Thanks to the San Antonio Zoo for donating $100,000 in tickets to organizations supported by the United Way of San Antonio. We publish 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 report on YOUR compassionate acts!

Seen on KSAT 12, 28 August, 2019
Local company comes to disabled man’s rescue
When Rodriguez, a diabetic with an amputated leg was told it is his responsibility to remove a fallen tree so that CPS Energy could restore his power, he found Davila’s company.

Seen on FOX 29, 28 August, 2019
Starbucks awards $100K grant to San Antonio Food Bank for mobile pantry delivery program
The Mobile Pantry delivers healthy food options to people who are seeking assistance or for those who may live in “food desert,” where people have limited access to affordable and nutritious food.

Seen on WOAI 4, 29 August, 2019
Only guinea pig rescue in South Texas running out of room
“People don’t know what they’re getting into, they get them, and they’re too much work. We’ve had people put them in carriers and dump them in dumpsters.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 29 August, 2019
University opens own food bank for students
It recognized food insecurity as a problem with many students being unable to afford regular meals.

Seen on WOAI 4, 30 August, 2019
Local Non Profit lands $6.88 million to fight youth homelessness
The funds will be used for trauma care, substance abuse, as well as diversion prevention, and intervention for young people at risk of becoming homeless.

Seen on KSAT 12, 1 September, 2019
SAHA partners with nonprofit to provide transitional housing for former foster youth
“What we wanted to do is provide a path for them to not just have free rent for a year but to be invested in it and to be prepared to live on their own after that year’s finished.”

Found in the Express-News, 2 September, 2019
Victims of family violence in San Antonio soon won’t have to leave pets behind
Victims will be integral to the care of their pets and the pets, in turn, will play an integral role in the healing process.

Found in the Rivard Report, 2 September 2019
ITC Photography Exhibition Explores America’s Immigrant Heritage
“San Antonio is so diverse, and you can’t make any assumptions, looking at someone, where their ancestral origin might be from.”

Seen on WOAI 4, 2 September, 2019
Eagle Scout project will provide 100 abused kids with much-needed assist
Alex Kapoor, a freshman at Johnson High School, came up with the idea of collecting high quality duffel bags and filling them with items ranging from comforters to toiletries.

Seen on WOAI 4, 2 September, 2019
Drowning victim’s widow starts life vest non-profit
For adults, drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental death. Cantu Save Lives is raising money to stock local lakes with life vests.

Found in the Express-News, 3 September, 2019
Former San Antonio mayor’s plans for protecting animals could be ‘game changer’
In calling for an end to killing healthy dogs and cats as a means of population control, the former San Antonio mayor cited the city’s success in achieving no-kill status in less than a decade.

Seen on KENS 5, 3 September, 2019
Casa Mia creating a clean start for mothers and babies
UT Health San Antonio created a program to help mothers and newborns addicted to drugs heal together.

Seen on KSAT 12, 3 September, 2019
City proposes plan to use tourism revenue to combat homelessness in San Antonio
A budget proposal that is being considered would raise the Go Rio barge tours and Tower of the Americas tickets by 50 cents. Haven for Hope would get $500,000 and $560,000 would be reserved to expand support for the homeless in a yet to be identified Homeless Community Strategic Plan.

Found in the Rivard Report, 3 September, 2019
City of San Antonio’s Equity Office ‘Building the Scaffolding’ for Greater Inclusion
“It’s about finding people who are the most marginalized in their outcomes” and figuring out ways to close the gaps on whatever disparities exist.

Heard on CyberTalk Radio, 3 September, 2019
OATS – Engaging Seniors with Technology
Their primary goal is to reduce social isolation.

Seen on KENS 5, 3 September, 2019
Boy Scout builds beds for the bedless
“I don’t have to sleep on the floor or couch or have like three to four siblings in the bed with me.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 3 September, 2019
Councilman wants to combat staggering eviction rates with pilot program
Roughly 16,000 evictions were filed in San Antonio last year; evictions have tripled over the past 10 years. Few tenants have lawyers — most landlords do.

Seen on WOAI 4, September 4, 2019
San Antonio PD officer credits training after diffusing situation with Autistic individual
“This young man could have been killed on the side of the roadway. And if this officer didn’t have the training, he could have mistook the gentleman for being intoxicated or behaving badly.”

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 3 September, 2019
Fewer Migrants Are Coming Through San Antonio: Resource Center Will Stay Open At Least 4 More Months
The success of the center is evidence that San Antonio is a compassionate city, Martinez said, and he praised all 35 city departments for coming together to reflect the city’s core values of teamwork, integrity, professionalism and innovation.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 2 September, 2019
Local Entities Team Up To Fight The Scourge Of Domestic Violence In San Antonio
They will be tasked with compiling data, identifying gaps in response and prevention and areas of opportunity, then putting it all together in a comprehensive domestic violence plan.

Found in the Express-News, 3 September, 2019
Air Force audiences in San Antonio hear how suicide tore up a family
“This isn’t a box to check. This is the start. Relationships and connectedness” are solutions.”

Found in La Prensa Texas, 1 September, 2019
Stand Up S.A. will Provide Information and Training on Specific Strategies to Bring about Behavior Change
“Credible messengers” are hired and trained to develop relationships and trust within the community in order to “interrupt” violence.

Found in the Rivard Report, 1 September, 2019
San Antonio’s Moral Compass Should Point to Paid Sick Leave
Our city is a microcosm of interconnected social struggles.


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