MCECC—the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center—turned over a couple of large checks to local charities, the fruits of their Ramadan Fastathon.We publish this compassion 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!

Found in the Rivard Report, 4 August, 2019
Council Mulls Funding for Domestic Violence, Other Social Services
The proposed 2020 budget adds $1 million funding to counter domestic violence, and initiatives to improve the quality of life for vulnerable families & children.

Found in the Rivard Report, 15 August, 2019
Nonprofit Opens Doors by Building Affordable Homes for SA’s Working Families
Cross Timber Homes is a 2-year-old offshoot of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio; they share warehouse space.

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 August, 2019
District 8 town hall on gun violence prevention
About 100 people attended: video is online.

Seen on Spectrum News, 15 August, 2019
San Antonio Councilman Peláez Hosts Town Hall on Gun Violence
“I’m brown, I could’ve been at that Walmart that day.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 August, 2019
Councilman Manny Pelaez’s Town Hall Takes On Causes of Gun Violence
Pelaez described the public forums as a chance for a civil exchange on vital issues and not political or ideological debate in light of the recent mass shootings.

Found in the Express-News, 15 August, 2019
A conversation between folks ‘who don’t always see eye-to-eye’
“I want us to squirm in our seats a little bit and challenge each other’s assumptions, said District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez who hosted Wednesday’s town hall, the first of a series to address violence, mental health and community trauma.

Found in the Express-News, 15 August, 2019
San Antonio-born chef, filmmaker on a mission that uses tacos as diplomacy
Adán Medrano describes his work as part of a “radical resistance to colonization.”

Seen on KENS 5, 15 August, 2019
New Texas law to help drivers with communication challenges
Soon, Lone Star State drivers with autism, deafness, PTSD and other communication challenges will be able to make law enforcement aware ahead of time.

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 August, 2019
Children’s book helps families introduce Alzheimer’s disease to kids
McDonough hopes “The Urban Life of Barney Buzzard” will help families explain the disease to children and teach patience in the process.

Seen on Spectrum News, 15 August, 2019
Retired Spurs forward Sean Elliot’s Kidney Transplant the Gift That Keeps Saving Lives 20 Years Later
Elliott and his brother, Noel Elliott, who donated the kidney, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the operation at the hospital with their surgeons.

Found in the Current, 15 August, 2019
Fresh Produce Initiative ¡VIVA SA! Will Expand to Sixth South Side San Antonio Store
For those residents who can’t get to an actual supermarket, this is a way to get fresh fruits and vegetables at a much more reasonable rate.

Found in the Express-News, 15 August, 2019
Once in ruins, San Antonio’s Eastview Cemetery restored to sacred resting place
“It gives you a sense of comfort to know you can comfort someone else.”

Found on The 74 Million, 11 August, 2019
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
In San Antonio, which makes up the vast majority of Bexar County, the Department of Human Services, Goodwill and Communities in Schools opened Nxt Level, the state’s first comprehensive youth re-engagement center, in February.

Found in the Catholic News Agency, 13 August, 2019
Former SA Archbishop Gomez: ‘White America’ is a myth
“The humanity of others is never negotiable. Men and women do not become less than human, less a child of God, because they are ‘undocumented.’”

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 August, 2019
4 additional San Antonio pools extend hours for summer season
San Antonio Parks and Recreation is extending pool season at Elmendorf Lake, Kingsborough, Lincoln and Spring Time pools in response to the summer’s high temperatures.

Found in the Current, 15 August, 2019
Two San Antonio Police Officers Advocate for Mental Health in New Podcast
A key issue for the two men is the rising rate of suicide in the U.S., which disproportionately affects first responders and veterans.

Seen on KSAT 12, 17 August, 2019
Football organization holds free camp for San Antonio children
‘Benefit bowl’ raises funds for disabled children’s programs.

Seen on WOAI 4, 16 August, 2019
Food pantry held by Harlandale ISD helps more than 500 families
Athletes from McCollum High School volunteered their time to help load and distribute the food to families in need.

Seen on WOAI 4, 17 August, 2019
Motorcycle group looking to help children heal from abuse, neglect and sex trafficking
“Riders United 4 Children,” donated dozens of duffel bags, which will replace the plastic bags these children were using to carry their stuff.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 20 August, 2019
Interfaith Partnership In San Antonio Brings Mobile Showers To The Homeless, Migrants
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints financed the unit, managed by Catholic Charities, which cost around $150,000.

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 August, 2019
Bexar County’s Proposed $1.78B Budget Focuses on Protection for Families, Children
The proposed county budget makes family issues a priority by setting aside funding for the District Attorney’s office to increase staff in the family violence division and family justice protection order division. The proposed budget also gives funding to the county’s Child Welfare Board to help prevent repeat removals of children from their families.

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 August, 2019
New Program Provides Opioid Overdose Reversal Drug To Outgoing County Inmates
People being released from incarceration are 40 times more likely to die from overdose in the first two weeks after leaving jail than members of the general public.


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