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2021 1 Night 1 Mission 1 Community
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Upbring’s One Night. One Mission. One Community. Virtual Gala scheduled for February 20, 2021

Texas-based Nonprofit Hosts First-ever Virtual Gala benefiting its life-changing programs

Austin, TX – February 16, 2021 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse, will host its first-ever virtual gala in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its steadfast commitment to the safety and wellbeing of its attendees, staff and those in its care. The One Night. One Mission. One Community. event benefiting six of its life-changing programs—Foster In Texas (FIT), Krause Children’s Center, New Life Children’s Center, Neighborhood House, Health For Friends Clinic and BeREAL—is free to the public and will take place on Zoom at Upring.org/2021Live at 7:01 p.m.

“As we continue to face unchartered waters nearing the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, we have the unique opportunity to come together as one during this special event,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Loo. “While we have experienced many challenges over the last year, we can rejoice in moving forward together in service to advance our life-changing mission. With the help of our unwavering supporters, community and staff, our work continues to impact the lives of those who need our help now more than ever.”

The virtual event will give viewers an inside look at its statewide programs, followed by a live auction and an after-party. Attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family and colleagues to experience the power of one night, one mission and one community.

To bid on silent auction items or to learn more about sponsoring the event, please visit Upbring’s event page at Upbring.org/2021 and follow @UpbringOrg on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information about Upbring, please visit Upbring.org.

About Upbring
Upbring is a Texas-wide organization implementing generational innovation to advance child wellbeing. We are the leaders in delivering a broad spectrum of life-restoring services that elevate and heal human beings in our communities. Intent on shifting perspectives and re-imaging current systems, our work secures a future free from the damages of abuse. Join is us on our mission to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.

 

 

2021 1 Night 1 Mission 1 Community
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Upbring’s One Night. One Mission. One Community. Virtual Gala scheduled for February 20, 2021

Texas-based Nonprofit Hosts First-ever Virtual Gala benefiting its life-changing programs

Austin, TX February 16, 2021 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse, will host its first-ever virtual gala in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its steadfast commitment to the safety and wellbeing of its attendees, staff and those in its care. The One Night. One Mission. One Community. event benefiting six of its life-changing programs—Foster In Texas (FIT), Krause Children’s Center, New Life Children’s Center, Neighborhood House, Health For Friends Clinic and BeREAL—is free to the public and will take place on Zoom at Upring.org/2021Live at 7:01 p.m.

“As we continue to face unchartered waters nearing the one-year anniversary of the pandemic, we have the unique opportunity to come together as one during this special event,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Loo. “While we have experienced many challenges over the last year, we can rejoice in moving forward together in service to advance our life-changing mission. With the help of our unwavering supporters, community and staff, our work continues to impact the lives of those who need our help now more than ever.”

The virtual event will give viewers an inside look at its statewide programs, followed by a live auction and an after-party. Attendees are encouraged to invite friends, family and colleagues to experience the power of one night, one mission and one community.

To bid on silent auction items or to learn more about sponsoring the event, please visit Upbring’s event page at Upbring.org/2021 and follow Upbring on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information about Upbring, please visit Upbring.org.

About Upbring
Upbring is a Texas-wide organization implementing generational innovation to advance child wellbeing. We are the leaders in delivering a broad spectrum of life-restoring services that elevate and heal human beings in our communities. Intent on shifting perspectives and re-imaging current systems, our work secures a future free from the damages of abuse. Join is us on our mission to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.

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Upbring Helps Foster Family Navigate Challenges Posed by the Coronavirus

Shortly before the coronavirus pandemic reached the U.S., Gina* met with Upbring’s Foster In Texas (FIT) team in Dallas to discuss the possibility of opening her home to a child in foster care. This was not Gina’s first time fostering through Upbring. The mother of two adopted both of her sons with Upbring’s help a few years ago. After she and the boys cultivated their family dynamic, they knew it was time to share their hearts with another child. Read More

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Navigating New Seasons: How BeREAL Helps Young Adults Pursue Their Dreams

For most of his life, Tristan craved stability. Bouncing between foster homes, he often felt lonely and struggled with depression. Growing up without a place to call home was tough, but Tristan found solace in discovering his passion—cooking. He dreamed of one day having a kitchen of his own where he could experiment with new flavors and create nutritious meals.

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Navigating New Seasons: How BeREAL Helps Young Adults Pursue Their Dreams

For most of his life, Tristan craved stability. Bouncing between foster homes, he often felt lonely and struggled with depression. Growing up without a place to call home was tough, but Tristan found solace in discovering his passion—cooking. He dreamed of one day having a kitchen of his own where he could experiment with new flavors and create nutritious meals.

