Community Service

Owner Finance Homes’ Commitment to Community Service

We know that everything we have is a gift from God (or whatever name you would rather refer to our Creator). As such, we have a sacred responsibility to recognize that, express our continual gratitude at His generous abundance, and help those less fortunate with those Gifts.

This is our personal spiritual faith and how we strive to live our everyday lives. We do not believe in pushing our beliefs or ideas on anyone else, we just work to demonstrate our faith by our actions every day. We respect and support anyone and everyone’s right to believe whatever they believe (or not  believe) about their Higher Power.

Owner Finance Homes donates at least ten percent percent of every penny earned to help those less fortunate.

Owner Finance Homes’ Community Service Organizations

There are a number of community service organizations we have chosen, so far, to which we contribute our time, talent, and money. Our participation has strengthened our commitment to make a positive difference in people’s lives, largely in part because of the wonderful people who work beside us in each of these organizations. Following are the primary community service organizations we contribute to and support, along with a brief description of each, extracted directly from their respective websites.

 

We save lives by making transfusions possible.

Carter BloodCare is guided by the philosophy that community blood donations should benefit community patients, and that blood centers must be responsive to the community that supports them. Carter BloodCare’s board of directors is made of local leaders, including medical professionals, hospital administrators, business and civic leaders. Our highest priority is meeting the needs of the community.

Carter BloodCare is the primary provider of blood components and transfusion services for approximately 300 Texas health care facilities. These facilities include our region’s children’s hospitals, central trauma centers, major cancer centers, and transplant centers. Last year, Carter BloodCare provided over 300,000 blood components for area patients. Physicians order blood for more than 600 patients each day within Carter BloodCare’s service area, and most patients receive more than one transfusion.

Carter BloodCare offers blood donors and patients many convenient donation opportunities at our network of 26 Donor Centers throughout North Central and East Texas. We also operate an average of 25-30 daily blood drives in the community. To meet the needs of our patients, we must register about 1,100 blood donors each day. In addition to providing blood components for patients, Carter BloodCare also provides specialized laboratory and patient care services and physician consultation. Carter BloodCare participates in the education of professionals in transfusion medicine and medical technologists specializing in blood banking.

Center for Spiritual Living Dallas is a dynamic, visionary, spiritual community dedicated to healing through prayer, personal transformation, and making the world a better place.

We teach spiritual principles and practical tools that empower you to joyfully live the life of your dreams and discover a sense of meaning and purpose in your life. We are dedicated to celebrating diversity, making a positive difference in our communities and helping to make the world a better place.

We are an Ancient Wisdom – New Thought community, an alternative to traditional church, for the spiritual, but not necessarily religious. We honor all paths to God and nurture a sense of oneness and spiritual connection with all beings.

We seek to live unconditional love and acceptance. Our way of life is called the Science of Mind as compiled by Ernest Holmes from the perennial philosophy and spiritual truths found in eastern, western, and indigenous religions, metaphysical writers, mystics, philosophers and quantum scientists.

Dallas Fort Worth Metro Golden Retriever Rescue, Inc. was organization to promote the rescue, care, training, evaluation, and placement of abandoned or unwanted dogs of the Golden Retriever breed in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan areas.

We promote the understanding, appreciation, care and placement of the Golden Retriever breed among the general public, through education regarding responsible pet ownership.

For Love & Art’s Mission Statement is, “For Love and Art brings the art experience to those with limited mobility. Our commitment is that people embrace beauty, joy, and the magic of life through the power of art.” Art has power that flows beyond mere understanding. Art enlivens and nourishes, stimulates and sustains—indeed, some call it “food for the soul.”

Our museums simultaneously protect, display, explain, and share these gems with a grateful public. Still, there are those individuals who have the desire but lack the mobility to visit our cultural repositories. Designed to work in harmony with museum outreach programs, community charities, and area hospices, “For Love and Art” delivers the art experience to them. Consistent with their express purpose of community service, participating museums generously provide digital images of their popular works, perhaps with apt commentary.

