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Friday Night Lights Tailgate at Highlander Stadium on September 15th

National Guacamole Day is coming up on September 16th.  To celebrate the eve of one of the most important days on the calendar, the avocado masterminds at ¡Yo Quiero! are teaming up with the Dallas Cowboys to host a celebratory tailgate at Highland Park High School’s September 15th game against Irving in a match-up between the Scots and the Tigers.

“If there is one thing that we know, it’s that North Texans take two things very seriously: their football and their guacamole. Our tailgating celebration will feature and celebrate both as we kick off the football season in North Texas with some very special guests,” says Tara Murray, VP of Marketing for ¡Yo Quiero! Brands, based in North Texas.

Dallas Cowboys’ Demarcus Lawrence Team Mom partnership VIDEO HERE.

Guests include the legendary Drew Pearson, former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, known worldwide for his “Hail Mary” play in 1975, and Rowdy the Official Mascot of the Dallas Cowboys.  “We are honored that the Hall-of-Famer and legend in the sport will be joining us for Friday Night Lights, to help celebrate and usher in what’s sure to be a full and fun football season,” says Murray.

This season, ¡Yo Quiero! has also teamed up with Dave Campbell’s Texas Football to honor some of Texas high school football’s brightest figures — team moms! At the September 15th game., ¡Yo Quiero! will be recognizing a Team Mom with a Team Mom Appreciation Award and a $500 donation back to their school for going above and beyond to support their team throughout the season.  Along with nine other team moms announced throughout the season, the game’s honoree will be eligible for the Ultimate Team Mom of the Year Award when voting begins at texasfootball.com at the end of the season.

The game’s coin toss will be executed by Rowdy and to celebrate National Guacamole Day, there will be a tent at the entrance to the game for photo opportunities and premium giveaways. ¡Yo Quiero! has graciously donated guacamole to each school to help usher in the 2023 football season.   

 

DETAILS:

 

Who: ¡Yo Quiero! and the Dallas Cowboys

What: National Guacamole Day Tailgate

When: Friday, September 15th from 6pm-8pm

Where: Highlander Stadium, 4233 Grassmere Ln, Dallas, TX 75205

Why: ¡Yo Quiero! and the Dallas Cowboys celebrate National Guacamole Day in the most delicious way possible, tailgating in advance of the Highland Park Scots versus Irving Tigers football game. Cowboy legend Drew Pearson and Rowdy, the official mascot of the Dallas Cowboys, will be at the game on September 15th to celebrate 2023 High School Football.

To learn more about ¡Yo Quiero!’s guacamole, visit www.yoquierobrands.com and

www.freshinnovationsllc.com.

 

 

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, was recently honored as Lockwood Distilling Company’s July Cocktail for a Cause program. A dollar from each purchase of the You Bee-Long Cocktail or Mocktail was donated back to The Warren Center during the month of July, resulting in a $554 donation for the nonprofit.

"We are beyond grateful for the support of our neighbors at Lockwood Distilling Company," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center. “The Richardson location is just around the corner from our main office. It is such a blessing to have such loyal supporters of our mission in our very own backyard.” 

Donations such as these helps support programs for The Warren Center throughout the year, including educational programs and services such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, developmental services, nutrition, family education and support for children with developmental delays and disabilities. For more information about upcoming events and services, please visit, www.thewarrencenter.org.

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 marks 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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Three-day Pop Culture Celebration to Host the MCU Screen Stars in October

 

The organizers of Dallas FAN FESTIVAL have announced that Paul Bettany will be joining the thousands of fans for the three-day pop-culture celebration that will run from Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the Irving Convention Center located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039.

Paul Bettany is a British-American actor. He is renowned for his iconic roles as J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. He reprised his role in the Disney+ series WandaVision., which garnered him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. His range of projects in his career also includes feature films such as Gangster No. 1, A Knight’s Tale, A Beautiful Mind, and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. His credits continue with Wimbledon, The Da Vinci Code, Legion, Priest, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and dozens more.

