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North Texas Community Response Fund Grants Awarded to 110 Local Nonprofits

June 4, 2020

Over $900,000 in grants announced, with more to be announced soon

CFT's North Texas Community Response Fund announces grants totaling over $900,000 to 110 local nonprofits in conjunction with the North Texas Cares funder collaborative

The North Texas Community Response Fund at CFT was established to support community needs in response to COVID-19. To date, community members have contributed $2.5M to this fund to provide support for organizations that work with people and communities most negatively affected by COVID-19. In conjunction with North Texas Cares, a newly created funder collaborative that has grown to include 30 funding partners, CFT's philanthropy team has been reviewing applications submitted through the NorthTexasCares.org shared grant application.

CFT has made grants from the fund, totaling over $900,000 to 110 local nonprofits. (Details below).

We continue to receive a high volume of applications via North Texas Cares and anticipate community needs will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. As of this week, $98 million in emergency needs from more than 1,100 nonprofits have been requested through the NorthTexasCares.org online grant application. To date, the North Texas Cares participating funders have already granted more than $35 million to nonprofits providing support for immediate needs.

The below table contains a list of CFT's most recent North Texas Community Response Fund grantee organizations, award amounts, organization overviews, and emergency need descriptions. To partner with CFT to help fund any of these noprofits and their needs, contact grants@cftexas.org.

North Texas Community Response Fund Grants

Grantee Organization Grant Amount and Focus Area Organization Overview/COVID-19 Emergency Need Description
Ability Connection Texas $5,000

Healthcare
Ability Connection’s mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing world-class services for each individual and their family. Their impact and training centers support individuals with significant disabilities such as cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, and other acute intellectual and physical disabilities. Recently, they have had to close their therapy centers to reduce the spread of coronavirus and are adapting their procedures at their group homes to serve their clients as safely as possible. For clients who don't live in the group home, they are helping families coordinate therapies to maintain gains and prevent regression. Funding is requested to support increased staffing needs including personal protective equipment to maintain services for their 239 clients at the group homes.
Advocate Foundation $5,000 

Community Building
The mission of the Advocate Foundation is to foster an informed Dallas citizenry by providing community-level information in neighborhood news deserts and by using deep reporting and analysis to explore solutions to complex civic issues. They have two focus areas: digging into Dallas’ underserved news deserts with community journalism, beginning with the South Dallas and West Dallas neighborhoods; and tackling complex civic issues with a solutions-focused journalism collaborative. After a listening tour in both communities, they were encouraged by residents to begin sharing news, via text messaging, addressing some of the community information and storytelling needs amid the pandemic. Funding is requested to support launch of the text- and online-based news platform for original content and community-centric information to South and West Dallas neighborhoods. They will create a database of residents who will receive news directly to their phones and then can individually respond with questions or stories via text. They anticipate reaching 2,000 neighbors.
AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. $5,000

Financial Assistance
AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. empowers all persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, with an emphasis on African American MSM’s, through prevention, advocacy, education, peer support, linkage to care, and emergency financial assistance. Currently, AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. provides emergency financial assistance to clients who were furloughed or laid off due to COVID-19. Additionally, AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. serves clients who are at a heightened health risk if they contract COVID-19. To meet the needs of this vulnerable population, AIDS Walk South Dallas, Inc. provides utility assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, transportation assistance, medication co-pays, food, personal protective equipment, and cleaning supplies to their clients. Funding is requested to provide financial assistance and Personal Protective Equipment, and to provide transportation for medical services. They anticipate serving 2,413 people through their services.
Arlington Urban Ministries $10,000

Financial Assistance
Arlington Urban Ministries (AUM) provides emergency assistance to low-income Arlington families in financial crisis. Before the COVID-19 crisis, AUM assisted 100-120 families each month. They anticipate that number growing to serve a total of 200 - 320 families each month. AUM is partnering with the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work to pair interns with clients seeking financial assistance. Funding is requested to help pay for emergency financial assistance for the increased clients that are coming to AUM seeking support. They anticipate serving about 150 additional individuals.
Assistance Center of Collin County $5,000

Financial Assistance
The mission of the Assistance Center of Collin County is to provide short-term financial assistance and referral information services to families and individuals in Collin County who are experiencing a financial crisis to prevent homelessness, hunger and poverty. They connect the community with food pantries, clothes closets, medical and dental providers, childcare, senior services, veteran services and rental assistance to prevent evictions and utility assistance. Since the coronavirus crisis, their call center helpline has received more than triple the normal number of calls with clients in desperate need of financial help with rent and utilities. Funding is requested to provide increased financial assistance for rent and utilities for individuals and families in Collin County who are experiencing an income disruption. They anticipate serving 600 individuals.
Austin Street Center $15,000

Safety
For more than 36 years, Austin Street Center has worked tirelessly to bring an end to homelessness in North Texas. They serve two highly vulnerable populations – men over the age of 45 and women over the age of 18, many of whom also suffer from addiction, victimization or the unexpected loss of resources. Austin Street Center has shifted from an overnight shelter to a 24-hour shelter.  To adhere to CDC guidelines, they have adjusted their capacity from 391 individuals to 243 individuals.  They are also working to socially distance their older and medically vulnerable clients into temporary hotel stays. They've suspended volunteer activities –a vital source in providing 750 meals daily. Funding is requested to provide temporary offsite housing for the most vulnerable clients as well as to support their transition to in-house meal preparation three times a day.  They anticipate serving 1,500 individuals.
Baby Booties of North Texas $5,000

Safety
The mission of Baby Booties of North Texas is to meet the overlooked need for diapers, diapering supplies, and period products for families of infants and toddlers in Collin County. Baby Booties provides free diapers, wipes, potty training readiness kits and period products to anyone in need. They typically host a single distribution monthly to pass out supplies. For the last 3 weeks since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, they have been hosting weekly pop-up events to distribute diapers, wipes, period products, baby formula and meal bags for families. In the last few weeks, they have seen twice the number of families as normal, about 150-200 families every week. Funding is requested to support their supply distribution to an increased number of families. They anticipate serving 1,600 individuals.

Bachman Lake Together

$5,000

Food,
Education
Bachman Lake Together's (BLT) mission is to unite the Bachman Lake community to fully prepare children for kindergarten – academically, socially and emotionally – so they can thrive in school and in life. With over 40 partners, they focus on system-level change in the community to achieve kindergarten-readiness for the 4,000 + children ages 0-5 in the community. Currently, many clients lack financial stability and are experiencing greater hurdles to accessing food for children who rely on free/reduced lunch programs. They have shifted their programs and are working with other nonprofit partners to offer a mobile food pantry that provided food for 429 families in its first week open. They also plan to develop and pilot a preventive mental health service campaign and early childhood development kits tailored to their Latino communities’ specific culture and language needs. Funding is requested to support the increased need for basic services for their neighborhood. They anticipate serving 5,000 families with food and educational services.
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute $13,000

Education

 
Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute’s mission is to provide holistic child development through academic, cultural, and life-skill programs with active parental involvement. Beacon Hill Preparatory Institute provides reading and math tutoring, parent education, college preparation, and enrichment activities for students in South Dallas and surrounding communities. Uncertainties around school closures and when Beacon Hill can return to their headquarters resulted in Beacon Hill furloughing 90% of their staff. The remaining staff are tasked with addressing the learning and supportive needs of students during the crisis.  Additionally, Beacon Hill is assessing the needs and capacity of their teaching staff. Funding is requested to rehire staff, implement a virtual platform, maintain service to 850 students and shift to short term virtual tutoring. They anticipate serving 850 students beginning Summer 2020.
Blessings International $5,000

Safety & Shelter, Healthcare
Blessings International's mission is to heal the hurting by providing life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to medical mission teams, clinics, and hospitals as well as building healthy communities by treating endemic medical problems, outbreaks of disease or overwhelming disasters. In addition to their work abroad, they are a member of the Texas Association of Charitable Clinics, serving refugee, uninsured, underinsured, and underserved patient populations in the North Texas region and across the state. Through their existing partnerships, Blessings International is distributing small quantities of resources of PPE and critical supplies to local hospitals and clinics. Funding is requested to continue providing additional needed supplies and gear, as well as support for operations. They anticipate being able to serve up to 20,000 individuals through their services.
Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas $5,000

Food & Education
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas (BGC) is a youth service organization operating in Hunt and Rockwall Counties with six club sites that help over 450 youth every day to reach their full potential through youth development programs that emphasizes career and academic preparedness, healthy lifestyles, and character and good citizenship. Funding is requested so that BGC can fill the gap left behind by the closing of youth programs through providing food and supply bags for youth sheltering in place at home. They have also created free, downloadable supplemental programming and activities focused on academic success, healthy lifestyles, and good character and citizenship, as well as virtual programming where youth can tune in to interact with a staff member. The online programming is aimed at supporting parents, so they are better able to assist their children with online learning. BGC has also organized a free curbside dinner/ snack pickup option in Rockwall & Hunt counties that is currently open to all youth. This food service is vital because they serve an area that is not covered by the Independent School District's services. They anticipate serving 2,000 individuals.
The Bridge $10,000

Safety & Shelter
The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center’s mission is to empower adults experiencing homelessness with the tools to homeless recovery as they move into sustainable housing. To promote health and social distancing precautions, the Bridge has increased their space between guests, implemented social distancing guidelines to their meal services, and provided additional cleaning services to their day and night shelter areas. Funding is requested to continue meeting the needs of men and women in their Day and Night shelter, provide staffing for the overflow emergency shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center, and meet the increased needs of the adults who will face homelessness following the COVID-19 Crisis. They anticipate serving 300 people during the COVID-19 crisis, and 7,300 people afterwards.
Brighter Tomorrows

