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Flag Raising Ceremony at Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC)
 
Project warms hearts of residents at Juliette Fowler Communities during challenging year
 
When Roman Fox, 14, a student at Providence Christian School and a member of BSA Troop 125, began the process of planning for his Eagle Scout project, it proved to be somewhat of a challenge to find a location willing to accommodate him during COVID-19 restrictions. Fox’s family, who attends St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church was familiar with the nearby Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC), an intergenerational community of residents at various life stages. After learning JFC was willing to work with Fox, the family participated in a meeting and tour of JFC’s 20-acre campus and fell in love with the organization’s close-knit family atmosphere. Once Fox learned about JFC’s wish for a flagpole to be installed at the entrance, he knew he had found his perfect project.
 
“I think that the flagpole is a great project because 2020 was a tough year for everyone,” said Roman Fox. “Juliette Fowler Communities is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that serves youth and elders with housing and issues related to aging and homelessness. This project will be beneficial to both the organization and its residents as it will enhance the main entrance, exhibit their love and pride of our country, support our veterans, and draw attention to their community.”
 
Fox raised over $2,600 from 40 donors for the project, which involved over 31 workers, including fellow boy scouts, leaders, and other adults working a total of 277 hours from October to March. Outside of planning, fundraising, and purchasing materials, project tasks included digging the hole, pouring cement, working with an electrician for lighting, installing the 25’, 200 lb. flagpole, building a surrounding flagstone patio, and adding stone edging, five boxwood bushes, and two floodlights.
 
“I have grown up building things and have a creative mind,” added Fox. “I really enjoyed sketching out the project and determining and organizing all of the things that would be needed to complete it.  We began this process in late October and just completed it with an official first flag raising on Saturday, March 13. It is so rewarding knowing what we did as a team and how much work it took to do it. We built a symbol of our freedom and a structure that will bring joy to people for a very long time.”
 
As residents of the community began to learn about the project, they found joy in watching the group work and seeing the progress.  Additionally, several of JFC’s resident veterans were elated.
 
Colonel Jim Bell, a veteran and resident at JFC, reached out to Fox to provide him with a donation to assist with the fundraising portion of his project.
 
“That flag raising meant a lot to me,” added Colonel Bell. “You know, I’ve seen many flags raised over the years, and each one continues to remind me why I fought for this country. I was in the Army for over 20 years and appreciate members of the community that pay tribute to our service.”
 
“Working with Roman Fox on this very special Eagle Scout project not only provided our Fowler Family with the flagpole we have been wishing for, but it also proved to be such a heartwarming experience for us all,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “Roman is right that this has been such a challenging year for everyone – not only with the pandemic but also the winter storm, which caused significant damage on our campus. Watching Roman and his team work during these past few months has been such a joy and truly lifted everyone’s spirits, giving them something wonderful to discuss and look forward to! This flagpole will always instill a sense of pride in our hearts not only for our country, but it will also remind us of a time when a soon-to-be Eagle Scout and his crew gave us hope for a brighter tomorrow.”
 
Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  Juliette Fowler Communities’ new Youth Support Center is a one-stop location to help Dallas youth escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation, and The Ebby House is a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  
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The Youth Support Center Program The Youth Support Center (YSC), serves as a one-stop location to help Dallas youth escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. Partially funded by a grant through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and administered through The Office of the Governor’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth project, the program plans to serve at least 25 youth, male and female, ages 12-24, in its first year, by providing whole-person services from carefully selected and vetted partner agencies.
 
This one-stop location for child and youth victims (male and female) provides whole-person services from carefully selected and vetted partner agencies
 
Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC), an organization serving vulnerable children, youth and older adults at different life stages, opened a Youth Support Center (YSC), serving as a one-stop location to help Dallas youth escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. Partially funded by a grant through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and administered through The Office of the Governor’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Youth project, the program plans to serve at least 25 youth, male and female, ages 12-24, in its first year, by providing whole-person services from carefully selected and vetted partner agencies.
 
The center, which had a soft opening in the fall, was destroyed by Winter Storm Uri; however, Juliette Fowler Communities has relocated the program and services continue at an unspecified location to protect the privacy of program participants.
 
The Youth Support Center provides counseling, coaching, mentorships, and educational and life skills programming as well clothing, emergency food, and toiletries. Transportation is also provided for those unable to access the center. The center also offers male specific programming each week. Trained coaches, who are available during all open hours, engage with program participants, helping them to establish plans with goals while maintaining relationships through treatment and into restoration.
 
