Raising Awareness

Shelly is a 17-year-old student at Plano East Senior High (PESH), and a member of the school’s HOSA chapter – a powerful curricular program of student-led activities designed to develop future leaders for the health care system.

Right before the holiday break, Shelly’s HOSA group for future professionals was presented a competition in which self-made groups had to come up with some ideas to raise awareness for any issue they choose.

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Shelly’s group donation flyer

“We were struggling with something to raise awareness for,” she said. “But I had the idea of raising awareness for foster kids and what they go through. The emotional trauma is real and thousands go through it every day in this country.”

Foster children and what they experience is something dear to Shelly’s heart. She knew all about City House and what the organization does for homeless and runaways. Her HOSA group consisting of three classmates decided to put together a donation drive for items to be given to City House to help shelter and counsel local children who are in the foster care system, homeless or runaways.

IMG_0900Items accepted for donation through the drive include:

  • Deodorant
  • Shaving cream
  • Lotion (regular or small size)
  • Paper towels
  • Individual snacks (peanut-free only)

The drive runs through Feb. 5. Shelly not only got PESH involved in the drive; she also recruited Clark, McMillen and Williams High Schools to participate as well. A donation of five items is good for one service hour, for those who qualify. Donations for this drive can also be dropped off by individuals interested in helping Shelly’s cause at the City House administrative offices (901 18th St., Plano).

“This is all about awareness,” she said. “I just want people to know more about a subject that is real and affects thousands every day. There are kids in classrooms all over that are currently in foster care.

“People talk about cancer and other awful conditions and those are huge, but many do not realize how many foster kids there are and what they go through. First of all – the fact that many were removed from their home; the feeling of getting ripped away from all they know and then the feeling of getting placed in someplace they don’t. All they want is their mom or dad or family. On average they stay in foster care for 12-to-17 months, sometimes years. They are missing their families. I just think it is not fair to these kids. They didn’t do anything and had no choice.”

And what specifically does she hope to gain from the awareness?

“Maybe it will trigger someone to want to help; maybe say, ‘I want to adopt, I want to foster kids’, to get involved to make foster care better,” she said. “Maybe it will make a few people want to donate or volunteer at places like City House.”

At an early January HOSA meeting at PESH, a local doctor was present to speak to the group, read over the donation flyer and heard about the mission spearheaded by Shelly’s group. The message impacted him greatly, and he personally pledged an impressive $10,000 to City House.

Shelly just wants to give foster kids a bright future.

“I’m very excited about the donation drive and what we are doing,” she said.

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Success Story: Tia

Tia was a city girl, born and raised in New York City. She didn’t get along with mom and her situation basically was going to end up with either Tia running away or getting kicked out. So she took her own initiative when she legally became an adult at the age of 18.

IMG_9914“It just wasn’t working between me and my mom,” she said. “I made a decision to buy a ticket and come to Texas. I had never been here but I had heard that it was a good place to start a new life. So I decided to take a chance and check it out.”

Once in North Texas, Tia looked for places to help her while she worked towards getting on her feet. She talked with the Salvation Army, who suggested checking out Promise House or City House. After doing some research, Tia decided to try City House first.

“I liked what I saw from the first day I walked in,” she said. “I filled out an application and was placed in the girls’ home in Plano the next week.”

The first thing that stood out to Tia – freedom and independence to learn for yourself.

“It was very normal for me to be around new people because that’s how I grew up. The thing I liked about the program was the space I was given and the freedom to act like an adult. I felt independent yet there were people around me to give advice and encourage me. I learned how to be an adult and to work through things.

“Another big thing at City House was that people would listen to me. That’s a big deal. There are a special few who still work here that really did it for me. I still enjoy talking to them.”

Tia realizes that programs like City House aren’t for everyone, but she is grateful for what it did for her.

“There are pros and cons to every program out there, and all are trying to help. No matter what good and bad things have happened in my life, I honestly wouldn’t be where I am now without City House. It means a lot to me. Sometimes I wonder where I would be right now if I hadn’t found it.”

Now on her own from City House for about two years, Tia stays in touch with several members of the City House staff, coming by and visiting from time to time. She works as a data entry representative for TransGlobal in Grand Prairie.

