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
Bexar County’s first court-ordered commission on domestic violence lays out bold strategy | Former congressional hopeful declares war on hyper-partisanship | Rapper-turned-businessman seeks to improve his San Antonio barrio | Turnaround at SAISD is proof ‘poverty is not destiny’ | Intergenerational Poverty Affects Primarily Hispanic And Black Communities In San Antonio | St. Mary’s University sponsors nonprofit volunteer event | Domestic violence nonprofit raising money for pet shelter | Northside Threads: Local organization helps families one outfit at a time | Study finds hate crimes rose 50% in San Antonio in 2018 | San Antonio could institute a voluntary gun buyback program to reduce number of firearms in city | Littlest hospital patients dancing to recovery | New program allows police to notify schools when children experience trauma |
Council Mulls Funding for Domestic Violence, Other Social Services | Nonprofit Opens Doors by Building Affordable Homes for SA’s Working Families | District 8 town hall on gun violence prevention | New Texas law to help drivers with communication challenges | Children’s book helps families introduce Alzheimer’s disease to kids | Retired Spurs forward Sean Elliot’s Kidney Transplant the Gift That Keeps Saving Lives 20 Years Later | Once in ruins, San Antonio’s Eastview Cemetery restored to sacred resting place | 4.5 Million Young People Nationwide Are Not Working or in School. How Cities Are Working to Get Them Back on Track — & Avoid the School-to-Prison Pipeline | Former SA Archbishop Gomez: ‘White America’ is a myth | 4 additional San Antonio pools extend hours for summer season | Two San Antonio Police Officers Advocate for Mental Health in New Podcast | Football organization holds free camp for San Antonio children | Food pantry held by Harlandale ISD helps more than 500 families | Motorcycle group looking to help children heal from abuse, neglect and sex trafficking | Interfaith Partnership In San Antonio Brings Mobile Showers To The Homeless, Migrants | Bexar County’s Proposed $1.78B Budget Focuses on Protection for Families, Children | New Program Provides Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug To Outgoing County Inmates |
Moving to Higher Ground: A San Antonio Lesson on Climate Change San Antonio councilman launches 3-part town hall series on gun violence | San Antonio brother-sister duo spending summer break mowing lawns free of charge for those in need | Girls Inc. helps middle schoolers get back-to-school ready | When Children at the Border Got Compassion | LGTBQ Allies Hold Back-to-School Fair for Transgender Students | San Antonio joined Compassionate and Sister Cities in prayer and in tears | Website Aims to Make Supportive-Services Search Easy, ‘Compassionate’ | City program working to decrease number of child ER visits due to asthma |
New strategy puts San Antonio at forefront of helping abused kids | Welcome of the heart: Sisters build bonds in collaborative effort to assist immigrants | ChildSafe unveils new Salado Creek Campus | Seniors talk about troubling issues with namesake of San Antonio senior center | Spurs Forward LaMarcus Aldridge Gives Away iPads, School Supplies at Boys & Girls Club | Annual Back 2 School Expo expected to draw thousands for free supplies | Prayer vigil being held in San Antonio for El Paso shooting victims | Methodist Healthcare system sending therapy dogs to assist in El Paso mass shooting | San Antonio hosts candlelight vigil with message of defeating hate with love | Garbage boy inspires many to recycle right | Nonprofit Brings Bikes, Cycling Confidence to Boys & Girls Club | Founder of San Antonio amputee foundation talks about two decades of changing lives | Nirenberg: San Antonio needs to drive out racism, bigotry | Author Richard Louv: Nature Will Facilitate Healing at ChildSafe | Suffering from a stutter? Local kid raises awareness about communication disorder | Blood drive to be held Thursday at two SA locations to honor victims of El Paso shooting | Local Counseling Center Extending Services to El Paso | A San Antonio nonprofit wants to buy family businesses without succession plans | San Antonio Archbishop after El Paso shooting: ‘President stop your hatred’ | SA Archbishop Regrets Tweets’ Focus on ‘an Individual’ Rather Than Issues | Six-year-old girl makes the shoe fit for young hospital patients | ‘Stop hate and racism, starting with yourself’: Catholic archbishop hits out at Trump |
