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 98 weeks
Catholic Charities expands to meet “huge” demand | Morgan’s Wonderland, Valero to build ultra-accessible camp | Cardboard Kids campaign kicks off | Alamo Colleges, other San Antonio employers embrace ‘living wage’ | University Hospital honors living organ donors, reunites them with recipients | Young filmmakers showcase their work on behalf of San Antonio nonprofits at BexarFest | San Antonio’s cultural connection with the Spurs goes deep | Community Health Leaders Launch VIVA Healthy Corner Store Pilot | San Antonio’s drug court judge seeks to banish the stigma attached to depression, drug abuse | Mobile STD Clinic Aims to Normalize Testing, Connect People to Resources | Teaching assistant works with young victims of abuse | UTSA students spend spring break helping to rebuild Puerto Rico | San Antonio-area groups come together to help victims of violent crimes | Student group in Randolph ISD tries to save planet by saving water | Tim Duncan Sends Six 40-Foot Trailers Filled With Cleaning And Hygiene Products To Territory For Homeless And Abused | Cyclist’s Death Spurs Advocates’ Call for Bike Infrastructure Improvements | South Texas Merchant Association makes big donation to fund pavilion for HS students | As child abuse cases rise, Baby Court sees success with keeping families together | Local artist wants to interview San Antonioan Muslims | As family violence fatalities in San Antonio increase, women’s advocates take to the streets | Compadre y Compadre teaching men to be fathers | City calls on Eagle Pass bus company to stop overcharging migrants | Holocaust liberator from San Antonio haunted by memories | ACS officers stress importance of humanely tethering pet dogs | San Antonio ISD, University Health System to open middle school clinics | San Antonio Attorney, Activist Describes Search for Warlord Joseph Kony in New Book | SA Youth YouthBuild program builds houses |read more
SAMMinistries working to end childhood homelessness, break cycle of poverty in San Antonio | BCSO liaison program bridging the gap between law enforcement, community | Big Give 2019 aims to raise money for local nonprofits | Why Manu is so beloved | Casa Mia Keeps Families Together Through Recovery From Opioid Addiction | Local author shares memories of woman fatally shot by SAPD sergeant | Familias migrantes continúan llegan a San Antonio tras ser liberados de centros de detención | Tejano statesman Navarro railed against intolerant Know-Nothings in San Antonio and Texas | Golden Rule to be held up as a shining example | Alternative course work helps NISD high school students live their dream | Baptist Temple Church honored with #compassionateSA Award | Rudy Ruiz Asks Readers To ‘Walk In Someone Else’s Shoes For A Few Pages’ | Commissioners Court Recognizing Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez | Guide dog trainers and their pups come to San Antonio | Spring Siclovia turns streets into “community playtime” | War, peace begin in our homes, have global implications | Church donates $2,000 worth of shoes for ‘Soles4Souls’ campaign | ‘Interwoven’ shines a light on one of San Antonio’s lesser known communities | Migrants Sent To San Antonio Welcomed With Open Arms And Open Hearts | Classic Theatre joins national series of ‘Twelve Angry Men’ readings | Ride for Reading cyclists deliver books on bikes to local elementary schools | City, County Introduce Committee Dedicated to Accurate 2020 Census Count | 92-year-old WWII veteran walks to hospital to volunteer, hand out cookies | City of San Antonio opens resource center for the influx of migrants | Courthouse rally kicks off Child Abuse Awareness Month | City jumps in to help shelter migrants | Spurs to open Sensory Room in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day | GLO trying to thwart Native Americans cemetery at the Alamo | Repair through Relationship | San Antonio teacher helps students through daily meditation | Law student launches workshop for adults with disabilities and their families | Pothole Patrol ready for action | Valero Texas Open’s Growing Charitable Efforts Impact San Antonians |read more
