DALLAS -- A group of kids struggling with homelessness got a chance to set up their own lemonade stand in downtown Dallas Wednesday, learning valuable lessons and raising money for a good cause.

The kids are campers at Vogel Alcove's summer program, and they worked together to design a concept for the stand and craft a recipe.

The Vogel Alcove lemonade stand crew.
The Vogel Alcove lemonade stand crew.

"These are kids that don't often get the chance to do this type of thing, so when you see that creativity awakened, it's a beautiful thing," said Quamaine Carmichael, a therapeutic instructor with Vogel Alcove.

The six kids that participated today are all 12 years old or younger, and all of them have been touched by homelessness. Some now live in shelters, others live in transitional housing.

Last week, their concept even got a thumbs up from Mark Cuban, who selected their group's stand in a “Shark Tank”-style competition.

The deal is secured with a handshake from Mark Cuban at the "Shark Tank"-style event.
The deal is secured with a handshake from Mark Cuban at the "Shark Tank"-style event.

As winners, they got to set up shop at Bank of America Plaza, where a lunchtime crowd was eager to sip on their lemonade and support their work. The stand raised over $600, with proceeds going to support Vogel Alcove.

"We all used to be homeless at one point," said camper Quinton, who's 12 years old. "Now, we're thriving and helping our own community."