Hope is a belief that one day you will reach a want, need, wish, dream or faith. Hope could be anything you say it is. All you need to do is believe in it and work towards it. Hope will happen one day. Maybe not overnight but it can happen over time. The good news is it doesn’t cost you anything to Hope. There is one thing about hope; it doesn’t matter if you have everything in life or nothing at all. There is always something to hope for. Once you lose focus on your wants, needs, wishes, dreams or faith—then you have lost hope in those. If you lost hope in yourself, there is nothing left because with hope there are goals. With goals, there is life and with life there is hope. Hope is not going to come easy. At times, you are going to have problems. Sometimes, it’s how you cope with those problems that will decide if you reach your goal and having hope is part of that   because you are hoping that you make a good decision based on overcoming those problems that you meet. But if you make a bad decision, learn from it and start where you can to continue towards your goal. Hope is more than wants, needs, wishes, dreams or faith….it’s all hope and with hope the goals—with goals, there’s life and with life there is always hope…without hope you have lost everything.

As we prepare to close out 2014 and move into a new year called 2015 – may each of you have a renewed sense of hope; a deeper commitment for your life and in your community;  strive towards goals that have been placed on the back burner, either to revamp them or carry them out; set in motion a plan that can launch you into new heights for your life; but most of all – carry HOPE!

Remember, “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping-stones is how you use them.” – Unknown

On behalf of Texas Catalyst for Empowerment, I look forward to hearing your comments.

Nancy Smith














Recovery Journey


Greetings to all on the recovery journey!!!!

I would like to welcome you on behalf of Texas Catalyst for Empowerment to the first of what we hope to be many blog entries highlighting successes, dealing with challenges in the field, and many more subjects.  This space is for you.  Depending on the interest it may be monthly or bi-monthly.  We shall see.

We welcome you to share with us so we may share with the recovery community.

To submit questions and reports please email  nancy.smith@mytce.org

This was a letter received shortly after the Symposium.  We look forward to joining together to bring the message that recovery is possible for every Texan.  Johnny is truly an inspiration.  I thank him for opening his heart to this calling.

Dear Kevin,

 I am more than pleased that we are embarking on a new direction technologically to advance our opportunities to bring a change to those we serve. I am elated to be a part of the overall picture of what mental health recovery looks like. My personal success story is not unique by any standards, but I share the appreciation and am humbled that I have the support team in my corner namely; family, Legacy Counseling, Salvation Army (personnel), close friends, and God. We in our community here in Dallas are striving to continue to offer hope and encouragement to those in need and through what I can learn and bring back to share with my peers from Via Hope and TCE is more valuable than gold. I look forward to the upcoming year to participate as a board member for TCE and I sincerely wish that I can live up to the high expectation that have been set in place by those that are currently serving on the board.


Yours Truly,

Johnny R. Lewis