What is Cryptocurrency? Find out at the next 
Lunch and Learn Series Class at Frazier House

November 28, 2018 — Increase your knowledge of some of the latest digital technology being used as a medium of exchange at the December 11 Lunch & Learn Series Class presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. The class is from 11:30  am to 1 pm at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue.

Cryptocurrencies are a kind of alternative and digital currency. Students will learn basic information about blockchain technology and how cryptocurrency will be used within our society.  The use of digital currency is expanding globally and will someday be implemented throughout society; perhaps by 2023, according to the World Economic Forum. 

Questions that will be answered for students attending this class: 

1) What is blockchain technology?
2) What is an ico?
3) What is the difference between a token and a coin?
4) And, the importance of reading and understanding the white paper

Frances Smith-Dean is the Executive Director of the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center and instructor for this class. She has extensive experience as a political activist, a community leader and a successful economist. She has utilized her vast knowledge as a financial consultant, both nationally and internationally, by working with business leaders around the world about foreign exchange trade opportunities. As the owner of The Financial Educator, she provides training sessions about the economy to her clientele throughout the nation. She serves also as business advisor to several faith-based organizations.

Classes will be offered in-person and via Facebook Live. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.org or call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443.

To register: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/classes-currency/

The classes are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks.

Frazier House Lunch & Learn Series Presents
‘Real Estate: How to Create Generational Wealth 
Through Home Ownership’

October 30, 2018 — Want to play “Monopoly” in real life? Learn how to create generational wealth through home ownership. Join us for the next Lunch & Learn series class scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Frazier House.

Class instructor will be Julian Williams, Founder and Managing Partner of JW Realty Partners. He has more than 13 years of experience as a second-generation real estate broker, and was recently selected to the Talented Top 10 Real Estate Professionals in Tarrant County. Max Klinedinst, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer at Affiliated Bank Mortgage, will join Mr. Williams. 

Classes will be offered in-person and via Facebook Live. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.orgor call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. Frazier House is located at 4600 Spring Avenue, Dallas. 

Register now at: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/classes-1/

The classes are open to the public. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks.

Dallas County Makes Scholarships Available to Students

October 8, 2018 — The application period to apply for a Dallas County Promise Scholarship is now open. February 8, 2019  is the last day to apply. Students must complete their FAFSA application in order to qualify for a Promise scholarship.

Students and parents are encouraged to apply for this scholarship, along with submitting their FAFSA application, on any Thursday in October at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue. Computers are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information: www.dallascountypromise.org

Dallas ISD - eligible schools

  • Bryan Adams

  • David W. Carter

  • Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr Early College 

  • Emmett J. Conrad

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt 

  • H. Grady Spruce

  • Hillcrest

  • James Madison

  • Justin F. Kimball 

  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy

  • L.G. Pinkston

  • Lincoln Humanities/Communications Magnet 

  • Moises E. Molina

  • North Dallas

  • Seagoville

  • Skyline

  • South Oak Cliff 

  • Sunset

  • Thomas Jefferson

  • Trinidad Garza ECHS at Mountain View

  • W.H. Adamson

  • Woodrow Wilson 

  • W.T. White

  • W.W. Samuell

Frazier House Has a New Partner 

October 8, 2018 — The Senior Source, a collaborator of Elder Financial Safety Center. will be joining Frazier House as its latest partner in providing services to the community. Beginning Monday, Oct. 22, The Senior Source will provide utility assistance to Seniors. 

The vision of the Elder Financial Safety Center is to ensure every older adult in Dallas and across the U.S. lives in a safe community with the financial resources to securely age with dignity.

Interested individuals must make an appointment. For registration and qualification information, contact Senior Source at 214.823.5700 or visit:  www.elderfinancialsafetycenter.org

US Census Job Openings: Apply Online at Frazier House
Hourly rate is $18 - $22.50 per hour

October 8, 2018 — The application period is now open to apply for jobs for the 2020 U.S. Census. Interested applicants can apply online at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The application period ends Dec. 13, 2018.

Job Qualifications

To be eligible for a 2020 Census job, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Have a valid Social Security number

  • Be a U.S. citizen

  • Have a valid email address

  • Complete an application and answer assessment questions. (Some assessment questions are available in Spanish. However, an English proficiency test may also be required.)

