Friend to Friend                                        May 2018
CELEBRATING BEAZLEY HOUSE PRESERVATION AWARD
 
Preservation Dallas honored Our Friends Place (OFP) with the Preservation Achievement Award on May 16th during their annual awards ceremony. The awards recognize the outstanding development of Dallas historic buildings and places as well as people who contribute to the city's history.
 
OFP's award for the Beazley House was one of over 20 awards presented. We owe special thanks to OFP's board member Diane Tasian and Ron Siebler of Siebler Remodeling and Historic Preservation. Thank you for nominating Beazley House and for your dedication to maintaining and preserving OFP's historic home.
 
Preservation Dallas is a nonprofit membership organization who champions initiatives to protect the history and culture of neighborhoods and historic buildings throughout the community, enhancing the quality of life and economic development in Dallas.
WELCOMING NEW STAFF 

It is exciting to share that Our Friends Place is growing with three fabulous new employees on staff! 
 
Libby Woolverton is the Outreach Manager overseeing the SOAR, Legends Alumni, and Transitional Living Center (TLC) client programs. Libby joined OFP on October 16, 2017, and has been instrumental in shaping and driving these new programs. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Texas Christian University, Libby returned to TCU to earn her Masters of Education in Counseling and Student Affairs. Libby worked in housing and student affairs at two different universities before finding her passion serving the community in the nonprofit sector.
 
Janaye Easter  joined OFP this year on February 12th as TLC Site Manager for Beazley House. She is responsible for all aspects of managing Beazley House and guiding the young women who live there. Janaye has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas and a Masters of Education in Education Administration from the University of Phoenix. Janaye has eight years' experience as a middle school teacher and spent time as a counselor at a residential treatment center. Throughout her career, she has mentored young women.
 
Elaine Logan started March 15th as an Executive Assistant. Bringing more than 25 years of logistical support from corporate and non-profit environments, she is responsible for administration and office management. In addition to Elaine's professional success, she has acted as a mentor to young women in vulnerable situations for the past 16 years. 
 
We are thrilled to have Libby, Janaye, and Elaine on board to help OFP be an even better organization in the community providing housing and programs that empower young women.
L to R: Elaine Logan, Libby Woolverton, and Janaye Easter
VISIT OFP'S NEW WEBSITE

Last month's e-news shared updates about the Sendero Community Rocks program team redesigning OFP's website which needed a refresh after three years.

Take a look at the newly launched www.ourfriendsplace.org and let us know what you think! The new website has updated success stories, TLC program and outreach information, staff contacts, helpful guidance for young women plus better links to news/press and photo and video galleries. Be sure to check out the website and view the 2018 video shared at the Gala event!

We continue to thank our new FRIENDS at Sendero for their time, expertise and creativity! We are really grateful to be the beneficiary of such generosity. The Sendero Community Rocks program really does rock!

Our Friends Place Website

     Client Wish List
Visit registry list at

*Toilet bowl cleaner
*Paper towels
*Kitchen & Bath size trash bags
*Umbrellas
*Adult scissors
*Bed pillows
*Twin sheets
*Vibrant colored towel sets  (2 each - bath, hand and washcloth)
*Motions Hair Care, Shea Moisture, and Dr. Miracle hair products
*Toothpaste/Toothbrushes
*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
 
Elaine Logan,
Executive Assistant

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 
214.520.6268
    
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