We are a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to growing the compassionate culture of Greater Houston through awareness, education, community, and service. Founded in 2011 by Rev. Betty Adam and a nucleus of dedicated co-founders such as The Boniuk Center, Rothko Chapel and Interfaith Ministries, Compassionate Houston was inspired by the Charter for Compassion. Its principles of treating other with respect; encouraging appreciation of cultural and religious diversity; and cultivating an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings were our aspirational foundation.
Compassionate Houston undertook with its early partners, including the City, a number of grassroots service projects whose success allowed Houston to be designated a Compassionate City in 2015 by Mayor Annise Parker, a designation that was re-affirmed in 2017 by Mayor Sylvester Turner. We currently hold annual city-wide Compassion Weeks and Compassion Fests featuring workshops and service projects. We bring internationally known speakers to keynote these annual events.
We remain a collaborative network of partner organizations from the non-profit, faith community and compassion-focused practice group arenas. Throughout 2019, we are launching several programs for individuals and groups. Our main objectives for these programs are:
1. To provide and support compassion skills education and practice across our city and the region.
2. To provide opportunities for individuals and partners to network, thereby fostering innovative and synergistic solutions toward community needs.
3. To foster initiatives that nurture inter-cultural relationships and understanding.
4. To recognize innovative, compassion-focused individuals and group projects.