Wednesday, September 12, 2012

North Texas Giving Day

As many of you know, effective September 1, Chad Houser has taken his rightful spot as the Executive Director of Café Momentum. With passion as a spearhead, Chad’s leadership sets up a solid foundation for the restaurant’s mission and makes the opportunity for growth a real possibility. Now, more than ever, we want you to engage and connect with this movement. This is your chance to be a part of the making—helping Café Momentum grow from the ground level.

Your support means being a part of something much larger. The juvenile justice system allots plenty of room for young offenders to repeat old habits and act on poor behaviors. Café Momentum interrupts that pattern. It helps the young men recognize their capabilities and build onto their strengths. To date, this program has given them vocational training, employment prospects, and multiple professional references. Without an opportunity like this, many of them refuse to even acknowledge their potential and return to discouraging environments. Your contribution helps to create a place that is hopeful and inspiring.

As a case in point, one of the young men who dropped out of school has gone on to earn his GED, secured employment at one of Dallas’ hottest new restaurants, and applied for college. Café Momentum has the ability to turn these young men’s lives around with just a dash of encouragement. It gives youth the tools and confidence they need to be successful adults and contributing members of society.  As this same young man says, “There aren’t that many people who say they are going to help and then follow through and do it. [At the last Café Momentum Dinner] I felt like I was at home. Best night of my life.”

We need your help.  Secure the future of these young people by securing the future of Café Momentum. We have an opportunity once per year through Donor Bridge and Communities Foundation, where all gifts will be matched (to some portion).  Donor Bridge 2012 will occur on September 13, 2012. Your gift will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. to midnight through DonorBridge of Texas. Click on “Youth Village Resources of Dallas” as the charity and then be sure to click on “Cafe Momentum” as the program.  In order for the Café Momentum gifts to be matched, you must donate on-line during this time.

As Café Momentum continues its progression toward a sustainable business, the philanthropic endeavor remains the heart of its mission. As a community supporter, you serve as a key ingredient to this project. We are counting on you to be part of the social change and innovation that Café Momentum has to offer. You make it possible to change the outcomes for these young men.


Your Café Momentum Development Team

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”—Frederick Douglas

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