From the December 18th, 2015 edition ofCoServ
Every dollar donated to Journey to Dream to help homeless youth before Dec. 31, 2015, counts twice.
A private donor has agreed to match donations up to $500,000 to help the organization reach its $1.3 million goal to build Kyle’s Place, a safe haven for homeless youth.
A $10,590 donation through the CoServ Charitable Foundation is a big help, says Kristen Richards, Development Director for Journey to Dream.
Some of the CCF funds – collected via Operation Roundup® - helped pay for the Dream Express where families of teens in need were able to stop by the First United Methodist Church in Lewisville and pick out items for their families. The families, including about 180 youngsters, were recommended by school counselors for a little holiday assistance.
In addition, 10 teens were paired with police officers from The Colony and Lewisville where they rode in squad cars to a Target and shopped for holiday gifts. Each student was able to pick up $125 in gifts.
Journey to Dream also provides job skills training and mentoring opportunities for students experiencing homelessness within the Lewisville School District. The program provides clothing for graduation, meals, groceries, minor car repairs and teen travel totes filled with nonperishable snacks, water and toiletries. Journey to Dream is assisting students at two high schools in the Lewisville ISD.
Officials hope to open Kyle’s Place (shown in the artist's rendering above) by the summer of 2016. The facility is coming at a time when an estimated 400 teens are homeless every night across Denton County.