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Dress for Success!!

Chicktime DFW Connect had a hosted a Dress for Success event at the Battered Women’s Foundation led by Kathy Carlton.  A discussion was helf on the different types of business dress, the do’s and don’ts, the importance of choosing the right dress for the right job, and the importance of grooming. 

We are excited that this event will also premier our newly completed boutique designed especially for career wear and accessories for the women to prepare for interviews as they search for new jobs and establish a new life. Please come support Chicktime and BWF at this great event!


Kathy Carlton 2  dress for success class 3  Dress for success class   looking through the clothes  headed to the new dressing room  A new outfitChicks putting together an outfit

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This month we were busy finishing up the final touches on the “Dress for Success” Boutique at the Battered Women’s Foundation. Our Chicks split into pairs to organize different sections of the room, to include sorting and hanging jewelry and accessories, hanging clothes by size and color, and displaying shoew and purses. We are so excited to prepare for the upcoming event next month, Dress for Success, where tips will be shared with the clients and an opportunity to experience the boutique!



Chicks at work in the boutique  Displaying and hanging jewelry and accessories  Paula hanging suits


sorting and hanging jewelry  New Chicks - Blanca and daughter Isabelle  finished product






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BWF has requested us to convert one of their rooms to a little boutique for Dress for Success clothing so that we may assist the clients  in choosing professional outfits. We are so excited to make this room into a place where these women can feel special and pampered and having the opportunity to have a personal shopper chick. One of our talented DIY chicks knocked out the shelving in the closet and built a bench inside to convert it to dressing room while others sorted thru a room full of clothes on racks and bags to find the nicer business dress items and hung them in size order and by color on matching hangers. We have plans to put a fresh coat of lovely paint on the walls, replacing the curtains with something tres chic and hang decor and a large mirror for viewing the hot new looks on the clients! Thank you to all that came to help with this project and to make a difference in these lives, making them feel special and important!

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This month Chicktime DFW Connect helped with the sorting of diapers by size to help the staff distribute more readily and efficiently to the clients.



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BWF Life Skills Class – Cooking Basics for Thanksgiving



Cooking Basics for Thanksgiving Skills Class was led by Windi Winstead this month teaching basics in preparing traditional items for Thanksgiving.


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Chicktime DFW Connect volunteered at the BWF’s Annual Pumpkin Patch Party!! This is a day that is held as a “shopping” event for the clients and playtime for BWF kids. The clients get to partake in a free shopping day in the warehouse for clothing, baby items, furniture, household goods.

We will be volunteering in the kids’ pumpkin patch with refreshments, bounce houses, and pumpkin decorating for kids; and the warehouse – assisting clients during their shopping experience. At various “stations”, volunteers are needed to jot down items selected and taken by the women as they shop.




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This month’s event marks our debut for Life Skills Classes by our Chicktime DFW Connect members for the clients at the Battered Women’s Foundation! We are so excited for this new  endeavor and look forward to the classes to come in the following months. This first class was organized by Nancy Grey who worked diligently to have the computer lab up in running weeks before our class. During classtime, others assisted in restocking the food pantry which is an area always needing volunteer work. We look forward to next month’s class – Cooking basics for a Thanksgiving dinner.


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School Backpack

To help students get ready for the upcoming school year, DFW Connect Chicks came to help assemble backpacks and organize school clothes and uniforms for distribution to the local school kids of Battered Women’s Foundation. We met new friends as we worked sid by side with other charity organizations to make this a successful event!



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Our chapter had a wonderful meeting with a few members of the Board of Directors of Battered Women’s Foundation!  They shared with us what BWF is all about and all the upcoming events and opportunities to volunteer.


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The BWF had a very successful garage sale and many people showed up to volunteer and support the organization.  Some of the volunteers and staff are previous clients of BWF.   After sorting through the canned goods into over a dozen large boxes, some of our ladies had the opportunity to browse thru the sale items and visit with the former clients of BWF.  One client came to personally thank our group of chicks for volunteering their precious time and told us how much it meant to her and the other clients because she wouldn’t have been able to have the necessary food and clothing for her family if it weren’t for the volunteers.  We were so moved as they shared their stories and how much BWF and the volunteers mean to them.