“As a gathering place for fans and friends, we are excited that these pop culture icons will be joining in the fun at Dallas FAN FESTIVAL. We aim to bring unique experiences, original programming, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for autograph-seekers and fan photos, to this event year after year,” says Andrew Moyes, VP of FAN EXPO HQ, the largest producer of pop culture events in the world. Dallas FAN FESTIVAL is driven by the invitation for fans to ‘Discover. Celebrate. Belong’ in a unique way in Irving/Las Colinas, the exciting entertainment hub just north of Dallas.

The announcement of Paul Bettany’s attendance at Dallas FAN FESTIVAL is the first of many guests who will be revealed to fans in the weeks leading up to the event that celebrates the wonders of the pop culture community that is thriving in North Texas. Tickets are on sale now. Hours and information are available at dallasfanfestival.com.

 

DETAILS:  Dallas FAN FESTIVAL runs Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2023

Friday, October 20 from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Saturday, October 21 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, October 22 from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

 

The Irving Convention Center is located at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039

 

ABOUT FAN EXPO HQ:

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 EXPO, FAN EXPO Chicago, FAN EXPO Philadelphia, FAN EXPO Portland, FAN EXPO New Orleans, FAN EXPO Cleveland, FAN EXPO Vancouver™, Toronto Comicon, Dallas FAN FESTIVAL and EDMONTON EXPO. The latest schedule of events is available on the Website, along with up-to-date ticket information. Discover. Celebrate. Belong.  “

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The Warren Center, a nonprofit agency dedicated to advocating for children and families affected by developmental delays and disabilities, is gearing up for an inspiring North Texas Giving Day campaign that invites the public to channel their inner superheroes. Under the mission of "#Give2Kids," this campaign aims to bring about transformative change in the lives of children and families in need.

The campaign's rallying call, "We’re welcoming everyone to a mission that calls on the superhero within each one of us! This mission, called “#Give2Kids,” will help change the lives of children and families impacted by developmental disabilities and delays," sets the stage for an impactful and engaging North Texas Giving Day. 

At the heart of the campaign is the belief that every child, regardless of their abilities, has the potential to overcome challenges and thrive. The Warren Center recognizes the pivotal role that community support plays in this journey. "This North Texas Giving Day, we invite you to unleash your inner superhero and be a source of hope for children with developmental disabilities and delays. Your generosity can be the force that drives these young heroes toward a future filled with joy and possibilities," says Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center.

The superhero-themed campaign not only captures the imagination but also highlights the power of collective action. Contributions, both big and small, fuse together to create magical moments in the lives of these children. The funds raised during North Texas Giving Day will be instrumental in expanding The Warren Center's reach, ensuring that more families receive the vital services they need. These services include speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and specialized skills training.

According to Spawn, "Our goal this North Texas Giving Day is to raise necessary funds to reach more families in need, creating an even greater impact in our community. Your support will help us continue to provide essential services to children. The Warren Center will never turn a child or family away due to an inability to pay. For each and every one of the 1,300 children we serve, the agency needs to raise $2,000 to cover the costs of services. Our goal is to ease the financial burden of these families, enabling them to focus on their child's well-being.”

North Texas Giving Day will be held on September 21, but early giving begins on September 1. The Warren Center invites everyone to join forces, embrace the spirit of giving, and be the superheroes that these children deserve. To learn more about The Warren Center and how you can contribute to this noble cause, please visit https://www.thewarrencenter.org/ or The Warren Center’s North Texas Giving Day page at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/thewarrencenter.

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Balekian Hayes, PLLC Managing Partner Receives Recognition by Best Lawyers 2024 Peer Review Guide

Best Lawyers®, the only peer-review guide to the legal profession, recently announced the 30th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© — included in the prestigious list for the fourth consecutive year is Texas family law attorney Kris Balekian Hayes. To be recognized by the Best Lawyer in America publication, honorees are reviewed by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 150 practice areas. “Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinguishment. More than 13 million evaluations were analyzed in the United States, which resulted in recognition of approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice across the country.

