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 149 weeks
Ballet SA and Haven For Hope Partner to Bring Free Dance Lessons to Homeless Children | City of San Antonio hosting first Girls Empowerment Summit | Soul Art Project Puts a New Twist on Therapy | SAHA board approves changes to public housing fees | Local students write letters to people living in China following coronavirus outbreak | Community plans ‘mock graduation’ so dying mother can see her son graduate | SA 2020, how far have we come? And what’s next? | Past Housing, Zoning Practices Contribute to Today’s Housing Gap | San Antonio scholar could bring ‘healing’ to contentious Alamo makeover | 3rd Graders to Be Honored at National Philanthropy Day | SAISD students ask for limits on school policing, amendments to their Bill of Rights | County plans to offer inmates in San Antonio new treatment option to fight deadly opioid epidemic | San Antonio students reach out to lonely kids on ‘No One Eats Alone Day’ | Hope for a bright future for hard-to-place foster kids in San Antonio | Some San Antonio doctors already reforming health care system | Councilwoman Gonzales on Poverty: ‘There Is No Time to Waste’ | District judge prods county courts to move on bail reform |
City to purchase mobile shower for homeless | “Everybody Deserves an Opportunity, Wherever They Come From”: Migrants Share Their Stories | San Antonio outlines plans to spend more to address domestic violence | UT San Antonio researchers pilot ways to help youth deal with trauma | Boys mind their manners — and learn them — after class at Briscoe Elementary School | Spurs, city team up to improve San Antonio’s basketball courts, parks | Naomi Shihab Nye to Receive National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award | Poverty Is a Storyline Binding Generations and Dividing a City | Job Training, Legal Help, Daycare: New City Report Looks at Tackling Poverty | Impact San Antonio recruiting 500 women during membership drive | Carver Library Celebrating Black History Month with First Ever San Antonio African American Book Festival | Holocaust Survivor Hopes Students Will Keep Her Memories Alive | There’s a New Sheriff In Town—and He’s Wearing a Kippah | New Morgan’s Wonderland Camp gets $20 million financial boost from Valero and Valero executives |
‘Torch of Friendship’ sculptor Sebastian is donating a monumental new work to San Antonio | SA2020 Launches Yearlong Engagement Tour Ahead of Rebranding | Local groups take count to help the homeless | Public Theater of San Antonio offers free tickets to Arts San Antonio subscribers | Endangered: San Antonio’s Vanishing Mobile Home Parks and a Path for Preservation | San Antonio to host public forums on homeless strategic plan | Driven by the migrant experience, San Antonio student writer gets national recognition | ‘A West Side story’: San Antonio philanthropist hopes story of pain, poverty will inspire others | Nine-year-old uses her savings to buy her classmate a new bike |
Proposed Renters’ Commission for San Antonio Takes Long-Awaited Step Forward | Charles Butt Foundation Gives $1.5M to Alamo Promise Tuition Program | Domestic violence outcry policy drafted to help faith-based organizations | City’s Distressed Areas Targeted in San Antonio Area Foundation’s 2019 Giving | Fourth-graders at Vineyard Ranch Elementary organize to give back | How the San Antonio Police Are Rethinking Mental Health | San Antonio ID Recovery program is first step to getting out of homelessness | Glass Artist Uses Skills to Give Back | Almost a century after it chose the Texas Ranger as its mascot, SAC has another chance to evolve | Spurs Celebrate Cultures, Traditions at First Indigenous Night | Thousands In San Antonio March, Celebrate And Reflect On MLK Jr. | Fire Scene Rehab backing up first responders | Mexican American civil rights institute finds a home at OLLU | San Antonio Zoo sending veterinary staff to Australia to help animals affected by fires | A Texas congregation caring for immigrants gains a new understanding of Christianity as a ‘trauma-healing movement’ |
San Antonio volunteers flying to Puerto Rico to help victims of devastating earthquake | From officer, ‘trace evidence’ of how to live | San Antonio breast cancer survivors bare their bodies, mastectomy scars and all | Interfaith Welcome Coalition on the front lines of migrant aid in San Antonio | DreamWeek 2020: Real-Life ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Figure Hopes for Reconciliation | An Agent for Change | San Antonio officials seek to reassure local Muslim community amid U.S.-Iran tensions | San Antonio potters help the homeless by creating bowls | Hundreds of high school students in San Antonio to discuss Iran, other global issues | Local news reborn at the humble library? | United Way’s Chris Martin: Changing the plan to tackle San Antonio’s poverty, education problems | Organization creates ‘busy bags’ to comfort children in San Antonio hospital | North East ISD to End Class Rankings for Students Not in Top 10% | Donors to Nonprofits Want to Invest Time and Skills, See Results |
