Congratulations to Crestholme Presbyterian Church for being recognized by the
@safoodbank as the Client Services Partner of the Year and as “Compassionate San Antonians” by Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Most Wednesdays (we missed last week – oops!) we publish this compassionate news roundup. If you want to get the news quicker, 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, June 15, 2019
Youth Mural Unveiled At Westside Church Known For Its Service to Homeless
“The real ministry’s outside, it’s not in a church building. When Jesus was here, he came to serve, he didn’t come to be served.”
Found in the Rivard Report, 14 June, 2019
San Antonio Public Library Launches Fine-Free Pilot Program
“These fines were disproportionately affecting families in poverty, which was never the intended effect.” The program is for children’s and young adult books.
Found in the Express-News, 16 June, 2019
Poorest among us have so little, yet they give so much
“If we do not know what is going on, if we don’t see the suffering of the poor, if we are not awake to the pains of poverty, how do we even know how to help?”
Found in the Express-News, 21 June, 2019
City, organizations help residents cope with rising heat
Libraries are a convenient place to cool off not only because of their offerings, but because there is often one within a 5-mile radius. “The Libraries are for All.”
Seen on KENS 5, 21 June, 2019
Local nonprofits hopeful for funding to reimburse resources used to help migrants
Catholic Charities in San Antonio has helped 10,000 asylum seekers in less than seven weeks. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) is among the lawmakers pushing for the funding to be approved.
Found on WOAI 4, 20 June, 2019
New residency program addresses shortage of doctors in San Antonio
Students at The University of Incarnate Word are getting off campus starting July first to try and fill a growing void when it comes to mental health care.
Found on Spectrum News, June 16, 2019
San Antonio Recognized as “Dementia Friendly City”
The UIW School of Nursing’s Caring for the Caregiver program is championing the Dementia Friendly initiative, along with two other major stakeholders: University Health System and the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Heard on Texas Public Radio, June 19, 2019
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About two dozen local Girl Scouts and members of the non-profit group Summer of Service are headed to the Dominican Republic to observe and learn from nonprofit organizations working in the Caribbean country.
Seen on WOAI 4, 22 June, 2019
Two local rappers hope to inspire gang members to put down their guns
“A lot of families are hurt. I’m tired of seeing all of this pain in people’s faces out here.”
Found in the Rivard Report, 23 June, 2019
San Antonio Botanical Garden Offers Reduced Admission to SNAP, WIC Cardholders
“The Botanical Garden is proud to join Museums for All and provide a pathway that alleviates the financial barrier for our working families. We strongly believe that every member of our community deserves the opportunity to connect to the natural world and experience all the Botanical Garden has to offer.”
Seen on KSAT 12, 22 June, 2019
New graduates overcoming homelessness, foster care, single parenting
Restore Education offers at-risk or second-time students gift of free education.
Seen on KENS 5, 23 June, 2019
How a free program helps San Antonio seniors stay connected
When it comes to learning how to use technology, Senior Planet San Antonio is taking the fear out of it for older adults.
Found in the Express-News, 24 June, 2019
San Antonio Girl Scout teaches female empowerment to girls in rural India
“She gave young women a dignified solution to manage their period and the tools to achieve their true potential.”
Seen on KENS 5, 25 June, 2019
UTSA creates Tito Bradshaw bicycle repair shop
As part of the #MakeUTSAWalkable campaign, the campus renames an information booth in honor of a beloved cyclist killed in April by a motorist.
Seen on KENS 5, 25 June, 2019
Protect the peacocks: One northwest-side neighborhood is on a mission
“They don’t have a voice. I have to be their voice. All of the neighbors have to be their voice.”
Seen on KENS 5, 24 June, 2019
Veterans form prison ministry group
Three local veterans preach a message of less judgment and more acceptance.
Found in the Rivard Report, 25 June, 2019
San Antonio Non-Medical Hospice Facility Gives Patients Peace In Final Days
Abode is one of two non-medical end-of-life facilities in Texas – and one of 42 nationwide – that cater to those who have no other caretakers and no financial means to “live their ending in peace.”
Seen on WOAI 4, 25 June, 2019
Mayor pledges to address overnight parking problem for homeless living in cars
“Now that the issue has been brought to us as a concern for some of the individuals in our city, we’re going to be looking at a lot of the best practices and how we can deal with the issue in a compassionate way.”
Found on WOAI 4, 25 June, 2019
SA Kids Breathe program to reduce kids’ asthma related hospitalizations, missed school
The goal is to fill in the gaps and make sure kids have access to the knowledge and medical resources they need. Respiratory therapists go into homes to educate the patients and give one on one assessments.
Found in the Rivard Report, 26 June, 2019
Erik Walsh Reflects on First 100 Days as City Manager
Mayor Nirenberg: “We have a leader of the organization that’s internalized the values that we have underscored in the past two years, primarily that of compassion.”