North Texas Giving Day

North Texas Giving Day

This year, North Texas Giving Day is on September 19th, however, it’s never to early too schedule your giving! This online event began in 2009 to raise awareness for local non-profits. Be a part of the change that is empowering all of North Texas to give back to their community by supporting a non-profit of your choice. Learn more about this event on North Texas Giving Day’s website.

Powerhouse Foundation was created to have a positive and lasting impact on our neighborhood, so please consider supporting our vision by giving to one of Powerhouse Foundation’s local partners listed below!

If you are a Powerhouse Employee and wish to give to one of our partners via payroll deductions, please email PowerhouseFoundation@powerhousenow.com

Crowley Senior Center

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GIVE TODAY

The City of Crowley is proud to partner with Sixty & Better to provide programs and services for the seniors in this community. This program is for those aged 60+ and provides a congregate meal program, socialization activities and health and wellness classes Monday-Friday from 8-2 p.m.

The Crowley Senior Center continues to provide a place for entertainment, camaraderie and relaxation. Make plans to join this organization for Bingo, Dominoes, Crafts, Line Dancing, Silver Sneakers and much more!

If you are a Powerhouse Employee and wish to give more than a donation, we spend lots of time visitng this Center! Reach out to Ronni Goble for how you can become more involved with this lively group!

N. Crowley High School’s D.R.E.A.M. Academy & Panther Emporium

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GIVE TODAY by emailing PowerhouseFoundation@powerhousenow.com

The D.R.E.A.M. Academy (Development through Refinement, Enrichment, Academics and Mentoring) focuses on the overall development of the student by addressing the essential needs of students for life both in and out of school. By assisting students in the refinement of their skills and providing them with life enriching experiences that connects their academics to real world, we hope to ensure student success both inside and outside the classroom. In addition to the support of their teachers, students will have mentors and student advocates to help them navigate through issues as they arise. These mentors will be NCHS staff, former D.R.E.A.M students, and Powerhouse employees. The role of the Powerhouse mentors is to help educate the students on careers, college and life experiences. These mentors can provide potential work study opportunities, volunteer hours and counseling.

The Panther Emporium provides and equips all students with the necessary resources to be successful learners and community members. We provide school supplies, hygiene products, clothing, undergarments, footwear, formal attire for men and women, homecoming and prom tickets, cap and gowns, daily snacks, weekly meals, emergency lunches, cooking classes, family dinner nights, and counseling.

The Fountains Fellowship Counseling Center

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GIVE TODAY

The Fountains Counseling Center exists due to generous donations from people like you.  TFCC is a non-profit organization with a strong desire to provide hope and healing to those in the Crowley, Burleson and the surrounding areas, who are unable afford the high cost of professional mental health therapists.  TFCC’s counselors are some of the best in the area and truly care for their clients.

The Counseling Center’s clients are anyone from the age of 3 to 93. The counseling team works with individuals, couples, teens, children, and sometimes the entire family to restore peace and harmony to the lives of everyone willing to participant in the counseling process.

TFCC has been open less than a year and have already help over 300 people find the hope they need.

Please help us help others by donating today.  http://tffcounseling.com

Crowley Center for ASD

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GIVE TODAY

The Center for ASD’s Mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by autism and other special needs, their families and the community as a whole. To be a place where all individuals can feel safe, unjudged, appreciated and have a great day!

This organization has grown from serving 90 participants in 2016 to 448 this year! They offer full day programs, after school care, social activities, parent support, summer camps and much more! They are in business because 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with austism; an estimated 10% of all students enrolled in DFW school districts have a special needs diagnoses.

For every $20 donation, the CASD gets to provide all the resources necessary to give one hour of Social Skills, Learning Skills, Coping Skills and much more for FIVE partipants. “Our impact is greater when we give together.”

Crowley House of Hope

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Crowley House of Hope seeks to be a beacon of hope to individuals and families living in the city of Crowley and the region of Crowley Independent School District. Crowley House of Hope provides food and financial assistance and medical and counseling services. We also provide an array of seasonal programs such as school supplies and weekend Snack Sacks for students, Thanksgiving Baskets and our long-standing tradition of Share the Love which gifts children with presents under the tree on Christmas morning.

What began as a small food assistance ministry more than 25 years ago has blossomed into a partnership with the community to provide high-quality, vital services in an atmosphere of respect and compassion.

Support Our Soldiers

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Support Our Soldiers (SOS) is a military support non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization based in Fort Worth, Texas. Founded in July, 2011 we now have 8 programs to serve our military community – Baking for heroes, New baby support, Outreach events, Caring for female military members, letters from home, and our primary mission care box brigade sending to those in need overseas.

Healing Shepherd Clinic

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GIVE TODAY

HSC provides medical care to the homeless population of downtown Fort Worth. When you donate to the Healing Shepherd Clinic, you provide education, preventative care and medical treatments to those who need it most. It is truly a life saving asset in our community.

Watch James’s story to learn more about how the Healing Shepherd Clinic is addressing the health issues and the struggles that the individuals experiencing homelessness face.

