In This Issue
Cy-Hope Celebrates Grand Opening at Northwest Forest with Record-setting Ribbon Cutting

Cy-Hope hosted the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and Congressman Michael McCaul for our Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on October 26, with a record attendance for such an event.  Cy-Hope moved its administrative offices and counseling center to 12715 Telge Road, Cypress, TX  77429.
Holiday Market and Golf Tournament Update
We are pleased to share with you that Cy-Hope made $51,000 NET from our 2016 Judy Dierker Holiday Market and $103,000 NET from our 2016 Larry Dierker 70th Birthday Bash Celebrity Golf Classic.  Your generosity in supporting these events was overwhelming and will touch so many lives in our community!


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October 20 & 21, 2017 - 
Judy Dierker Holiday Market
 
November 2, 2017 - 
Larry Dierker Celebrity Golf Classic
Thank You for Supporting Lynda Zelenka and Cy-Hope in the Eagle Rare Life Contest

We appreciate all who voted (and voted...)  in the Eagle Rare Life Contest.  Voting ended on Thursday, January 5.  We will post the results on social media when we have them!


Become a CFISD Mentor!
Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month?  Mentors serve an important role for the youth in  our schools. Currently over 700 adults are serving as mentors to CFISD students, but many more are needed. Please help us get the word out by letting your friends and family know about this program. Are you on Twitter?  If so, share the need for CFISD mentors with the district's hashtag #MentorCFISD or the national hashtag of #MentorIRL.

To become a CFISD mentor :
  • attend a one hour mentor training (classes offered weekly at the Berry Center, or CFISD  will train potential mentors in groups at your location and date/time!)
  • complete an online mentor application and criminal record history check
  • meet with a student 30 minutes to an hour, one time per week at a school of your choice

Click here for a complete list of trainings and to access the online application.

Devine Virtuosos

We already have plans underway for the 3rd annual Middle School Summer Band Camp for 2017.  Look for dates soon!  We hope to increase our student participation as well as increase the number of scholarships offered.  We had a very successful 2016 camp, providing 30 individual scholarships to underprivileged students in Cy-Fair.  This year, we hope to offer 40 scholarships.  If you helped provide a scholarship last year and can repeat your contribution, or you would like to help one of our students for the first time this year, please email  elaine.waier@cy-hope.org.

We also have exciting plans for our instrument refurbishment program.  We hope this program will benefit both Cy-Hope and the community.  Check your closets! Check under the bed! Maybe even open up that storage unit for the first time this year!  If you have any instruments that are taking up space and would like to find it a good home, please email matthew.utter@cy-hope.org.
Dierker's Champs
Dierker's Champs will field over 100 students on six teams from Francone, Holbrook, and Matzke Elementary schools. We will host a spring baseball clinic on February 25 at the Cy-Fair High School fields for the kids. Cy-Ranch and Cy-Ridge students on our affiliate team - the Cypress Crushers- will do their community service project by helping run the clinic. Email sheri.lee@cy-hope.org if you can donate gently-used or new equipment (especially gloves) to us or if you can help out at the spring clinic.

Dierker's Champs also needs a Jersey Sponsor. For a donation of $1,000, we will list your name on our team jerseys. We will only list one company and will give it to the first to respond.
Cy-Hope Participating in Kroger's Community Rewards Program
Cy-Hope has benefitted greatly from our participation in Kroger's Community Rewards Program. Just by shopping at Kroger, your spending earns rewards for Cy-Ho pe. We've earned $11,291.53 in 12 cycles! Please note that you keep all of your fuel points and discounts.

