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A San Antonio psychologist-turned-playwright is teaming up with The Playhouse theater for a musical to benefit the homeless. You have two chances this week to enjoy "In Their Shoes," Wednesday and Thursday nights only.

The whole story is about empathy, and a pair of magic shoes that transports a little girl, Goody2Shoes, into a world where she can see what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes.

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Eric Castillo and his organization, A Walk in My Shoes, has made it a mission to find shoes to fit everybody who needs a pair in San Antonio, and the 500 pairs of shoes he delivered to SAMMinistries on Friday is just part of the story.

Each year SAMMinistries honors the homeless who have passed away with a special memorial service: this year there were 66. The annual candlelight vigil to honor the homeless will be held tonight -- the longest night of the year.

This year, there were 11 fewer homeless deaths than last year. SAMMinistries CEO Navarra Williams said community concern and good shelters are part of the reason, but there’s also greater outreach to find people when they need to get inside.

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.


Numbers released this week show that the average income for a homeless family is $500 with affordable housing being the most requested service for the homeless (nearly 74 percent of those surveyed).

The 2012 Facts on San Antonio Homelessness were released by SAMMinistries and are based on statistics gathered and compiled by the Trinity University class on Applied Social Studies.