When women are in rooms of power, everyone benefits | Volunteers maintain historic Headwaters Sanctuary, origin point of S.A. | Thrive Outreach serves San Antonio’s homeless | Florist uses nursing background to ease grief of San Antonio residents | San Antonio’s Next Goal: Becoming the Best City for Raising a Family | San Antonio Elementary School Boys Learning Manners and Etiquette | Patty Mills and the San Antonio Spurs team up with Tap Pilam for American Indian-inspired streetwear | 20-Pound Therapy Cat Big Hit Among Hospital Patients in Need of Comfort |
Jewish congregation delivers Christmas meals to San Antonio first responders | University Hospital makes sure NICU babies don’t miss their first photo with Santa | Volunteers spread Christmas cheer at Haven for Hope | SA Clubhouse open during holidays to help those living, dealing with mental health illness | San Antonio domestic violence victims receive free Ring surveillance devices from local police agencies | Once homeless, San Antonio woman is determined to make the most of her new apartment — and new life | Former High School Football Players Giving Back to San Antonio Neighborhood | Founder of nonprofit pushing to expand Texas ‘Baby Moses’ law | Homeless families find refuge while working toward stability | Spanglish speaks volumes about inclusion and heritage | ‘He’s an angel’: San Antonio man pays $200 for stranger’s meds on Christmas Day | Helping San Antonio animals is young woman’s road to independence | Trinity’s Christine Drennon: Mapping San Antonio’s economic segregation | Charity knitters in San Antonio make hats, blankets — and a difference for those in need | Edwards Aquifer Conservancy launches research program to help better protect water quality for millions of people | Cosmetologist looks to pay it forward in 2020 | San Antonio’s Response to Migrant Influx Showed Compassion, Solidarity |
Battling Opioid Epidemic with Science, Compassion | How ‘Blessings in a Backpack’ made a difference in the San Antonio community | Annual Feast of Sharing brings thousands downtown for a holiday meal | Non profit raises thousands for battered women and children shelter | San Antonio Pastor Max Lucado Recasts Christmas Story as Immigration Allegory | For Those With Dementia And Their Caregivers, San Antonio Choir Is A Comfort And A Joy | Eagle Scout Projects Enhance Trails Along Leon Creek Greenway | West Side center hosts Christmas event for jubilant San Antonio families in the barrio | Santa delivers with the help of Elf Louise | With Community-Minded Hiring, SA Restaurateur Sohocki Helps Put Hope in Reach | Stopping Hunger Calls for Support Beyond Canned Goods | Businessman Bill Greehey Promotes ‘Servant Leadership’ Through $1M Gift to St. Mary’s | On West Side, a Spurs Santa finds strength to admire | Be a compassionate, responsible pet owner | SA nonprofit giving underprivileged people the gift of sight | Latino Dream Makers Fund loans money to local minority-owned businesses | Blessed Angels nonprofit helps San Antonians and area residents of all ages with food, school supplies, clothing and love | ‘My last Christmas’ — San Antonio poet-turned-pastor faces death with grace |
Blue Santa delights San Antonio South Side kids as helicopter lands at Miller’s Pond | Culture, good food celebrated during annual “La Gran Tamalada” | San Antonio firefighters carry out special mission from the North Pole | San Antonio Weighing the Benefit of Opening a Walk-In Mental Health Clinic | San Antonio tiene 49 nuevos ciudadanos estadounidenses | UTSA launches free tuition program for Texas students | San Antonio Rehab Center Uses Llamas to Help Comfort Patients | ‘I hate cops’: Why a photo of a San Antonio police officer is going viral | San Antonio councilwoman proposes free childcare at board and committee meetings | Local Nonprofit Committed to Children With Complex Medical and Developmental Concerns | Author Shea Serrano Raises $25K for Martinez Street Women’s Center in 24 Hours | Longtime volunteer dedicates life to helping kids in need |
