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veterans housing.jpg Recovery Resource Council Offers Financial Assistance To Veterans Affected By Pandemic

Recovery Resource Council is fervently working to provide temporary financial assistance to low-income veterans and their families affected by the recent pandemic through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. In addition to including rent and utilities, qualifying participants in SSVF may also receive case management services, assistance in obtaining VA benefits and public assistance, and referrals and connection to other community services. The SSVF serves individual qualifying Veterans and their families, Veterans who are literally homeless or imminently at risk of homelessness. The household income must not exceed Tarrant County Area Median Income of $26,600 for an individual, $30,400 for a family of 2, or $38,000 for a family of 4.

According to a recent report by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the combination of job losses, social isolation, and mounting anxiety connected to the coronavirus pandemic has hit veterans especially hard. About one in every seven veterans employed in America today works in an industry considered high-risk for layoffs (Mining and oil/gas extraction, transportation, employment services, travel arrangements, and leisure and hospitality). Even before the current crisis, surveys showed that more than one-third of post-9/11 veterans had challenges paying their bills. Nearly 60 percent of in their 30s or 40s had significant credit card debt, compared to less than 50 percent for non-veteran households. In addition to the financial worries, veterans already facing mental health difficulties could see those problems aggravated by public health efforts to stop the outbreak.

Timothy Red, a Veteran Services Case Manager for Recovery Resource Council shared that he was recently assigned to aid a military family in need. Their family of eight (6 kids in school: 2 HS, 2 Middle, 2 Elem) had been living in one hotel room in NW Grand Prairie for the past year. The wife had lost her job because of the pandemic and the Veteran had taken out a loan to make up for the loss in her salary and to bury his father who had recently passed. Their air-conditioner had been out for over a week and the hotel kept making excuses about when it was going to get repaired. Using fund provided by the SSVF, Recovery Resource Council was able to put them in two adjoining rooms at a Comfort Suites that had sleeping accommodations for the entire family and provide them with emergency groceries. The Veteran told Red that it “was best they had slept in a long time.” This is just one example of what RRC sees daily in our DFW Veteran community. 

In the event that a Veteran does not qualify for the SSVF program, Recovery Resource Council will make every effort to connect them to any available resources. Interested Veterans should call 817-413-3921 or email ssvfvoicemail@recoverycouncil.org. For more information, visit https://recoverycouncil.org/.

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Dallas 24 Hour Club residents Robert and Brandy receive shoes from Shoebacca donation

Irving-based Shoebacca recently donated 400 pairs of shoes, 170 pairs of socks, 150 pairs of men’s underwear and 514 pieces of apparel totaling $50,000 in value to Dallas 24 Hour Club. PlainsCapital Bank Executive Vice President,  Joe Pitch, is a Board Member for The 24, recently assisted Shoebacca with some banking services. “They were appreciative of the work I had done and inquired if there was something they could do in return.  Knowing they had made donations to various charities in the past, I mentioned that Dallas 24 Hour Club could always use shoes and would be grateful for any inventory they could spare. The owners Marc and Robert Schlachter, along with son Ryan and his assistant Ellen, surprised us with this incredibly generous and thoughtful gift of shoes, socks and clothes.”

 

Shoebacca is a full-scale online retail footwear company dedicated to helping customers and their families lead active, healthy lifestyles. The company started from humble beginnings when two community-minded brothers named Marc and Robert Schlachter started selling used name-brand athletic shoes to underprivileged families at local neighborhood markets. Along with those early grass-roots efforts, they also shipped truckloads of shoes to areas all over the world, primarily to third-world countries where the need was greatest. 

 

“We understand the impact of a helping hand, but more importantly recognize the gift of a hand up. The 24 Hour Club gives refuge to those who are wanting to help themselves out of addiction and into recovery. No family is untouched from the strain addiction so we could not think of a better place to give to! We hope the best for everyone that enters the club and comes out better for it.” Marc, Robert, & Ryan Schlachter, Shoebacca.