  • Be registered with the Selective Service System or have a qualifying exemption, if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959

  • Pass a Census-performed criminal background check and a review of criminal records, including fingerprinting

  • Commit to completing training

  • Be available to work flexible hours, which can include days, evenings, and/or weekends

Most jobs require employees to:

  • Have access to a vehicle and a valid driver’s license, unless public transportation is readily available.

  • Have access to a computer with internet and an email account (to complete training). (You may take training at Frazier House if you do not have access to a computer with internet.)

For more information: https://2020census.gov/jobs   

Frazier House Lunch & Learn Series Presents
‘Tax Advantages for Small Business Owners’

October 2, 2018 — Where does all the money go? Why are my taxes so high? What can I do to make bookkeeping easier? Those are some of the questions frequently asked by small business owners. And, they will be answered at the next Lunch & Learn series class “Tax Advantages for Small Business Owners” scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to Noon, at Frazier House.

Participants will learn—

  • Basic and commonly overlooked tax advantages for small business owners  

  • Information about Schedule C of the 1040 tax return, including tax write offs, and the new Section 199A – the Qualified Business Income Deduction under the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. 

  • Participants will leave with the knowledge of legitimate tax write-offs, proper business expenses, and best practices of record keeping.

The instructor for the class is Alfred Record II, a tax professional and owner of LifeTax Financial Services.

Classes will be offered in-person and via Facebook Live. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.orgor call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. Frazier House is located at 4600 Spring Avenue, Dallas. 

Register now at: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/tax-class/

The classes are open to the public. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks.

‘Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice’ is the featured class For September’s Lunch & Learn Series at Frazier House

August 28, 2018 — The Lunch & Learn Series continues at Frazier House with International Motivational Speaker Bernice J. Washington who will share her talents and knowledge on Public Speaking: Finding Your Voice. The class will:

  • help participants increase their ability to communicate with confidence and develop a powerful stage presence

  • provide useful tips for public speaking, including techniques to lessen speaker anxiety

  • help participants master the art of understanding how to inform, persuade and entertain while influencing decisions

The classes will be offered on Wednesday, September 12 and 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue, Dallas. This workshop is free and targeted to small business owners and nonprofits.

Washington is CEO of BJW Consulting Group and is a nationally recognized successful businesswoman with more than three decades of experience in executive sales, marketing and management. She is a sought-after television and radio talk show commentator and has appeared on CNN and NBC Today. She also has been featured in Southern Living Magazine, Dollars & Sense, Jet Magazine and many other national publications.

Classes will be offered in-person and via Facebook. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.orgor call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. Frazier House is located at 4600 Spring Avenue, Dallas. 

Register now at: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/classes/

The classes are open to the public. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks.

Potential earnings start at $40,000

The Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center is beginning its Job Training Program with free job training in the Low-Voltage Field. Individuals can learn to install home theatres, Internet service, satellite dishes, phone service and more in this 5-week training course.  Job placement opportunities are available when training is complete. Successful completion of this training will result in SBCA Satellite Broadcasting and Cable Certification.

DeMetris Sampson, Board Chair for The Holmes Outreach Center, says that the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center’s mission is to help create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty through education and job placement.  Providing skills which lead to employment at companies or as entrepreneurs is the objective of this Low Voltage initiative, and our board is extremely excited to be in partnership with Mr. Jimoh and Kreatamotive to provide this opportunity to the community.

Jermaine Jimoh, CEO of Kreatamotive will be the instructor for the classes. Kreatamotive is a local telecom brokerage firm and custom satellite installation, and a Frazier House partner.

Interested individuals should register by June 11 for an Information Session on June 14. Go to www.zwhjcoc.org  and select the Jobs tab. Frazier House is located at 4600 Spring Avenue, Dallas. For more information, call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. (June 2018)

 Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Will Challenge Your Thinking

“In Conversation” Will Cover Several Hot Political Topics

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will challenge popular thinking on current local, state and national political affairs at the 5th annual In Conversation—An Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Mayor Turner will explain why he is deeply concerned with the direction of our nation. He asks, “Is it good or bad? Should we be joyful or fearful? Is it an opportunity or crisis?” 

Turner sees the current time as a “Season of Opportunity” and says we all have a role to play in our state and country. He asks “Are you going to leave it up to someone else? What is your role, and how do we confront the challenges we face?” 

In Conversation—An Evening with Mayor Turner and Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. is presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, a 501(c)(3) organization. The event takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway. 

The Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center is named for Rev. Holmes, Pastor Emeritus of St. Luke and a long-time activist, pastor, educator and former state legislator. 

Texas State Representative Helen Giddings, honorary chair for the event, calls Mayor Turner “one of the nation’s most engaging, tenacious, and principled leaders. Never forgetting his humble upbringing in the Acres Homes Community in Houston, Mayor Turner understands the intersection of opportunity and prosperity,” says Giddings. “His perspective on lifting up the disenfranchised and struggling families of our state is unrivaled and critical in today’s world. Always speaking truth to power, he will inspire and challenge us to action.” 

Elected in 2015, Turner is serving his first four-year term as Houston’s 62nd mayor. Prior to his election as mayor, he served 27 years in the Texas House as representative for District 139, worked for two decades on the House Appropriations Committee and three terms as Speaker Pro Tem.

His performance-driven approach as mayor is credited with creating a more responsive, streamlined and efficient delivery of city services to the state’s largest city. His leadership has resolved the city’s worst budget shortfall since the Great Depression, and for the first time ever, the city has a plan for addressing its $8.1 billion pension liability. 

A signature program of Mayor Turner’s administration, the Complete Communities initiative, aims to improve quality of life for previously underserved areas of the city not thriving at levels enjoyed by other Houston neighborhoods. Other priorities include a plan to address homelessness and new strategies to reduce flooding and improve drainage. 

Mayor Turner is a life-long resident of Houston and still lives in the Acres Homes community where he grew up with his eight siblings. A graduate of the University of Houston, he holds a law degree from Harvard University. He began his law practice at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and later founded the Barnes & Turner Law Firm. 

Roland Parrish and Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants is title sponsor for In Conversation. Proceeds will support Frazier House and other Outreach Center programs, services and operations. 

For more information, tickets or sponsorships, contact Fannie Smith at inconversation@zwhjcoc.org, 214.454.8624 or visit www.zwhjcoc.org. (January 2018)

Frazier House Set to Open Early 2018


Assistance with educational needs, job skills training, job placement, social services, health-related and legal issues are just a few of the services that can be found at the new Frazier House, a first of its kind shared workspace in North Texas. One of the unique aspects of Frazier House is that it offers a wrap-around, comprehensive slate of services—in a one-stop-shop!  Services and programs will be provided by local universities and community-based organizations with case managers’ practical solutions and approaches.

Set to open in early 2018 in the former Julia C. Frazier Elementary School building, Frazier House is a 36,000 square-foot facility, modeled as a shared resource center to offer services for adults and families living in Dallas ISD boundaries.  The Dallas Independent School District campus, located in Dallas at 4600 Spring Avenue, is currently undergoing work to meet the design needs that will better support these programs. Funds for Frazier House were earmarked in 2015 to tackle the renovations.

The Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center will serve as program manager for Frazier House. The Outreach Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that creates self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families in Dallas through education and job placement. Click here for more information about Frazier House. (September 2017)

Frazier House Partners Gearing Up for Opening Day

Frazier House has a variety of partners providing services to the community such as, Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, health screenings, career development, trade classes, legal clinic, drug and family counseling, re-entry services, and job placement.

Partners already on board are:

Dallas ISD
Baylor Scott and White at the Juanita Craft Center
Dr. Froswa Booker-Drew
El Centro College
Harmony Counseling Center
Oasis Center
St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church
The Urban Green University
UNT Dallas College of Law
University of North Texas Dallas
Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center

The Holmes Outreach Center is seeking the support of individuals and organizations that are willing to invest in providing resources to assure that those who live in poverty have the chance to achieve self-sustaining pathways out of poverty. To learn how to become a Frazier House partner, please contact Frances Smith-Dean, ZWHJCOC's executive director, at 214.324.4443 or frances.smith@zwhjcoc.org (September 2017)

North Texas Giving Day is coming!


North Texas Giving Day is a great way to leverage your generosity to Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center and other nonprofit organizations. You are needed to help us serve the Dallas community with addressing the issues of poverty, education, health care and joblessness.

Contributions of $25 and above are eligible to be matched! Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 AM to midnight (Central time).

The Outreach Center’s mission is to help create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families in Dallas through education and job placement. Our objective is to create a successful model that can be replicated nationally to assist deserving individuals who are willing to work hard and liberate themselves from the deadly, gripping disease of poverty.

Have you liked us on Facebook yet? We will post Giving Day updates as well as other important information- we encourage you to stay in the know. (September 2017)