“Juliette Fowler Communities is thrilled to add this needed program in the East Dallas area through our Children, Youth and Family Services programs,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “We are passionate about helping children and youth heal from trauma, abuse, and neglect.”
 
In mid-2020, The Office of Governor Greg Abbott approached Juliette Fowler Communities to apply for a grant to open the center because they knew of the success of The Ebby House on the JFC campus. Named for Dallas area real estate icon and philanthropist, Ebby Halliday, The Ebby House opened in 2014 to provide a residential home and support services for young women who age-out of foster care while also extending services to young women who left the foster care system prior to their 18 th birthday.
 
“Governor Abbott’s Office believes that this new center will fill the gaps in service delivery for at-risk and sex-trafficked youth in Dallas County,” added Gann. “Through our work with The Ebby House over the past seven years, we have seen a great need for coordinated services for children before they age out of the foster care and/or youth programs. The Youth Support Center gives us an opportunity to reach at-risk and sex-trafficked children/youth before they become adults and before they require the services of The Ebby House.”
 
While more awareness has been generated in recent years about sex trafficking, the problem remains a serious one in both the city of Dallas – one of the top ten cities nationwide with the most sex trafficking – and throughout the state of Texas – the second-largest hub for sex trafficking in the country.
 
“We know that sex trafficking is a $99 million-a-year crime; there are an estimated 400 trafficked teens on the street each night in Dallas; the average age of entry into trafficking is 12-16; and most of these children/youth are runaways, who are often trafficked within 48 hours of leaving home,” added Gann.
 
While there are agencies in Dallas County to provide emergency shelter, transitional housing, and drop-in care, there is currently not a location where at-risk children/youth, including those rescued from sex trafficking, can go for prevention and resiliency training, therapeutic care, and wrap-around services in one place. 
 
“Oftentimes, these children/youth are forced to juggle a bus schedule, face transportation issues, and manage appointments across many agencies to access whole-person care,” added Gann. “Bundling a spectrum of services at one location allows for consistent case management, provides greater access, removes the transportation burden, and keeps at-risk children/youth from falling through the cracks.”
 
Also unique to this center is extensive collaboration with community partners which will provide a full continuum of care to trafficked children/youth. Partners include: Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, providing care coordination; Traffick911, providing intake and assessment services; Together We Thrive Texas, providing on-site advocacy; Cornerstone Crossroads Academy, providing education services as well as the Education Youth Support Center, providing tutoring for GED programs, high school classes, vocational schools, and college classes; Youth180, providing counseling and mental health services; The ARK Group, providing training to JFC staff and volunteers to hold group sessions; Texas Workforce Commission, providing information and job search assistance; Our Friends Place, providing a life skills program; Bob’s House of Hope, providing support and aid for male sex trafficking victims; and numerous workshops and activities with partners including Children’s Health, the Stewpot, and Legal Aid. JFC is also currently exploring medical care partnerships for on-site or telehealth as well as potential workforce partners including Dallas College, Texas Advancement Center, Learn to Serve 360 and more.
 
Program participants have access to a full kitchen facility, social space, laundry room, bathrooms with showers, and rooms of various sizes for classes, private offices, and therapy sessions. Additionally, there is access to wellness programs, including a community center, exercise equipment, and pool. The space provides ample room for social distancing and for the expansion of additional programs over time. Referrals to the program will come through law enforcement, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, and Traffick911 as well as other city partners. JFC staff manage the program, coordinating all collaborative partnerships and each youth’s individualized plan which will provide a schedule of services that will begin and continue until the youth reaches determined goals.
 
“It is so important that a victim’s needs are met through a holistic continuum of care from prevention to recovery to re-establishment,” added Gann. “We are beyond excited about the positive and transformative impact Juliette Fowler Communities can make on these young lives.” 
 

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 20 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  Juliette Fowler Communities’ new Youth Support Center is a one-stop location to help Dallas youth escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation, and The Ebby House is a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Juliette Fowler Residences Rendering This new independent living facility will provide much needed affordable housing for the middle-income senior population, which is expected to double on a national level by 2029.

 

New independent living facility will provide much needed affordable housing for the middle-income senior population, which is expected to double on a national level by 2029

Juliette Fowler Communities (JFC) has announced plans to construct a 144-unit senior housing community, the Juliette Fowler Residences, for limited-to-moderate-wealth seniors. A groundbreaking for the $24 million development at JFC’s 25-acre location at 1234 Abrams Road in East Dallas, is planned for early 2021 with move-in beginning in May 2022. JFC was awarded tax credit financing through The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs’ (TDHCA) competitive tax credit process which enabled the organization to move forward with its plans.

