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ACROSS addresses Noon Lions Club Wed.

Vice-Pres. Jan Glaspy tells members of upcoming fundraiser
Jan Glaspy, Vice President of ACROSS, spoke to the Ennis Noon Lions Club Wednesday about the organization’s plans to pay off its debt and an upcoming fundraiser to help achieve that goal.
ACROSS (A Christian Response of Shelter and Service) is hosting a Red, White & Blue Texas Celebration July 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. The event will feature dinner, dancing, a cash bar, silent auction and live music from The Pontiax.
ACROSS is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide interim housing to citizens of Ennis who are homeless due to an emergency situation. It also provides assistance in locating services and counseling that benefit individuals as they move toward independence.
Birthed through Helping Hands in 1993, ACROSS started with two modest homes funded by the sale of property donated by the estate of Daniel Russell, by donations from businesses and individuals and by the Greater Ennis United Way.
In 2005, the houses were sold to help finance a new four-plex built at Sherman and Lampasas streets for $273,000.
“Short range, we’re wanting to pay our debt off,” ACROSS Board Member and Lion Charlie Honza said.
Through fundraisers, like the dinner dance scheduled for July, in the past three years the organization has paid off all but $40,000 of the house note.
Jan Glaspy said the residents who come to ACROSS for help must show progress being made to receive a second month of shelter. According to Glaspy, the first month of rent is free but the residents must pay $150 for the second month if the board feels the family is attempting to work their way back into society, which in the past the family would receive half back at the end of the second month to help with living, groceries or whatever other expense is needed.
However, Glaspy said the organization has changed its policy and it now keeps 30 percent of the family’s paycheck for the purpose of a savings account.
“I really thought I was going to catch some flack on this but the residents were thrilled to have some savings put away,” Glaspy said.
Once the debt on the fourplex is paid off Glaspy said the organization wants to find a way to provide transportation for its residents to get to and from work.
“They will be productive citizens again,” Glaspy said. “They will have some pride and dignity.”
Glaspy invited the Lions Club to the dinner and dancing event.
“It’s very gratifying that I live in a community that supports these kind of activities,” Glaspy said.
For more information about the Red, White & Blue Texas Celebration and ticket availability contact the ACROSS office at 972-872-9828.
Prior to Glaspy’s program, Victoria Westbrook was recognized as one of the club’s scholarship recipients. Westbrook thanked the club for the money and was very grateful for what the club had done for her and her family.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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