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

Mommies In Need

MC4Mommies In Need is participating in North Texas Giving Day for the first time this year. We provide in-home childcare to stay-at-home parents going through a health crisis.

North Texas Giving Day could not come at a better time for us. Mommies In Need has been operating since October of 2014 and we have provided over 1,700 hours of nanny help to our families. We were already committed to providing care for Jenny, who is going through chemo for Breast Cancer, when we heard about Cristal and knew we had to help.

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Cristal and her kids Sawyer (4) and Aleah Belle (7 weeks)

On July 19th, Cristal had a stroke.  She is a stay-at-home mommy to Sawyer (4) and Aleah (7 weeks) and is currently in an ICU after surgery to remove a blood clot in her brain.   Full recovery from this will take months and we are going to be providing her with a nanny so that she can focus her energy on getting better.

On North Texas Giving Day, please consider donating to Mommies In Need.  We are entirely run by volunteers and your money goes directly to providing nanny care for sick moms like Jenny and Cristal.

To donate to Mommies In Need on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

Strike Out Homeless

DSC09443-002by Gina Parker

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.

Why our community needs financial education!

Did you know that Texas is ranked 42nd in the country for overall financial knowledge and planning from a study by WalletHub?

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas is a strategic resource encouraging growth in the community by planting the seeds of financial transformation with customized learning opportunities. CCCS is invested in the outcomes – improved credit scores, reduced debt, increased savings, retirement planning, resilience in a crisis, and reduced dependence on predatory lending.

We offer the encouragement and the tools to change behavior which is why one of our clients after meeting with us knew she would be able to pay off her debts and hold her head up with pride again.

Your donation to CCCS on North Texas Giving Day will allow our diverse set of clients the ability to become financially sustainable individuals ready to tackle any future obstacle.

To donate to Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas on September 17, please click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.

KidLinks

Our KidLinks team is small, our hearts are big, and we bring the healing power of music to kids everywhere!

We’ve enjoyed over 30 years of performing music for kids in hospitals, catering our performances to children’s needs and feelings. We help provide joy, relaxation, and hope through songs. Our Child Life approved music delivers positive messages in an engaging and fun style through our Therapeutic Music Entertainment (TME) program that’s available to hospitals across the country; and now, we have a resource the kids can take with them.

With Hugworks Children’s Network (HCN), caregivers & kids can access our resources from any web enabled device; no app needed.  This is also our answer to reaching more children in more places. Feel free to explore at www.hugworkschildrensnetwork.org

Some kids need more one on one interaction and the special services of a Music Therapist. For this, we have Music Therapy, a program in which the fees are based on a sliding scale to make sure all of the kids can thrive without regard to circumstances.

Your generosity allows us to offer these programs. Let the children hear your heart-song and support the healing power of music on North Texas Giving Day!

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

Ability Connection Texas

It is estimated that 1 in 5 individuals will experience a disability in their lifetime.  Ability Connection’s mission is to provide a full range of services for people of all ages and disabilities as they strive to reach their highest level of independence.

Surella_hxSurella never planned to be 1 in 5.  Unexpectedly, she fainted during a physical therapy session and hit her head.  She suffered an internal bleed and was taken off heart medication.  Tragically, she then suffered a severe stroke leaving her unable to speak.  The very active Surella was now in her daughter’s care.

Surella’s daughter was shocked and angry at this life changing event.  She saw the way people treated her mother differently, not speaking directly to her, although she completely understood what was being said.  Surella’s daughter found Ability Connection and we awarded her mom a communication device.  The technology eases her frustration by giving her a voice.

Thanks to your donations to North Texas Giving Day 2014, we provided communication devices to eleven deserving people like Surella.

Join Ability Connection and other nonprofit agencies that make North Texas the best place to live on September 17 for #NTGivingDay!

To donate to Ability Connection Texas on September 17, click here. To find out more about North Texas Giving Day, please visit www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org.