Houston Matters

Is Houston a Compassionate City?

A while back, a listener wrote to us to say they witnessed a man having a stroke in a public place, and that no one stopped to help him. How many of us have passed a homeless person and struggled with whether to offer them assistance? Or cut someone off in traffic when it was, […]

A while back, a listener wrote to us to say they witnessed a man having a stroke in a public place, and that no one stopped to help him. How many of us have passed a homeless person and struggled with whether to offer them assistance? Or cut someone off in traffic when it was, frankly, a kind of rude thing to do?

These situations pop up in our lives, and most of us will sometimes do the compassionate thing, and sometimes we won’t. Which leads us to this question – on the whole, is Houston a compassionate city?

To discuss it, we’ve assembled three guests: Betty Adam, is the President of the Board of Directors of Compassionate Houston; Martha Aschenbrenner is a senior counselor in palliative care at MD Anderson; and Katye Tipton is director of the Department of Neighborhoods for the City of Houston.

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