Submitted photo of the winners, Chapman and Cutler LLP (pictured left to right) Dave Audley, Larry Halperin, Todd Patnode, and Michael Benz

Submitted photo of the winners, Chapman and Cutler LLP (pictured left to right) Dave Audley, Larry Halperin, Todd Patnode, and Michael Benz

In November, Dallas business leaders played at Bent Tree Country Club to help homeless families through the East Dallas-based organization Interfaith Housing Coalition.

Interfaith is the only Dallas agency that works exclusively to serve working poor families who find themselves homeless. Interfaith provides transitional housing and transformative programs in order to take them off the streets and help transition them into new lives of hope.

More than 26 Dallas-area businesses joined in on Interfaith’s effort, led by board chair Brian Hegi of Prophet Equity and developmental chair Tyler Beeson of US Trust.

“Interfaith is committed to helping homeless families in a manner that produces real results,” Hegi explains. “Our partners are aware of our commitment to provide a return on their investment.”

Eighty-eight percent of the families who get involved with Interfaith leave employed with permanent housing, Hegi says, and 91 percent of graduates remain employed and in permanent housing for at least one year post-graduation.

“As a result, Interfaith saves Dallas tax-payers approximately $8 million a year. That return on investment resonates with our sponsors,” Hegi points out.

About 100 golfers participated in the annual tournament, which included closest to the pin and longest drive contests, and a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz C Class from Park Place Motors. The winners were Chapman and Cutler LLP.

Interfaith Housing Coalition was founded in 1985 and is recognized for its innovative, holistic housing and self-sufficiency programs that help hundreds of working-poor, homeless families and their children each year. 

Interfaith is embarking on its 30th year in 2015, and it is committed to helping 1,000 individuals — or 400 families — in Dallas to move out of poverty to long-term self-sufficiency by the end of 2015.  For more information about its programs or to find out how you can get involved, visit to www.ihcdallas.org or call 214.827.7220. 


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