We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 others 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, several grassroots service projects whose success allowed Houston to be designated a Compassionate City in 2015 by Mayor Annise Parker, a designation that was reaffirmed in 2017 by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Furthermore, Mayor Turner presented Compassionate Houston with a Proclamation, declaring November 12th, 2019, the Charter for Compassion 10th Anniversary Day in Houston.