 

Dallas 24 Hour Club was founded in 1969 by Lee Tillman to have a place open 24 hours per day for individuals suffering from alcoholism and drug addiction who were seeking help. Over the next 50 years, Dallas 24 Hour Club grew to offer housing, the first with 6 beds for homeless men only, to their current facility, which has 75 beds, services for both men and women, and hosts (37) 12-Step Recovery Meetings each week. They are available for the suffering alcoholic or drug addict 24 hours each day, 365 days each year, thus the name Dallas 24 Hour Club.

 

“With this extremely generous donation from Shoebacca, we have been able to hand each resident a brand new pair of shoes, socks and tops. Having a new clothing set is so meaningful and rewarding. We are so grateful to Shoebacca for making our residents feel so special.” said Colleen Quinn, Assistant Program Manager for the Dallas 24 Hour Club.

 

Dallas 24 Hour Club is located at 4636 Ross Ave, Dallas, TX 75204, 214-823-3200, www.dallas24hourclub.org

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Cooking At Home: A Collection Of Recipes Created By Dallas’ Top Chefs From Their Home To Yours (mock cover)

For the last six years, the Dallas 24 Hour Club has relied upon the Dallas All-Star Chef Classic, a traditional in-person dining event, to raise funds critical to their mission to provide safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women seeking a brand new life away from drugs and alcohol.  The recent pandemic has created much hesitancy around public gatherings, with a resurgence of cases forecasted for the Fall, so this year The 24 is pivoting and will instead, produce a cookbook featuring recipes from Dallas chefs that will be titled, Cooking At Home: A Collection Of Recipes Created By Dallas’ Top Chefs From Their Home To Yours.

 

The shelter at home orders brought on by the pandemic has given rise to an increase in the number of people cooking and baking at home. In one recent survey, 54 percent of respondents said they are cooking more than before the pandemic, 75 percent said they have become more confident in the kitchen and 51 percent said they will continue to cook more after the crisis ends. So, in keeping with that – The 24 has asked select Dallas chefs to submit recipes that they make at home for their families. Meals that are approachable and relatable that will create a cookbook that is fun, informative and useful. Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman (AQ) Executive Chef of the trendy José Restaurant and Eric Dreyer, Executive Chef of the family-inspired Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge at HALL Arts Hotel have joined our team as Honorary Chef Chairs. Over 40 recipes will be included from Sebastien Archambault, Executive Chef of The Mansion Restaurant at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; Jon Bonnell, Owner and Executive Chef of Bonnell’s Restaurant Group; Chef and Restauranteur Uno Immanivong of Red Stix Asian Street Food; Executive Chef John Kleifgen of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse; Michael McCoy of Cooking with The Real McCoy; Chef & Owner of LOCAL, Tracy Miller; Janice Provost, Executive Chef & Proprietor, Parigi; Chef, Author and Humanitarian Stephan Pyles of Stephan Pyles Concepts; Kent Rathbun, Owner and Chef of Rathbun Test Kitchen and Imoto; Luke Rogers, Executive Chef of Savor in Klyde Warren Park; Chef Abraham Salum from Salum Restaurant; Owner & Chef Curtis Stone from Georgie by Curtis Stone; Tony Street, Owner and Chef of Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse; and Manny Vera, Executive Chef-Partner of Truluck’s to name a few.

 

“I love the theme of this cookbook because it showcases the love we give to our own families. Cooking At Home will give the reader a chance to peek into our dining rooms - one recipe at a time,” said Anastacia Quiñones. “I am honored to support The 24 and serve as Honorary Chef Chair for this project because the work they provide to those seeking recovery from addiction is so needed.”

