Dallas Hope Charities unveils a completely transformed space for its LGBTQ+ residents with the support of three long-term partners.
Dwell with Dignity and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA sponsored the design and personalization of the interior living spaces, while U.S. Bank sponsored building construction, completed by MCS, and outdoor renovations, performed by SHINEscapes, to Dallas Hope Charities’ Hope Center.
WHAT: Dallas Hope Charities (DHC), a Dallas-based nonprofit on a mission to provide food, shelter, and services that instill dignity, stability, and hope for all, by supporting Dallas’ North Texas LBGTQ+ community, will unveil a major transformation to its Dallas Hope Center on Friday, April 14, at 11 a.m. The transformation includes the design and personalization of the interior living spaces supported by Dwell with Dignity and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA. U.S. Bank has supported the construction work, completed by MCS – a leading property services company, with SHINEscapes – a DFW-based landscaping company, performing the outdoor renovations.
The Dallas Hope Center is an LGBTQ-focused transitional living program for homeless youth ages 18-24. During the 12-month program, residents are provided a safe, welcoming environment and basic needs where they can learn important life skills necessary to successfully live independent lives. Before the transformation, the Dallas Hope Center was in dire need of updates and repairs. Chief Executive Officer, Tamika Perry, says that beds were broken, blinds were taped up, there were leaks, structural issues, and more.
Through the support of three long-time partners, the Center has received a complete makeover inside and out.
The Center is the first participant in U.S. Bank’s Home Pride campaign, which focused on the Center’s exterior and interior construction. Exterior improvements include landscaping, painting, energy-efficient windows, a backyard privacy fence, and a backyard patio. The foundation was corrected to avoid any further settling issues. Internally, overhead lighting was installed, along with a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the space. Additionally, the kitchen was remodeled with energy-efficient appliances, and dual laundry washers and dryers were added to accommodate the number of residents.
Dwell with Dignity, working with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, tackled the interior design of every space throughout the Center. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA’s focus on building long-term, multi-faceted, and meaningful relationships with nonprofits in their local communities inspired the interior project to leverage the skills of Dwell with Dignity that benefits the residents of the Dallas Hope Center. These efforts focused on making the Center feel like home by including residents’ feedback on everything from window treatments to kitchen towels. In alignment with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA’s emphasis on building sustainable communities, Center residents will also have the opportunity to “shop” an area set up for them to stock with items, allowing them to choose their bedding and other features, creating a room and space that fits their unique personalities. Volunteers from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA have partnered with the Dwell with Dignity team to implement the design in the days leading up to the unveiling.
WHEN: Friday, April 14, 2023, 11 a.m. – Noon CST
- Remarks followed by an open house and tours
- The facility will be open for tours until 3 p.m.
WHERE: For the privacy and safety of residents, the address is available upon request.
Parking – Specific parking instructions will be provided upon request of address. Only open-street parking is available. No parking is allowed in front of or in the alley behind the Center as well as no parking is permitted across the street from the Center. Parking is first come first serve. Upon arrival please navigate to the front of the home, where a member of DHC will guide you to where remarks will be hosted.
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AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW:
- Tamika Perry, Chief Executive Officer at Dallas Hope Charities
- Ashley Sharp, Executive Director at Dwell with Dignity
- Jennifer Harrison, Senior Manager, Operations at Mercedes Benz Financial Services USA
- Doug Whittemore, Senior Vice President and Operations Executive at U.S. Bank
- Craig Torrance, CEO with MCS