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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Success Stories – Treonta’

Treonta’ is an aspiring actress. Her passions these days include hair modeling and shooting commercials with a goal of getting into film. It wasn’t always this way.

photo-11“I had a rough childhood. I wanted to grow up faster than I should have and I ended up at the bottom in a really bad crowd. I was taken advantage of as a young woman and I didn’t have much self respect or confidence to change where I was going. It wasn’t pretty.”

Treonta’ didn’t have a home and knew she needed help. She was introduced to City House by a resident friend in the fall of 2012 but was somewhat skeptical.

“I didn’t want to live in a homeless shelter. But then I discovered that City House is so much more than that. I checked it out and discovered that the people here were very friendly and caring and loving. It’s not a homeless shelter; rather it’s a home away from home. They provide shelter but they also enable you to grow and learn about yourself. The negative is always going to turn into a positive if you put the effort in and get the most out of it. This is a temporary situation and an avenue toward standing on your own two feet.”

Treonta’ isn’t shy and her interactions among her fellow residents had a positive effect on her. And probably vice versa.

“I’ve always enjoyed listening and talking with other residents and learning about their lives. I’ve always given encouraging words. I tend to look at the bright side and get the best out of a situation. For instance, you may not always want to go to class or save that money but it is needed. We’ve helped each other with encouragement and learned together.”

Life classes are a big part of the program. They hit home with Treonta’, especially the ones that dealt with personal finance.

“I really enjoyed learning how to budget money and it has had a big impact already. I write things down and do things more efficiently, especially grocery shopping. I’m able to weigh things out and prioritize things.”

Among the things Treonta’ learned in her time with City House, she lists patience at the top.

“I’m patient with myself and patient with life. I take it one day at a time. City House softened up my heart; I had a cold heart. I’ve learned how to love people and not judge them by what they’ve been through. I’ve become self-motivated and learned responsibility. I know that getting a good job is the best thing for me and to save money.

“I am proud of the person I have become.”

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City House to Hold Ribbon-Cutting and House Warming on Tuesday, Dec. 1

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).

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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.

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JP Piccinini (in hat) at the JP & Associates Realtors annual holiday party

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 2015-Save-the-Date_blue-PROFILE-image-sizeof 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.

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D.Y.A. Keeps on Jamming for City House

1030picD.Y.A. (Dallas Youth in Action) is a local band who, besides playing great music, are longtime friends and supporters of City House. They just played another of their famous “City House Jams” at Watters Creek in Allen at The Lion & Crown. It was another night of fantastic music and a great time.

D.Y.A.’s core members Madh & Sach have been performing their music on and off locally in the DFW area for the last nine years. In those years, they’ve played at clubs and bars in Downtown, Deep Ellum and Lower Greenville, as well as other spots in the suburbs. In late 2010, they decided to get back to sharing their music, but this time they were out to raise awareness for good causes that people may not be aware of. They always heard about how other people do these type of things, so they asked themselves, “Why not us?”

Picture 4Already a fan of City House through volunteering with the kids and befriending the staff, they decided to use their love of performing music, both popular cover songs and their own originals, to try to help the nonprofit raise more awareness and support. Since 2011, they have been playing events and programs for City House. They’ve setup up “City House Jam,” in places such as Haggard Park in Plano, Watters Creek in Allen, and bars and coffee houses across the Metroplex. While D.Y.A. strives to fundraise as much as they can for City House, their ultimate goal is to spread the good message and good works of what City House is all about.

sachx2“We love the idea of meshing two of our favorites past times, music and volunteering, to highlight a great cause,” said Sach. “It means the world to us to be able to have any sort of impact in spreading the good works of City House. We hate the fact that parents/guardians feel it’s okay or allowable to neglect or abuse their children. No child at a such an impressionable, innocent age, should be subjected to that type of treatment. It’s hard enough dealing with pressures of being a kid amongst your peers…to feel like you have no support at home can be devastating. That’s why City House is incredible. They provide that support and give these children as regular of a life as they can.”

City House would like to thanks D.Y.A. and encourage everyone to come out to their next jam in support of City House!

Click here to donate to City House now!

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An Open Letter to our Blue Moon Gala Guests

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Only under a Blue Moon.  

Dear Gala Guests,

Thanks to you, it all came to together for City House at the 2015 Blue Moon Gala on September 19th.

Newcomers to our mission — Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, Park Place Lexus, Dr. Erwin and Irene Tang and family, the Grays, the Silvestris, Sam Pack, Frisco Travel, and so many other individuals and companies — made unexpected contributions that quite frankly put us over the moon.

Gary and Carolyn, your gift is a game changer! Ever since you found us, your gifts has enabled us to sustain many of our initiatives that impact so many children.

Roy & Susie Barber, — year after year you attend with giving hearts, and this time you simply hit it out of the ballpark, as did Walt and Joyce Hill. Thank you to our board president Marilee Cumming and her husband Drew, for introducing these generous friends to our mission.

The Vitorinos, Cernickys, McGahas, Renfros, Hills, Castles, Fegos, Robertsons, Muzzarellis, Mitch and Liz Johnson, the Hirschs, Briganteses, Carol Johnson, the Kazmaiers, Munses, Farishs, Malises, Weymers, Hansens, Ed Fanning, Rick and JoEllen Link, Mark and Rebecca Davis, Mike and Angela Barber, and so many others, jaw dropping support.

Thank you to our board members, and the nearly 800 attendees not mentioned by name in this letter for your generous donations and lively bidding that brought us so close to meeting our goal.