“I enjoy it; it keeps me on my feet,” she said. “I have my own apartment and I just learned how to drive. Growing up in New York, you don’t really need a car. I still use the buses and trains here but I’ve enjoyed learning how to drive.

“I have friends who are still struggling and I tell them to go to City House because you have your own space there and they will help you figure it out.”

Tia says she talks with her mom every day. She calls it a “stay away and love me” relationship, meaning they simply get along better being far apart. Tia finds time to visit her family in New York about three times a year, but she’s excited about the life she is building for herself here in Texas.

“I want to be a cosmetologist,” she said. “I’m ok with where I am at right now. Next year I want to go to school for introduction into business and then go to school for cosmetology. I’m just happy for myself. I’ve accomplished a lot. I still think about what am I going to do and dream about the future. I’m young and I have a lot I want to explore and accomplish.

“I’m glad I came to City House. It helped me get to where I am at.”

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Tremendous Impact

Every time the calendar turns to the last few months of the year, all of us here at City House are blown away at the generosity of our corporate partners and friends in the community, volunteering of their time and resources to give our kids a memorable holiday season. Once again, the community has outdone themselves when looking back at the last few weeks of 2015.

The holiday season kicked off on Thanksgiving day where our Transitional Living Program (TLP) teens enjoyed the Dallas Cowboys game from a suite! The suite was graciously donated by Jon Frankel, who has been a City House supporter for several years.

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Plano Bicycle Association

The Plano Bicycle Association donated 10 fantastic new bikes for the kids in the TLP program and at MFH to use!

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Arjo receives a college scholarship from JP & Associates

On December 6th JP and Associates Realtors hosted a fabulous party for our residents from both My Friend’s House (MFH) and the TLP. The celebration event (an annual tradition for JP and Associates for local children’s nonprofits) was held at Main Event in Frisco and the entire place was reserved just for the party. The clients were able to bowl, play laser tag, play in an open arcade, play pool, and climb on the ropes course. They also provided dinner! On top of that, they gave presents to every one of our residents from their wish lists for the holidays. The bonus was a $5,000 scholarship presented to Arjo, one of our TLP clients who is headed to college.

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Raising Cane’s

The folks from Raising Cane’s location at 15th and Alma in Plano came and set up and decorated the Christmas tree in the MFH lobby on December 9.

On December 13th the MFH clients enjoyed a party at Amazing Jake’s hosted by Birthday Party Project. They enjoyed the buffet and games/activities of all types.
Due to City House’s volunteer partnership, Director of Volunteer Resources Lisa Rodgers went to Blue Cross Blue Shield on December 16 to meet with their president and accept a $5,000 donation check!

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Gifts for our kids from Starbucks

December 16 also featured Starbucks treating clients from MFH and TLP to the Ice Sculpture Exhibit and dinner at the Gaylord Texan Resort. When the kids got there they were given hats, scarves and gloves in preparation for the exhibit. Starbucks district managers hosted the event and walked through with the kids while other managers were working on the decoration and set up of the reserved room for dinner. Each child received a gift from their wish list and TLP clients were given gift cards.
December 17th saw KFC come out and set up “shopping day” for City House’s case managers to bundle gifts for the residents and dropped off their “At Hope Tree” donation of gift cards.

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National Charity League of Frisco

December 21 and 22 were filled with volunteers who came in to wrap all the residents’ gifts. The groups included National Charity League of Frisco, Raising Cane’s, and several churches, as well as some of City House’s regular volunteers who do an amazing job all year with our kids.

Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were also graciously provided by a few different volunteers and donors. Thank you for your generosity!

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Toyota of Plano GM Rusty Gentry and City House ED Sheri Messer

Toyota of Plano was proud to partner up with 2 anonymous donors who helped give a 2015 Sienna Van to City House just in time for Christmas! A very much needed mode of transportation for the residents!

On December 29th the Junior League closed out our holiday season with a Deerfield Christmas light tour by carriage ride with all the trimmings; hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas carols!

