United Way and Volunteers from Local Companies Help a Dallas Veteran Have a Home of Her Own

Unite for Change Community Impact Series Highlights Need to Help Veterans Achieve Financial Stability Through Home Ownership

DALLAS, TX (November 11, 2015) – Home ownership has long been a symbol of the American Dream. For too many of this country’s military heroes, the goal of becoming a homeowner is often out of reach. To bring awareness to this issue on Veterans Day, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas partnered with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Texas Instruments (TI) and other local corporations to host a very special Unite for Change initiative. Over the course of 10 build dates, volunteers from TI, Energy Future Holdings and its family of companies including Luminant and TXU Energy, and La Quinta Inns & Suites will unite to complete building a home for a local veteran, Breana Austin, and her young son, Terran.

“Home ownership is an important milestone for any individual – one that promotes financial stability,” said Terri Grosh, TI worldwide employee engagement manager. “Too many veterans and their families have been unable to acquire an asset that serves as a foundation for stability. Breana Austin’s story is a perfect example. We think the men and women who work to safeguard our nation deserve a secure future.”

Austin, who was born and raised in Dallas, has served as a Patient Admin Specialist in the Texas Army National Guard since 2010.

Wednesday, November 11 will mark a key day in the construction of her home, which is in Dallas’ close-knit Joppa community. On that day volunteers will be joined by Dallas Cowboys legend and newly-minted member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor Darren Woodson to raise the walls on the structure. The Austin family will receive the keys to their new home upon its completion in January.

“I’m proud to partner with United Way and Habitat for Humanity in providing a home for our heroes,” says Woodson. “We’re coming together as a community to serve those who’ve so bravely served us. They were there when we needed them and now it’s our turn to give back.”

“Veterans can face unique financial challenges when returning to civilian life- often struggling to find good jobs and secure stable homes,” said Jennifer Sampson, President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “Through collaboration with our corporate and community partners, United Way is committed to providing financial education and solutions to those who have served and sacrificed so much on our behalf, putting them on the path to long-term financial stability. It’s an important investment in the men and women who put everything on the line for our country, and in the strength and security of our society as a whole.”

Additional collaborative events this fall highlight United Way’s focus on veterans. On November 18, United Way will host a private Financial Empowerment Toolkit Training for local nonprofits to help them better mentor clients and veterans on best financial practices. And on October 27, United Way held an impactful networking event called “Chat. Connect. Repeat.” which brought together nonprofits, corporations and community stakeholders to discuss solutions for supporting struggling veterans.

With TI as the presenting sponsor, Unite for Change is a six-event, area-wide Community Impact Series focused on improving financial stability, education and health across North Texas. Unite for Change will engage many local corporate partners in meaningful volunteer efforts over the next six months. The projects will help reach United Way’s 10-year community goals: preparing at least 60 percent of all kids to graduate ready to succeed, moving 250,000 people out of poverty permanently, and improving health across the region.

About United Way of Metropolitan Dallas: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas brings people together to improve lives and create lasting change here in North Texas by focusing on education, income, and health – the building blocks for strong families and thriving communities. We galvanize and connect all sectors of society – individuals, businesses, non-profits, and government – to create long-term change through investing in solutions that produce healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families. We raise, invest and leverage over $50M annually in community-focused solutions serving Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and southern Denton counties. We do more than help one person beat the odds – we are changing the odds for entire communities. Together, we UNITE FOREVER. To learn more, please visit UnitedWayDallas.org.

About Unite for Change: Unite for Change is a six-event area-wide Community Impact Series presented by Texas Instruments. The series engages effective local service providers who create real opportunities and get results through programs designed to help us reach our 10-year community goals: preparing at least 60 percent of all kids to graduate ready to succeed, moving 250,000 people out of poverty permanently, and improving health across the region.  Employees from current and prospective corporate partners will engage in relevant, rewarding and innovative volunteer opportunities, leveraging their collective power to address community challenges in education, financial stability, and health.

About Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world’s brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today.  Learn more at www.ti.com.