From March 30, 2020 to May 22, 2020, Vogel Alcove shifted with each twist and turn of this pandemic and the challenges its effects presented the school.
We’re calling this period Phase I, The Essential Services Phase. We opened the school for children of essential workers and our staff implemented three brand new programs. For 8 weeks Vogel Alcove’s staff, volunteers, and generous donors committed to doing whatever necessary to continue to serve children and families impacted by homelessness.
None of this would have been possible without the support of some of our biggest allies. Mark Cuban, Santander, and so many others provided generous monetary support toward our Restoring Families campaign.
Even during one of the toughest storms restaurants have ever weathered, they still found ways to support the community. Ellen’s Southern Kitchen graciously provided breakfast and lunch for the entire Vogel Alcove staff each Wednesday and Friday. They also provided 6-8 members of their service staff each day to drive meals and resources all over Dallas, part of our Vogel Eats and Vogel Bags programs. Redbird Capital and Little Caesars Pizza donated over 400 hundred pizzas giving our families food for the weekend. Country Burger and New York Subs treated our staff to lunch as well. Union Coffee held a special drive for the items we urgently needed.
The safety and hygienic needs of our staff and families were tended to as well. Hill & Wilkinson provided resources for our Vogel Bags program and hand sanitizer for the school. Temple Emanu-El sent resources like anti-bacterial wipes. Dallas Heritage Village sewed and donated cotton masks to send home to our families.
Countless individuals and those from the Alcuin School, Bank of America, Allstate Insurance, Mix Master Mike, and Houlihan Lokey sent their virtual story time videos to us via email. You can check out some of the story time videos on our Youtube page here.
In addition, we couldn’t do it without those that spent time with their families and co-workers building “Bye-Bye Bags” such as United Healthcare, Celanese, Chat-N-Chew, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and all of you who built them from home with your children.
Four of our families were able to move out of the shelter system and into housing during this phase. We had so many individuals answer the call by donating beds, mattresses, tables, chairs, sofas, and more to help shower our families with furnishings for their homes. Wildcat Management provided us with a warehouse to store this furniture as we coordinated logistics.
So many have shown kindness and love during this time. We are so grateful to all of our donors, staff, and families. Without your support we would be lost. Now we are in Phase II, Open Texas. Stay Tuned for updates as they become available.