During open house in Gloria Lowe’s Reagan HS Spanish Class, parents wrote inspirational messages to their children that students can take for themselves or friends. The goal is for kindness to win over negativity. Every Wednesday we bring you this compassionate news roundup. To get the news faster, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

Found on WOAI 4, 26 September, 2018
Bexar County placing foster children in more stable situations
“And at the end that’s what you want: for the child to be happy to feel love and have his needs or their needs met.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 25 September, 2018
San Antonio Housing Authority Claims $100k Prize To Improve Internet Access For Poor Communities
If successful, SAHA will be giving internet access to more than 13 percent of all residents in San Antonio public housing, which is around 13,500 people. According to the Federal Reserve, one in four homes in San Antonio lack internet access.

Found in the Express-News, 26 September, 2018
Celebrating disabled warriors
The Valor Games celebrate support as a means of empowering people and strengthening the community. “When you get messed up, you might have to do things differently, but you can do things.”

Found in the Express-News, 27 September, 2018
Volunteers help clinic care for injured, orphaned animals
“Volunteers are the heart and soul of this place. They’re our handy people.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 27 September, 2018
Local high school searches for 260 students on ‘leaver list’
No matter the situation, the goal of school staff is to connect students and their families with resources to remove any barriers standing in their way of an education.

Seen on KENS 5, 28 September, 2018
San Antonio companies tout special ability employees at summit
During the Project Ability Summit at Morgan’s Wonderland, companies put a spotlight on their success stories of hiring employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Seen on KENS 5, 24 September, 2018
Therapy dog’s mission is to brighten days in burn center
The Institute of Surgical Research (ISR) Burn Center is believed to be the first Burn Center to allow therapy dogs to interact with patients.

Seen on KENS 5, 26 September, 2018
San Antonio group shows pride by maintaining rainbow crosswalk for free
It lets people in the community know that they can feel safe, that this is their home, that they’re welcome and a part of the San Antonio community.”

Found in Out in SA, 26 September, 2018
It’s a Matter of Pride for the Guardians of the Crosswalk
“Every two weeks the Guardians of the Crosswalk physically clean the crosswalk so we can maintain it as a piece of community art — a symbol we are proud of.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 28 September 2018
Project Lifeline caravan headed to McAllen detention center to bring supplies, provide support
Physicians, faith leaders and immigrant advocates will be part of a caravan leaving San Antonio Saturday for a detention center in McAllen, where immigrant families and unaccompanied minors are initially held.

Seen on WOAI 4, 28 September, 2018
VIA testing new sensor system on buses to reduce pedestrian deaths
Large blind spots on the sides of buses sometimes make it difficult to see the elderly and disabled.

Seen in San Antonio Magazine, October, 2018
Soldiers Angels marks 15 years of serving deployed military personnel
The SA–based organization now sends over 27,000 care packages annually plus over 130,000 letters to men and women deployed in combat zones.

Found in the Rivard Report, 30 October, 2018
Thousands of SA Residents Rely on Assistance for Water Bills
“Every [affordability assistance] application isn’t a piece of paper, it’s a family.”

Seen on KENS 5, 30 September, 2018
Volunteers come together to help underprivileged kids in San Antonio
Insurance and financial advising volunteers came together to help underprivileged kids feel special, building bikes and collecting special gifts.

Seen on Spectrum News, 29 September, 2018
Music festival held for hard of hearing community
The backpack translates high fidelity sounds into vibrations which the user can feel. Other accommodations included open captioning, sign language interpreter and visual sound wave board.

Found in the Rivard Report, 30 September, 2018
Walking Out of the Darkness After the Suicide of a Loved One
“Volunteering brings me a measure of tranquility. It is a way to heal.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 30 September, 2018
Sunshine, New Features Draw More Than 67,500 Downtown for Síclovía
The Believe It Foundation offered adaptive bicycles on-site across from Maverick Park to promote inclusion for participants of all abilities.

Found in the Express-News, 1 October, 2018
H-E-B executive, Hispanic chamber chair — and San Antonio’s first lady
“I’m looking for people that have compassion, because it’s their job to tell the story of the customer back to our executives. And you can’t really do that unless you have compassion for the other.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 30 September, 2018
Rackspace prioritizes giving back to community with volunteer initiatives
“We draw from the community, so it’s only appropriate that we give back.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 3 October, 2018
Socktober: Socks, shoes, underwear donations needed for children, homeless
Donations will be distributed through Inner City Development’s emergency clothing service.

Seen on KSAT 12, 2 October, 2018
QuikTrip convenience store to include ‘Safe Place’ for youths in danger
QuikTrips are open 24 hours a day, making them accessible to young people that need help, and the employees there are trained to respond.

Seen on KSAT 12, 2 October 2018
National Night Out makes fighting crime, educating people fun
Councilman Cruz Shaw: “This shouldn’t be the only time that our neighbors get together, break bread together. We should be doing this ongoing.”

Found in the Express-News, 2 October, 2018
National Night Out aims to create safer, friendlier neighborhoods
“In order to build a community, we have to watch each others’ backs.”

Seen on KENS 5, 3 October, 2018
Alamo Heights baseball team helps kids revamp community baseball field
“It’s bigger than the game of baseball. It’s about doing great things for other people.”

Found in the Express-News, 3 October, 2018
Spurs’ youth league has lifted children from streets to NBA
“The cycle of poverty is difficult to escape. The SYBL is actually investing in human capital, making sure these kids have a chance to make it out and reach their potential.”

Found in the Rivard report, 2 October, 2018
Gender and Diversity Gaps Persist on City Boards, Office of Equity Finds
“Boards and commissions comprised of diverse perspectives better inform the city’s service delivery policies, and produce more equitable outcomes.”


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