“I am honored to be recognized as a top family lawyer in the country for the fourth year in a row,” says Kris Balekian Hayes, managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC. “Their selection process is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Our practice Is built on a foundation of honesty, and we truly believe that we owe it to our clients to give it to them. This philosophy has proven to reward us with recognition by our peers and continued referrals from our loyal clients.”

Kris earned her law degree at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio after completing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She continued her education by earning a Master of Business Administration at St. Mary’s University School of Business. With more than 20 years of experience practicing family law, she is dual-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law and child welfare. She is one of 47 family lawyers in the state of Texas that carries a dual certification in both of these areas. She is a credentialed mediator in all civil, family and CPS matters. Today she serves as managing partner of Balekian Hayes, PLLC, based in Dallas, TX. She is licensed by the Supreme Court of the United States and is admitted to practice before the highest court. 

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The lunchbox innovators share tips and tricks to make snacking both fun and nutritious

The masterminds at ¡Yo Quiero! are determined to take parents on a top-secret mission to sneak veggies and nutrients into their kids’ lunchboxes and after-school snacks. Not limited to their lunchbox-sized grab-and-go guacamole, avocado salsa, or mashed avocado mini-cups, ¡Yo Quiero! is the leader in easy school-safe snacks, make-ahead lunches and after-school snacks that kids (and parents) are sure to love.

In advance of the back-to-school mayhem, they have shared stealthy better-for-you recipes disguised as classic ¡Yo Quiero! lunchtime treats as well as tips for making eating a balanced meal fun and more! The six new back-to-school themed recipes include Hidden Veggie Cookie Cutter Quesadillas, Rainbow Toast, Savory Egg Waffles, Barnyard Animals in Mud, Strawberry Fruit Pops, and Veggie Tots.

 

Rainbow Toast:

This Rainbow Toast is a fun and easy way to introduce some healthy veggies into any routine. Featuring a base of our delicious ¡Yo Quiero! Guacamole, these edible works of art are perfectly topped with cherry tomatoes, broccoli, bell pepper, black beans, and carrots for a well-balanced meal!

Ingredients:

•             4 slices whole wheat bread

•             ¡Yo Quiero! Guacamole

•             ¼ cup shredded carrots

•             4 cherry tomatoes, quartered

•             ¼ cup reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed

•             ¼ cup finely chopped broccoli

•             ¼ cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

•             2 tsp extra virgin olive oil

•             Salt & pepper

 

Directions:

1.            Toast bread; spread ¡Yo Quiero! Guacamole on toast.

2.            Arrange carrots, tomatoes, beans, broccoli, and bell pepper in rows over toast, drizzle with oil and salt & pepper to taste

 

Hidden Veggie Cookie Cutter Quesadillas:

Quesadillas are a kid favorite and an easy and delicious way to satisfy even the pickiest eater. They are also the perfect vessel to sneak a serving of veggies or two into your kid's lunch or dinner. These Hidden Veggie Cookie Cutter Quesadillas take everything kids love about the delicious staple and add a creative twist with fun shapes that allow you to sneak in veggies with minimal suspicion.

 

Ingredients:

•             2 Large Plain Flour Tortillas

•             Kid-friendly cookie cutters: Fun shapes, alphabet, animals (not Christmas like the picture)

•             1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated

•             1-2 Bell Peppers

•             ½ cup Baby Spinach

•             ¡Yo Quiero! Bean Dip

 

Directions:

1.            Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

2.            Using your cookie cutter cut the same shapes out of both tortillas so you will have matching pairs.

3.            Place cut tortillas on lined sheet; spread ¡Yo Quiero! Bean Dip on each, sprinkle each with some cheese and spinach. Lay matching cut tortillas on top. Bake until cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes.

 

Savory Egg Waffles:

Sneaking veggies into your kids’ diet couldn’t be easier with these Savory Egg Waffles. These fluffy waffles offer a savory twist to a familiar breakfast staple and with our ¡Yo Quiero! Salsa as the perfect zesty accompaniment. We’re sure they’ll be a new on-the-go favorite.

