ZWHJCOC News Releases

 

Overcoming Barriers in Business and Personal Situations 
Is Focus of September Lunch & Learn Sessions at Frazier House


September 3, 2019 — The two Lunch & Learn Series classes in September will feature presenters who will talk about overcoming barriers in business and personal situations. The sessions are set for September 10 and September 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Ave.

The September 10 class will feature Tarsha Polk, Director of the LiftFund and Women’s Business Center, who will talk about the barriers women face when funding their businesses and share tools and resources to empower women entrepreneurs to become successful. Polk’s topic is “Access to Capital for Women.” She says thatalthough women firms are growing at a faster rate and making significant contributions to the U.S. economy, their growth is still being impeded by their lack of access to capital. Polk has received numerous awards from the business community including 40 Under 40 in Collin County, Business of the Year from the Collin County Black Chamber of Commerce and the Leadership Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners. She currently serves on the Dallas ISD Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee.

The September 24 class will be presented by Shaylon Scott, Regional Director of North Texas for On the Road Lending, who will present information on how her company works with clients to build financial capability so that an affordable loan can be arranged for them to gain access to affordable transportation. Scott’s topic is “Financial Services for Social Good.” Scott has experience and  knowledge working in local government managing millions of HUD dollars, Rural Development and TDHCA funded housing and community programs. She has served on numerous committees for City of Dallas Special Events, programs and initiatives as well as consulted on program implementation and adjustments. As the newly elected President of Collin County Social Services Association, she continues to use her platform to elevate the needs of the community and the nonprofit sector as a whole.  She received the 2016 Outstanding New Volunteer Administrator of the Year from the National Association of Volunteer Programs in Local Government and currently serves on the advisory committee for Collin County families IMPACT initiative. This class will be Facebook Live.

To register, go to www.zwhjcoc.org and click on Classes. The classes are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch; we will provide drinks. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.org.


Frazier House Lunch & Learn Series Presents
All You Need to Know About Wills, POAs and Probate


August 21, 2019 — Dallas Attorney Stanley R. Mays is the guest presenter for the Thursday, Aug. 29, Lunch & Learn event at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue. The presentation begins at 11:30 a.m. 

The public is invited to attend this free class. Mays will teach participants what they need to know about Wills, Powers of Attorney and non-probate assets.

Mays practices criminal, probate and juvenile law in Dallas. He is a member various legal groups and associations including the National Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Criminal Bar Association, J.L. Turner Legal Association and the Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from North Texas State University and a Doctors of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

The Lunch & Learn Series is a program of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. It launched more than a year ago and continues each month with classes that provide learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

To register, go to: www.zwhjcoc.org and click on “Classes.”

The classes are free and open to the public. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.org.


Frazier House Lunch & Learn Series Presents
Understanding Real Estate as an Everlasting Asset on August 15


August 5, 2019 — E.E. Okpa, an experienced commercial real estate and economic development guru with vast domestic and international projects, and will teach attendees at the August 15 Lunch & Learn class how to understand real estate and how it can become an everlasting asset. The presentation will be at 11:30 a.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue.

The public is invited to attend this free class that will provide participants with the opportunity to learn strategies to acquire, hold and sustain real estate.

The Lunch & Learn Series is a program of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. It continues each month with a class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

Okpa, Principal of Dallas-based Okpa Co., got his start in commercial real estate after emigrating from Nigeria almost 35 years ago. His real estate appraisal and assessment firm clients have included DART, the Trinity River Authority and TXDOT. He served as the first foreign-born elected board secretary of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a vice chair. He raised more than $1 million as a Park South YMCA board member. He has served on numerous boards and committees including Chair of the MLK Center, Census 2000 Complete Count Committee, Dallas Development Fund and Former Texas Governor Rick Perry’s appointee on PDSBI of Texas Economic Development Bank.

To register, go to: www.zwhjcoc.org and click on “Classes.”

The classes are free and open to the public. Join us in person or via Facebook Live. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks. For more information, email: Jasmine Anderson at jasmine.anderson@zwhjcoc.org.


Frazier House Lunch & Learn Series Presents
Advocating for Change through the Legislative Process

 
July 23, 2019 — Lynda Taylor Ender is the guest speaker for the July Lunch & Learn Series class presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center. Ender’s presentation “Advocating for Change through the Legislative Process” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 30, at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Ave., Dallas.

