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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Patriot Party 2015 is right around the corner

It’s hard to believe that the Patriot Party is only a few weeks away! Housing Crisis Center works to provide safe, clean housing to our community’s most vulnerable citizens, and this annual event benefits veterans in particular. Veterans returning from service often face challenges that most of us can’t even begin to comprehend. Devastating mental illnesses such as PTSD, job skills that don’t transfer to civilian employment, and the current severe shortage of safe, affordable housing in Dallas–it’s easy to see how someone can fall into a downward cycle that’s almost impossible to escape without help.

On Friday, November 6, we transform the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek into A Night at the Officer’s Club. We welcome Ricki Derek and his Big Band Sound, and there will be live and silent auction. So dig out the cocktail attire that you don’t get to wear often enough, and return with us to a more glamorous era! Tickets are a bargain for this very worthwhile cause at $200 each, and sponsorships are still available. You can buy your ticket or send in …

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HCC Clients receive Scholarships!

This just in: Two of our clients have been awarded scholarships by the Dallas Foundation! HCC’s Treddie and Dean have been selected to receive two of this quarter’s Next Steps Scholarships.

Founded in 1929, the Dallas Foundation is the oldest community foundation in the state. They serve as the critical link between generous donors and the community and causes they cherish.

These scholarships will help bring Treddie and Dean one step closer to their goals. Treddie will receive $750 to go toward books and other school supplies, and Dean $1000 to go toward his written exam, practical exam, barbershop permit, criminal history evaluation, work shoes and clothes and barber kit items. We couldn’t be more thrilled, and grateful to the Dallas Foundation for the great work they do for our community.

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A Huge Thank You to Everyone Who Gave!

Housing Crisis Center raised almost $5,000 this year during North Texas Giving Day. We’re excited about this, and truly grateful for all the wonderful and generous folks who donated, and we made more than four times our total from last year! With your support, we can continue to help folks like Mr. Anderson and David, whose stories we shared with you earlier.

More than 118,000 gifts were given, raising more than $33 million for Texas non-profits in just 18 hours! We are so thrilled that there are so many wonderful folks out there who care about our communities.

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Welcome Home, Mr. Anderson

Some of our clients’ stories are almost too sad to tell. Benjamin Anderson came to the Housing Crisis Center in 2009. He has battled repeated bouts of cancer, possibly from being exposed to radiation while serving our country in the Marine Corps. After returning to civilian life, he found employment—then broke his back on the job. Then, because of the previous cancer diagnosis, he was denied Workman’s Compensation! Think it can’t get any worse? Read on. A couple of years later, his ex-wife and one of his daughters were killed by a drunk driver. He was left as the sole support for his surviving daughter, A’naijah, who was 5 at the time. This new responsibility gave him a reason to live. Realizing that providing some normalcy for his daughter would be one of the best things he could do after her traumatic loss, he kept his daughter in the same school, even though it meant driving across town twice a day. He finally received Social Security disability, but has had to fight for his veteran’s benefits. Surprisingly, this story does have a happy …

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We’re ready for the challenge

Housing Crisis Center is thrilled to announce we’ve been selected to participate in Dallas Business Club’s Nonprofit Hackathon! Along with the Austin Street Center and the AIDS Outreach Center, we will be working with a group of prestigious Dallas MBAs to tackle some of our most pressing issues. This inaugural event, hosted by SMU’s Cox School of Business and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in partnership with VolunteerNow, takes place Saturday, August 29.

What an incredible opportunity for the Housing Crisis Center! We are honored and can’t wait to participate in this groundbreaking event.

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