 

Ingredients:

•             4 eggs

•             1 tablespoon bacon bits

•             1 tablespoon red pepper minced

•             ¼ cup baby spinach

•             ¼ cup finely chopped broccoli

•             ¼ cup shredded cheese

•             salt & pepper

•             ¡Yo Quiero! Salsa

 

Directions:

1.            Preheat the waffle iron to 350°F.

2.            Whisk eggs in a bowl and mix in veggies and seasonings.

3.            Add a ladle full to each waffle mold and cook for 5 minutes.

4.            Carefully remove from the mold and serve with ¡Yo Quiero! Salsa

 

Barnyard Animals in Mud:

This Barnyard Animals in Mud recipe uses the power of imagination to sneak a serving of nutritious beans into any diet. Unleash your little one’s full creative power and transform a boring tortilla into any animal or shape you can dream of, then watch them play in the mud! For an even more nutritious mud pit, try surrounding it with all kinds of veggies for an exciting edible landscape.

 

Ingredients:

•             1 (12 ounce) package of corn tortillas

•             3 tablespoons lime juice

•             1 tablespoon vegetable oil

•             1 teaspoon ground cumin

•             1 teaspoon chili powder

•             1 teaspoon salt

•             ¡Yo Quiero! Bean Dip

•             Animal Cookie Cutters

 

Directions:

1.            Preheat oven to 350°F

2.            Cut animals out of tortillas using selected cookie cutters

3.            Combine lime juice and oil in a spray bottle or mister; shake until well mixed. Spray the tops of the tortilla wedges until slightly moist. You can also brush the tortillas if you do not have a mister or spray bottle.

4.            Combine cumin, chili powder, and salt in a small bowl; sprinkle mixture over the chips.

5.            Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes.

6.            Remove from the oven. Flip chips, then mist/brush and season again.

7.            Bake, checking often to ensure they don't burn, until chips are lightly browned and crisp, 5 to 8 more minutes.

8.            Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving. Chips will crisp up more as they cool.

9.            Serve animal tortilla chips with ¡Yo Quiero! Bean dip and let the animals play in the mud!

 

 

Strawberry Avocado Fruit Pops:

Beat the heat and indulge in the refreshing and nutritious goodness of these Strawberry Avocado Fruit Pops. Featuring our delightful ¡Yo Quiero! Mashed Avocado these little treats are the perfect way to sneak the super food powers of avocado into your next dessert or snack!

 

Ingredients:

•             2 cups frozen strawberries

•             1 cup strawberry yogurt

•             1/4 cup honey

•             ½ of an 8oz container of ¡Yo Quiero! Mashed Avocado

•             1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries

 

Directions:

1.            Combine the frozen strawberries, yogurt, honey and avocado in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.

2.            Spoon about a tablespoon of the chopped fresh strawberries into each of small paper cups or molds. Fold the remaining chopped strawberries into the yogurt mixture. Spoon the yogurt mixture on top of the strawberries in each paper cup. Carefully insert an ice-pop stick into each pop.

3.            Freeze until solid, about an hour.

 

Veggie Tots:

Sneaking veggies has never been so easy with these Veggie Tots. With every dip and crunch, you'll find it difficult to save some for your kiddos after getting your hands on one tot. The ¡Yo Quiero! Queso is the ideal partner for these veggie tots, adding a burst of cheesy goodness that complements the sneaky vegetables in the most delightful way.

 

Ingredients:

•             2 - 2 ¼ cups broccoli, florets 1 bunch, include pieces of stem after florets are used if needed

•             2 large eggs

•             ¾ cup green onions, diced

•             ¾-1 cup cheese, shredded

•             ?-3/4 cup bread crumbs, panko, or almond flour (keto)

•             ¡Yo Quiero! Queso

•             ¼ teaspoon salt

•             ½ teaspoon pepper

•             cooking spray

 

Directions:

1.            Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.            Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

3.            In a large pot, bring water to a boil.

4.            Place broccoli pieces in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes.

5.            Drain broccoli in a strainer and run cold water over top.

6.            Completely dry using paper towel or a dish towel.

7.            Finely chop enough broccoli to measure 2 to 2 ¼ cups. Then place broccoli in a medium mixing bowl.

8.            Add eggs, green onion, salt, pepper, and cheese to your mixing bowl with broccoli.

9.            Add ? of a cup of bread crumbs or panko and mix, using your hands, until incorporated. Depending on the amount of moisture in your broccoli, you may have to add up to another ¼ cup of crumbs. Add crumbs until you are able to make small, 2-inch long, 1-inch-wide tots that hold together.

