Social Services

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

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2nd Saturday CDC
Founded in 2011, 2nd Saturday provides home restoration services to low-income seniors in west and south Dallas, most of whom are women with monthly incomes of less than $800. It has also started a lawn care business called 2S Industries, which employs at-risk men who have either committed a felony, been formerly incarcerated, or have had connections to gangs and/or drug sales. 2nd Saturday requests funding for home renovations, including wheelchair ramps, and building functional kitchens and bathrooms; as well as salary expenses for a new caseworker and an administrative position. Funding is also requested for developing and implementing an apprenticeship program that will employ at-risk men with 2S Industries for a year while delivering job and life skills training.
www.2ndsaturday.org
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6 Stones Missions Network
6 Stones Missions Network collaborates with government, school districts, churches, nonprofits and businesses to provide: emergency food and clothing; a home refurbishment initiative known as Community Powered Revitalization (CPR) to help homeowners keep their homes to code; school supplies; and Christmas gifts for children who would go without. Clients include low-income, veterans, single parents, disabled, handicap or elderly. Funds are requested to support school supplies, food, clothing and renovations to the 25 homes in the seven cities that 6 Stones serves: Euless, Bedford, Hurst, Watauga, Richland Hills, Haltom City and Cleburne.
www.6stones.org
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Achieving Leadership Institute
Achieving Leadership Institute serves as a resource for single parents and at-risk children in Desoto by providing nutritional, educational and skill enrichment summer and after school programs that instill and reinforce cohesive family values. Funds are requested to support after school programming on: valuing all cultures and ethnicities; nutrition and wellness for teenage girls; and anti-bullying.
www.youngscholarsinc.org
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Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT)
ACT uses pro-bono legal assistance to clean up neighborhoods by shutting down drug houses and eliminating crime and urban blight to create safer neighborhoods in west and south Dallas. Funds are requested to complete ongoing efforts in the Cross Hampton area of West Dallas. Funds are also requested to support replication of ACT's model in the Mill City/Frazier neighborhood in South Dallas.
www.actforjustice.org
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Advocates for Special People
Advocates for Special People provides intellectually disabled adults with programs for socialization, recreation, and life skills development. The organization was formed in 1997 by a group of parents of young adults who had "aged out" of school- and government-provided educational and socialization programs. It became a nonprofit in 2002 and now provides services to 86 clients across three locations in Arlington. Advocates for Special People requests capital funds to support the purchase of an additional van to transport clients to field trips and activities, as well as operational funds to support transportation costs and training and development of staff and clients.
www.advocatesforspecialpeople.org
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Agape Resource & Assistance Center
Agape Resource & Assistance Center serves urgent and unmet shelter needs of women, their children and dependents in poverty and crisis. The organization is seeking funding for the following: 1) renovations of a new facility that will make space for six more residents; 2) supplemental funds for preschool day care for working Agape moms; and 3) support to fund a full-time caseworker.
www.hope4agape.com
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Akola Project
Akola Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission-related jewelry business that uses economic development to equip women living in extreme poverty in Uganda, as well as sexual trafficking survivors and immigrant women in Dallas. Clients are provided with vocational training, personal development and earned income so they have resources to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Funds are requested to support at least 16 women earning a living wage through the Akola jewelry business in 2016. The organization plans to grow its Dallas reach to 85 women by 2019.
www.akolaproject.org
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Alley's House
Alley's House works to help teen mothers by providing counseling, life skills training, and workforce development. The organization is seeking funding to expand its Pathways to Independence program that provides teen moms comprehensive support consisting of GED tutoring, professional development, financial literacy and parent training. Alley's House has been afforded a larger facility for its Pathways program, allowing them to expand from serving 80 moms to 150 or more annually. Funds are also requested for the Healthy Moms, Healthy Kids program that provides fitness workshops and access to health care, and funds are also needed to continue the organization's community outreach curriculum for pregnant teen moms in area school districts.
www.alleyshouse.org
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Alliance for Children
Established in 1992, Alliance for Children, Tarrant County's Children's Advocacy Center, provides safety, healing and justice for victims of child abuse it serves. Funds are requested to provide a personal safety curriculum for Tarrant County children in Pre-K-8th grade on how to recognize, resist and report child abuse and how to stay safe on the internet. Additionally, funds are requested to support the conversion of the intake process from manual to digital, lessening stress for families, helping AFC's staff, and improving efficiency/productivity.
www.allianceforchildren.org
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Alliance for Greater Works
Alliance for Greater Works increases the potential of mission-driven leaders, organizations and investors working together to achieve large scale social change in under-resourced communities. Funds are requested to help nonprofit leaders and organizations impact under-resourced communities through project management and consulting support. Funds are also requested to support their Debt Boot Camp, designed to support South Dallas/Fair Park residents to get out of debt and build a long-term sustainable financial solution. Finally funds are requested to support an African American faith-based mental health initiative, which will work to reduce the stigmas associated with mental health in local African American churches.
www.allianceforgreaterworks.org
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Arlington Life Shelter
Arlington Life Shelter offers a pathway to self-sufficiency to homeless men, women and children in the North Texas area by providing food, shelter, educational programs and assistance in securing and maintaining employment. The organization is seeking funding for the following: 1) job coaching, training and certification opportunities to prepare homeless residents to secure employment with additional responsibility and compensation at either their current or a similar employer; and 2) weekly family literacy nights for homeless parents and their children.
www.arlingtonlifeshelter.org
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Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA
Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Funds are requested to support the Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, which teaches children in 21 school sites strategies to make healthier lifestyle choices in an effort to combat childhood obesity. Additional funds are requested to support the organization's Diabetes Prevention Program that provides a 16-session course to equip diabetic clients with a lifestyle coach, training on healthy eating, overcoming stress and getting started with physical activity.
www.ymca-arlington.org
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Assistance Center of Collin County
The Assistance Center of Collin County brings carefully qualified and prompt short-term assistance to individuals and families in financial crisis to help them regain self-sufficiency. The organization is seeking funding for: 1) its family stabilization program, which aims to remove the threat of eviction and utility disconnection with financial assistance; and 2) scholarship funds for its education and training programs, which aim to provide individuals with a marketable skill that will lead to a living wage.
www.assistancecenter.org
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Assistance League of Dallas
Assistance League of Dallas is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to assisting the young, the elderly and the abused. The organization is seeking funding for its Cheers for Children at Children's Health Campus through which volunteers visit the hospital four times a week and provide each patient the opportunity to select a toy or craft.
www.aldal.org
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Battered Women's Foundation
Battered Women's Foundation, located in North Richland Hills, helps battered women and their children by providing temporary shelter, as well as physical mental, spiritual and educational support. Last year, the organization's four-person team served nearly 200 clients (102 women and 91 children). Funding is requested for the organization's Emergency Care Program that is a two-year program designed to heal all areas of a clients client. The program's services include counseling, emergency food and clothing, temporary shelter, as well as assistance finding permanent housing, education, and child care.
www.bwf1.com
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Behind Every Door Ministries
Behind Every Door works collaboratively to improve underserved communities, with a concentration of partner organizations in education, employment/financial health, physical/emotional health, spiritual health, social issues and role models. The organization presently serves two locations, one in Vickery Meadow and one in Willow Pond at the edge of Vickery Meadow. Funds are requested for the following: 1) to expand their existing afterschool arts program, provided in partnership with Big Thought, to the Willow Pond location; 2) to support an additional 75 students by purchasing 20 more iPads and 75 additional computers; and 3) to sponsor the salary for the Willow Pond Community Director.
www.behindeverydoor.org
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Better Block Foundation
The Better Block Foundation equips citizens to beautify and improve their neighborhoods through additions such as street art, bike lanes and pop-up food markets/retailers. Funds are requested to finish the buildout of Better Block's headquarters in Oak Cliff, allowing for space for educational classes, meetings and events. Funds are also requested to employ five AmeriCorps members, and to work with a local high school's auto shop students to teach them about digital fabrication and employ their help in the urban improvement project for Lake Cliff Park.
www.betterblock.org
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Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Born 2 Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center, located in Denton County, serves riders with disabilities who are ages 3-50+. Funds are requested to support the Rider Scholarship Program to ensure that no rider is turned away due to inability to pay. Funds are also requested for Heroes for Horses, which ensures all therapy horses receive necessary care and maintenance.
www.born2betec.org
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Bridge Lacrosse
Bridge Lacrosse is a sports-based youth development organization that trains about 300 student athletes in Lacrosse through a summer season and a fall after-school season. Funds are requested to recruit high school students to lead the fall after-school season, as well as for the equipment required by the athletes.
www.bridgelacrossedallas.org
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Bridges Safehouse
Bridges Safehouse is a ministry in Cedar Hill that provides shelter and support for homeless, pregnant, parenting women and their children. In addition, residents are provided with life skills training, counseling and mentoring. Funds are requested to lease a 12-unit townhome property, which will allow them to expand from serving about 30 women and 20 children annually to about 45 women and 30 children annually.
www.bridgessafehouse.org
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Bright Light Volunteers International
Bright Light Volunteer International is a global program that sends high school volunteers to other countries such as Albania, Cambodia and Guatemala to provide services such as English language instruction, school repairs, and teaching assistance in science, math and art. Funds are requested for the Students take FLYTE (Fund for Learning and Youth Travel Education) scholarship plan to allow up to 20 low-income Dallas ISD students to participate in one of the organization's international service programs.
www.brightlightvolunteers.org
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Brighter Tomorrows
Based in Irving, Brighter Tomorrows, works to reduce violence and empower victims of domestic violence by providing emergency safe shelter and support services. Funding will support the organization's two-year transitional housing program for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and homeless families. Brighter Tomorrows sets these clients on a path to save money, pay off debts, and gain the tools to move into permanent housing. Other funding needs include support for the agency's emergency shelter where clients are able to meet with a case manager to devise a service plan specific to the individual's needs.
www.brightertomorrows.net
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Buckner Children and Family Services
Buckner Children and Family Services provides residential programs for at-risk children and community-based services to youth and families. Funds are requested to support the organization's foster care and adoption needs: 1) Foster Care Summer Camp Scholarships, for summer camp for foster children and their families; 2) extracurricular activities for foster children, including sports, dance, music and field trips; and 3) counseling services for foster care children who have experienced trauma.
www.buckner.org
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buildingcommunityWORKSHOP
The buildingcommunityWORKSHOP (bcWorkshop) is a community design center that seeks to improve the livability and viability of communities, with a particular focus on low-to-moderate income neighborhoods. The organization works in a variety of capacities, such as architecture and landscape design, community engagement, geographic and urban data analytics, documentary films and media, and policy development. Funds are requested for the following: 1) bcAnalytics Data Ecosystem Project, a system that will allow users to make informed decisions through access to standardized data for Dallas' healthcare, education and transportation; 2) Dallas Neighborhood Revitalization and Stabilization, in which young architects live in and design permanent supportive housing for low-income neighborhoods; and 3) Public Design Impact Initiative, which fosters collaboration between neighborhood project needs and organizations with design resources, resulting in new medians, environmental projects, signage and more.
www.bcworkshop.org
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Camp Summit
Camp Summit provides barrier-free outdoor experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence to children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. It anticipates serving more than 2,600 campers in 2016. The organization seeks funding to support tuition assistance for campers with financial need; funding to help close out the capital campaign for the new permanent, 460-acre rural campus in Paradise, Texas; and four student nurse positions, which will increase capacity to provide campers with medical care and give student nurses hands-on experience with caring for campers with a variety of disabilities.
www.campsummittx.org
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Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence works to enhance the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs free of charge and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships for the human and canine teams they form. They have an ongoing partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health to open their sixth assistance dog training center. Funding is requested for repair of the outdoor concrete dog run, spay/neuter of dogs in training, and for a customized van that is able to safely transport up to a dozen dogs and their trainers in a single vehicle.
