Serve Denton moves forward

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Our best wishes go out to Serve Denton on the opening of its Assistance and Event Center.

The nonprofit organization welcomed its first two tenants — Rising Star Resource Development Corp. and Big Brothers Big Sisters Denton County — on Tuesday in what will eventually be an all-access hub to serve the community.

“We are a nonprofit that helps other nonprofits,” said Joe Ader, executive director for Serve Denton. “The opening of our first phase is a head start in becoming a self-sufficient infrastructure for people in need within the community.”

By the end of 2015, the 32,000-square-foot center is expected to house nonprofit agencies that serve 19 different areas of need — from housing assistance to employment services. Ader said a lease agreement with Denton Bible Church is allowing Serve Denton to currently use half the space and, as the church moves across the street, more space will be available for renovations.

The concept of Serve Denton is to help those in need quickly and efficiently by putting them in touch with assistance options for many basic needs, all in one location.

The goal is to offer direction and immediate relief for clients who are typically overwhelmed by the circumstances leading to their troubles, officials said.

“It’s a domino effect, and housing multiple resources under one roof will help ease the transition and provide more immediate assistance,” Ader said.

By creating a nonprofit center, Serve Denton will help tenant agencies save overhead costs and work together to benefit their clients more efficiently, officials told us. Providing office space for just $1 in rent a year and shared utilities, Serve Denton is aiming to help nonprofit agencies do more with their existing resources.

A lot of community leaders, organizations and volunteers have been working during the last couple of years to help make the concept of Serve Denton a reality, and the public has responded.

Last year, Serve Denton raised $120,000 from its first annual celebration fundraiser and the second is planned for Saturday.

The event, to be held at The Mill, will include a dinner, live jazz music, silent auction and guest speaker Dave Dravecky. Tickets are $100 and will be on sale until 5 p.m. today at www.servedenton.org. Those who can’t attend the fundraiser will find information about other ways to support the organization on the website.

Serve Denton took a major step Tuesday with the opening of its Assistance and Event Center.

But much more remains to be done, and public support will be crucial to the organization’s ongoing success.

The idea behind Serve Denton — helping community members take steps toward self-sufficiency — is an ambitious plan and one that’s well worth supporting.

We should all be interested in helping people help themselves.


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