We’ve been delighted to see pictures of all the graduates this week — students from Pre-K to grad school — but the one that really captured our imagination was this mortarboard seen at the UTSA College of Public Policy. Make Empathy Great Again! We publish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday. If you want 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!
Seen on KSAT 12, 15 May, 2019
Walk in Love border tour starts in San Antonio
The tour is based on Ephesians 5:2, which reads:“Walk in love, as Christ loved us. “Whether they’re asylum seekers, ranchers, Border Patrol agents, everybody is in a terrible struggle right now.”
Seen on KSAT 12, 15 May, 2019
Boys & Girls Club of San Antonio CHEF program helping local families eat healthier
The class isn’t just fun for the kids. It has made a serious impact on some of their families’ lifestyles.
Found in the Washington Post, 16 May, 2019
San Antonio offers asylum seekers a first glimpse into a better life
San Antonio’s efforts to deliver services to the arriving migrants are straining local budgets, but the city does not intend to stop, regardless of how long the crisis continues.
Found in Edutopia, 16 May, 2019
Portrait of a Turnaround Principal
What does it take to turn a low-performing school around? A principal finds success by focusing on both love and high expectations.
Found in the Express-news, 16 May, 2019
Reforms undertaken to make crime fighting more just, efficient
Our community is also safer when we address root causes of crimes and keep people free of criminal records where possible.
Found on KENS 5, 16 May, 2019
City Council approves funds for migrant resource center
@CWShirleyG : I have confidence in our city’s capacity for turning compassion into practical action.” @Ron_Nirenberg “Our city has never hesitated to embrace anyone needing safe harbor”
Seen on KSAT 12, 16 May, 2019
City leaders continue funding for taxi program that takes nonemergency patients to hospital
“The city will pay a taxi bill for your one-way ride to the hospital, and you are not going to incur that ambulance bill. We are going to get that ambulance back into service to provide that care for people who really need it.”
Seen on WOAI 4, 17 May, 2019
Non-profit offers training on domestic violence situations
“What might be surprising is the amount of family violence that goes unreported or unrecognized.”
Seen on KSAT 12, 17 May, 2019
HOPE unit helps homeless recover IDs
On Wednesdays, police officers and people involved in ministries and charities hit the streets to help people to start the ID recovery process.
Found in the Rivard Report, 29 May, 2019
Elks Help Their Lodge Promote Philanthropy, Combat Declining Membership
The Elks are helping VetStrong receive used furniture from student housing @UTSA and also helps 400-500 children each year through various events.
Seen on KSAT 12, 20 May, 2019
Future counselors from UTSA make voices heard at state Capitol
The students returned back to San Antonio to share what they learned in Austin with their peers to better serve the mental health community.
Sent to us from City of San Antonio Human Resources, 20 May, 2019
DONATE to help migrants traveling through San Antonio.
Found in the Rivard Report, 20 May, 2019
Giving Circles Turn Small Individual Gifts Into Large Collective Grants
San Antonio is home to one of the largest giving circles in the country, Impact San Antonio. Established in 2004, Impact San Antonio has awarded more than $3.2 million in grants to support the important work of nonprofits.
Found in the Express-News, 20 May, 2019
San Antonio restaurant offers ‘pay what you can’ option to benefit addiction center
“We’ve all had our hard times where maybe we only had $3 in our pockets, and you can come here and get some pancakes without judgment. We’ve also had a person come in and pay $1,500 for a salad.”
Seen on Spectrum News, 17 May, 2019
SA Launches ‘Change The Way We Give’ Campaign
Supporting the program doesn’t mean ending your giving, but redirecting your generosity.
Found on FOX 29, 21 May, 2019
San Antonio barber gives free haircuts to homeless community
Plucky Stewart has been cutting hair for 10 years and spends her spare time offering up her skills for free to help others.
Found in the Rivard Report, 22 May, 2019
NuStar Energy’s Charity Golf Tournament Scores Big for Haven For Hope
“Haven for Hope is a tremendous public/private partnership, but not many people realize that each year we have to raise about $9 million from the private sector to attract these public dollars.”
Seen on KSAT 12, 22 May, 2019
Local women’s philanthropy group celebrates 20th anniversary
Today, more than 3,100 women are members of Women United. One of the group’s biggest projects is the child care scholarship program.