“Feeding HOPE”… by Feeding children!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Fort Worth HOPE Center “Fights Hunger and Feeds HOPE” in the lives of thousands of children each year. In 2013 we provided groceries for over 45,000 children whose parents or caregivers lives in poverty.

In Tarrant county  505,987 are children under the age of 18 and of that number 122,550 are at high risk of suffering hunger.   Thirty five percent (35%) of these children’s parents aren’t eligible to receive food stampOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAs.  So they  struggle to feed their children nutritious foods.  That is why they are so thankful to have a place like the Fort Worth HOPE Center where they find help in providing nutritious foods for their children. Some of these families have children living with them whose parents are in prison and the family  is on a fixed income of $1500 or less a month.  These families struggle to pay the rent and utilities, put gas in an old car, and try to keep the car repaired so it runs.   There is little money left for food and the children are the ones who suffer.

These  pictures are of children and their families who come to the Fort Worth HOPE Center for food and our Volunteers giving them food.  Every  Tues. and Fri. a weeks supply of groceries is given out to theses families and on Wed. food is given out in a Senior Citizen Village.  Help us… help them.  Give generously today.  We welcome you as a volunteer to help us give out the food.  Come at 10:00 am Wednesday morning and go through our volunteer orientation and get your badge and JOIN our volunteer staff.  (Fort Worth HOPE Center:  3625 E. Loop 820 S. Fort Worth, TX  76119.)  We need YOU!

Tyson Employee helps build our boxes to give to our families.








Donate today (upper right hand corner of  this website) and join us in feeding these children this summer.  Ninety seven percent (97%) of your donation will go directly to this cause.  We need your help.

Thank You….JoAnn Reyes, President/Co-Founder

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Representative Nicole Collier’s Fundraiser BIG Success!

What a wonderful evening State Representative Nicole Collier provided for Fort Worth HOPE Center as she raised funds to help us “Fighting Hunger…Feeding HOPE” for the families we serve who live in poverty in our city. She had City Council members, Judges, SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESCommissioners, Constables, Lawyers, Rep. Chris Turner and Rep.-Elect Ramon Romero and a room was full of friends and supporters who came to help her raise money for the Fort Worth HOPE Center. There was standing room only as people filled the room. Nicole went behind the bar, put on her white apron, and began to serve the people as a celebrity “Bartender”. She did a great job and everyone had a fun letting her serve them. Her staff went through the crowd gathering the donations that were later presented to me at the end of the night. Thank you Nicole for this special evening and for expressing your love and support through this fundraising event to help the families we serve who struggle to provide adequate food for their families. We want to also thank Adam Jones owner of Grace Restaurant and Lioneel Penacerrada for hosting the event. We also Thank all the people who came out to support Representative Nicole’s cause so she could bless the Fort Worth HOPE Center.

Representative Nicole and her staff have made commitments to come to the Fort Worth HOPE Center in July to help pass out food to the families we serve. That will be a great day for our families to experience. Thank you so very much for caring for our families and blessing them in this way. You are truly a blessing to our community.
JoAnn Reyes, President

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Texas State Representative Nicole Collier honors Fort Worth HOPE Center!

I’m proud to announce that I will be pouring drinks to raise funds as a celebrity bartender on June 3rd at Grace Restaurant! Join me for “Raising HOPE With GRACE” from 5pm-7pm and enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails hand-crafted by me and my special guests, Rep. Chris Turner and Rep.-Elect Ramon Romero. Donations and community-based inspiration benefit the wonderful Fort Worth HOPE Center.”
Photo: I am proud to announce that I will be pouring drinks to raise funds as a celebrity bartender on June 3rd at Grace Restaurant! Join me for "Raising HOPE With GRACE" from 5pm-7pm and enjoy complementary appetizers and cocktails hand-crafted by me and my special guests, Rep. Chris Turner and Rep.-Elect Ramon Romero. Donations and community-based inspiration benefit the wonderful Fort Worth HOPE Center.
Posted in Donations, News | Leave a comment

New York Artist – Alex Gardega – has ART Show at Fort Worth HOPE Center to encourage Children’s ART!