These vibrant images are installed in digital notebooks (provided by community charity), and then donated to area hospices. Like a library book, hospice volunteers “check out” the notebook prior to visitation and share the art with their charges, all at once inspiring conversation, reflection, recollection, and celebration. For Love and Art has teamed up with Federal Express to offer discounts up to 50% off retail prices while make donations to the For Love and Art organization. Just click on the link for For Love & Art Shipping and begin printing Federal Express Labels, generating huge savings while you are supporting this more than worthwhile organization.

A nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry.

We seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

To accomplish these goals, we invite people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.

Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda.

Today, we have helped build over 400,000 decent, affordable houses and served more than 2 million people around the world.

Through volunteerlabor and donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent, houses alongside our homeowner (partner) families.

Habitat is not a giveaway program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor (sweat equity) into building their Habitat house and the houses of others.

Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and financed with affordable loans.

The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.

For 15 years, Jonathan’s Place has been taking care of the Dallas area’s youngest victims of abuse. Jonathan’s Place provides this care through three programs – a “home-style” emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children, a Foster & Adoptive Family Program and a Residential Therapeutic Program. The emergency shelter provides specialized services and 24-hour residential care and is the only emergency shelter in Dallas County that provides residential services for children in crisis under the age of 10.

In the Foster & Adoptive Family Program, Jonathan’s Place recruits potential foster and adoptive families, conducts a comprehensive training program and verifies the families as either foster or foster-to-adopt families. At this point, Jonathan’s Place places children from Child Protective Services into the care of these families. Jonathan’s Place is the only organization in Dallas County and one of only a few organizations in the State of Texas that provides a continuum of care from crisis placement in an emergency shelter to placement with a foster family to, ultimately, adoption.

The Residential Therapeutic Program provides long-term residential care to girls age 10 – 17 that require a higher level of therapeutic care than the children in our shelter. The Jonathan’s Place Residential Therapeutic Program is the only such program in Dallas County.

In the late 1880s, Juliette Peak Fowler dreamed of building a facility to care for the elderly and orphaned children. She traveled throughout the country researching social service facilities, but died before launching her dream. Her will specified that 15 ½ acres of East Dallas land and a trust fund she had established were to be used for the benefit of elderly women and orphaned children. The first facility, a home for children, opened in 1904 in Grand Prairie. Harwood Hall, the first permanent structure on the East Dallas property, began housing the elderly in 1911. In 1913 the children’s program moved to the East Dallas campus where Juliette Fowler Homes continues to serve those who need care.

The institution is named for Juliette Peak Fowler, who has been described by The Dallas Morning News as “the city’s first philanthropist.” Today, Juliette Fowler Homes Inc.’s services have changed as the needs of society have changed. In the last 30 to 40 years the population needing retirement and nursing programs has greatly increased, while the need for group homes for children has diminished. Fowler operates three residential programs which provide a home and special services for more than 350 residents each day: retirement and assisted living apartments, long-term and skilled nursing care, and subsidized apartments for the elderly and the mobility-impaired, including assisted living apartments. Fowler accepts Medicare and Medicaid.

Residents enjoy Fowler’s beautifully landscaped setting nestled in the heart of Dallas with many amenities, including: swimming pool, fitness center, barber/beauty shops, chapel, libraries, and gazebo. The shops, restaurants and services of the nearby Lakewood community are convenient destinations. Regularly scheduled transportation is arranged for shopping and cultural outings.

Kadampa Meditation Center is part of an international spiritual community dedicating to achieving world peace through following the Buddhist path. It has arisen from the pure intention and vision of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Founder of the New Kadampa Tradition – International Buddhist Union. The founder of Buddhism in this world was Buddha Shakyamuni who lived and taught in India some two and a half thousand years ago. Since then millions of people around the world have followed the pure spiritual path he revealed.

Buddha explained that all our problems and suffering arise from confused and negative states of mind, and all our happiness and good fortune arise from peaceful and positive states of mind. He taught methods for gradually overcoming minds such as anger, jealousy and ignorance, and developing positive minds such as love, compassion and wisdom, and in this way. Through this we will come to experience lasting peace and happiness.

