YW Prepares to Swing Hammers



In October, the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas will officially kickoff the transformation of a 20,000-square-foot building near Dallas Love Field into the state-of-the-art YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place. Designed to help women lift themselves and their families out of poverty, the center will be home to programs focused on helping women become strong mothers, advocates for their own breast health, and financially secure.


Over the course of the next five months, we look forward to sharing updates with you on the progress toward opening the YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place.  More importantly, we look forward to your engagement with YW’s important work – as a donor, volunteer, and advocate.


At Ebby Halliday Realtors, we’re proud of our association with YW and its fantastic team. We join in saluting Catherine Z. Manning, former president of the YW’s board and a current board member, who was recently named an Outstanding Director by the Dallas Business Journal.


Catherine Z. Manning and Ebby Halliday


Call 214-584-2312 or visit ywcadallas.org to learn more about YW Women’s Center at Ebby’s Place ­– a place where women come to change their lives.

Ebby Celebrates 103rd Birthday at YW



Surrounded by friends and admirers, the First Lady of Real Estate celebrated her 103rd birthday at the site of what will soon be Ebby’s Place – the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas’ new women’s center.


Dignitaries, luminaries and friends of both Ebby’s and the YWCA gathered Thursday night at 2603 Inwood Road, a 50-year-old building that will soon be transformed into a state-of-the-art community outreach center.


The $7.3 million “YW” will help lift economically challenged working women out of poverty. Ebby’s Place will be a gathering spot where women come to be mentored, coached and encouraged by their peers.


At the press conference preceding the party, remarks by the speakers, President & CEO of the Ebby Halliday Companies Mary Frances Burleson, CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas Jennifer Ware, Honorary Campaign Chair Anne Motsenbocker, and Dallas City Councilman Adam Medrano, noted that Ebby Halliday is the ideal person for the new women’s center to be named after. After all, Ebby has helped mentor and open doors for countless women – and men!


Happy 103rd birthday, Ebby!


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Ebby’s Place To Empower Dallas Women



Calling Ebby Halliday “a woman of high integrity who has devoted her life to empowering women,” YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas leaders announced plans for a $7.3 million women’s center to be named Ebby’s Place in her honor. The announcement came as an early 103rd birthday gift to Ebby, whose birthday is this Sunday, March 9.


Ebby’s Place is designed to help lift economically challenged working women out of poverty. The new center will focus upon delivering  a variety of new financial-empowerment programs, including small business/entrepreneurial and job training courses, as well as existing educational programs around childbirth and parenting, nutrition and preventive healthcare.


“Ebby is just delighted that the YW has chosen to put her name on this building,” says Mary Frances Burleson, president and CEO, of Ebby Halliday Realtors. “What an honor to know that this center will become a welcoming place where women can go to begin transformative changes that will make life better for them and their families.”


Located near the Dallas Medical District adjacent to the Inwood DART station and one block from a DART bus stop, the 20,000-square-foot Women’s Center will be housed in an existing 50-year-old, two-story building that is undergoing a complete renovation.


YW CEO Jennifer M. Ware says the need is tremendous. In Dallas County today, 286,000 women and girls live in poverty. According to experts, trends show this number will grow by nearly 100,000 to almost 400,000 women and girls by 2020.


“The stats are heartbreaking,” says Ware. “Here in Dallas County one in three single-female-led households live below the federal poverty line. The mission of Ebby’s Place is to begin changing those stats by helping women to gain financial independence.”


For more information, visit ywcadallas.org and to view the fly-through video of Ebby’s Place, click here.