Local Gender Affirmation Project Will Assist with Updating of ID’s | Free program helping businesses educate drivers | UTSA Students, Faculty to Get Free VIA Rides Anywhere in City of San Antonio | SA nonprofit donates clothes to teens in need | Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss Encourages Younger Generations Not to Forget | Patients enjoy ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’ during 3rd annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek | Plan to bring new restaurants to SA Airport amended by City Council to exclude Chick-Fil-A | Festival to Bridge Musical Differences With Culturally Diverse Program | City Council Approves $1 Million Fund to Help Displaced, Vulnerable Residents | Mama Shirley leaves lasting impression upon San Antonio kids at The Children’s Shelter | Margarita Cabrera’s Monumental ‘Arbol de la Vida’ Grows in San Antonio | San Antonio vigil honors victims of New Zealand mosque attacks | ‘From nothing to something’: Once homeless man moves in to tiny home | NISD Hosts Giveaway of 40,000 Books | Continuing the dance of faith and service: A small congregation keeps step with their community | Former city manager Sculley to auction years worth of Fiesta medals, sashes, gear | Mother-daughter duo share love of the arts in support of Blue Star Contemporary | SA lawmakers live as disabled people, gain perspective | Climate Flash Choir Brings ‘Joyful Militancy’ to City Council |read more
South San Antonio elementary students growing food with a larger goal in mind | SA Food Bank hosts 5th annual Nutrition Summit | San Antonio nonprofit receives $1 million donation from local philanthropist | ‘Doggy day trips’ program gives ACS dogs a break from the shelter | HEB’s ‘Hunger Stops Here’ campaign donates $7,500 to San Antonio Food Bank | Islamic Center of SA calls for education, understanding | Memory café uses games, songs to help Alzheimer’s patients in San Antonio | Boys2Men: NEISD elementary teaches boys how to become gentlemen | The Warrior Chef dishes out healing through cooking | Text program provides teens with free transportation to help | Nothing More practices what it preaches on tour | Comic legend Carol Burnett returns to her San Antonio roots | Part of SA trend, trustees might raise Alamo Colleges’ hourly minimum wage to $15 |read more
College mentors nurture young authors at troubled San Antonio school | Confidence, Talent on Display Sunday at Art for Autism Event at La Villita | Courageous 9-year-old shaves head to support childhood cancer research, inspires many to do the same | Residente de San Antonio pide unidad a la comunidad para limpiar el medio ambiente | Riders United 4 Children collecting donations to help children in crisis | ‘Project Brave’ books teach children about toxic relationships, how to avoid them | Clark High School teaching more than just dance routine to students with special needs | Owl Radio volunteers deliver news to the visually impaired | San Antonio Police Documentary Premieres at SXSW |read more
More resources dedicated to combating family violence as cases surge in Bexar County | Nonprofits help unaccompanied children navigate immigration system | Transcending Disability in UTSA Professor John Quarles’ Virtual World | Texans’ life expectancy varies wildly depending on ZIP code | Metro Health’s Leaner Strategic Plan Aims to Address Nutrition, Trauma, Health Care Access | Pre-K 4 SA donates stuffed animals to ChildSafe | Fishing day serves up life lessons with a side of worms | Local Leaders Heading to Women’s United Nation Meeting | San Antonio Potters, Chefs and Caterers Join Forces to Combat Homelessness at Sunday’s 19th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser | In Its 25th Year, Microlender LiftFund Focusing on New Financial Tools | Success is in the bag | Hundreds of volunteers take part in 40 Days of Service | Construction completed on 13 Habitat for Humanity homes | High schooler diagnosed with cancer raises thousands for cancer research | Career Serving Spurs, SA Youths Leads David R. Schmidt to Hall of Fame | Local nonprofit helping young girls with education, mental health, softball | Local group helps the homeless on a cold night | The Science Behind ‘Sex, Power, and Partisanship’ | 2 students from Southside ISD show what it means to be “Hero” |read more
Vestido Rojo aims to motivate, teach women about living heart-healthy lives | Changes to Under 1 Roof program to create more roofs for San Antonio homeowners | Gonzales makes bipartisan move by hiring former GOP judges | Around 2,000 public housing units in San Antonio don’t have air conditioning; city hopes to change that | Neighbors help disabled Navy veteran in San Antonio | New health care facility on South Side won’t turn anyone away | Donations Needed to Add Books to Bexar County Jail’s Library | Abdo, 75, was a San Antonio interfaith organizer and ‘very good shepherd’ | Alamo Promise free tuition program good investment | SAPD hopes community engagement curbs violence in some of Alamo City’s most dangerous neighborhoods | City of San Antonio invests in opportunity youth with new West Side center | Provide trash service in The Glen | SA doctor conducting study on nurture science, how it benefits babies in NICU | StoryCorps And TPR Invite You To Take ‘One Small Step’ | Local nonprofit changes lives, one change of clothes at a time | Alamo Colleges might forgive student debt | Egg discovery scrambles San Antonio’s plan to crack down on egrets | Tubman, Owens, and Bridges: San Antonio Schools Teach Impact of Black Americans | Conductor uses music to spread positive message | New District 9 Multi-generational Center will bring fountain of youth to seniors | NISD deaf student demands school board make improvements for hearing impaired |read more
