Gatehouse women and children have been overwhelmingly blessed by the community this month. Read below to see how you and your neighbors have impacted our members and campus. Thank you for your continued support.

Friends, community honor scout's legacy
One of the many blessings in my role at The Gatehouse is to see good works by the community come together. On Saturday, 130 volunteers honored the memory of fallen Boy Scout John Reid Comita and blessed The Gatehouse community with more than 1,000 hours of service in one short day. Families, friends and Scout Troops from across DFW not only completed Reid's Eagle Scout Project -- a playhouse for Gatehouse children -- but also eight other beautification and maintenance projects needed on our campus.
In fall 2016, Reid called to ask if The Gatehouse could use a playhouse for the playground. He later wrote in his Eagle Scout proposal, "I feel like a playhouse is needed at The Gatehouse because it makes life more fun for the kids that live there and a special place to escape to and enjoy a picnic with Mom." He had wanted to build the playhouse by the end of July, so his troop pulled together and recruited volunteers to honor Reid's desire to make a fun place for kids to just be kids.
As the day came to an end, I saw two young Gatehouse children fly out of their apartment to explore the playhouse. They immediately ran right in and started playing. Reid's legacy will live on in our community every time a child finds joy and peace in his playhouse. Thank you, Reid, for loving and pouring into the children of The Gatehouse, and thanks to all who made his dream a reality.  

-- Tune in to NBC 5 at 10pm tonight for a full feature on Reid's Eagle Scout project and legacy by reporter Noelle Walker. If you miss it, we'll share the link on Facebook after the story airs. --

From leftTommy Ehrenberg , MK Development owner;  Judy Ehrenberg , Premier Academy founder;  Pete Ehrenberg , Premier Academy founder;  Betsy Price , Fort Worth mayor;  Matthew Rose , BNSF Railway executive chairman;  Lisa Rose , Gatehouse president;  Deborah Lyons , Gatehouse executive director;  William D. Tate , Grapevine mayor;  Hilda Osorio , Gatehouse Student Enrichment Program coordinator; and a Gatehouse member. 
New ground, new beginnings for early learning childcare academy
The Gatehouse marked another incredible milestone July 14 with a groundbreaking ceremony  for Premier Academy, the Early Learning Childcare Academy to be built here on our campus .
This initiative will help prepare young Gatehouse children to start Kindergarten at the same level as their peers, enhance our Student Enrichment Program for all our Gatehouse children and teens and serve approximately 150 community kids annually. 
More than 60 percent of the $4.5 million building goal has been reached. Thank you again for your partnership, which has the potential to shape thousands of children, not only from The Gatehouse community, but also from our community far beyond our lifetime. See all the support for the ELCA Capital Campaign at the end of this email, and join supporters by giving to the academy through the button below.
Young Professionals host second Freedom Bash play day
The Gatehouse Young Professionals (GYP) hosted their second-annual Freedom Bash July 8 for Gatehouse women and children. The "play day" celebrated two milestones: our country's independence and The Gatehouse members' new-found freedom in breaking cycles of abuse and poverty. 

Gatehouse children got their faces painted, made crafts, played sports, had a water balloon fight and ate burgers from the In-N-Out Food Truck, all at no cost to the families. More than 30 GYP volunteers hosted the event, which was made possible because of the following sponsors:  Frogstreet,   Deloitte, Strike, SPS Roofing, Trusting Connections and In-N-Out Burger. Learn more about joining GYP here.
GH advisors complete Trauma Healing
Gatehouse advisors attended a four-day Trauma Healing training course. The experience equipped them with the understanding of God's Word on suffering, abuse and love. Although the advisors said it was an intense journey of personal reflection and healing, each completed the course and said they feel better able to serve their members at The Gatehouse.
Get in the Game  to feature LEGENDary Dallas Cowboys line-up
We've finalized the emcee and speakers for our third-annual Get int the Game event Monday, Oct. 23 at AT&T Stadium -- and it's  LEGENDary . Check your email Wednesday for our big announcement. Learn more about becoming a sponsor .
Give for clothes before Back to School Bash

New clothes allow GH children to return to school with confidence and dignity. Help support our 100 boys and girls, ages 4 to 18, so they can use gift cards to buy shirts, pants, dresses, uniforms and shoes for their back-to-school wardrobes.  Donate here   - $75 helps our pre-K & elementary kids //  $125 helps our middle & high schoolers. Students will receive backpacks, school supplies and clothing gift cards during a special Back to School Bash.
The Hurt Locker : Hear Jimmy Evans at GH Sept. 7

Throughout life everyone experiences pain along the way. From guilt to rejection to shame, we all carry devastating hurts. Our unresolved hurts grow year after year and impact every relationship in our lives. Jimmy Evans will share through The Hurt Locker: Breaking the Legacy of Pain how to identify and resolve hurts; God's desire for healing; steps to make peace with your past; and how to create a positive legacy for generations. Get tickets to hear Jimmy 9-11am on Sept. 7 at The Gatehouse.
Sept. 14 is North Texas Giving Day

Mark your calendar to give between 6am and midnight Thursday, Sept. 14 during the ninth-annual North Texas Giving Day or -- new this year -- schedule your gift starting Sept. 7 until Sept. 13. The Gatehouse was one of 272 North Texas non-profits that helped generate $5.7 million last year. Stretch your dollar through our giving page on the North Texas Giving Day portal where  gifts $25+ will be multiplied by bonus funds and prizes via the Communities Foundation of Texas .
Member speaks at  Empowered Woman Luncheon

Gatehouse women had the opportunity to attend the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce Empowered Woman Luncheon last week. Each member said they walked away feeling blessed, rejuvenated, like strong women and significant to everyone they meet. A Gatehouse member delivered an impactful, heartfelt speech about her journey through abuse and how she came out the other end stronger and more confident. Her words brought many attendees to tears, and she received a standing ovation. Her daughters and Gatehouse advisor were in attendance to support her. 
Thanks to new, continuing partners
Apex Surface Care  //  Athleta - Southlake  //  Charles Schwab  //  Edelman  //  Ford Motor Company  //  Hillcrest Foundation  //  Holloway Family Foundation  //  JCPenney  //  90.9 KCBI  //  National Retail Federation  //  The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation  //  The Miles Foundation  //  R4 Foundation  //  Dr. Robbie Hashem - Hashem Orthodontics  //  Thomas P. Jackson - The Law Offices of Thomas P. Jackson
ELCA Capital Campaign Supporters
Elaine Agather  //  Ron Chase  //  Amon G. Carter Foundation  //  G96 Men  //  John & Nancy Fegan  //  Gradus  //  The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation  //  The Miles Foundation  //   Clifton H. Morris & Sheridan C. Morris Foundation  //  The Morris Foundation  //  Paticum Foundation  //  Patricia & Randall Ptaszinik  //   R4 Foundation  //  The Rees-Jones Foundation  //  Rose Family Foundation  //  Michaela & Bryce Ruiz  //  The Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation  //  Christine & Jim Snead  //  Tabletops Southlake  //  Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation
G96 Men - Greens for Green, May 21 event
Kay & Todd Armstrong  //  Ken Beam  //  Larry Bender  //  Amy & Paul Bischler  //  Jennifer & Ron Books  //  Tim Brittan  //  Ben Brittan  //  Kristi & John Byler  //  Bill & Jennifer Cassidy  //  Dawn & John Cochran  //  Sean Cochran  //  Michael Colby  //  Becky & Mike Cole  //  Jeff & Curran Dandurand  //  Gary Davis  //  Nancy & Dwayne Dehaven  //  Joe & Ingrid DePinto  //  Mike DuBoise  //  Tom Dundon  //  Bryan Elliott  //  Glenn Etherington  //  Mike Farhat  //  First Financial Bank  //  Alan Fonner  //  Mike Foster  //  Cami & John Goff  //  Ken Green  //  Rhonda Gruenewald  //  Gary & Leslie Hazlewood  //  Liz & Jim Hendricks  //  Curtis Henscheid  //  Glenn Hermes  //  Lee Roy Hess  //  Shawn Hessing  //  Doug Hickok  //  Susan & Chuck Hixson  //  Sammie & Terry Horton  //  Wade Hundley  //  Clay Hunt  //  Rene & Bruce Jacobson  //  Kirie & Jimmy James  //  Chris Jeppesen  //  John & Kristi Jurrius //  Randy & Terri Keene  //  Alesha & Vic Keller  //  John Krantz  //  Stacy Kristynik  //  Patti & Gordon Kushner  //  Matt Manero  //  Jill & Jeff Markham  //  Zak McDonald  //  Chip Mello  //  Mike O'Brien  //  James Orr  //  Mark & Andrea Overman  //  Larry Page  //  Greg Parmley  //  Paul Pastore  //  Harry Patten  //  Chad Patton  //  Richard Raley  //  Terry & Rhonda Redmon  //  Bob Reeves  //  Amanda Renda  //  Carol & Jeff Riffert  //  Jeremy Rincon  //  Eric Robison  //  Lisa & Matt Rose  //  Michaela & Bryce Ruiz  //  Leigh & Victor Sansone  //  Joe Schmidt  //  Jeff Scott  //  David Seaton  //  Van Shaw  //  Sean Shope  //  Morriss Simmons  //  Mark Slemon  //  Jennifer & Mike Stallings  //  Michael Stanton  //  Roland Stewart  //  Cindy & Jimmy Stovall  //  Valerie & Matt Terrell  //  Julie & Jim Thayer  //  Jeff Thompson  //  Trung Tran  //  Chris & Dewayne Travelstead  //  Johann van Rensburg  //  Kathy & John Vassallo  //  Jacqueline & Lyndon Westerberg  //  Amber & Robby Whites  //  James Williams  //  Y.E. Yang




The Gatehouse is a supportive living community, located on 61 acres in the D/FW Metroplex, where women and children in crisis receive ample time, safe refuge, practical resources and healthy relationships to break cycles of abuse and poverty, and discover new paths for permanent change.