They’re living, breathing neighbors and friends who roll up their sleeves and lend a hand to those in need—working tirelessly without accolades or applause.
Ricky Lewis, Teen Lifeline
As Executive Director of Teen Lifeline Inc., Ricky Lewis sees how the stress of homework, sports, family issues, social media and dating can negatively affect teens. His mission at Teen Lifeline is to offer a safe and supportive place for teens to connect with others as they deal with issues around grief, depression, anger, pregnancy, alcohol, drugs and cutting—all while while learning valuable life skills. “Working with teenagers is what I have felt called to for a long time,” said Lewis, who graduated from Abilene Christian University with a degree in Youth Ministry. The organization also provides resources such as diapers, formula and clothing, for teen mothers in need. lifelivedbetter.org
Destiny Rose, Mumz4Kidz
Carroll Senior High School student Destiny Rose has a special place in her heart for the kids of South Dallas. As a volunteer with Darla Shirley’s Youth World she is always on the lookout for ways to help. Her frustration with the expense of Homecoming festivities led to a light bulb moment—save money on mums, and feed hungry kids. Rose persuaded many of her friends to forego the traditional mums in favor of t-shirts that promote Youth World and its work. As one caring teen after another joined the movement, Rose invited other high schools to participate. The result, $13,000 was raised to feed more than 300 families at Thanksgiving. To help, visit the Mumz4Kidz Facebook page.
Peggy Marshall, The Art Station
“When people are unable to find the words to describe something difficult, art therapy provides a visual language to express anxiety, trauma, developmental delays, grief, behavior issues and life challenges,” said Peggy Marshall, CEO of Art Station. The only nonprofit, art-based therapy program of its kind in North Texas, The Art Station serves children, teens and adults who need assistance dealing with any number of life events. It even has a program for returning veterans experiencing difficulty with the transition to civilian life. Since its founding over 10 years ago, The Art Station has served more than 7,000 people—regardless of their ability to pay—and has an ongoing wait list of people looking to join the program. theartstation.org
Shonda Shaefer, GRACE
Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) gives assistance to community members in crisis throughout North Tarrant County. “Because there are very affluent neighborhoods in our area, people have a hard time believing that there are families going to bed hungry,” said Executive Director Shonda Schaefer. “These are literally our neighbors, and they have a sincere need.” For over nine years Shaefer has directed the GRACE mission, which encourages clients to become self-sufficient through programs like emergency assistance, a food pantry, Outreach to Health Community Clinic, transitional housing, and programs such as food distribution for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
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