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Elves In Disguise 2013: The Big Day & The Big Reveal!

People sometimes ask us if we really get the entire Elves in Disguise home makeover done in one day. Our photo gallery from two days ago showed that we actually put in many hours of work before Elves Day. There was still a long way to go when the Elves arrived yesterday morning, but by 4:00 p.m., this year’s makeover was complete. See our “Elves In Disguise 2013 Gallery” for a few photos that our volunteer Elves have shared with us from yesterday.  All these photos were taken yesterday at Elves In Disguise, December 19, 2013. Elves In Disguise 2013 Gallery

Colorado Artist, KLP Fine Arts, donating proceeds through Dec. 31, 2013 to our sister foundation, Framehouse Outreach Foundation!

KLP Fine Arts, an independent artist in Bailey, Colorado, has announced that she is donating 30% of all sales proceeds from now through Dec. 31, 2013 to our sister foundation, Framehouse Outreach Foundation! You can purchase her beautiful art in a variety of mediums, such as oil paintings and Giclee Prints, through the eBay Giving Works program by visiting the KLPFineArt’s eBay page…… acquire incredible art and support our charity at the same time!  What could be more beautiful than that?! Visit http://www.klpfineart.com/ for more information on this artist.

We still need coats, especially for children and infants! Drop off at Sewell Buick GMC at 7474 Lemmon Ave. through December 14, 2013.

We have already collected and distributed more than 1,500 coats and jackets so far this year, but there is still a need for new and gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts, especially for children and infants, sizes 12 Months up to 5T and Youth 5/6 – 12. In an effort to collect more coats, we have teamed up with our community-minded friends at Sewell Buick GMC near Love Field at 7474 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209 (map). For Seven More Days! Our red collection bin will be at Sewell Buick GMC (map) during their usual hours through SATURDAY, December 14, 2013. Thanks to SEWELL for helping us collect more coats!

Elves in Disguise 2013 Home Makeover set for Thursday, December 19, 2013!

Our next annual Elves In Disguise apartment makeover will be on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Our annual Elves In Disguise apartment makeover is our Main Event of charity projects every year. It involves a complete apartment makeover for a family currently living in subsidized housing in South Dallas.  This year’s applicants are all very deserving, and we are awarding a complete makeover and scholarship to one of these families on Thursday, December 19, 2013. Watch our web site for Elves Updates as Elves Day 2013 approaches and check out our Elves in Disguise page for more information and for links to videos and photos from previous Elves In Disguise makeovers. What is Elves In Disguise? Started in 1999 by a group of high school boys, the Elves in Disguise home makeover is in its 14th year. Since its early years, the Elves have completed roughly twenty makeovers, have provided about $50,000 in scholarships, and have helped transform too many lives to count. The makeover is not just a home makeover. It’s a lifestyle makeover – but it starts with the home. By providing a safe, clean, and respectable home, and by ensuring that the family has a Christmas they will never forget, the transformation begins. Recipients are encouraged to help themselves, to become independent, to set attainable goals and reach them, and to adopt a new, empowered mindset. Most of our families move out of Section 8 housing within a few years.  For many, they are the first in their families to do so. And we currently have three students in college who would never have had the opportunity if not for the growing scholarship pool established to help them. The makeover is the work of about 50 onsite volunteers and hundreds of others who help the Elves make their magic happen from the sidelines. Due to our donors and volunteers and our extensive network of resources, our teams complete a makeover valued at about $30,000 for a mere fraction of that. But the real prize is access to the New Hope Foundation Scholarship Fund. Each family member becomes eligible to apply for those funds to assist them in reaching their goals, whether it is to complete a GED program, attend college or trade school, or to clear obstacles that stand between them and a new and improved future. Who are the Elves and what do they do? The Elves are made …Read More

Our third annual 1000 Coats for Hope Coat Drive was a huge success!

Blessed with a beautiful, sunny day and a wonderful network of over 100 individual and company donations, we collected 1,352 coats and jackets this year. The donations came from as far away as Evergreen, Colorado, and as close as the Wynnewood Apartments right next door to the Empowerment Center. Individuals who donated to our Coat Drive are too many to mention, but new coats and/or large numbers of coats were donated by the following: Angela Knight Beth Howard, CSR Bishop Dunne Alumni Club Bishop Dunne Catholic School Brian Angell Brian Loncar & Associates Colleen Campbell & Katie Campbell Ed and Brenda Krieger Frame House Outreach Foundation Jay Hull Maxine Helfman Parish Episcopal High School Sedgwick Law Firm, LLP Soul Rydaz Riding Club Steve Wentz The Campbell Agency The Dallas Round Table The Notre Dame Alumni Club of Dallas Wynnewood Fellowship Church Yim’s Taekwondo ZRS Management   We also want to thank Linda and Larry Long at Minuteman Press in Dallas (map) for serving as a collection location for the third year in a row. Here are just some of the photos of the coats as they were being gathered, sorted, and packed for shipping that afternoon to Buckner Center for Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief, where our very own New Hope Foundation co-Director Reverend Johnny R. Flowers is already overseeing their distribution to our less advantaged neighbors. Also, please see our other Family Focus Programs.

