Reconciliation Outreach – A Safe Haven in the Inner City

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Reconciliation Outreach is a faith-based organization that strives to meet the needs of broken lives in inner city Dallas. Below are a few stories from those who we have had the pleasure of walking with on their path.


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Baillie surrounded by some of the children in the Afterschool Program | Photo by Jennifer Lindsey

“I’ve seen too many people die.

I’ve woken up next to friends who didn’t make it, and I used to wonder, ‘Why haven’t I died yet? Logically, I should be dead. Right now…” Her eyes begin to water. “Dead.” Ten years after her addiction and lifestyle began, Baillie finally decided that she needed to change. She called Reconciliation Outreach and came into the Oasis Program. One year later, Continue reading

Dallas Tennis Association – We Serve… Everyone Wins

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The Dallas Tennis Association (DTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides junior and adult tennis programming to the Dallas metropolitan area.

Dallas Tennis Association’s Motto is:  We Serve…Everyone wins.

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Students pictured here are participating in the The Dallas Tennis and Education Academy’s education component — the ACE curriculum (Academic, Creative, Engagement) which is part of the USTA’s National Junior Tennis and Learning program.

The DTA’s benevolent arm is the Dallas Tennis and Education Academy (DTEA).  The DTEA provides low-cost/no-cost programs to under-resourced, at-risk children.  These programs include tennis and education instruction, tennis equipment, scholarships, tournament and special events travel expenses, and, more importantly, life-skills training.  Continue reading

Faith Lutheran School of Plano – What Happens When We Do #NTxGivingDay Right?

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Diving into a project when you have no idea what you’re doing can be simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating. That’s how we felt in 2014 before Faith Lutheran School’s first North Texas Giving Day.  We’d heard a lot about this special day of giving and were inspired by the stories of many raising funds to do fantastic things.

So, we applied to participate only few short months before North Texas Giving Day 2014, sent some basic event info to our supporters….and saw amazing things happen. Continue reading

Legacy Counseling Center – Bridging the HIV Information Gap

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Legacy Counseling Center’s Executive Director, Melissa Grove is no wallflower, but she becomes even more animated if you ask her who is the most under-served population of people living with HIV/AIDS. “Women make up 1 in 4 new HIV diagnoses but no one knows that, and so women don’t get the help and services they need” she’ll quickly tell you. Melissa has worked for two decades trying to bridge that gap, both in outreach to women and in public perception.

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Real Housewives Stephanie Hollman, Tiffany Leeanne Locken, Tiffany Hendra and Legacy Executive Director Melissa Grove

“People think they know what an HIV positive person looks like, but they don’t realize that they could be their friend, their neighbor… their grandma! These women need our counseling and substance abuse treatment, but unless we reach them, they may never get the care they deserve. That’s why we started the Grace Project.” Continue reading

Embrace Grace – Pro-Love for All

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What if we made the church the first place a young woman ran to when she found out she was pregnant? (Instead of away from because of shame and guilt.)

What if we stopped being so loud about what we are against but became famous for our love and what we are FOR.

Maybe then the world would look a lot different. It’s one thing to shout from the rooftops that you are pro-life, but they are just words without love – a clanging cymbal. We have to be pro-love in our approach to the broken and hurting. Continue reading

Canine Companions for Independence – Independence on Four Legs

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Canada is a Caped CrusaderHi everyone!  My name is Canada and I’m a Canine Companions for Independence assistance dog.  After lots of training, I became a service dog for my new best friend Ryan. Ryan is an active Army soldier.  After surviving a car bomb in Afghanistan, Ryan was left with burns, severe nerve and soft tissue damage, and damage to his abdominal wall. His mobility is restricted, and it’s my job to assist him every day.  As an assistance dog I like to lick and play like other dogs, but mostly I love to help Ryan. Continue reading