CITY House

CITY House City House Mission: To provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect, or homelessness.
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City House provides food, clothing shelter, medical care and therapy to children of all ages and young adults through its two programs: My Friend's House: An emergency shelter for at-risk kids who have been removed from their homes, or who are runaway or homeless. We are a short-term solution to place children while they look for a more permanent placement. While the children are in our care, we do everything we can to provide them with a warm, safe place. Our transitional living program is for young adults aged 18 to 21 who are homeless. Our program is 18 months old. During this period, they live in one of our homes and we teach them the life skills necessary to become independent, contributing members of society. We assist them with getting their identification, require they get their G.E.D., require they work and save money. Our graduates leave our program with a job, a minimum of a G.E.D., and the ability to thrive in an independent living situation. City House Administrative Office 830 Central Pkwy E #350 Plano, TX 75074 972-424-4626 (office) 972-424-4934 (fax) Sheri Messer Chief Executive Officer [email protected] Chey Reynolds Marketing Communications & Development Director [email protected] Lisa Rodgers Director of Volunteer Services [email protected] Jennifer Lajoie Programs Director, CPA, Runaway & Homeless Youth, Transitional living and Youth Outreach [email protected] Donna Melton, Operations Director [email protected]

City House provides food, clothing shelter, medical care and therapy to children of all ages and young adults through its two programs: My Friend's House: An emergency shelter for at-risk kids who have been removed from their homes, or who are runaway or homeless. We are a short-term solution to place children while they look for a more permanent placement. While the children are in our care, we do everything we can to provide them with a warm, safe place. Our transitional living program is for young adults aged 18 to 21 who are homeless. Our program is 18 months old. During this period, they live in one of our homes and we teach them the life skills necessary to become independent, contributing members of society. We assist them with getting their identification, require they get their G.E.D., require they work and save money. Our graduates leave our program with a job, a minimum of a G.E.D., and the ability to thrive in an independent living situation. City House Administrative Office 830 Central Pkwy E #350 Plano, TX 75074 972-424-4626 (office) 972-424-4934 (fax) Sheri Messer Chief Executive Officer [email protected] Chey Reynolds Marketing Communications & Development Director [email protected] Lisa Rodgers Director of Volunteer Services [email protected] Jennifer Lajoie Programs Director, CPA, Runaway & Homeless Youth, Transitional living and Youth Outreach [email protected] Donna Melton, Operations Director [email protected]

Mission: To provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect, or homelessness.

Operating as usual

08/13/2020
City House Thankful Thursday

We couldn't do what we do without our great donors, community partners, and supporters. So from now on, every Thursday will be a ’Thankful Thursday’!

If you would like to schedule a donation dropoff, organize a drive or have pictures, please contact our Community and Donor Relations Manager, Briah Nunn at [email protected]

Our Youth Resource Center for at-risk teens and young adults up to 21 years, is in a highly accessible location, within ...
08/12/2020

Our Youth Resource Center for at-risk teens and young adults up to 21 years, is in a highly accessible location, within walking distance of a DART station and bus stop. When youth come to us, they often need help with food, toiletries, access to a computer, educational assistance, a shower, a change of clothes and some counseling.

It's not uncommon for a teen come by several times for a meal, clothes or a shower before ever receiving any counseling services or life skill assistance - TRUST. We are #HereForAReason

08/08/2020

As many as 1 in 20 youth run away from home each year. The American Academy of Pediatrics report "Runaway Youth: Caring for the Nations Largest Segment of Missing Children," details how unaccompanied youth who run away - either on their own or who are asked to leave home - have high rates of trauma and neglect, mental illness, and substance abuse, family dysfunction, and disengagement from school.

We encourage any youth or family that is concerned about their situation at home to contact us for free counseling towards easing family conflict and issues.

08/07/2020

My Friends House (emergency crisis shelter for newborns - 17 years) and Transitional Living Program homes are in need of disinfectant wipes. Please donate and help keep your kids healthy! #Clorox Amazon Wish List: https://a.co/ghDpk1N

08/06/2020
Happy 18th Birthday “Mike”!

How do you remember celebrating your 18th birthday? Did you have a party with friends to celebrate? Did your mom make your favorite cake?

Imagine turning 18 and being told, “You’re an adult, you’re on your own now, and it’s time to leave... my job as a parent is done.”

You just finished high school during this pandemic, hadn’t applied to college, jobs are hard to find, and you don’t have professional skills or necessary life skills yet either.

Usually, turning 18 is just the beginning of promising life opportunities for most teens in North Texas. Not for “Mike”. He’s been living in his car for a few days.

Today, “Mike” came to City House for help and completed an application for the Transitional Living Program. He’s on the waitlist. He got a hot meal, took a shower and received some new clothes in our Youth Resource Center.

