Every Wednesday Compassionate San Antonio will publish a roundup of some of the compassionate acts we found in our city this week. This is the first!

Spotted in the San Antonio Express-News, 9 July, 2017
East Side pastor ministers to the homeless and people in need
Pastor Shetigho Agbuke leads a service before offering a weekly food pantry to the homeless and low income members from her Redeemer’s Praise Church in San Antonio.

Spotted on “Little Things”
Couple Adopts Dog Before Meeting Him. When The Trailer Door Opens To Reveal Him, They Lose It
In 2011, San Antonian Tracy Whyatt followed her passion for saving the lives of unloved dogs. She and her husband Scott started taking road trips, collecting unwanted dogs from Texas kill shelters, and relocating them to other states to find their forever homes.

Spotted in the Rivard Reprt, 16 July 2017
Nurse-Family Partnership Fosters Healthy Futures
. . .the job of the NFP nurse is to empower women, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance, to be the best parents they can be.

Spotted in the Rivard Report, 18 July, 2017
Architects Unveil ‘City Hall For All’ Design Projects
A compassionate entrance to City Hall that would make it accessible to everyone — no more using the basement elevator if you can’t manage steps.

Spotted in The Rivard Report, 15 July, 2017
Wonders and Worries: Supporting Children of Parents with Serious Illness
Wonders and Worries, a program dedicated to helping children ages 2-18 whose parents are facing a serious illness, officially opened its doors on Friday at the START Cancer Center at the South Texas Medical Center.

Spotted on NOWCastSA
Map: Free Summer Food Service Sites
Many kids rely on free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs for food, which makes summer a particularly difficult time for hungry kids and families. Summer feeding programs help fill the gaps to ensure that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations.This map helps hungry kids find free food in the San Antonio area. (You need to visit the NOWCastSA site to make the interactive map display the sites!)

Spotted in FOLO Media, 13 July, 2017
Local churches step up to face foster care crisis
In 2016, Jennifer Smith formed the South Texas Alliance for Orphans to connect local churches with the foster care system. In September, 10 churches were either helping with foster and adoption ministries or had created one of their own. Within three months that number grew to 21.

Heard on The Source – Texas Public Radio on 28 June, 2017
Turning Up The Heat On Violence Prevention In San Antonio
What local efforts are working to prevent and reduce violence? How can we curb the rate of violent crime in San Antonio? Guests: Dr. Colleen Bridger, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District; Jazmine Walker, Stand Up S.A. violence interrupter; Marta B. Pelaez, President/CEO of Family Violence Prevention Services, Inc.

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