Celebrate the Month of Hope with Texas Nonprofit, Women’s Storybook Project

by Gracie Watt on April 20, 2021

Children of the incarcerated are often the forgotten victims of crime. Women’s Storybook Project works to help these children reconnect with their mothers through the joy of literature.  Women’s Storybook Project of Texas(WSP), is run...

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Five Minutes With Mandy Rowden, East Texas Singer-Songwriter, Founder Girl Guitar

by Haven Lindsey on October 28, 2020

Hailing from East Texas, Mandy Rowden is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who has been a practicing musician since she was six years of age. Based in Austin, Rowden has won numerous awards and, recognized for her...

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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...

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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...

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#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...

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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...

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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...