In Fall 2016, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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Alzheimer's Association Greater Dallas
Alzheimer’s Association Greater Dallas works to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by advancing research, providing and improving care and support for Alzheimer’s patients, and reducing the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Funding is requested for the following: Alzheimer’s disease research; operational funds for professional staff to help people navigate through the difficult decisions faced by Alzheimer's patients and their families; and accredited workshops for medical and health care professionals to learn about the medical and financial issues associated with determining an Alzheimer’s patient’s decision-making capacity.
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Christian Care Centers
Christian Care Center has locations in Mesquite and Allen, and provides quality housing and healthcare services for senior adults in a compassionate environment and encourages relationship-building, dignity, and independence through spiritual, recreational, and social programs. Funding is requested for the following: a fully-accessible passenger van to provide transportation services to residents; construction of two multisensory rooms to help patients with dementia; and support for the organization's charity care program designed to help seniors who have outlived their financial resources.
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DaySpring Assisted Living
DaySpring Assisted Living works to provide a warm, spiritual atmosphere with care and services for individuals and the surrounding Collin County community. Funding is requested for the following: support for the organization's Financial Literacy Education program, which serves women and families; technology and supplies to help patients overcome vision/hearing barriers; and support for community education and therapy services.
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Dickinson Place Charitable Corp.
Dickinson Place is committed to providing lower income senior citizens safe, affordable housing and social services to enhance spiritual and physical well-being to ensure residents live a peaceful retirement and maintain their independence. Funding is requested for the following: a Resident Care Coordinator to provide support services to residents with mental health disorders; kitchen cabinet renovations in the organization's affordable housing apartment units; and replacement of mattress sets for formerly homeless seniors.
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Hearts for Homes
Located in Denton, Hearts for Homes provides no-cost home repairs to ensure safe, comfortable spaces for low-income elderly home owners. Funding is requested for the following: supplies and materials to ensure timely and crucial home repairs; general operating funds to maintain current level of operations; and funding to increase program capacity by adding four key staff positions and an upgraded data management system.
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Juliette Fowler Communities
Juliette Fowler Communities is a continuing care retirement community that offers individual living, assisted living, memory support, health and rehabilitation, and affordable housing for older adults; short and long term placement foster care for children and youth; and a residential life skills community for young women ages 18-24. Funding is requested for the following: basic needs for young women and children who live in Ebby House, which provides housing, food, life skills training, education, mentoring, and case management for its residents; research to document the history of Fowler and East Dallas in support of Juliette Fowler Communities' 125th anniversary in 2017; and funds to ensure quality care, food, shelter and social services for children, youth, and elders in this uniquely intergenerational environment.
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Meals on Wheels Collin County
Meals on Wheels Collin County works to combat isolation and promote health, dignity, and independence by providing hot, wholesome meals for individuals who are homebound. Funding is requested for the following: purchase and preparation of food due to increased demand from Collin County residents, and support for the Senior Safety Net program, which helps clients pay for medical and dental expenses, prescriptions, supplemental nutrition, diabetic supplies, transportation, and emergency support response services.
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Meals on Wheels Denton County
Meals on Wheels Denton County provides nutrition, transportation, and social services to the elderly, veterans, and persons with disabilities, as well as education programs to combat isolation and malnutrition. Funding is requested to support the purchase, preparation and delivery of food to Denton County's growing number of seniors in need.
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Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Established in 1973, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County promotes the dignity and independence of older adults and persons with disabilities by delivering nutritious meals and providing or coordinating needed services. The agency now serves approximately 3,700 meals daily to homebound elderly and disabled residents. Since its inception, Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County has delivered more than 18.5 million meals. Funding is requested for providing home-delivered meals, professional case management, and other services to homebound elderly and disabled residents in response to several community needs: malnutrition, food insecurity, social isolation, and poor mental or physical health. Funding is also requested for the Client Services Program, which provides additional support to recipients of the Home-Delivered meals program. Basic items and services range from air conditioners, blankets, and smoke detectors to minor plumbing, electrical repair, and lawn care. Funding is finally requested for meal delivery vans to continue providing nutritious meals to those in need.
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Metroport Meals on Wheels
Metroport Meals on Wheels is a volunteer based organization that provides home-delivered meals and social services to seniors and families in need in north Tarrant and Denton counties. Funding is requested to ensure continuation and expansion of the agency's services by increasing both the number of meals delivered annually and the number of volunteers.
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National Hispanic Council on Aging
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCAO) works to improve the quality of life for Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers through specialized programming and outreach services. Funding is requested for the following: a STEM outreach program to recruit, empower, and mentor Hispanic girls; and for NHCAO Dallas Regional Office's Leadership Program Empowerment and Civic Engagement Training, a forum designed to provide training and technical support to community leaders.
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Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County
Senior Citizens Services of Greater Tarrant County works to empower older adults to live with purpose, independence, and dignity, by providing social, health, and nutritional support. Funding is requested for the following: establishment of up to ten Benefit Enrollment Centers to help low-income older adults apply for benefits they may not be aware they qualify for; support for evidence-based health and wellness programs that teach seniors to self-manage chronic diseases and how to avoid injuries caused by falls; and for food preparation and delivery for the agency's nutrition program.
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The Senior Source
The Senior Source works to improve quality of life of senior adults in the greater Dallas area through protection, eldercare, financial security, advocacy, volunteerism, and employment services. Funding is requested for the Senior Employment program, which assists persons 50 and over, many of whom have had to come out of retirement and find employment to meet their expenses.
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Tyler Street Tower
Tyler Street Tower provides safe, affordable housing and programming to low-income seniors while enhancing their mental, physical, and social well-being. Funding is requested for the following: a community health counselor to work in individual and group settings with seniors to provide supportive services; a transportation specialist to assist seniors with medical appointments, grocery shopping, and appointments at the social security and food stamp offices; and mattresses, box springs, and bed frames for formerly homeless seniors.
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Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
Community Philanthropy Officer

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