Our annual Home Design issue showcases beautiful abodes in Preston Hollow. This year, we featured Kip and Suzi Petroff’s two-story, Tuscan-style dig that sits on just over 1 acre of land right in the middle of our busy neighborhood.

But, they haven’t kept all their good fortune to themselves. Together, the Petroffs founded the New Hope Foundation, a a local nonprofit that works to break the cycle of poverty in South Dallas. At the Empowerment Center, at 2200 Zang Boulevard, volunteers lead GED programs, certifications, self-improvement classes and teach other essential life skills. In addition, the organization offers immediate assistance to those who just need to feed their families or find a place to sleep at night.

The Petroffs started the nonprofit out of their own pockets but have also led fundraising efforts and worked to secure grants. Remember when we wrote about “Battling Goliath“, the book that chronicled Kip’s dramatic experience working as a prosecutor on the fen-phen case? 100 percent of revenue went to New Hope.

The foundation also leads the Elves in Disguise program – sort an “Extreme Makover” – redesigning a family’s home while providing basic needs. Last year, New Hope had the help of Preston Hollow resident and design guru Leslie Ezelle who donated her skills to the project at the South Dallas home of Zakiya Payne.

Go here to find out how to get involved with the New Hope Foundation, or donate online.

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