 
$10,000

Safety
The mission of Brighter Tomorrows is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing emergency safe shelter, transitional housing, support services, and partnering with stakeholders to raise awareness of domestic violence in the community. They are located in west Dallas County, supported by the cities of Irving, Grand Prairie, DeSoto and Cedar Hill, but will serve clients from any location. Funding is requested to support adjusted programming in response to the COVID-19 crisis which includes: purchasing technology to begin HIPAA compliant tele-therapy software for counseling and case management; purchasing food due to the decrease in donations; purchasing cleaning and safety supplies to disinfect the shelter every three hours; and increased medical costs due to the need to use private medical services temporarily because of community clinic cancellations. They anticipate serving 475 adults and 443 children individuals through both in-shelter and telephone programming.
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand $5,000

Food &
Healthcare
Brother Bill’s Helping Hand (BBHH) is committed to providing grocery services, quality healthcare, critical out-of-school programming, and adult classes teaching life-enhancing skills to neighbors mostly in West Dallas and Oak Cliff. They are one of the few food pantries in West Dallas and are receiving referrals from all of their community partners whose clients need food. Their food pantry is now seeing double the clients they normally serve in a week, from 200 families to 400 families. They expect this number to continue to grow and anticipate providing families with 100 + pounds of food a month. Their Community Health Clinic and mental health services have also seen increased need and they have transitioned to a mostly telehealth model to continue serving as many as possible. Funding is requested to serve an increased amount of families showing up for food and clinic services. They anticipated serving up to 1,200 individuals.
Carson's Village $5,000

Healthcare, Education
Carson’s Village helps families navigate the journey to healthy grieving after the loss of a loved one, including guiding grieving clients through the funeral arrangements and financial decisions associated with the loss of a loved one while meeting their increased mental health needs. Currently Carson’s Village is aiding their first family that experienced the loss of a loved one due to COVID-19, and Baylor Scott and White has trained all frontline chaplains to refer families to Carson’s Village. Funding will allow Carson’s Village to be a referral source for first responders, hospitals, and churches and further develop their COVID-19 expertise. Funding is requested to provide financial support, funeral education, and mental health supports to families who experienced the loss of a loved one during the COVID-19 crisis. They anticipate serving 400 families.
Catholic Charities Dallas $10,000

Food & Financial Assistance
Catholic Charities Dallas (CCD) “calls on on the community to join us in in addressing the root causes of poverty, hunger, and homelessness by serving, educating, and empowering all those in need.” They will continue operations of their two mobile community pantries to deliver fresh, healthy produce, meats and dairy to high-need neighborhoods, with an emphasis on food deserts. They will also continue operating three modified drive-through food pantries. So far, they have seen an almost 200% increase in families seeking boxed food. Funding is requested to support their food distribution services, as well as to provide rent and utility assistance to low-income clients. They anticipate serving up to 20,000 individuals.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth

$5,000

Food & Financial Assistance
Catholic Charities Fort Worth's (CCFW) mission is to provide service to those in need, to advocate compassion and justice in the structures of society through education, employment, college persistence and completion, financial stabilization and refugee resettlement. Recently, the requests for rent, utilities, and medical bills have increased and as the economic situation continues to deteriorate, the agency believes that many clients will experience protracted stress, resulting in an increased need for mental health assistance and medical attention. As a result, the agency expects to serve up to 6,000 more families in 2020 than originally anticipated, providing long-term case management, immediate financial aid, referrals, coaching, and employment assistance, in addition to providing increased services to roughly 1,200 clients currently engaged in case management programs. Funding is requested to support the increase in clients in need of emergency services. They anticipate serving up to 7,000 individuals.
The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology $10,000

Healthcare
The Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology (The Center), formerly Pastoral Counseling Center, helps people in crisis regain hope – from trauma, marital conflict, abuse, addiction, suicide, to loss. Making mental health care accessible is at the core of their mission. It is crucial to continue offering counseling during these times as anxiety is heightened, and crises have only become more complex. Recently they have shifted to using a HIPAA-protected tele-communication system to maintain counseling services. They anticipate serving more clients who are unable to pay for services as everyone has been impacted emotionally as well as financially by the COVID-19. To address the need, they established The Connect Fund to support counseling for those who have lost jobs and face financial challenges. They will also serve first responders who need support. Funding is requested to continue to make counseling accessible to those who have lost jobs and insurance due to the pandemic as well as for first responders such as health care workers. 
Center for Transforming Lives $5,000

Safety
Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) believes in the power of education, the potential of children, and the possibility of transformation through a trauma-informed, two-generation approach to address the root causes of poverty for women and children. The vast majority of the 3,000 people their agency sees each year are low-income single mothers and families experiencing homelessness. CTL’s homeless shelter and family housing center are currently at capacity. CTL is also offering educational resources, hotspots and device coordination, to support families with school-aged children. In addition, they remain open for childcare for essential workers. Funding is requested to continue to provide safe housing for homeless families and continue their childcare facilities for essential workers. They anticipate serving 1,200 individuals.
Child and Family Guidance Center $5,000

Healthcare
The Child & Family Guidance Center (CFGC) provides quality mental health services to children and families in North Texas regardless of their ability to pay. CFGC is a key mental health provider for low income households, conducting psychiatric evaluations and ongoing medication management, case management and counseling services for individuals and their families. To protect the health and safety of both their clients and staff, services are being moved to telehealth, where patients can either receive services directly from their home or in a video enabled suite in one of CFGC's offices. Funding is requested to offset the costs associated with the added technology as well as the supplies needed to screen patients and maintain the safety of the center. With expanded telehealth capacity, they anticipate serving 3,300 clients through psychiatric evaluations and medication follow-ups and 800 clients through counseling services, as well as providing 2,800 hours of case management, skills training and other psychosocial rehabilitation therapies each month.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County $15,000

Safety
Children's Advocacy Center of Denton's mission is to empower child abuse victims, their families, and community through education, healing, and justice. They coordinate the investigation and prosecution of severe child abuse cases for law enforcement, Department of Family and Protective Services, and the District Attorney's Office through a multi-disciplinary team response, providing critical, no-cost victim services to child victims. By the end of March, they conducted the highest number of child abuse investigations in their 22-year history. While they continue to conduct forensic interviews in person, multi-disciplinary case review and coordination now happens via video conferencing and mental health support via a tele-health system. They have started a daily support group for parents in hopes of reducing anxiety and stress-related symptoms, and a virtual Parent Cafe where caregivers talk about the challenges in raising a family. Funding is requested to address the increase number of child abuse investigations and support services for families. They anticipate conducting 300 forensic interviews over the next three months, as well as providing tele-therapy for 200 clients each month for the next 3 months and over four Parent Cafes.
CitySquare $10,000

Food
CitySquare’s mission is to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. With a comprehensive continuum of programs working together, CitySquare provides meaningful opportunities for those looking to change the trajectory of their lives. They provide a range of financial, educational, employment, and income support services. CitySquare’s clients have been especially vulnerable to the disruptions from this crisis, as over 90 percent of the 58,000 individuals served in 2019 were below the poverty line, many of them classified as “working poor”. CitySquare has identified an increased need for food, transportation, healthcare, case management, housing, and employment services. Funding is requested to support the additional demand for their food pantry, to procure protective gear for staff and volunteers, support enhanced cleaning and sanitation measures, and to sustain the increased operation of their transportation services. They anticipate impacting 5,000 individuals.
Community Learning Center $5,000

Education
Through partnerships with industry, government, schools and community organizations, Community Learning Center (CLC) provides educational, training, and employment services designed to lead to better careers. Over the past ten years, they have been providing employer designed eLearning training and are well-positioned to provide job training and employment placement during this time. Funding is requested to serve an increased number of clients with online courses, including the Certified Logistics Technician which is currently in high-demand and a nationally recognized certificate.  Additionally, CLC's job developers will host videos to work on resumes, interview skills, and connect clients to employers. They anticipate serving 50 individuals with direct employment services.
The Community Outreach Connection $5,000

Food
The Community Outreach Connection’s (COC) mission is to provide essential life skills and resources necessary for individuals to become self-sufficient, productive, and socially acceptable citizens. Programs include scholarships to graduating seniors from low-income communities, STED workshops to junior high students and a food pantry and clothing closet for families in their neighborhood. They have seen an increase in families requesting services, especially the senior clients who are taking care of their grandchildren. Funding is requested to enhance their food pantry distributions and increase their hours of service to meet the increased need. They would also like to provide food delivery for the seniors with limited mobility. They anticipate serving 7,500 individuals.
The Concilio $5,000

Education, Food
The mission of the Concilio is to build stronger communities by empowering parents to improve the education and health of their families. They use data-driven programs to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty mostly within the low-income Latino, Spanish-speaking community. They find that their services are needed more than ever during this crisis. The information communicated in Spanish through mainstream media and social networks has been lacking and includes inaccuracies that put this huge segment of North Texas’ population at high risk for contracting and spreading COVID-19. Additionally, the fear of immigration issues is highly likely to keep some members of this population from seeking assistance, information, or care. Also, the families they serve are dealing with poverty, so sheltering in place means missed meals and rent payments when there is a missed paycheck. Their team has pivoted services to make calls to each family to make sure they have accurate information and to ask about their biggest needs. The Concilio then connects them with things like food, supplies, computers, educational resources and virtual tutoring for children, and mental health assistance. Funding is requested to continue sharing correct information on COVID-19 and government directives to their Spanish-speaking families. They will also continue to deliver food and supplies to families as well as help them navigate online and home-based learning. They anticipate serving 3,500 individuals.
Dallas Afterschool $5,000

Education
Dallas Afterschool levels the playing field for children of all races and economic backgrounds by building a sustainable ecosystem of high-quality out-of-school-time programs. Dallas Afterschool meets this mission by supporting afterschool and summer programs and staff, informing community stakeholders, and coordinating resources. To meet the needs of students impacted by school closures, Dallas Afterschool will launch a virtual afterschool platform. Funding is requested to provide each student with 10 hours of virtual learning projects, programs, and mentoring, while setting up the infrastructure required for parent permission forms, ensuring the privacy of their clients, as well as tablets and hotspots to up to 20 middle school students who typically attend the FOC afterschool program.
Dallas Hope Charities $5,000