www.cci.org/southcentral
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CareCenter Ministries
CareCenter Ministries works to address issues of addiction, poverty and crime through a variety of programs and services, including a residential treatment facility. Funds are requested for capital support to expand the CareCenter's sleeping area and bathroom facilities for their clients by 700 square feet. Additional funds are requested to complete a second phase of improvements to the playground at their community center, including installing new fencing and playground equipment.
www.carecenterministries.org
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Casa del Lago
Casa del Lago serves the Bachman Lake community with faith-based counseling, and early childhood and adult educational programming. Funds are requested to: 1) open two additional early childhood education programs, expanding students served from 30 to 60; 2) add a counseling intern, allowing them to serve an additional 10 clients per week; and 3) support their adult English as a Second Language (ESL) programming .
www.casadellago.org
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CASA of Collin County
CASA of Collin County promotes and protects the best interest of children who have been abused or neglected by training volunteer advocates to improve each foster child's quality of life and serve as their voice within the court system to ensure they are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home. Funds are requested to support the CASA Child Advocacy Program to allow for continued training and support of volunteers to serve 100% of the children in foster care in Collin County. Annually the organization serves more than 500 children with about 200 advocates.
www.casaofcollincounty.org
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Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Catholic Charities Fort Worth works to end poverty through a range of services for children, families, seniors, the working poor, immigrants and refugees. The organization is seeking funding for its recently launched job-readiness and workforce services program and for the support of its transportation program, which provides services to clients who need transportation to work, a medical appointment or other important events.
www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org
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Catholic Charities of Dallas
Catholic Charities of Dallas has been serving the Dallas community since 1891, when it operated as the St. Joseph Home orphanage. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that serves children and their families, the working poor, the elderly, refugees, and immigrants. Funds are requested to support its Financial Stability & Career Services, which delivers financial education, job coaching and vocational training to help low-income families lift themselves out of poverty.
www.ccdallas.org
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Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation
The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Advancement Foundation benefits the charitable, religious and educational efforts of the Diocese. Funds are requested for tuition assistance for students enrolled in Fort Worth Catholic schools, as well as professional development for Catholic school teachers. Additional funds are requested to support the tuition and other relocation costs to move students from a school that is closing, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School, to the new Cristo Rey Fort Worth High School.
www.fwdioc.org
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Cedar Hill Shares (formerly Sharing the Bread)
Cedar Hill Shares (formerly Sharing the Bread) provides food, clothing and other assistance to Cedar Hill residents in need. The organization is seeking funding to build a new facility so that it can combine its food pantry and thrift store in one place. This would help the organization cut costs and give clients a one-stop experience.
www.cedarhillfoodpantry.org
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Center for Survivors of Torture
Center for Survivors of Torture provides psychological, medical and legal services for refugees who have survived torture in their native countries. Funds are requested for ongoing program costs to meet the needs of the 500 served annually. Approximately 30% of the agency's clients come from Cuba, approximately 19% from Burma, and about 15% from Iraq. The organization partners with multiple healthcare and nonprofit agencies to identify clients in need of services.
www.cstnet.org
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Center for Transforming Lives
The Center for Transforming Lives, formerly the YWCA of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, moves women, children, and families from poverty to independence through housing stability, affordable child care, and financial empowerment services. Funds are requested for the following: 1) 10 laptops to be used in their Job Readiness and Skill Development training; 2) to replace old furniture, equipment, rugs and educational toys in 10 of 19 early childhood classrooms; and 3) to help match a $70,000 federal grant for Individual Development Accounts, matched savings accounts to help 35 more women and families move closer to independence.
www.transforminglives.org
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Chase's Place
Chase's Place is a small private day school in Richardson for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Funds are requested for tuition assistance for the students of Chase's Place, as well as funds for the occupational, physical, recreational, speech and music therapy provided by the school.
www.chasesplace.org
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Children at Risk
CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the root causes of poor public policies affecting children. Through their many partnerships and outreach activities, C@R works to improve outcomes for North Texas children through four priority issue areas: human trafficking, child health, public education, and family well-being. Funds are requested to support the publication of the Texas School Guide, which provides information and rankings of individual public and charter schools across the state.
www.childrenatrisk.org
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Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County
Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County provides justice and healing for abused and neglected children in Denton County. Funds are requested to support the $4 million campaign for a new building that will allow the agency to increase its capacity from serving 1,800 to 2,300 children annually. Funds are also requested to support the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) program, as well as counseling for child victims of trauma.
www.cacdc.org
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Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action provides comprehensive social services that range from a food pantry to financial assistance, as well as adult clinical care, educational programs and housing. The organization is seeking funding for financial assistance to be put toward housing costs for clients at risk of homelessness.
www.ccahelps.org
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Citizens Development Center
Citizens Development Center provides job training and employment services to individuals with severe intellectual, physical, and/or mental health disabilities. It has served adults with disabilities for more than 30 years and currently reaches more than 450 clients annually. Funding is requested to support its Veterans Employment Program which assists veterans with job training, resume creation and achieving employment. The organization also requests funding to support tuition/transportation assistance and art enrichment activities for its Work Center Program, which provides vocational training, life skills instruction, and paid work opportunities to individuals with severe disabilities.
www.citizensdevelopmentcenter.org
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Collin County Child Protective Services
Collin County Child Protective Services (CCCP) is a separate nonprofit organization that works with Child Protective Services, CASA of Collin County, and the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County to increase awareness about child abuse and neglect and to identify and pioneer solutions that create better outcomes for children in foster care. Funds are requested to plan and conduct a community needs assessment to help identify best practices for foster care; uncover issues and gaps in the delivery of services; and map current resources and potential partners for collaboration.
www.ccfosterfriends.org
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Comfort and Joy
Comfort and Joy is a grass-roots organization born our of an Eagle Scout project and purchases new coats for the homeless that are distributed through Collin County homeless service providers. Funds are requested to purchase new coats, and to expand the program to include interview suits and text book scholarships for homeless students. Current agency partners include Allen Community Outreach, Samaritan Inn in McKinney and CITY House in Plano.
www.comfortandjoyusa.org
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Community Clothes Closet
Community Clothes Closet provides clothing to low-income families in Denton and the surrounding counties. Funds are requested for its Back to School New Socks and Underwear Event that expects to serve more than 600 children, and for a portable storage unit to house overflow coats and merchandise. Funds are also requested to support the capital campaign to move the organization from an undersized metal warehouse without a/c, water or bathroom facilities to a spacious fully-equipped building.
www.communityclothescloset.net
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Community Council of Greater Dallas
Community Council of Greater Dallas identifies priority human services issues in North Texas, convenes partners to impact service delivery, and increases awareness of and access to these services. The organization requests general operating support, as well as funding to support 2-1-1 Texas, a hotline for free information and referrals to health and human service agencies, nonprofit and faith-based organizations, disaster relief resources, and volunteer opportunities. Funding is also requested for the Minor Home Repair program that provides low-income senior with home repairs and accessibility improvements, and the Community Youth Development program, which works to prevent juvenile delinquency in the 75216 and 75217 zip codes through an emphasis on college and career readiness.
www.ccgd.org
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Community Enrichment Center
Community Enrichment Center (CEC) serves as a diverse resource for Tarrant County low-income families, homeless families, victims of domestic violence, and under-served individuals, including seniors and the under-employed. By providing stable housing and other basic necessities, CEC helps participants out of crisis and into progressive responsibility and stability. Support is requested for the organization's Literacy for Life program, which provides instruction, one-on-one mentoring and online training resources to prepare participants to pass the GED exam. The program also includes life skills instruction, and employment support at no cost to the participants. The Literacy for Life program serves 138 individuals annually.
www.thecec.org
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Community Food Bank
Located in Fort Worth, Community Food Bank works to end hunger. Funds are requested for equipment--from hand tools to forklifts--required to run the food pantry, which currently serves 78,000 unique individuals annually. Funds are also requested for holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, which add additional demands for special items such as turkeys, hams and trimmings.
www.food-bank.org
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Community Lifeline Center
Community Lifeline Center provides short-term emergency assistance for families in McKinney. Assistance includes funds for housing, utilities, medical/prescription services and food/household basics, as well as job skills training and job-seeking assistance, financial management training, wellness education and referrals to other social service agencies. The organization is seeking direct program funds to provide clients who are at risk for homelessness with its existing catalog of services. Funds are also requested to support opening a grocery store that offers deeply discounted merchandise, in addition to its no-cost food pantry, as well as funds to start the Women's Resource Center that will help at-risk women lift themselves out of poverty through roundtable workshops led by female subject matter experts as well as referrals to assistance targeted for women.
www.communitylifeline.org
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Community Partners of Dallas
Founded in 1989, Community Partners of Dallas works to ensure safety and restore dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworkers in Dallas County. Last year, Community Partners of Dallas served more than 20,000 children. Funding is requested for the agency's new facility designed to expand current program capacity and bring together nonprofits to more efficiently serve the children of Dallas County. Funding is also requested for the Kids in Crisis program, which provides clothing, transportation, enrichment activities, housing, medical expenses, and therapy for children in need. Kids in Crisis served more than 8,000 children last year. Finally, funding is requested for the Rainbow Room, an emergency resources center providing clothing, shoes, hygiene products, diapers, formula, and other essential items for children who have recently been removed from their families because of abuse or neglect.
www.communitypartnersdallas.org
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Community Partners of Tarrant County - S.A.V.E. Program
Community Partners of Tarrant County provides the Student and Volunteers Effort (S.A.V.E.) program, which uses university students and volunteers to prevent child abuse by providing at-risk families with needed resources such as food, household items, clothing, medical and dental aid, budgeting assistance and parent training. Funds are requested to support basic needs services, as well as new computers and Wi-Fi needed by student volunteers to provide accurate assistance and referrals services.
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Connecting Point of Park Cities
Connecting Point of Park Cities provides a day program for adults with disabilities, connecting them to opportunities by serving as volunteers and fostering independence through vocational, educational, social and recreational activities. Fund are requested to: expand the program from 26 clients to 60 clients; provide professional development to staff on behavioral support to better cater to those with autism; and the addition of weekly visits by a sports therapist to improve mobility in clients.
www.mycppc.org
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Cornerstone Ranch
Cornerstone Ranch, located in McKinney, offers both residential and day programs to adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. The programs provide a family-centric atmosphere in which clients can achieve their full potential through educational, recreational, vocational, and community-connecting activities. The residential program currently serves seven adults and the day program serves 20 adults. Because the organization would like to expand its residential program, it seeks capital funding for a second home that will serve eight additional adults. Funding is also requested for scholarships/tuition assistance for residential and day program participants.
www.cornerstone-ranch.com
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Cowboy Santas
Cowboy Santas provides each Tarrant County child it serves with two books, as well as toys, games and stocking stuffers. The organization served 8,500 children in 2015. Funds are requested to support providing books to the children it serves. Funds are also requested to purchase appropriate gifts for girls ages 9-12, who are too old for dolls and other toys.
www.cowboysantas.org
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Crossroads Community Services
Crossroads Community Services, located in Dallas, provides access to food and provides nutrition and life skills education in an effort to reduce obesity in impoverished areas. The organization is seeking funding for its in-house food pantry. Additional funding is requested to support a one-year pilot to test the effectiveness of social-emotional and goal-setting programming for low-income youth.
www.ccsdallas.org
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Crowley House of Hope
Crowley House of Hope provides residents of the city of Crowley with emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, housing/utility payments, and direct medical care in its clinic. Funds are requested for a covered delivery truck or van. The current vehicle, a 10-year old, open-bed truck, needs major repairs and leaves food open to the elements. Funds are also requested for a new photocopier to keep up with the increasing amount of paperwork required of serving more clients.
www.crowleyhouseofhope.org
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Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity addresses the lack of affordable housing in Dallas by building homes and communities. Funding is requested to support the expansion of A Brush with Kindness, the organization's critical home repair program for low-income individuals that provides painting, roofing, siding replacement, porch/stair repairs and access ramp constructions. They expect to expand from 50 to 150 projects by 2020. Funds are also requested to expand repairs to include foundation repair, lead paint remediation and complete roof replacements.
