The staff and board of directors of City House will hold a ribbon-cutting, sign dedication and holiday house warming event in celebration of its new Youth Resource Center and administrative offices on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 10:15 am. The event is open to the public will take place at 901 18th Street in Plano, Tex. (corner of Ave. H and 18th).
The ribbon-cutting and sign dedication will begin promptly at 10:30 am in front of City House’s new home, a beautiful Victorian-style house where the ArtCentre of Plano used to reside. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and former Plano Mayor Pat Evans are scheduled to be on hand, along with City House founders Nancy Boyd and Kay Goodman. City House Executive Director Sheri Messer and Board President Marilee Cumming will be there, as well as current and former members of the board.
City House is excited to have JP Piccinini, founder of JP & Associates Realtors, as part of the event, as the real estate brokerage firm has partnered with the organization on a sponsorship that will allow a new sign in front of the new offices and resource center as part of the ribbon-cutting. Their generosity will also make possible a pictorial gallery of the nonprofit’s history with images featured throughout the house commemorating our service to the community and celebrating the successes of the youth that City House serves. JP & Associates’ dedication and support will make this house a home for the young people utilizing City House resources, counseling and programs.
“JP & Associates has been a great partner of City House for years,” said Messer. “They have a great tradition in hosting a holiday party every December for underprivileged and at-risk children at Main Event in Frisco, and our kids have always been a part of it. They are a growing firm and make it a priority to be involved in every community they do business in. We’d like to thank them for their commitment to the community and all they have done for City House.”
JP & Associates also gives out school scholarships at their annual holiday party to deserving teens who are working hard towards their goals; select City House residents have been recipients. JP & Associates agents also generously donate a percentage of their sales to City House.
City House’s choice of date to show off the facility couldn’t be more appropriate, given the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving fueled by social media and collaboration.
Following the ribbon-cutting there will be a house warming from 10:30 am-5:00 pm for the community to come tour our facility, meet City House staff, and learn about the services and programs the organization provides for homeless and troubled youth and young adults in North Texas. Starbucks will be serving some of their delicious coffee as well. Holiday Warehouse of Plano has graciously donated the beautiful holiday lights and decorations for the event. Special thanks to longtime Plano resident, City House volunteer and decorator extraordinaire Janet Melton for helping make our house look fantastic!
Friends are asked to please bring monetary donations or gift cards as part of #GivingTuesday and the beginning of the charitable holiday season. Walmart and Target Gift Cards are used quite frequently to buy groceries and household items for our emergency shelter and TLP homes.
This ribbon-cutting and house warming will showcase City House success stories, and attendees will gain tips on recognizing the signs of youth in need, learn about how to best report a concern, and become familiar with resources in our community that can immediately assist in getting a child to safety.
In the evening the nonprofit will again open its doors from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm for a holiday reception hosted by City House’s board of directors and staff where they will thank, honor and toast key supporters, sponsors and new friends.
A small silent auction (with many “buy it now” items) will be featured all day and into the evening on the premises and also include a “Giving Tree” where attendees can make a donation for much-needed holiday gift cards or bring one along to donate.
About City House
City House has been sheltering and helping at-risk youth due to abuse, neglect or homelessness for over 27 years. Founded in 1988 by two Plano schoolteachers who noticed some of their students living out of their lockers, what began as a six-bed shelter for homeless teens has evolved into a 48-bed multi-faceted organization. City House runs an emergency shelter for children newborn to 17 years old, a Transitional Living Program for homeless young adults 18-to-21 years old, and community counseling to local youth and families who need it, focusing on easing and working through family conflict.