City House to Dedicate Bike Path on Tuesday, April 2
Plano Mayor Phil Dyer to Make Proclamation
to Honor City House on 25 Years of Helping At-Risk in North Texas
About the Event and Bike Path
City House, a North Texas non-profit whose mission is to shelter and help at-risk youth due to abuse, neglect or homelessness, will dedicate its new bike path on Tuesday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m.
The “Andrea-Mennen Bike Path” is located at City House’s primary children’s shelter in Plano (“My Friend’s House”). The bike path has been funded by the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, chaired by Rudy and Christina Andrea. The shelter is located on Independence (6525 Independence Pkwy., Plano, 75023), just north of Spring Creek.
The unveiling will include Mayor of Plano Phil Dyer making and reading a proclamation to honor City House on its 25th Anniversary of service in Plano and the North Texas area. City House Executive Director Teresa Keenan will say a few words, as well as Rudy Andrea.
***Dyer, Keenan and Andrea will all be available for media interviews or sound bytes. Media are encouraged to come out. Please call or e-mail Rob Scichili (214-663-3734, RobS@cityhouse.org) for more information.***
April is officially “Child Abuse Prevention Month” and City House is utilizing this bike path dedication to help bring awareness to the cause.
“My Friend’s House” shelter houses kids ages newborn to 17-years-old. We will have kids there riding on the bike path for pictures and media B-roll. The bike path is a welcomed addition to the shelter, giving kids a place to ride their bikes, tricycles and scooters. It is located in the huge back yard, measuring in at 250-feet long by 4-feet wide, leading away from the pavilion and around the main playground. The path also includes a 90-foot loop around the trees.
About The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation (funding of the bike path)
The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, or TAFF, is a designated non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, committed to enhance the quality of life and build a positive foundation for children and young adults to meet and overcome life’s mental and physical challenges through support, educational programs, medical research, housing, and caring for the betterment of future generations.
The foundation has been a long-time supporter of City House and many charitable efforts in Collin County and North Texas.
Rudy G. Andrea is Co-Founder and current President of the The Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation, working very closely with numerous charitable organizations such as The Children's Medical Center of Dallas, The Children's Medical Center of Plano Texas, The Children's Hospital of Boston, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Texas Pediatric Society Foundation, City House in Plano and With Love It's a Small World in Frisco.
His wife, Christina, is co-founder of the Andrea-Mennen Family Foundation.
About City House
City House was created in 1988 by two Plano ISD teachers who noticed some students arriving at school with all their belongings in trash bags. They discovered that they were actually homeless and were appalled to learn that there were many in Plano, Texas, and dismayed that there were no local resources to provide them with shelter. They began looking for funding to open a teen shelter. The community rallied around the cause, and a local church provided a house that could shelter six teens.
Over the years, the program has grown, and in December of 2009, City House opened a brand new shelter for children, “My Friend’s House.” It has 24 beds and provides shelter to children up to age 17. Our previously operating teen shelter was merged into My Friend's House upon its opening.
In 2002, City House determined that there was a need for a transitional living program to help young adults who were not yet ready to live independently. We leased a home in far east Plano and began Progressive Pathways. In 2006, we realized we could serve more clients if we had two separate houses. So, we purchased two homes – the Boyd home for boys and the Goodman home for girls (named after the two Plano school teachers who started City House) – and City House began the RHY/TLP program (Runaway Homeless Youth/ Transitional Living Program).
City House now provides shelter to youth from all over the state of Texas, however, the counties we primarily serve are in North Texas (Collin, Dallas, Tarrant, Rockwall, Denton and Kaufman).
City House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.