6 Stones Mission Network – Transforming lives, homes and communities

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Wendy sits for an interview in her newly revitalized home | Photo by Cody Bettis, 6 Stones

Before she had even cleared her early twenties, Wendy’s life was packed with excitement and success. She has met Reba McEntire and shared the set of Walker, Texas Ranger with Chuck Norris. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, she attended and competed in Grand National Races. Eventually, she caught the eye of a major motorcycle company, who offered her a position promoting their brand. Juggling that offer with a new job back home, Wendy was poised for an exhilarating future.

“Life really changes really, really fast. We never know where it’s going to take us. I had just started a new job. I’d been there for a little over a week, probably,” Wendy recalled.

“But then my car accident happened.” Continue reading

Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association – Client to Donor: A Natural Full Circle Transition

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Two years into my college experience, I realized that my dream was to move to New York, finish my education there, and start a career in patent law.  The combination of New York and law school proved to be out of reach for my financial situation. Without the loan I received from the Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association I would not have been able to see my dream come to life. The interest free student loan helped me with the costs of education and living expenses. DHFLA’s help let me focus my efforts on excelling academically. Continue reading

University of Dallas – Give the Gift of Scholarship on North Texas Giving Day

UD_Wordmark_Tower_Stacked_654Each year, hundreds of new students matriculate into the University of Dallas to participate in one of the nation’s most rigorous liberal arts curricula. These students, who come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, worked hard during their earlier educational careers to earn acceptance into our liberal arts program by demonstrating a commitment to excellence and a desire to make a difference in their communities. In order for many of them to achieve their future educational goals, they require some type of financial assistance.

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The University of Dallas campus lies on 220 acres of rolling hills, conveniently located just a 15-minute drive from downtown Dallas.

In 2015, 96% of University of Dallas students received some type of financial support directly from the university. While some of this aid is provided through generous contributions from our alumni and friends, these gifts simply do not meet the increasing demand. Continue reading

Arlington Charities – a safety net between two giants

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Arlington is the heart of the DFW Metroplex; placed between two giants, it gets plenty of traffic and sports attention but perhaps it is being overlooked when it comes to basic needs.

Hunger, poverty, and homelessness remain a concern for many citizens in Arlington. According to the census bureau, 21% of Arlington residents live below the poverty level.  The Tarrant County Homeless Coalition reports there are well over 2,000 people, including nearly 600 children (under 17), that are currently homeless in our community. Almost 10% of Arlington seniors live in poverty. Our food insecure seniors are at increased risk for chronic health conditions such as depression, heart attack, asthma and congestive heart failure. Continue reading

Melody of Hope – The Power of Music

CMYK_primary_colorMusic is a powerful thing. Music can bring hope where there was none before, soothe broken hearts and restore. Music stimulates the mind, nurtures the soul, brings people together, and fuels creativity.  And creative minds change the world.

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Awareness concert for Hunters Autism Specials.

Melody of Hope (MOH) is a start-up non-profit located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  We exist simply because we believe music can bring hope to the world. MOH partners with various local nonprofit organizations to raise funds while also becoming a voice and advocate for each charity’s cause.  Our priorities and project funding is based on the needs of the community that provides necessities such as support to low income families, educational opportunities, spiritual and mental counseling, economic development, health care, job training, support for wounded warriors,  resources to help end sex trafficking, autism awareness, and much more.  Together we realize that we can target multiple issues that plague our local communities, contribute to the sustainable growth of our city, and further serve tomorrow’s generation. We accomplish this through the power of music. Continue reading

Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps – meeting the needs of women one step away from crisis

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Flo Campbell, DCWJC Site Coordinator, addressing the graduates of the Job and Life Skills Program.

To use a phrase from a popular credit card commercial, North Texas Giving Day for Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps is simply “PRICELESS!”

DCWJC is located in Far East Dallas and for over 18 years, we have been a beacon of light and hope to meet the needs of women who are one step out of crisis. We define crisis as women who are exiting incarceration, residing in transitional housing for drug addiction, recently widowed, and/or in need of enhanced skills to re-enter the job market. Continue reading