Texas church choir bus-pickup crash March 29, 2017 - At least 13 people were killed and two others injured in a head-on crash between a church bus and pickup truck in southwest Texas, officials said. All of the victims who died were senior adults who attended First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, including the driver.
A total of 14 senior adults were on the bus and the driver was the only person in the pickup when the vehicles collided about 12:30 p.m. on U.S. 83 outside Garner State Park in northern Uvalde County, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Conrad Hein and a church statement.
Active Shooter In Dallas! 4/24/17 Police are responding to a report of an active shooter at a high rise building in Dallas, Texas. twitter.com/WMTWTV/status/856546352452444161
Dallas police are responding to a possible active shooter in a high-rise office building. According to the DMN, dozens of police were at a building in Lake Highlands. Two ambulances were called to the building late Monday morning. It's unclear how many people were shot, though several news outlets are reporting two. It's also unclear if the active shooter situation has ended. redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=75448
1 killed, nearly 50 injured in Texas May 1, 2017 Texas tornado kills 1. There has reportedly been one dead and nearly 50 injured after a tornado ripped through Texas Saturday night. The Ben Wheeler Fire Department confirmed to KTRE-TV that there was one dead as a result of the twister that hit Canton. KLTV reported the body was found in a pasture. redstatewatcher.com/article.asp?id=75933
Texas Governor Signs ‘Sermon Safeguard Bill’ Preventing Government From Probing Preaching 5/24/17 - The governor of Texas has signed into law a bill that prevents the government from subpoenaing copies of sermons or questioning pastors about the content of their messages.
“Texas law now will be your strength and your sword and your shield,” Gov. Greg Abbott declared during a ceremony at Grace Church of the Woodlands. “You will be shielded by any effort by any other government official in any other part of the state of Texas from having subpoenas to try to pry into what you’re doing here in your churches.”
Senate Bill 24 was birthed following the 2014 controversy surrounding Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who had requested copies of sermons and other material from several area pastors as part of the discovery phase of a lawsuit over a petition seeking to repeal the city’s “bathroom bill.”
TexASS impeaching Trump Jun 7, 2017 - President Donald Trump’s son Eric Trump said Demonrats are not even people to him after their obstruction of the President's agenda. Eric said, “I’ve never seen hatred like this. It’s so, so sad. Morality’s just gone, morals have flown out the window and we deserve so much better than this as a country."
The Demonrat Party is imploding. They have no message of their own. The DNC is a total whack job, there’s no leadership there.
Jubilee Park to 'make a real difference' in southern Dallas with new mental health services 7/23/17 Ben Leal, CEO of Jubilee Park and Community Center, remembers when the center's neighborhood near Fair Park was known as "the military zone."
Back then, the police wouldn't come when called and Leal spent nearly every morning with volunteers in the Jubilee neighborhood cleaning alleys and streets filled with trash, used condoms and old dime bags for drugs.
But much has changed since the community center first opened its doors in 1997. Now, the corners have security cameras and crime has dropped 67 percent, according to tracking by the center.
And more change is on the way July 25, when The Old Church at Jubilee Park will begin hosting new mental health care services through a partnership with the community center and Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas. The church is on Gurley Avenue, across the street from the community center.
For Leal and others who believe mental health services in South and southern Dallas have been lacking for years, the new programs — including family therapy, play therapy and individual counseling — are a chance "to make a real difference."
He noted that in Jubilee Park, 99 percent of children in the center's lengthy list of programming, from after-school programs to summer camp, qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. The average household income is just below $15,000.
"When you're growing up in poverty, you're already dealing with trauma and stressors in your life," Leal said. "These children are in need, and these families are in need of an outlet, someone to talk to, someone to speak out with. I think that's why it's so great that we have Jewish Family Service with us now." For the children
Maria Andrande has lived in the Jubilee neighborhood for 20 years and thinks the new services will make a big difference.