“We couldn’t be more excited that our ‘field of dreams’ is now becoming a reality to help meet the tremendous need for housing faced by the ‘forgotten middle’ seniors in our community,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “This severe lack of affordable housing with supportive services is a national problem, and part of our goal with this new development is to bring this serious issue to light by educating our community, supporters, and funders that this is a looming crisis.”

Nationally, the middle-income senior population is expected to double by 2029 to 14.35 million (all 75+) with only 46 percent able to afford any form of senior housing. A 2019 study by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) shows that 54 percent of middle-income seniors could need housing and care by 2029. Most middle-income seniors will have health needs that present challenges for living at home: 8 percent will have cognitive impairment; 60 percent will have mobility limitations; and 20 percent will have high healthcare and functional needs, having at least three chronic conditions and needing help with at least one activity of daily living.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research, communities with housing affordability and accessibility of services contribute to the ability of seniors to successfully age.  

“This type of environment with extraordinary care and the opportunity for meaningful interactions will, without a doubt, delay or avoid some health challenges, which call for expensive healthcare options in the future,” added Gann. “By offering an affordable independent living option, more seniors will be able to benefit from living in community, instead of deteriorating alone.”

Fowler currently offers a mix of programs that range from high-to-moderate-priced independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation to affordable senior housing for those with extremely low incomes.

“Many seniors come to Fowler unable to afford our higher priced apartments, but they do not qualify for our lower income housing,” continued Gann. “This is especially heartbreaking for those with no family support and no place to turn. They are often afraid and alone.  Additionally, gentrification of neighborhoods is also a serious problem for many, making their residences unaffordable and pushing them out of homes they have lived in for years. Juliette Fowler Residences will bridge this critical gap in Dallas-area available housing, offering these seniors, ‘the forgotten middle,’ the benefit of aging successfully in a quality and affordable community. We anticipate reducing medical costs and falls and improving their overall mental health. Here, they will be a part of an engaging community where they can thrive and enjoy life.”

The Juliette Fowler Residences, a three-story apartment building with 144-units will offer floorplans from studio to a two-bedroom, ranging from 555 to 950 square feet, for seniors ages 62 and up. Apartments will include all appliances, including washers and dryers. The monthly rental program will benefit individuals with limited-to-moderate wealth who are on fixed incomes. An onsite service coordinator will be available to assist residents in securing services such as transportation, food, and other needs including aging support along with helping them to navigate healthcare. Amenities include an art room, library, fitness program and gym, business center, courtyard, access to an onsite chaplain, a chapel, pools, community gardens, and walking trails.

Additionally, JFC features the only dementia care program in Dallas, and one of only three in Texas, certified in the I’m Still Here® approach, a unique paradigm shift in memory care. As an I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care, JFC provides an engagement-focused program connecting with those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias through abilities that do not diminish with time. By offering families and professionals ways to emotionally connect with loved ones through communication techniques and life enrichment, this program sparks creativity and engagement, helping them to thrive.

The JFC application to TDHCA for funding was one of 11 to receive the tax credit awards from the TDHCA and was the highest scoring application in the Urban Region 3, earning the highest award amount of $1.5 million over ten years. To qualify for this funding for the development, all apartments must be designated for older adult households earning 30 percent, 50 percent, and 60 percent of the area’s median incomes. The tax credit award, a crucial first step to construction, invites investors to fund the construction of the development in return for reducing their tax bill.

The remainder of the funding will come through a combination of traditional financing and donor support. “Our namesake, Juliette Peak Fowler, showed us what community could be and taught us to invite others to be part of the dream. As Dallas’ first female philanthropist, Juliette sought innovative solutions for the problems of early Dallas. We continue that tradition today by bringing together a collaborative force of business leaders and philanthropists who share our vision for our community and its seniors,” shared Gann.

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 25 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018, 2019 and 2020.  Additionally, on the grounds is The Ebby House, a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

FYI, additional resource: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/periodicals/em/fall13/highlight1.html

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research

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Kick Off Party for Visionary Women Luncheon (FRONT) Barbara Bradfield, hostess of Kick Off Party; April Patterson, representing Deloitte, recipient of the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award; (BACK) Jolie Humphrey, representing the Visionary Women Award Honoree AWARE; Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities; Miranda Sullivan, recipient of the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award; Michelle Feavel, Visionary Women Luncheon Chair

Over 80 guests, including Juliette Fowler Communities Visionary Women Award recipients, board members, previous Visionary Women honorees, supporters and staff gathered on February 27 at the lakeside home of Barbara Bradfield to celebrate the upcoming Visionary Women Luncheon, which will feature keynote speaker Leeza Gibbons on May 1. Guests enjoyed panoramic views of White Rock Lake along with a garden-themed table of culinary delights provided by Deb Crabb of Grace Café. 