We had numerous companies and donors that generously provided new toys and items for all the homes, on top of all the gifts for our clients, both residential and non-residential. Each child, teen and young adult received between 8 and 10 gifts; our houses received new small appliances, linens, toys, and other needed household items. Also our birthday gift coffers are full and ready for the birthdays we will celebrate in 2016. Special thanks go to the following groups:

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Preferred Imaging

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Blue Cross Blue Shield

JP & Associates Realtors
Preferred Imaging
Christ Church
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Frost Bank
KFC

Additionally due to the generosity of our regular volunteers the kids at MFH were able to enjoy a day at the Perot Museum and lunch at McDonalds; fun at Jump Mania; an outing to Kid Mania and lunch; and several movies during the holiday break.

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who gave generously of their time and resources to make the holidays so wonderful for our residents!

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Success Story: Lexii

Growing up in Murphy, Lexii didn’t have a good relationship going with her mom. Her parents were in a custody battle and constantly going at it. Lexii already had a falling out with her dad. So she decided to leave home at 17.

Lexii“It’s worse when you’re a kid because when family conflict happens, you have to live with it,” Lexii said. “That’s what makes it harder. When you’re a kid, you can’t leave, but I felt I had to. I completely dropped out of school, I just stopped as I was entering my senior year.”

Bad relationships with boyfriends didn’t help either. Lexii said that a bad breakup started the negative spiral of events, and then she got together with a guy who was very violent and abusive.

“It was a bad situation,” she said. “But he also had a younger sister and she was a junior and going to school. It made me say to myself, ‘What am I doing? If she’s doing it, why aren’t I?’ I had one year left; why did I stop?”

Lexii heard about City House and figured it was worth a try. She joined the Transitional Living Program and started working toward her GED.

“I got a job at BJ’s Pizza and I was working with a City House tutor for math, which has always given me trouble. I was in the program for about six or seven months, then decided to return to school and finish all my classes and get the real thing after I left.”

Now Lexii is married and her husband is going to school. She’s got a job and just bought a new car. Her husband is in the Navy and they will be moving to Florida in April, where he will be stationed. She’s doing well, and credits much of that to what she learned at City House.

“I learned to be responsible, for one,” she said. “City House helped me grow up a lot. One of my biggest issues was the bus and the train. Now I will jump on one with no problem now. I embraced the program – it taught me how to adapt to change and deal with situations. It was a good balance in the staff helping us while we had a lot of independence to learn to help ourselves too. I think it’s a really good to have someone to fall back on but it teaches us to help ourselves first.”

Lexii thinks City House is a good option for teens that need a place to turn.

“I would recommend City House to any teen that needed help,” she said. “I’d tell them to get in the right mindset and be prepared to help yourself. City House provides so much and the rules of the program are like any other home. It’s different when you get in it; you may have to adjust to following the rules but you learn from them. I told one of my friends they should come here. It did a lot for me.

“I can honestly say that I’m really happy. And City House is a big reason. I am very happy and proud of the progress I have made but I still have a ways to go.”

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Volunteer Profile: Judy VanderArk

Judy VanderArk was part of My Friend’s House when City House’s emergency shelter initially opened in 2009. She was there every Wednesday, working with the children as a “Rock n Roller” – rocking babies and spending time with the youngsters in City House’s care. These days she comes in every Friday as an administration assistant, fondly referred to as “Admin Aces.”

“When I first heard of City House I was working as a full-time emergency room nurse,” she said. “I frequently came in contact with kids that were going to be referred to City House and I learned more about the cause. I’ve always loved being around children of all ages. I have three daughters and nine grandkids. My initial thoughts were to have my grandkids give back but they were too young. So I started volunteering with City House and have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

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Judy & Doug VanderArk

Judy and her husband Doug have been extremely active with the City House Gala each fall, especially around the silent auction in procuring items and keeping all of the data organized. Judy also is very active with the Collin Classic Bike Rally each June, one of City House’e primary fundraising events.

Former heads of the mission team at their church for over 10 years, Judy and Doug have also volunteered with Family Promise at the church, and have helped with the Austin Street Center, Samaritan Inn and Minnie’s Food Pantry.

“But the one I volunteer the most hours with has been City House,” Judy said. “I have a passion for children and I am especially sensitive to helping ones that have been abused or neglected.

