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The Warren Center invited donors and friends of the nonprofit to celebrate Month of the Young Child at a cocktail reception hosted at Park City Club on Thursday, April 28. Guests had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Mary Ann Morris, neurologist at Children’s Medical Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities speak at the event which was underwritten by Bank of Texas.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism Spectrum Disorder affects roughly 1 in 44 children across the United States. In the state of Texas alone, at least 250,000 individuals have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to the Texas Autism Council. Autism is the fastest-growing disability in the state — and as the disability grows — so does the need for assessments. To meet the growing demand for assessments, The Warren Center will begin offering autism assessment services for current clients.  

"The earlier that services are delivered, the more likely children are to develop effective communication, language, visual, social and motor skills," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. "Early intervention services are critical because young children grow and develop so quickly. If they do not receive services before they are five years old, it can have lasting effects."

The comprehensive autism assessments are conducted by professionals with expertise across a number of fields. The evaluations include observations, direct interaction, a parent interview, an in-depth look at the child’s developmental history and an evaluation of the following areas: social, communication, sensory, emotional, cognitive and adaptive behavior.

The team will personally meet with parents to discuss their findings, give specific and meaningful recommendations, answer any questions, provide a detailed written report and work with parents on a plan of action going forward. The Warren Center is committed to ensuring North Texas families get answers and the help and support needed for children with developmental delays and disabilities. 

For more information about The Warren Center’s autism assessment services please visit, https://thewarrencenter.org/autismevaluation/.

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 In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Uplift Education's Counseling Services is hosting their inaugural Parent Symposium Saturday, May 14th. Parent Symposium is a conference-style event that will allow parents the opportunity to learn about youth and adolescent mental health and learn how to help support their student's ever-evolving well-being needs. Topics will include social media and mental health, child development, discipline and connection for parents, teen suicide prevention, parent self-care and more. The event will include multiple breakout sessions in addition to a panel of community partners and social-behavioral counselors answering mental health-related questions submitted by Uplift parents and high school students.

In addition to the Parent Symposium, each school's Social Behavioral Counselor will host a series of mental health-related activities on their campus. Activities will include poster competitions, advisory lessons on mental health, mental health presentations by outside speakers, and mental health resource shares. Our Social Behavioral Counselors rise together every day and put the mental health and wellbeing of our students and families FIRST and celebrating Mental Health Awareness month in May is one of the many ways that counselors do this.

Uplift also prioritizes the well-being of our staff and encourages our staff and families to check in on one another. One form of support Uplift Education offers is free counseling sessions for staff, students, and families. Now, more than ever, mental health awareness and support are vital to children, youth, and families. The strength of our communities has been and will continue to be tested and our social behavioral counselors and our community partners are committed to standing alongside our families during this time as we navigate local and national youth mental health concerns.

Uplift Education, Thursday, May 12, 2022, Press release picture
Uplift Education, Thursday, May 12, 2022, Press release picture

The world has changed significantly since Uplift began, but our mission remains the same. Every child, no matter their circumstances, will be given the opportunity to learn, grow, succeed, and flourish. At Uplift Education, we believe that when students and families have both prevention and intervention-focused mental health supports, every child will be able to flourish and in turn, those students will grow into adults that help us leave this world better and healthier than we found it.

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FAN EXPO Dallas is pulling out all the stops on its celebrity lineup for the three-day event that celebrates all things pop culture. Wrestling heavyweights from WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) will be on-site this summer to create unforgettable memories for their fandom.  From WWE stars like The Undertaker™, considered one of the greatest in the game as a multi-time WWE and World Heavyweight Champion, a six-time tag team titleholder, and a Royal Rumble Match winner in 2007, to the Bella Twins™, identical twin sisters Brie Bella and Nikki Bella who are both former WWE Divas Champions and part of the 2020 class of the WWE Hall of Fame, to legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair, also known as "The Nature Boy" among other nicknames, who is beloved by most wrestling fans today, the list of featured wrestlers comes with some heavy hitters.

FAN EXPO HQ Vice President, Andrew Moyes says, “WWE has been a pop culture institute for decades, so hosting these iconic guests is absolutely a win for everyone who comes to the event. We strive to provide something for everyone at FAN EXPO Dallas, where fans can ‘discover, celebrate and belong’ in a community of artists and entertainers at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center from June 17th through 19th, 2022.