Supporting City House allows us to provide free crisis counseling, shelter, transitional living, food, transportation, h...
08/05/2020

Supporting City House allows us to provide free crisis counseling, shelter, transitional living, food, transportation, healthcare and many other life-changing services for at-risk, youth and young adults (newborn - 21 years) who are in need due to abuse, neglect, or homelessness. Consider making a one-time donation or recurring donation today: https://bit.ly/SEWELLKids

We’re grateful the children in our crisis shelter have access to bikes, a sandbox, and even simple things like chalk. Th...
08/05/2020

We’re grateful the children in our crisis shelter have access to bikes, a sandbox, and even simple things like chalk. Thank you to the many volunteers who donate, build and help us provide a happy place to learn and play.

Have you had a great mentor who made an impact on you? Tell us about it!
08/04/2020

Have you had a great mentor who made an impact on you? Tell us about it!

This research may be from 2017, but it’s still just as relevant today. “Homeless young people ‘might have a place to sle...
08/01/2020
A Hidden Population: Youth Homelessness Is on the Rise

This research may be from 2017, but it’s still just as relevant today.

“Homeless young people ‘might have a place to sleep for the night, but they don’t have a key, and they don’t know how long they can stay. Or they have to trade sex for a place,’ Hyatt said.”

Across the U.S., the number of young people living alone on the streets appears to be growing. Many communities are stepping up their efforts to help, intervening early with services specifically targeted toward the needs of young people.

07/30/2020

Today, July 30 is "World Day Against Trafficking in Persons". City House joins the United Nations in honoring front line workers to end human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors - identifying, supporting, counseling, and seeking justice for victims, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the essential role of first responders has become even more important, particularly as the restrictions imposed by the pandemic have made their work harder. Social workers, healthcare professionals, teachers, and nonprofits like City House work to protect the vulnerable in the fight against trafficking. #EndHumanTrafficking #BlueHeartCampaign

City House is grateful to receive $50,000 from NBC5 and Telemundo - NBCUniversal Foundation to help create positive chan...
07/29/2020

City House is grateful to receive $50,000 from NBC5 and Telemundo - NBCUniversal Foundation to help create positive changes in North Texas Communities. City House will dedicate grant funding to the mentoring program designed for runaway and homeless youth in the Transitional Living Program. The program provides shelter, meals, counseling, and aftercare services. Mentoring is based on a holistic set of strategies to support the youth's social capital and essential life skills. #mentoringmatters read more here: https://bit.ly/MentorNBC

Thank you to our friends from Preston Trail Community Church Good Neighbor Group for donating several goods, gift cards,...
07/28/2020

Thank you to our friends from Preston Trail Community Church Good Neighbor Group for donating several goods, gift cards, and $2,500.

Thank you Cantex Continuing Care Network Kevin Flury, Director of Operations, for meeting with our team yesterday to dis...
07/24/2020

Thank you Cantex Continuing Care Network Kevin Flury, Director of Operations, for meeting with our team yesterday to discuss ways we can work together to improve the lives of our clients and your patients. Common theme of the day was COMPASSION!

Pictured left to right: Kevin Flury, Lisa Rodgers (Director of Volunteer Resources), Lynn Clark Bergman (Director of Development), and Jennifer Hipskind (Board of Directors President).

We are in immediate need of a few items. If you would like to donate, please drop items off Monday-Friday between 10 am ...
07/23/2020

We are in immediate need of a few items. If you would like to donate, please drop items off Monday-Friday between 10 am to 3 pm.

Saying "the hard stuff" is difficult for anyone. It's even more of a challenge for a child removed from an unstable home...
07/21/2020

Saying "the hard stuff" is difficult for anyone. It's even more of a challenge for a child removed from an unstable home life.

Do you realize when our clients thank us, they are also thanking you? We can't do what we do without you.

Thank you for caring and believing in City House.

“We are really having to remind the public that just because reports have gone down does mean that child abuse has stopp...
07/18/2020
Texas child advocates warn of hidden signs of abuse amid quarantine

“We are really having to remind the public that just because reports have gone down does mean that child abuse has stopped. It simply means it is not being reported."

Reports of child abuse fell in Texas when schools moved online because of the coronavirus, but experts say this does not mean that abuse has slowed.

Lisa Rodgers, Director of Volunteer Resources at City House would like your help!
07/17/2020

Lisa Rodgers, Director of Volunteer Resources at City House would like your help!

Your hair is an accessory to the beauty that comes from within, but it sure builds confidence when you feel good about i...
07/17/2020

Your hair is an accessory to the beauty that comes from within, but it sure builds confidence when you feel good about it.