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Restocking and organizing the food pantry is still a great need. We were able to accomplish a bit more and our work flow was more fluid as we are learning the system of the tasks at hand.

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Chicktime Connect DFW Women

Our first event with Battered Women’s Foundaton was to help Maria clean, organize and restock the food pantry and storage.  We had a large group of our ladies that came out to help including a few were new to our chapter and the Chicktime experience.  We showed up enthusiastic, yet not knowing all what the clean up project entailed.  Walking into the food storage area and seeing the task at hand was a bit overwhelming and I know most of us were thinking we would not be able to complete such a great feat in only a few hours.  It is amazing to see a room full of unique and indepent women morph into an organized group that performed like well-oiled machine and was able to clear a whole room from cluttered chaos to polished perfection!  An assembly line was used on many occasions to get items from one end of the room to another over.  Stored books and bookshelves were moved and brought into their kids area.

The food pantry shelves were completed restocked and the food storage area was totally cleared of miscellaneous items and orderly palettes of food lined the walls and aisles.

A big THANK YOU goes out to Robyn and the Women’s Bible Study group for their research and making connections with this wonderful organization and a special thank you to Emily, Maria and the rest of the staff at BWF for welcoming our group! We all look forward to our next month’s event at BWF!!



To learn more about Battered Women’s Foundation, please visit their website at:   http://www.bwf1.com/




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On Sunday, February 17 th, we joined the Fort Worht Burrito Project in feeding the homeless. It was very eye-opening to see the number of people that live on the streets in our city, but a blessing to be a part of their lives but for only a short time.  I was amazed to hear the story of the three women that run the project and are fully dedicated to this outreach. Each Saturday evening the cook a large pot of beans and rice. Sundays they spend rolling over 100 burritos and boiling 12 dozen eggs.  They also encourage people to bring clothing, blankets, or other items the homeless could use. Socks are a popular item and we handed out dozens of new pairs during our time there. After rolling the burritos, the women load up their cars and drive to the nearby shelter to hand out the food and other needed items. The people anticipate their arrival and greet the volunteers with thankfulness. One man that I spoke to changed my life and how I perceive myself as well as my perception of the homeless. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and I commented on this. The man in probably his 60’s replied with a wide smile, “Isn’t every day beautiful? I have been saved since I was twelve. Isn’t God good? God is so good to me.”  I thought to myself, how a man in this position could be so happy with his life and reflected on my own life and how I complain and whine about the struggles I was experiencing at the time. He made me remember that God calls us to be thankful in all things.

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phillipians 4:11-13


The Fort Worth Burrito Project:    Feeding hungry & homeless folks every Sunday.

The homeless and hungry are people. They are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and parents. The Project is a respectful extension of our collective dinner table.  A way to recognize people who through out the day are often ignored, and even demonized. The Project recognizes the problematic nature of our nation’s and world’s homeless situation. There is no sermon or lecture. Burrito project offers substance in the form of a handshake, eye contact, warm food, and even some hugs. The project is not a solution, it is a step by step, DIY (Do It Yourself) outline for a way to get involved.


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Hello Chicktime gals!  Monthly leaders are needed to fill our Chicktime calendar through 2013.  We are running a leader drive to fill up our volunteer events (at least through the end of summer). Invite your friends to come join the fun!


Our Community and Christ’s Haven depend on volunteers like us to actively participate and ensure the many wonderful charities in our area are able to continue to provide their services  .  If we don’t have leaders, we can’t continue our work!  We will be sending out an email to our chapter members soon.  Please “Reply to All” so everyone knows what months are taken.   (Group events are the 3rd Saturday of every  month, 10:00pm to 12:00pm, unless otherwise stated).


