Café Momentum founder Chad Houser breaks down barriers by hiring youth ages 15–19 after their release from juvenile detention. We caught up with Houser to talk about the program’s success and a new project in the works as he continues to change lives, one meal at a time.
Inspired by their mutual interest in breaking down Dallas County’s school-to-prison pipeline, the Honorable Judges Stephanie Mitchell, Lisa Green, Shequitta Kelly and Amber Givens-Davis formed Pipeline to Possibilities, an empowerment program aimed at the city’s most vulnerable teens. Since its inception in 2016, Pipeline to Possibilities has guided approximately 300 at-risk youth in Dallas County toward a path to a better future.
Collin County’s Ruth Thompson is the founder and owner of Hugs Cafe, which employs individuals with disabilities, providing them not only with training and employment but a sense of community, pride and self-worth.
Dr. Samira Page shares her journey from being an Irani refugee in Texas to founder of Gateway of Grace, a local charity that assimilates and empowers refugees by providing education, housing, empathy and understanding.
Katherine and Isabelle Adams are two Dallas sisters with heart. Upon discovering six years ago that millions of people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water, they created Paper For Water, selling their gorgeous, one-of-a-kind origami pieces and using the proceeds to install clean water systems both here in the U.S. and abroad. We sat down with Katherine, 11, and Isabelle, 14, to learn more about Paper For Water and what’s next for the nonprofit in 2018.
Despite a thriving local economy, the number of homeless families and children in North Texas continues to rise. And they’re not all panhandling—they’re at work, at school and on the playground, going unnoticed and, sometimes, unhelped.