10.          Place on a baking sheet and bake for 18-20 minutes. Making sure to flip your tots halfway through.

11.          Once browned, remove from oven and let cool.

12.          Place on a serving tray with a bowl of ¡Yo Quiero! Queso for dipping!

 

¡Yo Quiero! is known for its stable of premium high-quality dips including its signature guacamoles and salsas, avocado-forward cream cheese dips, and the newest in their line of  ‘better for you’ snacking options: ¡Yo Quiero!’s NEW Original Bean Dip and ¡Yo Quiero!’s NEW Spicy Bean Dip.  

For the past few years, ¡Yo Quiero! has become a much more familiar sight on grocery store shelves as the demand for fresh, convenient, healthier-for-you choices in the fridge and pantry steadily increases.  

 

To learn more about ¡Yo Quiero! visit www.yoquierobrands.com and www.freshinnovationsllc.com.

About ¡Yo Quiero!

¡Yo Quiero! Brands is a Texas-based avocado, guacamole, and dip company with state-of-the-art facilities in Rhome, Texas and Guanajuato, Mexico. With a mission of selecting and growing the freshest and finest ingredients, ¡Yo Quiero! creates delicious, hand-crafted products that can be found in most local retailers. Bringing years of experience and dip expertise to the category, ¡Yo Quiero! leads and innovates with integrity and passion. The current lineup of premium handcrafted dips can be viewed on our website. For additional information, recipes, or product availability, please visit www.yoquierobrands.com

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The Magdalen House a nonprofit organization helping individuals with alcoholism achieve sobriety and sustain recovery at no cost and based on 12-Step spiritual principles is pleased to announce the appointment of the nonprofit’s executive leadership team in conjunction with the organization’s latest initiative to offer programming designed for men.  

“I am proud to announce that we have recently promoted many of our team members to serve as executive leaders,” said Lisa Kroencke, CEO of The Magdalen House. “Each executive leader will provide our organization with tremendous knowledge and support as we expand our services to include men’s programming. Our organization is currently experiencing rapid growth and with our strong team of executive leadership, we will continue to be able to further our mission of helping provide no-cost recovery services to alcoholic individuals.” 

The Magdalen House Executive Leadership team lead by CEO, Lisa Kroencke includes: 

  • Ainsley Chapman, Chief Programs Officer
  • Sierra Godfrey, Director of Communications
  • Teresa Hollingsworth, Director of Women’s Programming
  • Whitney Mask, Director of Development
  • Diana Miller, Chief Development Officer
  • Alice Nalepka, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Susie O’Hara, Chief Operations Officer
  • Austin Shook, Director of Men’s Programming 
  • Kady Younkman, Chief Community Officer

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

  • For Women:
    • First Step Program: A two-week, residential program for an alcoholic woman who wants to stop drinking but cannot. The house can accommodate up to 20 women with rolling admissions.
    • Next Step Program: A three-phase, non-residential program that provides support and structure for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery.
  • For Women & Men:
    • Community: Solution-focused meetings and workshops open to all alcoholic women and men at every stage of recovery. Services are currently offered for women 365 days a year and the men’s schedule is to be determined. Additionally, Family Support meetings are available to the families and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts.
    • Resources and Education: Education about the disease of alcoholism and community partnerships that help connect alcoholic women, men, and their families to resources such as sober living, women’s and men’s health, and counseling.

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, social detox, group meetings and workshops, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help grow and sustain recovery. To receive treatment or to learn more about The Magdalen House, visit,https://magdalenhouse.org/get-help/ or call 214.324.9261. 