“I’ve always felt like serving is engrained in me. It’s something I’ve always been taught; give back to your community. One of the things I love about City House is the staff – the case workers, the directors, the ones who are responsible for child care, they’ve had a direct impact on the great work the organization does. I feel an appreciation coming from them for all of the volunteers. It’s nice to be appreciated, especially when you do spend a lot of hours.”

This is a very busy time of year for everyone, and for the VanderArks, that is no exception. Judy and Doug are involved in “Plano Santas,” serving over 500 families at Christmas time. The families are identified by the Collin County Assistance Center. These families receive food for a month at this time of year as well as numerous Christmas gifts. So Judy & Doug and volunteers are busy at a warehouse collecting and sorting food from PISD school food drives and toys from various organizations.

“Doug and I volunteer with Plano Santas and have for over 20 years. It’s a busy three weeks prior to Christmas, but we love it.”

Judy and Doug VanderArk are two of the great volunteers at City House and in our community. City House salutes and thanks them for all they do for our kids and many other worthy organizations.

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Help Us End 2015 Strong!

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City House Friends & Supporters:

Thanks to you, over the last three years more than 7,000 infants, children, teenagers and young adults had a safe place to stay, hot meals, medical care, counseling, family therapy, life-skills training, the comfort of being rocked by a caring volunteer, the ability to stay in school and someone who answered the phone during a crisis who provided immediate help, understanding and support.

Mother At Home Cuddling Newborn Baby In Nursery

Thanks to you, we have the facilities and staff to be the safety net for so many. Late this summer a prominent Collin County resident toured the children’s shelter. She later recalled her first impression. “It wasn’t many steps into my initial tour of the shelter before I began to lay eyes on innocent children. On this particular day, there was a baby girl, who welcomed the arms of all who begged to hold her. It was hard to comprehend how one’s childhood could be so compromised at such tender and impressionable ages. It also became obvious to me why the staff and volunteers at City House are unwavering in their care and commitment to positively impact these young lives.”

iStock_000075631251_DoubleThanks to you, one of our young people could tell another young person in need, “They give you a place to live and food to eat. They help you with your school. I didn’t really know what to expect– there were people I could go to and people I could talk to and I haven’t had that. I never had a mentor.”  Without your help, this particular young person would still be out on the street. Today, he is safe, warm, and self-sufficient. We are honored and proud to say he left our shelter this fall for his first year at the University of North Texas.

Thanks to you, every day, your support makes stories like this possible.

2015 Year-End Campaign

Homeless Teenage Girl On Street With RucksackMeeting the Demand for Services. Today, in anticipation of first quarter needs we’re launching our year-end campaign to raise $100,000, by Midnight, December 31, 2015. Our objective is to help reach an additional 300 kids and get their lives back on track to realize their potential. You see, even though we helped over 2,400 children and young adults last year, there are still an astounding number on the streets of Collin County, or soon to be on the streets, that we couldn’t help because we don’t have the resources to do so.

We need your help to make it happen. If we raise that amount, we’ll be able to invest in the outreach to grow and retain outreach workers and expand programs, and the counselors and case managers to preemptively work with this at-risk youth population. This unified effort and your investment in City House will let us get these youth back home to the family before they become a street statistic, and if it’s found that the former home is not a safe and nurturing environment–then it’s our job to get these kids the help they need through longer-term programs.

These Children are our future. 

Would you be willing to make a special year-end donation of $50, $100 or whatever you can afford to help us meet our goal and bring 300 more at-risk young people out of crisis?

iStock_000002083800_LargeOn behalf of the children and young adults in our care, thank you for saving their lives and their dignity. Know that your contribution has truly protected youth, empowered change and transformed lives.

 

Please, click here to make your donation now.  The lives of hundreds of at-risk youth are at stake.

Thank you for your continued support and friendship.

With gratitude,

All of us here at City House

P.S. Check out this great short video of our recent ribbon cutting ceremony at our new Youth Resource Center in east Plano.

Visit us at www.cityhouse.org to learn more, or to arrange a personal tour of our operations.

