30th Anniversary Gala Auction & Casino Night Kick Off Party

Our Friends Place 30th Anniversary 2018 Gala Auction & Casino Night Kick Off Party event photos are posted on Flickr.com - click here to view. The event was held on October 3, 2017 at Saint Rocco's Rooftop at Trinity Groves. Thanks to the Gala Co-Chairs, Suzanne Jaco, Angela Maverick and Leslie Simmons, plus all our new friends and supporters who attended this fun and successful kick off event! 

14th Annual 2017 OFP Gala - Auction & Casino Night

Our Friends Place 14th Annual Gala - Auction & Casino Night held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on April 29, 2017 was spectacular!  Thanks to all who donated, volunteered, sponsored, supported,  attended and engaged in our annual Gala - Auction & Casino Night in any way! Our mission is not possible without the support of all of our friends! Event photos are posted on Flickr.com - click here to view the albums: https://www.flickr.com/photos/154761394@N04/albums

Bridges Out of Poverty Community Forum and Workshop

Our Friends Place is hosting two great Bridges Out of Poverty events at the Communities Foundation of Texas, Mabel Peters Caruth Center, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane @ Central Expressway in Dallas.  This is presented by aha! Process, founded by Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D. author of "A Framework for Understanding Poverty".

  • A free, open to the public, Bridges Out of Poverty Community Forum will be held March 1st from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Come learn about the issues that surround poverty in the community and how awareness for using tools and resources can help build stability and remove barriers for the economically disadvantaged.  RSVP required via email to cindy.washlesky@ourfriendsplace.org (include name, address, phone and email).
  • For community partners, resource providers, city and school leadership there will be a two day Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop on March 2nd and March 3rd from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  This workshop is a comprehensive approach to developing tools and strategies to build community stability, remove barriers for clients with few resources and to help prevent, reduce and alleviate poverty.  To register visit www.ofppovertyworkshop.eventbrite.com; fee is $50 and includes lunch both days.

Thank you to the generosity of our sponsors David M. Crowley Foundation and the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation.

Nominations Open for 2017 Ebby Award

Breaking generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness is no easy task. Yet, Dallas community members continually dedicate their time and efforts to combat these issues and empower the young women of tomorrow.

To recognize these inspiring efforts, Dallas-based nonprofit Our Friends Place has announced the opening of nominations for its 13th Annual Ebby Award, which recognizes individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions and/or achievements for the advancement of girls and/or women in the North Texas area.

Submit nominations at: 2017 Ebby Award Nominations.

BARBARA CAMBRIDGE WINS 2015 EBBY AWARD

Our Friends Place proudly recognizes Dr. Barbara S. Cambridge as the 2015 Ebby Award honoree. Dr. Cambridge is a social worker, psychotherapist, certified personal life coach, author, lecturer, consultant, and storyteller.

For 44 years, Dr. Cambridge worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center in obstetrics and gynecology, where she covered a wide range of mental health and social support services for women and families. Also, as the first African American faculty member, Dr. Cambridge was a trailblazer.

She continued trailblazing when her passion for ensuring quality health care and social services to low income women and their families extended to women with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Cambridge helped launch AIDS Arms, and for 27 years, provided therapeutic counseling for women living with HIV/AIDS, which became the longest continually operating support group in the country.

Dr. Cambridge is the mother of two adult children and the grandmother to three wonderful grandsons. She is also the author of two personal affirmation books for young children, And This I Know and Beloved.

Dr. Barbara S. Cambridge joins past Ebby Award recipients Ebby Halliday Acers, Sister Margaret Ann Moser, Elizabeth Solender, Sarah Losigner, Suzanne Bryan, Lyn Berman, Dr. Martha Felini and Sergeant Louis Felini, Sharan Goldstein, and Christine Cook.

The Ebby Award recognizes individuals who contribute significant achievements for the advancement of girls and/or women in North Texas. It is named after Ebby Halliday Acers for her commitment and contributions to women in our community.

 

CHRISTINE COOK WINS 2014 EBBY AWARD

Our Friends Place is proud to recognize Christine Cook as the 2014 Ebby Award honoree. Christine Cook is wife, mom, and President of Sleep Experts. Since Christine and her husband Chris opened their first store in 2003, Cook envisioned a company culture of heartfelt commitment to giving back to the community. By founding the company's Share the Gift of Sleep mattress donation program, she achieved just that.

Share the Gift of Sleep mattress donation program recycles customers' old mattresses to more than 40 non-profit organizations. To date, Sleep Experts has donated more than 12,000 beds valued at $1,000,000, resulting in more than a million nights of sleep for thousands of local families. Most bed recipients are women and children who have been victims of domestic violence, child abuse, neglect, extreme poverty or homelessness.

To further assist women and children in crisis, Cook hosts public awareness campaigns by donating valuable airtime to run Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on local radio and TV stations. Cook also hosts annual events, such as Share the Warmth Blanket Drive in November, encouraging community members to donate new and gently used blankets at its stores. Over the past 10 years, Share the Warmth has donated more than 20,000 blankets and other comfort items for area shelters serving women and children.

Christine Cook joins Ebby Halliday Acers, Sister Margaret Ann Moser, Elizabeth Solender, Sarah Losigner, Suzanne Bryan, Lyn Berman, Dr. Martha Felini and Sergeant Louis Felini, as well as Sharan Goldstein as Ebby Award Winners.

The Ebby Award recognizes individuals who contribute significant achievements for the advancement of girls and/or women in North Texas. The Ebby Award is named after Ebby Halliday Acers, the award's first recipient in 2005, for her commitment and contributions to women in our community.

For questions and additional information about the Ebby Awards, please contact Beth Waller at 214.520.6268.

Past Ebby Award Recipients:
Ebby Halliday Acers
Sister Margaret Ann Moser, President, Ursuline Academy
Elizabeth Solender, President, Solender/Hall and Past President, CREW
Sarah Losinger, Philanthropist
Suzanne Bryan, Community Volunteer
Lyn Berman, Executive Director for Attitudes & Attire
Martha Felini and Louis Felini
Sharan Goldstein

Our Friends Place Breaks Ground on New Transitional Living Center

Our Friends Place broke ground Friday on a $1.8 million transitional living center called Pauline's Place that will provide housing for young women ages 18 to 24 with histories of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness.

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