"Our kids need a lot of help," she said in Spanish. "Their parents work, so they spend a lot of time alone and they don't have a person advising them." Maria Andrande, who has lived in Jubilee, a neighborhood in Southern Dallas, for 20 years said she plans on getting mental health services being offered by Jubilee Park & Community Center(TyLisa C Johnson/Dallas Morning News) Maria Andrande, who has lived in Jubilee, a neighborhood in Southern Dallas, for 20 years said she plans on getting mental health services being offered by Jubilee Park & Community Center (TyLisa C Johnson/Dallas Morning News)
Andrande said she plans to seek help, too, to have someone outside of her family who will listen.
The new programming at the church will have two clinicians, both bilingual, and a psychiatrist, who will be able to provide prescriptions to clients.
In addition, clients will be able to receive individual counseling, diagnostic evaluation, family therapy, child play therapy and more.
Play therapy is specifically for children ages 3 to 12 who have difficulty verbalizing their emotions. This form of therapy lets kids use toys like words to play out their anxieties, fears, aggression and other emotions and thoughts, according to Gustavo Barcenas, one of the center's new therapists. Making an impact
"There are lots of organizations that acknowledge that mental health is a significant issue. It's a bigger step to say not only do we acknowledge it, but we have the conviction to take action steps to make mental health services available," said Fleisher, who retired as CEO in March. "The results will prove themselves."
A grant for $162,000 paid for a part-time psychiatrist and two full-time clinicians to provide play therapy, diagnostic testing and counseling services.
The grant came from The Rees-Jones Foundation, an organization that has funded mental health services in Dallas since 2006.
Since it began, the foundation has awarded 167 grants totaling nearly $27 million to help improve mental health services in Dallas, according to Adrian Cook, the foundation's director of research and evaluations.
Jewish Family Service is providing staff to Jubilee through The Rees-Jones Foundation.
Terese Stevenson, the foundation's vice president of grants, said Jubilee is an example of how the foundation wants to provide "not just access to services, but access to high-quality services that are going to make an impact.
"We're very focused on ensuring that all children in our communities who are struggling with mental health issues have counseling and therapy. We see that there's such a large percentage of the population that have mental health issues and if those aren't addressed early they can obviously lead to some very negative consequences in the lives of young people."
The Foundation and Jewish Family Service wanted mental health services locations in southern Dallas, where mental health options are limited.
Ariela Goldstein, director of clinical services at Jewish Family Service, thinks "every community needs to have mental health services equally to medical services." She said that is because "whether it's poverty, life stressors, losses, special needs, you name it, you have to have that support." Feeling understood
Another important factor in providing the services is making sure that the providers can relate to their clients. About 79 percent of the Jubilee community is Hispanic, so having therapists on board who speak Spanish will "let people feel heard and understood," said Nancy Hall, the new family therapist.
"Lots of times with trauma, the way we deal with it is we learn to experience it, we learn to tolerate it, and we accept it," she said. "We're just part of that wraparound model that is going to intercede for children, that is going to make a difference at an early age."
Barcenas, the play therapist at Jubilee, said that being culturally sensitive is an important part of mental health help. Stigma, he said, is already a deterrent for many ethnic communities, but bringing in people who "could understand more of the culture" will make long-term help more effective.
"A lot of clients actually don't come because of the language barrier," he said. "As a counselor, we need to be trained in how to provide culturally sensitive interventions."
Californians emigrate to Texas Aug 1, 2017 - Calipornistan has no future for decent folk. A new company is helping conservative Californians emigrate to Texas, where they can enjoy lower taxes, better economic opportunities, and friendlier politics.
Conservative Move helps would-be emigrants sell their Cali homes and find new ones in Texas, and also helps them find a good-paying job.
Truth coming to Waco August 15, 2017 - After 2 years the truth is coming to Waco. A man named Christopher Jacob Carrizal will go on trial in McLennan County. Carrizal was recently indicted on 3 felonies. Carrizal described as the president of the Dallas chapter of the Bandidos motorcycle gang. That is a LIE! Waco Trib has been lying about the Twin Peaks massacre by cops for the last 27 months. Very long article www.agingrebel.com/15649