Stream Cares: Texas Charity Done Right

When people living in and around the city of Houston were confronted by the destructive powers of Hurricane Harvey entire neighborhoods found themselves sitting in nearly five feet of water. Of the many companies that hurried to respond to calls for help, Stream Energy was among the first, providing financial support and ease up on charges to customers living in affected areas, helping people in need recover from this natural disaster.

Stream Energy has long supported an internal culture that has leaned towards contributing to philanthropic organizations. Charity has become part of their daily business, and has led to the creation of Stream Cares, a charity that looks to partner with others that aid in causes that line up with their goal to help Texans and all Americans.

As a business, Stream energy benefits from Stream Cares as well. By using the company name, it stands out in the energy industry and in the wider public eye as a charity that is sincere in its consideration of communities that surround them and the people who live there.

Stream Cares has invested into developing that reputation by working with influential organizations like the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity and developing partnerships that can affect enduring change over a period of years. Both in Texas and across the country.

An example of this is their partnership with the Hope Supply CO. Both have invested a great deal of interest in addressing the rapid increase of homelessness in the state of Texas. Their event, a Splash of Hope, allowed more than a thousand homeless children to spend a day full of food and fun at a Texas water park. The day ended with the children receiving financial and material support that could benefit them and their families.

This kind of charity is fairly common among corporations in the US, but not in the state of Texas, which is seen as one of the least charitable in the entire nation. Kimberly Girard, Senior Event Manager for Stream Energy, sees this as an opportunity to continue to do good while influencing other companies to do their part in helping their communities.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/05/22/stream-energy-sets-shop-new-addison-hq

Shafik Sachedina- Volunteer In Educational Institutions And Co-Founder Of Sussex Healthcare

Sussex Healthcare is a home for the elderly and people in need of specialized care. The facilities in the center are of state-of-the-art. The center is built in such a way that residents will feel in the right place. The management has made the center is such a way that everyone will feel at home. There is state of the art technologies which are used by the company. Most of the technologies used at Sussex centers are not available in any other nursing home. The facilities are built to the highest standards to give the residents the best care services.

Sussex Healthcare hires highly qualified staff to provide care. However, education of the staff does not end when one gets a job. The staff in this company are continually trained on how to provide care to different residents who are in need of care. Every year, there are educational programs for the staff to ensure that they are always offering the best services. Sussex Healthcare believes in hiring only the best professional who share in the company’s values. So, everyone who is employed in this facility is screened thoroughly to ensure that they maintain the high standards bar set by the management.

According to sussexhealthcare.org, Sussex Healthcare normally deals with the elderly who suffer from dementia, neurological disorders, and disability care. Residents who come looking for services from this facility are warmly welcomed and taken through the services they will, or their loved ones will get. The staff here are taught to treat the residents like they were their members of the family.

Shafik Sachedina

Shafik Sachedina is the co-founder of Sussex Healthcare. He started this facility together with his partner in business Shiraz Boghani. Sachedina is a dental surgeon in England, and his origin is in Tanzania. He trained at Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School. Shafik Sachedina works as a volunteer with various educational institutions in mentoring young professionals in the medical field. Shafik Sachedina has won various awards for his voluntary and charitable activities. He has also held senior positions in the Ismaili Council and the FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance International Coordinating Committee.

Shafik Sachedina as a co-founder of Sussex Healthcare is working with the management of the company to give the residents the best care they need. His work through Sussex Health fare is transforming the lives of people who otherwise would be neglected by the society.

Learn more about Shafik Sachedina: http://www.ismaili.net/heritage/node/30387

Betsy Devos Hopes to Bring Lasting Change to Education Reform

Betsy DeVos is challenging all of those that are interested in seeing change in the education system. She has done a lot for education, and I think that there are more changes on the way. Betsy DeVos has proven that she is passionate about what she is doing when it comes to education reform, I think Donald Trump may have made a great choice to put her in the position of Secretary of Education.

 

The reason that I can say this has to do with the background that Betsy DeVos has. She is already proven herself to be someone that has been passionate enough to give that to the education system. Her family has given millions and the DeVos family is still contributing to education. I knew that Betsy DeVos was someone that was putting her money where her mouth was when it came to education reform. This is why I believe that she will be good in the position that she is currently holding. Some people may think that the charter school systems will form a divide in the education system, but I believe that this is the opposite of the truth. I think that what Betsy DeVos is trying to do is level the playing field when it comes to education. She wants children that are not in environments where they would be able to obtain a better education to have access to Charter Schools.

 

Everyone is not going to be able to go to private school. Everyone is not going to be able to thrive in public school. It takes the charter school system and school vouchers to bring forth some type of leveled curriculum in the world of education. This is why more people are going to embrace what someone like Betsy DeVos is bringing.

