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Austin’s “Mother Teresa of Montopolis” Needs Your Help

by K. L. Romo on September 28, 2020

There’s Florence, Italy, Florence, South Carolina, and closer to home and heart is the iconic Austin social advocate Florence Ponziano—the “Mother Teresa of Montopolis.” If you visit 515 Kemp Street, you’ll find Florence’s Comfort House...

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Child Sex Trafficking Survivors in Central Texas Find Hope and Healing at The Refuge Ranch

by Bebe Brown on August 25, 2020

In Texas alone, there were 79,000 young adults and minors being sex trafficked, according to a 2016 University of Texas Study. And those horrifying numbers are only increasing. The National Center for Missing and Exploited...

Five Minutes With J. Mack Slaughter Jr., Former Boy Band Singer Turned ER Doctor

by Bob Valleau on January 22, 2020

J. Mack Slaughter Jr. is on a mission: To bring joy to young hospital patients in the DFW-area.  The Fort Worth native, now 36, recently talked to us about his hit music career, and the...

#TXVoices: By the Numbers, Texans Bringing Light to the World’s Poorest Areas

by Steve Vincent on December 6, 2019

See a problem. Find a solution. Fix it. This pioneering spirit still resides deep in the heart of Texans today. It certainly moved me to act 10 years ago when the United Methodist Committee on...

Five Minutes With Caroline Kraddick, Singer & Kidd’s Kids Chief Happiness Officer

by Lisa Davis on October 3, 2019

Caroline Kraddick’s love of music and heart for philanthropy help keep her father’s legacy alive. As the daughter of Dallas-based radio DJ Kidd Kraddick and named after Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Kraddick grew up surrounded...

Five Minutes With William Lee Martin, Comedian & Philanthropist

by Lisa Davis on September 5, 2019

“What we believe is there is nothing more precious than a child’s smile,” says William Lee Martin.  Growing up in Blue Mound, Texas, Martin was a skinny, buck-toothed kid who was painfully afraid of speaking...

Incarcerated Mothers Connect with their Children via Women’s Storybook Project

by Madison Diaz on May 9, 2019

Sixteen years ago, Judith Duling spent a pivotal 12 months researching storybook projects. That year’s worth of research around the United States inspired Duling to reach out to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, find...

Giving Tuesday: Housing a Homeless Austinite Just in Time for the Holidays

by Bebe Brown on November 26, 2018

Central Texas real estate agents are bringing some much-needed holiday cheer in the form of a new house and new way of living to a homeless Austinite. This fall, Carol Dochen, founder of Dochen Realtors, along...