San Antonio is a 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. Every Wednesday, Compassionate San Antonio publishes a roundup of the compassionate acts we’ve found. Use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate actions! Follow us on @compassionNET1 to see them on Twitter as we find them.
Compassionate Acts in past 117 weeks
City Offers Help to Churches Seeking to Develop Affordable Housing Projects | Bestselling Author Shea Serrano on Success, Twitter Altruism, and Life Back in San Antonio | Transformative Justice … and Accordions | Interfaith San Antonio Alliance, Mayor Sign Proclamation to Address Affordable Housing | Public defender’s office aiming to address Bexar County’s domestic violence crisis with treatment over incarceration | New mural on West side honors victims of traffic accidents | Habitat for Humanity Unveils 10 Homes on the West Side | Four Years In The Making, Mental Health Center Opens In South San Antonio School District | National League of Cities Conference to Showcase San Antonio Policymaking | San Antonio teens assist Texas Ramp Project | The City of San Antonio Opens Nominations for the Next Poet Laureate | San Antonio Airport sustainability officer’s passion starts at home | Teslas, self-driving trucks, scooters: Transportation tech on display as San Antonio hosts mobility summit | How we can prevent domestic violence in San Antonio | Analysis Finds San Antonio Lacks Urgent Care Options for Behavioral Health | Fire at Church’s Chicken affects another church down the street | City of San Antonio surveying immigrants about their experience | San Antonio Lands Perfect Score on Human Rights Campaign’s Rating of Cities for LGBTQ+ Equality | VIA’s new ride-sharing program has promise | A city that pays equally benefits San Antonio | After-School Program Giving Teens Access to State-of-the-Art Technologies |
I Care San Antonio Launches Impactful Program for Veterans, Their Families | City Council Awards Geekdom $250,000 for Civic Technology Program | Green Acres: Commissioner Calvert Cultivates Plans for Urban Farm | Elaine Hartle: Helping Foster Youth Prepare for Life’s Challenges | Family finds success in program aimed at reducing child abuse, neglect | South San ISD students’ grassroot movement produces results | San Antonio mother keeps son’s memory alive through random acts of kindness | Joint Base San Antonio confronting military suicide epidemic | CityFest Panelists Discuss Plans of Attack in Fight Against Poverty | Floyd Curl ‘green street’ opens at Medical Center for cyclists, pedestrians | Council Approves Zoning for Campus to House Homeless Seniors | Bringing meditation — and calm — to youth leaving the correctional system | Once a Catholic sister, Janie Barrera now operates massive loan fund for small businesses | A serious discussion about college mascots | Vietnam veteran counsels San Antonio military veterans and invests in old West Side neighborhood | Veterans find healing and purpose in Bihl Haus’s Forward, Arts! program | Deer hunters can donate deer meat to San Antonio Food Bank to help feed the hungry | Tip Top Cafe holds weekly ‘Name your price’ day to benefit domestic violence shelter | Pastoral Care Brings Hope to Hospital Patients | Salvation Army Helping People Stay Warm During Freezing Weather | City to observe Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week with slate of events |
San Antonio unveils five-year domestic violence plan | Haven for Hope working to bring shelter to homeless people ahead of plunging temperatures | Superheroes drop in on pediatric hospital patients on Halloween | Chanel the Comfort Dog Cares for Staff at Methodist Healthcare | City right to seek help on homelessness | Run-in with law leads to app to keep track of defendants | Nonprofit Financial Coaches to Help Take on Economic Segregation in San Antonio | Bowler passionate about equality in once segregated sport | Center addresses need for San Antonio youth to ‘re-engage’ with school, work | SAISD students taste-test next year’s potential cafeteria food | San Antonio youth counselor offers kids love, attention and motherly discipline | Travis Park Church Continues to Feed People in Need Despite Roof Collapse | There’s $231 million in medical debt in San Antonio. KENS 5 is erasing some | The new Alamo battle to save site of lunch counter desegregation |
