B&A in the Community: Bridges Out Of Poverty

Sherman, Texas, like many other U.S. cities, is facing the challenges of changing demographics, an aging population, the loss of clean manufacturing jobs increasingly replaced by lower paying, part-time retail positions, and the persistent problems associates with substance abuse. In search of answers, 23 people from Sherman, representing the city government, non-profit social service agencies, the school system and local churches came together recently in search of aha! moments and holistic answers to alleviating poverty in the area. Hosted by MasterKey Ministries, a local educational outreach providing support to Hispanic children and adults, the all-day workshop, facilitated by Virginia Brooks and co-facilitator Stephanie Tyson from McKinney, was  based on the “Bridges Out of Poverty” framework developed by Dr. Ruby Payne of aha! Process. Key take-aways from the interactive session included the following: Poverty is the extent to which individuals go...

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Blessed People Bless People at the Notre Dame School

By Virginia Brooks, Founder and Principal A lot of people in Dallas were blessed last week – and from a most unexpected source. More than 100 students from Notre Dame School, Dallas’ only independent school specifically designed to meet the needs of students with intellectual disabilities, fanned out across the Metroplex in a day devoted to service to others.  Celebrating their school’s 50th anniversary Golden Jubilee, these boys and girls — sporting tee shirts that proudly proclaim “No limits. Just Possibilities.” — pitched in to pack food boxes for the needy, sort shoes and clothes for ministries to the poor, decorate birthday cards for the elderly, and assemble surgical soap kits and hospital admission packets.  Another 50 students stayed at the school to prepare hygiene packs for the homeless. They traveled in buses to seven locations, blessing the staffs,...

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Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Notre Dame School Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Service to Others Publish date: Friday, September 20, 2013 — Notre Dame School of Dallas is celebrating 50 years of service to students with special needs.  The school opened for the 1963 school year and remains the only independent school in Dallas specifically designed to meet the special needs of students with intellectual disabilities. During the 2013-2014 school year, Notre Dame will be observing its Golden Jubilee with a series of events for students, their families, staff, friends and benefactors.  The first event, the Jubilee of Service, was held on Friday, September 20.   More than 100 students volunteered at seven area social agencies in groups of 12 – 30, and 50 students prepared packets for the homeless at school for the Brady Center that morning.  Students volunteered at North Dallas Shared Ministries, North...

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SMU.edu

“SMU Cox students lend a helping hand at the North Texas Food Bank for the Meal4Kids program” – June 13, 2013   Read...

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Home Sweet Home for West Dallas Veteran

Corporate sponsors continue to enlist their support for Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas’ home rebuild projects providing volunteers, financial donations and supplies. The Story Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas, a local chapter of the national rebuild organization, teamed with Home Depot and other sponsors for its annual Veteran’s Rebuild project. Each year Rebuilding Together selects one deserving U.S. veteran and spends months repairing their home – from flooring and insulation to foundation repair, painting and landscaping. The 2012 recipient is ex-marine Carmen Toston, a single mother of four young children. Repairs on Ms. Toston’s home in West Dallas wrapped on Veterans Day, right up until a key-giving ceremony with the Rebuilding Together team, corporate sponsors, volunteers and the Toston family. How We Told the Story We invited the Dallas-Fort Worth broadcast and print media to attend select volunteer work days and...

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