St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas

St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas

Neighbors helping Neighbors By Sonia Duggan A Catholic priest’s ministry to the poor, and his ability to organize groups of volunteers at the turn of 17th century to do the same, set the tone for what would later become the Society of St. Vincent de…

Texas Therapeutic Riding Center

Texas Therapeutic Riding Center

A community where horses heal By Sonia Duggan In a network of barns located on 50 acres on Country Club Road in far north Wylie, horses and humans have been symbiotic for 35 years.  Under the direction of owner and head trainer Kai Handt, North…

Collaborative Community

Collaborative Community

Food pantries, churches, leaders work to solve food crisis  By Sonia Duggan There’s no denying the phrase “don’t go it alone” applies to everyone in a service role as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic.  Across the country, state, and in cities, we are…

nonPareil Institute

nonPareil Institute

Building better futures for adults with autism  By April Towery Many Americans have a limited knowledge of autism as it is portrayed on television and film. We saw “Rain Man” when it was released in 1988. We like the character on “The Good Doctor” and…

Project Linus

Project Linus

Comforting children with blankets at their time of need By Sonia Duggan Cold rain, freezing temperatures, extreme heat, high winds. Not much will keep volunteers from showing up at the old Nevada gymnasium on Highway 6 every Wednesday throughout the year. The dirt parking lot…

Psalm68five

Psalm68five

Ministry offers “camperships” to fatherless children By April Towery About 43 percent – or almost half – of American children grew up without a father in their home. That figure represents kids with deceased, absent or incarcerated fathers, as well as those separated by divorce. …

A Year of Champions

A Year of Champions

The 2019 In & Around Champions are an amazing group of North Texans with a heart for serving and bringing awareness to a cause. Children, veterans, the homeless, disaster victims…whatever the nonprofit may be, they have all made, and continue to make, an impact in…

Hugs Café

Hugs Café

Changing the world one hug at a time By Sonia Duggan & April Towery Hugs Café in McKinney is a great place to have a salad or sandwich, but there’s something else that makes the restaurant unique: its employees. For Ashton, Becky, Blaine, Chris, Cierra,…

Stitch by Stitch

Stitch by Stitch

Quilting guild gives back to community By April Towery A  breast cancer survivor, a military mom and a retired teacher walk into the O.E. Carlisle Civic Center in Farmersville.  They don’t punch a clock; that’s just what the members of the Farmersville Quilt Guild do…

Paws for Friendship

Paws for Friendship

Helping people in need  one paw at a time By Sonia Duggan Imogene “Gene” Bush and her furry 4-legged companion named Besa are like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. The duo enters Founders Plaza Nursing and Rehab in Wylie on a weekday…