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AP, Inc. Community Center Fire

$33,473 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 846 people in 16 months
Created July 7, 2017
Pj Moton
on behalf of Tamara Stephney
Abounding Prosperity Inc.’s Community Center located at 1816 Peabody Ave. in South Dallas, experienced a severe fire. “Luckily no staff or clients were present at the time and thankfully no one was injured,” said Kirk Myers, AP, Inc.’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Myers said that the damage will have an effect on some of the services that AP, Inc. provides. “This community center is an important operation in AP, Inc.’s mission to assist individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other communities that are at risk for contracting the virus. The Community Center is also a place where members of the LGBT community gain access to computers for a variety of needs including employment, educational, and insurance; in addition to those who use the safe space just to fellowship” said Myers.

 The AP, Inc.  Community Center has been serving the needs of the LGBT community since 2005. Since opening, this center has seen over 1,500 clients annually. This incident will temporarily displace a large portion of the agency’s programming. Testing, counseling, support groups, linkage services, and other support services for Dallas’ most at-risk populations will continue at AP’s Headquarters located at 2311 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd also in South Dallas.

Any gift, large, small, in-kind, monetary, or otherwise would be greatly appreciated.  In-kind donations can be dropped at the main office Monday-Friday 9 AM-6PM. The agency will need to replace computers, the entire community library, furniture, and other drop-in space items.

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Fire-Intentionally-Set-at-Dallas-LGBT-Community-Center-Officials-433132543.html
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Without you this could not be possible. We are almost ready to open the doors to the new AP, inc. Community Center.

You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening and Open House for the Abounding Prosperity, Inc. Community Center and H.O.P.E. Health Center.

Friday, December 1, 2017 7-10 PM
1705 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215

Please RSVP at https://apinccommunitycenter.eventbrite.com
Opening
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Thanks to the generous support of the community and donors AP, Inc. has secured and outfitted a new Community Center and Clinic space to continue serving Dallas' various vulnerable communities.

As we finish this project the agency is still in need of items to stock and supply the new space for optimal operations. Please consider purchasing a gift on the agency's Target Registry https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/apinccommunitycenter

Also, please continue to share our story with your personal and professional networks as there are still various needs as we recover from this tragedy. Thank you in advance for your continued love and support.
Grand Opening
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Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign thus far. We have successfully secured a new temporary space for the AP, Inc. Community Center with a temporary lease signed, but we still need your help. In order to provide optimal services to our client population, we still need in-kind items or monetary donations to outfit our new space. Several small construction updates are required as well as furnishing and stocking of office materials. Please donate today and/or share with your personal or professional networks as we continue to fight to recover from this unfortunate incident.

Dallas Police and North Texas Crimestoppers have not provided any additional updates on the status of the suspect but we continue to share the surveillance footage around the city and region.

Please continue to share, like, post, and donate. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
1705-C Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
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First, we would like to thank you all for your endless support as we rise from the ashes of this unanticipated tragedy and blow to our community. We have literally read all of the comments, shares, postcards, and kind words, and they mean more to us than you could ever imagine.

New information has been published about the suspect responsible for the arson attack on the AP, Inc. Community Center. North Texas Crime Stoppers can be contacted at 1-877-373-8477 for any information that would lead to the capture of the man seen in the surveillance footage here:

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/southern-dallas/nonprofit-hopes-video-leads-to-suspect-in-lgbtq-center-fire/461483631

A $5000 reward is being offered for his capture.

In other news, the agency has secured a new temporary location for programming, however, we are still in need of support to get the temporary space suited for operations. Please continue to share this campaign with your personal and professional networks as we continue to recover and provide needed services for some of Dallas' most vulnerable community members.

Here is a list of in-kind items that are needed for the new space. Items can be sent or dropped off at The AP, Inc. Main Office (2311 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Dallas, TX 75215)

-Toiletries
-Cleaning Supplies
-Office Supplies
-3 Televisions
- Board Games
-Gaming Systems (PS4/Xbox)
-Computers
-Snacks (for Youth Drop-In Center)
-Non-perishable food items
-Bottle Water
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Raised by 846 people in 16 months
Created July 7, 2017
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on behalf of Tamara Stephney
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