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PERSPECTIVES ON BUCKNER My story of redemption President and CEO Albert L. Reyes


IN OTHER WORDS Story time Scott Collins


BUCKNER JOURNAL What’s going on at Buckner International


• Family Hope Center at Aldine: 25 years of fulfilled promises • Hope for Children benefit fosters support that ‘matters’ • Ventana by Buckner senior living community opens information center • Buckner breaks ground on $6 million new campus for Family Place, Family Hope Center


• Buckner Dallas after-school program takes a walk on wild side • Buckner sends 6,700 pairs of shoes to aid refugees affected by ISIS


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Back to school Labor of love


A publication of Buckner International Volume 40, Number 3 • Summer 2015


PRESIDENT & CEO, BUCKNER INTERNATIONAL Albert L. Reyes


PRESIDENT, BUCKNER FOUNDATION David M. Slover


VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS Scott Collins


ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS Russ Dilday


EDITORIAL STAFF


EDITOR John Hall


MANAGING EDITOR Aimee Freston


ART DIRECTOR Alan Paul


GRAPHIC ARTIST Luis Pérez


ELECTRONIC EDITOR Chelsea White


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Overcoming hurdles


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Reflections of gratitude Hope’s blossom A sweet legacy Home is where the heart is


Longview couple offers advice after 60 years of marriage


Last Look | Parting Shot Baby makes four


ON THE COVER: After a painful childhood, Stephanie Ellison, a former foster child, reflects on the impact Buckner International had on her life and uses those memories as the muse to her music.


SUMMER 2015 ISSUE • Buckner Today 3


CONTRIBUTORS Elizabeth Arnold Lauri Ann Hanson Mike McLean


NEWSMEDIA PRODUCTION TJ Maher


WEB/MULTIMEDIA MANAGER Bradley Vinson www.buckner.org


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