Giving Tree

November 27, 2015

Editorial Contacts:
Stephen Betzen, Office Manager, (214) 646-1570,
Cliff Pearson, Communications Coordinator, (214) 646-1570,

Speech Clinic to Host Giving Tree for Promise House

Therapists to raise funds serving shelter for at-risk and homeless youth

(DALLAS, November 27, 2015)
–This December, the staff and clients of Dallas Reading and Language Services will join together to provide holiday support for Promise House, an emergency shelter for youth in crisis in Dallas, by hosting a Giving Tree in the speech and reading clinic’s waiting room.

From Dec. 1, 2015 until Dec. 19, 2015, visitors to the clinic will be able to take a paper ornament from the Giving Tree marked with $2, $5, $10, $20, $25, $50, $75, or $100. By making a cash or credit card donation in the amount listed on the ornament, the donor will receive a wooden ornament that he or she can decorate to replace the paper ornaments. Whoever donates $500 or more will receive the angel at the top of the tree to decorate him or herself.

“Our hope is that these gifts will not only spread good cheer, but also help in making the holiday wishes come true for young people,” said Stephen Betzen, office manager of Dallas Reading and Language Services. “It truly is a rewarding experience for our staff – and most importantly for our kids – to decorate our clinic’s tree with ornaments knowing that our donations are helping to change the lives of other children for the better.”

Dallas Reading and Language Services expects that by the end of the holiday season, the Giving Tree will be filled with the hand-decorated wooden ornaments and all the paper ornaments will be replaced. All cash and credit card donations received will be sent to Promise House, to assist at-risk and homeless youth.

About Promise House

Promise House embraces homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, giving them needed support, encouragement and hope to live a better life. Their programs cover the vital needs of youth, including emergency shelter, transitional living, pregnant and parenting teen services, individual, group and family counseling, street outreach and educational intervention. Promise House is dedicated to providing the strength, stability and hope that youth need today to fulfill their promise for a healthy, productive and self-sufficient tomorrow. Since 1984, Promise House has had an open door 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to children, teens and families in crisis serving over 70,000 youth and families in North Texas.

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Dallas Reading and Language Services is a provider of speech-language therapy and reading services to the Dallas community, employing licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and SLP Assistants.