These methods work for anyone, in any country, in any age. Once we have gained experience of them for ourselves we can pass them on to others so they, too, can enjoy the same benefits. The Buddhist way of life—peace, loving kindness and wisdom—is just as relevant today as it was when Buddha appeared in ancient India.

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

We can’t achieve our mission without the support of our volunteers, donors, partners and sponsors. We’ll continue to reach out to these generous contributors this year to help increase our net revenue. Our plans to do this include:

  • Have volunteers participate more than ever in all our revenue-generating activities. We’re encouraging our volunteers to contribute their talents and relationships to growing LLS events and asking their friends, families, co-workers and everyone they know to become LLS sponsors, team members and participants.
  • Continue to offer corporations and organizations tangible reasons aligned with their business goals to partner with LLS through sponsorships, special promotions, co-branding and more.
  • Develop and expand our fundraising programs across Canada.
  • Build our donor pipeline and thank our donors for their generosity in meaningful ways.

As one of the world’s premier cancer centers, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between our physicians and scientists is one of our unique strengths, enabling us to provide patients with the best care available today as we work to discover more effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. Our education programs train future physicians and scientists, and the knowledge and experience they gain at Memorial Sloan-Kettering has an impact on cancer treatment and the biomedical research agenda around the world.

The melding of research with patient care is at the heart of everything we do. At Sloan-Kettering Institute, state-of-the-art science research flourishes side-by-side with clinical investigation and treatment at Memorial Hospital, the nation’s oldest cancer hospital. We are also one of 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, affirming our leadership in research, patient care, and education.

Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families.

From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.

For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI’s mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI’s greatest strength is the dedication of our grassroots leaders and members. We are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country.

Due in large part to generous individual, corporate, and foundation donations, NAMI is able to build on its success and continue to focus on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope, reform, and health to our American community: Awareness, Education, and Advocacy.

NAMI’s support and public education efforts are focused on educating America about mental illness, offering resources to those in need, and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority. Mental illness is a serious medical illness that affects one in four families. No one is to blame. Treatment works, but only half of people living with mental illness receive treatment. NAMI has engaged in a variety of activities to create awareness about mental illness and promote the promise of recovery.

NAMI offers an array of peer education and training programs, initiatives and services for individuals, family members, health care providers and the general public. NAMI’s education and support programs provide relevant information, valuable insight, and the opportunity to engage in support networks. These programs draw on the lived experience of individuals who have learned to live well with mental illness and have been extensively trained to help others, as well as the expertise of mental health professionals and educators. NAMI and volunteer grassroots leaders are committed to education as the pathway to recovery, empowerment and wellness. In addition to education programs and initiatives offered through NAMI National, many of NAMI’s over 1,100 affiliates offer an array of support and education programs and activities for families and individuals. Many of NAMI’s program offerings are also available in Spanish language and some are also provided by means of translations into other languages.

NAMI is recognized as the preeminent voice on Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country for the millions of Americans living with serious mental illness. NAMI advocates have fought for policy changes that raise the bar on mental illness care and promote treatment and research on par with other illnesses. NAMI’s advocacy provides a unique voice for people who live with mental illness and their families in state and federal public and private-sector policies that facilitate research, end discrimination, reduce barriers to successful life in the community and promote timely, comprehensive and effective mental health services and supports. NAMI National and NAMI grassroots leaders work steadily to influence critical national policy debates as they unfold.

 

Susan G. Komen fought breast cancer with her heart, body and soul. Throughout her diagnosis, treatments, and endless days in the hospital, she spent her time thinking of ways to make life better for other women battling breast cancer instead of worrying about her own situation. That concern for others continued even as Susan neared the end of her fight. Moved by Susan’s compassion for others and committed to making a difference, Nancy G. Brinker promised her sister that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. That promise is now Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982.

As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, we’re working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure®, and generous contributions from our partners, sponsors and fellow supporters, we have become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.