PHOTOS: Dallas Voice staff gets into the food truck craze to benefit Hope Cottage

We’ve been fans of food truck culture for a while (we even added a “best food truck” category to our Readers Voice Awards this year), so it was with enthusiasm that last Thursday, on what is usually a busy production day for us in the news biz, we shut down the offices for an entire hour and high-tailed it across the street to Hope Cottage, which was having a food truck fundraiser. Four trucks were there, selling lunch items, and allowing attendees to “vote” by tipping their favorites — all to benefit Hope Cottage.

From the Abbey Road-esque exodus to the face stuffing by all involved, it was a great afternoon. Ah, memories … oh, wait, this was just last week. More photos after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Local briefs • 08.05.11

Continuing education credit available through Hope Cottage

Hope Cottage, Dallas’ oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian adoption agency, is now authorized to offer continuing education contact credits for social workers through its new Adoption 101 programming.

Director of Programs Brooks Quinlan, LMSW-AP, explained: “The goal of Infant Adoption 101 is to equip social service professionals with the skill sets needed to respond with confidence and sensitivity towards a client exploring or moving forward with an adoption plan.”

Upon completion of the program, participants are awarded one contact hour.

Thanks to donations, the program is offered free of charge. Organizations interested in receiving the training should contact Heather Hussong at by email at hhussong@hopecottage.org or by phone at 214-526-8721, ext. 241.
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Mountain View College offers youth empowerment conference

“Keepin’ It Real!” a free one-day youth empowerment conference, is being offered Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois Avenue in Dallas.

The conference is intended to provide teens with “real life” solutions to problems they face and in the process help build their self-confidence as they prepare to return to school.

Teens grades 6-12 can attend. Keynote speakers are Felix A. Zamora, president of Mountain View College and a motivational speaker and author; and Cheryl Jackson with Minnie’s Food Pantry and The Giving Movement.

All teens will participate in six interactive workshops which include bullycide, engineering the world, HIV/AIDS awareness and college financial aid and scholarships among others.

Musical entertainment will be provided by local artists including Rumill, Dacia Kings, Elliott Skinner accompanied by pianist, Dylan Cantu, Rachel Webb and P2 Mimes of Greater Mt. Calvary COGIC, and more.

Teens will also have an opportunity during a moderated panel discussion to meet local leaders and ask questions.

Also, Backpacking for Education returns for the eighth year. BFE is a program that supplies the attending youth with backpacks filled with school supplies. Additionally, some students will win door prizes and all will receive giveaways.

Registration is free but pre-registration is required by Aug. 10. To register for this conference or for more information, go online to TeenGraffiti.com or call 972-496-9457.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 5, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

FAMILY LIFE: Resource Directory

Adoption Resources

• ADOPTION INTERNATIONAL
Jody Hall, LLC
International Adoptions for the LGBT community
972-231-2933
AdoptMeInternational.org

• FAMILY TO FAMILY ADOPTIONS
Pregnancy & Adoption Center
1000 Austin Street, Suite B, Richmond TX
281-342-4042
Fam2Fam.org

• HOPE COTTAGE
Leslie Clay
Pregnancy & Adoption Center | PRIDE Training
4209 McKinney Ave, Dallas TX
214-526-8721 x 242
HopeCottage.org

• McKAY-KELLER CONSULTANTS, INC
Susan McKay, Attorney
Adoption Home Studies for LGBT families
214-341-9016
AdoptionAssistanceAndSupport.com

• PATHWAYS
Youth and family services non-profit | Adoption | Foster Care
817-391-0771
Pathway.org

• RAINBOW BABIES
General information on LGBT pregnancies and parenting
TheRainbowBabies.com

• THE WHOLE SOUL COUNSELING CENTER
Brenda Lee Roberts
Adoption Home Studies for LGBT families | Parent Facilitation | Collaborative Consultant
4849 Greenville, Suite 1118, Dallas TX
972-672-0038
BrendaLeeRoberts.com

Surrogacy Services

• SURROGACY ABROAD, INC
Dr. Samson Benhur
Surrogacy Services in India
875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3100, Chicago, IL
877-483-4634; SurrogacyAbroad.com

