Dannette Heeth, Southwest Region Business Development manager for Varsity Facility Services, a national janitorial and handyman services company, and an active Dallas-Fort Worth IFMA Chapter member, delivered clothing for the children residing at Dallas Life, a homeless mission. Pictured with Randy Smith of State Farm Insurance in Irving, Texas, both are members of IFMA’s Community Service Committee which held a clothing drive during their local chapter’s FM Expo on August 6, 2015. Socks, underwear, shoes and other clothing was collected and delivered to Dallas Life on August 10th. For our local effort, Mike Franssen, Texas District Manager, provided a company-approved donation, and Dannette personally matched that amount dollar for dollar. Together, we provided 36 pair of underwear, 12 shirts, 40 pair of socks and two pair of shoes.
Dallas Rescue Mission opened its doors in 1954 in a small storefront location on Commerce Street in downtown Dallas and was located a few blocks from the city jail, and housed 25 men each night. Today Dallas Life houses over 500 people and offers housing, food, shelter, job training, addiction recovery and medical care to their residents.
Upon their arrival to the mission, clients are given five free nights and thereafter must pay $10 per night for their stay. Children are always free. If enrolled in the mission’s 10 Month New Life Program, participants are allowed to stay at no charge, but must complete at least 4 hours per day work at the mission cleaning and cooking, and pass all four sessions of the New Life Program that include anger management training, alcoholism recovery, job readiness and financial budgeting. Each year the program “graduates” at least 50 people that are ready to be re-introduced into society as self-reliant, drug –free citizens.
Tough rules apply at all times at Dallas Life. All clients are subject to random drug testing, and the mission will not accept parolees or anyone with a felony or sex crime conviction. Everyone is expected, without exception, to do cleaning and other chores.
Today Dallas Life has over 100 school-aged children. The children are provided food, clothing, and transportation to school, and have after-school help such as tutoring or homework assistance.
Varsity Facility Services has a 50 year history of community service, and the Texas Division is proud to be a part of the DFW IFMA clothing drive for Dallas Life. To see more about Varsity’s national community service projects, go to varsityfs.com/company/community-service.
Varsity Facility Services is a national janitorial company and also provides national handyman services.