Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stewpot Artists showing at the Lakewood Summer Arts Faire

Saturday, August 28, 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday, August 29, 11:15am - 5:00pm

2443 Abrams Rd. Dallas, TX 75214
in the Family Life Center at Lakewood United Methodist Church

There will be a large showing of work from Dallas area artists,
live entertainment and a children’s art workshop.

Come see us!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Stewpot Community Ministry Scholarship recipients recognized for their hard work

42 college students from The Stewpot's Children and Youth programs were recognized for the Community Ministries Scholarship this past Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church worship service. Two recipients have graduated in the last few months from college and we are expecting 12 more to graduate in the coming year. Many of them are the first people in their families to attend college!

Each scholarship recipient must actively participate in The Stewpot's Children and Youth programs for a minimum of 2 years and then if they maintain their grades they are eligible for $2,000 a year for up to five years!

Congrats to all of them!


Monday, August 16, 2010

DART Community Court for our homeless friends

The Stewpot offers many services to their clients in an effort to help them transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.  One of the services offered is Community Court.  Community Court is a program designed to offer homeless persons the opportunity to take care of misdemeanor citations and violations in the City of Dallas and for DART.  Our homeless friends are often times the subjects of certain types of citations from DART officers including most often fare evasion.  Since many of our homeless friends are financially strained as it is, the cost of these tickets can be difficult to afford.  If the tickets are not dealt with and one of our homeless friends gets arrested for a warrant, they go to jail and often times lose their identification (which often times The Stewpot has helped them obtain as vital records assistance is one of the services offered at The Stewpot). Hence, this court held at The Stewpot with the help of volunteers from the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, clerks from the court houses, and judges and justices of the peace from various districts affords the chance to the clients to handle their legal affairs rather than getting a warrant issued for their arrest.

On Saturday morning August 14, 94 individuals showed up to thank the lawyers, see the judges, get assigned hours of community service, and then set out to perform the community service tasks for their allotted hours in the Downtown Dallas area.  Work crews spread out to the north, east, south, and west to pick up trash, sweep the sidewalks, and help clean up the neighborhood.  Some crews focused on specific areas like the Farmer’s Market and City Hall.  At the end of the day, areas were cleaned up, court dockets were cleared of tickets dating back many years in some cases, and the participating clients of The Stewpot got to go home relieved knowing that there would not be a warrant issued for their arrest.  The Stewpot would like to thank Mike Haney, Justice of the Peace Judge Seider, Justice of the Peace Judge Sepulveda, and Justice of the Peace Judge Ellis for their services.  Also, The Stewpot would like to thank the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Brandy Baxter-Thompson and Jennifer King for their hard work and dedication to our homeless friends.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Stewpot Road Warrior spreads the miles

Long-time Stewpot/2nd Chance CafĂ© Meal Service volunteer Caryn Carson graced the cover of American Way magazine in March and was featured in the August issue of the American Bar Association Journal. Many fellow volunteers voted for Caryn during the American Airlines Road Warrior Competition and enjoyed her promotional videos. We’re proud of her award and recognition and appreciate her sharing her prize with The Stewpot. In addition using miles to help clients return home, The Stewpot plans to award the miles to a subscriber of our Stew News list.