• SURROGATE SOLUTIONS, LLC
Surrogacy Services
P.O. Box 923 Hewitt, TX 76642
SurrogateSolutions.net

Legal Resources

• AMERICAN ACADEMY OF
ADOPTION ATTORNEYS
AdoptionAttorneys.com
SUZANNE BRYANT, PC
Adoption | Wills
1907 N. Lamar Blvd., Suite 220, Austin TX
512-476-4760
SuzanneBryantLaw.com

• REBECCA S. COVELL, PC
Wills | Estate Planning | Trusts | Probate
3710 Rawlins St., Suite 950, Dallas TX
214-443-0300
CovellPC.com

• LAUREN GAYDOS DUFFER, P.C.
Adoption | Family Law | Mediation | Collaborative Law | Surrogacy
690 E. Lamar Blvd., Suite 560, Arlington TX
817-548-5643
TXFamilyLawAtty.com

• CHRISTOPHER FARISH, PC
Family Law | Custody | Name Change | Probate | Wills & Estate Planning | Mediation | Surrogacy | Collaborative Law | Adoption
8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 600, Dallas
214-373-9100
QuaidAndQuaid.com

• STEPHANIE HALL, PC
Adoption | Family Law | Custody | Wills | Probate | Estate Planning
4514 Cole, Suite 600, Dallas TX
214-522-3343

• JOHN P. McCALL JR, PC
Family Law | Wills | Probate
214-942-1100
AttorneyMcCall.com

• MICHELLE MAY O’NEIL, PC
Adoption | Family Law | Custody
5420 Lyndon B. Johnson Frwy, Suite 500, Dallas TX
972-852-8000 or 866-959-4330
TheMayFirm.com

• JULIE QUAID, PC
Family Law | Custody | Name Change | Probate | Wills & Estate Planning | Mediation | Surrogacy | Collaborative Law | Adoption
8150 N. Central Expressway, Suite 600, Dallas
214-373-9100
QuaidAndQuaid.com

• PETER SCHULTE, PC
Family Law | Will | Estate Planning | Probate
4131 N. Central Expressway, Suite 680, Dallas TX
214-521-2200
PeteSchulte.com

• TIMOTHY T. THOMAS, P.C.
Wills | Estate Planning | Probate | Shared Parenting Agreements | Trusts
2501 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 295, Dallas TX
214-324-9298
TTTLaw.com

• CHAD WEST, PLLC
Wills | Estate Planning
614 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 2, Dallas | Ft. Worth
214-509-7555
ChadWestLaw.com

• JENNY WOMACK, P.C.
Adoption | Family Law | Mediation | Surrogacy
15455 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 440, Addison TX
214-744-4440
WilsonLakeLaw.com

• KIMBERLY VERMILLION WRIGHT, PC
Family Law | Adoption | Wills | Probate | Name Changes
6301 Gaston Ave., Suite 826
469-916-7868
WrightFamilyAttorney.com

Resources for Couples

• COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONALS
OF DALLAS
Dispute Resolutions | Adoption | Custody
Non-profit organization
CPOfDallas.com

• COUPLES METRO DALLAS
Social organization for LGBT couples in committed relationships
CouplesMetroDallas.com

• TEXAS PARADISE WEDDINGS
Ka’i Roberts
Video production, DJ/emcee, first dance instruction
469-252-9938
TexasParadiseWeddings.com

Resources for Parents

• 2 DADDIES, 1 LOVE | 2 MOMMIES, 1 LOVE
Website Network for LGBT Parents
Cooper Smith Koch
214-329-9191 x. 104
TwoDaddiesOneLove.com

• FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL
Ensures equality for LGBT families
1050 17th St., NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20036
617-502-8700
FamilyEquality.org

• HRC FAMILY PROJECT
Robb Puckett
Resources for LGBT Parents|Family-friendly events
214-403-0098

• SMU’S CENTER FOR FAMILY COUNSELING
at Resource Center Dallas
2701 Reagan St. Dallas, TX
214-393-3680

