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 will be publishing a roundup of some of the compassionate acts we’ve spied with our little eyes.
Compassionate Acts in past 18 weeks
Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner | #worldkindnessday2017 | What is your church doing for San Antonio’s most vulnerable? | Vigil includes prayers and calls for social justice on gun violence | Valero Grants SAISD $8.4M for College Readiness Program | How Businesses Can Guard Against Workplace Violence, Shootings | Taco Cabana honored with Corporate Social Responsibility Award | Owner of sewage-laden mobile home park indicted | San Antonio non-profit founder awarded for work with sick kids | Business owner raising funds to build new First Baptist Church | Adopted dog bringing comfort to recovering S.A. addicts | Rep. Joaquín Castro Leading Trip to Mexico to Meet With Deported Veterans | San Antonio teen makes artwork to bring attention to David’s Law | H-E-B assists in Sutherland Springs, urges community donations | San Antonio Clubhouse promueve la salud mental | Message To All Texas Black Churches | To my friends, family and all U.S. Virgin Islanders: I’m not giving up on you | Homeless youth in Texas not getting help they need, advocates say | ‘Sandra’s Revolution’: SA immigrant shares story | New Civic Innovation Program to Tackle City’s Tech Issuesread more
S.A. nun a fierce advocate for education, equality | Domestic Violence Permeates Mass Killers’ Identities | SAPD trains officers to deal with mental health situations | San Antonio mosques slam N.Y. terror attack | UNESCO: San Antonio is a Creative City of Gastronomy | San Antonians and visitors alike delight in the Diwali festival, celebrating the culture of India | Council member stops eating to raise money for charity | SA 2030 District Members Build Business Case for Sustainability | Selling Girls: How Bexar County is fighting sex trafficking | Despite financial struggles, Mark’s Outing nourishes the community | Expanded child care center coming to the East Side | Community marches to remember domestic violence victim | Mission area residents respond to encroaching development | CNN to honor San Antonio mom as 2017 Hero on glittery TV special | Needed: a community approach to opioid epidemic | Community says thank you to Texas Burn Survivor Society | ‘Edgewood Cares’ fixes home for family in need | San Antonio athletes bowled over by the competition | Affordable Housing Pilot Launches in District 5 | High school students train guide dogs for visually-impaired | Cop offers mentorship at new West Side boxing gym | Liftfund, community partners launch Westside Edible Gardenread more
Methodist Children’s Hospital gives young patients a happy Halloween | UT-Health students, nursing staff helping people along Texas Coastal Bend | UTSA students, New Life Ministries launch program to combat domestic violence | Longoria highlights nationwide need for affordable housing | The Asylum Station | Drug court grads see hope and united families | KENS 5 rolls up sleeves for ‘Make A Difference Day’ | Empathy a belief and an instinct that can be developed | ACA Enrollment Begins with Fewer | Sheriff’s office forms team to tackle jail’s suicide rate | ‘Operation Home Cooking’ serving family experience for soldiers away from home | Sexual Harassment Is More Common Than You Think, But Most Cases Aren’t Reported | VIA Metro Waiving Bus Fees On Election Day | Healthy Bexar Plan: ‘A Call to Action’ for Healthier Residents | $400,000 awarded to four Local Nonprofits by Impact San Antonioread more
Spurs link arms for National Anthem before season opener | New arrivals show pride of origin in San Antonio school parade | People Who Make San Antonio Great: Trainer Tre Tremillo | Eastsiders Decry ‘New Pearl’ Development to Area Democratic Reps | After Three Months in Office, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg Ratifies His Commitment to LGBTQ Rights | Local crime watch organization spots graffiti correlation, trains neighbors | Top Workplaces 2017 special awards winners stand out for leadership, values | Local Nonprofit Builds Free Data Tool for Community Insight | People of faith pray at crime scene where two children were shot | NEISD teacher wins statewide humanities award | Program pairs adults with tutors to combat city’s illiteracy problem | Texas All-Stars: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio Lead the Way in LGBTQ Equality | Former foster children reunite in San Antonio to honor mentor | Pediatric cancer patients celebrate Halloween at ‘Boo Bash’ | SA Leaders Head To Darmstadt To Launch Sister Cities Agreement | Memorial standouts balance breakthrough season with fatherhood | Congress is allowing CHIP to die; it mustn’tread more
