Now that The Gatehouse has developed into a busy and beautiful community, you are more appreciated than ever. There are 45 women and 78 children working the Independent Life Program, and we anticipate filling all 96 apartments by the beginning of 2017. Your involvement has helped create a place and program that will leave a legacy in many positive ways past our lifetime. In this update, you can: 
  • Review our new Career Development Program and discover how your company can get involved. Nominate
    a VP-level HR executive to join our HR Circle.
  • Read Voice of a Gatehouse Woman and see how new clothes from Keeps Boutique helped her regain dignity and discover her voice in the community.
  • See upcoming events, such as Back-to-School clothing drive, Gatehouse Young Professionals Freedom Bash & our newly announced speaker series: The Legacy Workshops at The Gatehouse.
Career Development Program & HR Circle 
Next steps to enable self-supportiveness: Secure career-path jobs

During the 1st-annual Hand Up For Success Corporate Luncheon on March 28, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spurred attendees to think about how they and their companies can be part of the solution in changing lives within our community.  

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson (left) and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty speak about transformation and community involvement March 28 during the Hand Up For Success Corporate Luncheon.
Because of a generous grant -- which includes use of their Kenexa Skills Assessment as well as help from a fabulous team of IBMers -- the Career Development Strategic Plan and HR Circle were created. This is huge for our members, who are working toward careers to sustain their families.

In addition, as Accenture has agreed to provide their Skills to Succeed program, Accenture and Briggs Equipment have given grants to partially fund the Career Development Director position. This new staff member will be a liaison between businesses, universities and Gatehouse members. Additional support is still needed to ensure the director's salary for at least two years. 

Please consider if your company, family, foundation or group can contribute. As we lay the foundation for implementing this plan, your participation makes a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of women and families in the years to come. 
Click here to see ways to get involved: as an individual, group or with your company.

Ways your business can help today:
  • nominate a VP-level HR executive within your company to join our HR Circle
  • donate to help fund the salary for a Career Development Program director
  • consider/interview qualified Gatehouse women for open job positions
  • Adopt a Family and support a family's journey at The Gatehouse. Learn more.
We're serious about our business at The Gatehouse, and we'd be honored for you to join us.


Gatehouse Voice: Joy, grace in new clothes  
"I left with my kids and the clothes on our back. I left all of my material possessions, as well as my identity, behind. I went into hiding. But now, God needs me back out in front of people to speak about domestic violence, and Keeps Boutique clothed me in beautiful garments. It feels so good to wear clothes that were chosen for me. The new clothes are extra special because they represent my new beginning. My new life, my new purpose. My heart is full of sincere gratitude for all the generous support that helped the next step in my journey for the Lord. Thank you so much for this incredible blessing! Keeps Boutique is not only clothing women in garments, but also clothing them with God's grace." -- from V.
Get Involved at Gatehouse 

Legacy Workshops at The Gatehouse 
    Wherever you spend your time - at home, in the workplace or in a volunteer community - learn how to work with excellence and leave a lasting legacy. Legacy Workshops at The Gatehouse, programs to ignite your personal and professional growth.
   Because of the generosity of a private foundation and our speakers, all suggested donations can be used to help support GH families.
    Read more about this new series and sign up for the first session July 12.
Shop! for back-to-school clothes
   Let's make returning to school be an exciting time for 36 school-aged Gatehouse children. With new stylish clothes that fit their personality, the kids can go to school with confidence and dignity.
   See what's needed at our online registry here. Whether you pick all of a child's needs or choose a few items, every bit helps. 
   Drop items or have them
shipped by June 15. The registry, linked above, includes all the important details.

GYPs gear up for Freedom Bash

   Join leaders under 40 in DFW who have a desire to raise awareness and serve passionately women and children in crisis discovering new paths for permanent change.
   The group will host its  Freedom Bash on June 25, with games, BBQ and activities for GH families. Thanks to Carla Shellis for being the first event supporter.
   Like the GYP Facebook page to stay updated, and email the group about getting involved.

Exceptional volunteers

   During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Gatehouse staff honored our amazing volunteers.
   These women and men bless the GH community each day, and we would not be able to fulfill our mission without them. Thank you to all who serve -- your time and dedication is invaluable.  
   New volunteer opportunities have been added online. Click here to learn more and sign up.

Amazon wishlist,
other needs

   Visit our Amazon Wishlist for up-to-date donation needs and apartment supplies. You don't even need to deliver -- have items shipped directly to The Gatehouse.
   Other items needed:
   -- 50 new laptops: Dell Latitude 3000 series 
   -- Wall hangings & decor: living rooms & bedrooms (women, kids) 
   -- Lamps: floor & tabletop 
   -- Family lawyers willing to offer pro-bono hours 
   --Families adopted
Women join
Circle 58
   We invite you to join Circle 58, a unique women's giving circle committed to generously giving other women a financial hand up to end cycles of abuse & poverty.
   You can join yourself or give as a gift to a special woman in your life: spouse, employee, mom or daughter. Membership includes a custom bracelet designed by Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers.
    Learn more and sign up here
Special thanks to new, continuing partners
Abi Ferrin // Accenture // Briggs Equipment // Dr. Carolyn Green of Colleyville Vision // Dr. Laurence Oliver // First United Methodist of Trophy Club // GCISD // Jon Michael Franks, Family Law // Judi McQueary, Corinthian Wellness Companies // Julie & Jim Thayer // Kari Mawn // National Charity League of Southlake // Rachel Wright // Southlake Women's Club // Texas Health Resources // The Honorable B. Glen Whitley // The Honorable Judith Wells // Trophy Club Women's Club // Ziglar  
The Gatehouse  |  817-912-0317  |  670 Westport Pkwy. Grapevine, Texas 76051
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