Breaking HIV’s hold | San Antonio’s Migrant Resource Center to Close as Migration Numbers Drop | Single mother shares redemption story after addiction: ‘It’s a new beginning’ | San Antonio elementary school celebrates the diversity of its own ‘Parade of Nations’ | 1,400 local kids receive free soccer shoes | VIA Transit Employee Art Exhibit Helps Create Connections | Church holds Sunday service in the midst of destruction | New South Side community garden nourishing neighborhood with ‘food desert’ | San Antonio Museum of Art Installs 6.5 Ton Taihu Scholars’ Rock Gifted by Chinese Sister City, Wuxi | Local dental school taking steps to serve people with special needs |
Too Few Degrees of Separation: Domestic Violence in San Antonio | South San ISD To Open Mental Health Resource Center Powered by 6 Community Agencies | City Council OKs Spending Nearly $130,000 to Develop Strategic Plan to Address Homelessness | San Antonio Adopts Climate Plan to Go Carbon-Neutral by 2050 | In book for childhood cancer patients, San Antonio author draws on her history with the disease | ‘Don’t Be A Monster’ program teaches students about bullying | Countywide project to raise awareness about dangers of unsecured weapons | Generational Poverty Plagues San Antonio. How Are Different Groups Tackling The Issue? | San Antonio parents urged to look for signs of teen dating violence | Condado de Bexar lanza su oficina móvil | At a San Antonio elementary school, creative adults gave a gift of music | Westside Washaterias Become High-Tech Hubs As New Program Tackles Digital Divide | Retired Firefighter Continues Mission to Save Lives | SA raises $600,000+ in 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s | Local Church Helps Thousands of Homeless San Antonionians | Chris Madrids helping children in the foster system | San Antonio to Reevaluate How It Fights Homelessness | Sight of abused dogs in San Antonio prompted meter reader to work on behalf of pets | Reducing gun violence begins with listening | Small group of volunteers work to make big changes in community | Bank of America gives $400k to two local nonprofits | LGBTQ+ youth often end up homeless; local programs helping |
St. Philip’s College, San Antonio Food Bank partner to offer campus pantry | YWCA started out fighting racism but didn’t stay on course, until now | San Antonio Starts to Confront Its Domestic Violence Crisis | Take action to empower girls | San Antonio volunteer lifts children’s spirits with year-round Christmas displays | Cities, non-profits get big government reimbursements for migrant aid | More than 500 people avoided jail for misdemeanors under San Antonio’s new cite-and-release program | Mobile Mammograms Spread Awareness in San Antonio | New ‘Housing First’ Homeless Services Campus Planned in East Side | Former Foster Child Finds Hope at UTSA Center |
Blessing of the Animals ceremony brings pets, people together | Why Are We Still Afraid of Our Streets? | Mom worried no one would show up to son’s party asks for community’s help | Study: 36% of local grandparents are raising their grandchildren | 10 Local Students Awarded David Robinson Fellowship Opportunity | The Contamination Around the South Side’s Air Force Facilities Remains, and Residents Say It’s Still Taking a Toll | District 3 event promotes fresh food options to boost healthy outcomes in San Antonio | Mental Health Awareness Week kicked off at Morgan’s Wonderland Saturday | Family devotes life to combating domestic violence in San Antonio after loved one killed | San Antonio woman offers homeless youth new clothes and self esteem | San Antonio looking at ways to minimize gender pay gap | New Institute to Document San Antonio’s Place in Mexican American Civil Rights History | Alamo Colleges’ graduation rates doubled in five years | The Story Goes — David Zammiello — Project Quest | Artpace Promotes Sustainability With the 16th Annual Chalk It Up |
Healthy Corner Store Update: Produce Sales in San Antonio’s Biggest Food Desert Jumped by Nearly 600% in Four Months | NEISD graduates donate leftover lunch money to other students | The People’s Nite Market Provides Access to Healthy, Affordable Foods on West Side | San Antonio Food Bank Announces $23.5 Million in Capital Projects to Combat Local Poverty and Feed Thousands More | San Antonio Girl Scouts troop donates comfort boxes to grieving mothers | City’s First Faith-Based Liaison Aims for a More Compassionate San Antonio | In Second Book, Lorenzo Gomez Talks Back to His 12-Year-Old Self | San Antonio Doctor Featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show for Using Art Sales to Help Patients Pay Bills | Kim Abernethy, ChildSafe CEO, says new campus provides healing for clients and staff | AlamoPROMISE to cover college costs for San Antonio students at Alamo Colleges | ‘Love is …’ San Antonio leaders unveil domestic violence awareness campaign | Students reminded to play it safe while walking to school | Comienza el ‘National Night Out’ en San Antonio |