Food & Financial Assistance
Dallas Hope Charities' mission is to provide food, shelter, and services that instill dignity, stability and hope for all. One of their signature foods programs, Meals of Hope, offers three hot meals a day for those suffering from food insecurities. They served over 41,000 meals in 2019. They also provide transitional housing for LGBTQ homeless youth, financial assistance through the Evelyn Pruitt HIV/AIDS Assistance Program and host a food pantry. With the shelter-at-home stay order in effect, they are needing to provide additional food, supplies and sanitizing abilities. Also, because 20% of their residents are HIV positive, they have been particularly affected by sanitizing and social distancing measures, as well as an increased need for financial assistance and food from their pantry. Funding is requested to support the increased needs related to shelter, food and financial assistance to the community.
Dallas Leadership Foundation $5,000

Food, Education, Financial Assistance
The mission of the Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF) is to identify, affirm, and develop leaders to transform communities, increasing the vitality of low-income communities and improving the lives of disenfranchised people living in Dallas. DLF has communicated with various Dallas community members to identify the rising needs of the community caused by COVID-19, including the lack of nutritious food, access to technology, as well as needs for cleaning products. To meet these needs, DLG is increasing their emergency relief efforts by providing financial assistance to families, distributing cleaning supplies through their reentry program, and training staff to engage rehabilitation services for their clients. Funding is requested to meet immediate need for food assistance, support virtual mentoring and tutoring for youth and supplies to protect 2,000 high risk inmates and former inmates from exposure to COVID-19. They anticipate serving 275 individuals a week with food boxes and an additional 1,100 families with COVID-19 emergency response services.
Dickinson Place $5,000

Food
The mission of Dickinson Place is to provide affordable housing and programming to lower income senior citizens to enhance their personal and social well-being. Due to requirements outlined by the Center for Disease Control, Dickinson Place tripled their cleaning frequency. Additionally, to reduce the amount of times that senior citizens go to the grocery store, Dickinson Place is now offering boxed meals. Both food distribution and an increased frequency of cleaning are unexpected expenses that were not included in their original operating budget. Funding is requested to provide increased food distribution for senior citizens at Dickinson Place and to purchase hospital grade sanitizer and disinfectant to meet the cleaning requirements outlined by the CDC. They anticipate serving 165 senior citizens.
Duncanville Outreach Ministry $5,000

Food & Financial Assistance
 
Duncanville Outreach Ministry works to reduce and alleviate hunger within the community by distributing food and providing financial assistance to qualified needy families in the City of Duncanville. They also support clients through auxiliary services like providing clothing when needed or prescription assistance through a partnership with a local pharmacy. Duncanville Outreach Ministry has seen an increase in clients coming to their doors, the majority needing food and assistance with rent, water utilities and electric bills. Funding is requested to purchase food for their food pantry and for financial assistance programs to help residents meet their bill payments. They anticipate serving 1,500 people individuals in Duncanville.
The Educator Collective $5,000

Education,
Community Building
The Educator Collective (TEC) is a first-of-its-kind professional community for Dallas-area teachers and school leaders. The Educator Collective’s mission is to empower educators by cultivating community, leadership, and professional practice. As a result of school closures, educators have experienced immense upheavals in their personal and professional lives. After spending their careers teaching students face-to-face, they were asked to move their lessons, assignments, and relationships online, a transition that typically takes months and even years to make. Sustained support for educators during this transition will be critical to their success and that of their students. Funding is requested to provide additional support, learning resources, and virtual wellbeing events to teachers. They anticipate serving 350 individuals.
Empowering the Masses $5,000

Food & Education
Based in the Fair Park neighborhood, Empowering the Masses provides life skills, basic needs and educational training services for the underserved community. Recently, they are seeing an increase in the need of families and seniors who need access to food and transportation. They have increased their food distribution from once a month to every week and are serving about 90-100 families (250-300 individuals) through a drive through food service line. They distribute food to the senior living facility that is in their neighborhood and have a partnership with Uber to get clients to the store and their doctor appointments. Additionally, the students they work with do not have access to tablets, laptops or internet. Funding is requested to support the increased amount of food distributed to clients as well as to purchase laptops and technology for students as all schools have implemented distance learning. They anticipate serving about 200 families.
Equal Heart $5,000

Food
Equal Heart's mission is to support people in times of adversity. They provide bulk food deliveries to 14,000 people in Dallas County through their direct-to-door mobile food pantry program, which has seen an increase in services during this crisis. Equal Heart has also activated 40 emergency food distribution sites to provide food to 5,000 children, including 20 sites in the Bachman Lake area. Finally, they have the capacity to provide other food banks and food pantries in Dallas County with up to 3,000 hours of support through their 8-week Disaster Support Team. This team is composed of 100 AmeriCorps members and provides dedicated support to organizations who have lost their volunteer base due to the stay at home orders. Funding is requested to support the increased food distribution programs, the deployment of 100 AmeriCorps volunteers at other local nonprofits and finally, to purchase protective gear to keep staff safe. They anticipate serving 80,000 individuals.
Faith in Texas $10,000

Community Building
Faith in Texas (FiTX) is a multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots movement of churches, mosques, synagogues, and laypeople united in values working together for economic, racial, and social justice. They develop civic leaders in underrepresented communities by working through 35 congregations in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties that serve low- and moderate-income communities, predominantly people of color. They anticipate that communities who are most vulnerable will carry the greatest economic and health burdens of this pandemic. They are organizing their base of 300 clergy, lay people and community members to use digital organizing tools to quickly educate, train and mobilize thousands of Texans. They are advocating for vital local, statewide and national protections and resources to prevent families from being evicted and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in jails and detention centers. They continue to educate the community in completing the census so that every person is counted. Funding is requested to continue community engagement and organizing efforts aimed at protecting the health and housing of vulnerable communities. They anticipate engaging up to 400 volunteer organizers.
Family Gateway $10,000

Safety
Family Gateway provides stability and life-changing supportive services for families with children experiencing homelessness. They operate a 24/7 call center and coordinate with family shelters for placement, diverting those who can be served with eviction prevention or reunification with family, so shelter is only used for those who need it most. Three of the four family-serving shelters in the community are now closed to intake or are allocating open space to individuals, leaving Family Gateway as the only option for families with children experiencing homelessness. Already at capacity, and with the expectation that needs will continue to increase, they are utilizing hotels as a strategy to manage shelter constraints. Funding is requested to support the increased need for emergency shelter and eviction prevention services for families with children experiencing homelessness. They anticipate serving 360 individuals.
The Family Place $15,000

Safety
The mission of The Family Place is to eliminate family violence through intervention and proactive prevention, extensive community education, advocacy and assistance for victims and their families. They are the largest family violence service provider in Texas with three emergency shelters providing 177 shelter beds each night, including the state's only shelter for men and children and served 11,711 clients last year. The Family Place, as a first responder, is open, taking new clients, and providing shelter and counseling services to save lives. Funding is requested to support essential services and address the increase in calls for help. They are taking extra precautions, all within the guidelines and protocols from the CDC, to avoid the spread of COVID-19, which means additional cleaning and staffing costs. Due to the increased risk and hours worked, they are going to pay front line staff hazard pay, increasing their pay by $3 an hour. They anticipate serving 150 individuals.
Feeding Texas $5,000

Food
Feeding Texas operates as a statewide network of food banks and work collaboratively to ensure adequate nutritious food for communities, improve the health and financial stability of the people they serve, and engage all stakeholders in advocating for hunger solutions. During normal times, they impact the health and wellbeing of millions of Texans through health promotions, access to fresh produce, social services outreach, and advocacy. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically disrupted the traditional food bank distribution model, as they have lost 70% of their volunteers and one-quarter of distribution partners. Food banks have shifted to a low-touch, no-contact distribution model to reduce person-to-person contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines, which has drastically reduced or eliminated food banks’ ability to handle and distribute fresh produce. To solve for this challenge, Feeding Texas has implemented Texas “Fresh to Go”, a client-ready, no assembly required model to help food banks distribute fresh produce safely and efficiently. Their goal is to deliver 9.4 million pounds of produce monthly. Funding is requested to cover the cost of producing the pre-packaged produce boxes. They anticipate serving 94,000 individuals each week.
First Choice Social Services $5,000

Safety & Healthcare
First Choice Social Services is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of families by providing treatment for individuals affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, and teen homelessness. Services include crisis counseling, psychosocial educational groups, battering intervention and prevention, victim referral services and life and parenting skills courses. In order to continue offering both group and individual counseling, services are now being provided through distance learning and virtual education. Funding is requested to support the increased need for internet access, additional computers, and virtual education software for staff working remotely to provide group counseling. The need for this is critical, as counseling is required as a condition of clients’ probation, parole, and court orders. They anticipate serving 288 individuals.
First3Years $7,000

Food & Financial Assistance
The mission of First3Years is to educate, advocate, and collaborate to advance the healthy development of infants, toddlers, and their families. Referenced in the news and by local hospitals, incidences of child abuse are already on the rise as a result of economic uncertainty. Families facing multiple forms of adversity such as loss of income and previous history with child maltreatment are most at-risk of child maltreatment. In supporting this population, First3Years has identified the need for expanded services to address the additional stress families are facing. Funding is requested to relieve the financial stress of families most at-risk for child maltreatment by assisting with urgent basic needs such as rent, utilities, and childcare, purchasing cleaning supplies, and providing gas cards/bus passes for families. They anticipate serving 50 individuals.
Frisco Family Services $5,000

Food, Financial Assistance
Frisco Family Services (FFS) helps members of the Frisco and Frisco ISD communities who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. FFS operates a client-choice food pantry and works through utility vendors, landlords, and mortgage companies to provide emergency financial assistance. As a result of school closures and staff cutbacks related to COVID-19, many families are finding it difficult to meet their basic needs and many of these families are food insecure or have been unemployed due to COVID-19. Funding is requested to provide food and basic needs through their food pantry and resale store, provide emergency financial assistance to individuals who are temporarily unemployed, and maintain the salaries of key frontline staff during the COVID-19 crisis. They anticipate serving 3,785 individuals.
Frisco Student FastPacs $11,000

