Department of Human Services
Faith-Based Initiative

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In 2016, City Council approved creation of a Faith-Based Initiative. A Community Faith-Based Liaison position was added to the Department of Human Services 2017 Fiscal Budget to implement and lead the Initiative.

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The Faith-Based Initiative's Focus and Vision is:

“To facilitate relational collaboration, active partnerships and networked services between the San Antonio faith community, government agencies, non-profit organizations and community groups towards improving the lives of families and communities in need.”

For a more complete background and actions to-date, please see and feel free to print these downloadable reports:

In the City for Good

Convening Summary Report

Working Group


Participation in The Initiative is voluntary. For more information and/or to sign up yourself, congregation or organization: Rev. Ann Helmke at 210.207.5036.

Working Group/Action Teams

Through input from the faith-based community, a diverse working group of faith-based leaders gather to guide The Initiative forward. Each member of the Working Group leads an Action Team to address one of the following community concerns or Initiative needs:

  • Generational Poverty
  • Homelessness & Hunger
  • Immigration & Refugees
  • Literacy
  • Public Health
  • Mental Health
  • Children & Foster Care
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Convenings & Conversations
  • Communications & PR
  • Strategy & Scalability
  • Emergency Broadcast System & Preparedness
  • Compassionate San Antonio
Compassionate San Antonio

In June 2017, City Council approved a resolution affirming the Charter for Compassion and authorized registration with the International Campaign for Compassionate Cities. The campaign is inspired by the Golden Rule, which calls on each person to treat others as he or she wishes to be treated. The San Antonio Faith-Based Initiative will carry the work forward to foster compassion with the support of other public, private, community and faith-based organizations.

For compassionate stories in San Antonio:

For more information on Compassionate San Antonio or the global Compassion movement, visit the official websites at: