• Premier Academy now open
  • G96 men's group event exceeds expectations
  • JCPenney employees find unique way to supply resources for families
  • Annual magazine available online 
"I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me,  but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter."

- Bob Goff at our Circle 58 inaugural dinner

Succeeding at things that matter most describes last month at The Gatehouse. Hundreds of you have been a part of leaving a legacy by supporting the childcare academy building, through volunteering, by collecting resources for apartment supplies and clothing, and by making our events super successful - and all for the 82 women and 105 kids working the program today.

A huge thanks to each of you for providing a hand up to these families who need us most, and if you'd like to join our community by partnering, see what's needed next at the end of the newsletter.  

We wish you the best as you spend time on what matters most to you and your family this summer.

With best wishes and grateful hearts,


Click  here  to view the new Gatehouse magazine online
Premier Academy now open

For our families and cities to thrive past our lifetime, an investment in our children is priceless.
But quality childcare has a hefty price tag...and for disadvantaged single moms, the cost of childcare is one of the biggest barriers which keep them from self-supportiveness.
The solution for Gatehouse moms and many community children is Premier Academy in Grapevine, which opened on June 11. Quality childcare and early learning are offered in this beautiful 15,000 square foot facility, with 8 classrooms, a 4,500 square foot gym, and two playgrounds.

Want to help?
  • Help underwrite the purchase of 2 more buses ($50,000 each) to transport kids to/from schools and Premier Academy  (donate online here)
  • Help buy Gatehouse children's uniforms (donate online here)
    • $50 purchases 2 shirts and 2 pants/shorts for 1 child
    • $150 purchases uniforms for a week for 1 child - even better for a working mom
Interested in sending your kids to Premier Academy?  Click  here  for more information and application details.  

G96 men's group event exceeds expectations

More than 250 people gathered at Premier Academy for a unique event given by the "G96" (Gatehouse 96 families) men's group. Last year, the group funded a part of the building, and this year, they finished what they started by supplying funding for the building, buses, childcare tuition and other needs for Gatehouse families. Thank you G96 hosts and guests!
Food and wine tastings from Chef Tim Love, Circle T Ranch, Mi Dia, Truluck's, Vaquero, Moone-Tsai, Casamigos and Tortuga were fabulous, and, following a dynamic live auction, guests enjoyed dancing with In10City Band.
The Gatehouse members and staff continue to shout a huge praise for the over-the-top support provided by these dedicated men, spouses and guests.


Presenting Sponsor:
Desert Royalty Company // Rose Family Foundation

Todd & Kay Armstrong // Books Family // Tim Brittan // Bill & Jennifer Cassidy
Frog Street // Gradus // John & Dawn Cochran // Mike & Rexanne Foster
Gary & Leslie Hazlewood // Terry & Sammie Horton // Jimmy & Kirie James
Greg & Krissa Parmley // Harriet & Brent Pennington // Terry & Rhonda Redmon
Frank & Amanda Renda // The Ruiz Family // Leigh & Victor Sansone
Van & Marla Shaw //  Jimmy & Janie Shoppa // The Stallings Family
Kelye & Cindy Stites // Valerie & Matt Terrell // Dewayne & Chris Travelstead 
The Sommerville Co.

In-kind donors:
American Airlines // Robert Albritton // Amon G. Carter Philanthropies // Ron Bergeron
Casamigos // Tom & Silvia Cusick // Jim & Caroline Cooley // Chris Del Conte-UT
Circle T Ranch //  John & Dawn Cochran // Mike Freed // Richard Friedman
John & Cami Goff //  Goff Capital //  Jeremiah Donati-TCU // The Expo Group
The Friedkin Group //  Craig & Kathryn Hall //  HALL | WALT Wines // Doug & Lisa Hickok
Hillwood, A Perot Company // Richard Holtzman // Glenn Hutchins
Golden Nugget Hotels & Resort // GOLFZON //  Ken Jowdy // Jerri & Mike Logan
Chef Tim Love //  Main Street Bakery // Mi Dia // Mike Meldman-Discovery
Andy Mitchell-Lantern Capital //  Montage Hotels & Resorts // Moone-Tsai Wines
Passport Resorts //  Harry Patten // Robert Patton // Lisa & Matt Rose
Jimmy & Janie Shoppa //  Shoppa's Material Handling // Brian Sleeman // Michael Shellis 
Perry's Steakhouse // Richard Raley //  Taylor Made //Tortuga Vineyards
Dewayne & Chris Travelstead // Trulucks Southlake // Vaquero Club
John & Kathy Vassallo //  The Washington Group //  Jonas Woods-Woods Capital

Special thanks to:
Kay Armstrong // Bill Cassidy & Helen Hulse-EPI Kitchen // Tony Dawson
Five Star Media // Dailey Markham // Tommy Ehrenberg // Jonathon Won

Interested in partnering? To learn more about 
sponsoring an event of your own 
or October's ' Get in the Game' event at AT&T Stadium c
ontact or 817-912-0317 ext. 108

JCPenney employees find unique way to supply resources for families

JCPenney's employee-led resource community outreach team SERVE selected The Gatehouse for an employee service project in May.

Following a two-week donation drive, The Gatehouse received more than 900 items donated by JCPenney employees. The group also honored one of The Gatehouse moms selected through a drawing with a makeover from JCPenney Salon Services and Sephora. 

The generous resources will help provide apartment necessities for new Gatehouse members arriving this summer. Kudos to JCPenney employees - you are appreciated!

Each month one element of the Gatehouse Independent Life Program will be highlighted.
You'll learn more about the needs that traditionally hold women back from breaking free from crisis situations: safe housing, food, clothing, transportation, legal aid, career guidance, childcare, financial literacy, counseling and life skills training.

Have you ever stopped to consider how much more difficult your life would be if you didn't have a reliable car? 

Reliable transportation is one of the most important resources a Gatehouse woman needs to become self-supportive. 

While most women arrive at The Gatehouse with a car, often their car needs extensive repairs.  As new Members arrive, our local auto repair partner, DC Auto, will perform a thorough assessment on the Member's car and, based on their recommendation, The Gatehouse will assist the Member with repairs or the purchase of a reliable replacement used car. 

For Members temporarily without transportation, volunteers help take children to after-school activities or drive Members to appointments or interviews. 
How you can help: 
  • Give. Help with repairs, gas or car replacement costs. Connect us with auto dealers who would be passionate about locating or assisting with the purchase of reliable used cars. Contact for more information. 
Want to make an immediate impact? 

Top needs this month:

Premier Academy 
To donate online, click  here.
  • 2 more buses, $50,000 each to transport kids to/from schools and Premier Academy
  • School uniforms:
    • $50 purchases 2 shirts and 2 pants/shorts for 1 child
    • $150 purchases uniforms for a week for one child - even better for a working mom 
General Store food/supplies and Apartment setup 
Drop off donations from 9am-5pm Mon through Fri or give  here.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Gluten-free foods
  • Diapers size 4, 5 or 6
  • Children's Tylenol
  • Adult/child shampoo
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Baby room décor (lamps, wall hangings)
  • Kids/Teen room décor (posters, lamps, new bean bag chairs, bulletin boards)
  • Lamps for living rooms and bed rooms 
  • Solid color couch throw pillows (green, blue or orange)
Top volunteer needs this month:
Sign up on VolunteerHub or apply to become a volunteer  here
  • Student Enrichment Program:  help with weekly activities on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 5:45 to 7:15 pm
  • Cheer team: balloons, flowers and/or gifts for members and kids' birthdays and milestones
  • God Squad:  help set up apartments for new members
Thanks to new, continuing partners
Darrel Abby // Allstate //  Ann Taylor // Astellas Pharma, US //  Clete Browne 
Charles Schwab // Quin Childs // Carla & Keith Cochran 
Coppell United Methodist Women // Cynthia DaneshFar
Daughters of the American Revolution - Captain Molly Corbin Chapter //  Marty Davis 
Evolve Pro Solutions  //  Patricia Gresham //  Noelle Harnden
JCPenney employees //  Jim Kennedy // Bobbie Kristinik //  Charlotte Meyer
Dennis Prewett //  Roanoke Pharmacy // Lourdes Rahn // Southwest Airlines //  Al Springer
Jerry Talbot // Les Williams //  WinShape Camps // Melissa Yost
Childcare Academy Capital Campaign supporters
Elaine Agather // Judy & Paul Andrews // Paul E. Andrews, Jr. Foundation
Ash Grove Cement Company // Dan & Krista Borgen 
William and Catherine Bryce Memorial Trust // Katherine C. Carmody Charitable Trust
  Amon G. Carter Foundation // Charley's Concrete // Ron Chase
Circle 58 Women's Giving Group // Michael Coffey //  G96 Men // John & Nancy Fegan
Mark Fisher  //  Gradus //  Hubbard Family Foundation //  John & Marsha Kleinheinz 
Jim & Barbara Lentz //  The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation  Judi McQueary
The Miles Foundation //  Clifton H. Morris & Sheridan C. Morris Foundation
The Morris Foundation //    Paticum Foundation //  Patricia &  Randall  Ptaszinik
R4 Foundation //  The Rees-Jones Foundation //  Cheryl & David Redmon
Rhonda & Terry Redmon //  Michaela & Bryce Ruiz
The Thomas M., Helen McKee & John P. Ryan Foundation //  Alden Sandler
Christine & Jim Snead  //  Tabletops Southlake





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.