www.dallasareahabitat.org
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Dallas Bethlehem Center
Dallas Bethlehem Center provides child and family mentoring, and other support services such as food distribution and workforce development, to people in South Dallas. The organization is seeking funding for: 1) its summer camp; 2) the addition of a development director; and 3) capital funding to expand into the contiguous property next door.
www.dallasbethlehemcenter.org
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Dallas CASA
Dallas CASA trains volunteer court-appointed advocates who recommend to the courts the best permanent placement for each foster child assigned. Last year, the organization served 2,600 children. Funds are requested for ongoing operating costs, as well as the addition of four volunteer supervisors.
www.dallascasa.org
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Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center improves the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provides national leadership on child abuse issues. In 2015, the organization served more than 4,000 children. Funds are requested for operating support.
www.dcac.org
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Dallas Christian Women's Job Corp
Dallas Christian Women's Job Corps offers support to women in need who are just out of a crisis, such as prison, drug addiction or being recently widowed, and in need of skills to re-enter the job market. The support is offered in three parts: Bible study, job skills training and life skills training. Funding is requested for job skills and life skills training.
www.dallascwjc.org
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Dallas Furniture Bank
Dallas Furniture Bank provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness, in partnership with more than 30 organizations, including Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, Family Gateway and Interfaith Housing Coalition. Funds are requested for furniture for families, and specifically for the Beds4Kidz program that will provide beds to 200 Dallas children this year.
www.dallasfurniturebank.org
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Dallas Junior Forum
Dallas Junior Forum is an all-women volunteer organization that serves children, families and the elderly. Funds are requested for the following: 1) Nourish to Flourish - distributing food to the families of hospitalized children; 2) Golden Friendships - providing seniors with companionship, holiday gifts and interactive games; and 3) Under Our Wings - mentoring adults on career planning, life skills and managing finances.
www.dallasjuniorforum.org
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Dallas Leadership Foundation
Dallas Leadership Foundation is a faith-based organization that develops local leaders in under-resourced neighborhoods, schools, and prisons so that they can implement relevant strategies to achieve an enduring positive impact. Funds are requested to support services that help prisoners successfully reintegrate into society and avoid reincarceration. Funds are also requested to support mentorship programming for students ages 10-18 at risk of dropping out of school, as well as programming that creates and maintains resident-run neighborhood associations in 11 low-income neighborhoods to implement neighborhood improvement plans.
www.dlftx.org
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Dallas LIFE
Dallas LIFE provides comprehensive homeless recovery programs. The organization is seeking funding for: 1) programs that assist children, including school enrollment services, tutoring, therapy, learning skills and other activities that provide children with a sense of stability); 2) its one-year residential program to prepare seniors to re-enter society; and 3) new mattresses in rooms designated for families at the shelter.
www.dallaslife.org
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Dallas Woman's Forum
Created more than 100 years ago, the Dallas Woman's Forum provides community service to area non-profits and hosts local, state and national speakers at its Alexander Mansion facility. Funds are requested to support the organization in its next century of service through the development of a long-range plan for membership, outreach and community investment.
www.dallaswomansforum.org
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Denton Affordable Housing Corporation
Denton Affordable Housing Corporation supplies low-income individuals with affordable housing in the Denton area through acquisition, construction, renovation and management of both rental and owner-occupied properties. Funds are requested to begin pre-development for a 21-unit complex that will have social services on the ground floor, and to hire additional staff for capacity building. Funds are also requested for the replacement of four roofs.
www.dentonaffordablehousing.org
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Denton County Friends of the Family
Denton County Friends of the Family provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and their families. Services include shelter, counseling, legal advocacy and school and community based education. Funds are requested for program support.
www.dcfof.org
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DOORS
Doors is a comprehensive statewide re-entry network that collaborates and coordinates with numerous statewide services and resources to assist ex-offenders in preparing for self-sufficiency and a crime-free future. Funding is requested to support the organization's TRACE (Texas Reentry Analytic Client Evaluator) database that allows the agency to track and report criminal justice data and recidivism rates. Funding is also requested to support community collaboration, education and training. Finally, funding is requested to support case management and client assistance services to connect clients to housing, jobs and available resources.
www.unlockingdoors.org
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DRC formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless
DRC, formerly Day Resource Center for the Homeless, provides solutions to help Fort Worth individuals and families emerge from homelessness. Funds are requested for housing placement and for processing documents required to secure housing, such as applications for driver licenses and birth certificates.
www.drc-solutions.org
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Dwell with Dignity
Dwell with Dignity is a nonprofit group of designers and volunteers who provide and install home interiors for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. The interiors include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the homes' pantries. Funding is requested for: 1) residential and community installations, which include finding sponsors for an apartment installation, new cribs, mattresses, bedding, high chairs, changing pads for babies, reupholstering, art creation supplies and basic home furnishing repair supplies; and 2) its resident alumni events that bring all past and current families served together for holiday or other parties.
www.dwellwithdignity.org
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Easter Seals of North Texas
Easter Seals North Texas creates opportunities that advance the independence of individuals with disabilities and other special needs. Funds are requested to support music therapy for elderly individuals served by non-medical in-home care services. Funds are also requested to secure speakers to highlight the needs and advances in the disability community, as well as for updated equipment for the visually impaired so they may complete job applications.
www.ntx.easterseals.com
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Encore Park Dallas
Encore Park is an outreach program developed by The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church that will bring together people of all cultures and faiths through dialogue, education, music, and art. It encompasses three properties in downtown Dallas: The Stewpot, which offers a safe haven and services for homeless and at-risk individuals; 508 Park, which will house The Stewpot's Open Art Studio and a gallery, a museum of street culture, a recording studio, and venues for lectures, performances and gatherings; and 515 Park, which will house and expand programs for Crossroads Community Services, youth services from the Dallas Police Athletic and Activities League, Metrocare Services, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. Additionally, the 508 Amphitheater and Encore Park Community Garden adjoin the 508 Park property. Capital funds are requested to develop 508 Park's interior, museum, gallery, and studios.
www.encoreparkdallas.org
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Equest
Equest works to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with diverse needs through equine-assisted activities and therapies. Funds are requested to support Hooves for Heroes, its veterans program, as well as facility and equipment upgrades. Funds are also requested to support its scholarship program, ensuring no client is ever denied service due to financial constraints.
www.equest.org
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Exodus Ministries
Exodus Ministries empowers formerly incarcerated mothers and their children to achieve a productive and fulfilling life in Jesus Christ by providing them with transitional housing after incarceration. Funds are requested to support the existing salary of the case manager and the addition of a children's ministry manager. Funds are also requested to support counseling services for each mother and child.
www.exodusministries.org
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Family Compass, formerly Child Abuse Prevention Center
Family Compass, formerly known as Child Abuse Prevention Center, provides evidence-based programs and educational programs for families that have an elevated risk of child abuse and reside in the poorest communities in North Texas. Funds are requested to support the Parent Aide Program, which provides parent education through home visits to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in high-risk families.
www.family-compass.org
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Family Outreach East Dallas
Family Outreach Dallas strengthens families and breaks the intergenerational cycle of child abuse in high-poverty communities through educational and mentoring programs. Support is requested for the Parents as Teachers program, which provides home visits from bilingual parent-educators to families with children from birth to age three. Funds are also requested to support the WHO (We Help Ourselves) program, which teaches elementary students to protect themselves from victimization such as bullying, child abuse, kidnapping and more. Finally, funds are requested for the Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), a behavioral family intervention that prevents child abuse and gives parents the skills to handle severe behavioral and emotional problems in pre-adolescent children.
www.familyoutreachdallas.org
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Family Promise of Collin County
Family Promise of Collin County uses the housing and kitchens of local churches to provide food, shelter and support services to families with children as they regain independence. Funds are requested to support the Sustainable Independence Program, which is a four-phase program to get families back on their feet, including case management, financial literacy, employment assistance, food and housing.
www.familypromiseofcollincounty.org
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Feed Lake Highlands
Feed Lake Highlands is a faith-based organization that operates a food pantry and afterschool and summer programming for students. Funds are requested to support its existing summer day camp program for youth connected to the food pantry. Funds are also requested for operating costs, specifically direct food costs and rent and occupancy costs.
www.feedlakehighlands.com
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Ferguson Road Initiative
The Ferguson Road Initiative (FRI) was formed by volunteer neighborhood leadership in 1998 to revitalize Far East Dallas by addressing crime and violence, gaps in social services, and a lack of neighborhood amenities. Capital funds are requested to support the $35 million capital campaign to create the White Rock Hills Recreation Center, which will house programs and services including an urban farm, arts, recreation, team sports, wellness, nutrition and safety programs. Funds are also requested to support the technology and office upgrades needed by FRI.
www.fergusonroad.org
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Focus on Teens
Focus on Teens provides homeless teens with food, clothing, hygiene items, sleeping bags, school supplies and referrals at its eight on-campus Drop-in Centers throughout DISD. Funds are requested to support the operation of Drop-in Centers, and the organization's Student Work Program that provides homeless teens with the opportunity to work for DISD on school holidays and summer breaks. Funds are also requested to support the organization's drug abuse prevention and awareness programming.
www.focusonteens.org
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Fort Worth Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Fort Worth Council Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides food, clothing and financial support to low-income individuals in Tarrant, Carrollton and Denton Counties. Funds are requested for the creation of two shared savings accounts to serve as collateral for the organization's new conversion and mini-loan programs to help clients out of predatory loans or with small needs. Funds are also requested for salary support for a part-time administrator.
www.svdpfw.org
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Friends of Wednesday's Child
Friends of Wednesday's Child's (FWC) mission is to transform the lives of children in foster care through education. Only 41% of foster care children graduate from high school. Support is requested to support the Success in School program, which provides students with an opportunity to work one-on-one with an education specialist who helps develop a student-centered plan for the student's future, and works to ensure they are on track for high school graduation. Specifically, funds will expand Success in School from 50 to 100 students served and support an annual third party evaluation of the program. Funds are also requested for general operating support.
www.wedchild.org
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Frisco Family Services
Frisco Family Services helps community members who are facing hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. Funds are requested to support its $5 million capital campaign, which will allow them to add additional staff, new technology and additional services such and mental health/family counseling services. Funds are also requested to support its food pantry. Finally, funds are requested to support its emergency financial assistance program that provides assistance in paying for rent or mortgages, utilities, prescription medication and transportation/gasoline needed.
www.friscofamilyservices.org
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Garland Area Habitat for Humanity
Garland Area Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate poverty housing in the Greater Garland area and worldwide through Habitat International by building and renovating decent, affordable homes for hard-working, low-income families where they can live and grow into. Funds are requested for ongoing operating support and to repair and add proper drainage to a house built in 2014 that has water damage. Funds are also requested to support the increased demand due to the recent tornadoes in Garland and Rowlett for the Critical Home Repair Program that provides repairs needed to code and safety issues.
www.garlandhabitat.org
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Genesis Women's Shelter and Support
Genesis Women's Shelter and Support works to end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children by providing shelter, safety, counseling and advocacy for its clients. The organization is seeking funding for the following: its emergency shelter program, which includes a comprehensive program of recovery for clients; its non-residential outreach clinical counseling program, which focuses on counseling and case management for those who are not in the shelter; and its children's program, which uses art, play and cognitive behavioral therapy for children who have witnessed and/or been victims of domestic violence.
www.genesisshelter.org
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Gill Children's Services
Gill Children's Services is a funding source of last resort that provides a safety net for Tarrant County children whose medical, dental, physical, social, psychological and educational needs have not been met by other community resources. Funds are requested for dental expenses such as exams and extractions, as well as educational needs such as summer school tuition and tutoring.
www.gillchildrens.org
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Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas
Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas provides STEM-focused afterschool and summer programs for girls ages 6-18. Funds are requested to support the Eureka! Program that combines STEM education and experiential learning with sports, personal development and career development activities. Funds are also requested for operating support and for Istation license fees, an online reading and math literacy program.