Food
The mission of this organization is to ensure that no child in Frisco ISD has to endure hunger when school is not in session. Frisco Fastpacs provides weekly food packs to at-risk school-aged children in Frisco ISD schools. Each food pack provides seven meals to cover the weekend’s meals for students who regularly access the schools' free lunch and breakfast program. As a result of Frisco FastPac’s largest food distributor recently ceasing food delivery, food which would normally cost $1,500 now costs $4,800 - a 300% increase. Additionally, Frisco Fastpacs has received enrollment requests from 20 families who are not currently receiving meals. Funding is requested to continue providing food distribution to students on the weekends. They anticipate serving 1,055 students.
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support $10,000

Safety
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support’s mission is to provide safety, shelter, and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and to raise awareness regarding its cause, prevalence, and impact. Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support offers comprehensive domestic violence recovery programs. To meet the increased need for meals due to school and business closures, Genesis Women’s Shelter aims to continue providing advocacy, children’s counseling, healthy meals, and legal services to women and children. Funding is requested to provide support to their emergency shelter, transitional living facility, and shelter program. They anticipate serving 3,500 individuals.
Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry $10,000

Healthcare
Golden Gate Adult Rehabilitation Ministry's (ARM) mission is to transform chemically dependent individuals in a residential treatment program that is focused on building loving, accountable relationships using a spiritually centered twelve step process. ARM has been providing long term residential treatment services for men and women for over 30 years through their recovery support groups and educational classes and programs. A majority of the population served by ARM are homeless and/or formerly incarcerated that are referred from Dallas County. Due to COVID-19, they are experiencing an increased need for emergency financial assistance, access to mental healthcare, and general support and engagement with clients while other organizations are closed. Funding is requested to support their peer support program, mental health LPC, and LPC interns, to purchase the technology needed to provide services virtually, and to bridge a gap in funding to withstand the crisis.
The Golden S.E.E.D.S. Foundation $17,500

Food, Financial Assistance, Education
The Golden S.E.E.D.S. Foundation, Inc. is a community development corporation whose mission is to create affordable housing, promote economic development, and facilitate a community building response in the Oak Cliff neighborhood commonly referred to as "The Bottom."  SEEDS, through its founding organization, the Golden Gate Church, currently operates a community garden that provides fresh vegetables to the community; sponsors weekly food share giving to more than 200 families; community engagement via bi-weekly meetings and fellowship; and responds to emergency requests for financial assistance with housing and utility payments. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, school and food program closures put enhanced stress on students and families in South Dallas. Funding is requested to enhance their Food Assistance program to provide more meals, provide online educational learning opportunities, and providing utility or housing assistance. They anticipate serving 400 individuals.
Grand Prairie United Charities $5,000

Financial Assistance
Grant Prairie United Charities is dedicated to providing immediate emergency assistance to the residents of Grand Prairie. According to the 2018 Census, 23,548 residents of Grand Prairie are living at or below the poverty line. For those already living in poverty, it may be hard to imagine what their future will be like beyond the current crisis. Grand Prairie United Charities recently saw a large increase in demand for both their food pantry and their financial assistance program, and they are anticipating that this demand will continue to increase throughout the course of the crisis. Funding is requested to provide financial assistance to assist low-income Grand Prairie residents with rent and mortgage payments, utility payments, and food. They anticipate serving 15,000 individuals.
Grant Halliburton Foundation
 
$5,000

Healthcare
The mission of Grant Halliburton Foundation is to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults. Over the past decade, they have focused on teaching children, youth, and adults to recognize and respond appropriately to signs of mental illness, psychological distress, and suicidal behavior. During this crisis, they have found that clients currently struggling with mental health issues are at dramatically increased levels of risk for deeper mental health challenges. They run a Mental Health Navigation hotline and have also been looking across the community to identify providers and resources for those who need help, with a priority to identify Telehealth services. Since the beginning of the year, call volume has tripled over last year. Funding is requested to meet the increased mental health needs of the community. They anticipate serving 1,650 individuals through the Mental Health Navigation Line.

Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange

$5,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Healthcare
Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange (GRACE) demonstrates compassion for those less fortunate by aiding individuals and families in crisis and guidance toward self-sufficiency. GRACE offers financial assistance for rent and utilities, a food pantry, clothing room, clinic, children's programs and transitional housing. GRACE has experienced an increase in the demand for services, especially for food, rent, utilities and other life necessities. To meet this demand and provide for the safety of staff and clients, boxes of groceries, hygiene supplies, and other essentials are provided via a drive-thru food pantry, with specialty items like diapers, baby formula, disinfectant cleaning supplies, and pet food. Their community clinic, a medical home for almost 800 patients, has also initiated a bilingual Telehealth system. Funding is requested to support the increased caseload, virtual case management services, emergency assistance, medical care, and senior grocery delivery. They anticipate serving 7,000 individuals.

Harmony Community Development Corporation

$10,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Healthcare
The mission of Harmony Community Development Corporation (Harmony CDC) is to advance God's presence by strengthening families and revitalizing neighborhoods through community-driven and solution-oriented approaches. They operate a client-choice food pantry and resource center that provides both nutritional food and financial assistance, as well as a counseling center. Harmony CDC also runs a self-sufficiency program designed to provide a holistic approach for sustainable employment by intense case management and wraparound services. Observing and responding to emerging community needs, Harmony CDC has identified an increase in the demand for food and basic needs items, mental wellness services, and financial support for utilities, rent and mortgages. To address these, funding is requested to support expanded food pantry operations, financial assistance resources, and mental health services. They anticipate serving 300 families twice a month through their food pantry, 25 families through rent/utility assistance, and 380 individuals weekly through counseling.
Harvest Project Food Rescue $5,000

Food
Harvest Project Food Rescue focuses on providing fresh produce to families in need at no cost through partnerships with produce distributors. They use a zero-waste model and partner with sustainable farms and recycling centers to productively discard any unused food. Since 2014 they have redistributed over a million pounds of produce and fed over 7,500 families. They are a 100% volunteer organization and because of the pandemic have reduced their volunteer force significantly. Also, due to the financial strain on the community from COVID-19, individual giving has stopped, leaving them unable to pay the transportation and food distribution cost. Funding is requested to support operations of the food supply distribution so that they can continue to provide free and fresh produce to low-income communities. They anticipate serving 9,000 individuals.
Healing Hands Ministries $10,000

Healthcare
Healing Hands Ministries strives to provide compassionate, accessible, quality care to all of its neighbors through non-emergency, primary healthcare. Their service area includes the Vickery Meadow neighborhood and services include prenatal care, pediatrics, family practice, women's services, dental and vision clinics, behavioral health and nutritional counseling. Their patients live in crowded conditions and have chronic conditions that require regular intervention, making them at high risk for severe complications if exposed to COVID-19. Funding is requested to maintain contact with 19,000 patients, especially those who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, to stem a potential hospital surge. They are working in partnership with Parkland to ease patient load on the county and other local hospitals. Protocol includes screening patients, testing when appropriate and enrolling new patients who need acute attention.  They have transitioned their healthcare model to virtual visits via a secure healthcare app or a telephone for those patients without access to a smart device. They anticipate serving 19,000 individuals.
Hear My Cry Foundation $10,000

Healthcare
Hear My Cry Foundation's (HMCF) mission is to address the growing epidemic of suicide impacting communities and under-served populations through programs and services. HMCF steps in to serve this at-risk population through a community-based, collaborative approach of providing help and resources, educating the public, and supporting prevention effort, serving over 1,000 individuals and families annually through the distribution of free materials in the community. HMCF is seeing a dramatic increase in people reaching out for services and assistance due to the downstream effects of COVID-19 that include isolation and decreased social activities. This social distancing can be devastating to individuals at-risk for mental illness. HMCF also partners with TXServes to serve veterans in Tarrant County to provide free counseling and medication assistance. Funding is requested to support counseling and assistance with medical bills and/or medication costs for low-to-moderate income individuals or families living with mental illness. Other services include distributing awareness and recovery materials; facilitating quarterly community-based information; and developing a referral resource network.  They anticipate serving 125 individuals.
Hope for the Warriors $10,000

Financial Assistance,
Healthcare
The mission of Hope for the Warriors is to restore a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members, and military families. Hope for the Warriors has observed an increased demand for financial assistance and mental health services. During self-isolation, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms are heightened and impact both the individual and the family unit. Hope for the Warriors offers tele-mental health services, including clinical assistance, one-to-one counseling, and therapeutic interventions to best serve their clients. Tele-mental health reduces physical barriers to care while also helping reduce the stigma associated with seeking mental health services. Funding is requested to increase financial assistance and tele-mental health services to post-9/11 veterans and their families. They anticipate serving 50 veterans.
Hopeful Solutions $10,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Healthcare
Hopeful Solutions empowers single, homeless mothers by providing the holistic support needed to sustain sobriety, gain financial stability, and maintain self-sufficiency while living with their children. Their primary focus is to assist with housing and basic needs, empower the women financially and offer peer recovery supportive services that stabilize their mental and emotional well-being. Many of their mothers are employed by industries that are considered non-essential and their hours were reduced or eliminated altogether. In addition, the mothers who can work are often not able to because of the school’s closures and no available childcare. As a result, they are not able to cover the costs of rent, utilities, phone/internet, food, household needs, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, etc. Funding is requested to support their clients during this pandemic with financial support for rent, utilities, food, hygiene items, cleaning supplies and internet hot spots that will allow them access to online instructions for their children. They will also continue facilitating virtual peer recovery support services and counseling sessions. They anticipate serving 105 individuals.
Hope Supply Co. $10,000

Safety
Hope Supply Co. provides critically needed resources to homeless and at-risk children in North Texas. They partner with over 70 social service organizations and use bulk buying power and in-kind donations to supply basic needs and supplies for homeless and low-income infants, toddlers and school-age children. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, they distributed an average of 48,821 critically needed resources each week for homeless and low-income families with children. After the outbreak, they are distributing 140,320 items a week, a 287% spike in demand. Additionally, they are receiving calls for help from non-partner organizations and individuals including a high demand for diapers and infant supplies through their Hope Diaper Bank program. Funding is requested to address the increase in supply distribution to their previous and new nonprofits partners. They anticipate serving an additional 600 children above their annual goal of serving 65,000 children.
House of Rebirth $5,000

