In Texas, there are over 300,000 victims of sex trafficking – 79,000 are children – with under 100 beds for victims who have been rescued to be safely secured for healing and restoration. Moreover, it is not uncommon for survivors to end up in a homeless shelter, jail or back in the hands of traffickers after being rescued because of the shortage of transitional homes and restoration programs.
Bochy’s Place is a restoration home for women healing from the trauma of human trafficking. It provides a family environment where residents can work toward their healing emotionally, spiritually, psychologically and physically. Through a trauma- informed lens, the program offers various life skills classes, licensed counseling, inner healing sessions, legal advocacy, financial planning mentorship and partnerships with the community to provide exercise, self-defense, nutrition classes, community service, educational opportunities, job placement, dental, chiropractic and medical care.
On Sept. 26 it will host its third annual Night in White Benefit Gala at The Nest at Ruth Farms. The theme is “Home Sweet Home.”
The gala will focus on the problem in North Texas and show the short film Grace, based on true stories of Bochy’s Place survivors. Attorney General Ken Paxton will share his mission regarding the eradication of human trafficking.
For more information and tickets, visit http://www.bo- chysplace.com/events. Anyone interested in volunteering can also fill out a form on the website.
After the opening of the Fresh Produce Distribution Center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center June 19, staff learned many residents were unfamiliar with some ingredients being given away and occasionally rejected them due to lack of confidence in how to prepare meals. A member of the MLK Center Advisory Board worked to secure a rotation of chefs to provide cooking demonstrations and healthy cooking alternatives.
On Sept. 7, the MLK Center began hosting noteworthy local chefs on the first Saturday of every month. The demos began with the culinary team of Ellen’s Kitchen in the Historic West End.
Each month, chefs will provide the community informational programming that compliments their experience in receiving free food from the Fresh Produce Distribution Center at the center. Upcoming demos include notable culinary masters from some of Dallas’ most reputable restaurants like CBD Provisions, Café Momentum, Commissary and many more.
Since its inception, the center has served nearly 4,000 families fresh produce at no cost. There are no income or zip code restrictions.
The State Fair of Texas, themed “Celebrating Texas Creativity,” runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 20. Representatives recently announced that the fair is continuing the annual tradition of the Opening Day Parade, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.
However, the parade will take place in front of the Hall of State in Fair Park beginning this year to accommodate other events and activities planned as part of the start to the 24-day State Fair. The parade previously took place downtown. Moving the parade inside the fairgrounds allows more people to join in the festivities and puts the focus on Fair Park.
“We think this is a change that a lot of fairgoers will enjoy, as they can focus their attention on events in Fair Park that day,” said Mitchell Glieber, president of the State Fair of Texas. “Since we will have two parades on Opening Day, there will be the opportunity for daytime and nighttime visitors to take part in the celebration.”
The fair will be taking certain popular elements from the downtown parade and incorporating them into this year’s parade, but will offer a unique experience from the nightly parade.
Opening Day is also Military Appreciation Day at the fair. All active military, retired military and veterans receive free admission when they present valid documentation of military service. Spouses of service men and women with a valid military spouse ID with accompanying children under the age of 18 receive free admission, as well.
Children ages 2 and younger also receive free admission. Other attendees who bring a full 20-ounce bottle of Dasani water or any 20-ounce Coca-Cola product for donation to the North Texas Food Bank will receive a special 50% discount admission.
General admission is the same as last year and will include more than 100 daily shows, concerts, activities and exhibits, all at no extra cost. For information, visit http://www.bigtex.com.