Every Wednesday Compassionate San Antonio publishes this news roundup of compassionate acts.

Seen in the Express-News, 12 September, 2017
Strait concert at $3.4 million and counting for hurricane relief
What’s the message of the show? [Melissa] Lambert summed it up: “I just would say, ‘We’re here for you.’”

Seen on FOLO Media, 8 September, 2017
Can a community service center save a community?
Marquie Reyna, an executive assistant at Good Sam, said the report showed students attending Good Sam have higher growth in character development than San Antonio students who don’t. This matters because character development correlates with attendance, graduation rate, and better behavior. In short, the students are less likely to end up in the juvenile delinquency system.

Seen in the Player’s Tribune, 9 September, 2017
Tim Duncan: Don’t Forget About the Islands
We can pray. Then we must act. Right now you — we — can really, really make a difference.

And read in the Express-News, 10 September, 2017

Recalling hardships after ’89 hurricane, Duncan sends help back home
“I’ve been through it. I lived through it,” Duncan said Sunday. “I know, at some point, somebody was doing this for me. I don’t know who it was, but they did it for me. So I can do it now. I can be that guy. So why not do it?”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 13 September, 2017

Harvey Evacuees Receive Physical, Emotional Support in San Antonio
“Generally, people need to process what went on, relieve some emotion, and relieve some worry,” [David Pan, director of acute care services at the Center for Health Care Services] said. “The capacity to deal with what was happening kind of overwhelmed their internal resources and they just needed someone to process things with.”

Seen on KSAT News, 13 September, 2017
CPS crews head for Florida, will help to restore power for Irma victims
56 people in 28 trucks leave at 6 a.m. and are heading to Jacksonville to help with the relief effort. The crews include mechanics, overhead linemen, management and safety personnel.

Seen in the Rivard Report, 9 September, 2017
North Star Mall to Host 12th Annual Canstruction® Design and Build Competition
San Antonio’s 12th annual Canstruction® competition is part of an international drive under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration to expand public awareness of the hunger crisis worldwide. Canstruction®, which will take place Sept. 10-23 at North Star Mall combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry.

Seen on KENS 5, 9 September, 2017
Mujer Artes get surprise million dollar donation
CoYoTe Phoenix made the donation to the project of the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center. The new MujerArtes building at 816 S. Colorado St., which opened Saturday, was constructed from Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB), a kind of pressurized adobe, and was the first commercial building permitted for adobe construction in San Antonio in over 100 years.

Seen in the Rivard Report, 13 September, 2017
Creating a Culture of Health for SA’s Latino Children
The bottom line is we must take action to create a culture of health where Latino and all families can live, learn, work, and play better.

Read in the Express News, 13 September, 2017
Bexar County boosts spending, cuts tax rate
The budget changes, resulting from deliberations at recent workshops, included allocating $250,000 for a new community veterans transition organization. “We’re hoping it’s a game-changer and can become a model,” said Commissioner Kevin Wolff, identifying the program’s goal as helping departing military members line up housing, jobs and continuing education.

Seen on the Rivard Report, 9 September, 2017
UIW Med School Delivers Preventive Care to Community
Finally, school district endorsement and support, as well as organizing events in neighborhood schools, increased accessibility, safety, and trust. UIWSOM leaders are hopeful that this model of collaborative, community-based, culturally sensitive outreach may provide part of the answer to effective preventive care.

COMPASSIONATE SAN ANTONIO . . . . . is a grassroots movement that promotes, supports and celebrates San Antonio’s commitment to be a world-class compassionate city: one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. #compassionateSA  sacompassion.net

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