Thursday, January 24, 2013

State Farm has 140 position in Dallas to fill

State Farm Looking to Fill 140 Positions in Dallas Area ASAP-Apply Online Now! Positions to be Located at Richardson, TX Office

January 16, 2013 Dallas, TX—Officials with State Farm Insurance have announced plans to add 140 positions at its Richardson, TX office at 1011 Galatyn Parkway in the first quarter of 2013.

The positions being added at this time are assistant and entry level jobs within the insurer's claims and customer service functions.

Those interested can apply for the following positions at

ILR (Initial Loss Reporting) Claims Associate-Job Opening ID # 36578

The ILR Claims Associate will be the initial contact point for our customers when they sustain a loss. It will advance the initial claims processing activities and ensure prompt routing of claims to other functional areas in support of our commitment to our policyholders.

Express Claims Associate-Job Opening ID# 36579

The Express Claims Associate will consistently deliver a remarkable customer experience throughout the handling of lower complexity claims. They will also identify and ensure prompt routing of claims to other functional areas in support of our commitment to our policyholders.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Housing and Fair Housing Workshop

Housing and Fair Housing Workshop

Date: February 13th, 2013

Time: 11:00am to 2:00pm

Site: REACH of Dallas, 8625 King George Drive, Suite 210, Dallas, Texas 75235

RSVP: Phone # 214-630-4796 Janet Janet Wilkinson, Housing Resource Specialist e-mail:


Frances Espinoza, Executive Director of the North Texas Fair Housing Center

Brooke Etle, Policy Analyst Trainer for the Dallas Housing Authority

Bring your own lunch.

Water and cookies will be provided for free from REACH, Inc.


· Fair Housing and Government Funded Housing Programs

· Housing Choice Voucher Program, Project Based vs. Tenant Based.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

20 Timeless Ways to say "Thank you"

20 Timeless Ways to Say 'Thank You'

Gratitude is a greatly under-used emotion.
Sometime around mid-November, we take it out, dust it off, put it on display and admire it for a while. Then, come January, we promptly shove it back on the shelf for another ten months.
Outside of those precious few weeks at the end of the year, when the holiday season slows things down a bit, we often don't have the time or energy to dedicate to doling out "thank yous," and fostering feelings of gratitude.
But, there's a host of research-backed benefits of being grateful for the people that help make our day-to-day lives a bit easier.
Studies have shown that people who keep gratitude journals—regularly recording the things they are thankful for—are physically, psychologically and socially better off than those who don't attend to feelings of appreciation.
They are more alert, get better sleep, have lower blood pressure (by as much as 10-15 percent), are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors (i.e. eating right, exercising regularly) and have stronger interpersonal relationships.
Here are 20 timeless ways to say thank you to the important people in your life:
  1. With your love: Saying, "I love you," is sometimes all the thanks a person needs.
  2. With your ears: Listening is perhaps one of the most under-appreciated gifts you can give. Lend a listening ear to friends, family and fellow caregivers and they will know how much you appreciate their love and support.
  3. With a donation: Does the recipient of your gratitude have a cause they hold close to their heart? Instead of getting them a gift card, consider making a donation in their name to their favorite charity.
  4. With a picture: Don't worry if your word-smithing abilities aren't on par with Shakespeare, pictures can often convey what words cannot. Find a photo that expresses your feelings of gratitude and send it with a simple thank you note.
  5. With a trophy: Who doesn't love an award? To show your appreciation for someone who's taken good care of you or your loved one, make a personalized plaque with a clever title: "World's Greatest Dentist," or "Number One Nurse."
  6. With a hug: Let's face it, we could all use one.
  7. With sincerity: A cardinal rule of thanking someone is to do so with genuine sincerity. It's better to say nothing at all, than to provide a person with a luke-warm, "Thanks."
  8. With personality: When communicating your appreciation with a gift, make sure it's tailored to the recipient's individual preferences and interests. Want to express your gratitude to a music lover? Make them a mix CD or give them a subscription to an online music site, such as Pandora or Spotify.
  9. With a party: Throwing a super-shindig is one way to show the social butterfly in your life how much you appreciate them. Perhaps it's a friend who occasionally coes to your home to watch your mom while you run errands, or just take a much-needed break from caregiving. Extra bonus points for composing a Toastmasters-caliber speech about their contributions and saying it in front of family and friends.
  10. With a referral: Did your loved one's hair dresser give them a get new do? Ask him or her for extra business cards to hand out to family and friends. From dentists to dieticians, many people who provide a professional service live off of referrals from satisfied customers.
  11. With a note: Receiving a hand-written thank you note provides a welcome reprieve from boisterous e-cards and impersonal form letters.
  12. With cake: Food is one of the few things all human beings share a common love for. Offering your appreciation in the form of a culinary creation is really a two-for-one gift of time and a tasty, tangible item. Give your loved one's in-home caregivers little loaves of banana bread, or chocolate chip muffins that they can take home to their families. You can make baked gifts more personal by whipping up the recipient's favorite dish.
  13. With your deeds: Actions are well-known for carrying more clout than words. After saying "thank you," to someone who's done you a service, honor their efforts by mimicking their good deed with one of your own, directed at someone else who needs help.
  14. With your time: Spending quality time with a friend or loved one indicates that you value the gift of their relationship. It doesn't have to be anything big—an impromptu movie night or trip to the mall with a friend you don't see very often can help keep your relationship going strong.
  15. With an endorsement: Publically praising someone who performs a service for you is a great way to say thank you. Give the surgeon who just gave your loved one a flawless hip replacement a five-star review on the Internet; write a note to the manager of your local grocery store about the friendly check-out clerk who helped you when you were loaded down with groceries and had to get dad out of his wheelchair and into the car.
  16. With a smile: Sometimes a simple smile is all you need to say "thanks."
  17. With your patience: Everyone has their good and bad days. Keeping your cool when a friend or family member is being frustrating demonstrates your love and commitment to preserving the relationship.
  18. With the unexpected: Don't be afraid to get creative when demonstrating your thanks.
  19. With your help: Does your sister need someone to watch her kids for a few hours while she runs errands? Could a culinarily-challenged caregiver in your support group use a few home-cooked meals? Offering to help someone who's stressed is a wonderful way to express your gratitude.
  20. With inclusivity: Take care to never overlook the 'little guy'—when dispensing gifts of gratitude. The nurses and CNAs who help your loved one with daily tasks in the nursing home probably don't get enough thanks—after all, the seniors they care for are often unable (or unwilling) to express their appreciation. A short note, accompanied by a $5 gift card to Starbucks can let the staff know how much you and your loved one value their assistance.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Federal Job Search Training