 

 

 

 

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POWERHOUSE FOUNDATION

The Powerhouse Foundation was established in 2018, however charitable giving to the community based on the owners’ faith has existed since Powerhouse was formed. While it continued with the programs existing before its 501(c)(3) status, it now has the ability to cast a wider net around the Crowley, TX area. Click below to see how Powerhouse Foundation has had a positive and lasting impact on its neighborhood.

Welcome Back to School, CISD!

Welcome Back to School, CISD!

Powerhouse is sharing Crowley’s excitement for CISD’s 2019-2020 school year!

So excited, some of our HR and Finance team members went to BRJ’s campus to welcome the high schoolers to their first day! This school district of two high school campuses and one CTE Center is the source of Powerhouse’s interns for the Fall and Spring semesters. We can’t wait to meet the young adults that get to come to our office this semester.

Thank you HR and Finance for being a part of this red carpet welcome at the CTE Center early this morning! Your energy and encouragement is sure to make a positive and lasting impact on their day and hopefully their year.

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Brittney Hale, Sr. Training and Development Manager, rounded up a group of Powerhouse employees to welcome CISD’s students to their first day of school

 

Thank You 2019 Summer Interns

Thank You 2019 Summer Interns

The work ethic of our interns this year was incredible! Thank you all for stepping out of your comfort zones to learn new skills and for supporting our largest teams this summer. Come back next year!

A big shout out to Powerhouse’s Senior Training and Development Manager – Brittney Hale. She led the 2019 Summer group of 24 interns on a journey of learning new skills at our Crowley Headquarters. While they each set out on their own tasks in one of Powerhouse’s departments, they also got together every Wednesday to volunteer at the local Center for ASD. Each Wednesday, at Crowley’s Center for ASD they crafted with the kids in summer camp and supported the CASD staff by helping carry out the daily activities.

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June 12, 2019 – Our interns hard at work helping the CASD kids make Kindness Capes.

Hear from and about our 2019 interns:

Working at Powerhouse has been an amazing experience. I have gained so much more out of this opportunity than I ever thought possible with an internship. Powerhouse is home to some of the most amazing people I have ever worked with and want to thank everyone who has had any impact on me during my short time here.

-Zach Mendias, Intern, Permitting

I really enjoyed working with my team and gained useful insight of the business. I  also gained a lot of experience using Excel, which was one of my goals for the internship. In summary, it was an incredible experience.

-Oscar Mhiko, Intern, Special Projects

I definitely have learned a lot this summer and had a great time working here. Thank you for doing so much to support all of the interns so that we can get the most out of our time at Powerhouse.

-Ross Huck, Intern, Special Projects

This summer at Powerhouse has been a phenomenal experience. The people I’ve worked with truly made me feel like a member of their team. I’m so grateful for the opportunity Powerhouse has given me and can’t wait to work with them again in the future.

-Josh Stafford, Intern, Project Coordinator

Brittney organized and managed a successful Intern Program this summer with over 20 interns supporting various departments throughout the organization. She helped them develop powerful job skills including problem solving, strategic thinking, organizational skills and other valuable tools that will benefit them in their future careers.  Great job Brittney

-Ronni Goble, Senior Recruiter

Matthew sat near my team this summer and we’ve overheard many of his phone conversations. I just wanted to take a minute to let you know that my team has taken notice of his awesome communication skills, and has provided the feedback to me that he sounds like a PH veteran and that his phone skills are more professional than some one would expect for a first year intern.

-Krislynn McCoy, Vendor & Systems Manager, to Sue McCarty, SVP of Operations

Proactive Facility Maintenance Protocols

Proactive Facility Maintenance Protocols

Read about Proactive vs. Reactive FM Protocols in Retail & Restaurant Facility Business’s July Edition in an article written by Megan Varano, our Senior Director of Operations of Facility Maintenance.

Changing the game from reactive to proactive facility maintenance protocols.

The last decade-plus has brought tremendous change in the FM industry. It’s been thrilling to be part of the evolution. Working on both the retail and the service sides has given me a unique perspective on both the challenges and the opportunities.

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Megan Varano, Powerhouse

I started out managing work requests on pieces of paper. The dispatcher would take a phone call or read an e-mail and then write out the dispatch to the field; the work request was then paperclipped to a bundle and hung on the wall. While it sounds archaic, this was in 2005!

Over the next 10 to 15 years, several work order management systems were introduced. As a service provider, these management systems obviously helped organize our vendors — but perhaps the biggest shift was for our customers. As more companies invested in CMMS systems, these investments resulted in increased visibility toward store needs, costs and execution. As our clients gained visibility and control over location expenditures, it began to drive further accountability at the vendor level. The result? The evolution of vendor score carding and, eventually, financial management / prioritization.

Now we are headed into the age of proactive vs. reactive FM. Once reserved for basic recurring needs such as HVAC PM programs, janitorial programs and exterior services, we are now evolving into proactive cosmetic repair — not only to maintain brand standard but also to better manage budgets. In this next evolution, I’ve seen and executed two options: proactive brand standard checklist implementation and proactive service bundling.