www.girlsincdallas.org
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Girls on the Run - DFW Metroplex
Girls on the Run - DFW Metroplex is an afterschool physical-activity program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Funds are requested to provide scholarships for program participation to 90 girls in six new classes in low-income, underserved sites in south and west Dallas. Funds are also requested for girls running shoes and shirts, as well as coach recruitment and training.
www.gotrdfw.org
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Gladney Center for Adoption
For more than 129 years, the Gladney Center for Adoption has been committed to providing loving homes for children, a caring environment for birth parents, supportive services for Gladney families and adoptees, and assistance to orphans and vulnerable children around the world. Since inception, the Center has placed more than 30,000 children in adoptive homes. Funds are requested to support Gladney's New Beginnings program, which assists with the placement of foster children into permanent homes, supportive training for post-adoptive parents/families, and outreach sessions to raise awareness on issues impacting foster children.
www.gladney.org
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Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth
Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth provides employment programs, training opportunities and support services to people with disabilities, disadvantages and other barriers to employment so they may achieve maximum independence. Funds are requested to support its employment initiative for homeless veterans, job placement programming for those exiting the prison system, and career training.
www.goodwillfortworth.org
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GRACE
GRACE, located in Grapevine, is a faith-based organization that provides food, shelter, clothing, medical services, financial assistance and guidance toward self-sufficiency to individuals and families in crisis. Funds are requested for: 1) a $3.5 million capital campaign to consolidate its multiple locations under one roof; 2) case management for transitional housing clients; and 3) medication and education for chronic disease management to improve health outcomes for its patients.
www.gracegrapevine.org
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Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship
Grace Lake Therapeutic Horsemanship, located in Anna, is a faith-based therapeutic riding group serving individuals with special needs. Funds are requested for boarding fees for four horses, the purchase of an additional horse, and for specialized equipment, saddles and bridles for disabled riders.
www.gracelakeministries.org
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Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
Grief and Loss Center of North Texas provides grief counseling, bereavement education and support groups where children, teens and adults can begin the healing process. In 2015, the organization served nearly 1,000 individuals. Funds are requested for bereavement programs for children and general operating support.
www.mygriefandloss.org
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GROW North Texas
GROW North Texas works to connect North Texans to food, farms and community in order to create sustainable, secure regional food and agriculture, and provides equitable access to healthy, nutritious food for all residents. Funding is requested for: 1) the expansion of its Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre, a cooking and nutrition education program; 2) the purchase of a food delivery vehicle to deliver to restaurants, the WIC Farmers Market and healthy corner stores ; and 3) the Sandbranch Revitalization Program, which would implement in-community food production to increase community food security in a low-income area.
www.grownorthtexas.org
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Guardianship Services
Guardianship Services, located in Fort Worth, provides guardianship and money management assistance to legally and functionally incapacitated adults who have no family members or friends willing, able, or suitable to help them. Funds are requested to support the Guardianship Services Program, which removes clients from abusive and neglectful environments, places them in safe living facilities, creates a comprehensive care plan and ensures the implementation of the plan. Funds are also requested to support the Money Management Program through which case managers pay bills, create budgets, and take clients to the doctor, shopping and provide socialization opportunities.
www.guardianshipservices.org
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H.I.S. Bridgebuilders
H.I.S. BridgeBuilders is an urban missionary organization that works to alleviate poverty and promote flourishing communities. Funds are requested for Bridges of Hope, employment services and job training with income support and financial coaching, as well as afterschool and summer programming for students in the Bonton neighborhood of South Dallas. Funds are also requested to construct The Market at Bonton Farms which will sell fresh produce grown at the urban farm, and also serve as a community resource center, job training site and health education hub.
www.hisbridgebuilders.org
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Hatching Hope Foundation
Hatching Hope Foundation provides autism support, education and resources for the North Texas minority community. Funds are requested to: 1) facilitate 50 Intro to Autism Programs for North Texas staff members of local childcare centers and educational institutions; 2) implement a new Bullying and Autism Spectrum Disorder Program for K-12 students to prevent bullying of children with autism; and 3) support the Autism Vision Program that helps parents create a two-year action plan to explore resources such as educational opportunities and insurance to benefit their child with autism and their entire family.
www.hatchinghope.org
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Heroic Media
Heroic Media is a faith-based organization that uses advertising to reach women facing unplanned pregnancies and connects them with organizations that can help them choose life for their unborn children. Funds are requested to support online advertising, specifically search advertising and video advertisements.
www.heroicmedia.org
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Hispanic Families Network a fund of the Dallas Foundation
Initially supported through a Knight Foundation grant in partnership with the Dallas Morning News, Hispanic Families Network (HFN) teaches Hispanic parents to disseminate early childhood information to their peers through social media, with the goal of improving educational preparedness of young children. Funds are requested for one full-time and one part-time staff to oversee programming at Bachman Lake, Oak Cliff and Pleasant Grove site. Funds are also requested to cover the cost of trainers, provide childcare and purchase supplies.
www.reddefamiliashispanas.org
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Hope Cottage
Established in 1918, Hope Cottage is a pregnancy and adoption center that provides placement services for adoptees, basic needs and employment assistance for pregnant women, counseling for adoptive and birth families, and educational programming for youth to prevent teen pregnancy and inform them that adoption is an option. Funds are requested to support the capital campaign to fund their new building in the historic Wilson District east of downtown Dallas. Funds are also requested to expand educational programming in Dallas area schools and youth agencies, and to expand pregnancy services into Collin, Denton and Grayson counties.
www.hopecottage.org
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Hope for the Heart
Located in Plano, Hope for the Heart is a worldwide Christian ministry that provides biblical counsel for dealing with problems affecting individuals, marriages, families and organizations. Fund are requested for the Heroes Fund, which provides free on-site counseling for first responders (fire, police, etc.), single parents, military personnel/veterans, and pastors. Last year the program provided more than 600 counseling sessions. Funds are also requested to update their website and database.
www.hopefortheheart.org
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Hope International
Hope International places international orphans with adoptive families, provides education and continuing support to these families, and provides humanitarian aid to the children left behind in orphanages, foster care and medical facilities. Funds are requested for free post-adoption support, humanitarian aid, and operating expenses.
www.hopeadoption.org
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Hope Mansion
Hope Mansion houses pregnant homeless women and provides ongoing residential and support services after the child is born, including counseling, case management, education and life skills training. Funds are requested to open a new thrift store to provide income for the organization. Funds are also requested for transitional housing apartments that will house both their clients and the clients of Bridges Safehouse, a partner nonprofit that also serves Cedar Hill.
www.hopemansion.com
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Hope's Door
Established in 1986, Hope's Door provides emergency and transitional housing for victims of domestic violence, counseling and battering prevention programming. Located in Collin County, Hope's Door provided shelter to more than 400 women in 2014. Funds are requested for general operating support.
www.hopesdoorinc.org
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Hope Supply CO.
Hope Supply CO., formerly Captain Hope's Kids, provides critically needed resources to homeless children in North Texas, in partnership with 50 nonprofit agencies. Funding is requested for the Healthy Children Program, which provides needed items for babies, toddlers and school-aged children who are homeless, such as formula, diapers, strollers, wipes, ointment, toiletries, school supplies, uniforms, socks, underwear, clothing, coats and backpacks. Funds are also requested for Cowboy Camp, which offers students who are living in shelters and transitional housing a week of fun activities including art, dance, horseback riding, storytelling and hay rides.
www.hopesupplyco.org
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Housing Crisis Center
Established in 1978, Housing Crisis Center prevents homelessness and stabilizes those at risk of homelessness by providing affordable and permanent housing. Funds are requested for the Home Again program that places women and their children in apartment homes with financial assistance that decreases over 15 months until the families are self-sufficient. In addition, clients are provided with pre-employment training, job search assistance and financial coaching.
www.hccdallas.org
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Human Rights Initiative of North Texas
Human Rights Initiative of North Texas provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice, and promotes international human rights. Funds are requested for the Asylum Program that provides legal representation to immigrant survivors of severe persecution with the goal of ensuring asylum and stable legal status, preventing a return to dangerous conditions in their home country.
www.hrionline.org
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Innocence Project of Texas
The Innocence Project of Texas (IPTX) is dedicated to securing the release of those wrongfully convicted and educating the public about the causes and effects of wrongful convictions. Since 2006, IPTX has secured freedom for 10 victims of wrongful conviction, and are currently pursuing freedom in six cases. Funds are requested to increase case volume so the organization can pursue freedom for more victims of wrongful conviction.
www.ipoftexas.org
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Interfaith Family Services
Interfaith Family Services, previously known as Interfaith Housing Coalition, works to help working poor families break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Funds are requested to support the $7.3 million capital campaign to create a new Family Empowerment Center on their current campus to provide working poor families with adult education, career training, financial coaching, after school programming and daycare. The new space will allow them to increase from 100 to 300 families served annually.
www.interfaithdallas.org
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Interfaith Ministries of Denton
Founded in 1992, Interfaith Ministries of Denton seeks to provide emergency assistance to help people of northern Denton County to become self-sufficient. Assistance provided includes housing and utility funding, adult and child eye exams and eyeglasses, emergency medication needs, and transportation. Funding is requested for the Rent and Shelter Assistance program, designed to provide short-term financial assistance for rent and utilities payments to families enduring a financial hardship. Through this program, Interfaith Ministries gives approximately 100 families an opportunity to regain their stability and self-sufficiency after a brief, but ultimately debilitating financial emergency.
www.ifmdenton.org
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International Rescue Committee - Dallas
International Rescue Committee - Dallas assists refugees who have been forcibly displaced from their native countries due to persecution based on their race, religion or political opinion. Funds are requested for: 1) the Trauma Healing and Wellbeing Program, to expand the existing mental health programming provided for the refugees by adding a pro-bono therapist and intern trainees; 2) the Refugee Youth Program, a youth program meant to improve the graduation rates of high school refugees; and 3) for Women's Economic Empowerment, a six-week session that provides financial literacy for women.
www.rescue.org/dallas
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Irving Cares
Irving Cares provides residents with temporary assistance for food, shelter, and utilities as well as job placement and training to promote self-sufficiency and sustainability. The organization is requesting funding to support its food pantry program, financial assistance program aimed at preventing homelessness, and employment services program aimed at creating stable employment.
www.irvingcares.org
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Jewish Family Service of Dallas
Jewish Family Service of Dallas provides professional, effective and affordable mental health and social services to promote life-long self-sufficiency and well-being. The organization is seeking funding to add a new case manager to the Planned Living Assistance Network (PLAN) education and social skills program, which helps those with serious mental illness work toward independent living by securing employment, and socializing.
www.jfsdallas.org
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Jonathan's Place
Jonathan's Place provides safe, loving homes and specialized services for children and youth who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Funding is requested for: 1) the Transitional Living Program, which supports young women aging out of foster care with life skills training, job readiness, educational opportunities and health care; 2) the Girls Residential Therapeutic Program, which helps girls ages 10-18 recover from abuse; and 3) emergency shelter for children 0-17 who have been removed from their homes.
www.jpkids.org
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Joni and Friends
Joni and Friends was founded in 1979 by Joni Eareckson Tada, whose injuries from a diving accident resulted in quadriplegia. The organization serves individuals and families affected by disabilities and has 25 offices nationwide, including one in Dallas. Funds are requested for: 1) family retreats that provide counseling, encouragement, and resources for families caring for a disabled family member; and 2) the Cause 4 Life Internship program, that provides interns with ministry training and experiences through local churches, community/global outreach and family retreats.
www.joniandfriends.org
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Journey of Hope Grief Center
Journey of Hope Grief Center provides support for children, teens, young adults and their families as they learn to mourn the death, or impending death, of their loved ones. Funds are requested to add a Program Assistant that will allow them to expand to a third location for bereavement support groups. Funds are also requested for Healing Hearts for Schools, which empowers school counselors and teachers to support grieving elementary and middle school students.
www.johgriefsupport.org
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Jubilee Park & Community Center
Jubilee Park & Community Center provides early childhood through adult education, public safety services, food, exercise classes and affordable housing to the Jubilee neighborhood in southeast Dallas/Fair Park. Funds are requested to support the organization's after-school and summer camp programming, which annually serves more than 400 children.
