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For more than 50 years, The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services, and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities has been able to provide services and resources to North Texas families.  The Warren Center will be expanding its growing list of services to include Autism Assessment Services.

“Autism is much more common in today’s society than parents might think. 1 in 54 children has autism. Signs of autism tend to emerge when a child is between the ages of 2 and 3, though some children can present symptoms of autism as early as 1 year of age. Research has shown the earlier a child begins receiving needed services and therapies, the better.,” says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center.

“Unless a family can afford $3,000 - $4,000 out of pocket for an initial autism assessment, they potentially will have a 6-12 month wait just to get an appointment for that assessment. That time is critical to detect early signs of autism and affects treatment plans to address specific behaviors as early as possible. If we can shorten the wait time for that initial assessment appointment, a child can begin receiving life-changing treatment and therapies even earlier, which has a greater impact on their life.” she says.

Research has shown that early intervention can improve a child’s overall development. Children who receive autism-appropriate education and support at key developmental stages are more likely to gain essential social skills and react better in society. Essentially, early detection can provide an autistic child with the potential for a better life. Parents of autistic children can learn early on how to help their child improve mentally, emotionally, and physically throughout the developmental stages with assistance from specialists and organizations, according to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation.

“We plan to start offering these assessments as part of a pilot program in June for children ages 2-5, regardless of their location, and it is to those efforts that our Spring fundraising is focused,” says Leslie Clay, Vice President of Development at The Warren Center. “We estimate the startup costs for our Autism Assessment Program to be $267,000 for the first year.”

The Warren Center is currently asking for financial help from the community in this #growstrong initiative. For more information or to donate, visit:

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Uplift Education is excited to announce our 11th annual Senior Decision Day (formerly College Signing Day), which will honor 867 high school seniors in the class of 2021 on April 22 at 11:45 a.m. and Doors open at 11:00 a.m. at Globe Life Field, the new home of the Texas Rangers. Senior Decision Day is the opportunity for our soon-to-be graduates to announce to family, friends, and classmates their college and career plans.  This high energy event is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and focus for Uplift students, and a tradition that is looked forward to by underclassmen. 

100% of Uplift graduates are accepted to college and nearly 90% matriculate to college each year.  Uplift graduates also earn college degrees at a rate of 4X the national average for low-income students (80% of Uplift graduates are low income).  While Uplift believes that college success is possible for all its graduates, the network also helps build sustainable futures for those graduates who choose not to go to college, through pathways to trade schools and licensure programs.  Whether their future is college, career, or military service, the Senior Decision Day event celebrates all those bright futures.

While traditionally attended by over 6,000 people, this year’s event will be pared down to accommodate social distancing.  Families of our seniors and Uplift staff and partners will attend along with 8th grade students with their families from across the network.   “8th grade is a critical year for our students as they prepare to transition into high school,” said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia. “We want our 8th graders to experience the excitement of the event and picture themselves crossing that stage one day as seniors.”

” We are incredibly proud of the way this year’s senior class is maintaining their academic goals, “Bhatia continued, “often while working to help support their family. They have also shown amazing creativity and enthusiasm as they have built new traditions and memories for their senior year during a pandemic. We want them to celebrate and to be celebrated by their families, friends and the educators who helped get them there.  The class of 2021 is proof that college is a possibility for any student, regardless of their zip code.

We encourage the community to watch via livestream and post to social media using the hashtag #UpliftSDD to support our seniors. While we all adapt to this “new normal”, we are confident that NOTHING has changed for our seniors as they prepare for their future.  They are equipped with solid, globally-focused academic knowledge, key critical thinking skills, and strong leadership abilities.

This crisis has created a critical void across Dallas/FW’s most underserved and challenged communities. Schools play a vital role in every neighborhood and are often the source of stability in a young person’s life, providing education, meals, and a place to stay safe. These students have worked incredibly hard for this and there is no way we can let that go unrecognized.