ROLL Models teaching kids life lesson on bikes | San Antonio teen raises money to buy sports wheelchair for wounded veteran’s son | Children with Physical Disabilities Given New Way to Visit San Antonio Zoo | Clinics helped reclaim San Antonio plaza, provide spiritual healing | San Antonio role-playing exercise highlights health care frustration | San Antonio area colleges embrace former foster youths, with state help | Castro and Prosper: Key to Women Empowerment is Childcare | Diaper Need Burdens Low-Income Families In Texas |
Grocery Store On San Antonio’s West Side Supplies Food And Opportunity For Needy Families | Bexar County Needle Exchange Program Set to Become First In State | At long last, needle exchange program gets underway in San Antonio | UTSA senior named Youth Observer to the United Nations | Clean Cab initiative helps SATX firefighters breathe easier | The DIG League bands together to spruce up San Antonio park | County trying to keep at-risk families intact | A new home for a major local resource organization | San Antonio park being designed for children with disabilities | Post-Council, Judge Shaw Presides Over Second-Chance Youth Drug Court | San Antonio civic leaders launch early childhood education advocacy group | UTSA, Brenda Tracy team up to combat sexual assault | Toyota Donates $500,000 To AlamoPROMISE |
Misioneras se unen para orar por los afectados por la crisis migratoria | Members of faith community say they shouldn’t pay fees for helping the homeless | More than $1.5M in proposed city budget to help rein in family violence | San Antonio Receives $6.8 Million HUD Grant to Combat Youth Homelessness | City Council Continues to Make Affordable Housing a Priority | San Antonio Clubhouse Offers New Help on Southeast Side | ‘Canstruction’ Art Event Taking Over North Star Mall, Will Benefit San Antonio Food Bank | San Antonio’s Habitat starts fall campaign with plans to build 10 more homes to finish out 2019 | San Antonio Pets Alive! surpasses yearly goal of saving lives | Former gang member working to make his neighborhood safer | Pearl hosts special Grandparents Day event | Migrant Resource Center looking for volunteers, retired teachers to help out | San Antonio Archbishop takes on climate change, urges protection for city’s historic missions | Bexar County, Partners Launch Plans for Gun Violence Prevention Strategies | San Antonio Fire Department to Form Task Force on Hoarding | Local salon helps kids with autism ease haircut worries | San Japan magic is its inclusivity |
Local company comes to disabled man’s rescue | Starbucks awards $100K grant to San Antonio Food Bank for mobile pantry delivery program | Only guinea pig rescue in South Texas running out of room | University opens own food bank for students | Local Non Profit lands $6.88 million to fight youth homelessness | SAHA partners with nonprofit to provide transitional housing for former foster youth | Victims of family violence in San Antonio soon won’t have to leave pets behind | ITC Photography Exhibition Explores America’s Immigrant Heritage | Eagle Scout project will provide 100 abused kids with much-needed assist | Drowning victim’s widow starts life vest non-profit | Former San Antonio mayor’s plans for protecting animals could be ‘game changer’ | Casa Mia creating a clean start for mothers and babies | City proposes plan to use tourism revenue to combat homelessness in San Antonio | City of San Antonio’s Equity Office ‘Building the Scaffolding’ for Greater Inclusion | OATS – Engaging Seniors with Technology | Boy Scout builds beds for the bedless | Councilman wants to combat staggering eviction rates with pilot program | San Antonio PD officer credits training after diffusing situation with Autistic individual | Fewer Migrants Are Coming Through San Antonio: Resource Center Will Stay Open At Least 4 More Months | Local Entities Team Up To Fight The Scourge Of Domestic Violence In San Antonio | Air Force audiences in San Antonio hear how suicide tore up a family | Stand Up S.A. will Provide Information and Training on Specific Strategies to Bring about Behavior Change | San Antonio’s Moral Compass Should Point to Paid Sick Leave |