Click here for instructions on how to support Cy-Hope just by shopping at Kroger.  Please remember to re-designate Cy-Hope as your charity in August!
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Support Cy-Hope every time you shop on Amazon.com!  Click here to visit Amazon Smile and select Cy-Hope as your charity.  Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchases to Cy-Hope when you shop via the Amazon Smile website.  You've helped us raise $507.37 so far.
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Cy-Hope Highlights
  • Held an Upward Basketball Camp at Longhorn Hope Center.
  • Hosted over 120 vendors and thousands of shoppers at our Judy Dierker Holiday Market.
  • Celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting for The Hope Chest Resale Market.
  • Hosted a BYG Events Mystery Dinner Theater benefiting Cy-Hope.
  • Presented at the TASB Education Forum.
  • Hosted Neon Nights to provide a safe and fun Halloween celebration for our Hope Center communities.
  • Celebrated our Northwest Forest grand opening with the Cy-Fair Chamber's largest ribbon cutting yet and a presentation by Congressman McCaul.
  • Received a generous $15,000 donation from Mischer Development and Cypress Creek Lakes from the 2016 Zombie Stomp.
  • Provided Thanksgiving Dinner to our Hope Center communities with the help of HEB, Backyard Grill, and our wonderful volunteers.
  • Took our Hope Center kids on a Houston Zoo field trip.
  • Received a $15,000 donation from Home Goods & Marshall's Fairfield and Home Goods Willowbrook as part of their grand-opening celebrations.
  • Received $638 from CU Alliance's silent auction.
  • Held our annual Santa's Workshops for our Hope Center kids to 'shop' for gifts for their family and friends.
  • Helped out by Scout Troop 901 with some groundskeeping at our Northwest Forest offices.
  • Provided for 201 children and their families through our Holiday Drive - thanks to the many companies and individuals that donated and volunteered gifts and time.
  • Welcomed a new Speech Therapist, Valerie Grizzaffi, M.A., CCC-SLP, to Cy-Hope Counseling.
  • Said goodbye to Lauren Lake, our Program Coordinator, who will pursue a teaching career.
  • Welcomed Jeanne Allain as our new Backpack Program Coordinator and Gail Murray as our new Administrator & Communications Manager.
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Spotlight on The Hope Chest Resale Market 
 
If you haven't already, stop by and check out:
The Hope Chest Resale Market
12015 Barker Cypress Road
Cypress, TX 77433
(southwest  corner of Barker  Cypress/290)
28 1.758. 1003. 



The Hope Chest Resale Market is a 25,000 square foot warehouse and shopping area that benefits the programs of Cy-Hope. Don't miss the chance to experience this unique marketplace that breaks the mold of the traditional resale store!  This Cypress area "boutique style" resale market features designer clothing and home decor, as well as 7,000 square feet of furniture and outdoor equipment. Pinterest fans will love the "DIY and Repurpose Corner" where they can find treasures in need of just a little TLC! We have the "Locker Room" especially for the sports and outdoor enthusiast. Kids will enjoy browsing the cozy toy area for popular toys offered at a fraction of the retail price.  

Our inventory changes daily, so plan your trip to The Hope Chest today! Visit our website for information on how to donate. You can also visit our Facebook page for more information.
 
As you sort through the old to make room for the new, please consider donating items to The Hope Chest Resale Market.  We will collect holiday items for next year all year long, in addition to clothing, furniture, household goods, toys, and the other items on our regular list.
Email Vicki.Seay@cy-hope.org about volunteer opportunities.



Upcoming Events

Cy-Hope Clay Shoot
Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Westside Sporting Grounds
10120 Pattison Road, Katy, TX  77493
Join Cy-Hope for our second, annual Clay Shoot. The entry fee  of $800 per 4-person team includes 100 clays, ammunition & lunch . Contest is limited to the first 80 shooters. All proceeds benefit Cy-Hope. Click here for registration and sponsorship information.
Spotlight on Backpack Feeding Program

Cy-Hope currently delivers about 1,250 bags of food to 60 schools in CFISD each week.  We also recently participated in the Clean Undies For Everyone program through The Houston Food Bank. We distributed new underwear to 14 elementary and middle schools. Undies For Everyone enhances the self esteem, dignity, hygiene and success of disadvantaged students by providing them with clean, new underwear through the nurse's office should theirs become soiled while they are at school.

