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Title Houston Breakthrough, Vol. 1, No. 9, December 1976
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Date December 1976
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Transcript Some friends n*xd your help SHARE hV THE SPIRIT OF GIVING Most children grow up believing in Santa—but to many youngsters he just never seems to make it around to the poorer families. Santa's going to get some help this year, however, and, with your assistance, just might visit those youngsters he has neglected in the past. A group of Texas Dept. of Public Welfare caseworkers have organized a Christmas gift program so some of Houston's poor children will find something awaiting them under the tree this year. Steve Burke, coordinator of the program, said all types of toys are needed. He said caseworkers are looking for new toys, but will also accept used ones if they are in good condition. They will wel come donations of bicycles, puzzles, games, dolls, children's books, model cars and planes, Burke said, and anything else suitable for a child. If the gift is wrapped, Burke asks that the donor label the gift, including the type of toy and the age range for which it is suitable. The collected toys will be distributed to heads of welfare families before Christmas, so the toy can be placed under the tree—avoiding the appearance of a welfare handout. Burke said Christmastime is a difficult season for poor families because the children are exposed to mass merchandising of toys for the holiday and cannot understand why their Christ- mases are lean. Many parents feel guilty about their children's disappointment and buy gifts they can't afford with money better spent on food, clothing or school supplies, he said. This is the first time the caseworkers have sponsored such a program, Burke said, and if it proves successful, the project may become an annual affair. Collection of the toys will begin December 8 and continue through December 20 at DPW Social Service offices at six Texas Rehabilitation Commission centers. Donations can be made between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following locations: 4812 Al- meda; 340 N. Sidney; 7603 Bell- fort; 4615 North Freeway; 10763 Eastex Freeway, and 1964 W. Gray. Persons desiring further information can call 526-8511. Never underestimate the power of a woman—or, in this case, two women. ■ • Two women employees of Roy M. Huffington, a local oil and gas production company, have galvanized co-workers into assisting an anti-hunger food program here. Volunteer Christie Garant organized the first employee contributions to BREAD, an emergency food program operated by the Houston Metropolitan Ministries. "When I first learned about how many people suffer or are hungry in Houston," Garant said, "I assumed it was the natural thing to do." Garant was joined in her efforts by co-worker Pam Beatty and the two organized a wide spread employee support for the BREAD program. "It was easy to get together," said Beatty. "The program at work isn't company- sponsored but we went through channels for approval. Then we began photostating memos and employees just started bringing bags of groceries from home." Beatty said even those who did not contribute food often gave money so non-perishable foods could be purchased for the program. Garant said response to the volunteer effort at work has been overwhelming —and she said participation continues to grow. Rev. Tony Saulsbury, pastor of the Bellaire Christian Church, said BREAD is in need of both volunteers and contributions —and could become more effective with increased support. The BREAD program operates pantries in 40 churches, and maintains a warehouse and office at 3217 Montrose Blvd. Food for the hungry is distributed from the church pantries across town. Persons interested in becoming a volunteer or making a contribution can call BREAD at 521-0583. The program solicits contributions of balanced foods, including canned fruits and vegetables, rice and beans, jellies, juices, cereals, canned meats and peanut butter. Mm PAM BEATTY and CHRISTIE GARANT I Becky Davidson said she speaks from experience when she says there's a need for a woman-oriented drug and alcoholic center here. Davidson, a counselor for The Recovery Center, is a former alcoholic. Doctor upon doctor failed to recognize her problem, Davidson said, and each one diagnosed her condition as "just female problems." But one day, she said, one perceptive doctor told her that she had a drinking problem. The failure of the other doctors to recognize her problem, Davidson said, made her realize that other women were in the same situation—and so she decided to devote her new life to helping other women with alcohol and drug problems. The Recovery Center, 4233 DuPont, is Houston's only drug TONI CLEMONS and BECKY DAVIDSON HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH - DECEMBER 1976 PAGE 8 and alcohol rehabilitation program operated strictly for women. But that center, which boasts a recovery rate of 80 percent during its first year of operation, is in danger—and only community support can save it. Because many of the women treated at the center cannot afford to pay, The Recovery Center must have contributions to keep it going. Toni demons, the center's founder and director, said the center needs not only cash contributions for food and supplies, but other donations as well. The center is housed in a formerly abandoned home, Clemons said —and that home is in desperate need of repair. The principal need today, she said, is to have the house leveled —which is about a $500 expense. The center also needs bunk- beds, appliances, building materials, and lots of volunteer time. Volunteers, said Clemons, are needed to help with house repairs, cleaning and general office work. Clemons said she is also looking for a sponsor to help defray the larger costs of operation. Clemons, a recovered alcoholic, said she began the center in May, 1975 after realizing women alcoholics needed a dif ferent type of care and treatment than men. Clemons also said there was a great need for a women's detox center in Houston. There are over 300 beds in treatment centers here for men —but less than 50 beds for women alcoholics. Part of the treatment, she said, involves breaking the woman alcoholic's dependency on men —and teaching her to cope with her own problems. Clemons said the center is able to provide room, board, and transportation for nine women at a time—but could increase the number served if community support expands. "We don't turn anyone away." a treatment facility for women addicts and alcoholics YES! I'LL HELP THE RECOVERY CENTER INC. Please fill out I can help: □ as a volunteer Name □ with clothing □ other Address Phone _ return to 4233 Dupont^ Houston 77021. 741-0554-741-9133 A Community Service Program & Non-Profit Organization