The roster of WWE guests includes:

 

  • The Undertaker™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Ric Flair appearing SATURDAY & SUNDAY
  • Seth Rollins™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Alexa Bliss™ appearing SUNDAY
  • Edge™ appearing SUNDAY
  • AJ Styles™ appearing SUNDAY
  • Bella Twins™ appearing SUNDAY
  • Carmella™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Sheamus™ appearing SATURDAY
  • Matt Riddle™ appearing SUNDAY

 

To see the full guest list, schedule, and order tickets go to www.fanexpodallas.com

 

DETAILS:  FAN EXPO Dallas runs Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19, 2022

Friday, June 17 from 4:00 PM. to 9:00 P. M.

Saturday, June 18 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, June 19 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center is located at 650 S. Griffin St. Dallas, TX 75202

 

Tickets start at $27 and children 5 and under are free.  Hours and information are available at fanexpodallas.com.

 

ABOUT:  With over a million fans and counting, FAN EXPO HQ attracts pop culture enthusiasts, locally and internationally, to come together to celebrate all things fandom. Collectively it hosts nearly one million fans annually at FAN EXPO Dallas™, FAN EXPO Canada™, MEGACON Orlando, FAN EXPO Boston™, FAN EXPO Denver, FAN EXPO San Francisco, Calgary Comics & Entertainment Expo, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas Fan Festival and Edmonton Comics & Entertainment Expo. In 2022, FAN EXPO HQ will present six new shows previously organized by Wizard World: FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO St. Louis, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, and FAN EXPO Cleveland. The latest schedule of events is available on the Website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.

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More than 70 young philanthropists from industries as diverse as investment banking to software development, gathered at On The Levee for The Warren Center’s Young Professionals’ kickoff event. Those in attendance enjoyed an evening of bites, beverages, and beats by DJ ZEKK at the inaugural event to support North Texas children with developmental delays and disabilities. One lucky guest was able to take home a Stock the Bar Basket featuring items from Lockwood Distillery.

To kick off the event, founding chair of The Warren Center’s young professional group, Paulina Romon shared a few opening remarks about the group’s mission to support children with developmental delays and disabilities and expressed gratitude to the guests who donated toys for the annual Operation Santa holiday event.

The Warren Center’s Young Professional Group invites young philanthropists ages 21 to 45, regardless of profession to support North Texas children with developmental delays and disabilities. The group will host service-related projects and various networking events throughout the year. There are no membership dues to join; however, anyone is welcome to make a donation to The Warren Center. 

For more information, visit https://thewarrencenter.org/volunteer or email: Leslie Chatman, leslie.chatman@thewarrencenter.org.

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The Magdalen House - a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles - invites members of the community to their signature Game, Set, Match event hosted on Saturday, May 21, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Lakewood Country Club located at 6430 Gaston Ave, Dallas, TX 75214.

In celebration of The Magdalen House’s 35th Anniversary, this year’s Game, Set, Match event will be all about the 80’s. Guests are invited to celebrate with a day of tennis and live music from The Vinyl Countdown! With each player ticket, attendees will receive one guaranteed game of Tennis 105, drinks, dinner, and an “ace” of an evening. There is space for all to play with three levels to choose from- beginner, intermediate, and Fast4 Knock-Out tournament (Advanced) with an award ceremony following all play. Spectator tickets are available for those who want to join the fun but don’t want to play the game. To purchase tickets, event sponsorship or for more information please visit, https://one.bidpal.net/gamesetmatch2022/ticketing

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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For more than 45 years, mouth-watering meat cooked low-and-slow has been the crown jewel on the menu at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. May is the time to celebrate the 2022 Bar-B-Que season launching in the Lone Star State by continuing the Soulman’s tradition of giving North Texans what they have grown to love and expect from their favorite place for bar-b-que.

“Our family-owned business has been a part of the time-honored tradition of bar-b-que for generations, both within our own restaurant family and those who count on Soulman’s to deliver the best smoked meat and delicious homemade sides to any gathering, large or small. We are passionate about bar-b-que all year long, but love any excuse to celebrate it as a kick-off to summer,“ says Brett Randle, CEO of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. 