 

This project is being led by Honorary Chairs, Vicki and Bruce Stensrud; Chairs Kathy and Larry Helm; and Underwriting Chair, Robin Bagwell. In 2019 alone, the Dallas 24 Hour Club helped almost 600 people get off the streets, find employment, and learn to live a sober life. In order to raise the necessary funds to continue their mission, your support is needed now more than ever because they are seeing an unprecedented number of people who suffer from substance abuse being very negatively impacted during this very stressful time. More are becoming homeless and in need of the type of services The 24 offers. 

 

Pre-sales of the cookbook opened July 8 with copies shipping November 1. Cost is $43.00 with discounts for bulk orders of 20 or more copies. https://www.dallas24hourclub.org/chef

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Kathy Fielder outside her namesake boutique in Dallas

Style-savvy retailer Kathy Fielder has just launched a redesigned website to make it easier than ever to shop her namesake boutique and create an engaging and enjoyable shopping experience. Visitors to the site will find a chicer, cleaner and more modern layout. There is now a quick-buying option, that allows you to add items (or even a gift card) to your cart straight from the landing page. Fielder’s also retooled her buying to reflect the current pandemic style situation - which she is calling “cute comfort”. From unique lounge sets to comfortable activewear, stylish rompers/jumpsuits to adorable t-shirts and denim shorts, you’ll find a variety of fashionable options made for the casual lifestyles we are all leading at the moment. There’s even a smattering of chic accessories and home décor items to browse. Shoppers can expect to have a wide selection of affordable and carefully curated choices no matter their style. You know what else makes it easy to shop online? Free returns. At Kathy Fielder Boutique they totally understand that sometimes things just don't work out, so if an item you have purchased ends up not working out, they will send you a return label free of charge so that you can exchange it for another size, color or product - or they will provide a refund if it just didn't work this time. 

 

Kathy Fielder Boutique operates two brick-and-mortar stores. After a brief hiatus during the stay-at-home orders, the New Orleans boutique reopened this past weekend at 25 percent capacity and will remain open on weekends only for the time being. The Dallas location remains closed to the public – for now. Kathy Fielder Boutique is located in the heart of Lower Greenville at 1915 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206 and in the Garden District on Magazine Street at 3649 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115. https://kathyfielderboutique.com

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COVID-19 got you feelin’ crabby? Truluck’s has recently introduced an amazing new entree that’s perfect for Summer and will cure your pandemic blues. The Crab Napoleon consists of blue crab, shrimp, and mango formed atop a sliced tomato on a bed of smoked tomato vinaigrette ($24). It’s savory and smokey, but also light and delicious! In addition to their staff wearing gloves and masks, they are also wearing amazing photo ID badges so you could see what the person actually looks like behind the mask (see photo below). This pandemic has forced us to limit our connection by physical distance, which leads to emotional distance. Small touches, like these photo badges, remind us that this time is fleeting, that humans are resilient, and we will prevail if we work together. Live entertainment has returned to their Uptown location beginning at 6:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in the Stone Crab Lounge. 

Truluck’s has two Dallas locations:
Uptown: 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401
Southlake: 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092, 817-912-0500
www.trulucks.com

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Going COVID stir-crazy but not yet ready to dive back into a crowded social scene? Kathy Fielder Boutique is also ready to tiptoe back into business and has reopened for private shopping parties of 10 by appointment. You bring the friends to shop the store's array of curated, affordable clothing and lifestyle goods, and they will provide champagne for a social distance appropriate shopping soiree. Kathy Fielder Boutique is located at 1915 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206. Interested parties can email info@kathyfielderboutique.com to schedule a party. For those who wish to continue to shop from the comfort of your couch, visit https://kathyfielderboutique.com/.

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Truluck's is pleased to announce that they have reopened, with all precautions, for dine-in & carry-out service. They are elated to welcome back their family of patrons and staff and look forward to serving you – in their dining room or yours. Customers can make a reservation by calling the location of their choice or via Open Table. 
 
