A group of UTSA Honors College students spent Thursday volunteering at RAICES; they helped reorganize donations for the Refugee Resettlement Program, created coloring book packs for children, set up a room for painting, and ended the day with a thoughtful reflection about service and volunteering. Every Wednesday we publish this news roundup of compassionate acts in San Antonio. If you want to read them as they happen, follow us on Twitter @compassionNET1. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #compassionateSA so that we can find YOUR compassionate acts!

Seen on WOAI 4, 15 August, 2018
City adds sidewalk system oversight position
“The children deserve to have a safe place to walk on.”

Seen on KENS 5, 15 August, 2018
San Antonio pushes for pedestrian safety with new position
A new “pedestrian mobility officer” for the city of San Antonio would work on initiatives to improve sidewalks and make pedestrian travel safer.

Seen on Spectrum News, 15 August, 2018
City of San Antonio launches ‘311SA’ mobile app
The City hopes the app transforms the way residents and government collaborate, improves and strengthens communities, contributes to social welfare and builds a more inclusive and transparent public process.

Found in the Express-News, 15 August, 2018
New app makes it a snap to report city problems
The free app, available on both android and iOS devices, allows users to within seconds report and submit photos of problems such as potholes, graffiti, illegal dumping and stray animals.

Seen in the Current, 15 August 2018
San Antonio Cops Have Removed More Than 100 Dockless Scooters Blocking Rights-of-Way
Just as regulations often play catch-up with new tech, sometimes courtesy needs to do the same.

Found in the SA Observer, 14 August, 2018
Claude Black Center Annual Back-to-School Jamboree continues to support the Community
The organizations, with assistance from community partners, corporate entities, community members and volunteers, distributed more than 550 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students.

Seen on KENS 5, 15 August, 2018
People Who Make San Antonio Great: Yoga instructor Shari Gaeiennie
Through her Yoga Seva Institute, she and others have taught free introductory yoga classes on the International Day of Yoga to soldiers at Ft Sam, for the San Antonio city council, for beginners at Leon Valley, for children, for victims of domestic abuse, and many more.

Found in Sojourners, 16 August, 2018
This Is Not a Crisis. This Is a Long-Term Disaster
“I don’t care if a child is separated from the families before the border, after the border, or at the border. For us, it’s like, what do we do to treat these people with respect and dignity — and love?”

Found in the Express-News, 16 August, 2018
New app makes it a snap to report city problems
“We worked to find new ways to further engage the community … to get the public more involved and make it easy for them to respond or report things that are going on.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 17 August, 2018
Man’s vision for back-to-school drive impacts thousands
“When I do see someone struggling or that a family can’t get what is needed, I know what that pain feels like. That feels deep in my heart, so by us doing this, I just know we are blessing another family.”

Seen on FOX 29, 16 August 2018
Couple’s simple choice helping boost South Side, rescue community
Brooks City Running doesn’t just support humans but also rescues because of it. “After we brought our dogs, other people felt encouraged to bring their dogs with the majority being rescue dogs.”

Found in the Current, 15 August, 2018
This September, San Antonio’s First Urban Night Market Returns to Where It’s Most Needed
“We just want people to eat better.”

Found on the SA Economic Development Foundation web site, 16 August, 2018
Collaborative Impact is Bigger than Profit
Nonprofits not only contribute to the well-being of communities, they’re integral in supporting economic development.

Found in the Express-News, 17 August, 2018
In summer heat, new zoo trail offers exercise and shade
“It’s a neat collaboration between the zoo and the health system…it gets families out there together, being active and doing something that’ll get them outside and get them exercising.”

Seen on KENS 5, 15 August 2018
San Antonio summit looks to help kids that age out of the foster system
Suddenly left on their own, without the safety net of a caring family, many are at risk of failure. A local judge who has watched many of these youngsters fall into homelessness and despair has just launched an effort to change things.

Found in the Express-News, 17 August 2018
Evictions on the rise in San Antonio
Tenants who are evicted have often suffered a big shock in their lives, such as the loss of their job, the death of a family member, a health emergency or a broken-down car.

Seen on WOAI 4, 17 Aug 2018
Christus Santa Rosa’s WIC Clinic earns rare distinction
First in the state to win the Gold Premier Loving Support Award, recognizing agencies who provide exemplary breastfeeding promotion. Only 12 have been awarded in the country.

Heard on Texas Public Radio, 17 August, 2018
UTSA Opens Dorm Wing For First-Generation Students
“(The first-gen wing) gives you a sense of community almost, and makes you feel comfortable that you’re not the only one going through this for the first time.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 17 Aug, 2018
Refugee children in San Antonio prepare for first day of school
For many refugees, simply being able to attend school is a new experience.

Found in the Express-News, 17 August, 2018
San Antonio’s Lefgren manages largest municipal animal shelter in South Texas with community help
“Saving these lives requires a leader that empowers staff, other nonprofits and the community at large to come become part of the lifesaving solution.”

Found in the Express-News, 18 August 2018
A San Antonio West Side garden gets a makeover, thanks to St. Mary’s volunteers
Since 1997, about 12,000 volunteers have participated in the annual day of service, culminating in more than 50,000 hours of service hours.

Seen on FOX 29, 18 August, 2018
WIC program hopes education the key to helping more mothers
“It’s such a big sigh of relief for them and you can see a whole stress has just kind of left them.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 18 August 2018
Puppies begin trek toward becoming guide dogs for visually impaired
Guide Dogs of Texas inducted the seven puppies in its “L” litter — Laura, Luna, Lily, Luke, Leo, Liam and Levi — into training Saturday.