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Deaths related to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise across the United States. This is becoming abundantly true for American women, according to a recent study published on July 28 in the journal JAMA Network Open. While men are roughly three times more likely than women to die from alcohol use, the gap is quickly shrinking and the risk to women has grown tremendously.

The study observed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data on more than 600,000 deaths linked to alcohol between 1999 and 2020. The data included deaths from alcoholic liver disease, alcohol poisoning, acute intoxication, alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and mental and behavioral disorders that can be linked to alcohol consumption, and other causes.

The data showed that alcohol-related deaths steadily increased in the United States over those 21 years. However, from 2018 to 2020, the rate increased by 14.7 percent for women compared to 12.5 percent for men. The study also found rising rates among senior women. Alcohol-related deaths rose in women over 65 and older by 6.7 percent from 2012 to 2020, compared with a 5.2 percent increase per year in men 65 and older.

“One in 11 women suffer from alcohol use disorder, but so do one in seven men. To put that into perspective, based on the 2021 population of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there are an estimated 400,000 men struggling with alcohol in D/FW,” says Diana Miller, Chief Development Officer of The Magdalen House. “Research has shown that women are about half as likely as men to seek alcohol recovery services.  Women often face more stigmatization, shame, family responsibilities, and socioeconomic barriers than men, they frequently have co-occurring disorders and are less likely to seek treatments. However, they are more likely to seek medical and psychiatric help, but when it comes to alcoholism, they may think the problem will get better on its own; thus, there is a lack of problem recognition. Therefore, alcoholism education to lessen the stigma around what it means to be an alcoholic is crucial.”

Resources are available in D/FW to help individuals achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through the following spiritually-based, comprehensive programs hosted by The Magdalen House. 

  • For Women:
    • First Step Program: A two-week, residential program for an alcoholic woman who wants to stop drinking but cannot. The house can accommodate up to 20 women with rolling admissions.
    • Next Step Program: A three-phase, non-residential program that provides support and structure for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery. a non-residential program that provides support and structure for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery. This program is a continuum of care to First Step or as a standalone program. The Magdalen House has will offer Next Step for men in early 2024.
  • For Women & Men:
    • Community: Solution-focused meetings and workshops open to any man or woman in the community interested in learning more about the disease of alcoholism and the solution we offer, at any stage of recovery. Services are currently offered for women 365 days a year and the men’s schedule is available online here and is updated periodically as the program grows. Additionally, Family Support meetings are available to the families and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts.
    • Resources and Education: Education about the disease of alcoholism and community partnerships that help connect alcoholic women, men, and their families to resources such as sober living, women’s and men’s health, and counseling.

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 D/FW, The Magdalen House provides residential recovery, detox, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help individuals grow and sustain recovery. For more information please visit, https://magdalenhouse.org/

The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping individuals with alcoholism achieve sobriety and sustain recovery 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 individuals achieve long-term, sustainable recovery through spiritually based, comprehensive programming. For more information visit www.magdalenhouse.org.

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The Warren Center will host the Third Annual Strong Start Virtual Conference in celebration of Early Intervention Day on Friday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Early Intervention Day was created by The Warren Center in 2021 to help educate local communities and raise public awareness of early intervention services for children. According to the CDC, acting early on developmental concerns can make a big difference in the lives of families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. As an early intervention service provider, The Warren Center is proud to pioneer this celebration in the state of Texas. 

The Warren Center, the North Texas nonprofit agency providing professional evaluations, therapy services and support to children with developmental delays and disabilities, will host the Early Intervention Day virtual conference, Strong Start, to provide support to parents and professionals who know that brain development from birth to age five determines how children grow, learn and interact with others for the rest of their lives.  At this one-of-a-kind online learning experience child development experts will take a deep dive into a number of topics including nurturing a parent/child relationship in the digital age, how to protect children as they navigate the digital world, and tips for establishing healthy sleep habits for parents and their children. Keynote speaker, Feleceia Benton, is sure to inspire professionals and parents alike! Her story about raising a child who has Down syndrome and creating her own business is truly inspirational. 