Truluck's has two Dallas-area locations:
Uptown: 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401
Southlake: 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092, 817-912-0500
www.trulucks.com 
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Kathy Fielder brings PPE products to America

The COVID-19 epidemic has created shockwaves throughout the global supply chain and companies are working feverishly to manage shortages. The manufacturing sector that produces vital medical supplies including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and medical gowns has been hard hit. Since the pandemic began domestically roughly 5 weeks ago, there has been a huge surge in demand for medical supplies and protective gear as numbers of those infected rose across the nation. This shortage has been further compounded with factories seeing either closures or quarantines coupled with international trade heavily restricted.

 

Like many business owners, Dallas-based Kathy Fielder was faced with furloughing her staff and halting operations when shelter-in-place mandates were issued. Instead, she and her team went all-in and in 3-weeks reworked the entire business model of Kathy Fielder Boutique and Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder to utilize her resources and contacts through her illustrious 20-year career in the field of manufacturing to bring in crucial PPE products for frontline defenders and 3-ply disposable masks for medical workers and the general public’s use. For the past 15 years, Fielder has manufactured a bedding and home décor collection, Isabella Collection by Kathy Fielder, in Dallas, TX. This collection has sold to numerous retailers including Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Perigold, and QVC, to name a few. She also operates Kathy Fielder Boutique, a retail clothing and accessories boutique with locations in the heart of Lower Greenville in Dallas, Texas and in the Garden District on Magazine Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

 

 “This is an unbelievably stressful time for all business owners, but I’ve always been one to tackle a problem head-on instead of letting it defeat me.” said Kathy Fielder, “In addition to homeschooling my two children, I’ve spent endless hours over the past few weeks educating myself on the medical field, FDA, and NIOSH in order to bring the highest quality merchandise available to those who need it. I am thrilled that I can help my local community, keep my staff employed, and continue to stimulate the economy.”

 

Essential businesses seeking medical-grade products can contact Fielder at INFO@KATHYFIELDER.COM. 3PLY non-woven disposable face masks (6.5 inches by 3.5 inches expandable to cover nose to chin) are currently available to the general public. Available in packs of five for $8, ten for $15, twenty-five for $35 and fifty for $65. Product is currently shipping from the warehouse 2-3 business days after the order is placed. To purchase or for more information, visit https://kathyfielderboutique.com/products/3ply-mask.

 

For DIY-ers, Fielder has also created a unique pattern designed to be fitted, functional, and washable. Create your own masks with materials found around the home using step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial: https://kathyfielder.com/2020/04/creating-a-mask-with-essentials-from-your-home/

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Carl and Bill Fletcher

The proverb “Necessity is the mother of invention” says a lot about how inventors look at life. Many inventors go their whole life without recognition for their creativity while others are household names. February 11 is National Inventors Day so today, I am giving a nod to two Dallas brothers who helped start America's obsession for fried food. In 1938, brothers Neil and Carl Fletcher were offered a unique opportunity to run a food booth at Fair Park. Both men had spent years marveling at the lack of cuisine offered to the Park patrons and knew they had an opportunity on their hands. According to Neil, there was a local baker on Oak Lawn Ave. who served a dish of hot dogs baked in cornmeal in the shape of an ear of corn, and while it tasted good, the process was time-consuming and complicated.

 

The brothers tested the recipe and realized that by frying it, not only did it cut time in the cooking process but now it was a mobile food on a stick. The Fletchers began selling their corny dogs for 15 cents apiece at the State Fair of Texas® in 1942, but the response was decidedly restrained. In fact, the brothers had to cut them in half and give away samples before people were willing to try it. It took 12 years before they felt their unique batter was perfected and since then, it’s never changed. The secret to a famous Fletcher’s Original Corny Dogs™ isn’t just the batter, it is also in the water temperature and how the batter is mixed. And that’s all they are going to say about that… After trying out a series of names ranging from K-9 and Brown Bomber to French Fried Hot Dog, and Meal on a Stick, the Fletcher brothers finally went with "Fletcher's Original Corny Dogs" and the rest is history.

