Saturday, November 14, 2009

Creating a lasting legacy


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, many of us will begin to reflect on what we are most grateful for. Usually this includes family, friends and good health.

But when was the last time you were thankful for having your own bed to sleep in, your own shower to wash up in or your own kitchen to cook in? What we take for granted on most days is a dream for many residents who are preparing to move into CityWalk at Akard.

Of CityWalk’s 200 units, 142 are studios. All of the studios, 50 of which are reserved for formerly homeless individuals, will be furnished with a twin bed, two chairs and a bistro table, a nightstand and an armoire.

A mockup of our CityWalk studio was displayed at the Justice Revival Dallas event this past Thursday. Lori Beth Lemmon, Central Dallas CDC’s director of marketing, and Kevin Flagg, our community outreach assistant, spent the first half of the day assembling our CityWalk exhibit area, which created a lot of excitement among the Justice Revival crowd.

Johnice Woods, CDCDC project development coordinator, Kevin and I spoke with tons of people who stopped by to admire the setup and to talk about CityWalk’s progress. Everyone wanted to know how they could help.

A major need right now is having the bedroom/living, kitchen and bathroom areas of each studio furnished with all the basic necessities from dinnerware to bedding to bath towels. We’ve compiled a list of the items that can be purchased as a package for $750 and includes the following:

CityWalk Home Package

Bed-in-a-bag, 2-pack pillows, Jersey sheet set, 12-pk hangers, underbed storage boxes, clock radio, desk lamp, picture frame, iron, ironing board

9-pc cookware set, 20-pc dining set, tumbler set of 4, silverware tray, produce savers, can opener, kitchen towel set, dish drainer, wastebasket, broom/dust pan set, potted grass plant

Shower curtain/liner and curtain rings, 6-pc towel set, bath rug, 3-pc bathroom set, tub mat, hamper, wastebasket, first aid kit

A great way to create a lasting legacy is to purchase a CityWalk Home Package in honor of your family, church or organization. To make a donation, go to and click on “DONATE” or contact me at the Central Dallas CDC office at 214.573.2570.

The move-in date for our residents is fast approaching, so we’re hoping you will make your donation soon.

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