North Texas Giving Day-Sept 22

North Texas Giving Day 2016 is Thursday, September 22, from 6 AM Central – Midnight. When you make your donation here, not only does Housing Crisis Center earn extra funds, but we could be eligible for prizes! Our goal this year is $10,000 for our programs that help homeless and disabled veterans and newly homeless families with children. Your gift helps veterans like Micky, a former Marine, whose military career was cut short by a devastating accident; or Kelly, who survived a gunshot wound to the head that left her unable to work.

What makes Housing Crisis Center different is our programs to help people get back on their feet. We provide financial, employment, and empowerment coaching to help our clients conquer the issues that caused them to lose their homes. While some, like Kelly, will likely need supportive services for the rest of their lives, others are able to return to living useful and productive lives. Our programs have remarkable success: last year 85% of our program’s graduates were still safely housed after one year.

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Homelessness in Dallas

Dallas is still reeling from last week’s violence. 2016 will go down in history as possibly the worst summer ever. Meanwhile, temperatures are hitting the 100 degrees mark. If you’re from around here, you know that this is also the time of year for ferocious thunderstorms that cause serious property damage–even loss of life. Imagine suffering through a Texas summer when your only place to call home is a tent under a bridge. As you probably know, the City of Dallas closed down the homeless encampment under the I-45 overpass in May. The problem is, the 300 former residents didn’t just disappear. With no place to go, most migrated to other camps. Tent cities under I-30 and Haskell and at I-45 and Coombs are mushrooming. It’s now been announced that these camps will be closed, starting July 19, citing health and safety concerns. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that new camps will just spring up somewhere else. The Dallas Observer compares it to a game of Whack-a-Mole. The Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness is on it. …

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We love our community partners!

Philanthropy, when it comes right down to it, is about people helping people. It’s so gratifying to know that there are so many wonderful people and organizations out there whose goals mesh with ours–much of the credit for our many successes must go to our friends and neighbors. The employees of Maximus Foundation and the Women of St. Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church are among those who have helped HCC provide a better life for our clients. Maximus Foundation is dedicated to the health and well-being of individuals, children and families. Their work in the US, Canada and worldwide focuses on making sure that expectant mothers have access to Medicaid and other services so that their babies come into the world healthy, with a head start in life. Larry Locklear from the Arlington office recently stopped to bring us a check for $2,500, collected from Maximus employees for our families with children. (photo) Welcome to the HCC family, Maximus employees! You guys are awesome. The Women of St Michael’s and All Angels Episcopal Church raise hundreds of thousands for …

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Gabby needs your help

At 11, Gabby is too young to understand the circumstances that led to her family becoming homeless. She just knows she wants to keep going to the same school, where she gets excellent grades and is in an advanced academics program. Her mom just wants what’s best for her family, but needs help learning how to save and set up a budget. That’s where Housing Crisis Center comes in–Gabby and her mom were recently accepted into our Home Again program. We help with the rent, and they get to stay in their old neighborhood so Gabby doesn’t have to change schools. And we provide financial, employment, and personal empowerment training, so our clients don’t just end up back on the streets again. It’s a win-win proposition for everyone. At the Housing Crisis Center, we believe children are our community’s future. No one should suffer the indignity of being homeless, especially not children. You can help Gabby and families like hers: through the generosity of Mr. Dave Cook and Pendery’s World of Chilis and Spices, every dollar you donate to HCC between now …

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Chili cookoff update

Many thanks to Pendery’s for putting on the Charity Challenger Chili Cookoff on April 10 at SMU. Master chili cooks from all over brave the cold and wind to compete for prizes. More than 30 people volunteered to be salsa and chili judges, and Pendery’s donated $5,000 to the Assist the Officer Foundation!

We were delighted to be joined by Cristina Clawson, Miss Frisco, whose passion for helping the less fortunate is awe-inspiring.

The Chili Cookoff raises money for local charities, including the Housing Crisis Center. Watch this space to find out how close we came to raising our $20,000 goal. In the meantime, enjoy some photos.

