Get a load of the Mayor’s Fiesta Medal, with the word COMPASSIONATE right there for all to see! Last Wednesday State Rep. Diego Bernal was the Grand Marshall in San Antonio College’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” part of an international men’s march to draw attention to the prevention of sexual and gender violence. Check out the red high heels he’s wearing at the end of the march! And students at NISD Wanke Elementary planted 300 tree seedlings in the Wanke Woods in honor of the city’s  tricentennial. Compassion includes care for the planet, too.

Found on KENS 5, 11 April, 2018
Made in San Antonio: Stay At Home Rustics
One San Antonio man found a different kind of love after the premature birth of his first child.

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 April, 2018
USPS, ACS team up to raise awareness on responsible pet ownership to deter dog bites
San Antonio is the sixth-worst city in the country for dog bites.

Found in Education Week Teacher, 11 April, 2018
How Being the ‘Worst’ Transformed My Teaching
Weightlifting gave ISA history teacher Ryan Sprott insight & empathy to help his students succeed.

Seen on KSAT 12, 12 April, 2018
Councilman asks city to consider policy protecting people who save children, pets left in vehicles
[District 6 Councilman Greg] Brockhouse said the idea for the policy came out of his own experience of seeing pets in distress during the cold winter months.

Seen on FOX 29, 11 April, 2018
Addressing abandoned homes used as sex dens and drug havens
“Having a program that encourages people to invest in their private property will ultimately be how we turn this thing around,” Gonzales said.

Seen on Spectrum News, 11 April, 2018
UTSA food pantry tackles food insecurity on campus
This past year nearly 3,700 UTSA students stopped by to get something to eat.

Found in the SA Current, 11 April, 2018
Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales Pushes (Again) for Gender Diversity on Boards
Women represent 51 percent of the city’s population, but hold only 38 percent of its board and commission seats. . . the city’s Old Boys’ Club frequently fails to recruit in ways that draw more female applicants.

Seen on KSAT 12, 11 April, 2018
Mayor Nirenberg delivers State of the City address
We did not inherit San Antonio from our fathers. We are borrowing it from our children.

Seen in the Rivard Report, 12 April, 2018
Free Starfish Dash 5K Run/Walk to Support San Antonio Initiatives
While supporting its members around the world, Chromosome 18 has made San Antonio the forefront of chromosome 18 research and treatment.

Found in Salud America, 11 April, 2018
Sweat Equity: How to Get Fit and Volunteer at the Same Time!
Depending on the number of volunteers, they switch off between stations centered on volunteer work and exercise stations.

Seen on Fox 29, 12 April, 2018
Rey Feo court brings smiles to hospitalized children with shoe box parade floats
They passed out medals and helped the kids build something really cool — shoebox parade floats.

Found on the Religion News Service web site, 12 April, 2018
After 50 years, clergy work together again in San Antonio, for affordable housing
In February, 23 leaders from among the city’s Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities came together to take a vote on the issue they would work on.

Seen on KENS 5, 12 April, 2018
People Who Make San Antonio Great: Cyclist Jeff Moore
Another benefit of biking: better health habits for a city that needs them.

Seen on KSAT 12, 12 April, 2018
Operation Comfort, VA team up to host 3-day cycling camp for service members
The objective is to help veterans increase their immune system activity, reduce blood pressure, pain and social anxiety.

Found (belatedly) on, 4 April, 2018
The after effects of child abuse must be treated properly
In Trauma Informed Care, instead of asking a child or adult, “What is wrong with you?” when they are acting out, she instead asks, “What happened to you?”

Found in the Express-News, 13 April, 2018
Tiny preschoolers showcase big art at Pre-K fundraiser
“There’s nothing more endearing and more beautiful than children helping children in our community.”

Seen in the Express-News, 13 April, 2018
S.A. students weave thread into bracelets to help troubled peers
Threads of Love, a student-run program to help connect with troubled students, offers emotional support, encouragement or even just a friendly smile.

Seen on KENS 5, 13 April, 2018
‘Fiesta Beard’ campaign to raise funds for local nonprofits
The campaign is expected to raise money for three nonprofits: SAY Sí, Les Dames d’Escoffier and Gardopia Gardens.

Seen on KSAT 12, 14 April, 2018
Campaign addressing paid sick time for all comes to San Antonio
To make sure no worker has to choose between having to pay the rent or taking care of themselves or their families or also being at risk of being fired.

Found in the Current, 13 April, 2018
Rep. Bernal Seeks Relief for Homeowners Pushed to the Brink
The measure, which he plans to unveil Saturday at a town hall, is intended to ease some of the pressure for homeowners who have lived in their houses for at least 15 years, and whose property tax payments have increased at least 120 percent over a 15-year stretch.

Seen in Texas Monthly, May 2018 issue
The Future Is Bilingual
You should never stop trying to bring things home for your community that make it better.

Found in the Texas Monthly, May, 2018 issue
San Antonio Is the Mother of Texas
Cities are built on more than mud and money—stories, too, form foundations.