 

She has certainly proven herself to be a loyal person that is interested in improving the education system, and she is fighting for change when it comes to making a name for herself. There are many other people that have taken a look at the education system and made complaints about how it needs to be improved. There have even been people that have been in the position of the Secretary of Education that have simply held the position without making any real lasting change. Betsy DeVos is someone that I believe people will remember. She has a desire to change education, and I think that she is going to make such an impact that people will remember her name years to come even when she is no longer holding this position. This is the type of real lasting change that Betsy DeVos is looking to implement with education system reform.

 

Visit http://www.betsydevos.com/ to learn more.

DACA Members Finally Breath -The Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Frontera Fund Intervention

Have you ever been charged with something that you felt you were innocent about and never deserved punishment? It can be very frustrating and devastating. Having no say in such moments can be very sad. If you have no one to fight for your rights and convince the court otherwise, you may have to face the consequences.

This is why philanthropists have taken the role of ensuring that they are the voice of the minority and secluded in the society. Every society has their set of humanitarians who make sure that justice and equality for all prevails. The philanthropists, therefore, play a vital law in the state.

This does not mean that humanitarians will help every convict from facing the law. They have their policies on who they should assist.

DACA Foundation is such an organization that fights for civil, immigrant and human rights. Mostly, the firm specializes in the immigrant rights. This is because some immigrants that the authorities demand be deported are technically the USA citizens. Despite the lack of the legal documentation, they have a right to stay in the country.

The DACA ensures that their members get an additional two years to stay in the country. In this two years, the member can complete their education and others can acquire legal document to remain in the country. In case the member needs more time, they have the option of renewing their memberships. Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia and Phoenix New Time

DACA has benefited very many immigrants. However, the firm is currently facing some difficulties. This is as a result of the Texas Attorney General allegations saying that DACA does not have the supporting documents. These claims were seconded by nine more officials.

Following this development, the firm is unable to recruit new members in their association. The foundation is also not allowed to renew memberships. This is until the situation is settled with the authorities.

This has led to massive sadness and worry to the dreamers. Their grief has doubled after Kelly’s announcement. Kelly said that the DACA foundation is still struggling to gain stability. Despite the constant efforts, the officials have not been able to curb the situation.

The Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin Frontera fund has promised to help intervene to assist in setting things right. The Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin fund support organizations such as DACA who fight for civil, human and immigrant rights.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin began their funding foundation with the money they got after winning the case of the Sherriff. They invested the money in helping the immigrants. The initial and majority of the beneficiaries are from Arizona.

The intervention of the Frontera fund in the situation has restored peace to the dreamers. The Frontera fund is to give a guideline to the foundation on how to go around solving the issue.

The Frontera fund aims to solve the immigrants’ problem permanently and ensure that the DACA institution gains stability.

The Arizona members are very angry with the Texas AG and his nine officials for their attempt to close down the DACA foundation. They view it as a sign of being unappreciative and greedy.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-lacey-5b0159145/
http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737

 

Front Page Confidential Brings Larkin and Lacey Back to the News

The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund has been supporting the Latino community in Arizona since 2014. The fund finances Latino groups that advocate for migrant rights, in an attempt to curb the unfair treatment of the community in response to illegal immigration. The tactics used that unjustly focus on Latinos are the result of the tenure of ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio. During their stewardship of Phoenix New Times and alternative conglomerate Village Voice Media Larkin and Lacey relentlessly dogged the Sheriff. Advocates for the first amendment, the news duo was attracted to Apriao for his questionable methods in enforcing immigration laws. Their feud with the Sheriff eventually ended up with the duo being jailed for 24 days, in response to the printing of a confidential subpoena in their byline. The arrest sparked outrage that led to their eventual release, and the wrongful arrest case that garnered them $3.75 million dollars. Following the sale of Village Voice Media, and the settlement of their case in 2013, the duo formed Frontera Fund in 2014. Now Larkin and Lacey have produced a new alternative media source, website Front Page Confidential. The counterculture website has been running since early 2018.

 

Front Page Confidential continues the mandate set by Michael Lacey back in 1970, to offer an alternative news source that upholds the First Amendment. The articles will focus on the stories not told, and will give voice to those unheard of. The site comes at the best possible time as Joe Arpaio has been recently pardoned and now plans to run for Senate. Larkin and Lacey will assuredly be right behind the Senate hopeful, biting at him through exposes the entire way. Their dedication to truth and avocation for human rights keeping the fight alive.

 

Betsy DeVos; The Megalithic Michiganite

Betsy DeVos is, without a doubt, one of the most philanthropic icons to have come out of the Great Lakes State. When I reminisce on all that this Calvin College alum has achieved in her sixty years, I feel a sense of national pride swelling deep in my chest. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from her alma mater, Mrs. Devos found herself taking the plunge into the Michigan political system, serving as a local precinct delegate for the Michigan Republican Party; a position that she has proudly held for over thirty years. During her tenure, she would also find time to take on the responsibilities as a Republican National Committeewoman for her home state between 1992 and 1997, as well as being the chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party during the years 1996 to 2000.

