SAMMinistries

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On Thursday SAMM Ministries celebrated its 30th year of serving San Antonio families who need a little help to get back on their feet.

The ministry also announced a major fundraising campaign. The new Help, Hope and Home fundraising campaign seeks to raise $8 million dollars over three years.

According to SAMM CEO Navarra Williams, children are the most severely impacted by homelessness.

"Homeless children are twice as likely to be hungry, develop a laundry list of illnesses, and get behind in school and reading skills," he said.

SAISD

In the first segment:

Next Monday is the first day back for most public schools, including those at San Antonio Independent School District. SAISD heads into the new year with a new superintendent, a new set of curriculum requirements, a possible new deal with UIW, and likely a new set of challenges.

SAISD Superintendent Sylvester Perez joins us to talk about back-to-school excitement.

In the second segment:

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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.

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