Monthly Archives: September 2014

September 18, 2014 is North Texas Giving Day

Unfortunately our own 501(c)(3) could not become part of the several hundred non-profits who will be able to increase the power of the donations they receive because they are already a part of the website NorthTexasGivingDay.org

We will be on that list next year.

However, you can really help DACA out by going to our Donation section and giving whatever you can.  Should you not want to use the Donation button you can mail your gift to DACA  P.O. Box 701582, Dallas, TX 75370-1582.

Thank you so much.

Cedar Crest Community Event September 4, 2014

Manuel Valadez, Vice President, Sanford Holmes SE sector ADA, Walt Rutkowski, President and Carolyn Rutkowski, Treasurer.
Manuel Valadez, Vice President, Sanford Holmes SE sector ADA, Walt Rutkowski, President and Carolyn Rutkowski, Treasurer.
DACA President, Walt Rutkowski, addresses the group.
DACA President, Walt Rutkowski, addresses the group.
A full house of area residents attended the meeting.
A full house of area residents attended the meeting.
ADA Sanford Holmes addresses the group about activities of the DA's office.
ADA Sanford Holmes addresses the group about activities of the DA’s office.

Our first Community Ambassador speaking event took place Thursday, September 4, 2014. We had a room packed with Cedar Crest Homeowners Association members who paid rapt attention to Walt Rutkowski’s DACA Power Point Presentation while he explained DACA’s formation, purpose and goals. The attendees were then captivated by ADA Sanford Holmes follow-up presentation covering the various sections of the District Attorney’s office and how they relate to the community.

Afterwards Sanford took questions from the audience. The first question covered the new specialty Police Shooting Unit. Others inquired as to why it takes so long to find out the resolution of a case as well as why plea deals result in the seemingly speedy return of perpetrator’s back to the neighborhood the crime was committed in. Sanford suggested to the group that crime victims should advise the ADA on their case, who helps negotiate the plea deal, to ask for restitution as a condition of release. Sanford also recruited audience members for both Grand Jury and Citizen Prosecutor Academy.

The two presentations complemented each other as they both asked for community support and involvement.