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Weekly Reader November 8, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. The Dallas Connector Project will Provide Transportation for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

By: Austin Street

"The new Dallas Connector Project launched in October 2019 to provide free and regularly scheduled transportation to individuals experiencing homelessness. This project ensures that clients are able to easily access services to secure healthcare, employment, and housing.

In addition to a grant assistance from the City of Dallas, the Dallas Connector Project is a collaboration between CitySquare, Austin Street Center, Our Calling, The Stewpot/First Presbyterian Church-Dallas, and The Salvation Army. The project also has the support of The Bridge Homeless Outreach Center, and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.

“We are proud to be part of the Dallas Connector Project,” said Daniel Roby, CEO of Austin Street Center. “Lack of affordable public transportation is a long-standing problem for the homeless. Many commute by walking from one agency to another, often traveling five miles or more daily; however, this is especially challenging or impossible for those who are physically disabled, medically ill, or have mental health and/or cognitive issues. Reliable and free transportation will end people’s homelessness sooner, as they will be able to access services much faster.”

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2. Vice raid on last Dallas Design District massage parlor reaches Southlake’s popular Dragon House

By: Dallas Morning News

“This is significant — the biggest operation since reestablishing vice,” said Maj. Max Geron, who oversees DPD’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. We were standing inside Jade Spa, near a shrine containing a Buddha statue and sticks of incense. The place smelled vaguely of mold, probably from one of the shower rooms.

Vice cops have busted up about a dozen similar operations since the unit was reconstituted in January — usually in the northwest part of town, along Walnut Hill and Royal lanes near Harry Hines Boulevard, where the selling of sex is just one long-standing industry among many. The routine is now routine: Officers go in with warrants and come out with workers who live on the property."

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3. How this Nashville women’s recovery home blends business with bonding

By: PBS News Hour, John Yang

"Nashville’s Thistle Farms is no ordinary business — it’s a nonprofit staffed by women who have survived addiction, sexual abuse or trafficking. The organization’s two-year program offers participants housing, free therapy and medical care, as well as opportunities to work on its line of home and body products or in its adjoining cafe. John Yang reports on this sisterhood-based community."

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4. Uber Groundbreaking: Five Local Nonprofits Were Chosen for Uber’s New Community Impact Initiative

By: Dallas Innovates, Alex Edwards

"At the construction kick-off, Khosrowshahi said the new initiative will provide essentially free trips and financial support to local nonprofits. This ensures that the “lack of a ride” isn’t a factor for missing a doctor’s appointment or job interview.

73 Community Impact initiative grants will be given across the designated cities, which includes New York, Chicago, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. In Dallas, Khosrowshahi said Uber chose five nonprofits that had a positive impact on the community: the Human Rights initiative of North Texas, the Jubilee Park & Community Center, Empowering the Masses, Paul Quinn College, and The Family Place.

“We want to be a part of the communities in the cities that we live in. We want to be real partners and we want to have a presence in the cities that we live in,” Khosrowshahi said. “And that leads us to want to do more than just bring jobs. It leads us to want to participate in the communities in which we serve.”

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5. Stephanie Bohan: The Cost of Community Health

By: Dallas Doing Good, Liz Navarro

"The Agape Clinic is a nonprofit, charity medical and dental clinic that is funded entirely by independent donations, many from the patients themselves. It offers medical and dental care to absolutely anyone, regardless of zip code, access to insurance, citizenship, or income level. 

When Stephanie Bohan applied for the executive director job almost 10 years ago and asked Agape founder Dr. Barbara Baxter who her patients were, Dr. Baxter responded with a question: “When people asked Jesus to heal them, did he ask about their zip code?” 

Stephanie was intrigued. 

A decade later, this is the sentiment that still fuels Stephanie and the entire clinic. Through the waiting room doors and past the dog mural are medical rooms, staffers in scrubs, and the medical teams who attend to patients. A doorway leads to a room that looks like a pantry stacked with prescription medications. The Agape Clinic has a partnership with a Sam’s Club pharmacy so that it can offer affordable prescriptions to patients, many of whom are uninsured and would be otherwise unable to purchase necessary medication to manage chronic illnesses like diabetes."

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