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Weekly Reader October 4, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

1. Roselle Tenorio: Full Circle Giving

By: Dallas Doing Good, Rochelle Dunbar

"Roselle grew up in a very low income neighborhood where she always volunteered. It was family tradition for her. In high school she started a Venturing crew through the Boy Scouts of America, focused on student mentoring and volunteer opportunities. Roselle was awarded a scholarship from a nonprofit to go on to college, where she studied Sociology and Gender studies.  “Once I got to college,” she said “I realized, I can do this as a career too. I can give back in the same way that has been given to me while growing up.” It was then she started to look into how to build a career out of nonprofit work. “But that was something that my family didn’t know about.” she said. “My dad printed shirts and my mom was a bookkeeper.”  Roselle’s grant writing began in her senior year of college during the season she volunteered at a community action center. Her very first grant targeted a need for a food pantry in an area where transportation was difficult. It won approval, and the funding that followed launched Roselle’s success. "

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2. New coffee shop serving more than a good cup of joe: Godley Grind employs foster children

By: WFAA, Sean Giggy

"As foster parents, Deahl and Patti have taken in more than 80 children over the years. They’ve even adopted 18 of them.

Their daughter, Hallie, was one of the first.

“I have no idea where I’d be [without them], and I really don’t even want to know,” Hallie said.

Many of the kids Patti and Deahl have fostered have never had a stable home. Because of that, they’re often emotionally far behind their peers.

“They have PTSD, they have anxiety attacks, so any pressure on them is going to be too much,” Patti said.

That can make it hard for many of them to hold down a job, which is why Patti and Deahl opened the coffee shop.

Almost every employee at the Godley Grind has been through the foster system. Patti and Deahl say most employers aren’t even willing to give these kids a shot."

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3. How Prison Steals Wealth From Future Generations

By: KERA News, Courtney Collins

"When people go to prison, income dries up and earning potential rockets backward.

And when you mix incarceration with America's legacy of systemic racism, an ex-offender's ability to hand off wealth to the next generation is an even heavier struggle.

When Marc went to prison, he couldn't pay his mortgage, so he lost eight years of equity in his home. His $20,000 in savings were drained by legal fees. Those assets would have one day gone to his kids and grandkids.

"It's kind of a depressing feeling to be honest with you," Marc said. "Just knowing everything that I'm supposed to do for them, and the things that I should be doing for them."

Before his conviction, when he was making close to $90,000 as a nurse, Marc would also have been able to help India with day-to-day expenses. That's something he thinks about a lot, especially as India plans to attend nursing school, herself."

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4.Can You See Me? campaign launches in Austin to show modern-day forms of slavery

By: KXAN Russel Falcon

"On Friday, Governor Greg Abbott’s Child Sex Traficking Team will launch its Can You See Me? campaign, which will include a series of billboards placed across Texas that depict images of the most common forms of modern slavery.

The trafficking team, in partnership with A21 and the Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas, designed the campaign to help the public recognize indicators of trafficking and learn how to report it. The billboards will appear in at least 70 markets statewide, Abbott’s Office says."

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