Software developer, educator, millionaire…and missionary to the poor | This Year, the Briscoe’s Pony Express Will Make a Stop at Brooke Army Medical Center | Charlotte Kelly Bryant praised for her service to the community | Monte Vista estate serves as recovery house for pregnant women, mothers addicted to opioids | New Foster Program Helps At-Risk Youth in Texas | Texas Singer-Songwriter Battles Veteran Suicide With ‘Project Hemingway’ | Basura Bash tackles trash along San Antonio waterways | Group makes blankets for local kids in crisis | University of Texas at San Antonio shoring up sex assault prevention | App, Community Buy-In Can Help Decrease Litter in San Antonio | Former patient helps others by forming team for Methodist’s Red Dress Fun Run | City to Provide ‘Disconnected Youth’ With Opportunity Pipeline at New Center | DA’s office adding staff to deal with rise in domestic violence cases | Unaccompanied no more: veteran’s death highlights critical action families should take | KLRN Creates 21st Century Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood for SA’s Youngest Students | Giving voice to those abused by priests and pastors | Local Latina entrepreneurs help others thrive through workshop | Pilot Program Will Work with Corner Stores to Bring Fresh Produce to San Antonio’s South Side | Craft Brewing Effort to Aid Wildfire Victims a Mash of Resiliency, Grit, Grist | Travis Park UMC holds solidarity walk ahead of gay marriage vote | Baby Season for Wildlife | ‘Jeans for Teens’ drive at JBSA-Randolph helps homeless youth | Price Elementary students learn growing techniques to conquer hunger | NISD teachers, staff getting trained to help kids who have experienced trauma | Esta mujer hispana no solo ayuda a las víctimas de violencia doméstica, sino que también ayuda a los agresores a cambiar | Scooters, e-bikes create obstacle courses out of city sidewalks for those with disabilities | Hemisfair Guides Aim to Help Special-Needs Families Enjoy Yanaguana Garden More | Alpha Tau Omega keeps black history alive in young students | Nirenberg, LGBTQ+ Committee Talk Inclusion, Homelessness, Safety | Woman survives traumatic crash thanks to new resource on SAFD EMS units | School rock garden helps bring community together | Bexar County Autistic Adults Struggle To Access The Services They Need | COPS Metro Urges Mayor to Ramp Up Implementation of Affordable Housing Policy | Grub out for a cause during San Antonio Burger Week | San Antonio Activist Invites Everyone to Her 9th Annual Birthday Party Fundraiser |read more
UT Health’s Sanchez-Reilly Views End-of-Life Care as a Mission, Not a Profession | Family of geese saved along I-10 during morning commute | Second chance at hope: Prison retreat offers inmates faith, redemption | South Texas Blood and Tissue Center Rolls Out New Bloodmobile | Hilton Palacio del Rio first hotel in S.A. to provide on-site health clinic | K9s for Warriors expanding in San Antonio with rescue dogs | A Cry For Baby Cuddlers In San Antonio As Opioid Crisis Deepens | Hospital babies sport little hats made by big hearts | Flamingos flocking to local lawns… all for a good cause | Family violence cases getting attention they need | Taste buds satisfied and playground funds raised | Group helps homeless with coats and food | San Antonio nonprofit organization providing free help to women | Kids with special needs learning the rhythm of therapy |read more
San Antonio medical students offer hands-on lessons to high schoolers | Local foster care system undergoing overhaul to better serve kids | City Awards $500K to Future Dental Program at Palo Alto College | SA advocate for victims of priest sex abuse anxiously awaits list of accused offenders | Growing up Mexican, but not learning to speak Spanish | San Antonio Climate Ready: City Releases Draft Of Ambitious Plan | Measuring Up: Why It’s Time for San Antonio to Get Over Its Longstanding Inferiority Complex | La Puerta, a safe place for sex trafficking victims to heal, is ready to open in San Antonio | From Med School to the Streets: UIW Students Take Care Directly to Homeless | From Quantico to Cookies: Major General Angie Salinas | Big Ideas Changing San Antonio | Nirenberg Supports Mobile Shower Truck for Homeless but Wants Sustainable Plan | Medio Elementary School dedicates ‘Jump Rope For Heart’ to one of their own | Students take field trip to dentist office | Trinity kicks off 150th anniversary by giving back to San Antonio | UTSA continues long tradition of inclusivity with announcement of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality Studies department | Why affordable housing and transit matter here | What could Austin learn from San Antonio’s homeless shelter model? | Out with the junk, in with the greens: SA company focusing on employee health with fresh food-stocked vending machines | San Antonio ISD bus driver gets students excited about reading | Iniciativa busca enseñar a los estudiantes oportunidades de trabajo en San Antonio | Caridades Católicas se prepara ante llegada de caravana |read more