Impusieron restricciones a la iglesia de San Antonio que brinda apoyo a las personas sin hogar | Gonzaba Medical, San Antonio Organizations to Give Away 800 Box Fans to Senior Citizens | Conservationist Danté Fenolio Fights to Protect Biodiversity At Home and Abroad | 250 kids receive free school supplies | New court program will help foster kids pursue higher education | Community Reaches Out After Vandalism at The Jerk Shack | Palo Alto College forum reveals South Side community needs, especially Wi-Fi | City of San Antonio helps fund West Side summer youth leadership program | Judge Seeks Funding for Hybrid Domestic Violence and Drug Court | Migrant Resource Center Still An Oasis For People Journeying Towards Hope | San Antonio Doctor and Restaurant Owner Partner Up to Offer Direct-Care Health Care to Employees | San Antonio Fire Department hosts Hero Like Her Camp | Service club makes dolls for migrant children | Multisensory Tours at the San Antonio Museum of Art Invite People With Visual Impairments to Touch, Smell, Hear Art | Report: Poverty in San Antonio disproportionately hits Hispanic, black residents | Bexar County’s $1 Billion Opioid Suit Set for Trial in 2020 | Local teen, duffel bag company team up to help foster kids | Renovated Kitchen at Youth Shelter to Provide More Than Just Meals |
Local judge working to improve domestic violence epidemic | San Antonio Food Bank serves migrants international meal | Spurs’ Lonnie Walker IV holds free basketball camp | La Printería Nears Milestone to Help West Side Youth | Incarnate Word’s Sisters of Charity Protest Detention of Migrant Children | Building Community at San Antonio Plastic Bricks | Barrios Family Spotlights Needs of Foster Children While Honoring Their Mother’s Legacy | Blind scooter regulator takes another tumble over — you guessed it | Understanding family violence issue here starts with better data | NEISD’s Healthy Kids Cafe Brings Summer Meals and Books to Kids | New law provides financial relief for groups responding to migrant influx | VIA Approves New Reduced Fare Program for Groups Assisting Low-Income Clients | San Antonio’s Roofing Replacement Program Marks Milestone with 500th Roof Repair | New coffee shop donating every dollar it earns to local charities in need |
Partnership Has Opened Dozens of Enhanced School Parks to the Public | Pareja de SA cose muñecas para niños migrantes | Lights for Liberty San Antonio Vigil Gaining Momentum | All SAHA Residents to Have Air Conditioning by the End of July | Eva’s Heroes star in their own summer fashion show | Mayor Ron Nirenberg gives response about immigration raids happening across nation | Hundreds Gather at ‘Lights for Liberty’ Vigil to Protest Treatment of Asylum-Seekers | Alamo Colleges launches free-tuition program for grads of 25 area high schools | CAMP Camp: A unique summer experience for special-needs children | Businesswoman escapes abusive relationship, shares story to empower others | San Antonio Group Says Changes to Baby Moses Law Could Save More Babies | San Antonio will soon have 24-hour addiction crisis hotline | San Antonio Migrant Resource Center Has Helped 30,000 Since March |
San Antonio Women Share Personal Stories Of Violence In Texas’ Deadliest Large City For Women | How much money has San Antonio’s temporary migrant shelter cost taxpayers so far? | Non-profit opening up new food pantry for San Antonio veterans | Seniors Struggle With Loneliness. This Tech Program Is Trying To Help | Domestic violence town hall laid bare the enormity of San Antonio’s problem | Colleen Bridger: The interim assistant city manager is focused on creating a healthy San Antonio | Newest juvenile judge readies launch of gang court in Bexar County | San Antonio area house fire disrupts Catholic ministry to the deaf | San Antonio innovator invents biometric gun lock that could keep weapons out of children’s hands | 28 children battling cancer, some terminal, get Christmas in July celebration | Professional Cuddler Offers Group Cuddling Therapy | New neighborhood urban farm crops up on San Antonio’s East Side | San Antonio teacher receives national sustainability award | San Antonio park police officer starts boxing gym to deter youth from crime | Spurs’ Lonnie Walker volunteers to get locked in hot car for PETA video showing dangers for dogs |