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A significant concern for many divorcing couples is how their assets will be divided fairly amongst each partner. Coupled with the emotions of ending their marriage and the responsibilities of finding solutions to their child custody and child support issues, they are also worried about how to split up assets equally. 

In Texas, you are not subject to equitable distribution law as in other states. Each spouse is entitled to community property. However, with the guidance of an experienced legal team and a little preparation, it is possible to protect assets for equal distribution. The attorneys at Balekian Hayes, PLLC, have tapped into their many years of experience practicing family law in North Texas to offer tips that will help people protect assets during a divorce. 

Step 1: Start by examining current assets that may be affected by a divorce. 

Examples of martial property or what is known in Texas as community property that can be divided during divorce include bank accounts investment accounts, retirement accounts, real estate, vehicles, high-value items such as furniture, electronics and other household items, complex assets, businesses and intellectual property.

Step 2: Determine if the property is separate or marital. 

Assets need to be distributed fairly to each spouse. It is essential to begin with determining which property is marital and which is separate. Whether or not something is marital or separate property is decided at the time the asset is acquired. Community property is generally divided between spouses, while any separate property remains with its specific spouse.

Examples of separate property include any property owned by one spouse before marriage, an inheritance received by one partner, gifts from third parties to one partner, and payment received from a personal injury lawsuit. 

Marital assets will generally be divided equally between partners. The court will often consider many factors in determining how they will be divided, including the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, age, physical and emotional health of each spouse, earning potential and income of each spouse, income or property brought into the marriage by each spouse, the financial situation of each spouse after divorce, financial needs of custodial parents to care for children.

Step 3: Gather records and document items.

Begin gathering records for all jointly held accounts, properties and assets. Documentation is essential to determine your fair share of assets and can help prevent your spouse from hiding any assets. It is necessary to make copies of all tax returns, loan applications, wills, trusts, financial statements, banking information, brokerage statements, loan documents, credit card statements, deeds to real property, car registrations, insurance inventories and insurance policies. Don’t forget to make copies of records that can also trace and verify your separate property, such as an inheritance or family gifts.

Create an inventory of household goods and their value, including household electronics like TVs, computers, and big items like your furniture. Values can be documented with receipts to show how much was paid for an item or by using an appraiser.

Step 4: Consult with an attorney.

If you and your spouse are having difficulty arriving at a fair agreement, you need help from a qualified family lawyer. Many couples have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement in place, in which they have decided ahead of time how to divide their community property. This can make things much easier during divorce, but sometimes a prenup or postnup can be disputed.

Led by Kris Balekian Hayes, the family law attorneys of Balekian Hayes PLLC are dedicated to fighting for their clients and their clients’ children. From contested divorces, to child possession disputes, to out-of-court mediation and arbitration proceedings, the firm provides the knowledge and expertise needed to help people during what can be one of the most stressful times in their lives. Kris Balekian Hayes is one of 37 lawyers in Texas that are board certified in both family law and child welfare and she also brings a Master of Business Administration to the equation to assist with high net-worth divorces and business preservation. To learn more about Balekian Hayes,

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Research has proven that nearly 90 percent of the brain is developed by age five and the first 1,000 days (or by age three) are a vital time to invest in a child's development growth. Experts from The Harvard Center on the Developing Child confirm there is no other time in a human's life when the brain will develop with such speed or intricacy. Brain development from birth to age five will determine how children grow, learn and interact with others for the rest of their lives. For this reason, it is vital for all caregivers of young children to understand the critical role they play in providing high-quality early learning experiences.

Recognizing the impact of childhood development from birth to age five, the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC) first named April the Month of the Young Child in 1971. Other state chapters soon followed suit, resulting in communities across the nation celebrating this observance through meaningful activities over the past 50 years.

In support of early childhood development, the Month of the Young Child features a special calendar of activities for parents, schools and children. Structured on a weekly basis, this calendar focuses explicitly on nurturing and advocating for children during these critical years. Each weekly guide is designed to be easy for parents to implement fun learning activities to help their children grow and learn.