The Lunch & Learn Series is a signature program of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. It launched in July 2018 with Marketing Basics and continues each month with a class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

The free class will help participants —

  • understand the most recent bills and laws passed that might affect them

  • understand the legislative process and how to lobby for their concerns 

  • learn the most effective practices on how to speak and write to their legislative representatives

  • learn to whom they should address their concerns 

  • learn how to tailor their messages to get the most attention

Ender is the AGE Director (Advocacy Group for Elders) for The Senior Source. She keeps up with issues that affect older adults and educates them and elected officials on those issues.  She is Secretary of the Texas Senior Advocacy Coalition, serves on Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s Senior Advisory Committee and was a past League of Women Voters –Texas Issue Chair for Health Care for Those of Lesser Means and Health Care for Older Adults. She has received numerous awards from various notable organizations in recognition of her work including the “Accomplishment in Advocacy” award by the Dallas County Adult Protective Services Community Board. In 2018, Dallas Parks & Recreation honored her with their “Empowerment of Women” award. She has taught in the public schools and is twice a graduate of North Texas State University. 

To register go to: www.zwhjcoc.org and click on “Classes.”

The classes are free and open to the public. Join us in person or via Facebook Live. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks. For more information, email: Jasmine Anderson at jasmine.anderson@zwhjcoc.org.


FREE JOB TRAINING AVAILABLE AT FRAZIER HOUSE
Earn Money While Learning to Install Low Voltage Systems
Orientation is Wednesday, July 17

July 10, 2019 — Are you interested in earning a weekly stipend while participating in free job training in the Low-Voltage field? 
You can learn to install home theatres, Internet service, satellite dishes and more in this 4-week training course. The potential earnings for individuals starting jobs in the low voltage field are about $40,000. To be considered for this program, you must apply and attend an orientation at Frazier House on Wednesday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. to noon.

This class will begin the third cohort of this program that began in March. To date, 21 individuals have participated in the training with 18 being placed in jobs following their graduation from the class. The hourly wage potential is from $13 to $19 per hour.

About the program:

  • 4-week program that meets a mandatory 4 days a week

  • Must be available between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Weekly stipend paid to active participants

  • This is a background friendly opportunity

  • No GED required, but you must be able to read and pass the field exam to be accepted in the program


  • No experience necessary

  • Must be comfortable with heights, climbing under buildings, using hand tools, and working outside (hot and cold temperatures)

  • Field assessment will be administered at orientation

Register here for the mandatory orientation: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/registration-form-low-voltage

Frazier House is located at 4600 Spring Avenue, Dallas. For more information, contact Jasmine Anderson at jasmine.anderson@zwhjcoc.org

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Advancing the Economic Outlook of Residents in the Southern Sector Was Focus of 3rd Annual Juneteenth Economic Forum

June 25, 2019 — Advancing the economic outlook of residents in the Southern Sector of Dallas was the key focus of the recently held Juneteenth Economic Forum, presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center. 

Participants engaged with an enlightening group of presenters who offered information, advice and encouraged participants to think about how to help improve the economy in Southern Dallas. 

The Center’s mission is to create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families in the area, through education and job placement. This was the 3rd annual event held to discuss how the community could help to reach this goal.

  • Frances Smith-Dean, executive director of the ZWHJCOC, led a discussion about creating a shared economy model, social enterprises and cooperatives and how to finance these initiatives. 

  • In his session about real estate as a source of economic wealth, E.E. Okpa, principal of the OKPA Co., expressed that we must create projects that address people’s needs in their community. He encouraged participants to partner and to seek investments for their projects. 

  • Roy C. Lopez, assistant vice-president for the Federal Reserve Bank, talked about the digital economy and how technology advancements are transferring to the workplace. Technology disruptions are now at an accelerated pace, he said. 

  • Judith Collins, a certified business advisor with the Dallas Metro Small Business Development Center, outlined some of the trends in small business growth. The economy and preparation are key factors when asking for a business loan, she said. Collins also listed ways in which people can be better prepared to request a loan.

  • Branden Williams, founder and executive director of Seeds to STEM, talked about involving our youth in 21stCentury STEM-related careers. He said that we must raise awareness in our youth about STEM careers and provide appropriate options.

