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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.

Moms Moving Out

This past Christmas, two of the four moms staying at The Wheeler House moved out into permanent housing. This was the goal for Giving Hope INC., the organization that manages the housing portion of The Wheeler House. The Wheeler House provides transitional housing for single moms and their children in a housing crisis. The first mom to move out of The Wheeler House transitioned out in late October. Many of the moms now live in the same apartment complex, which gives them a sense of safety and support. Jamie Gutierrez, one of the moms who recently moved out of The Wheeler House with her three children said it felt like a family the first week everyone moved into The Wheeler House.

Jamie Gutierrez never had to spend a day on the streets because of The Wheeler House, which is one of the reasons she said, “For anyone that doesn't believe that God always finds a way! I lost all hope until I found the Wheeler House! Thank you Giving Hope and Serve Denton."

With the continued help from Giving Hope and our faithful Denton community, these moms will have a support system for the rest of their lives. For more information about The Wheeler House, please contact Serve Denton Executive Director Pat Smith at psmith@servedenton.org or Giving Hope, INC. Executive Director Dr. Alonzo Peterson GH CD at alonzopeterson@hopeincdenton.com.