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YWCA Immediate Past Board President Catherine Z. Manning, left, and Ebby Halliday Acers. Photo: Ebby Halliday Realtors

Dallas community leaders, including Mayor Mike Rawlings, gathered yesterday morning to celebrate the opening of the new YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place, named after the grande dame of Dallas real estate, Ebby Halliday.

Empowering women to improve their lives is the bottom line, which is why the YWCA chose Ebby as its namesake, says Jennifer M. Ware, CEO of YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas.

“Ebby so beautifully represents what we do here and has such a great reputation and philosophy in her company of giving back,” Ware said. “Throughout her career, she has lifted other women up and educated people in her company about the importance of giving back to the community.”

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Outside the new YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place. This photo and all below: Candy Evans

YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place will provide programming, services, and resources that serve working poor women looking to make life better for themselves and their families. The center will offer programs that help women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, successful in the workplace, and financially secure.

Ware, Rawlings, and Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano and ​​​Jennifer Staubach Gates cut the ribbon for Ebby’s Place around 10 a.m. yesterday at the renovated 20,000-square-foot building, located at 2603 Inwood Rd., between Maple and Denton Drive.

The center is adjacent to the Inwood/Love Field DART Rail Station and one block from a DART bus stop, offering access to all women throughout the community, including more than 286,000 women and girls battling poverty in Dallas County.

“The stats are heartbreaking,” Ware said. “Here in Dallas County, one in three single-female-led households live below the federal poverty line. The mission of Ebby’s Place is to begin changing those stats by helping women to gain financial independence.”

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Photo courtesy of Travis Swan via a Creative Commons license

Photo courtesy of Travis Swan via a Creative Commons license

Gather up your new and gently used coats and blankets for adults and kids because it’s time for the annual coat and blanket drive by Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Dallas/Park Cities office.

Collected items will go to the Dallas ISD Coat Closet and the Oak Lawn Community Outreach Center Clothes Closet for families in need and for the homeless.

The drive runs from Monday, Dec. 8 to Saturday, Dec. 13. Drop-off times are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Home pick-up is also available by calling 214-521-0044.

New and gently used coats for adults and children as well as blankets will be accepted at the Coldwell Banker Dallas/Park Cities office located at 7001 Preston Road, Suite 125, located at the corner of Preston and Hyer Street.

“Each year, thousands of adults and children go without proper coats to keep them warm, and our employees and sales associates vowed this year that they wanted to make a difference,” said Keith Head, managing broker of the Dallas/Park Cities office. “So if you have a coat that no longer fits or that your family doesn’t use anymore, or if you have spare blankets that you can donate, it’s an easy way to help someone in need this holiday season.”

The need for coats and blankets is very real for many North Texas families this year. In Dallas County alone, 18.8 percent of people were living below the federal poverty level, according to Healthy North Texas, and the largest percentage of those were children. For a family of four, that means an annual income of $23,850.

Additionally, Texas is one of five states that accounts for more than half of the homeless population in the United States, with almost 30,000 homeless counted in 2013, according to the Texas Homeless Network. For these people, your donation of a warm coat or blanket can make a lifesaving difference.