www.jubileecenter.org
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LaunchAbility
LaunchAbility works to empower individuals with cognitive disabilities to reach their full potential and lead fulfilling lives. The organization seeks funding to support its Academy program, which provides pre-job training to students with disabilities at their high school campuses to prepare them for jobs at large corporations. Funds are also requested for its core program, Supported Employment Services, that places each client at an employer and ensures their success through a one-on-one advocate. Finally funds are requested to train clients with autism for IT positions.
www.launchability.org
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Lena Pope
Founded in 1930, Lena Pope works to create hope, happiness, and success for children and families by providing counseling and education services. In 2009, United Way of Tarrant County named Lena Pope as one of the top 10 organizations it funded. Funding is requested for Lena Pope counseling services to help families grow stronger and stay together. Specializations include play therapy for young children, couples and marital therapy, family therapy, substance abuse treatment, and counseling to help individuals overcome trauma, loss, anxiety, and depression. Funding is also requested for the Lena Pope Early Learning Center, which provides quality early learning opportunities to 114 children ages six weeks to five years in Fort Worth. Additional funding is requested for Early Learning Center scholarships for low-income families.
www.lenapope.org
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Life Message
Life Message is a food pantry based in Rowlett that serves 12,000 annually. Funds are requested for food and distribution costs, a walk-in cooler/freezer, and electric lift trucks to move pallets in their pantry.
www.lifemessage.org
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Lifeline Shelter for Families
Lifeline Shelter for Families reduces homelessness among families of Grand Prairie ISD children, by providing emergency assistance, temporary shelter and life skills training for their parents. In 2015, the organization served more than 500 individuals. Funds are requested to provide rental assistance to families. Funds are also requested for salary support to allow the agency to provide casework services to families.
www.lifelineshelter.org
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LifeTalk Resource Center
LifeTalk Resource Center (LTRC) is a pregnancy resource center serving the Collin, Denton and Dallas Counties. LTRC serves about 250 new clients per year, providing pregnancy testing, limited sonograms and for sexually transmitted disease testing, options counseling and support to women who are concerned about a possible pregnancy. Funds are requested to support the addition of a part-time nurse sonographer and a part-time support staff person to expand their service hours.
www.lifetalkprc.org
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Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth
Established in 1935, Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth empowers blind individuals by providing employment opportunities, rehabilitation services and job training. Funds are requested for assistive technology training for clients in general computer/keyboarding skills, and adaptive software such as magnification, screen reader and voice over. Funds are also requested to expand onsite employment opportunities and job training.
www.lighthousedfw.org
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LINC North Texas
LINC North Texas (LINC NT) was established in 1977 as a faith-based initiative to help low-income families thrive in their communities. By forming relationships with individual families, program developers work to strengthen and improve economic foundations to help students grow educationally. Funding is requested for the Student Advancement and Leadership Initiative (SALI), which allows facilitators, hired and trained by LINC NT, to teach leadership and character-building curriculum. This program includes parenting training and team-building games at Family Nights for students and their parents. SALI currently operates in 10 schools across North Texas, serving approximately 1,110 students and their families. Funding is also requested to continue providing faith-based values-centered, financial literacy courses in Spanish. In 2016, LINC NT hosted the first all-Spanish training workshop for facilitators in Dallas, certifying 15 leaders from around the nation.
www.lincnt.org
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Lone Star CASA
Lone Star CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides trained community volunteers as Guardians ad Litem to advocate for the best interests of the children of Kaufman and Rockwall counties who have been removed from their homes, placed in foster care, and come into the court system as a result of abuse or neglect. Lone Star CASA works to match every child with a Guardian ad Litem within the two-county program area. CASA volunteers provide written and verbal reports and testimonies to the court and stay with the case until the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. Last year, the 73 CASA programs in the state of Texas provided an advocate for more than half of the 47,348 children and youth in the care of the state. Funding is requested for program expansion, including increased volunteer recruitment and training, seminars, and community outreach.
www.lonestarcasa.org
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Love Thy Neighbor
Love Thy Neighbor (LTN) is a North Texas based nonprofit committed to raising awareness and providing for those in need in order to improve their quality of life. LTN is 100% volunteer based, relying exclusively on the support of the community to assist with providing food, clothing, and monetary donations. Funding is requested for Love Thy Baby, which provides clothing, blankets, quilts, and other care essentials to newborns born into economic or health crisis. Funding is additionally requested for Community Kitchen, which provides free lunches to anyone who enters the Salvation Army Lewisville Center. LTN provides food and preparation services, serving approximately 100 meals daily. Funding is finally requested for Clothing Assistance Program (CAP), providing clothing to eligible families in North Texas. Typically CAP serves 40 families a week, an estimated 160 individuals.
www.ltnlovethyneighbor.org
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ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Founded in 2007, ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship (ManeGait) provides weekly, equine-assisted therapy to more than 130 adults and children with physical, emotional, cognitive, sensory, and behavioral disabilities. Certified instructors lead programs and are assisted by 350 volunteers per week and 20 skilled horses. ManeGait is a PATH (Premier Accredited Equine Center) located in Collin County. Funding is requested for the Racewood Ridemaster Equestrian Simulator, an interactive, full-sized horse simulator that imitates riding a live horse. With the simulator, ManeGait would be able to open additional riding slots during the high demand hours, increasing its capacity from 135 to 160 riders. Funding is additionally requested for the veteran program founded in 2015 to provide therapeutic services to wounded veterans. ManeGait hopes to increase the current capacity of the program from 4 to 15 veterans by March 2017.
www.manegait.org
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Mercy House Ministries
Located in Colleyville, Texas, Mercy House provides single, pregnant women a safe and nurturing home, pregnancy care, education, counseling, life skills training, Christian discipleship to establish strong foundations for two lives. Funding is requested for the following: continuation of operational support for maternity home, including food, baby formula, diapers, mortgage payments, utilities, and house pastor's salaries.
www.mercyhouse.org
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Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
The Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) leads the development of an effective homeless response system that will make the experience of homelessness in Dallas and Collin counties, rare, brief, and non-reoccurring. MDHA brings together more than 85 shelters, housing, and supportive services and programs to create an efficient crisis response system. From 2004 to 2014, MDHA successfully led the community in increasing the number of permanent supportive housing units from less than 200 to more than 2,050. Funding is requested to continue building a homeless response system in collaboration with other continuum of care agencies.
www.mdhadallas.org
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Metrocrest Services, Inc.
Metrocrest Services provides programs for individuals, families, and seniors to foster self-sufficiency and independence. Help with rent, utility bills, employment, and seasonal programs keep families from falling further into debt, poverty, and homelessness. Funding is requested for the Sack Summer Hunger program, which distributes bags of nutritious, easy to prepare meals and snacks to more than 1,700 low-income children during the summer. Funding is also requested for the Workforce Development Program, which combines soft skills training such as resume writing and basic computer education, vocational training, and job placement services. This program will also include access to benefits screening, skill training and education, financial coaching services, food, and free tax assistance.
www.metrocrestservices.org
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Mission Central Metroplex
Founded in 1996, Mission Central empowers people in northeast Tarrant County to improve their quality of life by providing support through emergency and long-term assistance programs. Funding is requested for the Community Resource Center to fund a program specialist and five computers to be used during the intake process. Funding is also requested for the Family Opportunities Program to provide financial assistance to homeless/near-homeless families as they seek employment and guidance toward self-sufficiency. Funding is finally requested for the operational support and iPads for the Village Library After-School Tutoring Program.
www.missioncentraltx.org
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Mission Metroplex, Inc.
Founded in 1986, Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex exists to meet physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual needs in Arlington and the surrounding areas. Services include food, clothing, furniture, and assistance with rent and utilities. Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex provides emergency assistance to 450 families daily. Funding is requested for rent and utility assistance for low-income families. Funding is also requested for gasoline vouchers for individuals who are working or have job interviews. Funding is finally requested for food pantry support.
www.missionarlington.org
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MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS
Founded in 2003, MISSION POSSIBLE KIDS (MPK) empowers kids to become "agents of change" in the world by helping others in need. MPK has helped more than two million people in need and donated $1 million in in-kind goods. Funding is requested to expand the MPK DFW chapter's capacity to reach more elementary-aged children. Funding is also requested for the Corporate Employee Engagement Program, pioneered last year to develop a collaborative culture of generosity through hands-on service. Funding is finally requested for the Women's One-the-Job Training Program, providing women with skills, experience, career training, and confidence to help them reenter the workforce.
www.missionpossiblekids.org
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Mosaic Family Services
Founded in 1993, Mosaic Family Services (Mosaic) provides culturally competent services to refugees and immigrants in crisis, including victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Services include case management, comprehensive legal services, counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, education, and outreach. The staff is fluent in 28 languages and has become well-established in the community for its work with multicultural groups. Mosaic reaches more than 15,000 individuals annually through direct client services and community education. Funding is requested to cover increased program costs for the larger shelter facility, including utility bills, food, clothing, supplies, and security enhancements. Funding is also requested for the Multicultural Counseling Program, which provides culturally competent counseling services to help individuals overcome trauma and increase emotional health and well-being. Funding is finally requested for the Client Assistance Fund, which provides bus passes, child care, emergency rental and utilities assistance, and emergency medical and dental costs.
www.mosaicservices.org
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NCMEC, Texas Regional Office
The mission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) is to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation. With congressional designation, NCMEC is a public/private partnership working to ensure a coordinated and national response to the problem of missing and sexually exploited children. Since 1984, NCMEC's national toll-free hotline has received more than 4.2 million calls, many reporting missing children and suspected child sexual exploitation, and assisting families and law enforcement in recovering more than 218,000 children. NCMEC requests funding to continue providing education to children in public and private schools in North Texas through two programs: NetSmartz Workshop for children grades K-12, and KidzSmartz for families and children in grades K-5. Funding is also requested for Spotlight on Exploitation, a multidisciplinary, one-day workshop for stakeholders in the child welfare system to learn and collaborate about solutions for the online and street exploitation of children in care. Funding is finally requested for Responding to Children With Special Needs When Missing, a one hour presentation, designed to provide information about an effective response, including search, rescue, recovery, and reunification measures.
www.missingkids.org/texas
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NETWORK of Community Ministries
The Network of Community Ministries Inc. (NETWORK) provides short-term assistance to those in need, with the goal of helping individuals achieve long-term independence. Founded in in 1985, NETWORK serves 14 zip codes in the Richardson Independent School District, including parts of Garland and Dallas. Funding is requested for emergency services to immediately respond to those in crisis by supplying them with food, clothes, utility and housing assistance. Funding is additionally requested to expand the hours of operation for the Adolescent and Children's Medical and Dental Clinic. The Clinic aims to decrease hospital emergency room visits by offering health services one evening a week. In 2014-15, the clinic provided acute care for 105 children, dental care for 65 children, and dental kits to elementary schools that helped nearly 7,000 children. Finally, funding is requested to help senior citizens maintain their independence and stay in their homes through Seniors' Net, a home repair program that serves approximately 350 seniors annually.
www.thenetwork.org
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NEW DAY
Founded in 1997, NewDay Services for Children & Families (NewDay) rebuilds children's lives by helping their parents gain the tools they need to redirect their lives. Clients come from the courts, child welfare, and community agencies. NewDay works to place families on the path to healing through various educational programs and coaching services. In 2015, NewDay served 1,641 families, 774 fathers, 248 mothers, and impacted the lives of 6,558 children. NewDay provided spiritual support and guidance for 1,215 teens at the Juvenile Detention Center and 208 victims of domestic violence at One Safe Place. Funding is requested for general operating support to meet current demands for program services. Funding is additionally requested for chaplaincy services, which NewDay provides pastoral care and support to families and children in Tarrant Count Family Law Center, One Safe Place, and The Juvenile Detention Center. Funding is finally requested for FOCUS for Mothers (Families Offering Children Unfailing Support), a 10-week parenting education program designed to teach mothers how to fully support the needs of their children.
