Department of Human Services
Faith-Based Initiative


106 S. St. Mary's, 7th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205



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  • Melody Woosley
  • Edward Gonzales
    Assistant Director
  • Jessica Dovalina
    Assistant Director

Compassion-in-Action LAB with D.C. Faith Liaison Ben O'DellGroup shot

“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.” is the focus and vision of the Faith-Based initiative.




2019 - Compassion Action SA Lab with Ben O'Dell

2018 - Compassion-in-Action LAB on a Systems Approach to Compassion

2018 - Christine Drennon on Geographical Divisions in SA | Molly Cox on SA2020 Goals & Outcomes

In the City for Good

2018  - City Council approved creation of a Faith-Based Initiative.

2017  - A Community Faith-Based Liaison position was added to the Department of Human Services 2017 Fiscal Budget to implement and lead the Initiative.

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.

2017 – Fiscal Year Summary 

2018 Annual Report

2019 - Resource Guide for Congregations Template



Find out More

Compassion. Recognizing the need for greater compassion in our community—find out more about compassion organizations and compassionate deeds.

Impact of the Initiative. For more information about the impact of the Faith-Based Initiative within San Antonio, please see the Initiative Impact and End of Year/Annual Reports.

Reports. For a more complete background and actions to-date, please see About the Working Group & Reports.

Resilience (and other valuable resources). How the Faith-Based Initiative can promote Community Resilience and be a benefit to San Antonio.

Structure. Find out how the Faith-Based Initiative is structured.

Contact the Faith-Based INITIATIVE
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Participation in The Initiative is voluntary. For more information and/or to sign up yourself, congregation or organization.