At Boys & Girls Club, some Spurs visits endure | Therapy animals bringing joy to hospital patients | Volunteers from Austin, San Antonio join to repaint, improve West Side homes | Northside ISD food program helps local families, refugee students | Technology gives voice to special needs kids at OLLU | Family works to provide comfort for migrant children traveling through SA | SATX program offers accessible job training for low-income families | San Antonio lawmakers team up to host town hall discussion on domestic violence | Man hopes to donate 400 kiddie pools to San Antonio families this summer | Volunteers harvest crops from San Antonio Food Bank’s Urban Farm | Building a Purpose Inspires Future Generations on San Antonio’s South Side | Affirming the LGBTQI community as children of God | Pride San Antonio sponsors Pride Bigger than Texas Festival and Parade | San Antonio Shows the Love in 16th Pride Festival | Throw a Dart, Make a Friend at Kathy’s Bar | Early Childhood Program Helps Parents Succeed | Back to school project launches to donate supplies to teachers | San Antonio animal rescues seeking homes for special needs pets | National and city leaders come together to fight domestic violence | Local, State Leaders: Culture Shift, Better Organization Needed to Address Domestic Violence |
Youth Mural Unveiled At Westside Church Known For Its Service to Homeless | San Antonio Public Library Launches Fine-Free Pilot Program | Poorest among us have so little, yet they give so much | City, organizations help residents cope with rising heat | Local nonprofits hopeful for funding to reimburse resources used to help migrants | New residency program addresses shortage of doctors in San Antonio | San Antonio Recognized as “Dementia Friendly City” | Two local rappers hope to inspire gang members to put down their guns | San Antonio Botanical Garden Offers Reduced Admission to SNAP, WIC Cardholders | New graduates overcoming homelessness, foster care, single parenting | How a free program helps San Antonio seniors stay connected | San Antonio Girl Scout teaches female empowerment to girls in rural India | UTSA creates Tito Bradshaw bicycle repair shop | Protect the peacocks: One northwest-side neighborhood is on a mission | Veterans form prison ministry group | San Antonio Non-Medical Hospice Facility Gives Patients Peace In Final Days | Mayor pledges to address overnight parking problem for homeless living in cars | SA Kids Breathe program to reduce kids’ asthma related hospitalizations, missed school | Erik Walsh Reflects on First 100 Days as City Manager |
San Antonio’s matriarch of annual Jimenez dinner left legacy of service | Recognizing Domestic Violence as an Economic Issue Can Save Lives | Local program teaching teen girls in foster care life skills | How handicap friendly is San Antonio? | French speakers needed to volunteer as translators during asylum process | Councilman Roberto Treviño Organizes Soccer Game As Respite for Migrant Children | United Way, Pre-K 4 SA offer to organize business alliance for child care providers | H-E-B to distribute ice today for those impacted by Thursday’s storms | Congolese asylum-seekers given taste of home | Mitchell Lake cleanup draws volunteers from across San Antonio | Art installation aims to raise awareness about gun violence and domestic violence | Foster parents get a break with babysitters | ForEveryoneHome: Cohort Cities Chosen for Inclusive Housing Policy Initiative | University Hospital tapped by state for maternal care program |
New center in Northeast San Antonio to boost services for children and adults with autism | San Antonio ISD school wins national recycling competition | San Antonio finds another way to fund air conditioning in public housing | Community event at east-side garden looks to unite neighbors after violent week | SA 5th grader gifts ‘Buddy Bench’ to his elementary school | Spurs Players Help Kids Refurbish Playground at SA Youth Center | Report Shows Women From San Antonio Face More Deathly Violence Than Those In Other Cities | Children’s Hospital collaboration brings the animal world to young San Antonio patients | Nonprofit, AT&T team up to bring bunk beds to children | Woman’s bond with beloved dog inspires her to help thousands | Spurs legend Tim Duncan teams up with the Clintons to expand San Antonio-based program to USVI | San Antonio Had One of the First Summer Camps for Black Girls – Now, It’s Coming Back | Surround Project explores family in ‘Four Places’ | San Antonio state rep plays key role in school-finance breakthrough | Family’s scholarship honors late son with special needs | City seeks fluent French-speaking volunteers to communicate with migrants from Congo |