New city program to help churches, nonprofits seeking to develop affordable housing | Helping those living with HIV get jobs and housing | San Antonio ISD Gives Internet Devices to High Schoolers Who Lack Home Access | Every Opinion Matters at Pub Theology San Antonio | SA Food Bank reaches goal, collects over 1 million pounds in November food drive | Qigong Class Providing Health-Centered Activity for LGBTQ Community | UTSA students to build smart home on Downtown Campus | San Antonio City Councilman John Courage Makes Listening Part of Public Service | Los Angeles nonprofit agrees to buy five San Antonio apartments complexes for $41.6M | New Alamo City Street Choir Lets Homeless Raise Voices in Song While Aiding Damaged Church | SAISD superintendent testifies in Congress about immigration policy affecting students | Southeast Side church raises money for inclusive playground | Through Running, Sign Language, and Grief, Tommy Thompson Finds Purpose | Volunteers hand out cash, spread goodwill to San Antonians | Edgewood ISD students rewarded with new wheels | Young Afghanistan woman volunteers to help refugees resettle in San Antonio | SAISD students travel to Alabama for history lesson and perspective | Baptist Health Foundation Awards More Than $6M to Area Nonprofits | Non-profit offers free counseling for children in church sex abuse case |
SA group to build village for homeless seniors | San Antonio historic church continues its mission of service after scaffolding accident | Raul Jimenez Dinner Feeds Thousands of San Antonians in 40th Year | On Thanksgiving, San Antonio troops find a home far from home | School helps elderly look ‘on fleek’ for Thanksgiving | Morgan’s Wonderland Camp brings community together | Webhead’s Janie Gonzalez Is on a Mission to Make Entrepreneurship Inclusive | Meals on Wheels Volunteers Bring Thanksgiving Feast to Those in Need | San Antonio police use beards to raise money for cancer research | Former Roy Maas youth pays it forward years later | Longtime South Side nonprofit helps poor and vulnerable populations | San Antonio woman, a singer and dancer with Taylor Swift, gives back to community’s performing arts | New JUNTOS gang court docket doing well in Bexar County, officials say | Sister Jane Ann Slater, CDP –Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas | Latest career high school in San Antonio is medical — and has a dual language program | Food drive for students, by students in NEISD elementary school | Marine veteran helps community ‘Rise Above Hardship’ | Habitat for endangered whooping crane opens at San Antonio Zoo | Brig. General Lenderman brings kinder, gentler approach to JBSA command | City Looks to Tackle Digital Divide by First Assessing the Problem | San Antonio window washer now high on god, not heroin | Jurists have big plans for Bexar County courts coalition | Climate Mayors Network Announces Steering Committee to Strengthen City Climate Action | San Antonio volunteers decorate Christmas trees for youngsters at the Children’s Shelter | Philanthropist, Film Industry Veteran Eye San Antonio for Special Effects Academy |
SAPD’s crisis cops ‘Ernie & Joe’ receive national praise after HBO documentary premiere | Kids helping kids in Tater Tot Patrol | ‘While You Were Sleeping’: Leftovers go to good use, thanks to overnight ‘food rescuers’ | Here’s How San Antonio ISD Plans To Shift Away From ‘Punitive’ Discipline | Our plan to address domestic violence in Bexar County | A&M San Antonio announces partnerships with seven school districts | Indian nurses donate 1,000 hygiene kits to charity, homeless | Last Chance Ministries Serves Up Thanksgiving Meal on the West Side | San Antonio recognized for improved health policies | At interfaith Thanksgiving, unity is embraced | Retiree drives literacy caravan to promote reading to San Antonio children | California firm working on San Antonio homelessness plan impressed with what it sees so far | Changes to SAPD Crisis Response Team address domestic violence epidemic | Chicano student walkouts changed Texas, but inequities remain | Five Ways to Give Back to the San Antonio Community | Firearm injury prevention campaign unveiled | Preparations underway for Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner | Lonnie Walker IV eager to bring ‘joy, laughter’ to needy this Thanksgiving | VIA buses to offer free fares on Dec. 2 for Rosa Parks Day | San Antonio Housing Authority CEO Vows to Review Eviction, Fee Policies | Esperanza Center’s Peace Market: A Community Alternative to Black Friday | ‘Turkey Shortage’: SA Food Bank asks for last-minute donations | KIND Snacks CEO Daniel Lubetzky ’90 Makes $1 Million Donation | H-E-B donates nearly 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to San Antonio Food Bank during shortage | Study finds most loose dogs on San Antonio streets have owners | Reagan HS student donates 150 blankets to Roy Maas Youth Alternatives | San Antonio homeless lift their spirits find a home in song | Familias invitan a militares a su cena de Thanksgiving | Cerca de 200 familias de escasos recursos reciben pavos y despensas en San Antonio | How a Car Accident Showed Me the Meaning of ‘San Antonio Kind’ |