Remember –  Chapter members won’t make it to all of the programs, and that is okay!  Chicktime is guilt free and we all know how busy everyone gets! The goal is to have enough volunteers to make the events fabulous, and that typically just happens by grace!  Also,  the month you volunteer to lead is the only month you have to do any leg work, the other 10 months  you just show up and have fun!


Thank you for all you do!

Christy and Becky



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Dress A Girl Around the World

Imagine With us:

            What if Every Girl had just one dress?

What if that dress were made by you?


People from across the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, The UK, Sweden, the Philippines, Uganda, and more gather for a day or an evening of sewing dresses out of pillowcases and fabric. They gather in living rooms, basements, back yards, dining rooms, schools, churches, and civic centers. They join together because they believe that every girl deserves the dignity of owning at least one dress.


We want the next generation to know from childhood that they are worthy of love and respect, and that God loves them!

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November’s Dress A Girl Around the World was  quite an experience!  Some of us overcame our fears of sewing just a little bit!

With very little experience, but nimble fingers and  willing minds we began cutting patterns and revving up the sewing machines.  Three sewing machines, 6 Chicks, and two and half hours later……Whaalla!!   THREE dresses!

Another stitch in time during the month of December. . . we continued to make dresses and recruited a few new Chicks along the way and doubled our production!  IMG_20121215_131415-001

We hope that our prayers along with the dresses made will be a small blessing to the chicks on the other side of the globe and around the World—wherever we send these dresses— every little bit helps!



Mimi and the 1st dress madeBecky trying to sewSewing a dress




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On Saturday, September 15th, our Chicktime group had a great time supporting Christ’s Haven during the annual Fall Work Day.   Around 200 people from all over the community came together to assist in a variety of projects, both in and around the cottages of the 156 acre campus.  Projects ranged from adding dirt to the horse stalls,  touching up the landscaping, to deep cleaning food pantries and transferring furniture.  Many thanks to Katie and her husband Mark for assisting with the moving of the furniture and other items; to Kathy Carlton for her hard work in the pantry project; and to the ladies in pink that drove around to hand out cold water to the workers and call for needed supplies! We love our chapter of women! If you are interested in being a part of this great ministry, please send us a message or give us a call for more information.

  Using our passions and gifts for the Lord. . .

Chicktime Connect Chapter


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To assist with the arts & crafts activities at Christ’s Haven, Chicktime Connect organized a craft and art supplies that have recently been moved to a larger room located in the gymnasium at Christ’s Haven.  The room will not only be used to shelve and contain the supplies, but is also large enough for three work tables in which the kids can participate in their activity!  Kathy Carlton did a great job planning for this big project and brought great organization containers and ideas.  Five of our Chicktime Connect members were able to transform several unorganized boxes of stuff into containers clearly labeled and organized by craft on the newly built shelves. Afterwards, we decorated the walls in the room to add a little creative feel with an inspiring poster and butterflies, representing the beautiful transformation that takes place at Christ’s Haven.


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Planting Seeds of Love

On Saturday morning of May 19th, nine women from Chicktime Connect gathered their gloves and garden tools and headed for the flowerbeds of Christ’s Haven for Children.  We planted flowers and hostas at the entrance of the Christ’s Haven campus and at the front of their chapel. This has been a “wish list” item for the staff since last fall and we were happy to participate in planting seeds of love around the campus in the form of flowers to brighten up the areas for the residents, staff and visitors alike!


In planning for this activity, Becky Sublette shopped around for flowers and ended up at Calloways of Southlake. Becky spoke with the manager and mentioned our great organization and what we planned on doing with the flowers and asked if he would be willing to give a discount to us for the cause.  In reply, the manager said he would be glad to donate ALL of the flowers and plants she had planned to purchase!  We want to extend a BIG THANKS to Calloway’s Nursery of Southlake and the manager for their considerate donation!


