McLarence “Mac” Robinson left his eight-year-old daughter almost 20 years ago to pursue his crack cocaine addiction.

His path took him from Chicago, IL, to Memphis, TN, and finally to Dallas where he knew no one. Along the way he had stays in 21 different drug rehabilitation facilities. He tried to commit suicide three times. Every time he saw a girl who reminded him of his daughter, he got high. The Men of Nehemiah participate in rigorous physical activity as part of their Bible-base recovery program.

Today Robinson, 53, is sober. He is working on his third year as a student at the World Impact Bible Seminary with plans to open his own ministries to help other men on the street. And he is trying to be a father again, a part of the life of his now 26-year-old daughter. He spent Christmas with her and now texts with her every day. “She is a grown woman. She is healthy and working,” he said with pride.

The reason for the turnaround in Robinson's life is his association with Men of Nehemiah. Named for the Jewish leader who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, the South Dallas recovery program serves homeless and formerly incarcerated men with addictive disorders. To the men in the program, Nehemiah is a metaphor. In addition to rebuilding a wall, he rebuilt lives.

The organization, founded in 2009, provides the men a place to live, substance abuse counseling, life skills training and helps them find a job.

“In three years we have seen God do amazing things” said Louis Harrell, the program founder, who fought his own battles with drugs and rebellion. The Men of Nehemiah is a highly structured recovery program based upon 15 Biblical principles which embrace the 12-step recovery model.

The organization houses and treats about 40 men at a time. In its short history, 30 men have graduated from the year-long program and are employed, Harrell said. The son of an Army colonel and Pentecostal minister, Harell uses military-style training to help the men's recovery and re-orientation of their thinking.

The men in the program are very visible in South Dallas. Dressed in Army fatigues, they march two and three miles a day. They also do community clean-up projects, hold church meetings at grocery stores and sing at any venue that will allow them.

“The Men of Nehemiah are more than talented, enthusiastic entertainers,” said Mike McMahon, chief operating officer for Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty, who watched the group perform at the company’s annual holiday luncheon. “They were inspirational because you saw and felt a passionate commitment to rebuild their own lives, as well as being a reinforcement to others who are rebuilding their lives.”

To learn more about the Men of Nehemiah, call 214-421-6705 or visit


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With a bird’s eye view of Dallas’ renowned Arts District, the newly christened Perot Museum of Science and Nature and the popular Klyde Warren Park, Museum Tower is the latest icon to appear on the Dallas skyline.

The recent launch of the 42-story luxury residential high-rise came with the announcement that Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty will be the exclusive representatives of the property designed by architect Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain.Museum Tower overlooks many of the marquis buildings and parks that are garnering international attention for Dallas.

“Partnering with Robbie Briggs and his Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty team is part of a natural transition that dramatically expands the capabilities of our in-house sales team. They are a great partner, and we are truly excited,” said Steve Sandborg, vice president of sales and marketing for the property. 

Museum Tower provides an exceptional array of services and amenities, including a concierge, private gathering and event spaces, outdoor pool, great lawn and outdoor terrace, a state-of-the art fitness center and more. The 115 residences consist of nine distinct floor plans ranging from an intimate 1,800-square-foot pied-à-terre to a sprawling 9,000-square-foot penthouse with 12-foot-high ceilings. The dramatic one-, two- and three-bedroom interiors feature floor-to-ceiling glass, direct-access elevators and outdoor terraces.

“With my training in architecture, I have been intrigued from the start by the sophistication of what Museum Tower brings to Dallas in terms of design and lifestyle. This is the perfect season for life downtown with the opening of the Perot Museum of Science and Nature and the Klyde Warren Park. I am very excited for us to be involved in letting the world know about the incredible vertical living opportunity we have at Museum Tower,” said Robbie Briggs, president and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. 

“Our team of sales agents and our network of Sotheby’s brokers know how to market and sell communities and neighborhoods to the world. Museum Tower is an amazing asset for Dallas and our region. With our city being so interconnected, it is gratifying to see one of our neighbors building a landmark that will surely offer an extraordinary and sophisticated lifestyle,” Briggs continued.

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January is the perfect time to start your journey toward owning a piece of the legendary Texas lifestyle. Travel miles of rolling ranchland and see world-renowned horse farms — all without leaving the comfort of your armchair at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty’s new website The website offers a glimpse at more than $200 million in luxury ranch listings throughout Texas — the perfect place to envision your home on the range.

Magic Valley Ranch, 10587 S. Highway 281, Mineral Wells, Texas

Steeped in exquisite natural beauty, "Magic Valley Ranch" boasts 3,290 acres and over six miles of Brazos River frontage, making it one of the most spectacular properties in the area.

Listed by Jack McGraw for $27,965,000


Kirk’s Rockin’ K 8496 County Road 97, Celina, Texas

This incredible Texas Ranch sits on 314 acres, has over 15,000 square feet of main living space, wine cellar, three stock ponds, two arenas, mare motel, ranch manager’s home, stall barn and equipment barn.

Listed by David Burgher and Brian Luker for $15,000,000


Meese Ranch 15193 County Road 1104, Flint, Texas

This 75-acre gentleman’s ranch with 8,000 square foot home is perfect for the full time or part time owner. Features include a sweeping staircase, hardwood mahogany floors, oak paneling in the two- story library, granite counters and more.

Listed by David Burgher for $2,800,000

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January is the perfect time for a fresh start in a new home. The exceptional properties below are ready to create a lifetime of memories built about entertaining, family time and comfortable escapes.

7703 Glenshannon Circle

Natural light fills this lovely, corner, zero lot home with an open floor plan. A downstairs master suite, library and card room create wonderful relaxing and entertaining options. Upstairs features three bedrooms each with en suite baths and walk-in closets.

Listed by Jeannie Nethery — 214-803-3787 and Baird Reed — 214-926-9613 for $899,000


6137 Del Norte Lane

This custom built Mediterranean home on a zero lot line is in the heart of Oak Lawn and adjacent to Highland Park. It features superior design and a secluded feel within close proximity to fine retail and restaurants. This home is rare find.  

Listed by Christy Berry — 214-693-1600 for $489,900

3133 Amherst Avenue

A beautiful Tuscan home offers a versatile, well-thought, 6,000-square-foot floor plan with just the right amenities for family living. Special features include a welcoming entry with curved staircase and temperature-controlled, 300-bottle wine room. The third floor includes a half bath, bar and the perfect space for a media room or game room.

Listed by Lindy Mahoney — 214-546-1555 for $1,895,000


6123 Goliad Avenue

Enjoy this fabulous Lakewood Heights home with many upgrades. The open floor plan features large living areas and a kitchen with a spacious breakfast area overlooking a professionally landscaped backyard oasis with waterfall, arbor and deck.

Listed by Judy Sessions — 214-354-5556 and Claire Bailey — 214-402-1255 for $639,999

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