newdayarlington@gmail.com
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New Favour New Vision
Based in DeSoto, New Favour, New Vision is dedicated to improving the lives of economically disadvantaged women and families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The organization was founded in 2012 and works to inspire women and children to live positive, practical, progressive, and proficient lives. Various programs and services offered include: Mary's Kidz and The King's Kidz Boyz to Men, which provide after school mentoring and academic enhancement activities; Opal's Angel Tree Christmas Give Away and A Place at the Table Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away programs, designed to meet the needs of struggling families during the holiday season; and Successful Money Habits program to develop proper saving and spending habits. Funding is requested for the Cathy Riles R.N. Nursing Scholarship, which provides life-changing educational opportunities and comprehensive case management to women facing financial crisis.
www.newfavournewvisions.org
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New Friends New Life
New Friends New Life (NFNL) restores and empowers formerly trafficked girls and sexually exploited women and their children. By providing access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health, and spiritual support, NFNL helps women and their children overcome abuse, addiction, poverty, and limited opportunities. Funding is requested for prevention and after care for teens, including a sexual abuse recovery program for adolescent girls within the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center. Services offered include case management, counseling, and individualized support. Funding is also requested for the Second Chance Job Program, which helps women with limited skills and work experience transition into conventional employment. Businesses in and around the DFW area have also partnered with NFNL to hire clients for entry level, livable wage jobs with the intention of training them for advancement in the company. Funding is finally requested for the Men's Advocacy Group, led by Dallas' distinguished business and community leaders, to mobilize men to promote awareness and act against the human trafficking and sexual exploitation of girls, teens, women, and their children.
www.newfriendsnewlife.org
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NewDay Services for Children and Families
Founded in 1997, NewDay Services for Children & Families (NewDay) rebuilds children's lives by helping their parents gain the tools they need to redirect their lives. Clients come from the courts, child welfare, and community agencies. NewDay works to place families on the path to healing through various educational programs and coaching services. In 2015, NewDay served 1,641 families, 774 fathers, 248 mothers, and impacted the lives of 6,558 children. NewDay provided spiritual support and guidance for 1,215 teens at the Juvenile Detention Center and 208 victims of domestic violence at One Safe Place. Funding is requested for general operating support to meet current demands for program services. Funding is additionally requested for chaplaincy services, which NewDay provides pastoral care and support to families and children in Tarrant Count Family Law Center, One Safe Place, and The Juvenile Detention Center. Funding is finally requested for FOCUS for Mothers (Families Offering Children Unfailing Support), a ten-week parenting education program designed to teach mothers how to fully support the needs of their children.
www.newdayservices.org
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Nexus Recovery Center
Founded in 1971, the Nexus Recovery Center serves as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction. The agency's continuum of care therapeutic model addresses issues that frequently distinguish female substance abusers from their male counterparts. The program promotes healthy behaviors, and facilitates drug and alcohol abstinence. Activities include detox, residential treatment, outpatient recovery support services, and alumni support. Funding is requested for the Pregnant/Parenting Women with Children Residential program, which allows women ages 18 and older to bring as many as three children with them while they are in residential treatment. Program curriculum includes parenting education. Funding is additionally requested for the Adolescent Residential program, which serves girls ages 13-17 and allows them to continue their education on-site with DISD teachers while receiving treatment. Funding is finally requested for Children's Services, which serves children from birth to age 12, who accompany their mothers into treatment, allowing them to participate in therapeutic and educational activities such as play therapy.
www.nexusrecovery.org
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North Collin County Habitat for Humanity
North Collin County Habitat for Humanity (NCC Habitat) brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. NCC Habitat works to provide housing for low-income families in Anna, Blueridge, Celina, Farmersville, Frisco, McKinney, Melissa, Princeton, Prosper, Westminister, and Weston. Since its founding in 1992, the organization has completed 100 new homes and 89 home rehabilitations, serving189 families or 6,767 people now living in solid, secure permanent homes. Funding is requested for rural neighborhood revitalization efforts. NCC is completing exterior home repair projects for low-income families and individuals living in rural areas where city funding is not readily available. Funding is also requested to build affordable housing for low-income, working families. Funding is finally requested for a forklift, to complete work efficiently at the ReStore, an NCC Habitat warehouse, which sells new and gently used appliances, furniture, cabinets, and other home-building materials.
www.ncc-habitat.com
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North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is the primary hub for food and hunger relief in North Texas, serving a 13 county area. Hunger continues to be a growing problem in North Texas affecting one in six residents, or more than 850,000 in NFTB's service area. Although NFTB provided 63 million meals to 439,000 individuals last year, there is still a need for 30 million more meals annually. Funding is requested to support NTFB's $55M capital campaign to expand food distribution and outreach efforts. Funding is also requested to supplement startup costs for additional "client choice" pantries in high-need and underserved areas. Funding is additionally requested for a community garden, located at the New Northern Distribution Center in Plano, near the intersection of Coit Road and President George Bush Turnpike. The community garden will be a hub for health and wellness education and will include outdoor seating areas, an outdoor community classroom, a butterfly garden, and children's play area.
www.ntfb.org
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On the Road Lending
Founded in 2013, On the Road Lending (ONRL) helps low- to moderate-income people obtain safe, reliable, affordable transportation to enable them to travel to their workplaces, live healthier lives, and avoid predatory lenders. Transportation is a barrier for many low-income families, especially in a widespread region like Dallas-Fort Worth, where efficient use of mass transit can be difficult. Funding is requested to increase the agency's financial coaching staff to double the number of clients served from 200 to 400 annually. Financial coaching services include one-on-one counseling, a recurrent savings demonstration, and access to financial products that are otherwise unavailable to ONRL clients. Funding is also requested for the new "First Steps Provisional Transportation Program," which will enable working clients who are not yet able to qualify for the regular program to access a fleet of vehicles available on short-term lease while they progress to the full program.
www.ontheroadlending.org
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One Man's Treasure
One Man's Treasure (OMT) seeks to empower men recently released from prison into the Dallas area by providing them with clothing so that they can seek employment opportunities. In collaboration with other nonprofit service providers, OMT has provided sets of clothing to more than 6,500 men since its establishment in 2005. A typical set of clothing includes five shirts, two pairs of pants, shoes, a t-shirt, a tie, five pairs of new underwear and socks, and a Bible verse card handwritten by a volunteer to provide a message of hope. Funding is requested for a new communications coordinator to help raise community awareness, including strengthening a social media presence, website maintenance, and print and email communications to all supporters. Funding is also requested for a staff person to deliver clothing to volunteers who distribute the sets to clients all over the Dallas area.
www.onemanstr.org
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Our Calling
OurCalling serves the homeless in Dallas County by building long-term relationships and providing guidance necessary to develop healthy lifestyles with accountability and integrity. Every week, OurCalling serves more than 1,400 men, women, and children. OurCalling's unique services include an app for iPhone and android with a database of service providers in Dallas and more than 200 resources available by location, category, and qualifications. Funding is requested for Loaves and Fishes, a nutrition program serving more than 5,000 meals a week. OurCalling distributes 14,500 pounds of food each year, including 11,500 pounds of produce. Funding is also requested to purchase and renovate a larger facility to meet growing demands for services.
www.ourcalling.org/about
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Our Daily Bread
Established in 2000, Our Daily Bread (ODB) is a community soup kitchen located in Denton, created by a partnership of 16 churches. ODB provides nutritious meals and special services, including gas vouchers, bus passes, shower vouchers, laundry vouchers, and hygiene products. Funding is requested to supplement expansion costs of the food program. Due to a growing number of clients, ODB recently started serving Monday dinners and Saturday lunches, in addition to the regular weekday lunches. Funding is also requested for kitchen equipment and supplies, specifically a steam table and silverware. Lastly, funding is requested for transportation vouchers, such as gas vouchers and bus passes, for clients. These services help many clients reach job interviews and medical appointments.
www.ourdailybreaddenton.org
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Our Friends Place
Since 1987, Our Friends Place (OFP) has been dedicated to providing a foundation for young women with a self-reliant approach. Funding is requested for the Transitional Living Center, which offers support to young women ages 18-24 by providing a stable and supportive housing environment where they can learn critical life skills. In 2015, OFP served 26 young women at its primary location, Beazley House. This year, with the addition of a second residential facility, Pauline's Place, OFP anticipates serving up to 40. Residents are required to enroll in an educational or vocational school and obtain and maintain a job. Residents are also required to apply a portion of their earnings towards rent and savings and attend weekly group sessions where they learn life and job skills. Funding is also requested for the non-residential transitional living program, which offers a comprehensive life skills program with instruction in each of four core components: education, employment, housing, and finances. Finally, funding is requested for capital needs to renovate the Beazley House, built in 1920. Funding will specifically be used to support kitchen and bathroom repairs.
www.ourfriendsplace.org
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Pregnancy Resource Center
The Pregnancy Resource Center helps women facing unplanned pregnancies make informed decisions by providing education, resources, referrals, programs, and consultation. Since its establishment in 1994, the Pregnancy Resource Center has had 33,152 visits, with 1,699 visits in the last year. The Pregnancy Resource Center services Grand Prairie and surrounding areas including Dallas, Arlington and Irving. Funding is requested for a new copier and to upgrade the agency's phone system to create a more professional environment.
www.cpcgp.org
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Presbyterian Children's Home and Services
Founded in 1903, Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services (PCHAS) provides Christ-centered care and support to children and their families in need. PCHAS serves more than 3,400 children and families each year. Funding is requested for the Child and Family Program, which includes four specialists who serve the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Hurst areas. Specialists are masters-level social workers trained to work creatively with at-risk children and their families. The specialists meet with struggling families in their own homes to assess their needs and the overall situation, develop an action plan, and utilize community services to assist the family in addressing their problems so that they are able to stay together.
texas.pchas.org
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Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation
The Presbyterian Communities and Services (PC&S) Foundation seeks to extend exceptional care and services in a faith-based culture through its three Dallas-based branches: Faith Presbyterian Hospice, Grace Presbyterian Village, and Presbyterian Village North. On any given day, PC&S serves 2,459 individuals through independent living, traditional assisted living, memory support/Alzheimer's care, nursing care, short term in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation, out-patient rehab, hospital -based palliative care programs, community-based hospice care programs, and bereavement services. Patients hail from Dallas, Collin, Denton, Ellis, Rockwall, Cooke and Tarrant counties. Funding is requested for the following: to increase benevolent care services for financially disadvantaged elderly residents through the Grace Caring Fund; expand bereavement care services to children who have lost a sibling, parent, or other significant adult through the expanded Child and Family Bereavement Program; and establishment of the Marnie and Kern Wildenthal Palliative Care and Education Care Center, currently under construction, as part of the T. Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center.
www.prescs.org
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Presbyterian Night Shelter
Since 1984, Presbyterian Night Shelter has served Fort Worth and Tarrant County's homeless population with various programs and services. In 2015, the Shelter served over 95% of Tarrant County's homeless population - a total of 4,335 unduplicated clients - with six specialized programs: emergency shelter and self-sufficiency services; women and children's programs; veterans transitional housing and self-sufficiency services through the Patriot House; behavioral health services through Safe Haven; and permanent supportive housing. Funding is requested for program and service support for the Women & Children's program to allow staff to adequately and better serve clients. The program provides services that emphasize crisis alleviation, self-empowerment, nutritional and behavioral health, parenting skills, early childhood intervention, vocational training, and job readiness curriculum.