Inequality: San Antonio’s Silent Crisis | | Hurricane Harvey’s Unsung San Antonio Heroes | New Northside ISD high school celebrates its namesake | Activista latina se une al equipo del alcalde de San Antonio | Mujer Unveiled: Maribel Valdez Gonzalez ’13 gets a bold opportunity to defend dignity | Colonial Hills Elementary on national list of healthy schools | Generosas donaciones en San Antonio para Puerto Rico | Chalk It Up Makes Art ‘Accessible to All’ | United Way aims to raise $47.5 million this year in Bexar County | Adaptive Bike Program for Children with Physical Challenges Rolls Into SA | S.A. Ronald McDonald House adds $25,000 playground | Name change to LEE a Lame Egalitarian Effort | Will Bexar County Be the First in Texas to Legalize Needle Exchange? | First-of-its-kind girls running club breaks the mold | Latched: Helping Women of Color Meet Breastfeeding Goals | Soldiers’ Angels helping military families affected by Hurricane Harvey | City reconfirms commitment to help struggling monarch butterflies | Bexar County Receives $3 Million To Battle Opioid Epidemic | Tower of Americas turns purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month | Pups and Planes initiative plays big part of Airport Ambassadors program | New child advocacy center to be beacon of hope for community | Councilwoman Gonzales: Bond, Budget Can Boost Quality of Life in District 5 | S.A. woman weaves life in Kenya to help single moms with Imani Collective | Airport Simulation Gives Wings to People of All Abilitiesread more
Pub Theology attracts diverse following | Looking through an Equity Lens at San Antonio | City leaders approve progressive changes to animal laws | Nueva ordenanza en San Antonio para el cuidado de las mascotas | SA Attorney to Receive Stonewall Award from American Bar Association | Local Puerto Rican community aids devastated homeland | New S.A. dinner club to help women and addicts in the kitchen | Businesses Urged to Help Improve San Antonio’s Air Quality | District Attorney La Hood says ‘cite and release’ program will be good for Bexar County | Cite and release a worthy policy | Local couple uses pain to better lives of caregivers for military families | Peace in the barrio | Refugee Health Clinic | Juvenile Justice Courts Promote Education Over Incarceration | How San Antonio Can Shed Its ‘Unhealthy’ Label and Earn Gold | Group works to reduce crime at convenience stores on the West Side | Abstinence-only does not ‘follow the science’ | Advocates Push for More HPV Vaccinations in Bexar County | 90-90-90 Plan Takes On The Spread Of HIV, AIDS In San Antonio | McCullough Avenue Consortium Organizes to ‘Be Light, Not Blight’ | Education Advocates: When the State Fails, Schools Lean on Community | Third Annual San Antonio Feminist Film Festival | SAISD Plans to Tackle Poverty One School at a Time | Student Doctors ‘Adopt’ SAISD Studentsread more
San Antonians turn out for National Night Out celebrations | San Antonio police to wear pink patches in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month | City councilman speaks out about east side violence | San Antonio Businessmen Prepare Supply Mission to Aid Mexican Earthquake Victims | Bexar County suing opioid industry to combat epidemic | Mission to Chiapas: Quake Relief Trip Sparks Desire to Do More | How the De Novo Foundation helped change one man’s life | East side church hosts prayer, peace walk after rise in shootings | Popovich: No Spurs without community involvement | San Antonio organizations unite for Puerto Rico after hurricaneread more
S.A. can count its blessings as toxic waste flows from D.C. | It’s ethical and right for city to fund legal aid | DACA Recipients ‘Know No Home But Ours’ | Don’t Mess With Dreamers: Young San Antonians Prepare for a Life Without DACA | For equity’s sake, a fair city budget | Mapping San Antonio’s Generosity for Hurricane Relief Efforts | During a ‘virtual tour’ of dementia, nothing seems easy | Get Real, America: Meet Sister Denise | Interfaith ministry gives guidance, shelter to refugees | Brief encounters, lasting scars: One year later, memories of violence remain | Community helping east-side child care center recover from burglary | Texas Public School Districts May Now Store, Not Trash, Leftover Food | One In Seven Texans Struggle To Put Food On The Table | ¿Está