Representatives from AWARE, the 2020 Visionary Women Award recipient, included AWARE’s president Jolie Humphrey and president elect, Barbara Glass, as well as Stacey Angel, Judy Jarmon Diamond, Holly Miori, and Carol Stabler.  Representatives from Deloitte, the 2020 recipient of the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award, included Nolen Cornett, Roslyn Gumbel, and April Patterson. The third award recipient who will be honored May 1 at the Visionary Women Luncheon, Miranda Sullivan, a junior at TCU and the recipient of the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award, was also in attendance.

Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities, began the program thanking hostess Barbara Bradfield, welcoming guests, and thanking Visionary Luncheon media sponsors CultureMap and NBC 5. She continued that the Visionary Women Luncheon is an important opportunity to honor the founders of organization and spread its mission of serving children and youth as well as elders, with a special focus on dementia services for the 2020 luncheon event. She recognized two past Visionary Women Award recipients in attendance, Patti Hardman and Marca Lee Bircher. Additionally, she highlighted the family of the late Erika McKenzie, Juliette Fowler Communities’ former and beloved volunteer coordinator, board member and namesake of the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award. Her husband, The Rev. Dr. Don McKenzie, and family members Laurie Tipton, Don McKenzie, and Shelbie McKenzie were in attendance. Before turning the program over to Luncheon Chair Michelle Feavel, she also recognized Honorary Luncheon Chairs Mary and Roland Bandy.

Feavel highlighted the accomplishments of the three award recipients who will be honored at the luncheon: AWARE, Deloitte, and Miranda Sullivan. She also announced Leeza Gibbons as the guest speaker and shared that she is not only an Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality, philanthropist, and New York Times best-selling author, but also a tireless advocate for caregivers. After losing both her grandmother and mother to Alzheimer’s, she started the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation as well as Leeza’s Care Connection to provide support for caregivers. Feavel encouraged attendees to spread the word and encourage others to sponsor tables for what will be one of the most incredible Visionary Women luncheons to date.

Tickets are $200, and sponsorships are available. Contact Jamie Rodgers,  jamier@fowlercommunities.org, 214-818-0342.  Visit https://fowlercommunities.org/visionary-women-luncheon/

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 25 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018 and 2019.  Additionally, on the grounds is The Ebby House, a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Leeza Gibbons Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality, philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, and caregiver advocate, will headline the 8th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon on Friday, May 1, at the OMNI Dallas Hotel

AWARE has been named the 2020 Visionary Women Award recipient for its philanthropic leadership in fighting Alzheimer's disease

Juliette Fowler Communities announces Leeza Gibbons, Emmy Award-Winning TV/radio personality, philanthropist, New York Times best-selling author, and caregiver advocate, will headline the 8th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon on Friday, May 1, at the OMNI Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street. Previously scheduled speaker Kimberly Williams Paisley will no longer attend the luncheon due to an unexpected production schedule conflict. 

Known for her decades-long career in entertainment and news media from “Entertainment Tonight” to her award-winning daytime talk show, “Leeza,” Leeza Gibbons is one of the leading voices for issues facing family caregivers. When her mother and grandmother were struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, she created the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation in 2002 as a promise to her mother to “tell her story and make it count.” Leeza’s Place, now known as Leeza’s Care Connection is the signature program of the foundation, opening its first doors in 2003 to offer free services for the voiceless population of family caregivers who report feeling under-valued and alone on their caregiving journey. Her mother passed away in 2008, and she wrote about the experience in her 2009 book, Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Happiness While Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss. In 2015, Gibbons was named the winner of the NBC competition, “Celebrity Apprentice,” and invested her prize money into her foundation. She recently expanded the foundation’s mission to help families dealing with chronic illnesses and diseases in addition to Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 “Juliette Fowler Communities is honored to bring the inspiring and talented Leeza Gibbons to Dallas,” said Nicole Gann, president and CEO, Juliette Fowler Communities. “In addition to her extensive background in the field of entertainment and news media, she is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, and a true voice of hope. Her diverse and impressive career, coupled with her personal story and dedication to help caregivers, will leave our audience empowered and uplifted.”