Fort Worth HOPE Center
“Feeding HOPE” for Voiceless Children
                Alex Gardega
             Renown New York Artist  is coming to 
            Fort Worth HOPE Center March 22 -23, 2014
Alex Gardega
Alex Gardega and 
Robert Ballance Art Show
Alex Gardega has been a  professional Fine Artist, Muralist, Glass Artist and Illustrator for over twenty years. His art is collected worldwide and his clients have included Mariano Rivera, Donald Trump, The Chrysler Building, Natural History Museum and many others. He recently had a piece in The Museum of Berlin, and has studied with the Famous Norwegian paint Odd Nerdrum in Norway. He continues to take on Mural and glass installation commission as well as focus on his own personal visions which includes paintings as well as inventions.In New York City virtually everyone touches Alex Gardega’s art.  All the painting that appear on the telephone Yellow Page covers are his.  He is a sought-after painter, glass etcher and glass carver.  He says his inspiration began in Cleburne, TX where he spent his childhood.  He was a child prodigy artist that his mother discovered when he was only 2 years old.  All he wanted to do was to draw and create pictures and at the age of 8 his gift began to have a VOICE when his mother took him to a famous local artist, Leonard Schallawitz, and asked him to allow Alex to attend his adult art classes. At first Schallawitz didn’t want to let Alex be part of the class because he was only eight years old.  However when he saw his art he realized he was extremely talented and agreed to accept him in the class. He said: “If Alex continues to develop his talent, he can’t help but become one of the truly great artists”.  

 His family moved to Long Island when he was 12. Alex said:  “I hated high school.  It was a bunch of rich kids, a sports school where art was not important.  I wasted my time there – art is all I’ve ever cared about.” “I moved to New York in my 20′s without a single connection and no money.  The day after I got there I sold my first piece of art – a glass carving for $10,000.  That’s the piece I’m most proud of because everyone told me not to move to the city, but my mom was an angel and always believed in me more than anyone in the world.” 

He taught himself how to glass etch and glass carve so he could earn money to attend the School  of Visual Art.  “I became one of the better etchers  and it helped me make money so I could paint and draw which was what I really loved to do.”  I’ve etched the elevator panels in the Chrysler Building in New York City and all the benefactors names at the Natural History Museum.  Those will be there long be their after I’m gone.” “Right now I’m etching five very large windows at St. Joseph for a mausoleum-cemetery in New York.” 

“I slept on park benches in the beginning and the dues I paid were very heavy.  Those things were gifts from God. You will never learn anything about yourself if your career is handed to you.  Adversity builds character and reveals the face behind the mask.”  (quotes from Cleburne Time Review 10/3/10) Alex Gardega and Robert Ballance (V.President on the FW Hope Center’s Board) are having an Art Show to raise awareness and money to open an art school for children who have a gift in art, but have no VOICE or place to express it.  Robert Ballance was  studied with Leonard Schallawitz when he was 12 years old.  Ten (10) years later, Alex studied with Schallawitz when he was only 8 years old.  Robert found out about Alex studying with Shallawitz through an article in the Cleburne Times Review two years ago and began trying to connect with him.  

There was no response to e-mail until Robert mentioned Leonard Schallawitz. Alex and Robert began to communicate and realize they both have a desire to provide a place where gifted artistic children can find a place for their “voice” to be heard like they found in Schallawitz.  

 Alex and Robert are now making plans to develop and open an Art School for artistically gifted children called “Hope Art” which will be displayed in an art gallery called  “Shining Light Studio”.  They are wanting to bring a shining light into the lives of children who feel they are in darkness because they haven’t had a place for their light to shine.

 Please don’t miss this opportunity to meet Alex and Robert and get their autographs come Saturday March 22 and Sunday afternoon March 23nd. If you want to purchase some of their art it will be available and the funds will be used to start their art school.  Many of you will want to get involved in supporting this program and you will have a great opportunity to talk to them personally.  

 Time:   Sat. March 22, 10:00 -2:0   Sun. March 23,  1:00 – 4:00 

Place: Fort Worth HOPE Center

  3625 E. Loop 820 S

         Fort Worth , TX  76119


Re-Creating Sistine Chapel
Renaissance Painting
Renaissance Paintings
Glass Carving
Glass Etching
Creating Trading Cards
Creating Covers for Yellow Pages
Alex & Mariano Rivera
Painted portrait of Mariano Rivera
New York Yankees
Sold for $7000 and donated it to a non-profit in NY
Adversity builds character and reveals the face behind the mask”
Alex Gardega




Posted in News | Leave a comment

Not just a hand OUT…. but a hand UP!

A Recipe for HOPE in Culinary Art Classes 

School of HOPE

Culinary Art School Certifications

Now students can earn  ServSafe Manager Certification and many other certifications in our Culinary Art School which has been approved by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Dallas Fort Worth Area has many jobs in the food industry if individuals have earned ServSafe Certifications and other certification for various areas of the food industry.

