Powered by the Kleinert Foundation, The Road to innovation is a Podcast that highlights innovative solutions to society's most pressing issues like sex trafficking, homelessness, and poverty.
In each episode, Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer at the Kleinert Foundation, talks to the leaders and change-makers who are moving the needle for social change.
Full information about the podcast can be found at kleinertfdn.org or at theroadtoinnovation.com.
Episode 17: Shepherd Inn- providing shelter and services for young adults in Dallas
The Founder and Executive Director of Shepherd Inn, Victoria Shepherd, is our guest on this episode of The Road to Innovation. Shepherd Inn is a South Dallas based non-profit transforming the lives of at-risk youth through shelter, education, and stability.
Victoria shares her journey on how and why she had to take a leap of faith to open Shepherd Inn. She also shared the reality of what many young adults are experiencing in Dallas who need their services. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic rates of domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect and homelessness amongst our Dallas youth are increasing at an alarming rate. Their goal in addressing these problems is to purchase 10-20 acres of land just south of Dallas County to provide job and life skills training, along with shelter and stability to young men, women their babies.
Shepherd Inn has two current fundraising campaigns:
1: The Dunbar and Meadow foster and transitional living homes
2: Purchasing and building the Shepherd Inn Ranch for a larger, more permanent, place for our youth to learn how to become thriving adults
For more information and to donate visit: www.shepherdinn.org
Episode 16: Finding Common Ground with Heart Words
On this episode of The Road To Innovation we have very special guests from Wesley Prep and Heart House. Lori Cousino, Founder of Common Ground Experiment and 4th grade teacher at Wesley Prep, along with Christina Park, Site Manager at Heart House talk about their most recent Common Ground project "Heart Words."
Students from Heart House and Wesley Prep helped write and illustrate the book, and the students also chime in on what it means to them and the message they hope the world will hear and embrace.
Lori Cousino is also featured on Episode 5 of the Road to Innovation Podcast. You can listen to that episode here:
To learn more about the Heart House visit:
To learn more about Common Ground Dallas and to purchase a book:
Episode 15: Genesis Women’s Shelter Helping Women Overcome Domestic Violence
The CEO of Genesis Women’s Shelter joins us on this episode of The Road to Innovation. Jan Langbein explains why it's more crucial to get victims of domestic violence the help they need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jan Langbein shares the importance of learning the signs of Domestic Violence, and calls us all to speak up and say something when something doesn’t seem right.
Here are resources to help get involved with Genesis Women’s Shelter & and learn the signs of domestic violence:
The Genesis Hub: www.genesisshelter.org/genesis-hub
This page is your one-stop shop for all agency information regarding the coronavirus, including ways you can help, current updates and the latest updates.
How to Help a Friend: https://www.genesisshelter.org/education/how-to-help-a-friend/
This page gives five simple tips on what to do if someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence. It also shares some warning signs to watch out for.
Different Types of Abuse: https://www.genesisshelter.org/beherfirststep/
This page talks about the different types of abuse and shares relevant statistics.
Episode 14: Advancing economic and leadership opportunities for women and girls in Texas
On this episode of The Road to Innovation, we hear from the President and CEO of Texas Women's Foundation, Roslyn Dawson Thompson. We talk about Texas Women's Foundation's mission to advance economic and leadership opportunities for women and girls in Texas. We also discussed how COVID-19 has impacted nonprofit organizations, women and girls across the state of Texas.
"It is faith in the future that will carry us through the present. And I for one, absolutely believe that this is an opportunity for us to relook at our world with a new set of eyes." – Roslyn Dawson Thompson.
To learn more about Texas Women's Foundation visit: https://www.txwf.org/
Episode 13: Handling child abuse cases during COVID-19 pandemic
Several reports say child abuse is on the rise because in many cases they are in lockdown with their abusers. On this episode of The Road To Innovation we focus on the handling of child abuse cases during the pandemic. Our guest, Sarah Burns with Dallas Children Advocacy Center talks about the people involved in each case and what they are able to do and provide for children experiencing abuse. Burns also touches on marketing and the heightened importance of making sure there is consistent communication of the facts and transparency.
"We are able to quickly coordinate cases so that children get the services that they need and deserve. That they get justice, they receive healing and to give them hope as well." - Sarah Burns.
If you would like to get involved or donate to Dallas Children Advocacy Center visit: https://dcac.org/
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Episode 12: Sex Trafficking on the rise during COVID-19
Sex-Trafficking is on the rise. Experts say they have seen a steady increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. On today's episode on The Road To Innovation we introduce you to, CEO of New Friends, New Life, Kim Robinson to talk about what her organization is doing to restore the lives of sex trafficking survivors. Part of that restoration is making sure survivors get a care kit. Robinson talks about how crucial it is to receive donations at this time- and what you can do to help!
North Texas Gives is on May 5th, if you would like to help New Friends, New Life, visit:
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The Kleinert Foundation is doing incredible work. Thank you for sharing and giving social innovators a platform!