In addition to perfecting the art of deliciously smoked meat, the team at Soulman’s Bar-B-Que has been hard at work perfecting the ways to get it into the hands of North Texans. From the launch of the Soulman’s app earlier this year to streamlined catering and events, to thoughtful upgrades on the in-store and online experience, they continue to show why Soulman’s is considered one of the Top Bar-B-Que Chains in America and the Best Bar-B-Que in Dallas for Takeout and Delivery

“There are few things more satisfying than experiencing an expertly smoked, fall off the bone piece of meat making its way to your plate,” says Randle, “And that’s what we intend to do all summer long.” 

The Soulman’s Bar-B-Que app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

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 GoliadRoyse City,  Sulphur SpringsTerrell and Van. To learn more about Soulman’s Bar-B-Que, visit them online at http://www.soulmans.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/soulmansbbq.

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities invited the children they serve to celebrate Spring in the Park. The annual event is designed for children and their families to celebrate spring in a sensory-friendly way. Families served by The Warren Center were invited to Woodland Park to participate in fun activities for the entire family including a bubble bus, free snow cones from Kona Ice and much more. 

The CDC estimates one in six children have intellectual or physical disabilities or delays. In Dallas County alone, over 102,000 children have a developmental disability. The period between birth to five years is a time of rapid development. The earliest possible intervention is critical due to the accelerated brain development during these first years of life. The Warren Center provides 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 https://www.thewarrencenter.org or follow The Warren Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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Each April, the National Council for Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to bring awareness of the causes and treatment of the nation’s biggest public health problem: alcoholism. In honor of the month, The Magdalen House, the only North Texas non-profit agency to offer comprehensive, no-cost services to help women achieve and sustain recovery from alcoholism, wants to shatter the stigma of alcoholism by refuting common assumptions regarding alcoholism.

“Many people do not understand that alcoholism is a disease that impacts all walks of life. People are often quick to think of alcoholism in severe situations, but alcohol use disorder is a disease that stems from a variety of factors such as genetics, mental health conditions, exposure to trauma and more,” says Lisa Kroencke, executive director of The Magdalen House. “Although the stigma surrounding alcoholism may not seem like a big deal to most people, it has more implications than many people realize including preventing alcoholics from seeking treatment. It is imperative that we shatter the stigma associated with alcoholism to help those find the treatment they need.”

Myth: If she just loved herself, her family, her spouse, her parents, or her kids enough, she would stop drinking.

Alcoholism is not about choices, it is not a behavior problem. The main problem of the alcoholic centers in her mind. “At a certain point in the drinking of every alcoholic, [s]he passes into a state where the most powerful desire to stop drinking is of absolutely no avail.” *  As a result, there is no ability to make a choice to not drink. The question is not about consequences or circumstances. The question is can they quit entirely when they honestly want to?

Myth: She doesn’t look like an alcoholic, she has a job and a family.

1 in 11 women in the US is an alcoholic. There are over 250,000 alcoholic women – mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, friends, and coworkers – in Dallas Fort Worth alone. Alcoholism is not defined by an individual’s income, social consequences, outward appearance, or the like. 

Myth: At least she’s just drinking – that's nowhere near as serious as doing drugs.

Excessive alcohol use contributes to 261 deaths per day in the United States. Totaling over 95,000 deaths each year, it is the third leading preventable cause of death and kills 1.4 times as many adults from drug overdoses.

Myth: If she would just stop drinking, then she would be okay.

Recovery is more than sobriety alone. While being sober means that an alcoholic is no longer drinking and living under the influence of substances, it doesn’t equate to being “recovered.” Recovery is ongoing and allows an alcoholic to 

experience freedom from their disease. In recovery, the alcoholic can see that alcohol wasn’t the problem, but rather a symptom of something larger.

Myth: If it’s not hard to stop when I know I’ve had one too many, why can’t she?

The alcoholic's body is unable to process alcohol normally, causing the inability to reliably stop once they start. As a result, there is a loss of control over the amount they drink. The question is not how often or how much they drink. The question is can they stop once they start?

Myth: She has an excuse to drink.