 Located on 25 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities features the only dementia care program in Dallas, and one of only three in Texas, certified in the I’m Still Here® approach, a unique paradigm shift in memory care. As an I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care, Juliette Fowler Communities provides an engagement-focused program connecting with those living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias through abilities that do not diminish with time. By offering families and professionals ways to emotionally connect with loved ones who are still there through communication techniques and life enrichment, this program sparks creativity and engagement, helping them to thrive.

The Visionary Women Luncheon Chair Michelle Feavel announces the 2020 luncheon award recipients: AWARE will receive the Visionary Women Award for its philanthropic leadership in support of Alzheimer's care and research; and Deloitte will receive the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award for its 20 years of volunteer service at Juliette Fowler Communities. Miranda Sullivan, a TCU student selected by TCU campus ministry, will receive the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award. Honorary Luncheon Chairs are Mary and Roland Bandy.

“Juliette Fowler Communities is thrilled to honor these 2020 award recipients for the incredible impact they have made and continue to make in this community and beyond,” added Michelle Feavel, luncheon chair. “The extraordinary work of Leeza Gibbons is a perfect complement to this year’s Visionary Women Award recipients as all play a key role in serving those living with Alzheimer’s and their families.”

The Visionary Women Honoree AWARE, founded in 1989, has raised and donated over $13.5 million in support of programs, projects and research to help individuals affected by Alzheimer’s in Dallas and North Texas. Founding members include Ruth Sharp Altshuler, Cyndy Hudgins, Nancy Nelson, Evelyn Ponder, Billie Leigh Rippey, and Anita Sampels. Working in partnership with The Dallas Foundation, AWARE selects and provides grants to nonprofits in Dallas and North Texas working on the front lines in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. AWARE has funded Fowler’s music and art therapy programs; provided the lead gift for training, implementation and certification for Fowler’s I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care, as well as provided the lead gift for Dementia Friendly Dallas.

For the past 20 years, Deloitte LLP, this year’s Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award honoree, has selected Fowler Communities as a volunteer site for its annual international day of service, Impact Day. This past year was the company’s 20th Impact Day, and the 19th year of volunteering at Fowler Communities. Approximately 150 volunteers, many of whom return year after year, spend the day working on projects at Fowler, providing all necessary funding. Activities include gardening, painting, organizing, cleaning, building or engaging in activities with residents.

Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award Recipient Miranda Sullivan, a TCU junior religion and political science major, has exemplified the spirit of Juliette Fowler through service to both the campus and local community while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. She will graduate in 2021 with hopes to begin a Master of Divinity as part of a dual degree program. Her long-term calling is to address needs in refugee services and work in international law. She is campus president of Disciples on Campus; president of Chi Delta Mu; fundraising director of TCU Dance Marathon, a student run philanthropy for the local Children's Miracle Network through Cook Children's Medical Center; and children’s ministry assistant at University Christian Church.

Leeza Gibbons’ current roles include co-hosting the Rose Parade for Nexstar Media Group & the Hallmark channel.  In 2013, she won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Host for the weekly TV news show “My Generation” on PBS. She is also the author of additional bestselling books, including Fierce Optimism: Seven Secrets for Playing Nice and Winning Big and Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings. Gibbons lives in Los Angeles with her husband, New York Times Best Selling Author Steven Fenton, and their rescue pup, Biggie.  She remains close with her father Carlos, and she has three children, daughter, Leksy, and sons, Troy and Nate.

“Please join us for this exciting opportunity to hear the amazing and compassionate Leeza Gibbons, and help us honor three outstanding award recipients,” added Nicole Gann. “Your support of this luncheon and Juliette Fowler Communities provides critical funding to our One Heart Annual Fund, enabling us to continue to implement the most innovative programs, while caring for the most vulnerable among us, the young and old at Fowler.”

Luncheon sponsors are CultureMap Dallas and NBC5. Tickets are $200, and sponsorships are available. Contact Jamie Rodgers,  jamier@fowlercommunities.org, 214-818-0342.  Visit https://fowlercommunities.org/visionary-women-luncheon/

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Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 25 picturesque acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018 and 2019.  Additionally, on the grounds is The Ebby House, a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Juliette Fowler Communities One Heart Society Members Martha Williams, Co-Chair Krystle Craycraft, Carrie Hill, Camille Liebbe, and Kirsten Swanson. The One Heart Society supports the mission of Juliette Fowler Communities through volunteerism, community awareness, and fundraising.