Seen on KSAT 12, 18 Aug 2018
More than 1,000 backpacks given to students during back-to-school pep rally at Morgan’s Wonderland
District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry teamed up with New Creation Christian Fellowship and Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert to host the event.

Found on Salud! America, 10 August, 2018
Nurses Visit Homes to Help First-Time Moms Create Healthy Kids, Families
Reaching vulnerable first-time pregnant women can be a big hurdle and it’s rewarding to see them get connected with a personal nurse and achieve their goals.

Found on WOAI 4, 18 August 2018
Local coaches aim to make youth football safer to reduce concussions
Teaching kids to tackle with their shoulders and keeping their head out of the game in turn making it safer.

Seen on Spectrum News, 18 August, 2018
Pictures of San Antonio Police Officer’s good deed go viral
“What we wanted from the post was to mostly show that we show grace towards other people.”

Found in the Southside Reporter, 19 August, 2018
Comadre Chronicles: Paying for college needs padrinos
“Imagine if we had padrinos to pay for college things like we do for quinceañeras and weddings? Like, ‘Yaass, Tío, eres padrino de math textbooks.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 19 August, 2018
SA Takes On Census Count of Marginalized Groups
“Folks are concerned about the people being left out of the 2020 Census, who could probably benefit the most from being part of the census.”

Found in the Rivard Report, 20 August 2018
East Central ISD Program Improves Truancy Rates; How-To Guide Now Available Online
The district-wide program – EC Cares – educates school staff on how student behavior is shaped by difficult experiences, including homelessness, domestic violence, neglect, grief, and abuse, and trains them to shift focus away from what students did wrong to instead asking what happened, and why.

Found in the Express-News, 20 August, 2018
About 20 Bexar County agencies band together to improve mental health care
The Southwest Texas Crisis Collaborative has been in the works for nearly two and a half years, after a group of health professionals and law enforcement officials recognized the need for an integrated system of mental health care.

Also found in the Rivard Report, 20 August, 2018
Coordinated Response to Mental Health Emergencies ‘Saves Time, Money, and Lives’
Now, if someone appears to be having a mental health crisis at the scene of a crime or other emergency, first responders give them the treatment they need instead of taking them to jail.

And seen on Spectrum News, 20 August, 2018
New dispatch center aimed at keeping mentally ill out of jail
“This is probably one of the only programs in the country such as this,” said San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood.

Found in the Express-News, 20 August, 2018
S.A. immigrant advocates find Jewish allies half a country away
A Seder message in Boston ultimately brought 29 people to San Antonio in August; they came bearing gifts: $217,000 raised over a few months by 550 Massachusetts-based donors.

Visto en KWEX 41, 20 de agosto, 2018
Autoridades de San Antonio lanzan iniciativa para mejorar la alimentación y salud [San Antonio authorities launch initiative to improve food and health]
Para controlar las porciones, usa un plato más pequeño. Bebe agua, y no bebidas azucaradas. [To control the portions, use a smaller plate. Drink water, and not sugary drinks.]

Found on Spectrum News, 20 August, 2018
Educators helping transgender students get ready for school
The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center hosted an informative event geared toward explaining school rules and legal rights when it comes to transgender kids.

Seen on KENS 5, August 21, 2018
San Antonio firefighters help fight historic wildfires in California
Seven members of SAFD, one engine, and one brush truck will brave the extreme and dangerous conditions.

Seen on KSAT 12, 20 August, 2018
Court program developed for military veterans facing felony charges
For society, and especially for the veterans, the program’s payback is huge. “It forces them to have some sort of consistency in their lives.”

Found in the Express-News, 21 August, 2018
Forum theater project tackles the stigma around HIV and AIDS
Audience members are permitted to change the action. … In every instance, the audience endeavored to steer the scene in a kinder, more compassionate direction.

Seen on FOX 29, 21 August 2018
Homeless camp highlights citywide panhandling problem
“If you really want to help homeless people and homeless families, the way to do it is to give to our agencies here in town dedicated to providing services.”

Seen on KSAT 12, 21 August, 2018
SA archbishop fasting, praying after sexual abuse allegations against 300 priests in Pennsylvania
Archbishop Garcia-Siller stresses ‘victims first’.

Found in the Rivard Report, 21 August, 2018
City Department Sharpens Goals to Improve Quality-of-Life Outcomes
By using an “equity lens” to focus funding to neglected areas and populations, Melody Woosley, the City’s Human Services director added, next year’s Human Services budget is “more compassionate and more intentional.”

Found in the Express-News, 21 August, 2018
Children’s Shelter to become single contractor for foster care in Bexar County
gGals include better addressing the underlying trauma caused by abuse or neglect and keeping children in their home communities, so they can stay close to family members, schools and friends.

Also found in the Rivard Report, 21 August 2018
Children’s Shelter Program Receives State Foster Care Contract
Local advocates say the move will better serve local children and families.

See also on Spectrum News, 21 Aug, 2018
Community Based Foster Care for Bexar County
“We want to make sure that they are able to still be within their own school district, their own church, and people that look like them, sound like them, speak their own language which is really important as children develop.”

Visto en KWEX 41, 20 de agosto, 2018
El programa Healthy Start ayuda a mujeres embarazadas y madres durante los primeros años de la vida de sus hijos. [Healthy Start Program helps pregnant women and mothers during the first years of their children’s lives.]
Proporciona ayuda durante los primeros dos años de su bebé. [It provides help during your baby’s first two years.]


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