www.journeyhome.org
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Prison Entrepreneurship Program
Founded in 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) transforms the lives of incarcerated men by providing a college-level entrepreneurship boot camp and life-skills training program that includes a structured reintegration process upon release. Since May 2010, PEP has maintained 100% employment within 90 days for recent graduates. Funding is requested for the Workforce Training and Entrepreneurship Development Program, a two-phase, nine-month boot camp. The three-month first phase is Leadership Academy, which teaches important leadership skills to program participants. The second phase consists of a six-month Business Plan Competition (BPC), in which each student completes a business plan, financial literacy course, employment workshop, a business etiquette course, and a Toastmasters class. The Workforce Training and Entrepreneurship Development Program serves more than 400 each year, 150 of whom are in the North Texas area. Funding is additionally requested for purchasing a second transitional home in East Dallas to serve recently released program participants. Funding is finally requested for breaking the cycle of generational incarceration by providing parenting programs and support for the fathers in PEP. Children with at least one parent in jail or prison have a 70% chance of entering the criminal justice system themselves.
www.pep.org
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Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship was founded in 1976 to help those affected by crime and incarceration through a supportive network of churches and community inside and outside of prisons. Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers have reached out to more than 120,000 men and women behind bars statewide, serving them through special events, Bible and disciple studies, moral and behavioral transformation programs, seminary courses, job preparation training, and parenting and relationship skills development. Funding is requested for Angel Tree, which helps incarcerated men and women connect with their children through handwritten notes, gifts, and summer camps. Funding is additionally requested for the North Texas Prison Fellowship team, which coordinates restorative programs in correctional facilities and helps recently released men and women connect with the support agencies that help in mentoring, job training, finding jobs, connecting to churches, and counseling. Last year, the team helped more than 80 individuals.
www.prisonfellowship.org
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Project Row Houses
Project Row Houses (PRH) was founded in 1993 in Houston's historic Third Ward to provide local African American artists with a positive and engaging creative community. PRH seeks funding to support "Trans.lation" Vickery Meadow, PRH's expansion program in Dallas. The goal of Trans.lation is to promote arts-driven community development in North Texas by offering storefront studio space and three outdoor exhibition spaces located throughout the neighborhood. Trans.lation provides crucial free services to unite community members, cultivate community voice, and provide economic support by focusing on the arts and culture of the diverse residents. Funding is requested for Trans.lation's programs and services including a Social Enterprise initiative to support local artisans; a Teaching Artists/Leadership Council, to empower artists to be leaders within their own communities; and a series of Community Festivals and events.
www.projectrowhouses.org
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Project Success
Project Success mentors unsheltered youth so that they can break the cycle of homelessness by providing a creative outlet through art. Project Success was organized as a separate extension of the community service work of the Fort Worth Police Department. Each week, two officers and two volunteers walk to the Presbyterian Night Shelter and bring 15-20 youth, ages 12-17, to the police sub-station, where the youth are given a nutritious meal and led through art projects, which are then sold at local art festivals. Project Success now serves more than 500 youth every year. Funding is requested for meals and supplies to continue providing services to homeless youth.
www.projectsuccessfortworth.org
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Project Transformation
Founded in 1998, Project Transformation engages young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, supports underserved children and families, and connects churches to communities in need. In 18 years, the organization has equipped more than 1,000 college students with future leadership skills and served more than 8,000 children and youth. Funding is requested for the organization's literacy-focused summer and after-school programs for under-served children and youth. Program participants are mentored by college student interns, 30 of whom actually completed the program themselves, and 96% of students in the summer program have either increased or maintained their reading level. Funding is also requested for Summer Leaders in Training Experiences (LITE) Program, which serves 90 students, grades 10-12, many of whom have participated in Project Transformation's programs since elementary school. The course addresses three overarching needs: 1) academic needs through writing workshops, critical thinking skills, and discussion of social justice issues; 2) self awareness and leadership skills through personality assessments, leadership building activities, and self-led direct service; and 3) college and career preparedness through resume writing, interview skills, and college application assistance.
www.projecttransformation.org/dallas
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Rae's Hope
Rae's Hope empowers at-risk girls to take charge of their lives and become productive members of their community, by supporting the development of girls ages 6-18 from South Dallas through regular one-on-one meetings two-three times a week with an emphasis on healthy living, athletics, and education. Rae's Hope is committed to increasing the number of girls who stay in school and do well academically, live healthy lives, achieve competency in critical life and financial skills, and contribute to their communities. Funding is requested for salaries for a paid program director and four part-time program managers to strengthen the organization's program offerings.
www.raeshope.org
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Ranch Hand Rescue
Founded in 2008, Ranch Hand Rescue works to improve the quality of life for people suffering from mental health challenges due to traumatic life experiences by providing Equine/Animal assisted counseling. Ranch Hand Rescue rescues approximately 28 animals annually and trains them as therapy animals. The agency believes rescued animals are effective because their clients can better relate to the trauma the animal has faced. Funding is requested to continue providing mental health counseling services for victims of physical and sexual abuse from low-income families and to continue caring for therapy animals.
www.ranchhandrescue.org
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Real Choices Pregnancy Medical Clinic
Real Choices Pregnancy Medical Clinic provides information about options other than abortion to clients in the Grapevine area. Funding is requested for increased marketing efforts, operating costs of the mobile outreach unit, and salary costs of the Continuum of Care Director, who connects the clinic’s clients with social services organizations.
www.friendsofrealchoices.org
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Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas
Founded in 1973, Rebuilding Together Greater Dallas (RTGD) works to improve the quality of life of homeowners in need by bringing volunteers and communities together to rebuild homes and neighborhoods. RTGD focuses on low-income homeowners and gives special consideration to veterans, the elderly, the disabled, and families who care for dependent children. Funding is requested for the Safe at Home program, which provides critical home repairs and home modifications that enable the homeowner to live in a safe and healthy environment. Repairs typically include safety improvements, minor systems repairs, carpentry repairs, weatherization, painting, and creating accessibility modifications. Funding is additionally requested for Operation Freedom, part of RTGD's participation in September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Operation Freedom aims to provide home repairs to as many veterans as resources allow. Last year RTGD performed 61 projects for veterans in 60 days between 9/11/15 and 11/11/15.
www.rebuildingdallas.org
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Reconciliation Outreach Ministries
Founded in 1988, Reconciliation Outreach works to create a strong Christian community where families and individuals can regain productive lives. Reconciliation Outreach operates four residential properties and provides faith-based, comprehensive services to 1,400 low-income men, women, and children annually in Dallas County. Funding is requested for the drug and alcohol Residential Recovery program, an intensive 12-month program in a structured and supportive environment that provides recovery classes, mandatory drug tests, curfews, and daily chapel services to 200 people annually. Funding is also requested for transitional housing to help the working poor and graduates of the Residential Recovery program. Transitional housing services help 35 families annually. Finally, funding is requested for children and youth programs, which serve 450 children and youth ages 3-18 each year. Programming includes faith-based, afterschool academic tutoring, mentoring, and character building activities.
www.rodallas.org
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Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas (RMHD) exists to serve and sustain families with seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at Dallas-area hospitals. Since it was established in 1981, RMHD has provided affordable housing and support services to more than 37,000 families. In 2015, RMHD hosted nearly 1,800 families, equating to 18,406 night visits. Funding is requested to fill the cost gap between the reduced nightly rate all guests pay and the actual cost of host a family, which includes meals, transportation, and family support services and activities.
www.rmhdallas.org
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Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth
Founded in 1981, the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth (RMHFW) provides a supportive home-away-from-home for families with children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. In 2015, RMHFW served 994 families, providing nearly 14,000 night stays. Funding is requested for the Share-A-Night program, which allows donors to give the gift of "home" to families when they need it the most by sharing the cost of their stay at RMHFW. Funding is additionally requested for renovations of rooms that families stay in while at RMHFW. Finally, funding is requested for a LobbyGuard System, which will support a safe and secure environment by providing instant background checks and printing name tags with photos for all visitors to wear during their time at RMHFW.
www.rmhfw.org
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SafeHaven of Tarrant County
SafeHaven of Tarrant County offers a unique array of services designed to address the complex needs of domestic violence survivors and the community through safety, support, prevention, and social change. In 2015, SafeHaven answered 35,000 crisis calls, protected 664 women and 896 children at its two emergency shelters, housed 230 women and children in its transitional living program, counseled more than 2,900 women and children at its resource centers, and educated more than 33,000 people, primarily students, on violence prevention and available agency services. Funding is requested for SafeShelter, an emergency shelter and support service center for victims fleeing from abuse. SafeShelter operates two secure centers with 164 beds for women and children in imminent danger due to domestic violence, and its counseling services for adults and children help victims recover from traumatic experiences. Funding is also requested for SafeLiving, a long-term housing and stability program for victims rebuilding their lives. SafeLiving provides clients with rental and utility assistance, case management, financial literacy education, a matched savings program, and access to wrap-around supportive services. Finally, funding is requested for Project Change, a collaborative program in under-served Everman Independent School District providing more than 2,000 3rd-12th grade students with best-practice prevention, intervention, treatment and response strategies to reduce the incidence and minimize the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
www.safehaventc.org
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Safer Better Dallas, The SANE Initiative
Safer Dallas Better Dallas (SDSB) works to protect citizens from becoming victims of crimes and to engage them in a partnership with Dallas Police, to support the effort of Dallas Police officers, and to make Dallas America's safest big city. Funding is requested for the Student Nursing Training Initiative to provide student nurses with a basic understanding of forensic nursing, educate them on how this field can improve their career path, and create a core empathy for sexual assault victims that each student nurse will carry with them for the rest of their career. Funding is also requested to expand SANE programs in North Texas and provide support to the new SANE Program partners at Methodist Dallas and Parkland Memorial hospitals. The SANE Initiative is working with a group of doctors and surgeons to explore making SANE programs a requirement in Level 1 trauma centers around the U.S. Finally, funding is requested for community education, outreach, and advocacy with a special focus on college campuses. In 2015, the SANE Initiative served 1,883 individuals in Dallas County and Collin County.
www.saferdallas.com
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Serve Denton
Serve Denton supports Denton County nonprofits that opens doors for people to become self-sufficient through 19 areas of direct service. The organization's vision is to develop real estate projects in Denton where nonprofits will pay $1 a year for rent and share costs for utilities, thereby sending more donation dollars straight to the people who need it the most. In April 2014, Serve Denton opened an Assistance and Events center, a shared space building where currently seven nonprofits agencies work closely together. Funding is requested for renovations to open and operate an Assistance and Events center in a 32,000 square foot building designed to accommodate several local nonprofits in one convenient location and serve as an event space and classrooms for the community to use. Funding is also requested to establish a financial counseling program with a financial coach to provide weekly financial counseling for tenants' clients.
www.servedenton.org
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Serve West Dallas
As a network of organizations, Serve West Dallas (SWD) creates and oversees strategic initiative to address gaps in services to help meet the needs of West Dallas. SWD raises awareness of their corporate work and tells the story of West Dallas. SWD also recruits volunteers and attracts resources to the community, all while demonstrating the loving hand of Christ. Since its establishment in 2009, SWD has brought together 15 faith-based organizations, 10 church partners, and over 100 cross-sector partners to share best practices and assets to serve West Dallas together. Funding is requested to pilot the mid-level career pathways in healthcare program, a multiyear initiative to prepare low-skill individuals for entry-level and mid-level healthcare careers. Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the DFW economy, and 45% of jobs in sector are mid-level. Funding is also requested for Services Optimizing Academic Reach (SOAR), a West Dallas collaboration to accelerate academic achievement, enhance students' social and emotional well-being, and increase teacher and parent client and involvement so that students can become successful and engaged citizens. Finally, funding is requested for Faith Community Health, a collaboration between SWD and Baylor Scott & White Health to train church volunteers to be caregivers to their neighbors to improve the health of West Dallas residents.
www.servewestdallas.org
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Shared Housing Center
Founded in 1984, Shared Housing Center (SHC) works to break the cycle of homelessness for the elderly, single women with children, and persons with special needs by offering permanent and transitional housing services and specialized programs to foster independence, empowerment, and self-worth. The agency houses a food pantry, a computer lab, a shopping room stocked with donations of new and used clothing and houseware goods, and classroom space to teach life skills, nutrition, and financial literacy. Funding is requested to partially fund a new case management position specifically focused on the needs of longer-term supportive transitional/permanent housing residents of single veteran women with children and grandparents raising their grandchildren. Funding is additionally requested to complete construction of the new Green Haus facility by the end of 2016, to increase the number of clients served in the Group Residence program from 324 to more than 400. This project provides a supportive community for elderly single women and women with children for up to 12 months. Finally, funding is requested for the Homeshare program, designed to help elderly facing eviction or premature institutionalization due to mental and/or physical health issues.