Financial Assistance
House of Rebirth develops sustainable resources to enhance and protect the lives of trans-identified people of color. House of Rebirth enhances the lives of trans-identified people of color by providing, shelter, mental health services, medical referrals, and therapy/counseling services. Due to many shelters ruled on gender and placements, there are often few safe places unhoused trans people can go leaving them more susceptible to community spread from COVID-19. Additionally, immunocompromised family members, who without the luxury of individual quarantine to avoid catching this virus, are exposed to those who may be asymptomatic. Funding is requested to provide safe shelter, access to sustaining resources, and medical and safety supplies to trans populations of color who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. They anticipate serving 200 individuals.
Housing Crisis Center, Inc. $5,000

Safety
The mission of Housing Crisis Center is to prevent homelessness and to stabilize those at risk in decent, affordable, and permanent housing, and to empower them to solve their own housing problems in the future. Housing Crisis Center provides housing to various homeless populations throughout Dallas and Collin County. The shelter-in-place order led to a rise in requests for utility and rent assistance. To meet the increasing demand for emergency financial support, Housing Crisis Center aims to provide ongoing financial assistance to displaced workers. Funding is requested to provide safety, shelter, and/or housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness or domestic violence. They anticipate serving 70 households.
Human Rights Initiative $10,000

Food & Financial Assistance
Founded in 2000, HRI serves immigrant survivors of human rights abuses from around the world, offering free legal and social services that would otherwise be inaccessible to our clients. They also offer case management, counseling, advocacy, and aid in securing essentials of daily living (such as housing, food, medical care). Last year they served around 1,200 individuals, all of whom live below 150% of federal poverty guidelines and because they are not yet citizens or permanent legal residents, clients are ineligible for unemployment benefits, Medicaid, and many other forms of assistance. HRI is the primary provider of relief for many clients at this time. The most urgent needs clients currently present are for food and daily essentials for hygiene and infant care and financial aid to pay for rent and utilities. Funding is requested to provide basic needs like food, over-the-counter medications, thermometers and financial support to families. They aim to aid at least 50 of their most vulnerable households with $500-$750 each as well as provide material goods for up to 200 households.
Hunger Busters  $5,000

Food
Hunger Busters focuses on feeding kids and fueling futures by providing a much-needed third meal of the day to food-insecure children in Dallas ISD through its signature "Feed the Need" after-school program providing meal packs that include a sandwich, a piece of fruit or applesauce, milk, a vegetable and a cookie, delivered to partner schools and after-school programs. With DISD and after-school programs closed, they have transitioned their programs to distributing 2,000 meals a day through five sites in South and West Dallas. Funding is requested to increase the number of meals distributed. They are partnering with Shiftsmart and will have capacity to double production to 4,000 meals a day. The meals are distributed Monday to Friday. Hunger Busters anticipates serving 2,000 individuals.
Incarnation House $4,000

Food,
Education
Incarnation House prepares homeless and housing-insecure youth for life success by providing access to educational, emotional, and other support services through after-school programs for the students at North Dallas High School. Many of their students' families have lost jobs and are facing rising food and financial insecurities. They have suspended their after-school programming and are now focused on supporting their students with food access. Funding is requested to support weekly food delivery that will also include personal care items for the students and their family members. They also anticipate providing clothing items from their clothes closet and games for families. They anticipate serving 300 individuals.
International Literacy and Development $5,000

Education
International Literacy and Development (ILAD) creates sustainable change by meeting physical needs, promoting local language literacy, and collaborating with communities to create business, social, and educational development. One of their largest clients are Rohingya refugees, most of whom are unable to read, write, or understand English. In order to protect the lives and safety of their community as well as that of the wider Vickery Meadow neighborhood, it is imperative that critical information (like sheltering in place, closed businesses, and how to obtain medical help) is available to them in a way that they can understand. To meet this need, ILAD is creating a series of videos to inform the Rohingya Community about the national, state, and local news orders regarding COVID-19. Funding is requested to create content and provide translation to inform this often-overlooked community. They anticipate serving 1,000 individuals.
Irving Cares $5,000

Food, Financial Assistance
The mission of Irving Cares is to provide focused assistance for Irving residents to address a financial crisis. Irving Cares meets the community's needs through two primary programs: Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) and Invest in Yourself (Employment Recovery). Since the beginning of the COVID-19 Crisis, Irving Cares received increased demand for food and rental assistance. Additionally, Irving Cares had a 30% increase in new clients and an increase in former clients returning for services. As lower income household in Irving face the economic stress caused by COVID-19, Irving Cares is dedicated to meeting the food and housing assistance needs of their clients, Irving Cares can provide housing assistance to families who are in imminent danger of facing eviction, as well as utility payment support. Funding is requested to provide emergency financial assistance and money management services to individuals facing economic stress due to school and work closures.
Lee Arthur Johnson Center $5,000

Education
The mission of the Lee Arthur Johnson Center is to enhance the learning process and promote the intellectual growth of students by providing educational support services outside the formal school setting. As a result of school closures caused by COVID-19, Lee Arthur Johnson Center’s students in the DFW area will need additional tutoring services and technology to receive the same level of education that they received in person. Lee Arthur Johnson Center is providing online SAT and ACT preparation and a laptop borrowing program. Funding is requested to provide academic classes to students, nurture critical thinking and social emotional learning, and expose students to process and resources that will increase their likelihood of being accepted into college. They anticipate serving 100 individuals.
Literacy Instruction for Texas $10,000

Education
Literacy Instruction for Texas’ (LIFT) primary programs include English as a Second Language (ESL), High School Equivalency preparation (GED), and Adult Basic Education (ABE) - a specialized program for adults reading at or below a fourth-grade level; more than 90 percent of their students live in poverty. In July of this year, LIFT will be merging with the Aberg Center for Literacy through the support of the Better Together Fund to provide literacy services on a cradle-to-career continuum. LIFT has stopped all in-person classes and pivoted to remote learning programs. Due to students' identified needs and differing access to technology, they are using a variety of media to deliver GED Prep, ESL, the Sequential English Education curriculum, as well as forklift certification and financial literacy classes. Funding is requested to support distance learning opportunities for adult education programs, continue workforce training in partnership with ReadyToWork, and maintaining contact with currently and formerly enrolled students in order to provide information and referrals to needed services. LIFT anticipates serving 126 individuals.
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic $10,000

Healthcare
Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic (LBUCC) proudly provides quality care to all people, creating a safe, affordable, and accessible healthcare experience. Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic provides culturally competent primary health care to at risk population, including uninsured, and low-income clients. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, LBUCC will purchase Personal Protective Equipment for staff and offer telehealth services to clients. Funding is requested to train telehealth providers, slow the spread of COVID-19, and provide information to the community about COVID-19. They anticipate serving 6,693 individuals.
Meals on Wheels Collin County $10,000

Food
Meals on Wheels Collin County (MOWCC) exists to combat hunger and isolation among disabled and older adults by providing nutritious meals enabling them to remain healthy and independent within their families, homes, and communities. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, they have transitioned to a two-pronged approach: volunteers continue to deliver daily meals that are dropped off on doorsteps and a staff-led food delivery system where each client is given at least two weeks of shelf-stable foods. They have expanded the delivery to new clients. Additionally, they are sanitizing their facility twice a day to protect the integrity of the food. Funding is requested to support the enhanced and increased services to ensure senior clients access food and other emergency supplies like soap, hand sanitizer and paper goods. They anticipate serving 1,200 individuals.
Meals on Wheels of Denton County $14,000

Food
Meals on Wheels of Denton County's mission is to empower people to live as fully and independently as possible by providing nutrition, transportation and social services to older persons, persons with disabilities, veterans, and the general public. They have transitioned their model from a personal handoff that included time to check in with clients to a meal drop off at clients’ doors and have closed all group meal sites. Volunteers continue to call on seniors every day to make sure they are doing well and ask about specific needs. Their transportation services have transitioned to limit the number of riders per vehicle and to increase sanitizing high touch surfaces, so that clients who use the transportation services are only those who need to keep life-saving medical appointments such as dialysis and will be able to get there safely. Funding is requested to support food distribution and transportation to critical medical appointments. They anticipate serving 133 individuals.
Metrocrest $10,000

Financial Assistance, Food
Metrocrest's mission is to provide programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. They are located in Farmer’s Branch and serve Northwest Dallas county, as well as parts of Denton County, and have been a WFS Network member since 2014. Services include providing emergency rent/mortgage and utility assistance, nutritious food pantry items, financial education and coaching, GED preparations, and employment programs. They have seen an increase in requests in all services, especially their food pantry, financial assistance programs and food delivery for seniors. In the past few weeks, they have experienced a 27% increase in food distribution with over 23,000 lbs. and 19,600 meals distributed, marking the busiest week ever in the pantry. Funding is requested to support the increased food pantry services as well as the growing need for emergency housing and utilities assistance. They anticipate serving 3,000 individuals.
Minnie's Food Pantry $10,000

Food,
Financial Assistance
Minnie’s Food Pantry provides food assistance and resources to families living in low-income and food insecure households. In an effort to practice social distancing, Minnie’s Food Pantry is limiting the number of volunteers on site, meaning less hands to help an increasing workload. They also began seeing an increased number of clients due to school and work closures. Additionally, many stores that traditionally donated to Minnie’s Food Pantry no longer have the surplus to donate. An increase in demand for food distribution and a reduction in food supplied makes it difficult for Minnie’s Food Pantry to provide food to the growing number of North Texas families in need.  Funding is requested to provide food assistance and financial assistance to the growing number of families suffering the economic effects of COVID-19. They anticipate serving 30,000 individuals.
The MINT Foundation $5,000

