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Generous Hearts and Charitable Spirits

Generous hearts and charitable spirits help make this season the most wonderful time of year! As the season of gift giving is upon us we encourage you to bring holiday cheer to young moms and their children with a $50+ donation to Alley’s House.

Adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices and circumstances beyond a girl’s control. It is a consequence of limited access to school, employment, and healthcare. Don’t let the holiday season pass without remembering moms like Patricia, our 2014 Mother of the Year and mother of Michael and Damien.

At the age of 14, Patricia’s mother was imprisoned. With her mother gone, she was forced to grow up quickly. Without her mother at home, she dropped out of school in 9th grade, turned to the streets, and became pregnant with her eldest son. During her second pregnancy, Patricia was referred to Alley’s House by a nurse.

In her own words, Patricia says, “Since joining Alley’s House I have been dedicated to the program despite obstacles in my way. The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was me. Alleys House helped me feel like I wasn’t alone and there was hope for me and my kids. I love my children so dearly. Thanks to Alley’s House parenting classes they have shown me how to love even more. My children are my number one priority and I drive myself to accomplish my goals so that they will not face the same hardships that I encountered. I finally realized that one person can make a difference and that person is myself.”

It only takes one person to make a difference. Your financial support is imperative to ensure these […]

By |December 1st, 2014|Support|Comments Off on Generous Hearts and Charitable Spirits

Cooking with Chef Gail

It is Thanksgiving Day and I can’t imagine a more appropriate time to be blogging about my experience with Alley House. Hello, this is Chef Gail Blair from Food Revelation and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be involved with this organization and these precious girls over the last 3 plus years.

About 4 years ago I was looking for a charity to get behind, a place to volunteer.   While browsing through opportunities online, I ran across Alley’s House. It hit close to home and really spoke to me. We’ve been attached ever since.   It didn’t take me long to realize what my purpose was there. It was to help teach these young women the importance of nutrition and its impact on health. In a nutshell, “We are what we eat”.  We cannot escape the fact that our bodies require nutrients that come from nature to fuel and heal our natural bodies. And the performance of our bodies must be affected by the quality of the fuel.  Good nutrition is paramount to health and can be obtained even on the tightest of budgets.   Reaching as many as possible with this message is my purpose and passion. Illness is not a natural part of life – Health is.

This past year I brought in Alida Morrill, The Colorful Chef to help mentor these young women in how to cook and eat for health and well-being.   I am so grateful for her and her specialty – “Keeping It Simple”. Alida and I added more meat recipes this year and encouraged the girls to have more input in the menus we planned.   We focused a lot on shopping for inexpensive, clean, organic produce and how to make […]

By |November 27th, 2014|Life Skills, Supporters|Comments Off on Cooking with Chef Gail

Health Education Field Trip

On October 29th Alley’s House toured Planned Parenthood’s North Dallas Shelbourne Health Center. Our moms and office staff visited the facility to learn more about Planned Parenthood women’s health services. Pictured below: Maggie Fuller and Linda Fyffe (Planned Parenthood Educator) alongside Alley’s House moms’ Kiera, Julia, Esmeralda, and Eva.

Staff and moms took the DART Rail to the health center and upon arrival, were greeted with treats, information folders, and a tour of the facility. Maggie Fuller, Health Center Manager, explained the mission of Planned Parenthood and the services  provided to the public.

What impressed Alley’s House and Planned Parenthood’s staff the most, was the depth and variety of the questions that the moms asked about their sexual health. One highlight of the visit was the condom demonstration with the Planned Parenthood exclusive, “designer” condoms.

Alley’s House aims to provide our mom’s learning opportunities and access to community resources. If your organization is interested in providing an educational tour, please email info@alleyshouse.org.

By |November 21st, 2014|Empowerment, Sex Education, Teen Moms, Women's Health|Comments Off on Health Education Field Trip

Fitness Fridays

5, 6, 7, 8 and 1, 2, 3, 4…the way most of us workout. It is the constant focus on repetitions, weight, and calories. At times, mixing that formula with the mind and body image of a teenage girl can be disastrous for their self-esteem. At Alley’s House we are introducing exercise not as a means to losing weight, but as a way to increase body image and self-esteem of our moms. We want exercise to be a positive release of stress, a way to bond with friends and children, and a source of fun rather than a chore that only the scale can prove their progress.

In September, Alley’s House implemented “Fitness Fridays.” On Fridays from 12-1pm, staff and clients come together to exercise. Currently, speed walking is the favorite form of exercise among clients. It is a fantastic way to get active, especially if you don’t like to run. Staff members work out in their business casual and sneakers to encourage moms that they can exercise in any outfit. Each week a client gets to choose the new walking trail so they can be an active part of the fun!

“Fitness Fridays” started with speed walking and we will then introduce yoga and meditation. Our “Fitness Fridays” are yet to be determined for 2015 so if you are interested in leading a workshop, please contact Alley’s House at info@alleyshouse.org.

By |October 24th, 2014|Life Skills, Teen Moms, Women's Health|Comments Off on Fitness Fridays

Take Control of Your Life

Alley’s House invited Melissa Clark with Drennan & Associates Christian Counseling to share a story that would resonate with our moms. If you are interested in guest blogging for Alley’s House please contact info@alleyshouse.org.

Several nights ago I heard a loud crash in my son’s room.  Now it’s not really out of the ordinary to hear loud noises coming from his room, but this was about an hour after he went to bed.  I found him with a deer in the headlights look.  This face reeks of guilt.  I asked him what happened.

He let me know a toy was thrown at the wall and a picture was knocked down.  Immediately he asked if it was his fault.  I couldn’t help but wonder if he was looking for someone or something to blame for his choice to throw a stuffed animal across the room.

Most likely he didn’t want it to be his fault because of the consequences that might have followed.

I let my son know his actions are his responsibility.  Nobody made him do it, this was his choice.  I empowered him to accept responsibility for his actions.

As adults, I’m curious how often we have the same, “____ made me do it.”  Theodore Roosevelt once said “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”

Blaming others may seem like an easy way out.  An individual can dodge punishment or consequences.  But for each occurrence a blaming behavior occurs, an individual loses personal control.

Each of us has an ability to choose what we think, act, and feel.  Realizing this truth offers empowerment to take control of our life. Equally important is understanding we do not […]

By |October 21st, 2014|Alley's House Volunteers, Empowerment, Life Skills|Comments Off on Take Control of Your Life