Week 1: Physical Development

This week of observance focuses on physical development. Suggested activities include increasing physical activity through exercise and play, making nutritious and tasty meals, having a recommended car seat, and following healthy sleep practices. It is also essential to monitor the child in reaching certain milestones, including physical balance and coordination, strength and endurance, and attention and alertness. Experts recommend developing these skills through fun outdoor activities, April brings warm enough weather that parents will want to get the whole family involved.

Week 2: Social and Emotional Development

The following week of observance encourages the child's direct involvement in social and emotional development. Suggested activities include encouraging the child to express feelings through words, drawing, or other forms of art. Experts encourage parents to recognize the child's effort through open praise, feedback, and acknowledgment. Making a point to offer choices, even in the smallest of areas, can raise a child's sense of agency and interpersonal development expression.

Week 3: Cognitive Development

The third week of observance emphasizes cognitive development. Recommended activities include recognizing visual patterns, practicing problem-solving, and identifying words, letters, and numbers. Parents can also allow their children to create open-ended projects using recognizable colors, tools, and shapes.

Week 4: Language and Literacy Skills Development

The final week of observance focuses on empowering children with communication skills. Recommended activities include reading aloud, singing, and learning new nursery rhymes and finger-plays.

Recognizing the results-driven success of the Month of the Young Child, the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) expanded upon the idea and officially recognized the final week of April as the Week of the Young Child (WOYC). If parents choose to follow this model, suggested activities include the following:

Musical Monday:

Encourage a child's joyful expression while potentially increasing aptitude for math, language, and literacy. Singing, dancing, and playing small instruments help with brain development, increasing recognition of patterns and rhythm, and improves coordination.

Tasty Tuesday:

Use this day to make child-friendly recipes together. Counting and mixing ingredients teach children about math, science, nutrition, and healthy eating habits. Cooking with colorful seasonal foods can also encourage the recognition of standard rainbow colors.

Work-Together Wednesday:

Encourage social and interpersonal skills by building something together. Examples include creating a fort, igloo, or clubhouse together.

Tactile Thursday:

Strengthen cognitive development and hand-eye coordination through a tactile art project. Suggestions include paper mâché or finger painting.

Family Friday:

Take pictures together and share family stories to help the child feel secure in the family unit.

In support of the Month of the Young Child, the Warren Center (TWC) contributes to the future of young children by offering a host of programs and services. For example, TWC's Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) programs provide targeted therapy for children ages birth to three years. These services include therapy in communication, motor skills, and sensory processing. Similarly, TWC's Clinical Therapy Services program provides comprehensive evaluation and therapy for children ages three to five years old. The Family Education and Support (FES) has a full range of workshops and support meetings that can help you make the most of the Month of the Young Child.

The Month of the Young Child is a registered service mark of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC). The Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a registered service mark of the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 1,000 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marked The Warren Center’s 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Soulman’s Bar-B-Que introduced the world to the award-winning SoulBowl more than six years ago. It has since become the inspiration for the most innovative meal combinations in Soulman's Bar-B-Que history.  Beginning April 1st, North Texans will be able to order not only the SoulBowl, but the crowd-favorite Frontier Fries, who are making their debut as a permanent menu item.  Customers can also enjoy The Rambler and The Tyler, both bowl combinations that are brand new to the Soulman's family. Not to be outdone, Soulman's customers can choose their culinary destiny with the new Build Your Own Bowl option available at all 18 North Texas Soulman's Bar-B-Que locations.  

Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman's Bar-B-Que, says, "Soulman's Bar-B-Que has always been the place to find hundreds of mouthwatering and delicious combinations. We are here to listen to our customers and their tastebuds. The crowd has spoken, and more bowls are on the menu!"

The Soul Bowl is made with a base of FRITOS® Corn Chips and topped with home-made pinto beans, cheddar cheese, pulled pork, smoked sausage and bar-b-que sauce. Guests can add more Soul to their Bowl by adding Jalapeno peppers, Banana peppers, or Soulman's version of Pico de Gallo.

