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The Future Is Brighter In Dallas 

When I hear the word Celanese I think of a company with people who truly care about the communities surrounding them. The people at Celanese are willing to get involved, lend a helping hand, and provide resources for schools, neighborhoods, and families.

I am very appreciative of how Celanese has helped me grow professionally. Celanese opened its doors to our corps at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and O.W. Holmes Middle School and talked to us about the professional working world. It helped us feel more confident in taking steps toward our future. When I talked with the Celanese volunteers, they encouraged me to follow what I love, not be afraid to take risks, and be confident in myself and my abilities.

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Becoming Family 

Do you know what it’s like to face homelessness? Being homeless is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. While it’s difficult to be homeless, it’s even more difficult to admit defeat and walk through our doors at the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky and seek help.

Fortunately, individuals come to us with a hope for change. Through the financial and volunteer support of the Celanese Foundation, we’re able to make a difference with the homeless community here year round.

The challenges faced by homelessness are most urgent in the Winter, when temperatures dip to hyperthermia levels. We opened our doors for the first time in the Winter of 2008 as the region’s only cold-weather shelter for adults. When it’s below freezing, we never turn anyone away. That’s when we live our mission…

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This Little Light Of Mine 

It was a typical work day. I heard there was a Big Brothers Big Sisters lunch and learn so I decided to attend (I was interested, yet I thought I had no extra time in my life). The presentation highlighted a new mentoring program – mentor2.0. As I listened, I thought to myself: “I could handle one weekly email and quarterly in-person events – that’s definitely doable.”

My Little Sister and I learned about each other through our emails. It felt kind of like we were pen pals. Seeing her at our in-person visits was like catching up with a friend. Over time she shared that math and English were difficult for her. I supported her throughout the year and encouraged her to keep working hard and to leverage all the school resources to help her succeed.

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A Job Is Just A Piece Of The Solution 

One afternoon recently we received a frantic telephone call from a Vogel mom.  She was at her brand new job, a job that pays better than minimum wage and could be the start of better things for her and her 4-year-old daughter.  This job, combined with support from her housing program and Vogel Alcove, could be her ticket to re-establishing herself with self-sufficiency and independence.

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How CCA Is Helping To Bring Hope And Change Lives 

My name is Courtney and I am a single mother who came to Christian Community Action (CCA) at the suggestion of a friend. I had been on bed rest for months through a difficult pregnancy, and was unemployed. I had lost my home due to a recent divorce and was also unable to make my car payments. I was only able off the street because relatives gave me and my children a room.

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Ten Tips For Staying Healthy – No Matter What 

I recently had the pleasure of giving a lunchtime talk – “Staying Healthy Under Pressure” – for the ABC News team in New York City.  As it happened, the day I presented was the same day the United States announced the easing of sanctions against Cuba.

It’s a scenario to which virtually any hardworking person can relate.  We are all pulled in so many different directions – work, home, family, community.  And in the midst of all this, we also have to be thinking about our health…

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Three Generations Of Celanese In Mexico 

My name is Salvador Sanchez Valerio. I was born on January 20, 1950 in Ocotlán, Jalisco, Mexico. Ocotlán is a city located at the border of the Chapala Lake, the biggest lake in Mexico.  My family has been employed by Celanese for three generations. Here’s a brief story of my family as a member of the Celanese Mexico family.

First Generation:

Mr. Jesús Sanchez was born on July 27, 1911, in Concepcion de Buenos Aires, Jalisco, located in the top of the Sierra del Tigre where he used to work as a muleteer.

In 1945, a group of North American entrepreneurs purchased land that used to be a peanut…

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Our Students Are Going To Shine 


Since August, Garland Independent School District and North Garland High School have launched an engineering program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is the leading non-profit provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education used in middle and high schools across the U.S. With this program our students are engaged in hands on, project based learning that will prepare them for a possible career in the engineering field.

We have been fortunate to work with Celanese; without their sponsorship and guidance, it wouldn’t be where it is today. With Celanese’s help, I received training at the University of Texas, Tyler, to prepare me to teach the Project Lead the Way curriculum which is standard in every state. We also have been able to supply all of our students with their own engineering ‘kits’ and purchased other supplies required by Project Lead the Way.