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Meet Natalie, 2015 Mother of the Year

At seventeen, Natalie gave birth to her daughter Aubrey. After dropping out of high school and running away from home, Natalie was anxious and unsure about her future. Natalie first learned about Alley’s House from her CPS worker so she could continue her education and learn the skills necessary to be a stronger mother for nine-month-old Aubrey.

Like many of our moms, Natalie was afraid of being judged by others for her mistakes. When she enrolled at Alley’s House she found a nurturing, nonjudgmental environment that allowed her to focus on her future and support her personal growth. Natalie has been enrolled at Alley’s House for eight months and says that she has grown more confident in herself as a young woman and mother. Natalie has completed the Health and Wellness (20 hours), Personal Enrichment (5 hours), and PowerSource Parenting and Parenting Support Groups (20 hours). She is nearing completion on both the Financial Literacy and Workforce Readiness workshops, studying to take the GED in October, and has set a goal to graduate by December.

Each April, our participants apply for Alley’s House Mother of the Year award. Natalie’s application focused not only on the obstacles that she has overcome but her goals for the future. Paired with her strong attendance and active program participation she was unanimously voted by the committee to receive the Mother of the Year award. Her win showed her that her motivation was paying off and others saw her hard work to become a better mom and GED graduate.

Once Natalie completes her GED, she plans to enroll in Alley’s House CNA program and her long-term educational goal is to enroll in law school. You can learn more about Natalie’s journey at Alley’s House 2015 Luncheon on October 8th […]

By |September 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Meet Natalie, 2015 Mother of the Year

The Passion of Giving

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.

By |March 26th, 2015|Alley's House Volunteers, Support, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Passion of Giving

My Time at Alley’s House

Alley’s House has partnered with University of Texas at Arlington Social Work program for several years to provide social work students a practicum experience to gain skills and knowledge in a professional setting. One of our current interns, Tianna, shares about her placement at Alley’s House and the impact it made on her life and career path.

I started interning at Alley’s House in January 2014. During this time I was able to see how a small non-profit is run from the ground up. I chose Alley’s House as my practicum site for that reason but also because as a former teen mother I can relate to the organization’s mission. When I was a teen I did not see anyone in my own life attending or graduating from college so one of my goals is to share with Alley’s House clients that it is possible to be more than a statistic.

 During my internship, I enjoyed working with the teen mothers and, through case management, helping them overcome obstacles that life throws their way. I’ve seen them make strides towards their future with the help of goal planning and Alley’s House life skills training and workshops. My personal takeaway from this experience is that even though I am just one person I can help change lives. Alley’s House helped me discover that about myself. Although my internship is at an end, I will remain an active volunteer and take on a new role as a mentor for a young mother. The mentoring program will provide me a different perspective and relationship with a teen mom. While I used to be just a case manager, now I can also be a friend.

 I am grateful for the many […]

By |August 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on My Time at Alley’s House

Breaking the Cycle

Alley’s House Summer of Empowerment program encourages moms who are still in high school, as well as the moms pursuing their GED, to receive job skills training, mentoring, and attend life workshops. This month we partnered with Just Say YES (Youth Equipped for Success) to provide Breaking the Cycle facilitated by Carlos Phillips and Brenda Teele.

Breaking The Cycle brings an essential message to teen parents and gives them the tools to evaluate their decision making process and make different decisions for the future. The purpose is to teach and empower teen parents to provide a new start for their children, the next generation.

Current Alley’s House clients, alumni, partners, friends, and family were encouraged to attend the workshop and join in the discussion. The laughter, comments, and nods of approval throughout the room showed just how closely the message hit home when they were asked, “Who here wants your child to be a teen parent?” Not a single person raised their hand. Everyone left armed with tools to reach out to their children as well as a personal message affirming their value and self-worth.

