Ashley Gilmore first found out about alley’s house in 2006. At the time she was working at The Family Place as a Community Educator.
“I went to Skyline High School to speak to a pregnancy and parenting class about healthy relationships,” Ashley said. “Allison was there as well to speak to the students about alley’s house programming and services.”
Allison made a lasting impression on Ashley.
“I kept her business card and a few brochures for future referrals,” Ashley said. “I’ve been sending teen parents your way ever since.”
In her position as a Social Worker in the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, Ashley regularly comes across pregnant teens that are there for complications or resources.
“At first I referred because I thought it was a great resource and I thought that Ms. Whitehead represented the agency so well,” Ashley said. “It wasn’t too much later that I began to get feedback from teens saying that they called and received help.”
One particular story stands out in Ashley’s memory.
“A young mother said to me, ‘Oh yeah, I called alley’s house. They helped me get my GED.’” Ashley said. “This young woman was the first female in her family to complete high school. That story alone will keep me referring for the rest of my career.”
At Ashley estimates that she has referred about 300 girls to alley’s house since 2006.
Ashley’s husband, local artist Kevin Gilmore, also gives back to alley’s house through the alley’s house annual art auction.
“Kevin feels strongly about participating in art projects that contribute to community resources. We were both born and raised in Dallas, so local agencies are close to our hearts,” Ashley said.
Ashley was thrilled that Kevin decided to contribute a painting in the art auction last spring.
“When he told me that alley’s house would benefit, I was so excited that his work could directly contribute to an agency that I believe in so completely,” Ashley said. “He had a great experience with the project and told me that he would definitely do it again.”