MacArthur students get hands-on experience with Habitat for Humanity | ‘Youth of the Year’ competition highlights outstanding youth of San Antonio | Rapid Relief Team dishes out free meals for furloughed federal TSA employees | Humane Society offering free bag of pet food for furloughed federal workers | San Antonio Schools Offer Temp Jobs To Furloughed Workers | San Antonio’s Girl Up members help children of unpaid TSA workers | A cheerful spirit, a CEO looking to lend a helping hand and an achiever of goals | Local nonprofit to help with Catholic school tuition as government shutdown continues | Volunteers help count homeless population in Bexar County | SA church gives $75,000 worth of gift cards to federal airport workers | Bexar County Program Helps People With Disabilities Interact With First Responders | Bexar County CASA volunteers officially swear-in | SA Agencies Join Forces to Assist Federal Workers, Despite End of Shutdown | ‘Brothers in Arms’ program saving lives in SA | It’s Our Moment: Leadership Institute Empowers Latinas to Break Barriers | Spirit of Sound Fills Family Deaf Church | United Way has rethought how it gives its help | Pets getting food help, too | 311SA recognized as one of the most innovative Smart City projects worldwide | One in three households in San Antonio struggle to afford necessities | San Antonio airport offers high-tech help for blind travelers | New Shelter for Youth Sex Trafficking Survivors Opening | Human Trafficking: An International Crisis In Our Backyard | San Antonio’s Water System Taps the Wisdom of Young City Residents | Woman spends two decades volunteering at hospital |read more
GoFundMe Warns About Fake Fundraisers for Baby King Jay Davila | San Antonio area program hitches health, nutrition to Bible study | In Shutdown’s Fourth Week, USAA Donates $15 Million to Aid Coast Guard | Texas nonprofit steps up to help federal workers | Local food banks giving away care packages to government workers impacted by shutdown | San Antonio dads launch program teaching young girls life lessons through softball | An advocate and coach for the special needs community | Morgan’s Wonderland creará atracción para los pacientes de Alzheimer | Animal Care Services and K9s For Warrior to Open Training Facility | City Council Adopts New Principles for Public Participation | Tim Duncan spotted handing out food on San Antonio’s west side | Local businesses offer discounts, freebies to federal employees during government shutdown | What Can The Holocaust Teach Us About Resistance? | Working at SA Lighthouse for the Blind: ‘I Never Thought I’d Be Able To Do Something Like This’ | Bike San Antonio pushing for protected bike lanes, physical barriers | San Antonio tuxedo rental worker helps grandfather dying of cancer | Niña “milagrosa” salva vidas incluso después de la muerte | What San Antonio’s $1 million displacement policy would address, not address | Joint Base-SA volunteer celebrates 30 years of service | San Antonio’s 2019 peace laureates named | San Antonio church builds “transition homes” to help the homeless | MLK March a Reminder that Diversity Strengthens San Antonio’s Community | Sikhs In US Offered Free Food To Thousands Of Workers Affected By Government Shutdown | Commanders lend hand to Operation Homefront | SA places of worship, community members house homeless during cold | Scooters and the homeless — some parallels to think about | Speakers encourage community, faith leading up to MLK March | UT Health Helping Doctors in Underserved Areas Provide Specialty-Level Care | To Fulfill King’s Dream, Living ‘Together in Community’ Is Crucial | ‘The Miracle Factory’ helps special needs students excel beyond high school | Hundreds of thousands march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. | San Antonio Spurs give an assist to beat hunger at Champions Against Hunger Dinner | San Antonio On Track for Most 2020 Community Goals, But Transportation Issues Worsen | San Antonio radio host performs at hospitals, classrooms off the air | VIA offering free unlimited rides to Alamo Colleges students, faculty and staff | Las familias de la organización 100 Club, que ayuda a los niños de policías y bomberos caídos, reciben una gran donación | Cellist From Baghdad Brings Music Message To San Antonio | Adaptations giving wounded veterans freedom in their own home | San Antonio’s Fuerza Unida celebrates 29 years of fighting back, empowering the voiceless |read more