Drawing from their own life experiences helps Carlos and Brenda connect to the young parents. One a-ha moment for our young moms was when Brenda commented, “It is easier to get where you’re trying to go when you’re looking up, instead of when you focus on the moment.” As a former Dallas ISD teacher, Carlos drove each young parent to understand the impact of their actions on their children. Brenda and Carlos’ straight forward and caring dialogue allowed them to interact and encourage teen moms and dads in an environment that facilitated conversation and honest questions about personal situations.

The facts are clear; […]

By |July 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Breaking the Cycle

Miss Independent- Alicia

Alley’s House is proud to highlight our moms through the “Miss Independent” series. Each month we will feature one of our moms and talk about their journey to success.

Alicia is a 2008 graduate of Alley’s House and a mother to her son Anthony.

“I appreciate Alley’s House to this day for the way the program prepared me for my life goals.”

Through the GED program at Alley’s House, Alicia learned an abundance of skills that would benefit her future. The skills ranged from computer typing to professional etiquette, from parenting skills to how to seek and maintain healthy relationships. Along with the many other skills she learned, most importantly, she is thankful for the support Alley’s House gave when it came to her depression and self-esteem.

Alicia believes that with the help of Alley’s House, she was fully prepared for life after graduation. In fact, after graduating with her GED from Alley’s House, Alicia went on to attend Eastfield College. While at Eastfield, she was able to obtain her associates degree while working as a part-time employee and a full-time mom.

“My life is great! Anthony and I appreciate every second. We are surrounded by family and friends that support us and wish us nothing but the best in life. My dream is to give my son a wonderful life full of love and joy.”

With a new chapter of her life beginning, Alicia is most grateful for the opportunities and guidance that Alley’s House gave her. All of which has assisted in Alicia becoming the independent woman she is today.

To the current moms at Alley’s House, Alicia says, “Everyone’s journey is different, with some harder than others. But no matter what your situation is, just remember your values and everything that Alley’s house has taught you”.

 

 

 

By |June 22nd, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Miss Independent- Alicia

Miss Independent: May Spotlight

Alley’s House 2014 Mother of the Year: Patricia

Each year, Alley’s House selects one outstanding young mom to receive our Mother of the Year award at our Mother’s Day picnic. This year’s Mother of the Year was awarded a special gift basket and will be a guest of honor at our annual luncheon this fall.

Patricia began Alley’s House program in December 2013 and was surprised to learn that her essay had won her the honor of 2014 Mother of the Year.

Patricia is the mother of two young boys, Michael and Damien. Patricia’s journey has been full of challenges and obstacles, but she never considered giving up. 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 first became pregnant with her eldest son. During her second pregnancy, Patricia was referred to Alley’s House by a nurse. When asked why Patricia chose to come to Alley’s House, she stated, “Alley’s House chose me.”

Patricia felt chosen by Alley’s House because of the inviting environment and the help we provide all of our clients to overcome any challenges they face. “It is hard to find programs like Alley’s House. I’m glad I have been given the opportunity to work towards my GED while getting to take part in the life skill workshops to help me prepare for my future career and life.”

Patricia’s first Alley’s House experience was at our annual Christmas party. She was amazed when she arrived and both she and her son received Christmas gifts. To be so cared about as a new client in the program touched […]

By |May 15th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Miss Independent: May Spotlight

Reaching for the Sun- Juliette Brindak

Juliette Brindak

Most young adults are still looking for a job at age 23. However, Juliette Brindak, the co-founder and partner of Miss O & Friends, was not one of those young adults. She came up with the idea of Miss O & Friends when she was just ten years old, and launched the website six years later with the help of her family. The site grew organically over the years, and now, it is worth over $15 million with over five million unique visitors on a monthly basis.

Miss O and Friends is a social media website that aims to build the self-esteem of girls ages 8 to 15. It is a safe online environment where girls can just be themselves, support one another, and have fun socializing with each other. This is important because during this period in a girl’s life, puberty is knocking on her door and school is becoming a lot more serious. She may begin developing feelings for boys, girls, or even both. Additionally, Miss O and Friends includes games, quizzes, articles, music, prizes, contests and much more, so that there is a little something for everyone. Most of the content on Miss O & Friends is user generated, which creates a space “by girls, for girls.”

