LAUNCH: What Gives?

This month, make a donation …
… to The Promise House, Dallas’ only homeless shelter exclusively for teenagers. What started as a 16-bed emergency shelter in Oak Cliff has grown into 10 programs for at-risk youth, including a group foster home for teen mothers and their children, and 15 apartments where foster kids can transition to living independently. “Teenagers are not the most likeable sometimes, and when you combine that with homelessness, people can be reluctant to show compassion,” says Promise House spokesman Joshua Collier. “But teenagers are often the ones most in need.” It takes about $1.4 million a year in private donations to keep the nonprofit afloat. In recognition of its 25th anniversary, Promise House is asking for $25 donations. Make donations at promisehouse.org.

Or make a donation …
… to your neighborhood Dallas Public Library branch, which accepts donations of books, magazines, VHS tapes and DVDs every day. The libraries either put them on library shelves or resell them, with proceeds going toward new materials and equipment for the library. Oak Cliff branches include Hampton Illinois at 2951 S. Hampton, and North Oak Cliff at 302 W. 10th.
Know of ways that neighbors can spend time, attend an event, or purchase or donate something to benefit a neighborhood nonprofit? Email your suggestion to launch@advocatemag.com.
 


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