Every Wednesday Compassionate San Antonio brings you a weekly news roundup. You, to, can use the hashtag #compassionateSA. Follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1.

Found on FaceBook, 15 January, 2018
Congratulations to Compassionate San Antonio’s Ann Helmke for receiving the Baha’i “Unity of Humanity” award during the Martin Luther King, Jr. commemorative program on Monday, for making “deliberate, conscious efforts to unite people and work together for the betterment of our community.” Also pictured are Linda Tippens and Waheeda Kara.

Found on the Notley Ventures website, 10 January, 2018
Announcing15  Philanthropitch San Antonio Semi-Finalists
Since its founding in 2013 in Austin, TX, Philanthropitch has granted over $550,000 to 52 mission-driven organizations, all supported with coaching, exposure and access to an accelerator program.

Seen on KENS 5, 10 January, 2018
People Who Make San Antonio Great: Pastor Shetigho Agbuke
She spends most of her days serving up hot, home-cooked Nigerian food to San Antonio’s homeless, even cold winter mornings.

Seen on Fox News, 10 January, 2018
Bexar Co. Sheriff’s Office launches Special Victims Unit
The team currently consists of 4 detectives and three supervisors who’ve been specially trained to deal with sexual offenses, elder abuse and abuse of people with disabilities.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 10 January, 2018
San Antonio’s Bioscience-Medicine Industry Could Help Solve City’s Top Health Problems
An industry action plan will target specific health and wellness pain points that are particularly prevalent in San Antonio, including diabetes and cancer, as well as neurological and infectious diseases.

Found in San Antonio Woman, an/Feb 2018
Erika Prosper Nirenberg: A Leader in Her Own Right
As the 2018 chairwoman of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC), Erika Prosper Nirenberg is focusing on a vision that’s very close to her heart: “to ensure that every child feels they have a future here in San Antonio.”

Found on FOLO Media, 11 January, 2018
San Antonio’s generosity, ZIP code by ZIP code
The range between the most and least generous giving rates is only about 4 percent, so it’s not like one ZIP code is giving substantially more or less than the rest.

Found on Mayor Nirenberg’s Twitter feed, 11 January, 2018
1 in 5 trafficking survivors remembers coming through Texas.

Also seen on KSAT 12, 11 January, 2018
SA city leaders raise awareness to end human trafficking
Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to call San Antonio police at 210-207-2313.

Seen on Fox 29, 11 January, 2018
Heidi Search Center closing its doors
The Heidi Search Center was named after Heidi Seeman, a little girl who disappeared while walking home from a friend’s house back in 1990. Since then the non-profit has worked to help families find their missing loved ones.

Also found in the

Found in the Rivard Report, January 10, 2018
Westside Arts Organization Pioneers Latinx Database
Buena Vista Gardens was part of a Westside tradition of beneficencias, community events that raised funds for neighborhood causes such as paying for funerals or providing temporary shelter for the homeless. The former dance hall will soon become NALAC’s new headquarters and a classroom space.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 January, 2018
NEISD ‘Share Table’ helps fight child hunger
So much food goes to waste.

Found in Out In SA, 11 January, 2018
Erika and Shay Forbes-Wilson on Building ‘The Real Power Couples’
“In the past, being a power couple was about power and money,” Erika says. “But another aspect of being a real power couple exists in harnessing the existential power of being in service together within your community.”

Found in People Magazine, 12 January, 2018
Texas Couple Starts Food Truck for the Homeless: ‘It Makes You Feel Really Good to Give’
Since the nonprofit food truck began 12 years ago, Cheever estimates that they’ve served over 100,000 restaurant quality meals to those in need.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 January, 2018
War hero gets his smile back for free
He got connected to the dentist office through Rebuilding America’s Warriors, a nonprofit organization that provides free reconstructive surgery to veterans and military members.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 January, 2018
Warrior CARE program helps service members on the road to recovery
The Wounded Warrior CARE program connects service members suffering a tragedy, illness, or setback to one another.

Seen in the Express-News, 12 January, 2018
Homeless combat cold with surroundings, blankets as winter weather returns
For those who don’t want to seek refuge in the campus, the duo handed out sleeping bags and thick, military-style blankets to help combat chilling winds.

Seen on Kens 5, 13 January, 2018
UTSA music movement calls for ‘Amazing Grace’ to be sung on MLK Day nationwide
“We all have the same grace extended to us, so we should extend the same grace to each other,” Stern said.

Seen in the Express-News, 13 January, 2018
S.A. ignores its rule that homeowners pay for sidewalks
“The ordinance was entirely done through the racism of the time,” said District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales.

Seen in the Express-News Faith section, 14 January, 2018
Tricentennial is time to remember sacred purpose
The community service projects that will be a part of this initiative represent the passion our citizens have for each other, and for making San Antonio a better place.