Frontier Fries are made with hand-cut potato fries, juicy hickory-smoked pulled pork, heaps of cheddar cheese, and the rich taste of Soulman's own signature bar-b-que ranch. 

The Rambler is a delicious combination of spicy potatoes, Texas-style cream corn, shredded cheese, pulled pork, diced hot links and Soulman's original bar-b-que sauce.

The Tyler takes it to a new level with French fries, mac n'cheese, shredded cheese, bacon bits, diced ham and diced Soulman's sausage. The Tyler can be kicked up when served with Soulman's own signature bar-b-que ranch.

Build Your Own Bowl

1. Choose up to two veggies. Soulman's veggie choices include mashed potatoes, spicy potatoes, fried okra, mac & cheese, potato salad, french fries, green beans, coleslaw, fried cabbage, pinto beans, ranch house beans and Texas-style creamed corn. 

2. Choose up to two boneless meats. Soulman's meat choices include brisket, turkey, sausage, pulled pork, ham and hot links. 

3. Choose the fixin's (butter, sour cream, shredded cheese, bacon bits).

4. Choose a sauce (original, spicy or bar-b-que ranch).

Soulman's Bar-B-Que Bowls are priced at $10.79 except Frontier Fries, which are $9.49.

For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery (2020).


Soulman’s currently owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in AllenCedar HillForneyGarlandGreenvilleHurstLancasterLewisville, Mansfield, MesquiteQuinlanRed OakRockwall I-30Rockwall Goliad,Royse City,  Sulphur SpringsTerrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at or on Facebook at

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Justin Whiddon has been selected to the prestigious 2021 Texas Rising Stars list by Texas Super Lawyers. Each year, fewer than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state of Texas are selected by the distinguished research team at Thomson Reuters to receive this honor. 

“Justin is a remarkable attorney, who is dedicated to fighting for his clients and their children,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, president of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “His dedication to our clients and core values coupled with his unmatched expertise is evidence that he is a bright star in the uber competitive family law field.” 

Whiddon began his career at Balekian Hayes in 2016 as an associate attorney. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his Doctor of Law degree at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (Texas A&M University School of Law). Today he serves as a partner at Balekian Hayes, PLLC. 

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. 

The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. For more information about Super Lawyers, visit 

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities, is proud to announce the slate of board members who will serve the organization in 2021.

Jeni Garrett

Jeni is the current Vice President of Sirius Plumbing & Air Conditioning, a residential service company. Since 2010, her focus has been on the day-to-day operations, including accounts receivables, team member services, customer satisfaction, and employee training. Before her role at Sirius, she was an apparel sales executive and merchandiser in the golf industry for Polo Golf, followed most recently by promotional products sales with Memphis-based Zebra Marketing. Through the use of promotional products, she ensured that her clients were able to reach their target audiences, reward employee achievements, and increase brand awareness. Creative thinking and a passion for client satisfaction were driving forces as a member of the Zebra Marketing team of account managers. Jeni is a sixth-generation Texan and a graduate of The University of North Texas, where she majored in Speech-Language Pathology. She currently lives in Plano, Texas, with her husband Brent. They have two adult children, Kendall and Jack. In her spare time, you'll find her on the tennis court or as a volunteer puppy raiser with Canine Companions for Independence.

Melissa Keeling 

Melissa Keeling is a Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Market Manager, leading one of Bank of Texas' largest lines of business in Dallas. She and her team serve owner-managed companies and nonprofits with $5 million to $75 million in revenue. An 18-year banking veteran, Keeling joined Bank of Texas in 2008 as an Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager. She was promoted in 2009 to Vice President and to Senior Vice President in 2015. She served as a Market Team Lead until 2018, when she was promoted to her current role as Commercial Banking Market Manager. Before joining Bank of Texas, Keeling was a Relationship Manager for two years at Silicon Valley Bank and an underwriter at Guaranty Bank, both located in Dallas. Actively involved in the community, Keeling is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for The Warren Center. Before joining the Board of Directors, Keeling was a member of the Governance Committee, in which she continues to serve. She has also been involved with the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas as a volunteer and Community Impact Grant Panel member was a volunteer and Treasurer for Take Me Home Pet Rescue and has served in various roles with the Women's Finance Exchange, including Consulting Director, President and a Board Member. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.