The Fort Worth HOPE Center’s Culinary Art School is offering the following classes which is our New Recipe for HOPE!

Proctor and instructor 2ServSafe Manager Certification is a national food safety certification that is required for all managers in the food industry.  All of our students will graduate with a ServSafe Manager Certification so that they can be promoted easily into management positions as they move up in their positions on their jobs.

Classes and Certifications

1. Front of the House (Hosting and Hospitality Certification)

Waiter serving food in restaurant5 Best Kansas City Restaurants(1)






2. Banqueting and Catering Certification

Yellow Banquet 2013

Banquet serving line





3.Institutional Food Services Certification







4. Garde Manger – Creative Food Art Certification

Garde manger 5pomegranate apple pear salad

Garde Manger6





5. Cake Decorating I, II, and III Certification

Cake Decorating 1JPGimagesfondant wedding cake flowers





The Fort Worth HOPE Center offers a  “hand UP” to individuals who attend and graduate from our classes at The School of HOPE.  We “Fight hunger and Feed HOPE” in more ways than ONE.  We “fight hunger” by giving out over $3,500,000 of food each year….we “feed HOPE” through our School of HOPE training where  students earn various certifications that prepares them for the a good job in the workforce.  The Fort Worth HOPE Center doesn’t give just a hand out…but a hand UP!

Call Fort Worth HOPE Center to set an appointment to enroll:  817-451-6288.  Some individuals will qualify for funding through the Texas Workforce.  Our Staff will assist students in pre-qualification and in helping them apply for Texas Workforce Funding. But those who don’t qualify for this funding needs YOUR help.  What a JOY to give a HAND UP to an individual who is struggling to get out of poverty!  Send a student today…we have over 90 students waiting for funding to attend these classes.  We need YOUR gift today to give these students a HAND UP!


Program Information               PACKAGES                       SPONSORS        Training-Manual

School of Culinary Arts Staff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               download




Posted in News | Comments Off

America: Return to the High Road

Many people have asked why Patty and I are committed to volunteering at the Hope Smile Center. We believe that many of our nation’s problems can be attributed to the growth of government welfare and the subsequent decline in private charity. For more information, please click on the “America” link below.

W. Laurence Oliver, DDS


Posted in News | Leave a comment

A Day of Hunger in America

A child who hasn’t eaten all day.

Article By: Feed The Children (used with permission)

No school means no free meals allsummer long. And for thousands of kids across America, that means no lunch — and probably no breakfast — because their parents simply can’t afford it. What’s it like for these kids to go hungry all day long? Let’s take a look . . .

8:00 am Waking up: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for growing kids. Without breakfast provided by schools, kids don’t get to eat. They have no energy to run or play because they don’t have anything in their stomachs.

10:00 am Morning: By this time, hunger pangs start to set in. A growling stomach isn’t just embarrassing in front of other kids, it’s unhealthy. And the longer it lasts, the more lethargic these kids become.

Every Child needs to know they are LOVED

12:00 pm Noon: This is when these kids would normally enjoy a healthy school lunch. But this summer, there is no lunch. By now, kids can’t think of anything but when their next meal will be.

“I got three boys and they eat like three boys. And when there’s nothing in there, they ask what to do. And I have no clue. We just try to figure out what we’re going to eat today.”

Hunger hurts. You can help!

4:00 pm Afternoon: Afternoon snack time comes and goes, and the hunger gets worse. “I hope dinner comes soon,” kids tell themselves. “I don’t know how much longer I can last.”

6:00 pm Evening: By now, parents are usually home from work and preparing dinner. But it’s never enough — not when you have eaten little or nothing all day.

8:00 pm Bedtime: Sleep should bring an end to the day’s nagging hunger. But most kids end up going to bed hungry, and don’t get restful sleep — especially knowing that they’ll get up tomorrow and repeat the same cycle all over again.

There are 52 long days of summer left.

(End of story)

Children love to  come to FW HOPE Center!

Children watching food being put in their car at the FW HOPE Center.

There is nothing like seeing the JOY on the faces of our children who come with their parents as they pick up their food. Last year the FW HOPE Center provided food for over 40,500 children. The summer time is their greatest need.

Donate today and help us feed the children this summer. Your donation will help us give a week of groceries to families struggling to feed their children.

Would you like to help? Click here 

Every $1 you give will be stretched to provide $5 worth of food for children without adequate food. 

“O, the JOY of those who are KIND to the POOR! ” Ps. 41:1


Posted in News | Leave a comment