According to the Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon Co-Chairs Beth and Ron Hall,
“Family Gateway‘s inaugural Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon will be Friday, November 7, at 11:30 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Our luncheon features speaker Andre Norman and art created by the homeless children of Family Gateway with Honorary Chairs Ana and Don Carty.
“The Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon supports Family Gateway’s mission to lead the community to End Child Homelessness in Dallas by providing innovative and comprehensive housing, social and educational services to homeless children and their families.
“Our speaker, Andre Norman, has a compelling story to share. So much so, that he is arriving early in Dallas to meet Family Gateway residents and tell his story of desperation resulting in a life of service.
“Andre grew up with an abusive father, an alcoholic mother and sisters involved in prostitution. Outside of his home Andre faced illiteracy and gang activity. As a young man he lacked the educational and familial foundation to succeed. After a criminal series of mistakes, he was sentenced to over 100 years in prison.
“While incarcerated Andre quickly rose to the top of the prison gang. As Andre’s notoriety grew he found himself in solitary confinement. The harrowing experience of solitary forced him to confront his future. He made the decision to turn his life around, and after 15 years he earned his parole. After he turned his life around Andre went a step further and became a dynamic agent for change who mentors, motivates and provides training for those who need it most.
“Join us in our vision to end child homelessness in Dallas. Please visit familygateway.org for tickets or sponsorship information.”
* Photos provided by Family Gateway