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Summer 2017

- est. 1971 -

In This Issue:

• “Foodraising” Goal Met • Seasons of Service

• Senior Adult Programs

• Metrocrest Resale Store • and more!

“I was treated with such dignity

and respect at a very difficult point in my life. Thank you. “ –Metrocrest Client


Our Mission

To provide programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence.

Board of Directors

Susan Watson, Chair Jamie Robertson, Chair Elect Beccy Ratliff, Secretary Richard Fleming, Treasurer Brian Boilla Mary Ann Burns Reggie Carney Andy Dastur Kenny Dickson Dianne Fletcher Andy Folmer Margie Gunther Diane Moreau-Randall Jack Stotz

Liaisons

Pam Peña, C-FB ISD Mark Hill, City of Coppell Anthony Hill, Coppell ISD Glen Blanscet, City of Carrollton Mike Bomgardner, City of Farmers Branch Fran Powell, Town of Addison Lou Sartor, Advisory Council Oscar Lopez, Brookhaven College

Advisory Council Charles B. Heath Scott Orr Mike Whelan Dr. Thom Chesney Ron Whitehead Mike Sanborn Lou Sartor Gary Blanscet Dr. Bobby Burns Dr. Hooman Sedighi

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You Double the Impact How you made the match

Early this year Metrocrest Services announced a “foodraising” initiative that matched all donations dollar-for-dollar designated to the Food Pantry where more than 200 families rely on for their groceries each week. We accepted the challenge to raise $100,000 knowing that longtime supporter and generous donor, Metrocrest Hospital Authority, would double the impact totaling $214,642. You answered the call – you made the match! Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services says, “The support our Food Pantry has received from Metrocrest Hospital Authority and the community has made a tremendous impact.”

(L-R) Charles B. Heath, CEO of Metrocrest Hospital Authority delivering the $100,000 check to Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services.

How your Donations Help Families Like David’s “It will help me survive until I can do better” says David who is seeking Food Pantry assistance for he and his family who struggle to pay for their monthly expenses due to a decline in the odd jobs he once relied on. Case managers evaluated his job prospects, renewed his budget and found ways to cut his expenses such as lowering his car insurance. His crisis worsened when his wife experienced a health crisis resulting in large medical bills. David knew they had the support of our Food Pantry to ease the fear of hunger as they tend to life’s challenging moments. We are happy to report David is using his passion for music to provide private lessons to play guitar and piano. He also works part time at his local Church. With donation matching campaigns we are able to double the impact and help families in crisis like David. “THANK YOU” to the donors who are helping build a stronger community together.


Healthy Seniors on the Move Even with a daughter in the area, Luis, an 86 year

from medical appointments, and our Home Delivered

old senior living in Farmers Branch, needs help from

Meals Program, a weekday prepared meal delivered

Metrocrest Services. His daughter works full-time, so

by volunteers to the senior’s door. This also serves as a

Luis needs some additional senior-related assistance as

wellness check for Luis, so his daughter can rest assured

he is unable to cook or drive.

that at least once a day someone is checking on her father.

Erin, our Senior Adult Specialist, first signed

You can find Luis socializing in our Food

him up for our Eat Smart,

Pantry on Saturdays where additional

Live Strong Program, a

produce is donated by local Community

monthly supplemental

Gardens.

food program that distributes food,

The Eat Smart, Live Strong senior

household items, and

distribution would not be possible without

fresh produce to low-

the support of generous corporate

income seniors.

or individual sponsorships. Previous sponsors include Baylor Scott & White Medical Center -

She was also able to sign him up for our Senior

Carrollton, Research Across America, PlainsCapital, and

Transportation Program, which takes seniors to and

Purdy-McGuire.

Sponsor next month’s Eat Smart, Live Strong Program $500 will feed over 80 seniors in the local community for a month. Contact Nicole Newkham for more information at (972) 446-2129 or nnewkham@metrocrestservices.org.

Let us keep you better informed!

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An Essential Piece to Building a Stronger Community Together! Volunteering is an opportunity to change lives, including your own. Find what’s right for you, and who (or what) is most deserving of your time. Sign up or learn more at metrocrestservices.org. Contact Brittni Coe, Volunteer Manager at bcoe@metrocrestservices.org or call (469) 317-2541 for more information.

“Metrocrest Services brings together many types of volunteers which I

really enjoy working with…all the different ages and personalities.”

– Dennis Mattson, Volunteer

DID YOU KNOW? You

Last year, 4,080 volunteers gave over 41,300 hours to our community through Metrocrest Services.

make a difference.

Organize a food drive and help restock the Food Pantry which feeds local families. Talk to your office, school, church or club and get involved. OTHER DRIVES TO CONSIDER: • UNWRAPPED TOYS, support our Holiday program • NEW OR GENTLY USED CLOTHES, supports our Metrocrest Resale store • SCHOOL SUPPLIES, supports our Back to School Extravaganza • ONLINE FUNDRAISER, ask friends and family to donate

To find other ways you can help visit our website at www.metrocrestservices.org. 4


Groups Giving Back

Since their first donation in 2003, MONI Smart Security, has been dedicated to making an impact in our Metrocrest community. Throughout May-June, they collected nearly 24,000 food items for our Food Pantry.