Jeanne Allain started in December as our new Backpack Program Coordinator.  You can email her at jeanne.allain@cy-hope.org with questions or for information on volunteer opportunities.
Spotlight on the Hope Centers
 
The Hope Centers had a fun and busy holiday season! In October, we hosted our Hope Center Halloween parties, which were full of candy, games and ice cream. We also hosted an Upward Basketball Camp and had a field trip to the Houston Zoo. In November, we served our Thanksgiving-style meal to both the Longhorn and Windfern communities and could not have done that without all of the generous volunteers who baked, cooked and purchased everything for us. A special thanks to HEB for the monetary donations and Backyard Grill for cooking the delicious turkey! In December, the kids enjoyed caroling with The Houston Choral Society. In keeping with tradition, we provided "Santa's Workshop" so every Hope Center kid could shop for gifts for their family and friends from all of our volunteers' wonderful donations. Santa also visited both Longhorn and Windfern Hope Centers in December to hand out stockings and stuffed animals to every student. We finished out the holiday season with an exciting field trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters thanks to the JJ Watt Foundation! Look for our Mobile Hope Center STEM bus this spring. For information on volunteering at our Hope Centers, please email genna.peard@cy-hope.org.

Spotlight on Cy-Hope Counseling: The Center for Children & Families

Cy-Hope Counseling has many exciting new opportunities this new year! Cy-Hope Counseling has added a speech therapist to our staff. Valerie Grizzaffi, M.A., CCC-SLP, specializes in working with receptive/expressive language delays, fluency disorders, and pragmatic and social language difficulties. She also has expertise in articulation and phonological processes disorders, where someone may pronounce words incorrectly or omit consonants, leading to a reduced intelligibility. Over the years, Valerie has worked with a variety of diagnoses and feeding disorders in children and adults of all ages. In addition, Valerie works with individuals with reading comprehension difficulties and has experience working with children and families on the autism spectrum disorder. Valerie is eager to work with a child's counselor, when applicable, in order to provide a consistent treatment plan and collaborate with sessions. Valerie is currently offering a promotion for FREE speech and language screening this January. In addition, Cy-Hope Counseling will offer dyadic speech therapy and group therapy with a speech therapist and counselor. Call 713.466.1360 today to reserve your spot!

Cy-Hope Counseling also has some new support groups:

Upper Elementary Social Skills Group
The group will be fun and interactive, designed to help children identify their emotions, increase social communication skills, and learn strategies to better manage their reactions. This group will be run by a licensed counselor and licensed speech therapist. 

Social Skills Support: Learning to get Comfortable in Your Own Skin- Junior High and High School
This peer and social group is designed to build self-confidence and improve social skills. It is designed to be fun and interactive, using video games and other activities adolescents enjoy. The group is designed for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum, teenagers who experience social anxiety, adolescents with AD/HD or anyone looking to build their social interactions in a fun and exciting way. New members are accepted into the group each month!

A Therapeutic Support Group for Mothers of Children with Special Needs: A Common Thread
Led by Courtney Suddath, MA, LSSP, LPC, this supportive therapeutic group will focus on creating a safe and understanding environment in which to address the unique experiences of mothers of children with special needs. The goal of this group will be for women to share experiences with one another in a confidential and supportive environment, while gaining insight from other members in a similar situation. Group members will be encouraged to process and discuss social and emotional situations they face with their children, while learning about strategies that can be used by the parent themselves, as well as other important people in their child's life. The small-group environment will allow the benefit of individualized problem-solving opportunities as well as having a peer group and licensed counselor available as support.

Couple's Check-In
Give the gift of love and happiness this Valentine's season with a couple checkup. Have a session with a licensed marriage therapist to talk about the strength and growth areas in your relationship. Find ways to reignite your spark or reconnect.

Call 713.466.1360 to sign up for any of our therapies or groups.
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Cy-Hope Counseling: The Center for Children & Families is pleased to  offer: 

$25 off all couples counseling appointments when you schedule the intake in January

Please call 713.466.1360 to make an initial appointment and mention this coupon. (Limited to New Clients)