Community

Community Giving
12:48 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

$1 Million Donation Will Provide Financial Planning Classes

SAMMinistries says a million dollars donated by a local philanthropist this week will help the center provide financial planning classes to more people who are on the "cliff" of homelessness.

Harvey Najim, who wrote the personal check, said people come in need of assistance, but are not looking for a hand-out.

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Shootings In Newtown, Conn.
4:54 pm
Sun December 16, 2012

Shooting Leads To Discussion: 'We Have To Act' On Gun Violence. But How?

A makeshift shrine honors the victims of a elementary school shooting that happened Friday in Newtown, Conn.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 6:07 pm

Editor's Note: In separate interviews for weekends on All Things Considered Sunday, host Guy Raz spoke with Rep. John Larson and journalist Paul Barrett. You can hear the discussions as they aired at the audio link above.

In a sermon Sunday morning on gun violence, the dean of the Washington National Cathedral said "enough is enough."

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Community
5:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Even When Talking To Kids About Death, Be Open And Honest

St. John’s Lutheran Church. The day school held a prayer service for children at the school and the community today.
St. Johns Lutheran Church

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is especially difficult to deal with because the majority of the deaths were children, but a local family ministry director says that honesty is still the best policy.

Katie Rode said parents may find themselves talking with their children about the shooting spree. Her advice is to be as open and honest as possible, and not worry about avoiding the word 'death.'

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Community Health
4:05 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Demographic Study Shows Latinos Live Longer, In Poor Health Sooner

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, dean of UTSA College of Public Policy, presents a demographic study at The Future of Latino Health Conference
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

Latinos may have unique hurdles in getting affordable health care without the Obamacare plan in their future.

Dr. Rogelio Saenz, UTSA’s Dean of Public Policy, said Latinos have the highest levels of non-insurance in the country, and in Texas; they also have the biggest hurdles to climb.

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Holiday Outreach
2:15 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

St. Mary's Basketball Team Brings Holiday Cheer To Hospital Patients

Coach Jim Zeleznak offers a basketball to the 11-month old daughter of oncology patient Johnny Gonzalez at University Hospital.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

It’s no fun being stuck in the hospital over the holidays, and on Thursday, St. Mary’s University Basketball Team took to the streets to deliver some holiday cheer to some of San Antonio’s patients.

“How ya doin’? We’re the St. Mary’s Basketball Team,” Brad Hubenak said, introducing his teammates to patient Johnny Gonzalez.

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Choice Neighborhood Grant
12:46 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Housing Authority Awarded $29 Million HUD Grant For Eastside Development

SAPD Chief William McManus (Left), Congressman Lloyd Doggett, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Dist. 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, SAHA President/CEO Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, and SAHA Board Chair Ramiro Cavasos hold the 'mega-check' presented.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant will help revitalize the 71-year-old Wheatley Courts housing complex on the Eastside.  248 families call the courts home, where the average income is only $7,500 per year.

San Antonio Housing Authority President Lourdes Castro-Ramirez said the complex will be completely rebuilt.

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Rock & Roll Marathon 2013
8:10 am
Thu December 13, 2012

2013 Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Moved to December

Competitor Group

The San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon will become a "Jingle Bell Rock" running event – the mega footrace is moving to December.

The Rock 'n' Roll Marathon has been running the streets of San Antonio for the last five years, and four of those years have been considered too hot and humid for runners stomping out the 26.2 miles.

Dan Cruz is the spokesman for Competitor Group, the organization that organizes the Rock & Roll Marathon Series, and said the next race is going to be December 8.

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Homelessness
6:54 am
Thu December 13, 2012

A Place To Live For Low Income Families & Haven For Hope Grads

The front of Terraces at Haven for Hope.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The Terraces at Haven for Hope on San Marcos St. have 140 apartment units and was originally designed to be a place for haven graduates to obtain affordable housing. 

"What we find in our work is that people come through the transformational campus, they’re ready to take the next step -- which is really housing -- but there really isn’t a lot of housing present in the community," said Mark Carmona,  interim CEO of Haven for Hope. "That was always kind of the vision: How can we being to create this?"

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Transportation
1:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vía Board Votes To Raise Regular Bus Fares

New services like Vía Prímo are part of the reason that the board voted to increase fares.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Vía Metropolitan Transit Board voted to increase regular fares on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t mean customers will immediately see increased costs.

A local governmental approval committee consisting of Bexar County Commissioners, members of the San Antonio City Council and members of the suburban council of mayors will still need to give the green light before fares go into effect on Feb. 1.

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Flood Control
11:47 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Seeling Channel Widening To Relieve Woodlawn And Jefferson Flooding

Runners cross the Josephine-Tobin Bridge into Woodlawn Lake Park. This bridge will be reconstructed for pedestrians only once the project is completed.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

The city is starting a three-year project along Woodlawn Lake Park to address flooding and create safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Woodlawn and Jefferson Neighborhoods are especially prone to flooding, and the potential for a repeat of flood events like 1998 and 2002 have residents like Henrietta Lagrange concerned.

"I live right in front, so I have mega-pictures," Lagrange said in reference to previous flooding. "I’m there, sometimes, sleepless nights trying to see how high the water is going to get."

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