In order for a mother to effectively love and care for her children, she first must love and care for herself. In other words, she needs to have a high self-esteem. She needs to constantly tell herself that she is worthy, that she is capable, and that she can do anything that she sets her mind to. By doing so, she will be more willing to take the necessary risks and challenges to become a […]

By |March 27th, 2014|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Reaching for the Sun- Juliette Brindak

Motivations, challenges and plans.

We recently spent some time with Laura, a soon-to-be graduate of alley’s house. She spoke with us about herself, her motivations for starting and sticking with the program and her plans for her and her children’s lives after she graduates. She is an amazing mom with inspiring plans and we invite you to watch our time with her.

By |May 30th, 2013|Empowerment, Teen Mom Success Stories, Teen Moms, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Motivations, challenges and plans.

Artist Pamela Rabin donates art to Incrementum III

Pamela Rabin is a Dallas-based fine art artist and photographer who will be participating in Incrementum III, 9th Annual Art Auction benefitting alley’s house Saturday 2/2. She has been participating in the alley’s house art auction for over 6 years. This is her second year to be a live auction artist, painting a 36” x 48” painting.

Pamela’s art is greatly influenced by American abstract painters of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

“This year’s piece, ‘Swept Away’ represents movement and new beginnings, the ocean accepting all one’s flaws and one’s beauty simultaneously,” Pamela said. “The painting is inspired by the early impressionists with multiple layers of color and texture to create light.”

She believes that art is a powerful medium for expressing emotion.

“Art can be a powerful statement without words.  There are so many ways to explore different styles and raw emotion,” Pamela said. “I chose a sensory memory of the ocean as my muse.  I cannot look at the ocean without a deep sigh, full of melancholy and my childhood past.”

Pamela is looking forward to attending Incrementum to see all the great works of art that are in store.

“This year’s art auction has so many talented artists,” she said. “There will be such great deals on original artwork. This will be the best year so far for Alleys House. I am honored to be part of the show.”

www.pamelarabin.com

Come to Incrementum III, 9th Annual Art Auction benefitting alley’s house tonight, 2/2, at 7:00 pm at the Gallery at MIDTOWN! Click here to buy your tickets ahead of time.

By |February 2nd, 2013|Alley's House Events, Alley's House Volunteers, Art benefiting Alley's House, Incrementum, Support, Teen Moms, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Artist Pamela Rabin donates art to Incrementum III

Artist Steve Hamilton is participating in Incrementum on 2/2

Steve Hamilton is participating in Incrementum III, alley’s house 9th Annual Art Auction. This will be his second time in the show. Last year his painting was very well received in the silent auction. Steve is flattered to have been given the opportunity to showcase a larger painting in the live auction this year.

“I have done many charity type art shows, but the alley’s house art auction is a step above the rest,” Steve said. “Everyone involved is genuinely excited about the art, meeting the artists and raising money for a great cause.”

The care the artists have for alley’s house shows in the amazing quality of the art at Incrementum.

“The level and variety of work is outstanding,” Steve said. “There is a piece for everyone’s unique taste and it helps a great organization.”

This year, his title entitled “Every End is a Start…” depicts the passing of generations and all that encompasses.

“I focus on exploring the connection/disconnection and nostalgia with love ones in my portraiture,” Steve said.

Steve is looking forward to attending Incrementum and having the chance to see everyone’s art.

He says that Incrementum, “it is one of the most professional and genuine events I have ever had the privilege to participate in…and it’s a blast!”

Incrementum III is this Saturday 2/2 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm at the Gallery at MIDTOWN in Dallas, TX (located inside Valley View mall). Get your tickets today!

By |January 31st, 2013|Alley's House Events, Alley's House Volunteers, Art benefiting Alley's House, Incrementum, Support, Supporters, Teen Moms, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Artist Steve Hamilton is participating in Incrementum on 2/2