Resources for LGBT Seniors

• AUTUMN JOURNEY HOSPICE
Providing in-Home Health Care
5347 Spring Valley Rd.
Dallas, TX 75254
972-233-0525
AutumnJourneyHospice.com

• CLICK WHEELCHAIR SERVICES
Wheelchair retail and repair
1075 Duncan Perry Rd., Arlington, TX
866-670-6805

• GAIN at RESOURCE CENTER DALLAS
GLBT Aging Interest Network, educational
and social organization for GLBT Seniors
2701 Reagan St., Dallas TX
214-528-0144; RCDallas.org

• KIND COMPANIONS
Providing in-Home Health Care
214-924-9302
KindCompanions.com

• PARKGATE DALLAS RETIREMENT LIVING
Luxury retirement community for LGBT seniors
2801 Wycliff Ave., Dallas, TX
214-219-1091
ParkGateDallas.com

• PRIME TIMERS DALLAS/FT. WORTH
Social, educational and recreational organization for gay and bisexual men
P.O. Box 191101, Dallas TX 75219
972-504-8866
PrimeTimers-DFW.org

• SafeTREC and SafeKidZone
Cell phone personal security system
888-885-0887
SafeTREC.com

• SAGE
National organization, services and advocacy for LGBT seniors
305 Seventh Avenue, Sixth Floor, New York, 10001
212-741-2247
SageUSA.org

• VILLAGES OF LAKE HIGHLANDS
Senior living facility
8615 Lullwater Dr., Dallas TX
214-221-0444
VillagesOfLakeHighlands.com

• WITECK COMBS COMMUNICATIONS
Bob Witeck
Studies of LGBT siblings caring for
aging parents and LGBT retirement
202-887-0500
WiteckCombs.com

Religious/Spiritual Resources

• AGAPE MCC
4615 E. California Pkwy., Fort Worth TX
817-535-5002
AgapeMCC.com

• CATHEDRAL OF HOPE
A Congregation of the United Church of Christ
5910 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas TX
214-351-1901
CathedralOfHope.com

• CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING
4801 Spring Valley Rd., Dallas TX
972-866-9988
CSLDallas.org

• GRACE FELLOWSHIP IN CHRIST JESUS
411 S. Westmoreland, Dallas TX
214-333-9779
GFICJesus.com

• HARVEST MCC DENTON
3916 E. McKinney St., Suite B, Denton TX
940-320-6150
HarvestMCC.org
• NEW DAY UMC OF MANSFIELD
1475 Heritage Parkway, Mansfield, TX
817-225-2277; NewDayUMC.com

• THE OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH
2701 Reagan St., Dallas
877-216-4670; MyChalJudge.com

• THE ONE CHURCH
2515 Inwood Rd., Suite 213, Dallas TX
214-724-5658; Dallas1Church.org

Financial PLAN Resources

• MASS MUTUAL
Judy Sherman
Financial Services | Life Insurance
10000 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1200, Dallas TX
972-348-6350
MassMutual.com

• MAXWELL FINANCIAL SERVICES
Kay Maxwell
Financial Services
14673 Midway Rd., Suite 100, Addison, TX
972-991-7887
MaxwellFinancial.com

• NEW YORK LIFE
Brian A. Walker
Life Insurance | Child ID Program for LGBT kids
972-774-2046
Facebook.com/bwnyl

• TURTLE CREEK ADVISORS
Doug Simmang
Financial Services
3100 Carlisle, Suite 123, Dallas TX
TurtleCreekAdvisors.com

INSURANCE

• ALLSTATE
Alex Long Insurance Agency
Life | Home | Auto
2700 N. O’Connor Ste. 125, Irving TX
972-570-7000
AlexLongInsuranceAgency.com

• FARMERS INSURANCE
Angel Irvin
Life | Home | Auto | Financial Services
14651 Dallas Parkway, Suite 110, Dallas TX
972-367-6200

• STEVEN GRAVES INSURANCE
Life | Home | Auto
2919 Welborn St., Suite 100, Dallas TX
214-599-0808
StevenGravesInsurance.com

—  John Wright