors to also fix their homes, as well.”

Seen on Spectrum News, 7 September, 2018
‘Spurs Jesus,’ wife to host ‘World’s Largest Baby Shower’
In honor of their new bundle of joy, the man known as “Spurs Jesus” and his wife are throwing a baby shower for babies in need in San Antonio.

Seen on KSAT 12, 8 September, 2018
Deaf woman fights for children, teens with hearing loss
She said her main accomplishment was starting Aid the Silent, which is an organization dedicated to providing resources to children and teens with hearing loss.

Seen on FOX 29, 8 September, 2018
A new plan to address homelessness is headed to the North Side
The program will employ a highly-trained professional to make contact with homeless men and women to get them the help they need.

Seen on KSAT 12, 8 September, 2018
Mom who lost teen son to suicide participates in local bullying-prevention summit
“Nothing will bring David back. None of this is worth it what happened to him. But we are helping families and that is what is important to us.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 9 September, 2018
Outdoor art display created by veterans who use art to cope with PTSD
“A lot of our vets, I hear that they constantly are searching for a reason to get out of bed, just to put a foot on the floor. This gave them that.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 10 September, 2018
Charitable Gifts from Najim, Valero Add to Recent Santikos Grants
philanthropist Harvey Najim and the Valero Energy Foundation have joined forces to more than double the amount contributed to local charities in the recent round of capital grants given by the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation.

Seen on Spectrum News, 10 September, 2018
New proposed psychologist position to help Bexar Co. deputies
“The issue surrounding mental health, self-care, wellness, dealing with stress is something we’ve ignored far too long,” said Sheriff Salazar.

Read in the Express-News, September 10, 2018
Sheriff seeks to add psychologist to staff after slew of deputy arrests
Since January, 18 deputies have been arrested, including three in the past week. Ten were accused of violent crimes, most often assault. Five were charged with drunken driving.

Visto tabmbien en KWEX 41, 10 de agusto 2018
Ya suman 18 los oficiales arrestados por algún delito en el condado Bexar [18 officers have already been arrested for offenses in Bexar County]
El alguacil, Javier Salazar, señaló que el mismo ha ejecutado algunos arrestos; el más reciente de una oficial acusada de violencia doméstica, ante esta situación espera poder brindar atención psicológica a sus elementos y así prevenir futuros problemas. [The sheriff, Javier Salazar, said that he has conducted some arrests, the most recent one of an officer accused of domestic violence. In this situation he hopes to be able to provide psychological help and thus prevent future problems.]

Found in the Express-News, 11 September, 2018
Whimsical structures can help fight hunger
Food bank officials are hoping the 13th annual Canstruction design and build competition at North Star Mall will raise awareness of the crisis and help spur these much-needed donations.

Found in the Rivard Report, 11 September, 2018
Psychologist Alan Peterson Recognized for Veterans’ PTSD Treatment Research
He is creator and director of the South Texas Research Organizational Network Guiding Studies and Resilience (STRONG STAR) consortium at UT Health San Antonio and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, the world’s largest research groups studying combat-related PTSD.

Seen on WOAI 4, 11 September, 2018
Local charities gearing up to help flood victims
“You don’t always know exactly when or where, but you have to be ready because when you get those orders, time is of the essence.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 11 September, 2018
Henry Cisneros: Cities Need to ‘Advance the Equity Agenda’ Amid Urban Renaissance
At a time when other levels of government face political stalemates or are not focused on equity issues, cities should be the leaders in creating a more equal society.

Found on KENS 5, 11 September, 2018
New program coming to San Antonio will alert those with sensory disabilities in emergency
Those who opt-in to the program will receive the emergency alerts in American Sign Language and in real-time.

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 September, 2018
Teen who attempted suicide now works to save lives, says silence is the problem
“We need to teach kids to be able to recognize that in their friends, recognize the personality changes and be able to give them the tools to help each other,”

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 September, 2018
Donors meet members of organizations they’ve helped at Charity Ball Association’s Donor Reception
This year, 21 agencies received grants, earning $1 million in resources.

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 September, 2018
UIW Men’s Basketball Team spreads joy to children staying in hospital
“It’s really cool to see them having fun together.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 September, 2018
Local student devotes life to international missions
Her lifelong goal is a degree in International Law that would allow her to pave the way for other missionaries to effectively deliver supplies and aid across foreign borders.

Found on the UTSA web site, 12 September, 2018
San Antonio researchers to treat babies at-risk for autism
This project will identify infants and toddlers at high-risk for developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and create a radical, innovative parent-assisted treatment program for infants as young as 6 months.


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