Amy Spawn, CEO of The Warren Center says, “We hope that Early Intervention Day will bring more awareness of the value of early intervention and the resources available to help children with developmental delays and disabilities. We encourage parents to trust their gut and seek EI services if they suspect their child may not be meeting developmental milestones.”

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. EI programs have proven to show academic achievement, behavior, educational progression and attainment, and labor market success. 

Spawn says, “In our world, every day is Early Intervention Day, but on July 28th we are proud to host our third annual Early Intervention Day to help every child have a better chance of reaching their potential in daily living. Our virtual conference is free, we encourage parents and professionals to register as soon as they can.”

It is not too late to sign up for a free session, please visit, https://strongstart2023.sched.com/ and create an account on Sched. Click on the sessions of interest, then click "sign up" to sign up for Sched or "log in" if you already have a Sched account near the event title. Once you sign up for a Sched account and fill out your profile information, (we recommend you toggle your account to "public" so we can see who’s attending), checkmark the sessions you are interested in attending and it will add it to your schedule. Your schedule will then be e-mailed to you. Sessions exclusively in Spanish feature a green tag under "filters." The Pro Series sessions are available to all therapy providers.

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After 36 years of serving alcoholic women and their loved ones, The Magdalen House is excited to announce the introduction of a new initiative to serve alcoholic men. The nonprofit organization will launch a Men’s Community Program for alcoholic men - offering the same quality of services through 12 Step recovery meetings and workshops, Family Support Group, volunteer opportunities, Men’s Community Group, and fellowship events at no cost.

One in 11 women suffer from alcohol use disorder, but so do one in seven men. To put that into perspective, based on the 2021 population of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there are an estimated 400,000 men struggling with alcohol in D/FW. 

“Due to the tremendous need in our community and many requests from those who have experienced life-saving services through our current services for women, it was apparent that we needed to expand our services to also include men,” says Lisa Kroencke, CEO of The Magdalen House. “Men suffering from alcoholism deserve access to free, comprehensive services and a continuum of care. Taking a holistic approach to family, our mission is to provide those who suffer from alcoholism with the solution to lifelong recovery and restore families within our communities. The inclusion of both men and women allows for a 100% increase in the individuals served while only increasing operational costs by an estimated 30 percent.”

Beginning this July, the Community program will be offered to men. Men’s meetings and workshops, fellowship events and more will be held at Grace United Methodist Church located on 4105 Junius Street in Dallas. The 1,700-square-foot campus will be outfitted with multiple offices and meeting spaces to serve men in recovery. The Magdalen House plans to launch its Next Step program for men at the church early 2024.

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

  • For Women:
    • First Step Program: A two-week, residential program for an alcoholic woman who wants to stop drinking but cannot. The house can accommodate up to 20 women with rolling admissions.
    • Next Step Program: A three-phase, non-residential program that provides support and structure for an alcoholic woman at any stage of recovery.
  • For Women & Men:
    • Community: Solution-focused meetings and workshops open to all alcoholic women and men at every stage of recovery. Services are currently offered for women 365 days a year and the men’s schedule is available online here. Additionally, Family Support meetings are available to the families and loved ones of alcoholics and addicts.
    • Resources and Education: Education about the disease of alcoholism and community partnerships that help connect alcoholic women, men, and their families to resources such as sober living, women’s and men’s health, and counseling.

Austin Shook will serve as Director of Men’s Programming at The Magdalen House. He has been active in the 12-Step community and has sponsored new men in his personal time since 2017. In this role, he will lead the charge to establish and grow the men’s programming initiative for The Magdalen House. The goal is to offer the same programming that already exists for women in recovery at The Magdalen House but for men. Shook will ensure that The Magdalen House offers men’s community programming such as meetings, a community group, events, and family support. He will lead the Men’s Charter Group, which is an internal group consisting of 20 men that have been selected to help establish the men’s programming initiative. Members of this group are responsible for chairing and creating meetings, volunteering, establishing committees and much more.

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 D/FW, The Magdalen House provides residential recovery, detox, group meetings, structured programs, family support groups, and tools designed to help individuals grow and sustain recovery. For more information please visit, https://magdalenhouse.org/.