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Resource Center

 
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Resource Center is a trusted leader that supports and empowers all people affected by HIV by providing transformative education and advocacy, improving health and wellness, and strengthening families and communities. The organization began in 1983, as the Foundation for Human Understanding, with a focus on education and service, and a goal of achieving equality, recognition and equal rights for the gay and lesbian community in north Texas. Through health and medical services, the Center is a frontrunner in HIV/AIDS education, prevention and services, and provides a full spectrum of STD prevention education, screenings and treatments. The Center provides behavior health and counseling services for youth, adults and seniors and their families, in a safe and healing environment. Their community programs provide vital services for men, women, youth, seniors and transgender individuals. With more than 1,200 volunteers and over 50 paid staff, the nonprofit is one of the largest centers of its kind in the United States.

Keller Fields is an Executive Administrative Assistant for Resource Center and started working there because Keller believed in the mission of the agency. “The Center is a catalyst for change in the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, health, and community.” Keller conveys, “It’s easy to feel proud working here when you see the lives impacted by the work our staff and volunteers put in each day to make Dallas a safer and more inclusive space for everyone.” The Center assist more than 60,000 people each year through its programs and services. The nonprofit’s services are all essential to the LGBTQ community, but Keller mentions that their services and their accessibility are the most important parts of the organization. “We don’t hide who we are, and we work hard at Resource Center to make sure that when you stop in, you can get the services you need. Resource Center provides a continuum of care for persons living with HIV and the LGBTQ community, from youth to seniors.”

Resource Center was chosen to be one of the Ruthie’s Snacks of Kindness (RSK) recipients not only because of their incredible work but also the personal connection some of the Ruthie’s employees has with the LGBTQ community. The center was highlighted on our food trucks for the month of September to educate our customers about the nonprofit’s thoughtful work, in addition to, informing the community how they can support the organization. Ruthie’s went to spread some cheesy cheer with our gourmet grilled cheeses to the wonderful staff September 10th at the Community Center. The Resource Center team is bursting with compassionate and loving energy that is extremely contagious. They have a few different campuses all over Dallas so Keller says, “there is rarely a chance we get to all come together to enjoy one another’s company - and there aren’t too many things that bring people together like delicious food (and Ruthie’s is delicious!)” They also express how, “kindness has a sort of domino effect – once it hits you, it must keep going until it hits the next person, and I am already looking forward to the next time I can pay it forward to make someone’s day a little brighter... and it all started with a grilled cheese.”

Thank you, Resource Center for providing help, love and acceptance to the LGBTQ individuals and to the people affected by HIV/AIDS. You can offer support by donating or volunteering through their website, www.rcdallas.org.

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Parkland’s Victim Intervention Program (VIP)/Rape Crisis Center

The Victim Intervention Program (VIP)/Rape Crisis Center at Parkland strives to prevent violence towards women, men and children. They promote safety and recovery for victims of abuse and/or violence. VIP helps women, men, teens and children over the age of four that have experienced abuse and violence. They assist and support victims of sexual assault, family violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking and other types of violent crimes. They provide crisis support, advocacy and counseling to patients at Parkland Hospital as well as residents of Dallas County. Their services include a 24-Hour crisis hotline and hospital response to victims of abuse and violence who are cared for at Parkland by their experienced advocates and counselors. Through training and workshops, the staff of VIP are educating the community on how to recognize and address those affected by violence and abuse. Their website provides more information on how to identify the different types of abuse and how recovery is possible.

VIP originally contacted Ruthie’s to book us for a an employee appreciation event at their offices. Once we found out about their remarkable work for the community, we knew they would be a perfect Ruthie’s Snacks of Kindness (RSK) recipient. Lyndsay Sather, the Interim Director for VIP, started as an intern and has been with the nonprofit for 5 years. What has kept her with the organization is “watching individuals find their own voice and meaning of hope.” She says, “It is a beautiful thing to walk alongside individuals recovering from trauma and help them see their strength from the journey.” The VIP program is unique in how they may be the first emotional support a sexual assault victim receives after checking in to Parkland. The importance of the organization to the community is their “multi-pronged approach in serving trauma survivors. Each component plays a critical role which directly impacts the others’ and collectively works towards creating an emotionally healthier community.”

As our RSK recipient, VIP was highlighted on our food trucks for the month of August to inform and educate our customers of the compassionate nonprofit’s work. Ruthie’s also collected toiletries and small gifts for victims of sexual assault to donate the day of our RSK event. Through comfort food, made with love, we strive to show how important this nonprofit is to our community. We arrived to the VIP office to serve our gourmet grilled cheese to their kindhearted advocates on August 30th. The atmosphere of the center was exceptionally calm, creating a perfect safe place. The small staff, of about thirty people, were genuinely enthusiastic about Ruthie’s coming out to brighten their day with some cheesy encouragement. Lyndsay mentions that “Ruthie’s acknowledgement to the work we do in addition (to) their kind gesture brought tears to our eyes. It was such an impactful reminder that our hard work and dedication does not go unseen, and we too deserve to be ‘taken care of’ at times.”

Ruthie’s was truly privileged to serve the incredibly sympathetic and supportive employees of the VIP/Rape Crisis Center. We are humbled by their devotion to victims of such horrific crimes. Visit their website for more information about their services and how to get involved.

 Victim Intervention Program (VIP)/Rape Crisis Center at Parkland

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