  • Candace Thompson, community outreach manager for Baylor, Scott & White Health & Wellness, talked about health barriers to economic development. She shared her recipe for staying healthy which includes physical activity, clinical care, education and nutrition.

  • Ezra Charles James Jr., operations manager for My Academic Advisor, ended the days’ discussions with information about the fundamentals of block chain technology and crypto currency. He encouraged participants to pay more attention to new developments and encouraged participants to ensure that the next generation is able to profit from our investments in this technology.

Two awards were presented at the forum—the 2ndZan Wesley Holmes Jr. Champion Award to Roland Parrish, president and CEO of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants, Ltd., and Certificates of Completion to students in the Low Voltage 2 Training Class. 

For more information about the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, go to www.zwhjcoc.org and follow us on Facebook.


ZWHJCOC Juneteenth Economic Forum Speakers Focus on the Southern Sector Economy


June 11, 2019 — Several local Dallasites will provide information and discuss how to positively impact Dallas’ Southern sector economy from organization budgeting and using the digital economy, to financing small businesses and looking at health barriers that impact economic development. These sessions and more are planned for the 3rdJuneteenth Economic Forum sponsored by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Ave., Dallas.

Individuals, Religious and Community Organizations interested in Economic Development in the South Dallas area are invited to participate. Attendees will engage in discussions to help advance the economic situation of those who live in the South Dallas community.

Two special presentations are planned —

  • The Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Champion Award will be presented to Roland Parrish, President and CEO of Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants, Ltd. This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated perseverance and determination in his/her support of the Outreach Center and its mission to improve the lives of those in poverty by providing them education and job skills. Parrish has been the presenting sponsor for the Outreach Center’s In Conversation fundraiser since that category was established three years ago.

  • Graduates of the 2nd Low Voltage job skills training class will be recognized for completion of their 4-weeks of study learning how to install home theatres, Internet service, satellite dishes and more.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, follow this link:  https://www.zwhjcoc.org/juneteenth-registration-form-2019. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

For more information about this event, contact Frances Smith-Dean at frances.smith@zwhjcoc.org or Jasmine Anderson at jasmine.anderson@zwhjcoc.org.

For more information about the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, follow us on Facebook or visit www.zwhjcoc.org.


Frazier House Lunch & Learn Series Presents
Managing Your Credit Score by Comerica Bank 


April 2, 2019 — Isela Aguilar, Banking Center Manager for Comerica Bank, will teach participants how to manage their credit scores at the Tuesday, April 9, Lunch & Learn Series Class at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue. The class is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The workshop session will cover:

  • Understanding a credit score and why it matters

  • Factors that affect your score

  • Ways to build, monitor, and improve your score

Isela Aguilar serves as Banking Center Manager for Comerica Bank at the R L Thornton Banking Center in East Dallas. She is responsible for building teams to forge and deepen relationships with clients.  

Aguilar began her career as a part-time teller and has worked her way through the ranks.  She was named Teller of the Year, Operations Supervisor of the Year, and Banking Center Manager of the Year for Community Involvement/Development, and has won numerous sales and service awards. Isela graduated from Leadership Allen (Class of 2011) and Mujeres De Hace Leadership Academy (Fall 2018 Cohort).  Presently, she serves on the Woodrow Wilson High School Finance Academy Advisory Board.  She is a partner with Wilkinson Center, Texas Tenants’ Union, and Dream Angels where she serves as mentor and advocates power in knowledge through financial literacy. Aguilar holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Dallas. 

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

The classes are free and open to the public. Join us in person or via Facebook Live. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.org or call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. 


Financing Your Franchise 
Is Upcoming Lunch & Learn Topic at Frazier House


Financing Your Franchise is the March Lunch & Learn topic to be presented at Frazier House. Join us Tuesday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue. This workshop will help clarify your thinking about how to finance your business whether you are a franchisor, an existing business or a startup business.

The Lunch & Learn Series is a signature program of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. It launched in July 2018 with Marketing Basics and continues each month with a class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

The franchise workshop will teach you how to become bankable and receive insight into how lenders and investors think while also helping you to answer these questions:

  •  Are you running short on cash? 

  • Ever wonder how loans work or how to begin to qualify for one?  

  • Would an investor invest in my business? 