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Love Makes a Family: The Gonzalez’s Foster-to-Adopt Story

It was a seemingly typical day—Dr. Steven Gonzalez taught a classroom full of students while his wife, Dr. Mary Martinez-Gonzalez, drove to an Upbring CPR and first-aid training class when she received a phone call that would forever change their lives. A one-year-old little girl, born on Valentine’s Day, would soon come into their home and call them “Mom” and “Dad.”

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HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START SERVICES TO CONTINUE IN GALVESTON COUNTY

 
HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START SERVICES TO CONTINUE IN GALVESTON COUNTY

Austin, TX  June 23, 2020 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit, has been awarded a grant through The Office of Head Start to provide services within Galveston County effective July 1, 2020.  Galveston County was granted based upon the results of a competitive application and review process conducted by the Office of Head Start.

“Were excited about this opportunity to serve children and families in Galveston County, and we assure the community that Head Start/Early Head Start services will continue for all 403 children enrolled throughout the county,” said Dr. Dana Biddy, Director of Education for South Texas with Upbring Head Start Preschool. Biddy, who resides just north of Galveston, will be responsible for the supervision of all Upbring Head Start locations authorized by this newly-obtained award.

Upbring has been providing Head Start services in Texas since 2015 and serves more than 960 children through its current programs in Brazoria, Wharton, Matagorda, Johnson, Erath, Hood, Tarrant and Somervell counties. Upbring has placed an emphasis on incorporating innovative strategies into the classroom, while maximizing relationships with local community partners to provide additional support services for families. 

“Our curriculum is researched based with strategies that are differentiated to meet the needs of all of our learners. We also have created strong partnerships with local education agencies to provide general and special education services to our students,” Biddy said.   

Upbring’s Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) scores have finished above the national average based upon to an emphasis on hiring staff members with credentials that exceed minimum requirements and education leaders with school district experience.

“Upbring Head Start teachers are committed to cultivating a lifelong love of learning for every child that helps them prepare for Kindergarten and lays a foundation for academic success,” Biddy said. “This begins with dedicated educators and engaging curriculum, and includes the implementation of resources and metrics to measure the effectiveness of our programs.”

Upbring will soon notify all current Head Start families throughout Galveston County, as well as the community regarding next steps in this transition. Upbring Head Start Preschool is open to all children who meet the national Head Start eligibility requirements. For more information, please visit www.upbring.org/headstart.  

About Upbring
Upbring is a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring partners with federal, state and local government agencies, community groups, small businesses, large corporations and dedicated individuals to deliver services that produce measurable progress toward five key markers of every child’s wellbeing: safety, life skills, education, health and vocation. Upbring benefits nearly 30,000 families each year with its life-changing programs—including foster care, adoption, education, children’s centers and community services. 

Upbring Early Head Start Continues in Bexar County
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Upbring Early Head Start Services to Continue in Bexar County

Upbring Early Head Start Services to Continue in Bexar County

Austin, TX June 17, 2020 – Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit, has been awarded a grant through The Office of Head Start, through the Designation Renewal System (DRS), to provide Early Head Start services within Bexar county effective July 1, 2020.

Upbring, which has served Bexar county since 2001 through its Foster In Texas program has been providing Head Start services in Texas since 2015. Through this grant, the nonprofit will offer an Early Head Start program to 88 children in Bexar County.

“Upbring will work with the prior provider to ensure a seamless transition and continuity of services,” said Dr. Andrew Benscoter, Chief Education and Growth Officer at Upbring.  “We’re excited to partner with the local community agencies in order to provide our students and parents with a high quality education and resources,” Benscoter said.

Within the next few weeks, Upbring will notify all current Early Head Start families that have received past services from the former grant recipient regarding next steps in this transition. For more information about Upbring Head Start Preschool, please visit https://www.upbring.org/programs-and-services/education/head-start/

About Upbring
Upbring is a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring partners with federal, state and local government agencies, community groups, small businesses, large corporations and dedicated individuals to deliver services that produce measurable progress toward five key markers of every child’s wellbeing: safety, life skills, education, health and vocation. Upbring benefits nearly 30,000 families each year with its life-changing programs—including foster care, adoption, education, children’s centers and community services. While Upbring has evolved over more than 137 years of service, our organization remains firmly focused on delivering innovative programs and services that address the root causes of child abuse and neglect. For more information, please visit upbring.org.

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