Food & Financial Assistance
The mission of The Chocolate Mint Foundation (Mint Foundation) is to empower children and families to be self-sustaining through education, training, mentoring and service.  They provide after school learning, a STEAM Summer camp, a boxing/mentoring program for youth with behavioral challenges, and a food pantry for area families. In the past few weeks, Mint Foundation has seen an increase in families coming to their food pantry and asking for financial assistance due to job loss. Mint Foundation has transitioned their meal programs for older adults to a home delivery system that provides enough food for five days. They have also incorporated a financial assistance component when families arrive at the pantry seeking food. Funding is requested to support their food and financial assistance programs. They anticipate serving 420 clients each week across all of their programs.
Mission Arlington $10,000

Food & Financial Assistance
Mission Arlington is a faith-based organization which utilizes hundreds of volunteers and a multitude of services to assist people with their physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs. Mission Arlington provides services which include bible study, emergency assistance, food, clothing, furniture, rent and utility assistance. The shelter in place order in Dallas led to a rise in demand for financial assistance from Mission Arlington. To meet this rising need for assistance, Mission Arlington began offering drive-thru dental and medical care, in addition to delivering meals to clients. Funding is requested to provide groceries, rent/utility assistance, and counseling to families throughout Dallas. They anticipate serving 20,000 people.
Mission Central Metroplex $10,000

Food
Mission Central Metroplex seeks to empower Hurst, Euless, Bedford community members in need to improve their own quality of life by providing support through emergency and long-term assistance programs including a food pantry, mobile pantry, after-school tutoring program, and career services. They have expanded their operations to make food available to all guests as well as increased the amount of food families can receive in a year. Funding is requested to support food distribution operations, providing food four days a week at their pantry and one day a week through their mobile pantry. They anticipate the food pantry serving 1,965 families monthly and the mobile food pantry serving 245 families each month.
Mission Oak Cliff $5,000

Food
Mission Oak Cliff is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing nutritious food, clothing, and adult education classes to over 9,000 residents of Oak Cliff every year. They have seen a 50% increase in the number of people requesting food assistance and hygiene items. Many clients worked in the service industry and have been laid off because of the social distancing measures that have been implemented. Additionally, many families who were already financially strained are now having to feed children that would have otherwise been fed at school. Currently, they are providing pre-packaged groceries to families in need, using family size to determine at least a week's provision including frozen meats and fresh produce. They also continue to provide "to-go" meals for individuals experiencing homelessness and also distribute clean clothes, socks, underwear, and hygiene items. Funding is requested to support increased food pantry and meal provision to the community. They anticipate serving 10,000 individuals.

Mosaic Family Services

$10,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Healthcare
Mosaic Family Services provides culturally competent services to refugees, victims of domestic violence, and survivors of human trafficking. Mosaic Family Services supports, educates, and empowers the individuals and families of the multicultural communities they serve. Mosaic Family Services shifted their program model to adjust to CDC guidelines. Currently, Mosaic Family Services is providing rent/utility assistance, utilities, groceries, and medical assistance to clients who lost their jobs or were furloughed. Funding is requested to provide emergency shelter services to victims of family violence and human trafficking. They anticipate serving 350 individuals.

My Possibilities

$5,000

Safety & Healthcare
My Possibilities (MP) was established to fill an educational void for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). My Possibilities courageously and relentlessly pursues the full, untapped possibilities of their Hugely Important People, making every day count. Due to the shelter in place order in Dallas, My Possibilities closed on March 16th. Although My Possibilities is closed, their clients still need access to distance learning resources and telehealth support. Funding is requested to provide streaming content, ongoing programming to group homes, and telehealth support for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. They anticipate serving 625 individuals.
NAMI North Texas $3,000

Healthcare
The mission of NAMI North Texas is to relieve the effects of severe mental illnesses, now known as biological brain diseases, on individuals, family members, and society through support, education, advocacy and research. NAMI North Texas aims to prevent a rise in suicide and mental health emergencies by providing a full range of remote mental health services. To work at full capacity remotely, NAMI North Texas must provide technology that is adequate for working from home to all staff, and the transition to an online service delivery model has placed financial stress on the organization. Funding is requested to provide virtual support groups, online learning, general meetings, volunteer meetings, and other general programming to people living with a mental health condition. They anticipate serving 1,000 individuals.
Network of Community Ministries  $10,000

Food,
Financial Assistance
Network of Community Ministries cares, coaches and empowers their neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life. They are responding to community needs with food and emergency housing assistance through a modified distribution model, allowing clients to pick up packaged food orders at the rear loading dock and receive other assistance over the phone. Several neighboring food pantries have closed their doors, prompting them to fill the gap by offering their clients assistance with food. Added to this is a partnership with Richardson ISD, which involves the preparation of over 1,000 "weekend food boxes" to be distributed at school pick-up points throughout the district. Funding is requested to provide food and financial support to families as well as to collaborate with RISD to provide meals for students. They anticipate serving 4,000 individuals.
North Texas Area Community Health Centers, Inc. $15,000

Healthcare
North Texas Area Community Health Centers, Inc. (NTACHC) provides medical care for the medically under-served on the northside of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. They have continued to serve their patients who have non-emergency health needs through a tele-health program. By limiting the number of patients who do not have emergency needs, NTACHC is able to see the sickest patients. They have partnered with LabCorp to provide COVID-19 testing for clients with symptoms. Funding is requested to provide testing services and related equipment, purchase Protective Personal Equipment to ensure the safety of patients and staff, and hire staff to help meet the increased medical needs. They anticipate serving 5,000 individuals.
North Texas Public Broadcasting dba KERA $10,000

Education
The mission of North Texas Public Broadcasting is to serve North Texans through public television, radio, and multimedia resources that educate, engage, inspire, inform, and entertain. With school districts across the DFW area now closed, parents and caregivers are struggling to find high quality, curriculum-based materials at home. With ~150 school closures, many students are being educated outside of the classroom and require additional learning opportunities. KERA has restructure their curriculum-based television line up to offer free programs and digital resources aligned with Texas Essential Knowledge and skills standards. Funding is requested to work with school districts to provide children with educational programing and resources and launch a new digital channel to broadcast educational programming for high school students. They anticipate serving 1,444,000 children. 
Oak Cliff Empowered $10,000

Education, Financial Assistance
Oak Cliff Empowered, the nonprofit arm of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, partners with Methodist Health System and DCCCD to run a Patient Care Technician (PCT) Training and Certification program that offers workforce training within the healthcare industry for low-income individuals in Dallas. Methodist is currently seeing an overwhelming need to hire additional healthcare workers. Oak Cliff Empowered transitioned PCT training to distance learning. However, due to the economic status of the clients they serve, they have identified an increased need for emergency financial assistance and case management that will support individuals with continuing with the course so they can get the certification that will lead to employment. Funds are requested to provide computers for registered participants, to extend emergency financial assistance for food, cleaning supplies, hygiene items, and rental assistance, and to offer additional courses beginning in June and later this fall. They expect to enroll a total of 71 individuals in 2020.
Our Calling $10,000

Food
Our Calling's mission is to build long-term relationships with the homeless community and provide the guidance necessary to help them develop sustainable lifestyles with accountability and integrity. Services provided includes showers, laundry, clothing closet, computer, internet, & phone access, case management, mental health care (provided by IPS and MetroCare), medical care through Parkland and Baylor, SNAP in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank and veteran services provided by the VA. With many local shelters reducing the number of available beds, the number of people on the street has increased. They have pivoted their services to adapt to both the higher volume and safety precautions by purchasing outdoor hand washing stations, cellphone charging stations and bathrooms. They have also doubled the amount of food they are serving and are sending out timely news updates through the Homeless Emergency Broadcasting System they created. Funding is requested to provide basic needs to 800 people a day.
Our Friends Place $5,000

Safety & Shelter
Our Friends Place (OFP) is dedicated to helping young women break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty, and homelessness through empowering self-reliance and independence. OFP’s Transitional Learning Centers provide young women ages 18-24 with a stable home and supportive environment while they work and attend educational classes. As school and business close, many of the young women they house are losing their jobs and are uncertain of their future. Due to this uncertainty, Our Friends Place will provide educational and financial support to alleviate the stress associated with job loss, as well as food, hygiene products, laundry supplies, and other basic needs to residents who are unemployed or in school. Funding is requested to provide stability for young women in the Transitional Living Centers and continue providing case management and solutions-focused life skills to women in the Transitional Living Centers program. They anticipate serving 75 individuals.
Parkland Foundation (on behalf of Parkland Health Hospital System) $15,000

Healthcare
Parkland Foundation is dedicated to securing substantial financial resources that advance the capital, clinical, educational and research goals of Parkland Health & Hospital System. Parkland is providing access to testing, along with treatment and care to those infected. Tests initially were offered to the most vulnerable (low-income Parkland patients, seniors, first responders, and health workers). Recently, access was broadened to include anyone who is experiencing symptoms. Tests are given free of charge. Testing locations includes Parkland clinics, emergency room and hospital, as well as two drive through community 'mega sites'. Mega sites are located on Polk Street at Ellis Davis Field House and near downtown at American Airlines Center. Funding is requested to support COVID-19 testing. They anticipate testing up to 250 individuals daily.
Poiema Foundation $6,000

Safety & Shelter
The mission of the Poiema Foundation is to educate the public and raise awareness in order to prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation. They currently operate a safe house where they provide long term, trauma informed care for survivors of human trafficking. By providing for the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs, they seek to facilitate the restoration journey of their clients. Poiema offers a variety of services, including counseling, continuing education and career preparation, mentoring, healthcare, and a safe community. Due to distancing guidelines, their largest fundraiser had to be cancelled, and costs for cleaning the safe house and maintaining the health and safety of both their staff and clients have increased. Funding is therefore requested to help sustain their safe house and client services, and to retain staff.
Positive Reflection Ministries $5,000

Food,
Financial Assistance
Positive Reflection Ministries' mission is to provide resources that make positive sustainable changes through education and support services that empower families, youth, schools and communities. Services focus on supporting struggling families, disabled and elderly with food support, utilities and rent assistance and financial support for healthcare needs. They are located in Pleasant Grove, where there is a lack of social supports for struggling families. Funding is requested to support the increased volume of families coming to them for food and financial assistance. They aim to support families so they can remain in their homes as well as pay for increased cost of electricity and technology for online education and any parents who are working from home. They anticipate serving 150 individuals.
Refugee Services of Texas $10,000

