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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Here we are. Again.

Well, here we are.  Again.

Another mass shooting.  Another time for us to talk about gun control and the NRA and innocence lost and the senselessness of it all.  We also, like clockwork, talk about mental illness and how “crazy people” shouldn’t get guns because mental illness leads to violence.

Except it doesn’t.

I wrote the following after the Tucson shooting where Representative Gabby Giffords was so tragically wounded and so many others lost their lives.  The words I used still apply.  Here they are:

I always get a little nervous when political pundits and celebrity doctors start chiming in about the complexities of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, and then subsequently offended both when mental illness is somehow considered an excuse for violent behavior and simultaneously paints those who are actually seriously sick as “nuts” or “whack jobs.”

Mental illness can strike any socio-economic group; it certainly doesn’t discriminate.  A larger percentage of homeless individuals, however, struggle with it than do our middle class neighbors.  People aren’t diagnosable as mentally ill because they are homeless, but they are often homeless …

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Attorneys Needed!

Every Wednesday night, Housing Crisis Center (HCC) hosts a legal clinic for issues surrounding housing – unlawful evictions, inhumane living conditions, housing discrimination, etc.  The first, second, forth, and fifth Wednesdays during the month, HCC and Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas have partnered with firms around Dallas to provide volunteer assistance.  While we search for a firm willing to dedicate volunteers regularly on the third Wednesday of the month, we need your help!

Tomorrow is the third Wednesday of this month …so we are calling all our attorney friends to volunteer!

If you or any attorney you know is interested in volunteering at this clinic, please come to HCC at 4210 Junius Street in east Dallas (corner of Peak and Junius) tomorrow night around 6 PM.  The more attorneys we have, the quicker the clinic moves.  The clinic doesn’t happen without volunteer assistance from people like YOU.

Additionally, if you are interested in getting your firm to commit to the third Wednesday of the month, please contact Kathryn Jacob at kjacob@hccdallas.org or 214.828.4244 x113

Learn more about HCC’s legal …

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