Success stories: David

Earlier, we told you about David, who increased his credit score from 510 to 751 in just a year. We thought you might like an update on this story, because it’s truly inspiring. Before being accepted into the HCC’s Home Again program, David’s life had pretty much hit rock-bottom. Then he became involved with the Salvation Army, and seems to have found his calling. He’s graduated from our program and is now working as a Corps Assistant, in addition to teaching adult Sunday school and kids’ classes. He’s absolutely thrilled with his life. Using the skills he learned from HCC, he settled $18,000 in debts this year. For the first time in his adult life, David is debt-free. He plans to become an ordained minister, and has now cleared the final obstacle to achieving his most treasured goal: going to Bible college. Not bad for a guy who not that long ago lived in a tent!

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East Dallas Networking donates to local Organizations

On Thursday, December 17th, the members of East Dallas Networking donated $5,700 to 6 local organizations helping our friends and neighbors in need. Epiphany Dance Arts/EDN Artistic Outreach received $2,000, White Rock Center of Hope – $1,500, Dallas Children’s Theater – $600, Wilkinson Center – $600, Exodus Ministries – $500, and Housing Crisis Center – $500. Since 2010, EDN has donated $18,800 to charities like these, making East Dallas a better place to live, work, and play.

East Dallas Networking is a business networking and community advocacy group, meeting every Thursday from noon to one in Highland Park Cafeteria’s Shakespeare Room. For more information, please visit http://www.meetup.com/East-Dallas-Networking/

Photos by Fernando Ferny, Feel Da Flow Photography.

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Treddie’s story

We want to brag a little bit about Treddie, one of our favorite success stories. Back in September she won a scholarship from the Dallas Foundation, and we thought you’d like to know more about her.

She’s a Chickasaw Indian, and grew up in Oklahoma. After her mother abandoned the family, Treddie became the victim of repeated abuse, including incest. As an adult, she overcame her painful childhood to pursue a successful 20-year career in nursing. Unfortunately, as so often happens, the ghosts of her childhood trauma finally came back to haunt her.  She began self-medicating with drugs and alcohol, and because of her drug abuse eventually ended up homeless. She was homeless for 5 years until her substance abuse treatment program referred her to the Housing Crisis Center. With help from HCC’s Permanent Housing Services program, she was able to get her life back on track. She’s been clean and sober for 6 years, and has discovered the therapeutic value of creativity.

After seeking advice from her tribal elders back home in Oklahoma, Treddie decided to become a welder–an …

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Our Holiday Wish List

The Housing Crisis Center needs your help this holiday season! Many of our clients have found stable jobs using the skills the learned in our Employment Coaching program. To continue this excellent program, we need 3 new computers for our new coaching lab. For each $500.00 donation we receive, we can buy a new computer. And please remember our kids during this holiday season: $200.00 buys toys and necessities for the more than 200 children in our programs.   Make your tax-deductible donation here.

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