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Three Nonprofits Sign Leases at the Serve Denton Center

Three Nonprofits Sign Leases at the Serve Denton Center

We are so excited to officially welcome Health Services of North Texas, Denton Community Food Center and Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County to the Serve Denton Center!

All three nonprofits signed long-term lease agreements this summer, which means construction on these projects will begin Fall 2018. They are projected to be finished by Spring 2019.

Nonprofit Centers & Why They Exist

Nonprofit Centers & Why They Exist

Serve Denton operates two nonprofit centers in Denton, TX, which provide low-cost space and collaborative opportunities to nonprofit agencies in the health and human services industry. We are not alone in our efforts, there are almost 400 known nonprofit centers in the U.S. and Canada! Together our sector occupies 13.75 million square feet, houses 28,000 employees and serves 99,000 people per week. The majority of the information and the studies below are from Nonprofit Centers Network. To find out more about them, click HERE.

Brookshire’s Named Business Partner of the Month!

Since our inception, Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy has been partnering with Serve Denton, providing major donations and becoming one of our top sponsors. This is why we named them our November Business Partner of the Month! They have continued to support our organization and events throughout the past few years, as well as occasionally providing food and drinks for our committee meetings and workshops. This past summer, Brookshire’s supported Denton County Young Professionals’ Sand Volleyball Tournament, which benefited Serve Denton and the Denton Community Food Center. Brookshire’s didn’t just financially support the event, but they joined us for the all-day tournament, providing cold bottles of water, pre-cut fruit and protein bars to all the participants.

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Brookshire’s not only plays a huge role in many of our events but also contributes through our gift card program, ScripZone. When Serve Denton supporters purchase Brookshire’s gift cards through ScripZone, Serve Denton receives a portion of the proceeds.

We have so much gratitude for their constant support and eagerness to get involved with our organization. Their support helps enable us to fulfill our mission to support other nonprofits that open doors for people to become self-sufficient. Brookshire’s has been a loyal contributor of Serve Denton, and we look forward to many more years of working with them.

Thank you Brookshire’s for being our partner in self-sufficiency and for your commitment to giving back!

For more information about partnering with Serve Denton in the future, please email info@servedenton.org or call 940-735-3234.

Our Aunt Bertha: No Ordinary Aunt

Aunt Bertha is Serve Denton’s special aunt that helps people find the care they need in difficult times. Aunt Bertha is the Aunt we all had growing up. She tells it like it is. She’s the first one to give you a high-five when you make the honor roll. She’s the friendly face that won’t judge you when you get in trouble. She’s who you call or visit during those times when you get real with yourself. You see, Aunt Bertha is not a real person but a company whose mission is to make human service program information more accessible to those in need in order to help more people reach self-sufficiency. Aunt Bertha picks up where Uncle Sam leaves off by making it easy to find food, health, housing and education programs based on need.

It began with a simple idea – that every person and family should have one place online where they can find help in a time of need – and they’ve been transforming the way social services information is organized and delivered ever since.  For people in need, Aunt Bertha is building the country’s most comprehensive online directory of social service organizations. By putting the information in their hands, they’re bringing dignity to the experience of finding help. And for organizations offering help, they are giving them tools and insights to deliver the right services to the right places and to do more with less.

She (Aunt Bertha) may not save the day – that’s up to you – but she can give you some perspective with a clear set of eyes and a full heart. – Founder, Erine Gray

By organizing the world’s human service program information, people can easily find out which programs they qualify for in a matter of seconds. Aunt Bertha also helps human service organizations administer programs better by offering easy-to-use web-based case management software.

Aunt Bertha is all about trying to help people understand options that are out there for people with low income. In the United States, there are 89,000 government organizations, over a million public charities and more than 300,000 congregations. Many of these organizations offer programs designed to help people with food, health, housing or education needs. But navigating through the information available can be intimidating – and all too often people give up and fall further into crisis.

Serve Denton is fortunate to have Aunt Bertha as one its strategic partners. They have helped us think through many issues and brought a capability to Denton County that few places have.

This June and July, they embedded some of their team with key nonprofits across Denton County to learn how to make Aunt Bertha easier to use for case workers and provide the functions those people wish they had. At the same time, they spent time with people called “seekers” who are searching for help.

They collected data during the monthly mobile food pantry and are using it to refine the system. All in the hopes of empowering everyone to find help when they need it and use their time efficiently rather than driving all over town asking for help and finding they need to go someplace else.

Serve Denton partnered with Aunt Bertha to create CAReS. It is the same database, just geared toward Denton County social services. Click on the button below to check out the website!

We look forward to continuing the collaboration and seeing Aunt Bertha grow in its use.

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Jessica O'Bannon's Life Changed

When the counselor at her children’s school told her about The Wheeler House, Jessica O’Bannon’s entire life changed. Jessica is a single mother of five children, and when she left her home in Mississippi to come to Denton, TX, she was looking for a better life for her and her children. But, when her expected living situation didn’t work out, Jessica was forced to prepare her family for a life on the streets.

Jessica called The Wheeler House every single day until she got accepted because she knew this was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. For Jessica and her family, The Wheeler House has been their clean slate. Throughout the last six months, her children have become more grounded in school, and Jessica has been able to pursue a diploma she has been working toward for ten years. “They have given us so much,” she said, “materialistic things, yes, but also their generosity, their love, kindness, their support…something I have not had in a very long time.”

Jessica and her family will be moving out of The Wheeler House at the beginning of July, and they are all very excited to start their new life in permanent housing. Jessica will be also be graduating in September 2016 with her diploma and plans to continue schooling to get her Associate degree so she can continue to provide for her family. “My five children are my motivation; they are the only motivation that I have because I am the only one that they have, so I have to keep going,” Jessica said.

Though Jessica and her family have experienced some roadblocks on their journey to a stable and healthy life, The Wheeler House has been an “amazing blessing” in allowing them to get settled in their new home of Denton, TX, and back up on their feet.