2013 Back To School Supply Drive A Success!

Our Back to School Supply Drive on Saturday, August 24, 2013 Was A Great Success! Activities Included: Free back-to-school supplies, Free Food, Free Haircuts for Kids, Bounce House, Basketball, Door Prizes, Blood Pressure Readings and Tours of the Empowerment Center!

Dec. 2012: New Hope Foundation Gives Home Makeovers To Three Families In Need for the “Elves In Disguise” Program

NEW HOPE FOUNDATION GIVES HOME MAKEOVERS TO THREE FAMILIES IN NEED ON DEC. 20, 2012 THROUGH 7TH ANNUAL “ELVES IN DISGUISE” PROGRAM (DALLAS) – In the heart of south Dallas on Dec. 20, 2012, New Hope Foundation will put its 7th annual “Elves in Disguise” campaign into full swing to provide three impoverished families a home makeover, complete with Christmas gifts that will brighten their holidays and change their lives. This coming Thursday, 4:00 p.m. at 2200 S. Zang Blvd., more than 150 volunteers and several notable VIPs will gather to help the select families – each with a gripping story of hardship and resilience. “Our Empowerment Center is in the heart of the Wynnewood community, and for seven years, we have worked diligently to make it a better place for so many deserving families,” said Kip Petroff, founder of the New Hope Foundation. “This year will be the most rewarding year yet because of the families, their stories and how this makeover will change their lives in time for the holidays.” The Empowerment Center is an adult learning and community service center that is the home base of New Hope Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Led by longtime community activist and pastor of Wynnewood Fellowship Center, Rev. Johnny Flowers, the Empowerment Center is a completely renovated Exxon Lube Center that is now a place of hope for the many families living in Section 8 housing surrounding the center. “There are more than 480 units here in the Wynnewood community, so to find the right family for these makeovers requires getting to know everyone here,” said Flowers. “There is something here at the center to serve everyone, from GED classes to self-improvement classes. However, the ‘Elves in Disguise’ program is the single most awesome undertaking we do throughout the year.” Typically, the unveiling is a surprise to the winning families, as they are whisked away from their home for a couple of days and brought back to a crowd of elves, staff and VIPs in attendance applauding. This year, one family is actually moving into a home that has been renovated without their knowledge. In addition, the New Hope Foundation executives will provide other empowerment tools that will set the deserving families up for long-term success. For more information about the Empowerment Center or New Hope Foundation, visit www.NewHopeFoundation.com. About New Hope Foundation and the Empowerment Center Created by Dallas attorney …Read More

AC Window Units Donated to New Hope Foundation December 2012

25 AC Window Units Donated! A VERY special thank you to Laina Olingerand, Greg Wilcox for their generous donation of 25 window units. These will be distributed free of charge to elderly residents and families with infants living in houses near the Empowerment Center beginning in April. Thank you Laina and Greg. These AC units will be a life saver!

Book Written By The Founders of New Hope Foundation

Founders Kip Petroff and Suzi Zimmerman Petroff are donating all revenue from sales of their book Battling Goliath: Inside a $22 Billion Legal Scandal to New Hope Foundation. A plaintiff’s attorney, Kip Petroff was at the forefront of the historic fen-phen litigation. Battling Goliath is the inspirational true story of Petroff’s quest to bring justice to the six million individuals who trusted the pharmaceutical company responsible for the dangerous diet drug. Learn more about Battling Goliath: Inside a $22 Billion Legal Scandal at www.BattlingGoliath.com. BATTLING GOLIATH: Inside a $22 Billion Legal Scandal 100% of the authors’ revenue from sales of the book are given to New Hope Foundation!       Please check our website frequently to learn about our other on-going fundraising initiatives.

Local lawyer takes on ‘Goliath’

“Have you ever taken fen-phen?” While it may seem like a story from last decade, this is a question surgical patients must still sometimes answer on their pre-op paperwork, because yesterday’s news is still today’s heartache. Six million unsuspecting Americans took this “magic” diet drug pill combo in the 1990s. Almost half a million got sick – or worse. The fallout from drug company malfeasance continues. “Battling Goliath: Inside a $22 Billion Legal Scandal” is a tell-all book by Kip Petroff, a gutsy Texas attorney who spent more than a decade fighting Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals and its lawyers on behalf of thousands of victims. READ THE FULL ARTICLE or CLICK HERE FOR PDF FILE