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Tower Club Happy Hour update

We hope you were able to make it to the Helping Hands Happy Hour on April 14 because it was a blast! The beautiful Tower Club with its fabulous views was hopping as we welcomed our friends and supporters for a drink…or two. We were happy to see a lot a familiar faces, and equally thrilled to see some new ones as our new Board Chair Gary Powell welcomed our new board members for the 2016-17 year. It was so much fun we’re hoping to do it again in October! Fox 4’s Jenny Anchondo and Jasmine Sadry from KSCS were our lovely celebrity bartenders, and they were fantastic!

Many thanks to everyone Joanna and all the wonderful folks at the Tower Club for making this such a special event. We’re really looking forward to seeing you again in October.

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Honoring those who served in Vietnam

Do you know what day it is today? Here’s a hint: On March 29, 1973, the last American troops left Vietnam. One year later, President Nixon designated March 29, 1974 as Vietnam Veteran’s day to honor the 9 million Americans that served in Vietnam. Approximately 1,600 are still listed as POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action.) About half of those killed were between the ages of 15 and 21. More than 7 million Vietnam vets are still alive today, and in 2012 President Obama issued a presidential proclamation reaffirming March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day to express the respect and gratitude of the nation.

Celebrations have been taking place around the country today and over the weekend, like these ceremonies in Knoxville and Salem.

At the Housing Crisis Center, we have had many Vietnam Veterans in our various programs over the years. Some have passed on and we honor their memory today. Others have graduated from our programs, and gone on to achieve their personal goals. We are grateful for this generation of brave Americans …

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Because happy shouldn’t be for just an hour

Come up to the Tower Club in Thanksgiving Tower on April 14 and have a free drink with us! At the Helping Hands Happy Hour, you’ll get to rub elbows with guest bartenders Jenny Anchondo from Fox 4 and Jasmine Sadry from KSCS. From 5:30 to 7:00, all tips and proceeds benefit the Housing Crisis Center! How can you beat that?

See the update and photos here.

Homeless families and veterans in our community need your support, so come thirsty (but drink responsibly) and be generous to your lovely bartenders. Your contributions will help us fund programs like our new Employment Clinic.

The Tower Club is located at 1601 Elm Street, on the 48th floor of Thanksgiving Tower, across from the giant eyeball. The closest DART rain station is Akard. Parking in the Thanksgiving Tower garage is just $5 after 5:30 pm. Going down Elm, look for Stone Place, one street west of Ervay. The entrance is to the right right just before the light. The ticket machine is at the bottom of the down ramp. Instead of going to the lobby of …

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Double our money

Housing Crisis Center needs to raise $20,000 by April 10. With $20,000 we can provide safe, clean housing for two households for a year. You  can help us double thatDonate to the Charity Challenge Chili Cookoff, presented by Pendery’s World of Chiles and Spices between now and April 10, and Pendery’s will match your donation. This is a dollar-for-dollar match. That’s a safe place to live for four veterans or families with kids that need your help!

We’re really looking forward to the Chili Cookoff. It takes places at SMU on April 10. Housing Crisis Center will be there, and we hope to see you there!

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Hopping into the New Year with Dallas Children’s Theater

We love Dallas Children’s Theater! What better way for the kids in our programs to start a new year than by experiencing the magic of live theater. The youngsters in our programs will get to attend a performance of the Broadway hit A Year with Frog and Toad, which runs from January 29 through February 28, 2016.

Dallas Children’s Theater does some incredible stuff. They are dedicated to challenging and inspiring children to explore their individual creativity through theater. In addition to several family-oriented live performances each year, they offer developmentally age-appropriate classes, and even have special programs for children with sensory processing disorders such as autism.

This is such a great opportunity for our kids! Many of them would never be able to experience the life-changing magic of live theater without a little help, and we are grateful to DCT for giving our kids this opportunity. They’re also collecting books and blankets for our little ones, and reserving a portion of donations from patrons who attend A Year with Frog and Toad for HCC!

Please show these wonderful folks your support and come out to see …

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