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December 2009 

Giving Thanks
In this season of giving thanks, I am particularly grateful for three things.

First, for the many opportunities this year to reach people with the message of teen and young adult mental health. We've made presentations in schools and at conferences. We've spoken to groups throughout the community. We've reached out to help one teen, one parent at a time. And, through the launch of the I AM H·E·R·E coalition, we've helped rally the mental health community around the critical issues surrounding youth mental health.

Second, I am thankful for the people who support the work we do. Through faithful volunteer efforts, participation in outreach initiatives, and financial support, they demonstrate a shared passion for improving the way our community serves the mental health needs of young people.

And finally, I am ever grateful for the gift of 19 years with my son Grant. Could one candle that burned so brightly light a path that leads to hope, help, and peace of mind for other young people? I hope so.

Thank you for your support and your friendship.

Vanita Halliburton

Grant Halliburton Foundation Draws Community Together to Work on Teen Mental Health
In April 2009, the Grant Halliburton Foundation launched I AM H·E·R·E, the only coalition in North Texas focused solely on teen and young adult mental health.  More than 100 participants from over 65 organizations have come together to work on strengthening the network of mental health resources for our young people. The coalition focuses on the four critical issues of Help, Education, Resources and Encouragement.

Now, we are collaborating with other professional and community organizations to develop a comprehensive databank that will provide vital information about mental health and substance abuse resources in our community. It will be a much-needed starting point for teens and young adults, parents, and professionals searching for information and resources.  Read more about I AM H·E·R·E.

W·H·E·R·E: A Place for Parents
When it comes to the battle for a young person's mental health and well-being, parents often feel they are in the fight alone. A new initiative of the Grant Halliburton Foundation hopes to change that by bringing together women to share support, encouragement, and resources with one another.

Women H·E·R·E (W·H·E·R·E) meets for coffee on the first day of every month, giving women with a personal stake in the mental health of a teen or young adult the opportunity to talk and share information. Everyone is welcome and no advance reservation is required. coffee

In addition to supporting one another, the group also supports the work of the Grant Halliburton Foundation. On Wednesday, January 27, W·H·E·R·E will host a fundraising luncheon at the Museum of Biblical Art to benefit the Foundation.

The event will feature noted speaker and author Terry Wise. Widowed at 35 and having survived a near-fatal suicide attempt, the former Boston trial attorney tells a powerful story of hope and personal triumph.

Get more information about WHERE and Coffee Days.

This Holiday Season, Give Outside the Box
Did you know that Americans spend $450 billion on holiday gifts each year? How many of those gifts have a true and lasting impact?

This year, consider giving "outside the box" by making a donation to the Grant Halliburton Foundation in honor of your friends, family, clients or business associates—and know that you are giving the gift of help, hope, and peace of mind to young people. Here are two suggestions:
  1. Make a donation of $10 or more in honor of each person on your gift list, and we will send holiday cards to let them know of your gift.
  2. Make a donation of $100 or more in honor of someone, and we will send an exclusive lead crystal "Hope" ornament to that person. Created just for us, the word "Hope" etched in crystal is in the handwriting of Grant Halliburton. It reminds us that hope is the most important thing we can give to young people.
So make your list, make your donation, and leave the rest to us! If you prefer, we'll send the cards or ornaments to you to give in person. You could even wrap them up and put them under the tree. They may just be the most meaningful gifts of the season.

Get more information here.

Three Easy Ways to Support the Foundation!
Did you know you can help support our programs of outreach, education and resources just by shopping and searching online? Here are three things you can do to help us out:

1. You're buying groceries anyway, right? Link your Tom Thumb Reward Card to the Grant Halliburton Foundation, and a percentage of your total purchases will be donated to us. How easy is that? Download the forms here.
Tom Thumb Rewards
2. Make GoodSearch.com your default search engine. You use it exactly as you would any other search engine. Every Web search using the Yahoo!-powered search engine GoodSearch generates one cent for the Foundation, and the pennies add up quickly. If just 500 people search four times a day, it will add up to over $7,000 in a year for the Foundation! So make GoodSearch.com your default search engine or download the GoodSearch toolbar.

3. How about raising money for a good cause with every purchase you make online? Make GoodShop.com your first stop for shopping. Just go to GoodShop.com, where you'll find hundreds of well-know retailers like Amazon, eBay, Target, Macy's, Kohl's, Apple, Dell, BestBuy, Priceline and Expedia. The shopping experience and the prices are exactly the same as going to the retailer directly, but by going through GoodShop.com, up to 30% of the purchase price is donated to your favorite cause! It's simple:

  • Go to www.goodshop.com/?charityid=910545.
  • Select the store that you want to shop.
  • Click on the link to the store and shop. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Grant Halliburton Foundation.
  • Repeat often, and spread the word!

Look Who's "Running the Rock" for the Grant Halliburton Foundation
Team 50 Rock On Sunday, December 13, seven committed "soles" will strap on their running shoes and take to the streets, running the White Rock Marathon to benefit the Grant Halliburton Foundation. We have one relay team of five going for the full marathon and two individuals in the half marathon. They are stepping up for a great cause.  Here's how to support our runners!

Texas Counselors Step Up to the Plate for the Foundation
The Texas Counseling Association filled empty plates with donations for the Grant Halliburton Foundation during its Professional Growth Conference in Dallas this month.

The Grant Halliburton Foundation was selected as the sole recipient of the TCA's charitable giving program, the "Empty Plate Campaign." Conference attendees heard Foundation president Vanita Halliburton speak to the importance of their roles in the lives of young people and their families. The conference drew more than 2,500 counselors from around the state. Many thanks to all the dedicated counselors who are on the front lines of helping our teens and young adults every day.
Empty Plate

January Conference to Focus on Teens in Crisis
Empty Plate What do you say to a teen in crisis? When do you take action? How do you help? You’ll find good, practical answers to these questions at the 3rd annual Teen CONTACT Conference, presented by CONTACT Crisis Line.

This affordable, one-day conference is designed to equip teachers, counselors, youth leaders, clinicians and parents with techniques and resources to better connect with and respond to today’s teens in crisis. Professionals from all fields will share proven techniques for guiding teens from the breaking point to the turning point.

“Our teens face greater challenges than ever before and there is a vital need to provide continuing education about these issues to those who work with teens on the front line,” said Foundation president Vanita Halliburton, who is chairman of this year’s conference. “Our Foundation is proud to play a part in this conference on the mental health and well-being of teens.”

The 3rd Annual Teen CONTACT Conference will be held on Tuesday, January 26, at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak in Dallas.

Get information on speakers and register here.

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Grant Halliburton Foundation Draws Community Together to Work on Teen Mental Health

W·H·E·R·E: A Place for Parents

This Holiday Season, Give Outside the Box

Three Easy Ways to Help the Foundation

Look Who's "Running the Rock" For Us!

Texas Counselors Step Up to the Plate for the Foundation

January Conference to Focus on Teens in Crisis




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