In Fall 2017, the Communities Foundation of Texas expert philanthropy team reviewed the following nonprofit agencies and offers them for your funding consideration:

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C. C. Young
C. C. Young is experienced and has expertise in providing care and living quarters for over 360 senior citizens in Dallas. Funds are requested for the following: 1) for C.C. Young Cares Program--providing healthy microwaveable meals; and 2) for the C. C. Young Benevelonce Fund that assists residents who have outlived their income to have a place to stay.
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Christian Care Center
Christian Care Center provides quality housing and health care services for senior adults, serving 1,544 individuals annually. Funds are requested for the following: 1) to assist in building Snoezelen Rooms at Allen and Mesquite facilities. Snoezelen Rooms are successful in reducing agitation and anxiety for individuals suffering from Alzheimer's or chronic pain; and 2) toward its Charity Care fund which provides financial support for residents who have outlived their income.
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Coalition for Quality End of Life Care
Coalition for Quality End of Life Care (CQEC) facilitates proactive dialogue of preplanning with family members their most important and last wishes. Only 10% of the DFW population have advance directives completed. CQEC trains professionals and volunteers in the Respecting Choices program and trained 33 facilitators and 986 unique individuals in 2016. Funds are requested for: 1) $12,000 to train volunteers and health care professionals to become credentialed in Advanced Care Planning best practices; 2) $10,000 for a Speaker's Bureau to supply civic and NPOs with training and development for clergy, laity and general public; and 3) $15,000 fo train two new trainers annually for the next three years to become credentialed First and Last Steps Care Planning facilitators.
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Dickinson Place Charitable Corp.
Dickinson Place provides low-income senior citizens safe, affordable housing and programming to enhance spiritual, individual and social well-being. It is located in a high-rise and has 116 single bedroom apartments. Focus on homleess seniors and those living in unsafe temporary living situations and has strong partnerships with City of Dallas, the Bridge and many others. Funds are requested for the following: 1) a Handicap Accessible Bus to transport individuals with mobility devices at Dickinson Place and Tyler Street Tower; 2) to replace kitchen cabinets in all apartment units;and 3) $7,000 for 50 mattress sets for formerly homeless residents and new move-in seniors.
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Hearts for Homes
Hearts for Homes provides no-cost home repairs for low-income senior homeowners in Denton County. They partner with several local businesses to provide services as well as other skilled and unskilled volunteers to perform essential home repairs. Hearts for Homes performs over 260 projects a year with an average cost of $1,000/project. Funds are requested for: 1) to assist with purchasing repair materials; 2) to hire part-time social workers and a part-time project manager to address ongoing needs; and 3) to purchase, install and maintain a warehouse management and inventory system to track project materials and fundraising goals.
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Juliette Fowler Communities
Juliette Fowler Communities in an intergenerational community providing choice, community and connection for children, youth, elders and families. Funds are requested for the following: 1) The Ebby House, a residential program for women 18-24 who have aged out of foster care or who are at risk due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. Women are offered mentorship, education and direction; 2) Basic needs for senior who have outlived their finances; and 3) the Art Therapies program which utilizes the services of music, art and adaptive dance to create greater memory recall, reduce anxiety and stress, reduce pain and improve cognitive processing for individuals with memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's.
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Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County promotes dignity and independence of older adults and other homebound persons by delivering meals and coordinating services. MOWTC served over 5,000 individuals and nearly 1M meals per year. Funds are requested for: 1) Home Delivered Meal Program which provides meal and case management to elderly and disabled; 2) a Meal Delivery Van specially customized for meal delivery; and 3) a RATIONAL Combi-oven, a multi-purpose oven for baking, roasting, grilling and braising allowing staff to include more menu options.
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Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County
Meals on Wheels of Rockwall County keeps the elderly and disabled citizens of Rockwall County living in their homes as long as possible though supportive services, meals and human contact. Rockwall County is the fastest growing county in Texas and there are 21,000 Baby Boomers eligible for service. They serve 180 seniors daily, 150 in congregate centers and serve 55,000 meals per year. Funding is requested for the following: 1) to provide meals and services for 25 individuals for an entire year; and 2) Launching a $3M capital campaign this fall for the first Senior Center in Rockwall County that can provide elderly citizens with a place to meet and stay active.
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Metroport Meals on Wheels
Located near Roanoke, Metroport Meals on Wheels is a grassroots volunteer advocate for the elderly and those in need through home delivered meals, senior center lunch programs and other supportive services. In 2016, it served over 77,095 meals to over 1,000 participants in twenty two communities in three counties. Located near Roanoke. They partner with local hospitals, restaurants and retirement communities to prepare food instead of a commercial kitchen. Funds are requested for its home delivery meal program and Senior Center meal program.
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Mid-Cities Care Corps
Mid-Cities Care Corps preserves independence of seniors in Northeast Tarrant County and helps with their transportation needs, home maintenance and repairs, and provides opportunities for socialization. Funding is requested for the following: 1) to support Helping Hands program which connects volunteers with lawn and yard maintenance, small home repairs and annual safety checks for senior adults; 2) to assist a network of volunteers to transport senior adults to medical appointments and routine errands; and 3) the social outreach program which include monthly social events for senior adults, including a "phone a friend" program, Visiting Friends and an annual Holiday gathering.
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Northside Inter-Community Agency, Inc.
Northside Inter-Community Agency is located near the Fort Worth Stockyards and helps break the cycle of hunger and poverty by helping people in need help themselves and their neighbors. In 2016, it provided food for 350 individuals in the Good Works Program. Funds are requested for the Good Works Program which assists clients 125% below the federal poverty level with financial assistance or other self-sustaining services for low-income elderly and disabled and coordinate volunteers with home repairs and maintenance programs.
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Sixty and Better
Sixty and Better empowers older adults to live with purpose, independence and dignity by providing social, health and nutritional supports and provides volunteer opportunities that prevent senior isolation and senior hunger. It serves 5,000 individuals annually and has partnerships with 14 cities and eight nonprofits and a network of 25 activity centers throughout Tarrant County. Funds are requested for the following: 1) nutrition to provide meals to new participants; 2) for Evidence-Based Wellness Programs offered at no-cost at hospitals, senior centers, clinics, independent living facilities and churches a) Health for Me workshop to teach self-management of chronic conditions and b) A Matter of Balance Program to prevent falls; and 3) $50,000 for Benefit Enrollment Centers to assist individuals in low-income neighborhoods to screen and enroll for benefit programs like Medicare Savings Programs, Part D Extra Help, SNAP and utility assistance.
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The Senior Source
The Senior Source sees nearly 30,000 older adults annually for issues around isolation, abuse, economics, employment and protection to enhance the quality of life of older adults in Dallas. Funding is requested to sustain current efforts of the Elder Financial Safety Center which primarily works with women (widows) on a 1:1 basis to educate them on how to make better financial decisions through a comprehensive financial education program developed by the FDIC and Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.
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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. Tyler Street Tower has 180 efficiency and one bedroom apartments and provide an array of services to its residents. Funds are requested for the following: 1) a Community Health Counselor to support residents with on-going health and well-being education; 2) a transportation specialist to take tenants to the store, and other offices where public transportation is not available; and 3) 50 mattress sets to provide beds for formerly homeless residents.
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Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
Community Philanthropy Officer

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