Burgers Bring Joy, Fellowship and Fun at Juliette Fowler Communities

 A beautiful, warm day set the scene for a unique December cookout, bringing together Juliette Fowler Communities’ residents, partners, supporters, and staff for a lunchtime celebration on its picturesque 25-acre campus in Lakewood. As part of In-N-Out Burger’s Family Cookout program, In-N-Out staff prepared over 300 cheeseburgers and served them along with chips and drinks to Fowler Communities’ 41 foster families; staff of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (a partner company); residents of Juliette Fowler Communities Ebby House (a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system) and their mentors; members of Juliette Fowler Communities One Heart Society (a group which supports the mission of Juliette Fowler Communities through volunteerism, community awareness, and fundraising); and Fowler Communities staff members.

“This was such a fun celebration for our Fowler Family and a great example of special events we hold throughout the year to support our 41 foster families,” said Nicole Gann, president and chief executive officer, Juliette Fowler Communities. “As an intergenerational community, we also strive to create fun events that bring our residents together. It is so rewarding to see all ages enjoying each other’s company and learning from one another. We would like to express our sincere thanks to In-N-Out for creating this special day.”

“It was a treat to eat a delicious burger from In-N-Out and have a chance to visit with others at Juliette Fowler Communities,” said a resident of the Ebby House. “I, along with my friends at Ebby House, are grateful for the programs provided by Juliette Fowler Communities and the support of others in the community. Here we feel safe and loved while preparing for our futures.”

Juliette Fowler Communities is a unique faith-based, intergenerational community of residents at various life-stages.  Located on 25 acres, Juliette Fowler Communities provides independent and assisted living, a Five-Star Quality Rated skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, memory care and affordable senior housing.  As the only certified I’m Still Here® Center for Excellence in Dementia Care in Dallas and one of only three in Texas, Fowler’s program employs evidence-based techniques to adapt experiences to an individual’s cognitive abilities and strengths. It has also been named a Great Place to Work in the Aging Services Industry in 2018 and 2019.  Additionally, on the grounds is The Ebby House, a residence for young women, ages 18-24, at risk for homelessness due to neglect, abuse, and aging out of the foster care system. The Ebby House program instills life skills and provides mentoring, health care, education, career guidance and job training. Additional services of Juliette Fowler Communities include foster and adoption services. Visit fowlercommunities.org or call 214.827.0813.  

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Kickoff Party 5th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon Luncheon Honorary Co-Chair Cindy Dowell (75231), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (75230), Chair Carol Maxwell (75218), Honorary Co-Chair Kay Ellis (75225)

Senator Hutchison will be honored at the 5th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon along with

TCU Student Madeline Johnston White and the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) for visionary leadership

 Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (75230) has been named the 2017 Visionary Woman by Juliette Fowler Communities and will be honored at the 5th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon, Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street, from 12 – 1:15 p.m.  Madeline Johnston White, a Texas Christian University graduate social work major, and the Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) will also be recognized.  This luncheon celebrates the 125th anniversary of the founding of Juliette Fowler Communities, named for Juliette Peak Fowler, Dallas’ first female philanthropist, and honors individuals who embody her compassionate spirit and who use their visionary leadership and gifts to make a difference in the lives of others in the community. Luncheon chair is Carol Maxwell, (75218) and honorary chairs are former Fowler president and CEO, Kay Crosby Ellis (75225) and Cynthia Dowell, (75231) widow of Edward Dowell who was president 1981-2005.

“It is a wonderful honor to be named the 2017 Visionary Woman by Juliette Fowler Communities,” said Senator Hutchison. “I can relate to Ms. Fowler, her dreams and her steadfast perseverance.  Her hard work, determination, and vision led to the establishment of a community of care for widows and orphaned children and, ultimately, the intergenerational community she envisioned.”

Kay Bailey Hutchison’s commitment to the service of others is evident in everything she does not only locally and statewide but for the nation.  For 20 years she served Texas in the United States Senate and made history by being the first woman senator from Texas.  While in office she helped secure billions of federal dollars for the state and played a key role in the Dart light rail system and the Love Field Modernization Program.  She worked with the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. 

Prior to her Senate service, Senator Hutchison was elected Texas State Treasurer in 1990 and to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972. She was the first Republican woman elected to the Texas House and served until 1976.  In 1976 she was appointed by President Gerald Ford to serve as vice-chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

She has had numerous leadership roles in the Senate, including Vice-Chairman of the Republican Conference, Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee (the fourth-highest ranking Republican Senator), and as the Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice and Science. She was also the Chairman for Military Construction Appropriations Sub-Committee.    

In addition to her work as a public servant, she has business experience as senior vice president and general counsel of Republic Bank Corporation, co-founder of Fidelity national Bank of Dallas, and as the owner of a candy manufacturing company.  She currently serves as senior counsel at Bracewell LLP.