Proactive Brand Standard Checklists

Proactive brand standard checklists are typically executed by your go-to handyman. If you are lucky, he or she has been servicing your location on a recurring basis for years.

First, engage your local jack-of-all-trades with a checklist of your highest priority needs. Needs may range from lamp outages or color consistency to securing door hinges and cleaning scuff marks off walls. The idea is to engage a partner who can be set up on a recurring schedule with the intent of agreeing on a price up front for the checklist.

This can be a risk to the vendor as it is agreeing to complete the list on each service without knowing the site condition. The keys here are consistency and committing to a set duration for the program — to ensure both parties win, and that the stores are brought up to and maintain corporate brand standard.

An added benefit is forming a habit with store managers. They will know their service provider comes in on a regular basis to complete that checklist. Both parties form a relationship, and, not only are brand standards maintained, but unnecessary reactive work is prevented. Fewer reactive service dispatches also drives less office work and fewer store service disturbances.

Proactive Service Bundling

The concept of bundling is a slightly different approach. It primarily looks at reducing trips for needed items vs. proactively addressing cosmetic items not called out by the field.

First, establish a timeline during which you hold service. Essentially, you can do this in two ways: (1) Set each store on a recurring timeline window. For example, stores in X market have services bundled from Jan. 1 until Feb. 15 and those non-critical tasks are completed by Feb. 28. Market Y has services bundled from Jan. 15 to Feb. 28 and completed by March 15. This staggers the work execution for your vendors and keeps costs from hitting at the same time.

Or you can opt for a completely opposite approach: (2) Begin bundling once your first non-critical task is received. Each store will be on its own schedule, all based on when the first need is requested from the site. Hold that dispatch for a determined amount of time and during that time collect all other non-critical tasks to be dispatched in tandem. This method saves trip charges and, in most cases, it also saves labor by picking up efficiencies onsite as well as having less time spent in your stores.

The proliferation of the data from CMMS systems has enabled both concepts to be deployed. Ultimately, what our clients choose depends on what their need is. If the need is maintaining brand standard, a proactive list is best. If the need is to reduce cost and vendor time onsite, then a bundled service is better.

Both paths require a vendor that can execute and manage your approach with a technology driven solution. The market contains many options. My experience has allowed me to work with some of the best options in the industry and can speak to the efficiencies we’ve realized on the vendor side.

Planned services, while helping address your client’s driver, also enable fewer touches and overall time management of the work order. (To clarify, this can only be achieved if you have the right technology solution in place. If your provider does not have the technology to handle this, it will ultimately result in more touches and sloppy, untimely delivery of reporting.)

After weighing your options, it comes down to what’s right for your stores. Ultimately, you’ll want your stores to be your partner; the more they understand the goal, the more successful they’ll be.

Next Steps & Action Items

  • Investigate what a proactive checklist would look like for you:

– Look at historical work order data to identify where most of your cosmetic money is spent. Is it loose door handles, scuffed walls or perhaps peeling wallpaper?

– Walk your proposed checklist in a handful of stores. Identify what your checklist captured and missed; modify before finalizing. I suggest having more than one set of eyes engage in this step.

  • Investigate the call volume you receive per store for non-critical requests that can be handled by a handyman. Identify the average received in a given time period to identify what a good average “bundle” period would be for your stores. Don’t be afraid to modify the bundle time per market or even per store for your high revenue locations. The secondary benefit of this data pull will be its ability to provide the groundwork for your financial synopsis on the savings this could potentially drive.
  • Work with a few key players on your operations team to discuss the approach that fits best.
  • Make sure you have the right partner. Not only do you want to review expectations, but you want to determine if they have what it takes to deliver. Without the right technology, your vendor will be unable to deliver.
  • Implement the best solution for your organization.

 

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Did You Know? We Rebranded Just a Little Bit!

Did You Know? We Rebranded Just a Little Bit!

POWERHOUSE

Crowley, TX – April 10, 2019 – Today we announce the change of our company name from “Powerhouse Retail Services” to “Powerhouse”. We are just “Powerhouse” now and have renamed ourselves to bring attention to what “Powerhouse” means, as well as to open ourselves to the many other sectors and industries, outside of retail, that we have been participating in this past decade. 

Positive Customer Impact

A powerhouse is something of great energy, strength or power. As Powerhouse has maintained this definition since the beginning, we believe it’s the only word in our name that needs focus and repetition. 

Our Vision is “To have a positive and lasting impact on others,” and as our company and employees have proved this Vision and the definition of powerhouse to our customers since 2004, we’ve grown! We want all our customers, inside and outside of retail, to be assured that this is the company for the job. So, we dropped “Retail Services” and announce “Powerhouse” and our Industries of emphasis –

  • Commercial Real Estate/Property Management
  • Financial Services
  • Grocery/Convenient Store
  • Healthcare/Senior Living
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurant
  • Retail
  • Telecommunications

 

For more information on Powerhouse Industries:

https://powerhousenow.com/industries/

 

To get started on your project today:

https://powerhousenow.com/contact-2/

 

For more information:

Sales: sales@powerhousenow.com

Marketing: marketing@powerhousenow.com