After the final mulch was spread and the last plant watered, the group of ladies enjoyed lunch and time together visiting around Becky Sublette’s pool. Thanks to Becky “Dimples” Smith for bringing a surprise dessert, Eclair Cake. YUM! We are all waiting for her to share the recipe with us and will prompt her to put it in our next Chicktime Cookbook! ; )




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Spring Work Day at Christ’s Haven for Children


Chicktime Connect got together to support the annual  Spring Work Day at Christ’s Haven for Children.  Our host, Becky Smith worked with Laura Watson, Volunteer Coordinator for Christ Haven, to organize our group and become her right-hand women during the event.  Volunteers came from around the area to help this wonderful ministry in projects that ranged from uprooting dead shrubs and trimming large tree limbs around the cottages to installing new televisions and wiring for rooms and offices.  After registering, volunteers went in to the main hub in the Chapel to read about the different projects available and then choose one according to their talents and capabilities. Referred to as the “ladies in pink”,  we were the go to girls for the day to make sure all the volunteers had the supplies needed to complete their chosen task, after we assisted with directing traffic and parking. Some pink ladies were spotted digging up shrubbery while others were busy trekking the road to hand out water to make sure the workers stayed hydrated. The chicks also helped with clean up after lunch that was provided by one of the local churches, Grapevine Church of Christ.
Vanessa and daughter Catherine assisting with volunteer parking
It was a great experience to see so many different groups of people from different organizations and all ages coming together to help with one cause. Chicktime Connect also had the pleasure to welcome four new people to our group of dedicated women and we look forward to having them join us for our events in the months to come.

The Spring Work Day was a great opportunity for us show the community and the families of Christ’s Haven what Chicktime is all about and to make a difference in the lives of at-risk children and teens.

For all the” ladies in pink” that took time out of your Saturday morning, thank you for your hard work and helping us make the campus a safer and more beautiful place for these precious children to call HOME!

Lunchtime with the Chicks
Chicktime Connect Huddle


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 Decorating for Dialysis

 March 17th  10am-12pm

On Saturday, March 17th Chicktime Connect met at the FMC Dialysis Clinic in Haltom City to decorate for the Easter holiday and the spring season!  Our goal was to create a warm and festive environment  for the patients as they visit the clinic for their weekly treatments and to help make their experience better with the inviting atmosphere. Also, we wanted to lift their spirits by providing them with goodie bags and notes of encouragement!

One group of chicks worked to hang decorations around the patient areas and waiting rooms while another group of chicks were keeping busy stuffing goodie bags with assorted candies, snacks, lotions and other items. Beforehand, we spent some time writing notes of encouraging words to place in the goodie bags.

Thanks to Stephanie Stephens for being our March host and organizing this activity.   This activity was truly a heartfelt passion for Stephanie as she is the dietitian in the clinic and desires to have an enjoyable area for her patients.  May the joy of Easter touch each and every life that comes into the clinic during this wonderful season!











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Here’s the Scoop. . . . . .

For our February activity, Chicktime Connect  got together to stir up some Soup for the Soul. 

This was a meal planning event created to make dinners in advance for those times in life when taking a meal will warm a heart. 


We began by facing 10 pounds of carrots, 5 pounds of onions, 10 pounds of meat, and at least 20 large cans of tomato sauce!  With the chickpower of 12, we divided into small groups and worked at different stations in the kitchen. Knives were sharpened, veggies were chopped, meat was browning, cookie dough was rollin’, and dishes were swimmin’ in the suds!  It was an amazing experience having so many women in the kitchen working together!  



After preparing the  meals, each participant took home a portion of the soup and chili and a roll of cookie dough to have on hand in the freezer to share with a friend or a loved one in their time of need. We ended up with enough to serve sixteen families!!

A big THANK YOU to the The Bunn family for opening  up their home to our Chicktime chapter and to our “Chef Du Jour” Dinnie Bloyd for coming up with this wonderful idea and organizing the event.

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 We spent our time together in the beginning of the new year with a celebration of what we have accomplished in the past months and of where we are headed in the months to come.  We had a few women join our chapter and had the opportunity to discuss ideas for our chapter and activities for the upcoming months. Afterwards, we had a chance to sign-up to be the monthly host of an activity or event. Almost all months have been filled for our Chicktime calendar!! If YOU are interested in hosting an activity, please contact us!

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