A community partnership comes in many different shapes and sizes. Veritex Community Bank has had the privilege of enjoying a great partnership with Alley’s House for several years now, all thanks to our Women in Business Program. The program offers networking socials for female business owners and executives so it was a natural fit for Alley’s House founder to attend socials and even serve as one of our Charity Spotlights. From there, a partnership blossomed that included networking, a banking relationship and friendship with the staff.
Given this longstanding partnership, I was thrilled to get the call from Rachel, Executive Director, asking if Veritex Community Bank had the interest and time to assist with leading financial literacy classes for their teen moms. Quite honestly, the bank as a whole was more than meeting our CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) requirements, but we love our relationship with Alley’s House, believe in the Alley’s House mission and wanted to help out. I asked a couple Veritex teammates to help me so that we could fill as many dates as possible for the Spring. No “arm twisting” was required and AVP/Branch Manager Angela and AVP/Portfolio Manager Holly jumped at the chance to talk with these young women about topics such as Dealing with Debt, Attitudes towards Money, Budgeting and Credit Building. The Veritex philosophy is one of giving back and doing it with presence. We take the word “community” in Veritex Community Bank very seriously.
Angela, Holly and I knew we would enjoy our visits with the girls. We each are moms as well, with our own stories of joys, difficult times and the importance of financial literacy. One of us had been a teen mom. Another had been a […]
Community involvement, volunteerism, and civic involvement are core beliefs that have always been encouraged in my family, and frankly, it has become ingrained in how we live our day-to-day lives. My wife and I support organizations within our community that we are passionate about and that we believe are making a great impact, provide a much-needed service to our community, and the passion of the organization is reflected in their staff and those who they serve. To us, Alley’s House represents that passion!
As a Board Member, I am honored and grateful to support and be engaged with such a wonderful organization that allows me to be personally involved. I also lead community engagement efforts for Fossil Group Inc., and I have a great opportunity to share the story of Alley’s House and the young mothers they support, to other Fossil employees and engage them to support the mission of Alley’s House.
I am a first generation Mexican-American, come from a large family of immigrants, and the issue of teen pregnancy and the challenges of being a young mother is something that is very close and personal to me. Alley’s House represents an organization that truly understands the needs of young mothers and is successfully working towards providing a comprehensive solution to them, not just a temporary solution. I view the work of Alley’s House, as providing the necessary tools to young mothers to be successful in achieving their educational and careers goals, and to live a more fulfilling life for them and their family.
To find ways to support Alley’s House, like Alex, please contact 214-824-8700 or email at info.alleyshouse.org.
Alley’s House mission is to empower teen mothers to achieve independence; a message that resonates with stakeholders based on their personal perspective and role. As Program Supervisor, I work hand in hand with our pathways participants to expand their perspective and identify what “independence” looks like for them.
Initially, some moms may express unfamiliarity and reservation dealing with topics on financial literacy and professional etiquette; questioning, “How will this help me on my path?” As they gain a deeper understanding of what their “independence” looks like they build an affinity to the wide range of topics and services Alley’s House can offer them.
In 2015, Alley’s House is focused on strengthening our programs;
We’ve slowly transitioned from a social work model to a community counseling framework to enable us to expand our counseling program. All of our pathway participants undergo a self-improvement intake session and participate in 24 weeks of one-on-one self-improvement sessions led by LPC-Interns or Master’s Practicum students.In mid-February, our bi-weekly Teen Mom Group reached a tipping point where moms felt safe to share personal stories, shed tears, and allow moms to connect to each other in a more personal way. That afternoon, as mothers prepared to leave for the day, they all naturally gathered in a circle laughing and engaging in positive conversation. The transition to a community counseling model has undoubtedly strengthened the unity among Alley’s House staff, interns, volunteers, and moms.
We are adding 20 units of curriculum to our core program to build a stronger financial literacy, professional development, and health and wellness curriculum. These will be modularized so we can take pieces of our core program to the community to reach moms through 5-session long community outreach workshops.
We are working on […]
As we take today to remember the work and passion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., it’s important to recognize the numerous ways in which we have moved forward in our country despite those who try to stop us. As Americans we have continued to pursue the vision and dream of Martin Luther King Jr., to be more tolerant of one another, love each other and be unconditionally accepting of those that are different than us, whether it be by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion.
While trying to love and understand the needs of others, sometimes we forget to love ourselves. There is still a prevalent need for mental health and comprehensive wellness within minority communities. According to Mental Health America, communities of color have historically experienced unique and considerable challenges in accessing mental health services.
As Alley’s House fulfills its vision of empowering moms and children, we will focus on using integral and more detailed mental health services. By providing individual self improvement sessions, teen mom groups, parenting support groups and psycho-educational services within the community, we hope to encourage and teach families to work together in achieving positive, sustainable lifestyles that promote success and independence.
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
Shelly Gloyna, Counseling and Community Outreach Coordinator for Alley’s House
Alley’s House December mom spotlight is on Yazmin, who started the program in March and completed her GED and 60 units of learning by October. Yazmin, mother to Yazlin, aimed to pursue her educational and personal dreams and found that she needed the support system of Alley’s House to reach her goals. Since completing her GED, Yazmin has enrolled in Mountain View Community College classes in January 2015.
As part of this new chapter, Yazmin is excited to begin the journey to becoming a dentist and watching Yazlin grow. She shared that she is thankful for what Alley’s House has taught her as a parent and as a student, as it has helped make her less shy and expand her communication skills. In her role as a first-time parent, the parenting classes were essential to give her the tools needed to be a better mother.
When asked what advice she has for future graduates, Yazmin shared a quote which she reads to herself every day, Being a young mom means that we met a little early, but it also means that I get to love you a little longer. Some people said that my life ended when I had a baby, but my life had just begun. You didn’t take away from my future, you gave me a new one.