Texas Cavaliers News & Profiles - Summer 2019 issue
Spotlight: The Children’s Shelter
Ask any Texas Cavalier and he’ll tell you: we have a big soft spot for The Children’s Shelter. How could we not love them and their selfless mission? They open their hospitable doors to children in our community from infancy to age 16 – kids who’ve been abused, neglected, abandoned, and removed from their homes. They give them love, healthy food, education, nurturing, security, and safety. They give them hope.
To express our admiration and gratitude, the TCCF has awarded grants totaling $232,337 in the past 19 years. India Chumney, Chief Development Officer, says, “The most wonderful thing about Texas Cavaliers grants is that there are no strings attached, which allows us to provide things for our children that may not always sound exciting but are very important to their health, safety and education. These monies have enabled us to start a field trip fund to take our children places other kids get to go – like the McNay Art Museum and the Witte Museum. When they study nutrition, we take them grocery shopping, teach them how to read labels, and buy healthy food. Our on-campus school is no-frills, so these gifts from the Texas Cavaliers add something special and provide normalcy to the children’s lives. Your gifts help us make good memories.”
“The Cavaliers were the first to give us a grant. The money was great, but they gave us so much more. They gave us legitimacy, which allowed us to raise more money, which meant more shoes for kids. Their ‘stamp of approval’ is invaluable.”
– Gloria Martinez, founder of Zapatos, Inc., a non-profit that provides shoes to schoolchildren of all ages whose families are in financial crisis, and to the homeless.
Among the many enhancements to life for the children, TCCF gifts have helped upgrade the infants’ playground, installed planters so the children can grow their own vegetables, and purchased equipment for the gym.
The Children’s Shelter serves approximately 500 children per year in its emergency shelter, provides foster care for around 100 children at any given time, serves more than 100 annually in its teen center, and impacts a total of 2100 when factoring in the prevention programming services to protect children.
India Chumney says these children need good role models, “and that’s what the Texas Cavaliers bring to our children with their generosity and thoughtfulness, and we are so grateful.”
Keeping you updated on a grant recipient, a profile on “One of the Good Guys in Blue Suits” and short notices of interest.