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We believe all Texans deserve the opportunity to engage in meaningful work and to acquire assets that help their families support themselves and advance economically. 

Yet, North Texas’ poverty is higher than the national average — two out of five households couldn’t stay above the federal poverty level for three full months should they lose their main source of income. Unfortunately, financial insecurity not only destabilizes families, but also erodes the vitality of our region.

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Allen Community Outreach helps their neighbors to prevent hunger and homelessness while working towards financial stability. ACO offers income support which includes food, clothing, utility, and housing assistance, medical visits and prescriptions assistance; and Education and Employment Services including GED classes, college assistance, financial coaching, and career counseling. Expansion of services throughout Collin County have more than doubled the number of families served annually. Funding will support preventing hunger and homelessness throughout Collin County and support the Working Families Success (WFS) financial stability programs.

Catholic Charities of Dallas seeks to address the root causes of poverty, hunger, and homelessness by serving, educating, and empowering all those in need. Primary focus areas include addressing poverty and alleviating hunger through their financial stability & career services program and food programs; addressing homelessness through their center for chronically homeless; and providing educational building blocks for young children and families. Last year, they served over 50,000 people in need, and nearly 90% of every dollar raised supports direct services. Funding will support our mobile food pantries that serve North Texas food deserts and social services for low-income families, children and seniors.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth was established in 1910 to meet the needs of society’s vulnerable. Its vision is to end poverty, one family at a time. Core programs include Padua, a case management intervention that moves families out of poverty; Stay the Course, designed to improve community college persistence and completion rates; and Transportation Services, which provides on-demand rides to healthcare appointments, school, and jobs. After two years, Padua families on average earned 25% more than a living wage and decreased their expenses from 140% to 89% of their stable income. Funds will support Padua, which combines holistic case management, targeted financial assistance, and coaching to move families out of poverty.

Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) lifts women with children from poverty to possibility through homeless services, free child development programs, and financial stability. Core programs include an on-site homeless shelter for women, off-site housing for families, four child care centers and financial stability services. Last year, CTL served 1,532 individuals and over 1,000 families. Funding will provide general operating support; $15 keeps a homeless child off the streets and in the safety of nurturing classroom for one full day and $1,000 shelters a family for an entire year.

Christian Community Action's (CCA) mission is to provide comprehensive services that alleviate suffering, bring hope, and change lives. Core programs include Family Assistance Services, where we provide financial assistance for rent, utilities, and childcare; Food Pantry, the largest in North Texas that provides 2.1 million pounds of food; Life Skills that has GED and ESL classes, budgeting, and computers; and counseling. CCA has served over 6,000 individuals with food, financial assistance, and walked with them from instability to self-sufficiency. Funding will support general operating costs for Rescue, Relief, and Restorative services and programs.

CLC, Inc.'s mission is to provide job seekers with model education, training, and employment services that lead to progressive careers. Core programs include career school training courses in welding, machining, manufacturing and aircraft assembly. CLC, Inc. also manages programs providing services specifically to veterans, at-risk youth, reentry, and other underserved/hard to serve populations. In the past year, CLC, Inc. trained approximately 630 people, dispensed over $100,000 to combat veterans in dire financial distress, and achieved an 80% GED success rate with at-risk youth. Funding will support the expansion and improvement of facilities for training; program operating funds, and supportive services for clients.

DreamSpring’s vision is underserved entrepreneurs having access to safe, affordable credit to realize business dreams--an economy that works for all. Core programs provide financial/social capital to entrepreneurs locked out of traditional capital flows; Presto--fast, affordable credit up to $40,000; Levanta--bilingual technical assistance to Spanish-speaking clients; and Credit-Builder--loans up to $1,000 for clients with low/no credit scores. In 2018, DreamSpring issued 1,444 loans totaling $18.5 million; 89% of clients were low-to-moderate income, minority, and/or women entrepreneurs. Funding helps deploy capital via targeted outreach, application conversion, technical assistance, client support, and networking & educational events.

