St. Mary’s University kicked-off 40 Days of Lent & Service this Saturday with 426 volunteers who served at 24 different non-profits throughout San Antonio.We pub;ish this compassionate news roundup every Wednesday afternoon. If you want to get the news sooner, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

How to Change the Poverty Mindset
We can reverse San Antonio’s “poor and undereducated” image by disrupting generational poverty through a shift in mindset. What a community believes, a community achieves.

Found on KENS 5, 27 February, 2020
SA dad works to give away free helmets in wake of bike crash tragedy
“I see a lot of situations where kids pass bikes down to other kids. but rarely do they offer a helmet or lights.”

Seen on KENS 5, 28 February, 2020
Spurs to fund ‘Culinary Health Education for Families’ in 40 SAISD schools
“We love our beautiful city and remain invested in the long-term health and wellness of our youth and their families.”

Seen on KENS 5, 1 March, 2020
Nonprofit named for teen killed by SAPD officer seeks to heal
The Charles Roundtree Bloom project hopes children impacted by incarceration and negative police experiences can use nature to put salve on their wounds.

Found in the Rivard Report, 1 March, 2020
To Combat Poverty, Renamed Center Aims to ‘Meet People Where They Are’
“Without building relationships – without treating people with respect and hearing their hurt and trauma — they would stay on the street. That one-on-one relationship is so important.”

Found in the Express-News, 1 March, 2020
Alternative is fine, but giving to panhandlers is a personal choice
if someone is moved by the plight of another asking for help and wants to give to that person in that moment, that is their choice to make.

Found in the Express-News, 2 March, 2020
Filling bowls and souls part of San Antonio Empty Bowls 2020
Since 2000, the popular fundraiser has brought in more than $700,000 for SAMMinistries, which provides shelter and services and helps in finding housing for the hungry and homeless.

Found in the Express-News, 2 March, 2020
San Antonio woman finds common thread of purpose as head seamstress of South Side nonprofit
Garza is a member of the nonprofit Fuerza Unida and head seamstress of the Thread of Justice, a program that offers a living wage and leadership opportunities for displaced garment workers and older women on the South Side.

Seen on KSAT 12, 2 March, 2020
Briscoe MS students help custodians clean cafeteria instead of socializing during lunch
“We often say, ‘What do you do when no one is looking and no one is watching?’ And they kind of took off with it.”

Seen on KENS 5, 4 March, 2020
SA Food Bank to launch coronavirus preparedness and prevention campaign
The month-long campaign will kick off on March 5 and aims to reach as many as 300,000 low-income households.

Seen on Spectrum News, 4 March, 2020
Formerly Homeless Woman Giving Teachers Tools to Break Cycle
“If we really take the contributing factors of homelessness seriously, if we really focus on education, health care, mental health care, as well as housing, and we really take a wraparound of all of the issues that in play here, I think in five or 10 years we can see a significant decrease in youth and family homelessness.”


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