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

Montessori Institute of North Texas (MINT) – Bettering the Lives of All Children

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Each family’s ethnic and cultural heritage is honored and respected.

Now more than ever, when we are overwhelmed by the anguish of racial tension, political strife and public violence, we hold fast to the knowledge that Montessori education – our work – shines a guiding light of peace that is changing the world. We look to Dr. Montessori’s words, “If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.” Continue reading

Serving and Educating Exceptional Deaf Students (SEEDS)

childDeaf students live in a silent world. Many do not have access to conversations from the environment that are so vital to learning (parents discussing their day, friends chatting about their plans, someone in a group sharing a funny story….). Serving & Educating Exceptional & Deaf Students (SEEDS), the private school in the DFW area for the Deaf, works with students and families to bridge that gap between the two worlds. We also provide job training for our young adults who need some assistance to make good employment choices that will support them in their goal to live productive lives. Continue reading

Alley’s House

IMG_0013“The words ‘Mommy, I love you!’ warm my heart. My children are my number one priority and I drive myself to accomplish my goals so that they will not have to face the same hardships that I encountered. Alley’s House made me realize that education is the key to success and with the help of counseling and a strong support system, I finally realized that one person can make a difference and that person is me.”- Alley’s House Participant, Patricia

Stories like Patricia’s show the impact Alley’s House has on teen mothers and their children through our comprehensive array of programs and wraparound services that focus on innovative learning, mental health and wellness, workforce readiness, and positive parenting. Continue reading

Strike Out Homeless

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So often we think of the man or woman standing on the side of a road with a cardboard sign when we think of homelessness. Some misperceptions may be that those experiencing homelessness are lazy, entitled, destructive or aggressive. But this North Texas Giving Day, Back on My Feet aims to strike out those false labels and replace them with truths. In reality, our friends at the homeless shelters of Dallas are just like me and you.

Back on My Feet empowers the homeless of Dallas through running, life-skills and community support. Our program instills confidence, motivation and self-esteem in our participants by running Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings with four participating shelters – Dallas LIFE, The Bridge, Salvation Army and the VA Hospital.

DSC09904-001Homelessness can be something we all experience at any given point in our lives. And at any stage of life, things can fall apart. I have made long-lasting friendships with participants of the Back on My Feet program who came to homelessness by a traumatic experience that I have also personally endured– including a loss of a loved one. But the participants of the Back on My Feet program don’t always have the emotional or financial support that I was granted. It’s quite the eye opener, to realize… I could be here in the shelter and needing the same encouragement. And that’s why I want to strike out the perceptions of homelessness. It could have been me.

Our program works with single mothers that need a support system. We work with veterans that served our country and are regaining confidence before entering the workplace. And we work with college-educated individuals that have suffered from job loss.

Ranging in age from 18 – 74, our program participants have never fit the stereotype of homelessness because they are hardworking, passionate and dedicated to overcoming obstacles. They are positive and contributing members of our community, taking each step towards striking out a label placed on them and replacing it with runner, friend and independent. Please join us on September 17th in assisting them by donating to Back on My Feet.

To donate to Back On My Feet on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.