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Investment is first of $1.5 million needed in renovation phase of recently purchased building DENTON, TX – (November 20, 2018) First State Bank announced a $100,000 investment to the Improving Lives capital campaign project of United Way of Denton County at a recent private supporter event hosted at the organization’s newly purchased building.First State Bank’s Denton President Brandon McCleskey made the announcement and presented a check to United Way of Denton County CEO Gary Henderson and...
DENTON, TX (November 12, 2018) – United Way of Denton County (UWDC) and the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) jointly announced a pilot program to overcome one of the number one barriers to Veterans accessing services and resources – transportation.DCTA will provide UWDC with a kick-starter donation of Lyft gift cards and Irving Holdings (parent company of Yellow Cab) debit cards, to provide Veterans a choice of demand-response services so they have enhanced and flexible access to...
As featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle on 10/30/2018 by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe... Denton has formally joined 750 cities nationwide, including 16 in Texas, in a 4-year-old campaign that aims to end homelessness for veterans. Mayor Chris Watts stopped by an event organized for area veterans last week to publicly announce the city’s goal to end veteran homelessness locally by 2020. “We’ve been operating on that kind of goal for a while,” Watts said. “Now we’ve signed on in an official way.” The...
HOUSTON, TX (October 24, 2018) Invited by Texas State Health and Human Services, United Way of Denton County (UWDC) shared their success story as a Texas Veterans + Family Alliance (TV+FA) Grant recipient at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Engage and Excel Pre-Conference in Houston, TX this week.Representing UWDC on the workshop panel were President and CEO Gary Henderson and Director of Health and Mental Health Initiatives Sonia Redwine who discussed the creation, incubation, and...
16-year United Way of Denton County veteran to head program initiatives team.DENTON, TX (September 25, 2018) – United Way of Denton County (UWDC) announced today the promotion of long-time staffer Leah Jordan to the position of Senior Director of Community Impact.As Senior Director of Community Impact, Jordan will lead UWDC’s team of initiative and program directors who develop collaborative projects across UWDC’s strategic focus areas defined by key findings in the most recent Community Needs...
Left: Denton Kickoff Panel (R-L: Maduko, Wilson, Watts, Mitchell, Parker, Henderson … Photo credit: Vickie Jackalone) and Lewisville Kickoff Panel (R-L: Henderson, Maduko, Rogers, Mitchell, Gilmore (with UWDC Board Chair Lyle Dresher)... Photo credit: Christy Hill, chillphotography.net)  LEWISVILLE, TX (September 14, 2018) –  The second of two Kickoff Breakfasts and Community Conversations moderated by United Way of Denton County as part of LIVE UNITED Month was held today at Lewisville ISD...
As featured in the Denton Record-Chronicle Editorial on 9/9/2018 ...What does it mean to Live United? If you’re Gary Henderson, president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Denton County, it means bringing together varying segments of the community to pursue solutions to universal, pervasive problems. That means working with area law enforcement and court systems to better address mental illness in Denton County — including at the Denton County Jail, the largest in-patient...
As featured in Denton Record-Chronicle on 9/7/2018 by Jenna Duncan ... The annual fundraising to support the next year of initiatives for the United Way of Denton County started Friday during a kickoff breakfast and community conversation at the University of North Texas Gateway Center.In a panel moderated by Gary Henderson, the agency’s president and CEO, public officials talked about what actions they’ve taken to support United Way’s four main pillars: helping children and families succeed;...
As featured in Community Impact Newspaper on 8/7/2018 by Sherelle Black ...While lawmakers locally and statewide are working to allocate more money toward mental health services, Denton County-area officials and health care providers say funding is still not enough to keep up with the growing population. A lack of mental health care providers is a direct correlation to the increase of inmates in the Denton County Jail with mental health illnesses, according to Sonia Redwine, director of health...
As featured in Denton Record-Chronicle on 6/29/2018 by Lucinda Breeding ... There’s a saying that many hands make light work. For agencies preparing for the first-ever Denton Back to School Fair, many hands mean serving more children and teens than they would if they tried to meet needs from their silos.“This is a collaborative effort to make this a citywide drive instead of a piecemeal effort,” said Darhyl Ramsey, a volunteer with Interfaith Ministries of Denton’s Apple Tree Project. “...

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