March 26 will mark 1 year since The Gatehouse's grand opening. Within a week of that celebration, our first families began their journey through the Independent Life Program. As of today, 38 families with 59 children are participating in this place and program for permanent change.  We are delivering what we promised.

"Thank you for bringing me to a safe place to live. I like riding my bike and not being scared." (Gatehouse child, 12)

When our women first enter their fully-furnished apartments, decorated with special touches just for them by volunteer God Squad members, they begin to remember they have value. When they develop their budget and are guided by appointment through the General Store and Keeps Boutique for food and clothes, they remember they have dignity. And when they begin to work and attend school, they gain confidence and realize that independence is possible.

Another 58 families will be admitted into the Program during the next year, to reach full capacity for 96 families -- that's 96 women and approximately 200 children. More than 800 volunteers have completed the 1-hour volunteer training, and 7,000+ hours of volunteer time have been logged just since September.

You can see that with the enormous scale of services, you are needed. Your talents and time as a volunteer, your in-kind services and your financial support are all crucial so the needed refuge, resources and relationships are offered to families who have the attitude and ability to heal and become permanently self-supportive. 

If you haven't visited the completed community, we hope to see you at the  March 8 Open House  when we will share progress from this past year and mark the path going forward that will change generations.

Onward!

HandUp for Success Luncheon:  Become a sponsor
We still need you! Sign up to be a sponsor at handupforsuccess.com today.
Thank you to these current sponsors*:

Innnovator
salesforce.com 

Investment  (1 left)
Fluor Corporation // Jones Lang LaSalle //
Fort Worth and Western Railroad
 
Ignite  (1 left)
Accenture // AT&T //  Dell //  Encompass Home Health and Hospice //  EY //  ExxonMobil Corporation // J.P. Morgan Chase and Elaine and Neils Agather // Toshiba //  Trinity Industries, Inc.
 
Impact   (7 left)
Avasant Foundation //  CA Technologies // Comerica Bank // CrossTie Capital, Ltd. //  Dallas Stars Foundation // Escalante Golf // Holt Lunsford Commercial, Inc. //  Infosys // Joann Olsovsky //  Lewis Fowler, LLC  // Microsoft //  Partners N Promotions //  Southwest Bank  // Tim Wallace //  TXU Energy

*sponsors as of Feb. 16, 2016
Individual tickets go on sale Monday, Feb. 22 at handupforsuccess.com
$250/ea or $2,500/table
Thanks to our newest community partners
Accenture // Celebration Event Rental // Container Store // Dallas Stars Foundation // Dr. William L. Oliver, DDS // Financial Women of Texas // Fresh Market, Southlake //  IBM  // K roger // Bank of America Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust // National Charity League Colleyville // New Horizons //  121 Church // Southlake Women's Club // Tarrant Area Food Bank
Events // Get Involved

Domestic violence 
workshop, booklet

  Register here to attend the Feb. 18 Domestic Violence Workshop created by Gatehouse Executive Director Deborah Lyons, or here for the April 5 session.
  Workshop will run from 10:30-11:30am in the Washington Community Education Center. 
Pastors & church staff are invited to attend a Feb. 23 session specifically designed for them. Pastors can  register here.

Current needs, Amazon wishlist

   Visit our  Amazon Wishlist  for up-to-date donation needs. You don't even need to deliver -- have items shipped directly to our registry address. 
   We also need: 
   -- 50 new laptops: Dell Latitude  3000 series
   -- Printers.
   -- Family lawyers willing to offer pro-bono hours for one case annually.

Kendra Scott
Give Back event

   Join Keeps Boutique for a fun shopping event from 5-7pm Feb. 18 at the Kendra Scott Southlake store in Town Square, 321 Grand Ave. W. During those hours, 20 percent of all sales will be donated to Keeps, a clothing boutique at The Gatehouse for women and children to have new clothes so they can attend work and school with dignity. 

Second-annual G96 men's event success

   More than 200 attended this year's G96 men's group fundraiser. Auction items and donations totaled $650,000+ as well as a matching grant from Amon G. Carter Foundation. Exclusive presenting sponsor Bank of America Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust's support allowed all funds raised to directly support Gatehouse families.

 Volunteer  receives Quarterback award

   We're so proud of projectHandUp's Diane Browne, who received the Dallas Cowboys Community Quarterback Award for her community service at First Friday and The Gatehouse. 

Join women's
group Circle 58

   Be part of this new giving circle where women are committed to generously giving other women a financial hand up so cycles of abuse and poverty can end. 
   This is a great gift for women in your life -- at home or for a special employee. For more info, email info@circle58.com.

Construction progress complete

The Hope Chapel

The Ray & Heather Washburne Family Hope Chapel seats 48, and will be used by Gatehouse members as a place of hope, healing and solitude. E ach stained glass window's design incorporates part of the Gatehouse mission.

Neighborhoods  3 & 4 

Neighborhoods No. 3 & No. 4 are now complete, as well as Advisors Center No. 2 and the warehouse donated by the Justin Foundation. The commercial strip located on Stone Myers Parkway will open this spring.
See  new Gatehouse video
Click here or the image above to see video.
The Gatehouse  |  817-912-0317  |  670 Westport Pkwy. Grapevine, Texas 76051
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