CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF SOARING HEROES - SUSYBELLE GOSSLEE, FOUNDER
Our Friends Place (OFP) kicks off the New Year celebrating 30 years of Soaring Heroes by recognizing a truly special Soaring Hero -- OFP's founder, Susybelle Gosslee. In the 80's, Susybelle's Junior League volunteer placement exposed her to new realities that she was not aware were everyday occurrences for many young women. This experience changed her perspective and how she engaged with the young women she was mentoring. She realized services for girls and young women going through abuse, neglect, and poverty in Dallas were practically non-existent. In order to fill this void in services, Susybelle founded Our Friends Place in 1985 and the organization served its first client in 1987.
For Susybelle, "It's all about the women. Our Friends Place took an opportunity to grow into another way of serving women and not have them shamed and pushed in a corner." Thank you Susybelle, for your leadership and compassion in making changes so the girls and young women served over the course of 30 years could be empowered to become successful and self-reliant citizens in the community!
ATTEND THE MUSEUM OF STREET CULTURE DIALOGUE SERIES
Join the Museum of Street Culture at Encore Park for a panel discussion on the role of photography in social advocacy and human services.
Hear Brian Wallis (Curator, The Walther Collection, New York City) in conversation with Sue Hesseltine (Executive Director, OFP) in a discussion moderated by Alan Govenar (Founding Director, The Museum of Street Culture) at the Nasher Sculpture Center on February 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Free for Nasher Members and $10 for non-members,
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St
Dallas TX 75201
SAVE THE DATE FOR OFP's
30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA
AUCTION & CASINO NIGHT
ANGELA MAVERICK AND
Saturday, April 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Auction l Casino l Dancing
Cocktails l Dinner l Open Bar
For more information on Gala sponsorship, underwriting and donation opportunities please visit the online
JOIN THESE GALA SPONSORS AND UNDERWRITERS IN SUPPORTING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA AUCTION & CASINO NIGHT
Fundraising for the 30th Anniversary Gala Auction & Casino Night, scheduled for April 21, 2018 at the Omni Dallas Hotel, is off to a tremendous start thanks to the many sponsors and underwriters secured to date. Thank you for your generous support honoring OFP's 30th Anniversary and the young women we serve who benefit most.
KELLEY AND KEITH BURKS
KRIS AND EDWARD BURKS
SUE AND JACK HESSELTINE
BRENDA AND DAVID SNITZER
VINSON & ELKINS LLP
Toilet bowl cleaner
Dishwasher soap (pods)
Pots and pans
Kitchen & Bath size trash bags
Black & Blue pens
Manual pencil sharpeners
Vibrant colored towel sets (2 each - bath, hand and washcloth)
Motions Hair Care, Shea Moisture, and Dr. Miracle hair products
No show socks
Underwear (Med.-XXXL) sizes
Walmart gift cards
DART bus passes
Call 214.520.6268 to donate.
Ways to Get Involved
- Share your talents and knowledge on a committee
- Redecorate a bedroom or living space for young women
- 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
To get involved call 214.520.6268
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.
Our Friends Place Staff
Sue Thiers Hesseltine,
Melanie Jones Meijering,
Beazley House Site Manager
Pauline's Place Site Manager
Our Friends Place
6500 Greenville Ave
Dallas TX 75206