Thank you to our friends at The Potter's House of North Dallas for donating ethnic haircare products to help clients maintain healthy hair and feel their best!

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the system that protects children, leaving some confined in troubled homes or linger...
07/14/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered the system that protects children, leaving some confined in troubled homes or lingering in foster care. Reports of child abuse across the nation have dropped sharply and that has authorities worried.

Teachers and child care centers normally lead the reports of suspected abuse. While many communities are staying indoors to "stay safe" for many children, home is the most dangerous place they can be.

TX DFPS can help you recognize signs of abuse http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_protection/child_safety/recognize_abuse.asp

Risk factors for suicide among homeless youth are depression, anxiety and stress, family conflict, isolation and lonelin...
07/14/2020

Risk factors for suicide among homeless youth are depression, anxiety and stress, family conflict, isolation and loneliness, sexual or domestic abuse, drug use, and adverse childhood experiences. There is help available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.

07/13/2020

We're so proud of Jacob as he moves on to Arizona to a new beginning! Previously, Jacob was a client in our Transitional Living Program and most recently he received services in our Youth Resource Center. Our City House Family wishes him well.

National Sexual Assault Hotline sees record demand during pandemic. Many reaching out are children.“Their safety net col...
07/12/2020
National Sexual Assault Hotline sees record demand during pandemic. Many reaching out are children.

National Sexual Assault Hotline sees record demand during pandemic. Many reaching out are children.

“Their safety net collapsed during this period [pandemic]. Normally the first people to spot signs of abuse are adults outside the immediate family. Teachers and guidance counselors and the parents of friends. Once kids were cut off from that support group, we've seen in a lot of states that reports to child abuse authorities have declined."

"Their safety net collapsed during this period," said Rape Abuse and Incest National Network president Scott Berkowitz.

07/10/2020

The thing about meditation is: You become more and more YOU.
~ David Lynch

07/09/2020

We need your help, now, more than ever. Here is a list with immediate needs.

Note: For grocery donations, please email Director of Volunteer Services, Lisa Rodgers,at [email protected]

Men's tennis shoes (sizes 11 1/2 and 12)
Men’s white t-shirts/undershirts (all sizes)
Men’s and women’s – athletic shorts (all sizes)
Summer t-shirts for men and women (all sizes)
Groceries (email Lisa for details)

Let kindness be your superpower!
07/08/2020

Let kindness be your superpower!

We are so grateful to Central Market for providing $2500.00 supporting City House's mission during these difficult times...
07/06/2020

We are so grateful to Central Market for providing $2500.00 supporting City House's mission during these difficult times. As the need for protection, safe housing, food and counseling are in even higher demand for children, teens and young adults during this pandemic, we appreciate their help! #CentralMarketHelpingHere #Grateful

07/04/2020
Did you know that City House is a licensed Safe Place Agency for Collin and Denton Counties? We also serve youth from Da...
07/03/2020

Did you know that City House is a licensed Safe Place Agency for Collin and Denton Counties? We also serve youth from Dallas, Tarrant, and other counties in the DFW Metroplex.

When a youth goes to a Safe Place site seeking help, a Safe Place responder connects them to the appropriate assistance. In some cases they facilitate the youth getting home safely, and in other cases it means that the youth is transported to an agency to receive services there.

Our emergency shelter, My Friend's House, is a Safe Place Agency. All QuickTrip gas stations are Safe Place sites. Recently, 17-year-old "Beth" went to a QuikTrip in Denton County after running away from home due to intense family conflict during this pandemic. City House welcomed her with a safe place for several weeks, she was also provided food, clothing and individual and family counseling. “Beth” is now back home after reuniting with her family.

Supporting City House supports the communities of North Texas, and we thank you for helping "Beth".

07/02/2020
CITY House

#TBT When Lisa gave a shout out to our wonderful volunteers while under stay home orders, back in April, who knew it would quickly become a Throwback Thursday post (some say Groundhog Day)?

We love our volunteers and really miss hugs and handshakes & feeling energy and hearing the hustle of good work with and for our children and youth in our crisis shelter, TLP homes, and Youth Resource Center.

Help from a distance with donations and gift card drives might be the norm for now, but we APPRECIATE you in July, just as we did in April. Thank you for your continued support!

Lisa Rodgers, Director of Volunteer Resources, with a very important message to our City House volunteers. You are indeed the HEART of our mission. Thank you from all of us!

06/30/2020

What do you do when COVID-19 cancels your mission trip to Branson, MO?

You find a way to help your own community! Thank you to the youth (ages 3-15) of Vibrant Life Baptist Church for making these essential Outreach Bags.

When we see identified at-risk or homeless youth on the streets, we share these bags and have an opportunity to tell them about services at City House where they can find safety and counseling.