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Rudy Andrea (right) and wife Christina with Joshua Longworth (far left) and Adam Andrea

Rudy and Christina Andrea, our 2015 Invisible Thread Award recipients — so many improvements for our children at My Friend’s House are attributed to your funding. It just goes without saying that City House and so many other child welfare organizations benefit greatly from the generous philanthropy of your Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation.

AdvoCare, what can we say? You helped us with an A/C emergency during the summer. Your Platinum gala sponsorship and level of giving by your leadership gave us the much needed hope that our goal might be reached. Please know we are beside ourselves with gratitude.

Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, you amazed everyone with what you brought to the “table” for our Live Auction; although that shouldn’t surprise any of us! You cannot even imagine how the proceeds from your offerings will positively impact at-risk young lives in our care.
SMP_2469_zpswzomiyllJohn Kobell, GM of Classic BMW of Plano, thank you for the continued support even though you personally couldn’t attend, and for “plussing” up our Texas wine country tour item with the addition of the beautiful 2016 BMW X5.

Same to you Rusty Gentry, GM of Toyota of Plano; What is so amazing and wonderful is that it did not stop either of you from committing sponsorship dollars from your dealerships to help our kids and young adults. Gentlemen, you are both class acts who totally get the importance of supporting the under-served in our community. For this we all thank you.

Steve Lee, of Crest Cadillac, thank you so much for the weekend lease donation on your magnificent 2016 CTS-V, it made our Big-D-Weekend-Out bidding exceed our wildest expectations.

To our other key sponsors: Denbury, InTouch Credit Union, Fossil, WorldLink, JP & Associates Realtors, Frost Bank, Pizza Hut, Medical Center of Plano, Legacy Bank, Jan Richey, Preferred Imaging, Blue Cross Blue Shield/Benefits Mall, BKM Sowan Horan, LLP, Koons Fuller Family Law, Hard Rock Landscaping, Strasburger Attorneys at Law, Texas Health Presbyterian, Cowles & Thompson PC, Pier 1, Mike Mox-Remax, Texas Land & Cattle, Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, and a special thanks to Rene Sinclair for inviting so many wonderful attendees — without your support there would be no gala.

There is nothing more comforting on the night of our biggest annual fundraiser than to have City House founders Nancy Boyd and Kay Goodman in the audience, along with the familiar faces of so many longtime supporters.

Whether through monetary donations or through volunteerism, you have all helped create and continue to sustain the very foundation of this agency. As a stand-alone community-based nonprofit it will always be a struggle for City House to raise major funds, as we are not an affiliate of a national organization. We are the only agency doing what we do in Collin County, yet try as we might we cannot compete with the bigger nonprofits for share of corporate funds, and government grants are hardly predictable for any agency serving at-risk youth.

SMP_2462_zps6gyb5olwOur annual gala is the only fundraising opportunity we have to bring the greatest number of supporters together-under-one-roof. It’s also a way for us to say thank you and provide everybody with “just not another gala” but with an extraordinary experience and a memorable night out that leaves you excited about the next one.

Most importantly, when you attend our event you have enabled City House to exist, and by doing so, you own a piece of the mission to Protect Youth, Empower Change and Transform Lives.

We are always humbled by your generosity. It will serve so many.

From all of us at City House

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#GivingTuesday is December 1

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Come Celebrate Another City House Milestone
Ribbon Cutting and Sign Dedication
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On Tuesday, December 1, City House will host a ribboncutting ceremony, sign dedication and house warming in celebration of our new administrative office and Youth Resource Center in the beautiful Victorian house previously occupied by The Plano Arts Center.

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City House is excited to have JP & Associates Realtors as part of #GivingTuesday, as they have partnered with us on a sponsorship that will allow a new sign in front of our new offices and resource center as part of the ribbon-cutting. Their generosity will also make possible a pictorial gallery of our 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 our house a home for the young people utilizing our resources, counseling and programs.

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JP Piccinini (in the hat) – founder and owner of JP & Associates – at the 2014 Holiday Party

JP & Associates has been a great partner of City House for years. They have a very cool tradition in hosting a holiday party every December for underprivileged and at-risk children at Main Event in Frisco, and City House kids have always been a part of it. JP also gives out school scholarships at the party to some of these 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. 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.

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City House resident Dominique received a college scholarship from JP & Associates in 2014

Our choice of date to show off our facility couldn’t be more appropriate, given the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known globally as #GivingTuesday – a global day of giving fueled by social media and collaboration.

Festivities will begin with city officials, City House board members and staff performing a ribbon cutting and sign dedication with remarks at 10:30 am.

Following the ceremony there will be a house warming from 10:30 am-5:00 pm for the community to come tour our facility, meet our staff and new Executive Director Sheri Messer, and learn about the services and programs we provide for homeless and troubled youth and young adults in North Texas. Friends are asked to please bring monetary donations or gift cards as part of #GivingTuesday and the beginning of the charitable holiday season.

This event will showcase our 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 we will open our doors from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm for a holiday reception hosted by our Board of Directors and staff where we will thank, honor and toast our key supporters, sponsors and new friends of City House.

We will feature a small silent auction all day into the evening on the premises and also have a “Giving Tree” where attendees can make a donation for much needed holiday gift cards that City House uses for the kids and homes, or bring one along to donate.

(Special thank you to Starbucks and Texas Land & Cattle for their support of this event)

GT_logo2013-final1-1024x85There’s Black Friday…
Cyber Monday…
How About A #GivingTuesday!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. In the United States it is observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (Dec. 1).

2015-Save-the-Date_blue-PROFILE-image-sizeSince its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year. Charities around the country use this day and the social media platforms available to them to raise much-needed end of year funds, and City House is once again participating in this global movement. We ask that you please remember the kids of City House as part of your #GivingTuesday donations!

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