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Jonathan’s Place: Our December Charity of the Month

Jonathan’s Place has one mission – to provide safe, loving homes and specialized services for children in Dallas who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.

Lisa Matthews, a native of Dallas, founded Jonathan’s Place in 1991 and has since obtained licenses to operate three programs that help children – an emergency shelter, a foster and adoption family program and a treatment program specifically for girls. 

The emergency shelter provides temporary residential care to children who have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services for abuse and neglect. Children can stay in the shelter for a maximum of 30 to 90 days before being placed with a safe relative, in a foster home or with an adoption family by CPS.

The Foster and Adoptive Family Program serves as a Child Placing Agency for the shelter. The program recruits, trains and certifies families to either serve as foster families for the children or prepare them for the adoption process.

The Girls Treatment Program is a long-term, residential program for girls age 10–17 who require a higher level of therapeutic care than children in the shelter. These girls have been traumatized from being removed from their biological family homes and being bounced from foster home to foster home.

Rob Legg, our fantastic Account Manager for Thruster, holds Jonathan’s Place very close to his heart. “Having two young sons of my own, my heart breaks when I see young kids suffering from neglect.” He supports their mission to have a safe haven for young kids in the DFW area, and believes their compassionate care inspires hope in these children.

To learn more about how you can help, visit the Jonathan’s Place website. 


Get Closer to Your Favorite Bravo Shows with the Recent Update to Bravo Now

Are you obsessed with The Real Housewives? Can’t get enough Shahs of Sunset? Do you get caught up in the drama of Top Chef? If so, you will love the latest update to Bravo Now!

The recent update to Bravo Now for iPhone and iPad provides Bravo fans with an engaging second screen companion for all of their favorite shows. The app brings all things Bravo straight to you – anytime, anywhere.

Fans can now access exclusive behind-the-scenes news and photos, watch instant replays of the night’s best moments and follow along with entertaining trivia questions and polls. Bravo Now also allows fans to join in on the conversation through Twitter and Facebook. During each episode, fans can discover trending topics and partake in Twitter conversations with Bravo stars and insiders.

Don’t miss another Bravo moment… download the Bravo Now app today!


Bottle Rocket Launches TV Everywhere Apps for A&E, Lifetime and History Channel

You can now watch your favorite A&E, History and Lifetime shows whenever and wherever you want, right on your iPad. The free TV Everywhere apps allow users to access an extensive video database of new episodes, reruns, movies, exclusive clips and deleted scenes from shows like Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, Project Runway and more. 

You can also explore the “just added” tab to view the most recent content, create a customized watchlist, and view full episode schedules. The watchlist feature offers “Continue Watching” and “Queue” features to create a seamless viewing experience between visits and devices.

Once users add their favorite series to the “Queue”, all new episodes from the series will appear once available in the app. Users who are in the middle of watching a video and have to step away can also see the videos in progress and resume playback in the “Continue Watching” section of the watchlist.

Bottle Rocket is especially proud of these apps because they are the first to launch on our AWE platform for primary and secondary screen experiences. AWE was conceived as the ultimate video consumption utility for mobile devices, providing users with deep and quick access to content most relevant to them and the means to consume it whenever, wherever and however they choose.

Visit iTunes to download the free A&E, Lifetime and History Channel watch apps today!


Readers 2 Leaders: Our December Charity of the Month

Readers 2 Leaders is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to train, equip, encourage and support families in West Dallas to develop and strengthen the reading and language skills of their children.

According to the US Department of Education, 68% of poor readers in 4th grade come from low-income families. 60% of America’s inmates are illiterate and 85% of all juvenile delinquents are illiterate. These statistics indicate a direct connection between reading and success educationally, socially, and professionally.

Lyndsay Wright, an all-star information architect, nominated Readers 2 Leaders because she values education and believes every child should have access to a quality education. “Reading is crucial to receiving an education. Readers 2 Leaders works with children through extra tutoring, storytelling, and other programs to bring these children to an age-appropriate reading proficiency level, in order to improve the outlook of success and confidence for these children.”

Readers 2 Leaders works with children ages 0-18 to make reading an instinctive and habitual part of their lives at an early age. This is an important way to build self-esteem and help them be successful in their personal and professional lives in the future.  

Visit the Readers 2 Leaders website to learn more about how you can help make a difference!


Thruster Releases Puzzle Game, Luma Link, for iPhone, iPad and Android

Thruster’s Luma Link puzzle game is based on the simple strategy of moving your sphere to the portal. Slide the platforms with the matching Lumas to create a path for the sphere to reach the portal. It’s that easy. Or is it? 

Luma Link is the new fun way to kill time! Much like Sudoku and Bejeweled, this game will leave you scratching your head and wanting more at the same time. 

Stretch your mind while playing one of the 300 free puzzles, new puzzles added daily, or purchase level packs to remove the ads. The puzzles start out easy, to train your mind, and progressively get more challenging. For an additional challenge, complete against the predetermined par set on each puzzle.

Visit iTunes or Google Play to download Luma Link for free today!


You can also view the app in action: 



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