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Seen on KSAT 12, 30 January, 2020
City to purchase mobile shower for homeless
“Not only would the clients be clean on the outside, there was a visible difference in their demeanor and their attitude from the inside as well as the outside.”

Found in the Express-News, 30 January, 2020
City purchasing first mobile shower unit for San Antonio’s homeless
“This program has illustrated the need for dignified solutions, such as providing the opportunity to take care of a basic human necessity — cleanliness.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 30 January, 2020
City Council Approves Purchase of Mobile Shower Unit for Homeless, Emergencies
The trailer has three shower stalls, one of which can be used by wheelchair users or people with mobility issues.

Seen on WOAI 4, 30 January, 2020
City approves mobile showers trailer, worth nearly $60,000
Christian Assistance Ministry Thursday will operate the trailer with volunteers, while the Department of Human Services foots the bill for maintenance and utilities.

Seen on Spectrum News, 30 January, 2020
“Everybody Deserves an Opportunity, Wherever They Come From”: Migrants Share Their Stories
“Everybody has their story, and everybody has something to contribute.”

Found in the Express-News, 30 January, 2020
San Antonio outlines plans to spend more to address domestic violence
“These are evidence-based programs that we have not funded in the past, that are new to the community. They will provide for richer survivors’ services and, hopefully, reduce violence.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 30 January, 2020
City Recommends 5 Projects Aimed at Domestic Violence Prevention
Programs selected for potential funding will work to address priorities outlined by the Collaborative Commission on Domestic Violence, which was established in August and includes members of law enforcement, the judiciary, City and County staff, nonprofits, and health care organizations.

Found in the Express-News, 30 January, 2020
UT San Antonio researchers pilot ways to help youth deal with trauma
Mindfulness, or calmly focusing on the sensations of the moment, helps students sleep better, pay attention in school and get better grades.

Found in the Express-News, 31 January, 2020
Boys mind their manners — and learn them — after class at Briscoe Elementary School
“I joined it so I could become more mature,” Elijah said. “We’re good people.”

Found in the Express-news, 31 January, 2020
Spurs, city team up to improve San Antonio’s basketball courts, parks
The team’s nonprofit arm, Spurs Give, and city officials revealed they will spend $1 million to help improve and rehabilitate parks in all 10 council districts across San Antonio.

Found in the Rivard Report, 3 February, 2020
Naomi Shihab Nye to Receive National Book Critics Circle Lifetime Achievement Award
Carmen Tafolla: Nye’s work is powerful for it ability to bring “wholeness, joy, and human connection to a world so hungry for connection.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 3 February, 2020
Poverty Is a Storyline Binding Generations and Dividing a City
This city’s efforts are too focused on temporary fixes – subsistence programs that don’t holistically address poverty’s root problems.

Found in the Rivard Report, 3 February, 2020
Job Training, Legal Help, Daycare: New City Report Looks at Tackling Poverty
A vast majority of the recommendations call for the City to partner with private, nonprofit, or other public entities “The City can’t do it alone.”

Found in the Current, 4 February, 2020
Carver Library Celebrating Black History Month with First Ever San Antonio African American Book Festival
Local black authors will take the spotlight at noon to discuss their works and how African American literature has enriched their lives.

Found in the Rivard Report, 4 February, 2020
Holocaust Survivor Hopes Students Will Keep Her Memories Alive
Friends Kayla and Tara, aged 11 and 10, said they wanted to carry on Williams’ final message of not being a bystander.

Found on the web site, 4 February, 2020
There’s a New Sheriff In Town—and He’s Wearing a Kippah
Noting the diverse makeup of Bexar County, Sheriff Salazar said: “We want to be reflective of the community that we serve.”

Found in the Express-News, 4 February, 2020
New Morgan’s Wonderland Camp gets $20 million financial boost from Valero and Valero executives
Both those with and without special needs can come together for fun and understanding in an inclusive environment without physical or economic barriers.


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