Kim Meyers

Kim is currently serving St. Andrew United Methodist Church Plano since January 2013. She graduated from SMU's Perkins School of Theology with a master's in ministry. She is an Ordained Pastor, Deacon Order, in the United Methodist Church. Before serving this role, Kim served at Cross Way United Methodist as Ministry Coordinator. In this role, Kim was responsible for overseeing the new church's entire education ministry, including nursery, children, and youth ministries. Before accepting the position at Cross Way, Kim was the Director of Rainbow Corner, the extensive and successful pre-school program at Grace Avenue. As Director, Kim was responsible for classroom management, teacher recruitment, development, curriculum, managing the annual budget process, overseeing staff, and communicating with parents. Before working in Christian education, Kim taught elementary school in Richardson, Plano, and Frisco. Kim is married to Dan, and they have two sons: Cody and Dylan.

Jessica Narvarez

Ms. Narvaez currently serves as Chief Diversity Officer for Pinnacle Group, a global workforce solutions provider. In her role, Narvaez is responsible for identifying, maintaining, and supporting diverse suppliers within Pinnacle's network. She exchanges best practices with other CDOs, including Pinnacle Group's customers. Narvaez is also responsible for maintaining Pinnacle's annual diversity certifications, compliance with regulations, diversity reporting, and internal communications to Pinnacle's employee and contractor base. Narvaez joined Pinnacle in 1997 and remains the firm's longest-serving executive. During that time, she has been integral to Pinnacle Group's rapid growth and expansion.  Today, Pinnacle Group is one of the largest and most respected workforce solutions providers nationwide, with more than 70 national and local awards over the past decade.  The company has been recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the fastest-growing firms in its industry, twice recognized as National Supplier of the Year by the National Minority Business Development Council, and twice recognized as the fastest-growing woman-owned/woman-led business in the U.S. by the Women Presidents' Organization. Pinnacle has additionally been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies for nine consecutive years. Before her current role, Narvaez served as Vice President of Human Resources. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing employee and contractor relations for Pinnacle employees, suppliers and clientele. Narvaez is committed to numerous corporate volunteer and charitable efforts, serving on several planning committees for local entities and fundraising for children with special needs. The Women's Business Enterprise Council recognized Narvaez with its Applause award - their highest honor for advancing female entrepreneurship. She was also named Advocate of the Year by Women of Vision International, an organization focused on advancing and mentoring female executives. Narvaez is a graduate of the Tuck Executive Education Program at Dartmouth and a former board member of the Dallas Hispanic 100.


Tanya Rodgers 

Dr. Tanya Reddick Rodgers is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive general, pediatric and cosmetic dermatology and dermatological surgery training. A native of Illinois, she is a graduate of Northwestern University, Chicago and earned her Doctorate of Medicine at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. She completed her residency training at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI, where she served as an integral part of the Multicultural Skin of Color Clinic designed to meet the unique skincare needs of all of those with skin of color, including the African American, Asian, Latino, and Middle-Eastern communities. She is a published author in peer-reviewed journals and a dermatology treatment textbook and is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Dr. Rodgers resides in Dallas and enjoys spending time with her two sons, travel, and physical fitness. She finds great pleasure in caring for patients of all ages and ethnicities and is committed to incorporating both medical expertise and patient education in her practice. She is a member of Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD) since 2006, Diplomate American Board of Dermatology, Texas Medical Association, and American Medical Association.