Read in the Express-News, 14 January, 2018
Deadly smuggling case changed police policy
D4 Councilman Rey Saldana: “It certainly opened up everyone’s eyes to a duty of care we have for people who are in our city, regardless of their status.”

Read in the Express-News, 14 January, 2018
Plenty of promise (and work to do) on the East Side
There is real momentum building on the East Side, and the balancing act is how to build on that momentum in a way that serves and maintains existing residents while also inviting new ones.

Found in the Express-News, 14 January, 2018
MLK march’s success might just be in San Antonio’s DNA
It’s remarkable, of course, that a metropolitan area with an African American community of about 102,000 — 7.1 percent of a population nearing 1.5 million — can get an estimated 300,000 people to show their love for a man who dedicated his life to loving even those who hated him.

Seen on KENS 5, 14 January, 2018
300,000 expected to attend local MLK march
“We are praying that people realize look I’m your brother, you’re my sister regardless what color we are and in the famous words of Rodney King, ‘We can all get along,’”

Found on FOLO Media, 15 January, 2018
The two sides of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The comfortable King has a dream. The challenging King knows the dream has yet to be realized and much work is still to be done.

Seen on KSAT 12, 14 January, 2018
Group holds vigil to bless MLK March in San Antonio
P.E.A.C.E. Initiative’s goal is to promote peace and respect ahead of event.

Seen on Fox 29, 14 January, 2018
85-year-old woman decorates home for San Antonio’s MLK March
“When they be walking I say ‘God bless you, God bless you baby, love you, spreading that love,’”

Seen in the Rivard Report, 14 January, 2018
DreamWeek Event Sparks Discussion on Segregation and Poverty in San Antonio
Housing directly impacts all other opportunities within a person’s life – that is the premise behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.

Found in the Rivard Report, 14 January, 2018
Old Highway 90 Event Celebrates Westside History, But Not Name Change
“We protect [historic] buildings, but we also protect our culture from fading away,” said Office of Historic Preservation Cultural Historian Claudia Guerra.

Seen on the Child Advocates of San Antonio Twitter feed, 15 January, 2018
Full House at CASA training

Seen on KENS 5, 16 January, 2018
Hope for the Homeless
“Especially on a day like today, especially if you slept outside, your socks are wet and you’re cold so we are always appreciative of socks, and in the winter, gloves and ski hats.”

Read in the Express-News, 15 January, 2018
Carlos and all DACA immigrants deserve a chance
I tell his story to describe in human terms what DACA means to people who struggle through adversity and who strive for worthwhile dreams.

Seen on FOLO Media, 16 January, 2018
When the dust settles on MLK Jr. Drive
The problems that consumed Dr. King — racism, poverty, inequality, among others — did not vanish, and will never vanish, on a single Monday morning.

Seen on Fox 29, 16 January, 2018
Nameless heroes brave the icy weather
Some people can’t take a snow day. They are our Good Samaritans, helping the homebound.

Seen on Univision 41, 16 January, 2018
Iglesia abre sus puertas a personas que buscan protegerse de las bajas temperaturas [Church opens its doors to people looking to protect themselves from low temperatures]
Ante la ola invernal que azota la ciudad una iglesia de San Antonio ofrece refugio a todas aquellas personas sin hogar, en el lugar se ofrece un espacio para dormir, además de comida y bebidas calientes. [Before the winter wave lashes the city a San Antonio church offers refuge to homeless people, in the place offering a space to sleep, in addition to food and hot drinks.]

También visto en Telemundo 60, 16 January, 2018
Albergues abiertos para quienes buscan refugiarse del frío [Open shelters for those seeking refuge from the cold]
Los centros recibirán a personas mientras las gélidas temperaturas permanezcan. [The centers will receive people while the freezing temperatures remain.]

Found on Ideas for COSA Facebook page, 18 January, 2018
Podcast: Navarra Williams, CEO of SAMMinistries
Ideas for CoSA Moderator Paul DiGiovanni sat down with Navarra Williams, the CEO of SAMMinistries, to discuss homelessness in San Antonio.

Seen on Fox News 29, 16 January, 2018
Salvation Army shelters at maximum capacity during cold blast
When beds filled up, workers set up cots in the lobby for people seeking shelter from the cold.

Seen in the San Antonio Observer, 16 January, 2018
MLK Park: God Bless USAA
USAA has been a great partner in providing funding and manpower (USAA volunteers) to do an annual playground build and they selected MLK Park this year.

Seen in the San Antonio Observer, 16 January, 2018
We Shall Overcome
The brilliance of Rev. Dr. King was that he did not spend his time convincing the powerful to be moral, but rather he convinced the moral of their power.

Just found on the SaludAmerica web site, 18 December, 2017
Ex-Coach Creates Trauma-Informed Program to Reduce Absenteeism in San Antonio
Hernandez worried the punishment for absenteeism was too harsh, and overlooked childhood traumas. “We were suspending kids, but we were not asking the right questions,” Hernandez said.


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