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Interfaith Family Services Announces Speaker for its 3rd Annual Luncheon in Dallas, Texas
Interfaith Family Services

November, 2017

 

 After another successful and sold-out luncheon raising over $250,000 to fight family homelessness in Dallas, our supporters have been eager to find out what our plans are for this year. The wait is over! Interfaith Family Services will host its 3rd Annual Interfaith Auxiliary Luncheon on Friday, April 6th, 2018 at the Dallas Country Club at 11:30 am, led by luncheon chairs Brandi Chilian, Lynelle Kennedy, and Lesley Rhodes. This year’s luncheon will feature keynote speaker Erin Brockovich, an activist and icon who shot to fame through the eponymous 2000 film and has become a champion to those without a voice. The film turned an unknown legal researcher into a 20th century icon by showcasing how her dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Since then, Erin hasn’t been resting on her laurels… she continues to fight hard and win big! 

 

The luncheon will raise awareness about the factors that have led to the rise in child poverty in Dallas. According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas has the third worst childhood poverty rate of major U.S. cities. About 31 percent of Dallas children live in poverty, which means a family of four makes less than $24,000 annually. 

 

Proceeds from the luncheon will support Interfaith’s Hope and Horizons Children’s Program as well as Interfaith’s Home and Hope Transitional Housing Program that provides housing and support services for over 100 families a year. To date, the Interfaith Auxiliary has raised over $2.4 million to support Interfaith. Sponsorships for the 3rd Annual Auxiliary Luncheon are currently available, but we fully anticipate that this luncheon will sell out quickly. To reserve your spot today, please contact Ashley Agnew, Chief Development Officer, at aagnew@interfaithdallas.org or visit Interfaith online at www.interfaithdallas.org/event/auxiliary-luncheon. 

 

ABOUT INTERFAITH FAMILY SERVICES 

 

For almost 30 years, Interfaith Family Services (Interfaith) has been a leading resource for working poor families and a haven for homeless children who long for stability and hope. Today, we are even more committed to our mission to empower families in crisis and break the cycle of poverty. At the core of our work is a simple yet effective program formula: Eliminate Barriers + Equip Parents + Educate Children = Empower Working Families. Our first step is to eliminate the barriers that keep families in crisis from achieving stability. For families facing homelessness, we provide transitional housing in one of 25 fully-furnished apartments that we own debt-free or low-interest loans via On the Road Lending, in addition to providing free after-school and summer childcare. Next, equip parents to overcome poverty by helping parents identify a purpose that will help them to go from “working to live” to “loving their work” via career coaching. We also provide financial coaching to help reduce debt, build a savings safety-net and make the most of their new income. Simultaneously, children are stabilized via our structured and nurturing Hope & Horizons Children & Teens Program through tutoring, play therapy and counseling. This holistic combination of services produces results that elevate entire families out of poverty. For more information on Interfaith, or to discover other ways you can support Interfaith’s work, please contact Destiny DeJesus, Marketing and Media Coordinator, at ddejesus@interfaithdallas.org or visit www.interfaithdallas.org. 

 


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