Stories

Former gang members nourish the barrio they once harmed

The Vietnam War lifted these former gang members out of one of the West Side’s most notorious neighborhoods and gave them a new perspective on the world.

Buying power: When selling is giving in the holiday season

A West Side tradition provides shopping opportunities for families who can’t afford retail prices. For parents who participate, the joy of purchasing gifts for their children brings dignity during the holidays.

San Antonio bodies, ZIP code by ZIP code

A Witte Museum exhibit devoted to health does not just teach visitors — it learns about them, too.

In Texas, you probably won’t get welfare benefits — even if you qualify

Texas’ rolls of cash assistance recipients under its TANF program have steadily shrunk over the last two decades. Some experts say, the bureaucracy guarding the state’s safety net makes it difficult to access those benefits, even for Texans who fit the requirements.

How Texas curtailed traditional welfare without ending poverty

Though poverty rates have remained consistent, Texas has significantly reduced the traditional welfare it provides to poor Texans through cash assistance over the last two decades.

Dressed to empower

Carmen Lidia De La Rosa started her nonprofit when she was 21, broke and just starting college. Six years later, she is launching her first major fundraising campaign.