In 2013, the Dallas City Council voted to name its Convention Center the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, and the University of Texas established the Kay Baily Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business. She was one of only five women in a UT School of Law class of 269 law students.  In July 2013, President Barak Obama signed into law H.R. 2289, renaming section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.  Senator Hutchison authored the original bill, co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski, to establish Spousal IRAs.       

Hutchison has won numerous state and national awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and the History Making Texan Award in 2016. She is an acclaimed author, and her most recent book, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas, was released in 2013.

“We are thrilled to honor Kay Bailey Hutchison as our 2017 Visionary Woman,” said Sabrina Porter, president and chief executive officer, Juliette Fowler Communities.  “Like Juliette Fowler, Senator Hutchison has persevered throughout her career.  Through economic booms or busts, changing administrations, the tragedy of 9/11, and more, she persisted, exercising decorum and restraint regardless of circumstances.  Her commitment to the needs of others on all levels shows her dedication to the people and our country.  An advocate for women and individuals, she serves as an inspiration to others to stand up and do what you can to make positive changes in our society.”

Additionally, the luncheon will present the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award to Madeline Johnston White, a recent Texas Christian University graduate.  This annual award is given to a TCU student who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, and a humanitarian spirit, reflecting the spirit of Juliette Peak Fowler.  A member of the Dean’s List for five semesters, White graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology Minor. She was an active member of the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity at TCU, volunteering with many organizations. Currently, as Deputy Communication Director for the Office of State Representative Ryan Guillen, she assists with constituent case management and analyzes bills for potential legislation.  White has also been a victim advocate with DRC Solutions, where she provided services and resources to homeless victims of crime and violence.  In her summers she worked with Reach Beyond Mission for youth (grades 6-12) facilitating service activities and leading discussions on poverty, hunger and homelessness.  In 2015, she volunteered with Institut Mediterraneen des Langues et Services in Montpellier, France, where she worked with nonprofit organizations serving refugees and people with disabilities.  White plans to pursue her master’s degree in Social Work in the fall and is considering a law degree in the future.

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations and memberswill receive the Erika McKenzie Volunteer award. The award’s namesake, the late Erika McKenzie, was a beloved volunteer manager, board member and volunteer.  The award will be accepted by The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins who serves as the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.  Fowler’s relationship with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was formed in 1903 when founder Sarah Harwood  created the nonprofit’s formal association with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – a valued relationship that has remained strong over the years.  Since 1903, Disciple congregations and members, especially throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, have provided countless hours of service and support to Fowler residents and staff.

Past Visionary Women award recipients are 2013-Ebby Halliday Acers; 2014-Vivian Anderson Castleberry; 2015-Marca Lee Bircher and Patricia Hardman; and 2016-Virginia Chandler Dykes.  All luncheon proceeds benefit One Heart, Juliette Fowler Communities’ annual fund, which supports areas of greatest need for Fowler residents. Founded in 1892, the intergenerational community has cared for thousands of elders, children, youth and families and continues to do so today with services including independent and assisted living, memory care, and affordable senior housing, as well as a five-star quality nursing and rehabilitation center. Children are served through a collaborative foster care program within the 25-acre community and throughout the greater Dallas area. The Ebby House, named for Ebby Halliday Acers, prevents homelessness and offers hope to young women who have experienced or aged-out foster care.

Luncheon tickets are $150.  Sponsorships are available. Contact Coleman Rabourn, colemanr@fowlercommunities.org, 214-515-1342.

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Honorary Chair Barbara Bradfield, honoree Virginia Chandler Dykes, CEO Sabrina Porter, Luncheon Chair Elaine Kellam

 

Virginia Chandler Dykes has been named the 2016 Visionary Woman by Juliette Fowler Communities and will be honored at the 4th Annual Visionary Women Luncheon, Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at the Omni Dallas Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street, from 12 – 1:15 p.m.  Hannah Canterbury, a Texas Christian University senior social work major, and the Dallas Junior Forum will also be recognized.  The luncheon celebrates the vision of Juliette Peak Fowler, Dallas’ first female philanthropist, and honors individuals who embody her compassionate spirit and who use their visionary leadership and remarkable gifts to make a difference in the lives of others in our community. Luncheon chair is Elaine Kellam and honorary chair is Barbara Bradfield.  WFAA’s Shelly Slater will emcee the luncheon.