Dress for Success Dallas aims to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools that help them thrive. Core programs include Interviewing skills, resume writing, suiting, and maintenance through the Professional Women’s Group (PWG). In 2018, Dress for Success Dallas served over 2,500 women, more than 75% of whom obtained employment. Additionally, Dress for Success Dallas maintained 100% retention for PWG. Funding will support general operating costs for client services and the Professional Women’s Group program.

Harmony Community Development Corporation strengthens families and revitalizes neighborhoods through community-driven and solution-oriented approaches. Core programs include: 1) a Food Pantry/Resource Center; 2) a Self Sufficiency Program (HELP - Harmony Empowered Living Program); and 3) a Counseling Center. In 2018, they reached over 300 clients monthly through their food pantry, resource center and counseling center. Funds are requested to support their core programs.

The mission of Hugs Cafe Inc is to enhance the lives of adults with diverse abilities through training and employment. Through their Hugs Cafe, Hugs Prep, and Hugs Greenhouse programs, they provide on-the-job training and competitively-paid employment in both food service and horticulture to provide meaningful work, dignity, and an inclusive environment for all abilities. In 2018, they provided over 11,000 hours paid on-the-job training and expanded into their third training and employment program, Hugs Greenhouse. Funding will support general operating costs for existing programs, updates to Hugs Cafe kitchen equipment, and new Hugs Greenhouse equipment.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas (JFS) provides professional, effective, affordable mental health and social services to promote lifelong self-sufficiency and well-being for anyone in need. Core programs include Mental Health services for adults, seniors and children; Employment and Financial Stability resources; and Basic Needs services such as a food pantry, case management and emergency financial assistance. In 2018, JFS served over 13,000 members. Funds are requested for mental health services for low-income children and adults, employment and financial stability programs, and support for low-income home-bound elderly.

JUST invests in low-income female entrepreneurs in order to create more resilient communities and help people live with less stress and more joy. Core programs include Capital, small loans based on trust instead of credit scores; Coaching, client leaders create and lead weekly lending circles of 3-10 women to cultivate encouragement and accountability; Community, lending circles create a support system that helps clients reach their financial goals. Since JUST’s launch in 2016, JUST has loaned $3.5M+ to 650+ female entrepreneurs, made 2,500+ loans, checked 0 credit scores, and reported a 99.3% repayment rate. Funding will support the loan capital needed to serve hundreds of thousands of hard-working female entrepreneurs across Texas.

The MEED Center assists low-to-moderate income populations with business development, entrepreneurial support, and job readiness training. Core programs include the Business Assistance Program, for business start-ups and micro-enterprise as alternatives to employment and job opportunities; the English Language (ESL) Program, for immigrants and refugees to prepare and integrate into the community; and the Woman and Youth Leadership Programs for empowerment. In the past year, the MEED Center graduated over 250 persons from the Business Assistance and Entrepreneurship program. Funding will support the administrative and operational expenses to assist refugees and Low-to-moderate income individuals (LMIs).

Metrocrest Services' mission is to provide programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Metrocrest provides comprehensive programming to address gaps in finances, health, transportation, and nutrition to holistically end poverty for individuals, families, and seniors. Services include rent/mortgage and utility assistance, food pantry items, financial education, and employment programs. Metrocrest Services is a Top 1 Tier agency for North Texas Food Bank and participates in the First Working Families Success cohort. In the last year, Metrocrest Services served over 12,000 neighbors. Funding will support families and seniors who are precariously housed by providing long-term support and bundled services through WFS.

Miles of Freedom's mission is to equip, empower, employ, and provide support for individuals, families, and communities impacted by Incarceration. Core programs include Re-entry Assistance - Dedicated to empowering individuals with a focus on quality of life and employment; Family Visitation Shuttle - Helping families stay connected to incarcerated loved ones; and Produce Distribution- Supports the community by providing free access to healthy foods. In the past year, Miles of Freedom served over 450 adults and 3,000 youth and opened a second location in West Dallas. Additionally, Miles of Freedom serves 600 families weekly through produce distribution. Funding will support general operating costs to assist more clients, building the capacity of Produce Distribution, and launching a resource fund for clients.

