December E-News... 

Raising the Roof...For the Next 100 Years      
Every morning as we round the corner of Texas and Live Oak and see the new
Hope Cottage rising like a beacon, we remember why we do what we do.  Every day we are reminded of the generous people, foundations and businesses who are making Hope Cottage...For the Next 100 Years a reality.

The framework is up, the roof is on and you can really see how the finished product is going to look.  We hope each and every one of you will stop by 609 Texas Street to see the new Hope Cottage up close and personal. 

Excited staff at the tree topping

In construction projects it is traditional to sign the final beam.  We chose instead to sign the beam that was placed over the front door to Hope Cottage - as a way of gracing and honoring all who have come before us and those who will come through our doors in the future.

Board President John Dickey and staff sign the beam

Some of the inscriptions...
Since 1923, Hope Cottage has only had 3 permanent addresses
Program Staff

The Porch...

During the early stages of the planning process, the building committee and Hope Cottage staff met several times with the architects to discuss the building and what was needed and wanted in the building.

Of course we would need offices and meeting rooms.  We needed a  space large enough to accommodate the many orientations and training sessions we do every year for adoptive parents, the community and healthcare professionals.  The building needed to be functional and yet fit in with the architectural style of the surrounding area.  Most importantly, the building needed to be warm, inviting and reminiscent of the first permanent home for Hope Cottage where so many children lived and where so many families were formed - the house on Welborn Street.  Which brings us to ...the porch. 

The porch played a very important part in the history of Hope Cottage.  It was where families began.  Children brought to Hope Cottage crossed over the front porch, beginning their new lives.   The porch was the entry point to parenthood for thousands of hopeful men and women.  And yes, some babies were even left on the porch of Hope Cottage in hopes that they would be taken care of and given a good home.  The porch is an integral part of Hope Cottage and that legacy will continue in the new Hope Cottage. 


The wrap around porch will run along the east side of the building, fronting onto Texas Street,  and will be furnished with rocking chairs, ferns and ceiling fans (a plus for our long Texas summer).  Not only will the porch provide an pleasing aesthetic to the neighborhood, but it will once again provide that first step towards building families as Hope Cottage has been doing for 97 years. 


Interested in honoring your loved one by sponsoring one of the rockers? 
Contact Leslie Clay

Follow our construction progress on the Hope Cottage blog.
Openly Adopted Audrey - Part III

Julia Gibson continues sharing the open adoption their family has with her daughter's birthmother.  Click here to read the final installment in the three part series.  
Building Your Adoption Books Library

Chicago Now recently posted this list of books, fiction and nonfiction, for children and teens about adoption and foster care.  

Kenda Nunez
Thirty Years Later Hope Baby Gives Back

Hope Baby Kenda Nunez was turning 30 and pondering how to make this momentous birthday even more special.  Because, you know, you only turn 30 once!  Immediately she thought back to  the adoption agency who had placed her in her forever home.  Click here to read how Kenda turned her birthday party into a fundraiser for Hope Cottage. 

97th Annual Holiday Party

The 97th Annual Holiday Party took place on Sunday December 13th and it was a record turnout with 280 in attendance!  Pictures coming soon.  In the meantime, enjoy some photos from Holiday Parties gone by...   

KIm Henderson and Konrad Kaltenbach III in their prize winning sweater built for two
Hope Cottage Leadership Council

The Hope Cottage Leadership Council recently held their 2nd Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party.  Click here to read about the event and see pictures from the evening. 
Adoption Information Open House
Learn more about building your family through Hope Cottage.  Information will be shared about adopting from the Infant Adoption Program and about adopting from Foster Care.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Christa Stewart by email or by calling 214.526.8721, ext 216

Monday January 11, 2016
6-8 pm
Hope Cottage
Rooms A&B
2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX  75204

Monday February 8, 2016
6-8 pm
Hope Cottage
Rooms A&B
2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX  75204

DFW Triad Support Group
The DFW Triad Support Group helps adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents navigate their experiences of loss, search, reunion and rejection.  You do not have to have a connection to Hope Cottage to attend.  Contact Amy by email or by calling 214.526.8721, ext 227 for more information.

Saturday January 9, 2016
1-3 pm
Hope Cottage
Rooms A&B
2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX  75204

Saturday February 13, 2016
1-3 pm
Hope Cottage
Rooms A&B
2801 Swiss Avenue
Dallas, TX  75204

Did you know a gift of $25 provides one night of care for a child awaiting placement in their forever home? 

As you make your year end giving plans, please remember Hope Cottage.   

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