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

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.

DJHS: Preserving the Past As a Living Legacy

Esther Tobolowsky Golman & friend, leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer
“Leaving Dallas on the Katy Flyer”, ca. 1914: Esther Tobolowsky Golman and friend pose for a picture taken on a photographer’s prop, Caboose No. 32981, possibly at the 1914 State Fair of Texas. Photographers along the Katy routes used similar backdrops to create real-photo postcards, which allowed subjects to send personalized postcards to family and friends. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

It is said that those who forget history are condemned to repeat it. At Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS), we’re in the business of remembering — preserving memories and sharing those stories in a way that informs the future. DJHS is the only organization that collects, preserves and shares the photos, documents, artifacts and stories of Jewish life in the greater Dallas area.

Dallas became a city in 1856 and by 1858 the first Jewish merchant had opened a store. From there, the history of Dallas is filled with names of Jewish leaders in retail, manufacturing, politics, cultural arts and other areas. In chronicling the history of the Jewish community, we tell the story of Dallas itself.

Our previous Giving Day proceeds have been used to initiate digitization of our Oral History interviews with Jews in Dallas — both natives and newcomers — who tell the stories of how and why they came here and what they’ve done since arriving.

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“Little Miss Bluebonnet 1929”: Evelyn Dritch (nee Lynn), age 3, daughter of Louis & Rebecca (Donsky) of Dallas, had her photo taken at home on Forester Avenue where she lived with her parents, three older sisters and two older brothers. Courtesy of the Nancy Lubar Collection at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society.

This year’s proceeds will continue to help fund our ever-expanding digitization efforts in addition to contributing to general operating support. We currently seek additional funding to continue converting and processing more than 500 completed interviews and thousands of photos, documents, and artifact descriptions.

To donate to Dallas Jewish Historical Society 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.

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.