Network of Community Ministries' mission is to care, coach, and empower neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life. Core programs include Emergency Services (food, clothing, rent/utility assistance), Senior’s Net (supplemental food, handyman service, companion calls, and referrals), and Stabilization Programs (Pathways case management/stability planning, Job Resource Center, Financial Empowerment Classes). Network successfully launched a new mobile pantry in partnership with the Richardson ISD to help serve more kids and families in underserved areas. Funds are needed to support general operational costs for multiple programs, specifically the new Mobile Pantry and expansion of the Pathways Program.

On the Road Lending provides affordable loans for reliable cars to help low-income people overcome transportation barriers to live fuller lives. On the Road Lending services include financial education, vehicle selection services, and financial mentoring through the life of the loan to help working families improve their credit and build assets. A reliable car helps them find and retain employment, live healthier lives, and avoid predatory lenders. On the Road Lending recently retired their 100th loan, reported their highest credit score gain of 0 to 750 in four months, and reported their shortest time to pay off a loan, 6 months. Funding will support coaches who help clients complete their applications, build budgets, pay loans on time, and select cars that clients can afford.

Per Scholas' mission is to open doors to technology careers for individuals from often overlooked communities. Per Scholas’ primary offering in Dallas is Network Support: a 15-week, full-time, tuition-free IT training leading to industry-recognized certification(s) in order to build a more diverse technical workforce by creating educational onramps for groups staggeringly underrepresented in the tech sector. In the past year, Per Scholas relocated to a larger, more accessible Downtown Dallas site to accommodate a nearly 350% increase of students trained in additional tech courses. Funding will support tuition-free IT training which includes career development and job placement assistance up to two years post-graduation.

Prison Entrepreneurship Program’s (PEP) mission is to harness the entrepreneurial instincts of incarcerated men to transform their futures, their families and their communities. PEP's core programs include three phases, the Leadership Academy (LA), where transferred participants begin a 3-month, in-prison character development program; the Business Plan Competition (BPC), an intensive, 6-month "mini-MBA" program; and Re-entry Services, comprehensive post-release services. In the past year, PEP has attained 100% client employment within 90 days of release, 361 businesses started; five generating $1MM+ in revenue, and an 8% 3-year recidivism rate, compared to 23% in Texas. Funding will support the Workforce Training and Entrepreneurship Development Program (LA and BPC), Re-entry Services, and Transitional Housing.

Sharing Life Community Outreach exists to demonstrate compassion by providing dignified, benevolent services to families in Southeast Dallas, Rockwall, and Kaufman County. Core Programs include Basic Client Services (food pantry and clothing closet) and their Financial Empowerment Center. Sharing Life is one of two hubs for North Texas Food Bank, and distributed 4.9 million pounds of food in 2019. They also provided 7,000 food backpacks to students on school break and paid $480,000 in utility assistance to help families manage crisis. Funding is needed to expand their volunteer program to match the increased need in their community and support our retail food reclamation efforts.

St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas is a volunteer organization that provides financial, material and emotional support to residents in North Texas. Core programs include emergency financial aid for those in crisis, a charitable pharmacy that provides free prescription medications to the uninsured, low-interest mini loans combined with financial coaching for those wanting to escape predatory payday loans, and an award-winning after school program. In the past year, St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas dispensed a $2M value of 10K free prescription to the uninsured, $1.4M payday saved through Mini Loan conversions, and served 135 students StudyTime. Funding will support the general operating costs required to dispense prescription meds to the uninsured/poor, financial coaching and collateral for Mini Loans, and Emergency Aid.

Year Up’s vision is a future where every young adult will be able to reach their potential and their mission is to close the Opportunity Divide. Year Up provides high support, high expectation workforce development programming. In one year, Year Up students gain six months of technical and soft skills training, earn college credits in business or IT, and complete a six month internship with corporations such as JPMorganChase, AT&T, and Top Golf. Year Up graduates earn an average salary of $41,600. In 2018, 70% were employed in Year Up related jobs and 94% were employed and/or enrolled in college. Funding will support general operating costs for our workforce development program and capacity building efforts to serve more young adults in DFW.

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