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December Needs List

My Friend’s House Inventory Needs December 14, 2015♥

charity-day-kids-giveMany donors ask what specific items needs we have for possible donation. Below is City House’s “Needs List” for our emergency shelter (My Friend’s House). These donations do directly to our kids. Donations are best be dropped at My Friend’s House.

Questions – please contact Karen Voelker at 972-424-4626 or kvoelker@cityhouse.org. Thank you!

Toiletries and other needs:

Tide HE liquid

Men and women’s body wash (average size)

Toothpaste kids and adult 

Lotion  (average size)

Girl’s Clothing and Shoes:

Athletic shoesGirls toddler size 4, youth size 12, 13, 1.5, 2.5, Women’s sizes  5.5, 6, 6.5, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9 and 9.5

Girl’s Winter Pajamas (two piece sets, no flannel) Size 12 mo, 18 mo3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

Girl’s Winter tops (no white please)- Size 12 mo, 18 mo, 3T, 4T, 5T, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16

Girl’s Jeans (adjustable waist jeans preferred)- Sizes 3, 6, 9,12, 18 mo2T, 3T,4T, 5T, 6, 7, 8 and 10

Junior girl underwear in sizes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Bras in sizes 32 (B, C),  34 (B,C), 36 (A,B,C),  38,  40   

Infant socks 12-18 mo,  2T, 3T

Girls white athletic socks in size medium and large (no show or low cut preferred)

Hoodies S, M,  L and XL (FOR TEEN GIRLS)

Boy’s Clothing and Shoes:

Athletic Shoes- Toddler Boys size 4,  9.5, 10, 10.5, 11.5, 12, 13.5, Youth 2.5, 5.5, 6.5, 7,  Men’s sizes 6.5, 7.5,  8, 8.5, 10, 11

Boy’s Winter Pajamas (two piece sets, no flannel) – Sizes 12 mo, 18 mo, 4T, 5T, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, (14, 16 sleep pants work well, too)

Boy’s Winter tops (no white, please)- sizes 6 mo, 9 mo, 12 mo, 18 mo, 2T, 3T, 5T, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16

Jeans (adjustable waist preferred)- Sizes 6, 9, 12, 18 mo, 2T, 3T, 5T,6, 8, 10, 12, 14, and 16

Young men/teen clothing- jeans especially in sizes 28×30, 29×30, 30×30, 30×32

White t-shirts men’s sizes (under shirt type) –small, medium, large for teen boys

Boxers in men’s sizes small, medium, and large

Underwear and boxers for boys’ sizes 5, 7, 14

Infant socks 12 mo, 18 mo

Boys socks size medium and large  (no show or low cut preferred)

Basketball type shorts for gym class in sizes small, medium, and large. Black preferred to use for both girls and boys

Hoodies S, M,  L and XL (FOR TEEN BOYS)

*Sizes in bold are the most needed at this time

Thank you for your generous support!

(Please send gift receipts with donation when possible)

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Grand Opening

It was an exciting day on December 1, as City House held a ribbon-cutting, sign dedication and house warming event in celebration of its new Youth Resource Center and administrative offices. The event took place at the organization’s new home, a beautiful Victorian-style house where the ArtCentre of Plano used to reside — 901 18th Street in Plano, Tex. (corner of Ave. H and 18th).

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Nancy Boyd & Kay Goodman (center) cut the ribbon on City House’s new home, as members of the city council, the Mayor (center back), JP Piccinini (far left), and friends of the organization look on.

Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and former Plano Mayor Pat Evans were on hand for the ribbon-cutting, along with City House founders Nancy Boyd and Kay Goodman. Current and former members of City House’s board of directors and staff were there, including Executive Director Sheri Messer and Board President Marilee Cumming.

City House was very 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 also made 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 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.

12304345_1009733189092599_8271372758782107181_o“It was an honor to have our two co-founders here to officially cut the ribbon on our new home,” said Messer. “Nancy and Kay are the reasons we are here and remain such a great inspiration for us all. We are also very appreciative to the Mayor, the City Council, and the Plano Chamber of Commerce for coming out and showing their support.

“And what can you say about JP Piccinini and his team? JP & Associates has been a great partner of City House for years. 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.”