Virginia Chandler Dykes’ passion for her lifelong work as an occupational therapist, coupled with her servant’s heart and desire to improve life for others, has created a legacy of leadership, mentorship and philanthropy in the Dallas community and beyond.   She is nationally known for her work in rehabilitation, adult and adolescent psychiatry, eating disorders, hand splinting, and acute physical disabilities as well as her ongoing commitment to provide scholarship assistance to occupational therapy students.  Her work with Texas Woman’s University and her namesake luncheon – honoring Dallas leaders for the past 14 years –has raised over $550,000 and awarded more than 100 scholarships to students in all four colleges of TWU.

Her love of OT began immediately following her graduation from Southern Methodist University in 1952. Unsure of what to do with her degree in art and psychology, Dykes met with TWU’s first head of occupational therapy, Fanny Vanderkooi, who encouraged her to pursue occupational therapy. Dykes never looked back. She completed the graduate occupational therapy program at TWU in 1954, and for 25 years she would help advance her profession across diverse areas of practice while serving as Director of Occupational and Recreational Therapy for Baylor University Medical Center.  She also founded the Boomerang Club, the first Dallas support group for stroke patients and their families. Among other responsibilities, she organized and supervised an OT internship program serving 23 Texas universities.  Dykes retired in 1988 leaving behind a significant legacy of professional contributions.  She then began a long association with her alma mater, TWU, and its occupational therapy department. 

Dykes is also known for her leadership in organizations such as The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Arboretum Women’s Council and the Fort Worth Opera.  In 2014, she was honored as one six Women of the Year by Les Femmes du Monde. In 2012, Virginia and her late husband Roland were honored by the American Occupational Therapy Association for their sustained philanthropic service to Occupational Therapy Education, and in 2011, they were honored with the Texas Occupational Therapy Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, in 2005, Dykes was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on TWU’s Board of Regents, where she served until 2011.

“We are thrilled to honor Virginia as our 2016 Visionary Woman,” said Sabrina Porter, president and chief executive officer, Juliette Fowler Communities.  “Virginia’s passion for occupational therapy, education and the arts is perfectly aligned with our mission. Our residents and staff have benefited from her work and her support of students in social work, therapy and nursing.  Her life’s work mirrors ours and has encouraged self-sufficiency, independence and fulfillment.”

Additionally, the luncheon will present the Juliette Fowler Faith and Service Award to Hannah Canterbury, a TCU senior social work major. This annual award is given to a TCU student who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, and a humanitarian spirit, reflecting the spirit of Juliette Fowler.  Active with the Tarrant County Homelessness Collation, the Women's Center of Tarrant County and Active Minds - a mental health advocacy group, as well as the National Association of Social Workers, where she served as social justice chair, Canterbury has demonstrated a strong desire to serve others.  Committed to her faith, she is a proven leader in the Disciples Campus Ministry community, serving as communications chair, vice president and student president.  She plans to pursue graduate studies in clinical social work with a focus in mental health and substance abuse.

The Dallas Junior Forum will receive the inaugural Erika McKenzie Volunteer award. The award’s namesake, the late Erika McKenzie, was a beloved volunteer manager, board member and volunteer.  This year marks Dallas Junior Forum’s 40th year of support to Fowler as donors and as volunteers. Firmly committed to raising money for their service projects each year, the group has funded more than $225,000 in grants to Fowler.  A “hands-on” volunteer organization, the group conducts monthly themed game parties and holiday parties, providing companionship to the older adult residents of Juliette Fowler Communities.   The group also sponsors and mentors young women, formerly in foster homes who are now residents of The Ebby House, one of Fowler Communities’ newest programs. 

Past Visionary Women award recipients are 2013-Ebby Halliday Acers; 2014-Vivian Anderson Castleberry; and 2015-Marca Lee Bircher and Patricia Hardman.  All luncheon proceeds benefit One Heart, Juliette Fowler Communities’ annual fund, which supports areas of greatest need for Fowler residents. Founded in 1892, the intergenerational community has cared for thousands of elders, children, youth and families and continues to do so today with services including independent and assisted living, memory care, and affordable senior housing, as well as a five-star quality nursing and rehabilitation center. Children are served through a collaborative foster care program within the 25-acre community and throughout the greater Dallas area. The Ebby House, named for Ebby Halliday Acers, prevents homelessness and offers hope to young women who have aged-out of foster care.

Luncheon tickets are $150.  Sponsorships are available. Contact Coleman Rabourn, colemanr@fowlercommunities.org, 214-515-1342.

 “I am extremely honored to be named this year’s visionary woman,” added Dykes.  “I know there are many deserving women in this community.  It gives me great joy to think of my dear friend, the late Ebby Halliday, who received this honor in 2013 and whose impact on the Fowler Communities is evident today.  This organization does amazing work and changes lives.”