Agents Help Prepare CitySquare Cottages for New Residents


Ask any real estate agent — preferably one from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate — what they enjoy most about their job, and they’ll tell you: it’s helping people find a place to call home.  A place to retreat after a long day, to regroup and relax, to dream big dreams for themselves and their family, to offer security and safety, to lay their head at night.

No matter who we are or what we do, we all need the stability that comes with having a home base to keep getting up every day and giving life another shot. Ask any homeless person what happens when that is taken away from you, and they’ll tell you it starts a downward spiral that’s difficult to recover from. At least on your own.

No one understands this hard truth better than CitySquare. This compassionate community neighbor, headquartered in the shadows of the I-30/I-45 interchange along Malcolm X Blvd, has been a lifelong friend to Dallas’ homeless. They started 29 years ago as Central Dallas Ministries, with the mission to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.  On January 3, twenty-six Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents showed up to their highly anticipated new Cottages at Hickory Crossing, ready to join that fight.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents started off the new year by extending a helping hand to some fellow citizens trying to get back on their feet. Photography by Jason Riley Hoss Photography

The Cottages comprise 50 homes, each 400 square feet, with enough room for a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living area and a front porch. A public registry at Target provided furnishings and basics to stock each cottage, and the agents assisted in setting up and staging 12 of the new homes.

The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot "mini homes" like those pictured here.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are made up of fifty 400 square foot “mini homes” like those pictured here.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
A resident of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing returns to her new permanent home.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are just southeast of Downtown.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.
In the spring, residents of The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be able to plant and grow their own food and herbs in these troughs.

In addition to lending a hand, agents got a first-hand look at CitySquare’s pioneering approach to easing chronic homelessness, one based on a concept called “Housing First.” The model prioritizes providing the homeless with permanent housing as quickly as possible – and then providing voluntary supportive services as needed, such as mental health and medical services, job training and more. Studies show that when potential loss of housing is taken out of the equation, recovery and rehabilitation is more likely to be successful.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

Scott Kaserman had this to say about his experience at CitySquare: “I learned something new. That it costs the city $40,000 annually for each of their most susceptible homeless persons, while it only costs them $15,000 to build one of these beautiful homes! The cottages have really taken a serious problem and come up with a serious solution. I think this community would help anyone to be better and to do more good in life.”

“What a wonderful project our city has invested in to help people down on their luck,” said Frada Sandler. “The houses are darling and will give them such a sense of pride, in addition to being part of a community that understands and helps their situation. Very rewarding!”

Ged Dipprey summed up the afternoon nicely when he said: “It was an amazing opportunity to finally see that as a city we aren’t apathetic to helping the “least of these.”  CitySquare’s development restores the dignity, hopes and dreams of those fortunate to call one of these cottages “home.”  It was a sweet reminder of the value associated with having a home to call our own and the special privilege it is to help others achieve their own dream of home ownership!”

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The finished product!
The finished product!
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents joined CitySquare in their fight to alleviate poverty and homelessness by setting up and staging 12 of the new Cottages at Hickory Crossing.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: JASON RILEY HOSS PHOTOGRAPHY, FORT WORTH, TX  817-676-5778

Agents Serve Up Sunshine on Fourth of July


In the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, Mother Nature put on a fabulous fireworks show — one that was not scheduled on any local “Events” calendar — complete with torrential downpours. But to no one’s dismay, she was gracious enough to take her impressive display elsewhere, just in time for the start of the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade — one of Dallas’ largest and most popular Fourth of July gatherings. Parade marshals and vendors breathed a collective sigh of relief as the last raindrops fell, then frantically began setting up for the post-parade festivities in Goar Park. Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate was among those relieved vendors. Their 20+ year tradition of serving the people of the Park Cities through the annual Lemonade Stand would indeed continue!

Though the skies never cleared, the lingering cloud cover helped keep things cool. As did the nearly 2,000 cups of lemonade Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents handed out. The popular go-to thirst-quencher did a brisk business from parade-goers throughout the morning.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosts its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosted its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosts its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate hosted its annual Lemonade Stand at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Clockwise from top: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Lynn Drum Lanyon, Charles Carneal, Therese Rourk and an Ebby friend; Kenneth Walters and Karel Schweitzer; a patriotic pooch
Clockwise from top: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Lynn Drum Lanyon, Charles Carneal, Therese Rourk and an Ebby friend; Kenneth Walters and Karel Schweitzer; a patriotic pooch
L to R: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Melissa Jennings, Kenneth Walters, Gaynelle Henger at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Lemonade Stand
L to R: Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Melissa Jennings, Kenneth Walters, Gaynelle Henger at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Lemonade Stand
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Judy Waggoner Lambert at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Judy Waggoner Lambert at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Cindy Farmer (top left) and Craig Uebele (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Cindy Farmer (top left) and Craig Uebele (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade

 

Clockwise from top, volunteer Kimberly Odum and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Marla Sewall and Debbie Williams at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Clockwise from top, volunteer Kimberly Odum and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Marla Sewall and Debbie Williams at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Eloise Martin and her friend Dillon at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Eloise Martin and her friend Dillon at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents James Martin and Eloise Martin (top right) and Charles Carneal (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents James Martin and Eloise Martin (top right) and Charles Carneal (bottom left) at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Kenneth Walters handing out frisbees at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Kenneth Walters handing out frisbees at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Lynn Drum Lanyon (top left) handing out lemonade at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Lynn Drum Lanyon (top left) handing out lemonade at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Vanessa Bamback at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent Vanessa Bamback at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Gaynelle Henger (top left), Melissa Jennings and Patsy Jones (bottom right) and Top-Shelf Beverage's Joe Cook at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agents Gaynelle Henger (top left), Melissa Jennings and Patsy Jones (bottom right) and Top-Shelf Beverage’s Joe Cook at the 2016 Park Cities Fourth of July Parade.

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