Friend to Friend                                        April 2018

It was a sellout crowd on April 21st when Our Friends Place marked its 30th anniversary at the annual Auction and Casino Night Gala. Your overwhelming generosity supports the young women we serve. We appreciate everyone's time and talent who helped make this event extra special in honor of our 30th anniversary.

We are grateful for the many guests, donors, friends, volunteers, board members and staff that helped to make the event fun and successful! We especially want to shout out to the terrific Gala Co-Chairs Suzanne Jaco, Angela Maverick, and Leslie Simmons as well as the Honorary Co-Chairs Netta Blanchard and Jefflyn Williamson.

There are also behind the scenes volunteers who play key roles working tirelessly for months - Allison Doepfner, Barb Kolle, and Kathlena Smith Ruiz among many others. Thank you for going above and beyond and truly offering much support to OFP's annual event.

Finally, thank you to the 580 FRIENDS and ALUMNI who attended and helped us to raise over $370,000 for Our Friends Place. These funds allow the organization to continue helping young women grow from adversity towards economic self-sufficiency. Plus, funds raised enable SOAR to Success to bring lifelong program skills to even more young ladies through high school, community college, and local resource programs.


The Sendero Consulting Community Rocks program assigns team members to turn a specific consulting project for a non-profit organization from a dream to reality. That's what their dream team did - redesigning OFP's website which needed a refresh after three years.

We look forward to flipping the switch and launching the new in the coming days! The new website will have more success stories and program information plus better links to photo and video galleries. Be sure to check the website out plus view the 2018 video shared at the Gala event! Please give us your feedback on our new look.

Many thanks to our new FRIENDS at Sendero! We are really grateful to have been the beneficiary of your generosity. Your Community Rocks program really does rock!

In This Issue
Quick Links

Our Friends Place Website

     Client Wishes
Visit registry list at

Toilet bowl cleaner
Dishwasher soap (pods)
Paper towels
Pots and pans
Kitchen & Bath size trash bags
Adult scissors
Manual pencil sharpeners
Bed pillows
Twin sheets
Vibrant colored towel sets  (2 each - bath, hand and washcloth)
Blow dryers
Motions Hair Care, Shea Moisture, and Dr. Miracle hair products
Hair straighteners
No show socks
Underwear (Med.-XXXL) sizes
Walmart gift cards
DART bus passes
SOAR clientsSingle-serve cans of food, pudding, applesauce, peanut butter and snack food items
 Ways to Get Involved
  • Share your talents and knowledge on a committee
  • Redecorate a TLC bedroom or living space
  • Offer crucial support to our office staff
  • Engage the community to gather school supplies, personal items and more
  • Put your party planning skills to good use for our annual fundraiser
About Our Friends Place

Our Friends Place helps young women, between the ages of 18 and 24, break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through empowering self-reliance and independence. OFP provides a supportive home and teaches the skills young women need to become self-reliant adults. OFP young women enroll in an educational or vocational program, hold a job and pay a portion of their earnings as rent and savings. The nonresidential SOAR to Success outreach curriculum teaches young women weekly life skills through high school, community college and local resource programs.

Our Friends Place Staff
Sue Thiers Hesseltine,
Executive Director
Melanie Jones Meijering,
Program Director
Caitlin Doepfner,
Development Manager
Libby Woolverton,
Outreach Manager
Janaye Easter,
Beazley House Site Manager
Nicole Price,
Pauline's Place Site Manager
Cindy Washlesky,
Program Specialist
Our Friends Place
Administrative Office
6500 Greenville Ave  
Suite 620
Dallas TX  75206 
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