The DFW Birthday Brigade was organized to provide birthday parties for unsheltered youth. Our mission is to afford each homeless child the opportunity to be recognized and celebrate the joy of their special day. We provide encouragement, support, and programs to continue their education
By cultivating a movement to help educate homeless youth, DFW Birthday Brigade serves as a resource to inspire youth to successfully transition into society. Educating economically underprivileged teens can afford them greater chances of developing safe and healthy lifestyles.
DFW Birthday Brigade came about as a passion of founder Suzy Gardner. After seeing something similar being done in another community, Suzy posted a “we should do this” comment on Facebook and away it went.
People started donating their time, money, products, and services to help bring birthday parties to unsheltered youth, many who had never experienced a birthday party before. With the help of the community, other non-profit organizations, and local businesses, DFW Birthday Brigade has been able to provide a monthly birthday party for the children at the Presbyterian Night Shelter’s Women & Children’s Center, as well as those at ACH Child and Family Services.
Along with gifts for the children who have a birthday that month, the children and their moms are served a hot dinner graciously provided by Blue Mesa Grill. Goody bags are given to all of the children in attendance as well as cupcakes. Party games and entertainment round out the birthday fun.
About our Parties
Our Parties are held at The Art of Living for Presbyterian Night Shelter guests, and at ACH Child and Family Services. Hot meals are provided to children and their moms, along with Goody bags and cupcakes for the kids. Gifts are provided to each child who is celebrating their birthday that month or quarter!
The Fort Worth Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) helps women and children move toward independence with counseling, life skills coaching and assistance with job placement.
ACH Child and Family Services Emergency Shelter offers runaways, homeless, and street youth as well as trafficking survivors, ages 10-17 years of age 24 hour immediate safe shelter and care while working with their families, or find safe and stable alternative living arrangements.
ACH Child and Family Services provides a program called The Life Project. The Life Project promotes self-sufficiency for young adults aging out of foster care system and homeless youth by providing independent living housing options and skills development.
While there are scores of individuals and organizations who make our programs successful, here is some information about our key partners.
Blue Mesa Grill - Stylish local restaurant offering a menu of brunch & Southwestern dishes. General Manager, Dennis McFarlin provides meals for every party given! Since 2016 we have served over 3,400 families!
http://www.bluemesagrill.com * 612 Carroll Street * FW, TX * 76107 * 817-332-6372
Como Lions Heart – Non-Profit organization started by Carol Brown to support and enhance the youth and senior programs of the Como Community. Carol’s drive and passion has been a key component to our success in serving the youth in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. https://www.comolions.com/
Cowtown Project Success - Fort Worth Police Department Homelessness/Community Relations Liaison Officer Michael Kuzenka is the Principle in this program that mentors unsheltered youth, enabling them to break the cycle of displacement by providing a creative outlet through art. https://www.cowtownprojectsuccess.org/
Dal Sanders Magical World Amazing Attractions – One stop shopping to provide everything needed for all events from venues, entertainment, décor and executing a memorable event. Dal and his talented wife Cinde, aka Boopsie the Clown are nationally recognized professional entertainers who donate their time and talents monthly to provide the youth we serve with joy and smiles!