So you've decided to work for the federal government, but you're not sure what jobs match your skills, experience, and education. We'll teach you to navigate the federal hiring system

Saturday January 26, 2013

Federal Employment Training Center

901 W. Bardin Road, Conf. Room

Arlington, Texas 76017


"How To Apply For A Government Job"

Workshop Training

Whether you have left the military and are seeking a job in the federal government or you are a current federal employee who is attempting to move up or civilian looking to get in our federal government system our training can be invaluable in your quest. We can determine which federal jobs you may be qualified for, as well as the proper resume format to use.


10 Seats Only For This Training

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Legislative Forum - State Issues Affecting Older Adults

Hope you will join us for the……………….


State Issues

Affecting Older Adults

Friday, January 25, 2013

10:00 am – 12:00 noon

The Senior Source

Hillcrest Room

3910 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219

Dallas area State Senators and State Representatives

will address issues affecting older adults in the

83rd State Legislative Session.

RSVP for Legislative Forum at 214.823.5700

A program of AGE: Advocacy Group for Elders

3910 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75219

214-823-5700/Fax 214-826-2441



Working to improve the quality of life of older adults

in the greater Dallas area through protection, eldercare,

advocacy, volunteerism and employment services.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Citizens Police Academy

Dallas Police Department

Citizens Police Academy

Dallas Police Department invites you to attend the Citizens Police Academy. This is a 10 week course held each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, each week different presenters from within the department will provide the citizen a unique look at the different aspects of law enforcement. The class will be held at the Dallas Police In-Service Academy located at 5610 Red Bird Center Dr #300 Dallas, TX 75237 the class will begin on March 14, 2013.
Interested applicants should please fill out and return the attached application by February 22, 2013.

Dallas Police Department
1400 S. Lamar, Special Investigations Bureau
Dallas, TX 75215

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 214-671-4071

Margaret Martin

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Please check your local pharmacy, healthcare center, doctor, or state health department for flu shot availability.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Employment Assistance for Older Adults


A Support Group for Job Seekers  50+



Senior Connection links older adults to :

·         Other job seekers and job leads

·         Career counseling

·         Job hunting tips & hints

·         The latest market information

·         Educational opportunities

1st Quarter 2013 Schedule


                        Senior Employment Program Staff


January 17    Preparing for a Phone Interview

                       Tom Wood, Executive Recruiter, TNS Partners


February 17   SPECIAL EXTENDED SEMINAR:  10:00am – 12 noon;

                        Resuming at 1:00 -- 3:00pm Personal Branding at its Best

                        Fred Shlesinger, Motivational Speaker & Financial Planner, Principal

                        Financial Group


February 21   The 10 Basics of Work

                        Jon Stotts, Chief Marketing Officer,


March 7          The New World of Work

                        Terri Maxwell, CEO, Succeed on Purpose, Inc.


March 21         How to Avoid Scams and Fraud/ The Vulture Culture

                         Lisa Ender, Director, Advocacy Group for Elders

                         Kim Marckmann, Trainer/Job Developer, Senior Employment Program


The Senior Source is located at 3910 Harry Hine Boulevard, Dallas, Texas  75219


Senior Connection meets the first and third Thursdays of each month

10:00 – 12:00 noon.  Please Be on Time!

Free Parking is available in front and at the side of the building. RSVP required. Please call 214. 823. 5700

or e-mail


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