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On October 20, 2019, nine tornados moved through Dallas/Fort Worth, leaving a 15-mile path of destruction through North Dallas and Richardson. No lives were lost, but many schools, homes and businesses were damaged and/or destroyed. Many impacted families will need assistance with recovery over the coming months.

To support the community’s needs in this disaster, CFT has established the Dallas Tornado Recovery & Relief Fund. Donors can make online donations or recommend a donor-advised grant to support immediate needs as well as the continued recovery and rebuilding efforts across North Texas. By supporting this effort, you are contributing to getting individuals, families and schools stabilized and back on their feet.

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Below is a list of resources and information on the Dallas Tornado Recovery efforts:

Network of Community Ministries

The City of Richardson has contracted with The Network of Community Ministries to provide food, clothing and other assistance to those impacted by the tornadoes. The Network of Community Ministries is providing long-term case managers who will be working with impacted individuals and families with long-term support, including short-term financial assistance for housing, food, clothing and household goods. Network is seeking monetary support, as well as donations of food and/or gift cards, and has volunteer opportunities available. The Network of Community Ministries is located at 741 S Sherman St, Richardson, TX 75081, or at thenetwork.org 

Catholic Charities of Dallas/St. Vincent de Paul Society of North Texas

Catholic Charities of Dallas is providing case management and financial assistance for over 200 impacted families and is partnering with St. Vincent de Paul Society of North Texas on gift cards, vouchers to be used at thrift store, and the “House in a Box” program where new household items which are packaged and shipped for efficiency of delivery and is scalable to the size of the family. Catholic Charities anticipates that many of the impacted families will be struggling with recovery for the next 6-12 months.

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services is providing counseling crisis support and mental health services for people impacted by the storm, including clients, schools, businesses/offices, parents and first responders. Staff is also available to meet faith-based and/or community organizations on how to talk to kids after trauma and is available to provide training as needed.

Buckner Family Services – Bachman Lake

The Bachman Lake neighborhood was directly in the path of the storm. Many homes just south and north of Walnut Hill were damaged, and the local DISD schools in this community were greatly damaged or even destroyed. Buckner Family Services, providing children’s programming and adult services such as employment assistance and financial coaching at Northway Church, sustained significant damage. Not only were many of Buckner’s clients impacted, but Buckner also lost their offices as well as their afterschool/children program supplies office equipment, technology and furniture.  Buckner is partnering with Northway and Bachman Lake Together, among other local organizations to meet the on-going recovery needs of the Bachman Lake community. They anticipate that they will be working with impacted families for the next 6-12 months.

Dallas Independent School District

Dallas ISD had multiple schools damaged by the storm, three of which will be closed for the remainder of the school year. Dallas ISD is currently conducting a needs assessment of all the damage and what will be needed to help in recovery. Monetary donations to support rebuilding and recovery are being accepted by the Dallas Education Foundation. Additionally, Dallas ISD is also identifying families most in need of support and is seeking donations of gift cards, preferably in $25–$30 increments. The district is also accepting small boxes of new school supplies which can be dropped off at the One Center at Linus Wright Administration Building, 9400 N. Central Expressway, first floor. For questions about donations and where to send gift cards, please call (972) 925-5440.

Richardson Independent School District

Richardson ISD had schools that experienced damage as well as many families who have been displaced by the storm, including RISD staff. Monetary donations can be made through the Richardson ISD Foundation, and Richardson ISD is collecting the following items at the RISD Administration Building (400 S. Greenville Ave) that will be distributed to local schools for any impacted families:

  • Pajamas, sizes 10 and up (for either boys or girls)
  • Jeans and pants, sizes 6, 7, 8 (boys and girls)
  • Boy’s husky jeans and pants, sizes 8, 10, 12
  • Kid’s toothpaste
  • Kid’s 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner
  • Sanitary pads
  • Target gift cards

Mass Care Task Force

The Mass Care Task Force (MCTF) is a collaboration between the American Red Cross North Texas Region, the Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, the North Texas Food Bank, and VolunteerNow. The collaborative effort was established in 2006 to maximize the disaster-related services provided by the four nonprofit agencies. All agencies are working actively now to support local families in need, including running a temporary respite shelter:

Red Cross Respite Center Bachman Recreation Center
Respite Center Bachman Recreation Center
2750 Bachman Dr, Dallas, TX 75220

Donate to the Mass Care Task Force


Additional Resources

City of Dallas

The City of Dallas is not asking for donations of any goods/supplies at this time, and has established a list of resources for residents and businesses impacted by the tornado, which can be found on the City of Dallas’s website. 

City of Richardson

The City of Richardson has a list of resources and information for impacted residents on their website and has contracted with The Network of Community to provide food, clothing and other assistance to those impacted by the tornadoes. The Network of Community Ministries is located at 741 S Sherman St, Richardson, TX 75081, or at thenetwork.org 

National Disaster Distress Helpline

The national Disaster Distress Helpline (call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746) offers 24/7 emotional support for anyone impacted by the Dallas Tornado. For distress warning signs and coping resources, click here.

About CFT's Relief and Recovery Approach

An effective response, regardless of where a crisis occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors. The bulk of dollars in response to tragedy and disaster are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care). Emergency relief is vital. Still, experts agree that relief and recovery dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of crisis-affected communities. CFT believes in supporting the complete timeline of management efforts: from immediate relief to recovery.

Learn more about CFT's approach to long-term recovery efforts