 

Today, Fletcher's Original Corny Dogs™ is celebrating 82 years in business and is led by the third generation of the Fletcher's family. Fletcher's sells over 500,000 corny dogs annually at the State Fair of Texas® alone. That’s 60,000 pounds of hot dogs sold 25 days! Fletcher’s has delighted celebrities and dignitaries from around the world, including Oprah Winfrey, the Jonas Brothers, Mikhail Gorbachev, Julia Child, Dirk Nowitzki, Mario Lopez, and former Gov. Rick Perry. Since the passing of the Skip in 2017, the Fletcher company is still owned and operated by Skip’s wife GG of 40 years, his two children Aaron and Amber, his brother Bill Fletcher and son W.C. with wife Rebecca. Many children, cousins, and grandchildren work the concessions trailers keeping the tradition alive. Learn more at https://fletcherscornydogs.com/our-story.

 

This is just one incredible story of a couple of regular Joe's who had a crazy idea and changed the world. There are many other amazing inventions that have come out of Dallas, such as Snow Cones, the frozen Margarita (both frozen AND on the rocks!), Frito Pie, Liquid Paper, Doritos, hand-held calculators, laser tag and many more. Central Track wrote a great story on the subject in 2014 and you can check it out HERE!

 

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Steve Kemble, Alisa Culp, James Hallum

Haute Hot lingerie celebrated their debut to the marketplace with a sexy celebration at The Joule Hotel on Tuesday, December 3. Haute Hot lingerie offers unique pieces to wear out on a date night or to a party, as well as lingerie that can be contoured to fit a woman’s exact body-type and worn discreetly under clothing. Haute Hot Creator, Alisa Culp, built the company out of her own frustrations with not being able to find beautiful lingerie to fit her “non-standard” body type. After years of having to simply settle for whatever would fit, Alisa decided to create a better solution for women with fuller busts or smaller waists. Anything but standard, the Haute Hot brand is all about creating chic, edgy and (above all) sexy pieces that celebrate and flatter the female form.

Upon arriving, guests ascended to the Joule’s Terrace overlooking the Eyeball sculpture on Main St. to enjoy cocktails by BABE, Frankly Organic Vodka, and other Ben E. Keith brands. Event planner, Steve Kemble, had created several Instagrammable moments around the space for guests to enjoy, like a cut out where you could insert your face to become a lingerie model and a beautiful balloon step and repeat in various shades of pink. Gorgeous floral arrangements by Kristen Wolchik of Haute Floral also added a delightful splash of color throughout the venue and DJ Marshall Leak had everyone’s toes tapping. Guests were treated to an exciting runway presentation of Haute Hot’s designs featuring models from Kim Dawson Agency, styled by Elizabeth Secrest. After the show, things got sweeter with an awesome dessert presentation incorporating showmanship and the hottest dessert trend sweeping the country - Cold Chemistry Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Among those in attendance were Sybil Summers, Alanna Sarabia, Joyce Morrison, Leah Fisher, Heidi Dillion, Nancy Gopez, Bo Dorton, Yana Greenstein, and Gina Ginsberg Farmer.

“I got inspired to start this company from watching my Grandmother – the most fabulous and fashionable woman that I have ever known. She was the Russian version of Elizabeth Taylor,” said Alisa Culp, “She always had her makeup and hair done and was dressed in fabulous outfits she made herself. She was an “influencer” in her circles [before we had a name for it] and seeing her transform other women around her, made me want to do the same. I am excited to offer women curve-hugging, envelope-pushing and rule-breaking lingerie for the unapologetically seductive modern woman.”

Haute Hot Lingerie uses Ourglass technology that allows women to fit each piece to their unique measurements using sliders on each garment in key areas to create an exact fit. No more buying the same size top and bottom, no more settling for almost good enough. Feel confident and sexy in Haute Hot’s uniquely designed lingerie that hugs every curve and highlights every feature. Shop online at www.HauteHotLingerie.com