Alley’s House 2016 Luncheon

Lucille O’Neal, mother of Shaquille O’Neal will be the speaking at the Alley’s House 2016 Luncheon.  The event also includes the annual Crusader Award, Mother of the Year and Volunteer of the Year presentations.

Alley’s House 2016 Luncheon
Friday, October 21 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Magnolia Park Cities Hotel
6070 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX 752060

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Keynote Speaker
Lucille O’Neal may be the mother of one of (sic the) greatest athletes of all time, but Lucille O’Neal is much more than Shaquille O’Neal’s mom. Acquainted early in life with turmoil, O’Neal’s circumstances shaped her perspective, strengthening her resolve to overcome the challenges she would later encounter. She has endured poverty, rejection, abuse, addiction and the illness of a child, yet today her faith and compassion for others is stronger than ever. She shares her life story candidly- and often humorously- in her book Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go as well as in her keynotes. Because she was a teen mother herself at the age of 17. Alley’s House is thrilled to have her share her motivational journey with our supporters and most importantly, our teen moms.

The event will also feature our annual Crusader Award, Mother of the Year and Volunteer of the Year presentations. Our Mother of the Year, Alexis Atchley will inspire you with her story of overcoming homelessness to graduate and pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. You’ll hear about her journey, as well as how Alley’s House has helped her, and other moms like her on a path to independence.

Alley’s House was formed in February 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation on the heels of the Welfare Reform Act of 1996, to provide comprehensive services to teen mothers.  Kirsten Brandt James, Executive Director, took the helm  in 2015 to guide the organization with a focus on organizational stability, program growth, and transformative learning. We know that when we empower teen mothers to achieve independence that they experience higher educational attainment, reduced dependency on government services, increased earning potential, reduced likelihood of repeat teen births, and higher self-esteem and self-worth.

For the first eight years, the organization was completely volunteer-based with programs offered in a local church. Eventually, the organization expanded, and now the agency’s offices are located at 4113 Junius Street. Alley’s House has four staff members,  three counseling interns, and countless volunteers. As we grow, we plan to provide additional service delivery options, partner with local school districts, and create a job pipeline program.

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