In 1989 Devos, along with her husband, created the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, a foundation self-described as being “centered in cultivating leadership, accelerating transformation and leveraging support in five areas”, those areas being community, education, arts, justice, and leadership. I would be remiss to exclude that the DeVos Foundation, to date, has raised $139M in charitable donations. This sizable sum, combined with the DeVos family’s already large lifetime giving of $1.2B, has landed the DeVos family name among the nation’s top givers. But Betsy’s drive for philanthropy did not stop there. In the 1990’s, DeVos served on the boards of two national 501(c)(3) charities; the Children First America, and the American Education Reform Council, which aimed to expand the availability of alternatives to public schooling. Then, in the years 2001-2002, Betsy DeVos spearheaded a successful political action committee to promote similar interests. So successful was this Great Lakes Education Project that Betsy and Dick then created the American Federation for Children Action Fund; an organization that hopes to address the problem of parents who feel trapped with the choices for public schools for their children. Read more about her philanthropy at MLive.

This is an issue that is very close to my own heart. Although I have no children of my own, as a child in the local school system I had no alternatives for where I wished to go to school. The kids that I interacted with took the definition of bullying way beyond the normal parameters of “acceptable”. I received threats to my personal safety and others associated with me, which developed an anxiety that I still struggle to come to terms with. But it does soothe my mind knowing that there’s people like Betsy DeVos out there, who are on the front lines fighting for change in a time where our education system needs it most. Read her interview with Philanthropy Table

The History And Work of Dick DeVos

It’s no surprise that Dick DeVos is often referenced with Grand Rapids, Michigan. This is where many wealthy individuals in the U.S. live now. What occurs in this region is discussion, progress and social change which are felt by everyone in the United States. The Republican party is mostly here also. But this only gives you a glimpse of how much of an impact a family like the DeVos really makes each year.

 

Their impact comes from charity, their beliefs, religion and gobs of money.

 

Their work in charity surrounds stories and results that benefit everyone involved. In recent news, a veil was lifted to show us just how big of an impact but in dollars. So imagine 4,000 students receiving scholarships and from the work of this one man. His name is clearly Richard “Dick” DeVos. See a man taking his business prowess to then develop the right foundations focused on change and community initiative.

 

No one does this alone, and no one without the same influence can either.

 

The long history Dick has from a young man in business to being world influence in philanthropy was made possible by the support of his loving wife Betsy. The money surely helped also, so we won’t pretend it didn’t. But this doesn’t take anything away from Dick and his personal traits. Just one look at the revitalization efforts of downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., and the results are clear for everyone to see.

 

The DeVos family is a pioneering force that isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

 

Dick was even nominated Governor for Michigan’s republican party once. The state is itself known for its republican ties and as a popular majority. But there’s so much behind him then the facade of politics. Along with revitalization, Dick DeVos also created a health care plan of financial support.

 

The $212 million center he built enables the city of Grand Rapids to have their very own convention center, a sports arena, an impressive market downtown, a cardiac hospital, and even career opportunities that come in the form of a medical school.

 

It would be difficult to enter Michigan and especially Grand Rapids without seeing the effects of this family’s great work. With his wife Betsy right by his side, Dick DeVos is an immovable force, and there’s very little in the way of stopping him.

 

As their lives are free and clear, however, the two have invested themselves entirely to charity. And this pattern will continue for a long time to come. While Betsy DeVos is actively engaged in professional work with the Trump Administration, Dick will continue to carry the family name in philanthropy, morality and religion.

 

Todd Lubar’s Generosity

For over two decades, Todd Lubar has been helping people meet their homeownership dreams. When he started, he worked at Crestar Mortgage Corporation. Lubar didn’t see the mortgage aspect of the industry as a soulless corporation. The industry combined his love for finance, real estate, and helping others. More details can be found on Ideamensch.

He took a special interest in conservative mortgage banking. Years later, he founded his company, Legendary Properties. What started as a small real estate firm quickly grew into a success. His company succeeded in purchasing, rehabilitating, and selling of over 200 properties its first year.

Throughout the years, Mr. Todd Lubar became more interested in helping others. After years of succeeding in several industries, he wanted to help common people achieve their dreams. He founded TDL Global Ventures, LLC. After operating a business like Legendary Financial, another of his companies; he knew exactly how to approach people.

The premise of TDL Global Ventures’ founding was helping people overcome common barriers faced when applying for loans. Most highly renowned institutions only loan to individuals and companies who meet their high-profile criteria. TDL was Lubar’s way of giving back to the common man and leveling the playing field.

When he started, Mr. Lubar’s days were hectic; he was all over the place. Now that his company is running smoothly, he starts every day with a cup of coffee at breakfast with his kids. He has a much more relaxed approach to his day. He uses his mornings to get everything in order before heading to work.

Todd Lubar also dealt with the same problem that all entrepreneurs have to deal with; passion versus business. Having a head full ideas isn’t enough. An entrepreneur has to have the will to get things done. He relies on his past experiences to lead him toward the right decisions.

Over the years, he’s gotten excited about the developing technology of home remotes. It’s a personal interest of his. He loves being able to control nearly everything in his house with the push of a button or by smartphone. You can visit LinkedIn to know more.