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Community Spotlight: Foundation 45

September 24, 2021 | Deep Ellum Team

Amongst the lively and vibrant backdrop of Deep Ellum’s bars, restaurants, and music venues, Foundation 45 is seeking to build a community for those who are in need of a listening ear and a caring heart. 

Foundation 45 is a non-profit sparked by tragedy, created in memory of Frankie and Adam of Spector 45. After 9 years of playing music the band found themselves at the top of their game with packed shows and awards coming in spades. But success is no match for internal struggle and the Deep Ellum music community was shaken when Frankie and Adam each took their own lives in the span of a few months. Started in 2011 by the Deep Ellum Community Association, Foundation 45 was built in honor of Frankie, Adam and the dozens of artists, musicians, and creative souls the arts community has lost to suicide. 

In an attempt to find meaning in personal losses and provide the resources that the creative community needs, Foundation 45 is focused on providing help for anyone suffering from mental illness, depression and addiction, as well as those whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one to suicide. Today, Foundation 45 provides counseling services for artists, musicians, and creatives, as well as a Women of Color support group, Art Therapy, and substance abuse recovery group.

If you want to help Foundation 45 in their mission to break stigmas and support solutions for those they seek to help, there are many ways to get involved! The best ways to help Foundation 45 are by volunteering, monetary donations, or by hosting benefit events for the organization. With your help, Foundation 45 can continue to provide their services for absolutely free. 

Learn more about their services, volunteer opportunities, and support groups on their website or Instagram page

If you are in need of emergency services, please call 1-800-273-TALK or text 741-741.