Alcoholism is a mental health disorder. Although some people may begin drinking because of certain life occurrences or to cope with trauma, alcoholism is a disease of the mind and body and is not caused by external circumstances.

Myth: She’d ask for help if she really wanted it.

Currently, less than 1 in 15 alcoholic women (only 6.9%) will seek formal help. Because women face more stigmatization, shame, family responsibilities, and socioeconomic barriers than their male counterparts and more frequently have co-occurring disorders, they are less likely than men to seek treatment.

Myth: Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are different. 

The more commonly used medical term for alcoholism is “alcohol use disorder,” which is defined in the most current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as “a chronic relapsing brain disease characterized by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are one in the same- a mental health disorder.

“If you’re an alcoholic who can’t stop drinking or a concerned loved one of an alcoholic, the first step in recovery is education and access to resources. In North Texas, The Magdalen House provides residential recovery, detox, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery,” says Kroencke. 

 

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles. Founded in Dallas in 1987, The Magdalen House remains the only agency in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer comprehensive recovery services – without insurance or state funding – 100% free of charge. The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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Uplift students’ individual and collective strength is a result of the social and economic challenges they face every day.  We come together at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to celebrate this resilience and the bright future of our students.

Uplift Education is excited to announce the 12th annual Senior Decision Day (formerly College Signing Day), which will honor 940 high school seniors in the class of 2022 on Monday, April 11th at 11:40 a.m. (doors open at 11:00 a.m.) at AT&T Stadium. Senior Decision Day is the opportunity for Uplift soon-to-be graduates to announce their college and career plans to nearly 8,000 family, friends, classmates and VIPS in attendance.  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 economically disadvantaged 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, Senior Decision Day celebrates all those bright futures.

“We are incredibly proud of the way this year’s senior class is maintaining their academic goals, “said Uplift CEO, Yasmin Bhatia, “often while working to help support their family. They have also shown creativity and enthusiasm as they have built new traditions and memories for their senior year during a continuation of our pandemic. We want them to celebrate and to be celebrated by their families, friends and the educators who helped get them achieve their goals.  The class of 2022 is proof that college is a possibility for any student, regardless of their zip code.

We encourage the community to watch via livestream, which can be accessed through our Uplift web site, 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 pandemic 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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On March 30, AIA Dallas hosted the Say it Louder Gallery Party to celebrate women in Dallas architecture for Women's History Month. The Magdalen House, a recovery community for alcoholic women that provides its services free of charge was showcased in the gallery to highlight the $3.5 million remodel of its new location. In 2017 the nonprofit purchased a condemned 100-year old house in East Dallas to become its new headquarters. Though the project faced many challenges ranging from planning and zoning issues to structural foundations crumbling - the mission of the project team led by Amanda Adler, project architect at Omniplan was always clear: restore the building so the nonprofit may restore women.

“Amanda and her team helped us bring our dream home to life. Our new location offers alcoholic women a dignified space to recover from this disease. Children can come visit, and no one will ever have to feel shame because they reached out for help. Our newly renovated space will help us serve thousands of women for years to come,” says Lisa Kroencke, executive director of The Magdalen House. 

The Magdalen House is committed to helping alcoholic women achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through the following spiritually based, comprehensive programs.

  • First Step program: A two-week, residential program for an alcoholic woman who wants to stop drinking but cannot. She is provided with the education and resources to achieve sobriety and build a foundation of recovery.
  • Next Step program: A three-phase, nonresidential program for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery. She is provided with support and structure to sustain her recovery while growing in her knowledge of 12-Step spiritual principles.
  • Meetings and Fellowship: Solution-focused classes, meetings, and workshops are provided for alcoholic women at every stage of recovery, 365 days a year. We also have dedicated volunteers who provide Family Support to families and loved ones of alcoholics.
  • Resources and Education: Community partnerships help us connect alcoholic women and their families to resources that include sober living, counseling, and women’s health. At the same time, education initiatives allow us to reach and serve more alcoholic women.

Learn more about how The Magdalen House can help an alcoholic woman who can’t stop drinking, an alcoholic woman already in recovery, or a loved one of an alcoholic by visiting, https://magdalenhouse.org/.