Journey to Dream Nets Sizable Donation

Journey to Dream Nets Sizable Donation

by Lindsay Mears

When Scott and Marci Stancoff of Stancoff Insurance Agency were awarded the 2018 Safeco Insurance® Make More Happen Award last month for continuous volunteer work in their community, they knew exactly what they wanted to do with it.

The award included a $5,000 donation that the Stancoff’s immediately gave to Journey to Dream, a nonprofit organization in Denton County that provides services and programs for at-risk youth. The donation was given with a promise of doubling it if Journey to Dream’s story was shared across social media 200 or more times.
Within 24 hours, Journey to Dream achieved this goal, and on May 15, were given a generous donation of $10,000.

“My team and I have worked with Journey to Dream for four years, and we are incredibly thankful for being awarded the Safeco Insurance Make More Happen Award so we can give back even more,” Scott Stancoff said in a press release. “Journey to Dream has had a significant impact on the youth throughout our community and these funds will help them continue to make a difference.”

Safeco’s Make More Happen Awards focus on nonprofits in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. Per the press release, Stancoff Insurance Agency was selected based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to Journey to Dream.

According to a press release on Facebook in May, many people in the community, including Scott Stancoff himself, were not aware of the thousands of teens who are homeless and need a little extra help. Since attending his first Journey to Dream event, Scott has been inspired to do what he can to help these teens who would otherwise be living in terrible conditions.

What started as just a vision to help those who need it most became a reality in 2004 when Journey to Dream came to fruition. Kim Hinkle, Journey to Dream CEO and founder stated, “Since 2004, we have impacted tens of thousands of students through prevention programs, teen support groups, and community outreach.”

But they didn’t stop there. In May 2017, Kyle’s Place was opened in Lewisville as the only homeless shelter in Denton County for teens ages 14-18. The shelter has a multipurpose room for support groups, art therapy and workshops. The rest of the building is set up like a home, complete with a kitchen, bathrooms, a family area, a basketball hoop and bedrooms with two twin beds per room.

Scott often visits Kyle’s Place to mentor. “We go out to Kyle’s House and help teach the teens life after high school, offering lectures about insurance as a job path that also illustrates the importance of taking responsibility for their behavior,” Scott said in the press release. “These are great kids. They ask lots of questions and are very curious. I always wonder if they weren’t here, where would they be?”

The Make More Happen Award will contribute to Journey to Dream’s goal of being able to accommodate more teens with not only a safe place to sleep, but also basic necessities, life skills training, counseling, and mentoring. It will also go a long way to help Stancoff Insurance provide funds for ongoing expenses at Kyle’s Place, such as food, furniture, and essential home maintenance.

The success stories are amazing and heartwarming, and include teens who were once down on their luck, getting accepted into a college they never thought they could get into, go on to graduate, and wanting to make a difference of their own.

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