Tier One hosts Neighbors Helping Neighbors Forum

The Tier One Neighborhood Coalition is hosting a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Forum on Saturday, July 16 at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, 227 W Woodlawn Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212. The meeting will be located at the gym on the second floor and is open to the public.

The day-long forum, beginning at 11 a.m., will include panel discussions on neighborhood resilience, senior care, housing, animal care, and resources on food and health. Neighborhood leaders, city staff, nonprofits, and elected officials will be there to speak on these topics at the event.

Speakers on senior care include: 

  • Kris Spilker: Co-chair, Beacon Hill Neighbor Helping Neighbor Committee
  • Delrick Washington: Program Administrator, Adult Protective Services
  • Barbara Witte-Howell: City Council District 1 Appointed Commissioner, City/County Joint Commission on Elderly Affairs and AARP San Antonio Volunteer Leader
  • Yolanda Perez: Human Services Administrator, Department of Human Services - Senior Services


Speakers on housing include:

  • Lisa Woods: District 1, Alta Vista Neighborhood Resident
  • Leticia Sanchez-Retamozo: Co-chair of the Historic Westside Residents Association and Housing Advocate
  • Melanie Cawthon: Co-founder and Executive Director of disAbilitySA
  • Mark Carmona: Chief Housing Officer, City of San Antonio


Speakers on animal care include:

  • Kelly Reid Walls: Animal Welfare Agency Non-Profit and President of Crown Hill Park Neighborhood Association
  • Lisa Norwood: Public Relations and Outreach Manager, City of San Antonio - Animal Care Services
  • Aimee De Contreras: Field Operations Manager, City of San Antonio - Animal Care Services
  • Kim Hubbeling: Animal Care Committee Chair, Beacon Hill Area Neighborhood Association


Speakers on Neighborhood Resiliency include:

  • Cynthia Spielman: Board Member, Beacon Hill Area Neighborhood Association and Steering Committee, Tier One Neighborhood Coalition
  • Douglas Melnik: Chief Sustainability Officer, City of San Antonio
  • Eric Cooper: President and CEO, San Antonio Food Bank

Roundtables will begin at 2:15 p.m. when attendees will form breakout groups to discuss the issues. Take-home materials will be available and refreshments will be provided during breaks.

NOWCastSA will record the forum presentations so the videos will be available to replay after the event.