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Community Partners Come Together

Community Partners Come Together

One of our partners at the Serve Denton Center, Community Services, Inc. was recently asking herself "How can I better serve my clients who are in need of food?"

Community Services, Inc. is already partnering with community gardens in Denton and Hunt Counties to provide additional food for their clients.

Welcome Hannah to our Team

Hannah Rodriguez is joining our team for the Summer to help generate designs, construction documents, and presentation materials for a tiny house community in Denton. This project will not only benefit the chronically homeless in our city, but provide an affordable housing option for anyone. She will be working with a team of people and the city to generate zoning and coding variance proposals and getting plans approved for construction. Born in Virginia, Hannah has spent the last 13 years in the DFW area, where she currently attends the University of North Texas and studies interior design. Before UNT, she attended Southwestern AG University in Waxahachie, TX where she received an Associates of Arts in Bible.

Hannah heard about Serve Denton when she participated in a department-wide design charrette to help us transition our current facility into the framework of a shared colocation workspace. In search of an internship, she approached Serve Denton and found out about the tiny house project. She immediately knew it was a fit!

Hannah said, “I have followed the concept of tiny house living since it began as a grassroots movement several years ago. I was much more of a distant observer; however, until my brother wanted me to design him a tiny house as he was interested in living the kind of lifestyle tiny houses provide to their owners—a life unhindered by possessions and mortgages,” she continued, “I dove into the movement and construction methods at that point and it was only the beginning of my introduction to what a big change small spaces could make not just for my brother, but also for my community.”

Hannah is passionate about this project and believes the built environment can powerfully impact our mood and way of thinking. Hannah says, “Our mood impacts our view of life and the way in which we interact with others. And I believe that the manipulation of the built environment is just as key to community engagement as the stage set is to the theater.”

Excited to see the city through a different lens, Hannah is jumping right in! To contact her, please email hrodriguez@servedenton.org.

What is the “COLLABORATE” Art Piece?

A few weeks ago, Serve Denton set up a booth at Explorium Denton’s Touch-a-Truck event in order to organize a community-wide art project. When kids saw the hammers and drills, they came running! IMG_2419SWEAT Team, a ministry of Denton Bible Church, helped by cutting out pieces of wood to fit on one foot tall letters that spell out “COLLABORATE.” At the event, we set out each letter on a table, letting each kid pick a piece of wood that matched a section of one letter. They were then able to glue down their piece, hammer in two nails and sign their name!

Now, this is where the exciting part comes in:

The finished art piece will be displayed at the Serve Denton office as an encouragement to continue on the mission of Serve Denton, which is to support other nonprofits that open doors for people to become self-sufficient. Because we want the kids who participated at Touch-a-Truck to continue to be a part of the project, we are going to display the letters at The Wheeler House for our Social Media Day on Thursday, June 30. This day will be a giant summer party, celebrating the beautiful progress of The Wheeler House. As of March 2016, which has been open for one year.

IMG_2488Mothers and children caught in a housing crisis can find safety and support at The Wheeler House because of Giving Hope, INC. Others can visit Health Services of North Texas’ health clinic in the front of the building for convenient and quality health care.

For more information about our Social Media Day, please contact Serve Denton’s Communication Program Manager, Brooke Hawkins, at bhawkins@servedenton.org. You are ALL invited! Please help us spread the word.