In Memory of Morgan

In Memory of Morgan

by Susan Neuhalfen

Giving is a special feeling. Many look for opportunities to give back to the community as much as possible while some are drawn to it as a way to heal. It’s especially great when the opportunity finds the individual at just the right time.

Lantana resident Berdie Archer was approached by Kyle’s Place, a 24-hour shelter for teens, to help them build a porch onto their facility. They had one more favor to ask. They wanted to build it in memory of her granddaughter, Morgan, and name it after her.

“It’s a wonderful way to honor Morgan,” said Archer. “We miss her every day.”

Archer’s son, Rick, is one of the owners of BMR Pool and Patio in Lewisville and Morgan’s father. He is donating his time and equipment (and some materials as well). He has already created the design. Though bittersweet, he, too, looks forward to building Morgan’s Place, the patio that will bear his daughter’s name. With her son’s support, Archer went straight to work to begin fundraising for the project.

She organized a Christmas luncheon at the Denton Country Club and contacted everyone she knew. She raised over $1000 in raffle tickets that she sold for only a dollar each. She secured items such as two Mercedes Benz rentals from Mercedes Park Place in Grapevine for a weekend each, donations from Flower Mound Moviehouse & Eatery, Mary Kay, Nasr Brothers Jewelers, Ramon’s Hair Salon, Swirl Bakery, Asian Foot Massage, Kroger and many more.

“I even got Santa Claus to come,” she laughs. “I can’t believe I did all of this myself, but it’s been a great healing process.”

Kyle’s Place is a safe place for teens whether they are running away, asked to leave or aging out of foster care with nowhere to turn. They provide food, clothing, medical care and supportive services for teens to get on their feet. They also offer counseling, as many of these kids have experienced the trauma of living life on
the streets.

The number of homeless teens and families in Denton County has been growing. This year it was estimated that there are more than 400 homeless students in DISD between the ages of 13 and 18.

The staff at Kyle’s Place can also help with case management for those who are in the foster care system and need assistance. For those kids who want to be in school or are in need of completing their education, they offer academic assistance.

“Kyle’s Place is such an important part of our community,” said Archer. “This luncheon is as much about raising money for Morgan’s Place as it is about raising awareness for
Kyle’s Place.”

To make a donation to Morgan’s Place, checks may be made out to Kyle’s Place, but they prefer card donations such as a generic Visa® or MasterCard® gift card. Kyle’s Place is located at 250 N. Mill Street, #2 in Lewisville, TX 75057.

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