Todd Steudtner

Todd graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1988, then joined Texas Instruments (TI) as a Facilities Engineer in Dallas. Currently, Todd is the Engineering and Maintenance Manager overseeing all of TI's High Voltage Electrical systems. Todd has lived in the Dallas area since 1967. He and his wife of 32 years, Michelle, reside in Plano, Texas. Todd and Michelle have 2 daughters. Lindsay graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2019 and now works for IBB in Frisco. Abby is a Junior studying Architecture at Texas A&M.  Todd enjoys playing golf and renovating houses in his spare time.


Sandee Treptow

Sandee is going on her 16th year in the Energy Industry as the Business Affairs and Community Marketing Manager for Reliant, an NRG company. She is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with over 25 Chambers and Trade Associations in North Texas as well as directing Reliant to local Charities and partnering with organizations to support the community in need. Currently, she sits on the Board of the Arlington, Metrocrest, North Dallas and Richardson Chambers, and The Warren Center. Sandee is proud to work for a company that supports the communities in which they serve. She is often the team lead and coordinates the local volunteer events for Reliant when working with Charities such as Operation Kindness, Metrocrest Services, Minnie's Food Pantry, The Warren Center, Collin County Children's Advocacy Center and CASA of Collin County, to name a few. Personally, she has been a Foster Parent and a "BIG" for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Being a Foster Parent may be the hardest thing she has ever done, but the most rewarding. The biggest reward was the adoption of her daughter. Sandee is the proud Mom of a teenage girl who challenges her every day. Their goal is to visit all 50 states together. She loves traveling with her Bunco Gals. She also volunteers at her church working in the Children's Ministry.


The Warren Center is a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities. The center serves over 900 children each week as well as their families. Services include speech, occupational and physical therapy; developmental services; and nutrition as well as family education and support. The Early Childhood Intervention Program serves the entire northern half of Dallas County in 48 ZIP codes. Founded in 1968, 2018 marks The Warren Center's 50th anniversary. For more information, please visit or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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 With the monumental spike in rescue pet adoptions and foster applications during the pandemic, many people became first-time pet rescue owners and realized the unique nature of adjustment with rescue pets.

“Rescue and shelter dogs tend to have past traumas that can frequently lead to behavioral problems,” says Licensed Veterinarian, Dr. Amanda Cairncross.  “CBD, calming and training a new four-legged family member can make the transition easier for everyone as the rescue pet adjusts and thrives in their new home.”

“Rescue pet owners have reported benefits from CBD (hemp) as part of the introduction into a new home environment and to combat stress and anxiety,” says Walter Stock, CEO of Pet Healthy Hemp, Inc., based in Dallas, Texas. “Hemp Sprinkles are an elevated food topper for rescue pets who are food-motivated and would benefit from the calming relief of hemp. Often we find that the greater sense of calm leads to a more centered and friendly demeanor of rescue pets.”

Anxiety is one of the most common behavioral issues with rescue pets. This can lead to aggression towards people and pets, destructive physical behavior, poor social skills and fear.  According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, dog anxiety can have a variety of causes. Two of the most common causes of dog anxiety are fear-related and separation anxiety.

The American Kennel Club says:

  • Fear-related anxiety can be caused by loud noises, strange people or animals, visual stimuli like hats or umbrellas, new or strange environments, specific situations — like the vet’s office or car rides — or surfaces like grass or wood floors. Although some dogs may only have brief reactions to these kinds of stimuli, they may affect anxious dogs more consequentially.
  • Separation anxiety is estimated to affect around 14 percent of dogs. Dogs with separation anxiety are unable to find comfort when they are left alone or separated from their family members. This anxiety often manifests itself in undesirable behaviors, such as urinating and defecating in the house, destroying furniture and furnishings, and barking.

Stock says, “It is our hope that all rescue pets feel at home as quickly and easily as possible as they embark on a new life with their new families.”

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Easter is a time for feasting and families everywhere are looking to celebrate the arrival of spring without the fuss.  As a family-owned company for more than 40 years, Soulman’s knows that keeping meals easy and delicious affords more time to create long-lasting memories and traditions with loved ones. 

Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, says “Soulman’s Bar-B-Que is firmly rooted in Great BBQ, Great Service and Great God. This Easter, our 18 North Texas locations are here to provide hassle-free homestyle meals for families to enjoy at their own table. We also are offering add-ons for families who want to customize their Easter meal.”

Soulman’s is offering a classic Easter feast including: 2 pounds of hickory smoked sliced ham, paired with Soulman’s signature sides including homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls, bar-b-que sauce and an entire pecan pie. The Soulman’s Easter Dinner costs $45.99 and feeds 4-6 people. Add-ons including additional meat, sides, desserts and drinks are available to order online with the Easter meal. All meals will be cold when picked up with reheating instructions. To order, click HERE. Meals can be picked up on Friday, April 2 and Saturday April 3 as all 18 Soulman’s locations will be closed on Sunday, April 4 in observance of Easter. 

For more than 45 years, Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has satisfied the hardest to please bar-b-que lovers….Texans!  Founded in Pleasant Grove, Texas in 1974, Soulman’s had only a few simple goals—serve great Texas-style BBQ and offer friendly, sincere service.  Soulman’s original family recipes are still the foundation for the company’s success from their 8 different types of meat that are smoked “low & slow” over only hickory wood to their famous homemade sides, including Ranch house beans and Texas style cream corn! Throughout the years, this family-owned and operated company has remained true to its original strive for success and customer satisfaction and is honored to be considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America (2018) and Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout  & Delivery(2020).

Soulman’s currently owns and operates 18 North and East Texas locations in AllenCedar HillForneyGarlandGreenvilleHurstLancasterLewisville, Mansfield, MesquiteQuinlanRed OakRockwall I-30Rockwall Goliad,Royse City,  Sulphur SpringsTerrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at or on Facebook at

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As Uplift Education continues to focus on the social-emotional health of our students, we are excited to share that our Student Support Services department is now offering an in-house family therapy program. Staffed by licensed mental health professionals, services will initially be provided through teletherapy due to the pandemic and eventually onsite at our schools, which Uplift hopes will help families feel comfortable and safe accessing care.


At Uplift Education, we believe that mental health care and mental health education is a vital component of the overall educational process. We know that for students to reach their highest potential, they need both strong academic readiness and strong social and emotional health and acknowledge that students develop at an individual rate emotionally, socially, and academically. Uplift strives to create environments that are emotionally safe for all students and staff.


The aim of the Family Therapy program is to help address student issues such as attendance, academic achievement, and discipline at the family level. The Family Therapy program addresses the individual and systemic needs of Uplift scholars while keeping student developmental growth in mind as a framework. The program is offered as a free service to Uplift families and serves students and their families from kindergarten through their twelfth-grade year of high school. We are proud to offer this in-house service that will increase access for our families by dramatically reducing wait times, often months or years, that are encountered with other free and low-cost therapy programs.


Our two new family therapists are Dr. Maja Popovic, PhD, LPC-S and Sonia Duque-Miyashita, LPC-S, RPT-S, LCDC. These two new staff members will split coverage of our 43 schools in order to manage a year-round caseload of referrals from our school-based Social/Behavioral Counselors and will offer therapy sessions in both English and Spanish. Of particular significance, the family therapists will work flexible, evening hours as needed, and even meet at locations near a family’s home, if necessary, to accommodate families who work during the day and ensure equitable access to services.


We believe that this program will change the lives of Uplift families and achieve long term, widespread results across our network, including fewer discipline suspensions, higher academic achievement, more stable student attendance, and higher teacher retention. Our hope is that through this deeper level of involvement and whole-family strategy, our students will thrive and move forward with more confidence.


The vital Family Therapy program is made possible through a generous grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation. Founded in 2006 by Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones, The Rees-Jones Foundation works with nonprofit organizations, primarily in North Texas, to serve others and improve their quality of life in tangible ways.