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The Main Place in Irving, Texas provides clothing and personal items for homeless teens and individuals and/or families in need. Volunteers act as “image consultants” and provide trendy, age-appropriate, well-fitting clothing. Our goal is to raise their self-esteem by pointing out their best features and outfitting them from head to toe – including proper foundation garments and jewelry for the girls. The Main Place is a “retail store without a cash register” – allowing the students to shop at no cost. They come in with their head down; they leave with bags full of clothing and big smiles on their faces. More…

High school girls come in, often thinking they will not be pleased with any of the dresses for their prom. The volunteers  help with color selection and bring them gorgeous formals to the fitting room. They are adorned with jewelry, purses, and shawls. Senior boys receive a new suit, two dress shirts and as many as four complementary ties. This assortment provides them with the light colored shirt required for graduation and a myriad of combinations suitable for prom, church, job interviews and social functions. Because there are so many senior activities, we also provide career clothing and semi-formal attire. We provide that unique boutique experience in bringing items to them to try on. More…

Each year The Main Place hosts a distribution party for the teens. The Wish Lists are Homeless teens referred from IISD and Winfree Academy Charter School.  Anyone from the community can request a list or lists to shop to fulfil each teen Wish List. The Main Place Volunteers anonymously tag each of the large bags and organize them for pick up for the Teen Christmas Distribution Party.  Santa stops by personally wish a Merry Christmas. Of their choosing, teens can stay and open their gift bags or take them home with them. With each year, The Main Place is able to bless more and more teens. The Party is a joyous event full of the Spirit of Christmas and teens leave full of hope for the next year. More…

Dr Jose Parra, IISD Superintendent, and Sandra De La Cruz, IISD Interim Asst Superintendent, tour The Main Place “a retail store without a cash register” on Friday, February 28. Board members were on hand to show the boutique’s plethora of merchandise and explain the procedures. Volunteers who act as image consultants, engage with the referred students and build their confidence as well as providing trendy, age-appropriate, and well fitting clothes & accessories creating completed outfits.

 

Dr Jose Parra, IISD Superintendent, and Sandra De La Cruz, IISD Interim Asst Superintendent, tour The Main Place “a retail store without a cash register” on Friday, February 28.
Board members were on hand to show the boutique’s plethora of merchandise and explain the procedures. Volunteers who act as image consultants, engage with the referred students and build their confidence as well as providing trendy, age-appropriate, and well fitting clothes & accessories creating completed outfits. (from left to right:, Marsha Dickens, Sandra De La Cruz, Dr. Jose Parra, Sharon Johnston, Sandy Nicholes, and Pam Hale.

Don’t Waste the Pain. Talk about it – abuse, neglect, incest, pregnancy, aloneness, lack of love – God will give you enough to take away the pain. God will give you enough mercy (or grace) to take away the shame.

Special Acknowledgment: Images on this page were taken in 2011 by John Moore, a Pulitzer award winning photojournalist with Getty Images, flew in from New York and took photos of the event. (His mom, Jan Moore, is a devoted volunteer and supporter of The Main Place.)

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