Click here for photos from the ribbon-cutting.

Ron Bultongez performed at the City House ribbon-cutting, a talented young man who only needs a guitar and his voice to memorize and entertain:

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City House’s new home at 901 18th St. in Plano

City House’s choice of date to show off the facility couldn’t have been 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 was a house warming from 10:30 am-5:00 pm for the community to come tour the 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 at the event as well.

This event showcased City House success stories, with attendees gaining tips on recognizing the signs of youth in need, learning about how to best report a concern, and becoming familiar with resources in our community that can immediately assist in getting a child to safety.

In the evening the nonprofit again opened its doors for a holiday reception hosted by City House’s Board of Directors and staff where they thanked, honored and toasted key supporters, sponsors and new friends.

Click here to view photos from the evening holiday reception.

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Holiday Cheer

Helping Spread the Love to our Kids at City House is Easy During the Holidays

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The holidays are here, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the very generous donors who like to make it even better for the kids and young adults we serve. We are always amazed at people’s giving hearts, especially at this time of year.

If you would like to make the holidays a little more special for the kids that City House shelters and protects, here are some details around what we need and what the kids want these days:

Gift Cards

We literally can not receive too many gift cards. We use them for so many things, year-round. And no amount is too small or too big. It all adds up and we put them all to good use.

We can use gift cards for any of the following:

Overall: Walmart – our No. 1 preferred gift card. We do a ton of our shopping there – groceries, needs of the residents, including clothing, hygiene products, etc. And we have a Walmart SuperCenter right around the corner.

Grocery: Walmart works here too, as well as Kroger and Tom Thumb.

Clothing: Kohl’s, Payless Shoes, Burlington Coat Factory, Ross

Electronics: Best Buy (we have a constant need for new video games, DVDs and other fun stuff for the kids). We currently have several older residents attending school who could use laptops for school which can be purchased with the gift cards.

Transitional Living Program (TLP) Young Adults: QT gas gift cards are fantastic to help pay for gas, while Walmart, Best Buy, Kohl’s and Ross help us keep the houses stocked and the young people outfitted for school and work.

So if you are wanting to do something for the kids at City House, gift cards are simply awesome! You can drop them off at our administrative offices at 901 18th St., Plano, 75074 or at My Friend’s House. Please call Karen Voelker at 972-424-4626 or kvoelker@cityhouse.org on any questions.

Help out with Community Requested Gifts

Other than gift cards (which are preferred), other items that we need for our use during the year include: new hoodies (we cannot take used clothing), mp3 players with headphones, pre-paid cell phones with minutes, wallets, new release DVDs, laptops, tablets.

We thank you for your generosity! Our kids appreciate everything our community does to help make their holiday season a little more special! Happy Holidays to you and your family!

End-of-Year Monetary Gift

Our donors’ generosity is the life blood to being able to serve so many at-risk kids in Collin County and North Texas. A one-time monetary gift to end the year helps us for 2015, and we also have options for recurring gifts. Simply click here to go to our donation page and make a gift towards City House.

Again, thank you to all of you who generously give so that our kids can have a great holiday! Your donation of time, spirit and money go a long way in helping us do what we do!

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Volunteer Profile: Jeff Reaves

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Jeff Reaves

Jeff is a tremendous member of our volunteer team at City House. He spends every Thursday with us from one program to another, graciously cleaning everything from bathrooms to kitchens. Jeff is a team lead for our entire volunteer cleaning team, and has also been invaluable at the Collin Classic Bike Rally and City House’s Fall Gala. He’s truly a leader with a big heart.

“It’s the kids at MFH that really moves me,” he said. “It really does me a lot of good to see them. When they get brought in, you can see they’ve been through difficult circumstances. But they blossom and become the happy children they’re supposed to be.”

City House would like to thank Jeff for his dedication and generosity of time and service.

“City House is special,” he said. “If you’re looking to show a child the love that they are supposed to have, it’s a good place to be.”

A former project manager at Hewlett Packard, Jeff is an advocate for Christ Church Plano. He is currently organizing Thanksgiving Baskets and Angel Tree efforts on behalf of the church.

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