Thomson Reuters staff helped Sack Summer Hunger which helps feed over 1,800 children this summer.

Since 2007, Prestonwood Baptist Church Adult 5 Fellowship has collected over 3,000 cereal boxes.

Get Involved Year Round! Help support our various Seasonal Programs through donating, volunteering, or sponsoring which truly make these efforts possible. Back to School Supplies Through partnerships with local businesses and churches, a parent may qualify to receive a new pair of school shoes for their child and/or a pack of gradeappropriate school supplies. Just $40 provides supplies, a new backpack, and uniform for one child and $400 provides for 10 children.

Back to School

Food, Gifts, and Senior Basket Holiday Program Nonperishable foods, unwrapped toys, new (or newly cleaned) coats, and gift cards are provided to area families through a large-scale Holiday community effort of donation drives, volunteers and local support from individuals and groups.

Help the 1,300 students start the school year with confidence and experience the joy of serving 1,100 families during the holidays.

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October 16, 2017 | 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Dallas North Tollway

5th Annual Luncheon Celebrating the power of volunteerism & community involvement

Keller Springs Road

1201 Raiford Rd, Carrollton, Texas 75006

Bent Tree Plaza 2661 Midway (SW Corner of Midway and Trinity Mills) Belt Line Road

Monday - Saturday | 10am - 7pm 972-250-1900

Every Tuesday is a Discount Day Veterans, First Responders & Shoppers 55+ save 20% o all regularly priced items.

www.metrocrestservices.org

- Upcoming Events North Texas Giving Day

Crop Hunger Walk

KeyHolder Breakfast

Thursday, September 14

Saturday, September 16

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Your Metrocrest. Your Legacy. Metrocrest Legacy Society.

The Metrocrest Legacy Society offers you a way to leave a lasting legacy. A Planned Gift symbolizes your long term commitment to help those in need. Some individuals choose to direct a planned gift to a specific purpose, such as support for the food pantry, senior services, or other specific program or service. Planned Giving offers you several options.

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Please contact Nicole Newkham Newkham at (972) 446-2129 or email nnewkham@metrocrestservices.org to discuss how these options and other planned giving options might work for you. Consult with your legal and tax advisors regarding your specific situation. If you have already named Metrocrest Services in your estate plans, please let us know.


Impacting the Lives of Individuals, Families & Seniors Metrocrest Services is the only comprehensive

and allow them to invest in education and training for

emergency assistance agency located in the crest of the

better long-term employment.

Dallas metropolitan area, making it convenient for local families and seniors in need to receive vital services in

Individuals enter our doors as a referral or by word-

their own neighborhood.

of-mouth, like Carrie, who came to us after learning about our rent assistance

Serving the community for

through her local church.

more than 45 years, we

“I don’t know how I will

provide case management,

pay for this month’s rent”

income support services,

Carrie says, adding “I only

including emergency

have $6 to my name”.

rent/mortgage and utility

For over 27 years Carrie

assistance, nutritious food

earned a decent wage as

pantry items, financial

a business developer in

education and coaching,

the healthcare field, when

and employment programs

a sudden crisis arose and

designed to lead each

she was diagnosed with

family to self-sufficiency.

stage 4 cancer in 2015,

Programs for seniors include

putting her career on hold.

transportation, financial

The medical crisis drained

management and literacy,

her savings and she was

home-delivered meals, and

struggling to make ends

home modification options

meet. Currently, she is

to help foster independence.

cancer-free and is meeting

We also conduct a variety of

with one of our Workforce

seasonal programs for the

Development Specialist

community.

about her next career move.

If the client is hungry, has no electricity or home, then

Services like the ones

these barriers must be

given to Carrie are only

tackled first. Our approach

possible by the generous

is to use this need for

support from donors like

emergency assistance as a

you. If you or anyone you

mechanism for addressing

may know is experiencing

the deeper concerns of the

the threat of life’s

family and build assets and skills that can cushion them

challenging moments, please call our office at (972) 446-

from financial shocks and hardship in the short term,

2100 for more details on how we can help.

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metrocrest services

13801 Hutton Drive, Suite 150 Farmers Branch, Texas 75234

972.446.2100 • metrocrestservices.org

Be A Helping out our clients around the year isn’t possible

our ChangeMakers provide a steady revenue stream

without recurring gifts from individuals like you. Your

that enables us to budget our resources responsibly

support is what makes all of our efforts possible.

throughout the year.

ensuring the welfare of our programs through monthly funding. Even when seasonal donations are low, the gifts of

Being a ChangeMaker means being committed to

It’s easy to become a ChangeMaker. Select a monthly level of support that’s right for you, then choose a day that fits your schedule, and you’re done. You can also support a specific program by designating your monthly gift.

“My husband and I feel very thankful and

blessed that we can be a part of an organization that does so much good for those who have

been marginalized by society, especially the working poor and the elderly.”

– Ginger, ChangerMaker donor

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