Financial Assistance
Refugee Services of Texas (RST) welcomes refugees, immigrants, survivors of human trafficking and other displaced peoples and supports them in integrating and thriving in their new communities. RST clients are obliged to accept the first job available to them upon resettling in Texas. Regardless of their education level and prior experience, most individuals find themselves in entry-level positions with low pay. On average, they are able to afford their own rent, utilities and other primary needs within 90 days, but they are unable to accrue savings for several years. As a result of COVID-19, a growing number of clients have lost their jobs, or their hours have been drastically reduced. Their financial needs include assistance with rent, utilities, food, and health costs including medications. Many families have multiple children and their needs accrue quickly. Funding is requested to support emergency financial assistance for this group of individuals. They anticipate serving 40 individuals.
Rockwall County Helping Hands $5,000

Safety, Healthcare, Financial Assistance
The mission of Rockwall County Helping Hands (Helping Hands) is to serve Rockwall County residents by alleviating financial crisis and providing a medical home to the underserved.  Helping Hands offers food assistance, emergency financial assistance, and health services to vulnerable communities. With a decrease in nonprofit giving and cancellation of fundraising events in response to COVID-19, Helping Hands has seen a strain on their budget and services, as well as an increased need for PPE for their Health Center employees. Although Helping Hands is facing financial stress, they continue to provide food, emergency financial assistance and health services to their clients. Funding is requested to provide access to food to vulnerable clients, offer healthcare access to the uninsured/underinsured, and provide emergency financial assistance to vulnerable clients. They anticipate serving 1,500 individuals.
Rosa es Rojo $5,000

Education, Food, Healthcare
Rosa es Rojo makes wellness and prevention accessible for the high-risk cancer population of Hispanic women in North Texas, by educating them on the topics of nutrition, physical activity, emotional health, and positive thinking, using Spanish and culturally relevant content. COVID19 has accentuated barriers Hispanics face to access healthcare. Dallas County confirmed Hispanics are most affected by the virus with 24% of all tested cases. Funding is requested to develop and share via social media, website and ambassadors a COVID-19 Resource Directory in Spanish. They will train a task force of at least 80 Latinas to use their networks and spread information about prevention strategies, as well as connecting with current members to deliver healthy food baskets and offer mental health counseling sessions with a Licensed Therapist. They anticipate serving 590 people with direct services and almost 3,000 indirectly through their education campaign. 
Ruth's Place Clinic $3,000

Healthcare, Food
The mission of Ruth's Place is to provide high quality healthcare and social services to low income residents of Hood County through the generosity of donors and volunteers. Their clinic provides medical, counseling, ophthalmology and dental services through volunteer physicians and nurse practitioners. Patients receive care at no charge. The clinic has transitioned to offering mostly tele-healthcare, though they remain open for urgent, in-person visits. They also operate an outreach center that hosts a weekly food pantry that has seen an increase in services. After local schools closed, they began partnering with the school district and other local agencies to coordinate meal coverage for students. Funding is requested to support the increased volume of community members visiting their food bank for food and supplies as well as personal protective equipment for staff who are seeing patients during this time. They anticipate serving 1,250 - 3,000 individuals.
SafeHaven of Tarrant County $10,000

Safety
The mission of SafeHaven of Tarrant County is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention, and social change. To further their mission, SafeHaven provides comprehensive services at no cost to domestic violence victims including 24-hour care, a 24-hour crisis hotline, long term housing, and legal services. Self-isolation has led to an increase in the number and severity of domestic violence cases in Tarrant County. SafeHaven aims to meet the increased need for domestic violence services that the next 90 days will present. Funding is requested to implement overflow and quarantine spaces for families, and offer overtime and hazard pay to their staff. They anticipate serving 4,330 individuals.
The Senior Source $16,000

Safety, Financial Assistance
The Senior Source addresses concerns of those over the age of 60. The agency continually seeks to provide innovative programs that meet the mission of enhancing the overall quality of life of older adults in greater Dallas. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Senior Source has shifted their program to a remote model. Because of their focus on older adults, they have seen a huge increase in referrals and calls for support services. This has caused the Senior Source to transition to a new phone system that can handle the increased capacity. Funding is requested to meet the short-term increased demand of services caused by COVID-19. They anticipate serving 27,000 clients.
Shaken Baby Alliance $5,000

Healthcare
The Shaken Baby Alliance’s (SBA) mission is to provide support for victim families and professionals, to prevent child abuse, and to provide justice for the innocent victims of child abuse. Calls to their organization have surged by 400% over the past few months, with many families calling in need of supplies for their baby. They are also fielding urgent calls for child abuse consultations. Finally, they continue to serve families by providing emergency financial assistance, emotional support, and help navigating healthcare and legal services. Funding is requested to continue serving their clients and addressing the increased call from families and law enforcement for assistance. They anticipate serving over 300 individuals.
Sharing Life Community Outreach $15,000

Food,
Financial Assistance
Sharing Life provides services to over 20,000 residents and distributes over four million pounds of food in 35 zip codes across Dallas, Rockwall and Kaufman counties. Sharing Life’s assistance programs provide stability for families in crisis and include a food pantry, clothes closet, financial assistance, financial coaching and employment training. They have closed the facility to the public and transitioned from a client choice pantry to providing pre-packaged bags via a drive-through line in the parking lot. Before COVID-19, they were serving a record number of clients daily. Now, they are experiencing an even greater influx of families needing support services, in food and financial assistance. At least 20% of these families are new clients who have never before used Sharing Life for support. Funding is requested to support the increased food distribution and financial assistance to clients. They anticipate serving 20,000 individuals.
Shiloh Place McKinney $5,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Education
Shiloh Place McKinney equips single mothers with financial independence and personal wholeness by addressing their physical, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs. They operate on-site housing that cover 80% of a family's rental cost, support services for off-site families, and life skills classes for all clients in their programs. In order to support the increased needs of families, Shiloh Place is operating an onsite food pantry available for residents and their children, as well as financial assistance and rent support. For families living off-site, Shiloh is seeking to implement an eviction prevention program and financial assistance services. Funding is requested to support these expanded services, in addition to providing technology for home schooling, employment support services, and virtual life skills classes.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy of North Texas $10,000

Healthcare
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy of North Texas (SVdP Pharmacy) is a free standing, Class A pharmacy that provides free medication to the uninsured, low income families in North Texas. SVdP Pharmacy’s formulary consists of medications that treat various chronic health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma as well as behavioral health medications such as antidepressant and anxiety medication. Due to the economic impact of COVID-19, they have observed a significant increase in demand for their pharmacy services, with respiratory-related prescriptions topping the list. This has been compounded by the rising cost of inhalers as demand increases for COVID-19 related health issues. Additionally, they are experiencing an increase in requests for prescriptions necessary to manage chronic health conditions, indicating that individuals are following CDC recommendations to manage existing health conditions to limit the potential severity of infection if COVID-19 is contracted. SVdP Pharmacy operates with a lean staff of three: a pharmacist, pharmacy technician and intake specialist. Funding is requested to support sustained operations and to continue providing uninsured or underinsured individuals and families with vital prescription medications. They anticipate serving 1,400 individuals over the next four months.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocesan Council of Dallas $10,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Healthcare
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas (SVdP) provides emergency assistance to people in the forms of rent, utilities, food, clothing, furnishings, and medications. In addition, SVdP provides systemic change programs that address after-school education, low interest loans to combat predatory lending, employment opportunities, and free medications to uninsured, low-income families through the only nonprofit pharmacy in North Texas. They are continuing to operate and coordinate all programs while maintaining strict adherence to distancing guidelines. SVdP has received an increased demand for services, and funding is requested to support the continued delivery of financial assistance, food delivery, no cost medication and mini loan programs, while ensuring the health and safety of both their staff and clients. They anticipate serving 8,000 individuals.
The Stewpot $5,000

Food, Financial Assistance
The Stewpot offers a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs, as well as opportunities to start a new life. The Stewpot provides a range of services, including counseling and case management; therapeutic and vocational activities; educational and food security programs for children and their families; and medical, dental, and mental health resources via onsite partners. Due to job closures and social distancing in response to COVID-19, many of their clients are unable to work, resulting in an increased demand for food and financial assistance. To meet this increased demand, the Stewpot will grow their existing food program and provide financial assistance to assist families impacted by widespread job loss. Funding is requested to distribute 5 meals to 300 families weekly, prevent 50 households from facing homelessness and build on existing networks to distribute food to community agencies. They anticipate serving 9,000 individuals.
Streetside Showers $5,000

Safety & Shelter
Streetside Showers’ mission is to offer hope and help restore human dignity to the homeless community in the form of a hot shower and personal hygiene care. They provide a mobile shower service across North Texas that can be taken to different locations and provide a safe, private hygiene opportunity for homeless individuals. They have recently seen an increase in the demand for hygiene supplies and have adjusted their mobile shower events to include distribution of soap and hand sanitizer. Funding is requested to provide showers in McKinney, Denton, Plano, and Irving to promote healthy practices in the homeless community. They will also provide hygiene care items for their guests to take with them and thereby limit the spread of coronavirus among the homeless population. They anticipate providing at least 3,600 showers to the homeless community.
Tarrant County College Foundation $5,000

Financial Assistance
Tarrant County College Foundation raises and manages philanthropic support for the priorities of Tarrant County College (TCC), its students and its programs. Many low-income TCC students have part-time jobs in the service industry and most have been mandated to close. With little to no income, TCC students, many of whom are also parents, are at higher risk of dropping out of their coursework. Completing coursework and degree plans is paramount to low-income students being able to secure quality wage-sustaining jobs and gratifying careers. Keeping them in their coursework to completion is a major goal at TCC. Funding is requested to support the Student Emergency Assistance Fund that allows students to apply for support should they be on the verge of dropping out of classes due to facing a non-academic emergency. This fund provides emergency financial assistance to mitigate emergencies - pay utility bills or rent, pay for childcare or unforeseen medical bills/medicine, pay for groceries. They anticipate serving 50-60 students.
Texas Muslim Women's Foundation $10,000

