St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange Announces Grant Recipients


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St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange is an upscale gift shop located in Highland Park Village. The shop is run by 130 volunteers, who strive to raise funds which are allocated to charities in the DFW area each spring by selling items ranging from children’s toys and clothing to books and art.

There have been six decades of families volunteering at this store, with more than $11 million donated since 1958.

“Dallas is a very philanthropic city, and we appreciate our loyal customers who come to buy gifts, for themselves or others, and make a difference,” said Becky Odlozil, current president of St. Michael’s Woman’s Exchange. “It’s a place where the profits we make are given back to the wider community by serving the most vulnerable.”

The shop selects nonprofit organizations that address a wide variety of community needs, including substance abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence, homelessness, and other topics.

Several Preston Hollow neighbors are recipients of these grants, including Rainbow Days, Inc., Project Transformation, and Catch Up & Read.

Rainbow Days, Inc. is a program-based support group that aims to help children learn to manage their feelings, deal with problems, and make healthy choices. The group also organizes family outings, supervised events and a range of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) prevention programmes.
Project Transformation is a non-profit, faith-based organization that aims to provide leadership development and ministry exploration to college-aged young adults and community-based programs for children and youth.
Catch Up & Read is a community-funded nonprofit that seeks to equip ISD Dallas students to read grade level by 3rd grade through language-based literacy. research and socio-emotional intervention.

Now that the grants have been awarded, the volunteers are starting over, selling items and raising funds for next year’s group of beneficiaries.

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