Judith Collins, the workshop presenter, is a certified business advisor for the Dallas Metropolitan Small Business Development Center who works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Dallas County to start and grow their businesses. In the nine years Judith has been with the SBDC, she continues to offer valued services to small businesses. She has helped to start 531 businesses, created and retained 2,150 jobs and generated almost $63 million in capital. She has twice been honored with the North Texas SBDC Network State Star Award in 2014 and again in 2017. The annual award recognizes the top performer from each state who makes significant contributions to their Network, demonstrates exceptional performance, and embodies a strong commitment to small businesses. Judith has a B.A. degree in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas at Austin.

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

The classes are free and open to the public. Join us in person or via Facebook Live. Bring your lunch; we will provide the drinks. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.org or call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. 


Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall and Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. will headline 6th Annual ‘In Conversation’ Event
Presenters will address local, state and national topics

February 25, 2019 — Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall is the distinguished guest for the 6th annual In Conversation—an Evening with Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. set for 7 p.m. Friday, March 15, at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway.

In Conversation is presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center, a non-profit organization. This fundraising effort makes possible the programs and operations of the Center.

Each year, a distinguished presenter helps to shine a light on the life and events of our city, state, nation and the world. 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. Dr. Holmes served as senior pastor at St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas for 29 years. He is a former Texas State Representative, University of Texas System Regent and a faculty member at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. A renowned activist, he has mentored scores of public servants, educators, corporate leaders and clergy around the world.

As the newly-appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynt Marshall is leading the charge for a culture transformation. Her vision is that the Mavericks organization will set the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity. For years, she has championed empowering women and communities of color and worked to make resources and opportunities accessible to all. In 2017 and 2015, she was selected as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise magazine. While at AT&T, Cynt also led the team that created a world class Diversity and Inclusion culture, landing AT&T in the top 3 on Diversity Inc.’s 2017 Top 50 list of companies. Marshall also spearheaded the work that for the first time, in 2017, placed AT&T on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list, one of only two Fortune 50 companies.

Local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Roland Parrish and Parrish McDonald’s Restaurants, has been the only title sponsor for In Conversation and are sponsoring this dynamic event for the third straight year. 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.


Cryptocurrency, Part 2 — Learn How to Identify Coins at The January 29 Lunch & Learn Series Class


January 22, 2019 — Understanding the different types of coins will be taught at the upcoming Lunch & Learn Series class Cryptocurrency, Part 2, Tuesday, January 29 from 11:30  a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue. The class is being presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center (ZWHJCOC). 

The Lunch & Learn Series is a signature program of the ZWHJCOC. It launched in July 2018 with Marketing Basics and continues each month with a class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

Cryptocurrencies are a kind of alternative and digital currency. Students will be taught to identify the different types of cryptocurrency coins that are currently being offered in the marketplace. They will do a case study on the following Initial Coin Offering – Impact PPA using the checklist from the first class. Participants need to review the first class online (December 11 video on Facebook) so that they are prepared for the case study. Case study materials may be obtained by emailing a request to info@zwhjcoc.org

Frances Smith-Dean is the Executive Director of the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center and presenter 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 only. For more information, email: info@zwhjcoc.orgor call Jasmine Anderson at 214.324.4443. 

To register: https://www.zwhjcoc.org/classes-currency-2/

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


Using Insurance to Create Generational Wealth 
Is January Lunch & Learn Series Class


January 7, 2019 — Start your year by gaining knowledge of how to create wealth that will last through generations. “Insurance Basics: Life Insurance Made for Living. How Insurance Can Create Generational Wealth” will be presented by the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center Tuesday, January 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Frazier House, 4600 Spring Avenue.

The Lunch & Learn Series is a signature program of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center. It launched in July 2018 with Marketing Basics and continues each month with a new class that provides learning opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit organizations, specifically targeted to those in the South Dallas area.

Insurance Basics will teach participants

  • About the various types of insurance products

  • How to select the best type of insurance product for your current needs and the needs of future generations

  • How to create a generational wealth strategy using insurance products

Presenter HelenMichelle Newsome has a growing insurance practice with New York Life Insurance Company. She brings a career history of successful sponsorship, fundraising, and revenue generating to the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center Board. She has a winning track record in sales and leadership in the sports and entertainment industry. She has also significant achievements in her career in Finance, Telecommunications, Marketing, Public Relations and Product Development. Michelle has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas. 

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

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

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