Thank you Joyce Smith and Diamond Lenoir for dropping the bags off today!

06/27/2020
Doing Something Good!

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~ Dalai Lama

We’re grateful for these compassionate teens! Anjali Brown and Bethel Kim wanted to do more than just sit around and watch Netflix during summer quarantine, especially when they heard there are kids from school who relied on the lunch program to have basic needs met. These girls came together and started a nonprofit! Our children and youth in crisis at My Friends House will appreciate these items. Check out www.youthtomorrow.org and hear more about it in the video!

John first came to City House at 18 years old, after leaving an unstable home life. He had a second chance in the Transi...
06/26/2020

John first came to City House at 18 years old, after leaving an unstable home life. He had a second chance in the Transitional Living Program, after several mishaps his first go-round. He is now 21 and has learned necessary life skills and grown tremendously through the TLP program to launch a stable life for himself. Well done, John. Everyone here at City House is rooting for you!

It's National Handshake Day and not business as usual in this regard! Since Covid-19, people around the world have been ...
06/25/2020
Foot Shake Tik Tok Dance Tutorial | Funky Moves

It's National Handshake Day and not business as usual in this regard!

Since Covid-19, people around the world have been inventing new ways to greet their friends without shaking hands. We do miss shaking hands (and hugging) with donors' & volunteers' but perhaps you can share a "foot shake" video here instead.

https://bit.ly/2B0bAba

Foot Shake Time! Learn the latest and greatest Tik Tok Dance Challenges with our Funky Moves Team! Don't forget guys, if you like this video don't forget to ...

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830 Central Parkway East #350
Plano, TX
75074

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Protecting Youth. Empowering Change. Transforming Lives. Sheltering newborn to 17 years, transitional living for 18-21 years, and youth resource & outreach center.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(972) 424-4626

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We wanted to personally invite you and your friends and family to my kick off party for for Frisco City Council! I sure hope you can make it! https://facebook.com/events/438422260153542/?ti=as
This event has direct proceeds to City House. Please consider attending. https://www.facebook.com/events/430943997540683/
I have no way to ever express my gratitude for City House for immensely aiding in my personal growth below: I have a really crazy and messed up life journey that i have faught and survived from, but I have no issue telling you the story with a smile on my face and walk through the different extreme situations along with the multitude of emotions I felt to help better understand who I am and what I let build me rather than define me. It made me realize that I have no problem telling my life story and calmly tell about my fatal incidents with enthusiasm even though I've been close to death and severely injured and wasnt able to even think of these memories without choking up or shutting down for years but I have just now realized that Im only able to casually discuss this because I forgave my abusers, not for them but to free myself of hate and anger towards them and the world. It also helped me learn, acknowledge and accept my own self hatred caused by LIES like whole heartedly believing it was my fault (even though I was child) and put no fault upon my offenders. Then gradually destroyed the invasive lies and steadily turned my hatred into self love. I was a victim, but today I'm no victim, I have made myself a SURVIVOR with a strong will to fight for my voice to be heard, sustaining my new-found self respect and knowing I deserve this life. I am a worthy, very loved, and a well supported individual. Making this the first time in 10 years I'm not hurting anymore. Thank you to my victimizers, for my incredible strength that derived originally from my painful injuries and fear. Today it all clicked and made me feel accomplished and needed to share and inspire a willingness to keep fighting!
This week on “Someone You Should Know” with Stuart Sax you will meet a lady with sixteen teenage children!! Sheri Messer, Executive Director of City House, is like a mother to at risk teens that have been removed from toxic environments either by referral or by choice. Join us this Friday at 10am (CT) on kvgiradio.com, on the KVGI Radio mobile app or live on Facebook/KVGI Radio. Every community needs someone like this week’s guest!!
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Last year I started writing down things I really wanted to happen in my life. Top of that list, was to fix my smile. 17 years of drug and alcohol abuse left my teeth in terrible shape. Years of sobriety are a huge gift but you can’t really undo the damage you do to your teeth. But this may be the very first extremely clear evidence I’ve ever personally experienced that clear cut goals written down and planned become reality. I still have a lot of work to get done but after all these years, I’ve made significant progress and I’m still just so happy about it. I love to laugh and I wanna smile as often as humanly possible. You don’t need a great smile for that, but I’m thankful to feel a little more comfortable today than I used to. And I’m astounded at what happens when a plan comes to life.
Hi! I work for a non-profit organization called Education Travel & Culture. We are currently looking for a volunteer host family for one of our students from Brazil that has a passion for music and playing the guitar. I was hoping you could maybe ask around and see if you know anyone that might be interested in hosting?! Thank you!!! – This is an amazing opportunity to cultural exchange! Please send me an email [email protected] I will be glad to provide more details! Thank you for your help! Silvia
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