Hear Ashley’s success story about her stay in Dallas Hope Center. Ashley just needed a place to stay and a helping hand to realize her full potential. Donations from you will help us provide more love and support to create more success stories just like Ashley.
I decided I wanted to do a senior project this year, and knew I wanted to base it in service. I named my project “The Eli Project” after my nephew, because I constantly see goodness in him and think we can all be inspired by the innocence of child-like kindness. So, I decided that each month I would choose a different cause and host a drive or event for it. For example, in July I collected donations for care packages to be sent to our troops, and in August I collected school supplies for children in need. For the month of October, I’m accepting donated blankets for the homeless. I don’t have that far of a reach but if I can help just one person, I will feel accomplished.
Thank you so much for taking my school supplies! Everything your organization is doing is so inspiring, and I’m glad to know that there are people actively helping out our community. It was very nice to meet you.
Everyone is invited to let the good times roll “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” at the first annual Brunch for Hope event, “Brunchin’ in N’awlins”. The much-anticipated New Orleans style jazz brunch, reminiscent of NOLA festivities, music and décor is the largest fundraiser for Dallas Hope Charities (DHC). Featuring cuisine by local celebrity Chef Blythe Beck (‘Naughty Chef’ and Pink Magnolia), ‘adult beverages’ sponsored by Favorite Brands of DFW, live jazz with Bree & The Fellas, artwork and some fun surprises in-between, it is sure to be a brunch experience to remember!
For more information, see the full press release for the Brunch for Hope event.
Mike joins us for Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope on Saturday mornings where we serve a hot meal to anyone experiencing food insecurity issues or homelessness. Thanks for your kind words, Mike! And we look forward to serving you again in the future.
Dallas Voice, the premier media source of LGBT Texas, features Harvey Meissner, president and general manager of The Hidden Door, Inc., presenting a generous donation to Executive Director, Jason Vallejo of Dallas Hope Charities. The money comes from the Anthony Bobrow Trust, established with funds from the estate of the long-time Hidden Door owner, Tony Bobrow, after his death in 2018.
NBC 5 reports on volunteers serving hope and a hot breakfast with dignity to those in need in our community. Breakfast with Dallas Hope Charities serves around 250 people every Saturday morning and we rely on volunteers and donations to make it happen.
Dallas Hope Charities presents Chip in for Hope. Join us for fun, food, and golf. Sunday May 5, 2019, from 5 til 8 at Topgolf for the DHC “Funraiser.” By lending a hand we can provide hope to those in need. Help us affect change in our community by supporting these Dallas Hope Charities initiatives.
CW33 Good recognizes Dallas Hope Charities for efforts in assisting the homeless community in Dallas. Click the link below to see our charity profile on CW33 Good’s website along with some videos showcasing our programs.
Dallas Hope Charities, the “parent” of iCare (the weekly lunch and food pantry) enticed me to get involved when I learned I could share my culinary skills with the less fortunate in my own community. From day one a little over year ago, I was in love. I do meal planning, prep each meal, cook the meal and sometimes help to serve it, then we all clean up. After a crazy week at work, I look forward to Mondays.
About six months ago, Hello Fresh began donating fresh produce to supplement our program as well as contribute to staff and any person desiring a bag of produce. Starting in March 2017, Homeward Bound began paying it forward, paying it back to us for our donations of produce by giving us weekly donations of break for our guests.
When I started my new job, a prerequisite for me was to have Mondays off so that I would still be able to cook for the wonderful people who come to our amazing iCare for a hot meal and some groceries. Today, I am both blessed and grateful to call Dallas Hope Charities my home.
NBC 5 reports on the first LGBTQ Focused Homeless Shelter Opens in Dallas. Studies show LGBTQ youth and young adults are 120 percent more likely to become homeless than their heterosexual counterparts. The outreach arm of a Dallas church is taking a small step to help the vulnerable population.
I grew up in a household where it was the norm to help other people. As an adult, I feel that it is my responsibility to help make the world a better place in whatever ways I can. I was the lead on multiple neighborhood cleanups and People Helping People projects for several years. I also helped gather and organize school supplies for Maple Lawn Elementary and food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Later on I took over the lead in collecting Thanksgiving Baskets and still work on that project.
Volunteering has connected me to people that I otherwise would not have met and enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined.
More than a million and a half teens experience homelessness each year in our country. 40 percent of those kids identify as LGBTQ. Nearly half say they’re homeless because their family rejected them. In this CW33 segment, “Morning Hope,” learn how Dallas Hope Center plans to help those teens put a roof over their heads.
