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. 

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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:

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  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, 214.454.8624 or visit (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 (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)