al cuidado de un familiar enfermo? Este curso gratuito podría ayudarle | City’s largest neighborhood association shares simple way to fight crime | Hoops for Harvey raises over $5,000 for hurricane victims | The goal: making downtown inclusive | Program aims to reduce child abuse, neglect | Robert E. Lee apartments want to remove Confederate general’s last name from building | Distrito escolar pide ayuda para renombrar preparatoria | After 100 years, House of Neighborly Service continues to aid San Antonio’s poorest neighborhoods | 80+ neighborhood groups working together to take on mailbox thieves | As Nation’s Poverty Rate Declines, San Antonio’s Increases | Autoridades de San Antonio realizan taller de defensa personal para reaccionar ante incidentes violentos | Shifting Conversations About Rape in San Antonio: Support vs. Stigma | BiblioTech continues to grow digital reach in fourth year of operation | What Nicaragua taught me about San Antonio | San Antonio mayor to launch air quality pledge drive for businessesread more
Strait concert at $3.4 million and counting for hurricane relief | Can a community service center save a community? | Harvey Evacuees Receive Physical, Emotional Support in San Antonio | CPS crews head for Florida, will help to restore power for Irma victims | Tim Duncan: Don’t Forget About the Islands | North Star Mall to Host 12th Annual Canstruction® Design and Build Competition | Bexar County boosts spending, cuts tax rate | Creating a Culture of Health for SA’s Latino Children | UIW Med School Delivers Preventive Care to Community |read more
A Safe Haven for Learning – Thoughts on DACA | The inside story of what it took to keep a Texas grocery chain running in the chaos of Hurricane Harvey | Mayor Nirenberg Creates Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund | Mayor’s Relief Fund Part of Big Local Push to Aid Harvey Victims | Stranded Immigrants Find Shelter from Hurricane Harvey | We’re all family and family helps family | San Antonio’s Chow Train Feeds Harvey’s Victims on Texas Gulf Coast | PechaKucha Vol. 27 Shows San Antonio’s Humanity and Heart | Harvey a story of sweeping devastation and small miracles | Catholic schools to offer evacuee families free tuition for 90 days | After Harvey: Displaced Foster Care Children Find Friends in SA | How Those Rescue Videos From Houston Have Changed Us for the Better | Councilman Pelaez outraged after learning cockfighting conference held in San Antonio; seeks animal cruelty registry | City Council looks to fund immigrant legal services | The World’s Ugliest Statue, Right Here on Market Street | Record-Breaking Blanket Fort to Raise Awareness for Autism | Earn A Bike Battles Childhood Obesityread more
Hardberger to Nirenberg: ‘Stay in charge’ | San Antonio Prepares For More Evacuees From Aftereffects Of Harvey | Dozens of SAPD Officers Honored by Dallas PD | Solidarity Vigil at Trinity University | We can see through the darkness | Stand Up San Antonio holds event to end 90-day peace initiative | San Antonio Welcomes Evacuees, Deploys Help for Harvey | San Antonio ‘showing the love’ for Harvey’s victims | S.A. hospitals stepping up to help hundreds of evacuees | Bexar County Coalition Aims To Combat Opioid Epidemic | Compassionate SA: Rallying to Help our Texas Neighbors | Photos from City Council Offices | Local Chefs Take to Harvey-Battered Victoria, Rockport to Cook Up Aid | Tim Duncan, BlackJack Speed Shop pitch in to help Harvey victimsread more
San Fernando holds special Mass for immigrants, calls for end of racism | Exhibition: ‘Darkness Itself Can be Made to Illuminate’ | Announcing the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate | Nirenberg to address housing woes | Checking white church privilege | Temple members and city leaders take stand against hate during candlelight service | Local school district’s new reading program to debut WiFi on school buses | SAISD Adds Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to Non-Discrimination Rules | Meet a Roadrunner: Honors student Shruti Sinkar is raising awareness about homelessness and hunger | Soldier volunteers to help children in need | Helping others makes birthday girl happy | Anti-bullying rally held at City Hall | Building A ‘Bridge’ For Bexar County Kids In Crisis | Million Summer Meals celebrates over 9 million meals | Diversity, participation in focus for Fotoseptiembre | Mowers transform little league park into a field of dreams | SAWS celebrates National Senior Citizens Day by simplifying affordability program |read more