Seen on News4SanAntonio, 13 April, 2018
874 children in Bexar County waiting to be adopted
World For Children is holding a 2-day mini conference to raise awareness and educate current foster parents and future foster parents on how to better understand the children being placed.

Found (belatedly) on the Palo Alto College web site, 9 March, 2018
Students give back for spring break

Rather than heading to the beach, 20 Palo Alto students spent their time off volunteering in New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Seen on KENS 5, 14 April, 2018
Foundation donates two bikes to Harlandale ISD for students with special needs
The bikes will be used district-wide by more than 200 students.

Read in the Express-News, 15 April, 2018
Festival brings Turkish arts and culture downtown
Festivals such as Saturday’s are a good place to share traditions, because “they help us understand and to know each other better,” [Huseyin] Sonmez said.

Found on NOWCastSA, 15 April, 2018
Artist Pamela Taylor’s haunting portrait of a Syrian child refugee
The Portraits of Compassion exhibit on the walls of the banquet hall at San Antonio’s Trinity Baptist Church, on view until the end of April 2018.

Found in the Rivard Report, 15 April, 2018
‘Smart City’: As Buzzword Spreads, Areas Vie for Innovation Designation
“It’s not about data and technology, which is important, but it’s about people and connections.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 15 April, 2018
Breast Cancer Rates in Bexar County Vary Dramatically By Zip Code
“Real health care is making sure that everybody has access to the things that will make them healthy.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 15 April, 2018
Blood drive held in honor of child who died after battling white blood cell disorder
“Anytime that he needed blood products, they were always available, readily available. We were never told no.”

Seen on KENS 5, 16 April, 2018
Candlewood Elementary students receive new sneakers
“The kids are our tomorrow, and if we don’t show them that love today, that they truly deserve, they’re not gonna know how to share that with the next generation.”

Also seen on KSAT 12, 16 April, 2018
Elementary students get new shoes courtesy of Samaritan’s Feet organization
485 students had their feet washed by volunteers before they were fitted with new socks and shoes.

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 April, 2018
Nonprofit hosts monthly birthday parties at The Children’s Shelter
Although each child has a very different story, they each have a birthday.

Seen on KSAT 12, 16 April, 2018
SA artist teaches ancient art of weaving to pediatric patients at University Hospital
The pattern is often found in bed quilts and it reminds her of how cultures can live in harmony together.

Seen on KSAT 12, 17 April, 2018
Child Protective Services launches Alternative Response program in Bexar County
Parents are called first, and a visit is scheduled where everyone can take part in the conversation.

Read in the Express-News, 16 April, 2018
Study: Texas foster children five times as likely to get pregnant than other teens
Bexar County led the state last fiscal year for highest number of pregnancies among foster children, accounting for 59 out of the 332 cases reported.

Seen on FOX 29, 17 April, 2018
Local advertising agency presents over $500,000 to 14 local charity groups
The PM Group is celebrating their 30th anniversary of donating the proceeds from their annual Kings & Queens of Good Hearts Fun-raiser.

Found in the Rivard Report, 17 April, 2018
City Department to San Antonio Residents: Tell Us About Your Potholes
“Spot it, report it [call 311], and we’ll fix it.”

Also seen on KSAT 12, 17 April, 2018
Pothole Patrol crews ready to fix streets
Crews aim to repair 7,500 potholes citywide in April

Also seen on FOX 29, 17 April 2018
New ‘Pothole Patrol’ team hits city streets
Fixing the eyesores became a city priority after a survey showed 80% of respondents said if they came across a pothole, they didn’t report it – usually because they didn’t know how.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 17 April, 2018
The Impact Of Opioids: How Is San Antonio Handling This Substance Abuse Epidemic?
Bexar County has the 3rd highest rate of overdose deaths in Texas & leads the state in the number of newborns suffering from drug withdrawal symptoms.

Seen on the UTSA web site, April 17, 2018
UTSA researcher and team implement diabetes support program in churches
The 14-week program integrates spirituality and health education strategies to investigate the impact of a spiritual support system on diabetes self-management outcomes.

Found in La Prensa, 16 April, 2018
Bexar County Family Justice Center conmemora a todas las víctimas de violencia [Bexar County Family Justice Center commemorates all victims of violence]
“Es un evento muy simbólico, hacer votos para continuar la tarea que tenemos todos de protección, de prevención, de intervención.” [“It is a very symbolic event, to make vows to continue the task that we all have of protection, of prevention, of intervention.”]

Seen on KENS, 17 April, 2018
Healing and hope at San Antonio Children’s Rehabilitation Center
A local center helps children heal physically, psychologically and emotionally.

Found in the Laredo Morning Tomes, 17 April, 2018
Rehabarama renews, restores historic homes in Highland Park
“This is what creates strong, resilient communities,” [Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran] said, “when we get together and work together to help one another improve our neighborhoods.”


. . is a grassroots movement that promotes, supports and celebrates San Antonio’s commitment to be a world-class compassionate city: one where the civic government, the religious and volunteer organizations, the businesses, the community and its educational institutions come together to recognize the importance and value of compassion in the life of a city and by doing so create an ethos of compassion and a safety net for its most vulnerable citizens. #compassionateSA

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