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Weekly Reader May 10, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

1. Linda Swartz: Foster Kid Turned Advocate

By: Dallas Doing Good, Hunter Lacey

"Linda Swartz grew up in south Georgia, eventually making her way to Dallas, Texas 20 years ago. She is passionate about making an impact on the lives of kids in the foster care system because she understands their experience on a deeply personal level. Linda was a foster kid herself."

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2. Post- Seperation Power and Control

By: Genesis Womens Shelter

"For many survivors of domestic violence, the feeling of relief after separating or divorcing an abusive partner doesn’t last long. After separation, the abuser often starts to escalate as a result of having less control over his partner. If an abuser feels like his partner is getting stronger after separation, the abuser will frequently go to great measures to try to exert power and control over her."

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3. Pearl #8: Start with the End in Mind

By: The Women's Bean Project

"Developing a clear picture of what success looked like; i.e., starting with the end in mind, meant we had to get clear on what we want like the world to look like if we are wildly successful and able to serve every woman who needs us. To me it meant not only that we get clear on what each woman has accomplished, but also included an even longer term goal. I wanted to ensure (and still do!) that the services we provide are so effective and far-reaching that each woman we serve is the last in her family to need us. That vision, to be unnecessary in the future to the daughters of the women we serve today is the “end” I have in mind every day when I go to work at the Bean Project."

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4. Brookes Collective: Sisters Choose Beauty with Fair Trade Fashion

By: Dallas Doing Good, Liz Navarro

"That big vision includes the goal of transforming our systems, culture, and conversations around fashion. Brookes Collective is working to not only create sustainable, fair trade wardrobes, but also to educate consumers to be mindful of where their clothes come from and where they end up.

The small details needed to produce a clothing brand accumulate quickly. Kate and Kimberly needed to figure out design, materials, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing. And, they needed to figure out how to do it in a way that was true to their mission of creating beautiful clothing while treated their artisans with dignity and respect."

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5. Meet the founder who’s creating warm coats – and big opportunities – for Detroit’s homeless

By: The Guardian

"Scott set out to deepen her understanding of what might help the local homeless population and found herself at a nearby warming center, where individuals living on the streets could go to escape the bone-chilling Michigan winters. It’s where she first conceived the idea for the EMPWR coat – and where she gained the aforementioned nickname. Designed to withstand brutally cold temperatures, the insulated hybrid jacket is not only durable and water-resistant, it transforms into a sleeping bag, too. When not in use, the garment rolls up neatly into an over-the-shoulder bag for easy transport.

Scott had been testing prototype coats at the same warming center for several months, long after the class project had ended, when one of the regulars there confronted her angrily. She recalls the woman snapping, “Look, what you’re doing is pointless. I don’t need a jacket – I need a job!” The encounter opened the college student’s eyes to the bigger picture.

“When she said that, I was like, you’re absolutely right,” Scott says. “The coat on its own serves an immediate need. But what would really have the impact is hiring the people who would need it in the first place. And that was kind of the first step.”

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6. Dallas says yes to a new home for a critical homeless shelter and no to the politics of cynicism

By: Dallas Morning News

"There is a lot to celebrate about this project. It will house over 600 beds, including more than 300 beds of transitional housing; 150 beds in a substance abuse treatment facility; 150 beds for emergency shelter; and 100 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans and those over 55 years of age. There also will be child care services, vocational training and a medical clinic.

Potentially, the Salvation Army’s initiative is a big leap forward in the city’s plan to develop permanent supportive housing units for about 1,000 of Dallas' homeless over the next three to five years, a critical effort to help the homeless  return to a more stable life."

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