Safety & Shelter, Education
Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation’s mission is to empower, promote and support all women and their families through educational, outreach, philanthropy and social services through a focus on trauma-informed and culturally sensitive services to reduce domestic violence in the Muslim community. They also offer emergency shelter for women who have experienced domestic violence. Recently they have adapted their services to follow recommended safety guidelines and have used their multilingual staff to translate important COVID-19 related information for multiple non-English speaking audiences. Finally, they have moved their counseling services to telehealth. Funding is requested to prevent disruption in domestic violence intervention services as well as continue to educate the community on healthcare issues and available social supports in various languages and culturally appropriate avenues.
Texoma Area Paratransit Systems $5,000

Food
Texoma Area Paratransit Systems' (TAPS) mission is to provide safe, reliable and affordable transportation to citizens of North Texas. They provide weekday transit service for clients in Fannin, Grayson, Cooke, Wise, Clay and Montague counties. Funding is requested to support a new partnership with Meals on Wheels to transition their fleet from transporting people to a food delivery system. The proposed project will provide transportation to deliver meals to quarantined or self-isolated individuals within the service areas. The project will also allow for a daily check in with isolated individuals and promote the effort for the public to practice social distancing in this time of crisis. It is expected that this project and partnership will make it possible to deliver meals to approximately 900 households per day. They anticipate serving a total of 2,700 individuals.
The Counseling Place $10,000

Healthcare
The Counseling Place’s (TCP) mission is to provide affordable professional counseling and education services that strengthen our community. The Counseling Place has pivoted from in-person sessions to telehealth. They created telehealth check-ins for first responders so individuals from police, fire, and EMS departments can debrief and receive support with self-care and stress management from a mental health professional. TCP will initially offer these services to Richardson, Plano, and Sachse Departments and hopefully expand services to Dallas as funding allows. They have also created social emotional learning classes for teens to be delivered by video. Finally, they’ve started a text and email system for mental wellness tips. Funding is requested to support their expanded telehealth counseling program. They anticipate serving about 2,500 individuals.
T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation $10,000

Food
T.R. Hoover’s mission is to strengthen, empower and provide collaborative services that impact the South Dallas community through affordable housing, economic, and community development. T.R. Hoover advocates and addresses the issues of poverty, economic divestment, blight, neighborhood safety, and unemployment. Located in a food desert, TR Hoover’s clients from South Dallas are struggling even more during this time. T.R. Hoover aims to supply food and personal care items to families and senior citizens in their South Dallas neighborhood, as well as provide hotspots to support the children who depend on their summer programs. Funding is requested to provide food, personal care and other essential items to families in South Dallas. They anticipate serving up to 1,650 individuals monthly.
The Turn Around Agenda $10,000

Food,
Financial Assistance
The Turn Around Agenda's mission is to rebuild communities from the inside out with comprehensive, faith-based programs and community partnerships designed to transform the lives of urban youth and families. Their program services include mentoring, basic needs assistance, medical services, food pantry, GED classes, technology classes, and job readiness support. The Turn Around Agenda has seen many more clients coming to their doors in search of emergency food assistance, cleaning supplies and protective gear for individuals taking care of their homebound family members, technology for students to participate in distance learning and ongoing financial support for families facing financial difficulties. Funding is requested to support the increase in client volume seeking out these emergency services. They anticipate serving 2,500 individuals.
Union Gospel Mission $10,000

Safety
Union Gospel Mission's (UGM) mission is to minister to the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of the homeless in Dallas County. Last year, UGM provided services to 2,888 homeless men, women, and children (unduplicated) who stayed at a UGM shelter. UGM operates Calvert Place, a men’s shelter, and Center of Hope, a shelter for women and children, as well as offering affordable housing at two apartment complexes. During the COVID-19 crisis, UGM has adjusted their programs and spaces to follow CDC guidelines. They have seen a 65% increase in the number of people they typically serve in a day and are housing nearly 700 men, women and children across their campuses. Funding is requested to continue serving an increased number of clients and maintain the health of many homeless individuals and families. They anticipate serving 700 individuals.
V-Care Clinic $5,000

Healthcare
V-Care Clinic seeks to increase access to high quality, integrated primary and behavioral; dental and preventive health care and to provide community education and resources to improve the health literacy and health care of undeserved and vulnerable populations without their ability to pay. They have transitioned most of their clinic services to telehealth and implemented continuous deep cleaning of the clinic for in-person visits. Recently they have seen an increase in clients who are visiting them for the first time after losing employment and health insurance. Funding is requested to continue clinic services and telehealth for clients with diabetes and heart disease, in order to keep clients from emergency services. They anticipate serving 2,500 individuals.
The Way Back House $5,000

Food
The Way Back provides support services to formerly incarcerated citizens and veterans to help change trajectories and reenter society. The Way Back creates pathways to economic mobility through career training & education, mentorship and employment, empowering individuals to become stable, restoring families and creating safer communities. Each month, approximately 700 individuals return to North Texas from correctional facilities, and even under normal circumstances, these individuals face many barriers to successful reentry. The Texas Department of Public Safety temporarily suspending operations has created an additional obstacle for those seeking to obtain/renew their IDs, preventing them from employment and obtaining social services. The Way Back has launched remote Case Management Support and Learning Management System access, working with correctional facilities to ensure the community is aware of resources for these individuals. Funding is requested to continue emergency relief, wrap-around services, housing assistance, food, transportation, and for other basic needs. They anticipate serving 50 individuals.
Wesley Rankin Community Center $10,000

Food
Nestled in the heart of West Dallas, Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WRCC) is a 118-year-old organization that provides education and resources to drive community transformation. WRCC has adjusted programming to support families and individuals in accessing food. Funding is requested to support food distribution for their senior program, Casa Feliz, which has seen an escalated need for nutritious food for seniors quarantined in their homes. Normally, WRCC provides approximately 400-500 meals a week to West Dallas seniors, all served with an awareness of dietary needs, as many of these elderly senior citizens are diabetic. Approximately 80% of seniors in the program are reliant on their meal service for their primary source of nutrition. To continue meeting the need of nutritious food security, they will be delivering groceries biweekly. They will serve 50 seniors who depend on WRCC for their daily meals.
West Dallas Community School $10,000

Food,
Education
West Dallas Community School (WDCS) provides students with a challenging educational experience designed to prepare them to live purposefully and intelligently. WDCS has received reports of students' parents losing their jobs and most of the families do not have financial reserves. 81% of students qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Breakfast and Lunch Program. They have switched from providing breakfast and lunch daily, to providing pre-packaged meals for families to pick up. They also began a telehealth line for parents to connect with the licensed professional counselor on staff. Finally, many families do not have internet access, so they are connecting them with free community resources. They will serve the student body of 260 students.
West Fort Worth Center of Hope, Inc. $5,000

Food, Financial Assistance
West Fort Worth Center of Hope helps families in the Western Hills/Las Vegas Trail community achieve higher levels of self-sufficiency. They assist families in need by providing groceries; helping with rent and utility bills; offering camp experiences for children; and maintaining contact regularly to offer information on food and other available resources. This community has been very hard hit by layoffs due to the ongoing shut down and families face the possibility of being out of work for an extended period of time which can lead to eviction. Funding is requested to support ongoing and increased services in their community to maintain healthy and adequate food as well as financial assistance with rent, utilities, gas and other needs. They are already working with several apartment complexes and have established a system of texts and phone calls to help residents stay connected to resources. They anticipate serving 250 with financial assistance and 10,000 individuals with food.
Women Called Moses $10,000

Safety
Women Called Moses seeks to prevent and end the cycles of domestic violence through education, research, resources and advocacy programs. Most of their clients are from Dallas' Southern Sector. Since 2004, Women Called Moses has employed an emergency mobile case management model because of the lack of domestic violence shelter beds. This model, along with their partnership with various hotels, allows them to provide women and their children with immediate and safe housing. All clients also receive daily crisis case management. After families are safely in shelter, Women Called Moses staff work to secure long-term safe housing in apartments and shared housing units. They are seeing an increase of daily calls for shelter and assistance, many calls coming from Parkland as clients are being released. Additionally, the Arlington Police Department has referred several assault clients to the agency. Funding is requested to support the increase in clients that they are placing in temporary hotel rooms. They anticipate serving 150 individuals.
Youth Believing in Change $5,000

Food, Financial Assistance, Education
Youth Believing in Change, located in the Vickery Meadow Community, serves as an after-school and summer tutoring program for low-income and refugee children in Dallas. While their after-school program is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they are addressing several key issues of the children and families in the Vickery Meadow community. They are providing access to nutritious food at Vickery Baptist Church, financial assistance to low-income families for emergency expenses, and computers for children who do not currently have them in their homes. Teachers are calling students on a daily and weekly basis to ensure they are receiving the help needed during this crisis. Funding is requested to support the emergency food and financial assistance to the community members of Vickery Meadow. They anticipate serving 250 individuals.
Youth Revive $8,000

Education, Community Building
Youth Revive's mission is to ignite youth by empowering them to become character-driven “revivalists” who is someone that seeks to reconnect, rebuild, and revive communities. Their Ignite Me Action Civics Curriculum is a 12-week program bringing character education and action civics to five Dallas ISD high schools. Prior to the Coronavirus, over 100 Ignite Me students were preparing for Youth Revive's Spring 2020 Community Action Project Day, the capstone event for students participating in the program. In response, Youth Revive launched a Virtual COVID-19 Think Tank Project. Funding is requested to provide 100 students access to via Zoom Conferencing and Google Classroom. Students will be paired off to discuss ways COVID-19 has impacted their community, research the history of the virus, analyze different prevention methods, and identify various solution that can be applied in the community, focusing on critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration.
 
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At Communities Foundation of Texas, our vision is thriving communities for all. That vision resonates with nearly everyone and yet our communities have major structural gaps, stemming from centuries of inequities and injustices that affect us today. These gaps are especially challenging and require a personal and collective commitment towards lasting change.