- On Wednesday, October 19th, Phoenix Houses of Texas hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the completion of the renovation and expansion of the Hill A. Feinberg Academy of Dallas, and to unveil and dedicate the Paul M. Bass, Jr. Road to Recovery. The Phoenix House Hill A. Feinberg Academy of Dallas is an innovative residential high school that combines substance abuse treatment with accredited Dallas Independent School District on-site education. Every year, the Academy’s residential program guides an average of 450 teenagers toward productive, drug-free lives through: residential, day and outpatient recovery care, counseling, family services, life skills and prevocational training.
- The expansion added a new girls’ wing, allowing for 10 additional beds. A beautiful new modular building houses the Admissions and Assessments Department, as well as an Outpatient meeting space. The existing residential facility was renovated from the ground up and houses the boys’ dorms. The namesake Paul M. Bass, Jr. Road to Recovery honors the life and legacy of our late, beloved Phoenix Houses of Texas Board member, who helped champion our mission and paved the way for countless teens to access treatment at Phoenix House. Across the entire structure, both the new and the renovated spaces, the physical nature of our facilities now reflects the same excellence and pride we have in our clinical programs.
Guests to the ceremony were treated to hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. We were joined by members of our Board of Directors, local dignitaries and elected officials, as well as loyal supporters and donors. We were honored to have special guests Carla Bass and the children of Paul M. Bass, Jr., Lee Ann and Alan White, Betsy Sowell, Linda and Bill Custard, Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano, and Debbie Oates, April Bright, and Christie Carter of Crystal Charity Ball. The ceremony was held on the grounds of the Feinberg Academy; our staff and clients were pleased to welcome our guests in attendance. Clients led tours of the facility, proud to display our beautiful, new look.
This extensive project started in 2009 with a pledge of $420,000 from the Crystal Charity Ball. Subsequently, several foundations and philanthropists in the Dallas area helped fund the remainder of the undertaking. Namely, we want to recognize the following major contributors who helped bring this project to fruition: Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation, Horace C. Cabe Foundation, Renee’ & Hill Feinberg, Hillcrest Foundation, Hoblitzelle Foundation, the Gene & Jerry Jones Family, The Lupe Murchison Foundation, FirstSouthwest, T. Boone Pickens, PlainsCapital Corporation, Annette & Harold Simmons, Sturgis Educational & Charitable Trust, Lee Ann & Alan White, Betsy & Jim Sowell, and the many other donors of the 2011 Triumph for Teens Luncheon.