I first became involved with iCare about four years ago through my dear friend Rick Dishman. Rick was a tireless volunteer for CoH – ushering every Sunday whenever needed, plus his dedication to BACH and iCare was amazing. I watched him give tirelessly of himself (until his death) and he was an inspiration to me. At one time Rick not only served for iCare, but donated and paid for the food. We did this on Monday and Thursday and there were just 3 to 4 of us in the kitchen at that time. Through him I saw and got to know the iCare clients. They give me so much….hope, strength and the will to survive, as do my fellow volunteers. I do what I do because of karma. Who knows…one day I might be in that line, and I can only hope there would be someone who would offer me a plate of food and a smile. There are days I leave iCare bone weary but with a feeling of satisfaction that I gave something to someone who needed it and, perhaps, needed me. It’s a feeling that God is smiling down on me. I hope to continue my volunteer work as long as my physical body holds out….it’s the best medicine.
bUneke Magazine features Dallas Hope Charities and the many outreach programs for individuals experiencing homelessness. The article begins on Page 24 of bUneke Magazines July Issue.
Volunteering, at least for me, is more than a way of giving back. It’s a life-changer.
After having been a member of Cathedral of Hope for three years and witnessing firsthand the level of volunteer-driven impact that its congregation was making locally, I knew I had to become involved. I began as a volunteer leader for Project 1999, an initiative whose goal was to reach out into the immediate neighborhood and uplift it through providing services and school supplies for our adopted elementary school (whose majority population at the time lived at or below the poverty level), cleaning up the neighborhood, planting trees, and generally taking charge of bringing hope to the immediate area.
At the time, I was working on completing an MBA program while running an extremely successful, well-respected and profitable business. As I become more involved with the volunteer outreach opportunities, I eventually gave in to that nagging lifelong directive of working to change the lives of the underserved, marginalized, and forgotten. Following a lengthy period of great reflection and soul-searching, I sold my business and became the volunteer part-time director of community outreach program. As the program grew and as graduation from the MBA program came and went, I was asked to be the full-time director of community outreach – the most fulfilling and rewarding career investment I have ever made.
Seeking to fulfill another lifelong dream of living on a tropical island, I moved to Maui and opened and ran another award-winning business. In thirteen years living in paradise, there was a major element missing: volunteering in Dallas.
I would encourage anyone who is feeling the call to give to step forward and answer that call – even if on the level of one hour per month. The participation in one Dallas Hope Charities outreach event may very well change your life, too.
CW33 shines a light on the Dallas Hope Charities mission to bring food to those experiencing homelessness.
My favorite quote in the world is from Mother Teresa, who said; “Break my heart so completely that the whole world falls in.”
Well, honestly I have had a few of those moments in my lifetime and as hard as they have been, I wouldn’t change anything. One of my more positive heartbreaking times has come from serving at BACH (our breakfast program that provides fresh, hot meals for those experiencing economic disadvantage). We feed and minister to upwards of 300+ people every Saturday morning.
About 4 years ago, after much prodding from friends to go help, I finally went. I said, “I’ll go one time but after that no promises.” I’m not a morning person and I honestly didn’t think I had it in me to feel comfortable around those type of people. While that sounds anything but politically correct, I was honestly afraid I would sit down and cry or just be awkward around them because I felt so badly for them.
My first assignment at BACH was to walk around with cookies and desserts and ask who would like some. Well right away, I realized it wasn’t nearly as awkward as I had feared. I asked at each table, “Who would like a dessert?” as they responded affirmatively, I would take the tray over and let them choose what they wanted. I asked at one table and a seemingly shy gentleman raised his hand and nodded. When I made my way over there, he said, “I don’t really want anything, but I noticed that you smiled at the people who said yes, and I just wanted you to smile at me.” My heart literally broke for him at that moment, what a simple request, how could I refuse? I sat my tray down and said to him, “I’m going to make you a promise, I will do my best to be here every week and not only will I smile at you, I’m going to give you a big hug.” I hugged him and chatted with him briefly. His name is Richard – I call him sweet Richard. Since that day, I have missed very few Saturdays and I very rarely missed getting a hug from my dear friend. When I see him, my heart literally smiles all day! My job at BACH has changed several times, but Richard always manages to find me! I can hear his sweet voice saying, “Miss Melissa I’m here for my hug!” Sometimes he comes back multiple times during the morning saying, he needs just one more hug.
Yes, people come because their stomachs are empty, but many come because they need a hug, a smile or just a kind word. My heart breaks pretty much every week, but it’s the best medicine my soul could ever receive. While their physical needs never seem to end, neither does their longing to be loved, even if it’s just through a kind word, a smile and a hug.
DSNews highlights Dallas Hope Charities participation in better lending practices to eliminate LGBT discrimination in the practice.