www.sharedhousing.org
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Sharing Life Community Outreach
Founded in 1999, Sharing Life Community Outreach (Sharing Life) exists to provide various programs and services to families in need in the Mesquite and Southeastern Dallas County. Last year Sharing Life provided educational programs and classes, clinical services, food pantry access, utilities and electrical bill payments and gas vouchers to more than 87,000 individuals. Funding is requested for the housing assistance program, which helps individuals avoid homelessness by providing financial assistance to pay rent, mortgage, and hotel fees.
www.sharinglifeoutreach.org
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Shiloh Place McKinney
Serving Collin Country, the Shiloh Place equips single mothers with financial independence and personal well-being by addressing their physical, educational, spiritual, and emotional needs. Shiloh Place offers housing, childcare, and tuition assistance for up to two years. Since its establishment in 2012, Shiloh Place has helped 17 families, 16 of which have increased their education or career training level. Funding is requested for tuition and transportation expenses for licensed vocational nursing (LVN) students, mothers, who through Shiloh Place, receive training to become a LVN. Funding is additionally requested for a three-phase facility repair project to renovate Shiloh Place.
www.shilohplacemckinney.com
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Skill Quest
Founded in 2012, Skill QUEST Inc. works to clear a path for low- to moderate- income adults living in Dallas, Collin, and surrounding counties to jobs paying a family living wage with benefits and career path, while simultaneously providing local employers with a highly skilled, prepared workforce. Skill QUEST case management moves participants who are 200% below the poverty level into Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) and Collin College (CC) and onto middle skilled careers. Skills developed in tandem with Skill QUEST and local community college job education and training have allowed more than 80% of participants to acquire positions paying at least $25 an hour. Funding is requested for books and tuition for community college courses, basic needs to support the families of nurse candidates participating in skills training, and exam fees, laptops, uniforms and other resources necessary to improve the probability of employment.
www.skillquestntx.org
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Skillful Living Center, Inc.
Skillfull Living Center equips and empowers adolescents with healthy social-emotional skills. Skillfull Living Center serves 2,500 low-income students annually in high risk areas of Dallas, and 90% of participants showed an increase in social-emotional assets that contribute to positive behavior as measured by pre- and post-program testing. Funding is requested for the Sexual Intelligence Program in the south Dallas/Fair Park area of Dallas County. Sexual Intelligence aims to increase academic and economic opportunities by decreasing the occurrence of teen pregnancies, STDs, poverty, and school dropout.
www.skillfullivingcenter.org
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Soul's Harbor
Founded in 1956, Soul’s Harbor provides rehabilitation and a recovery home where men learn the tools to deal with addiction issues and personal obstacles to break the cycle of homelessness. Funding is requested for a facilities renovation, including painting, tiling, plumbing, and fixtures. Funding is additionally requested to acquire a new box truck to collect donations from a 3,000-square-mile area to sell in the Soul's Harbor Thrift Stores. Finally, funding is requested for Nurturing Father, a program designed to help fathers overcome any fears and help them gain confidence to pursue a positive and influential role in their children's lives.
www.soulsharbordallas.org
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South Dallas Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC)
Founded in 1986, South Dallas Fair Park Innercity Community Development Corporation (ICDC) creates vibrant, stable, and safe community by building partnerships that promote homeownership, economic development, and community education. ICDC has developed a strategy to educate and empower local emerging business leaders through the Business Incubation Center (BIC), by equipping them with the necessary training through the structured, evidence-based curriculum. As an extension of the BIC, the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) provides 5th grade students with experience and intense training opportunities for personal and professional development. Funding is requested for both the BIC and the YEP.
www.icdc.biz
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Southern Methodist University - Stephanie and Hunter Hunt Urban Food System Initiative
SMU's Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity partners with leaders in business, academia, non-governmental organizations, and government organizations to develop and scale sustainable and affordable technologies and solutions to the challenges facing the local and global poor. The Institute focuses mainly on sustainable food systems, energy efficiency, and low-income housing solutions, clean water access and water conservation, and access to financial opportunities. Dallas has the third highest poverty rate among major U.S. cities. Impoverished communities often struggle not only from lack of economic opportunity but also from food insecurity. Funding is requested to develop the project-based educational curriculum for the Urban Food System Initiative, which will empower disadvantaged individuals living in areas where food is not readily available to make good decisions about food and nutrition, take advantage of the increasing opportunities that urban farming represents, and access fresh produce in their communities. This two-phase initiative will not only provide fresh food, but also educate the community in long-term, sustainable food production and economic viability.
www.smu.edu
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Special Olympics Texas
The Special Olympics Texas provides year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympics-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience employment, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendships with their families, other athletes, and the community. Founded in 1969 with 350 athletes competing, Special Olympics Texas has since grown to more than 55,232 athletes competing in 22 Olympic-type sports across the state in more than 300 competitions. Funding is requested to provide year-round sports training, athletic competition, and other programs for 6,888 intellectually disabled athletes in the Greater Dallas area and 3,850 intellectually disabled athletes in the Greater Fort Worth area.
www.sotx.org
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Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery
Texas Baptists Disaster Recovery (TBDR) began in 2005 during Hurricane Katrina and Rita to mobilize church groups to rebuild homes. TBDR is dedicated to helping communities rebuild after disasters, working with disaster survivors throughout the long-term restoration process by partnering with local long-term recovery teams to mobilize volunteers, gather and transport donated items, provide prayer and spiritual support and raise awareness. In 2015, TBDR volunteers worked nearly 30,000 hours to help families clear debris, rebuild and repair homes, and collected donated items. Funding is requested for long term disaster recovery for low-income families affected by the December 2015 tornadoes in Dallas County.
www.texasbaptists.org/disaster
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Texas Ramp Project - Dallas and Fort Worth Projects
Founded in 1985, Texas Ramp Project builds free wheelchair ramps for elderly and disabled people, including children and veterans, who cannot afford to build them. The installation of a ramp often prevents recipients from entering a nursing facility, often at a taxpayer's expense. A $600 ramp can save up to $60,000 a year in nursing homes fees. In 2015, Dallas and Fort Worth ramp project received 669 requests for ramps from healthcare professionals and social workers and were able to build 368 of these referrals. Statewide, the Texas Project built more than 1,623 ramps last year. The Texas Ramp's sole funding priority in North Texas is to build free wheelchair ramps for disabled people in need, specifically in Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties. Funds will be used to purchase, lumber, materials, and tools for ramp construction.
www.texasramps.org
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Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) promotes the dignity, self-sufficiency, safety, and stability of low-income Texans, by providing free, high-quality legal assistance, and related legal education. TRLA serves approximately 20,000 individuals a year. TRLA hopes that all Texans, regardless of economic advantage, will have equal access to legal services to improve their quality of life. TRLA seeks funding for the Dallas portion of its Foster Youth Misdemeanor Representation Project, part of a larger effort including Houston and Central Texas. Funding is requested for the following: hiring a Texas TRLA attorney to work with foster youth to resolve Class C misdemeanor charges in Dallas and surrounding communities; development of a volunteer attorneys network and local bar association to assist in cases and training to support them; and creation of written and online information for judges, prosecutors, and volunteers defense lawyers pertaining to foster youth and Class C misdemeanors.
www.trla.org
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Texas Tenants' Union
Founded in 1973, The Texas Tenants' Union (TTU) empowers tenants through education and organizing to protect their rights, preserve their homes, improve their living conditions, and enhance the quality of life in their communities. TTU helps more than 4,000 tenants annually, with a focus on DFW. Funding is requested for the Tenant Education Program, designed to help prevent evictions and homelessness, minimalize the adverse consequences to tenants when evictions do occur, improve living conditions in substandard properties, help tenants recover security deposits that are unlawfully kept, and inform tenants of their rights and responsibilities generally so that they may avoid rental housing problems in the future. In 2015, TTU provided education and/or counseling to 4,215 households through free weekly workshops and a telephone service. Funding is also requested for the Housing Preservation Program, designed to preserve and improve affordable housing conditions. In 2015, 2,385 low-income households received help from the Housing Preservation Program. Finally, funding is requested for the Leadership Development Program, which provides education and assistance to minimize evictions, prevent homeless, and solve other tenant/landlord problems.
www.txtenants.org
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TexProtects
TexProtects works to reduce and prevent child abuse and neglect through research, education, and advocacy. The agency effects change by organizing and educating its members to advocate for increased investments in evidence-based child abuse prevention programs, CPS reforms, and treatment programs to heal victims of abuse. Funding is requested to hire additional staff to bolster research and advocacy efforts related to home visiting initiatives and prevention efforts. Funding is also requested for the development of a comprehensive marketing strategy designed to communicate the effectiveness of home visiting programs targeting a variety of audiences including legislative decision makers, participants in home visiting services, and the public. Funding is lastly requested to develop and conduct training material for the Texas Home Visiting Consortium to share research findings on the most successful messaging and strategies designed to engage decision makers from school boards, superintendents or the legislature, who are critical to the maintenance and expansion of home visiting programs.
www.texprotects.org
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The Arc of Dallas
Founded in 1951, The Arc of Dallas supports and empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life by envisioning a community where people with mental disabilities are valued, offered a quality education, welcomed into the workforce, and allowed the chance to live productive lives. Last year, The Arc served more than 9,000 people living in Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall counties. Most of The Arc's clients are economically disadvantaged - 90% of The Arc's Day Program participants depend on Supplemental Security Income. Funding is requested for Adventure Camps, is designed especially for children and teens ages 5-21 with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Non-disabled siblings can also attend camp if space allows, providing opportunities for social interaction between disabled and non-disabled children and a peer-to-peer support network for the non-disabled children in an inclusive setting. Each camp location serves approximately 30 children per weekly session. Funding is additionally requested for teacher training. The Arc maintains a 1:4 teacher to client ratio, allowing teachers to serve as educators, case managers, and champions for each client. Finally, funding is requested for family education seminars and support groups to provide parents and siblings a space to connect with others who have had similar experiences.
www.arcdallas.org
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The Birthday Party Project
The Birthday Party Project brings joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays by hosting monthly parties at homeless, transitional, and domestic violence shelters. Since 2012, The Birthday Project has provided parties complete with games, decorations, activities, cupcakes, party favors, and birthday presents. These celebrations help create a sense of normalcy for children in crisis, many of whom have suffered from extreme social and emotional trauma, helping form family bonds, and providing an innovative approach to help heal families in need. Funding is requested to partially supplement the salary of a Volunteer Coordinator; implementation of SalesForce technology to help streamline volunteers, donations, communications, and database management; and warehouse and utilities costs.
www.thebirthdaypartyproject.org
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The Bridge
The Bridge works to end long-term homelessness in Dallas and the surrounding area by developing, coordinating, and/or delivering shelter, homeless recovery, and housing solutions. The Bridge, through its many partnerships, provides meals, shelter, primary and behavioral healthcare, job placement, and housing to approximately 85% of Dallas County's homeless population. Funding is requested for the "Recovery-Oriented System of Care" services, which offer a variety of different programs in one location to more than 9,000 homeless individuals annually, including coordinated assessments, day shelter services, care coordination services, primary and behavioral healthcare services, employment, and income services, and housing services. Funding is additionally requested for the music therapy services, led by a board-certified therapist. Since its establishment in December 2014, the music therapy program has served 287 people.
www.bridgenorthtexas.org
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The Chocolate MINT Foundation
Founded in 2009, The Chocolate MINT (Mentor, Invest, Nurture, and Train) Foundation (TMCF) empowers children and families to be self-sustaining through education, training, mentoring, and service. TMCF serves students in DeSoto and Southern Dallas County, focusing on two strategies areas: afterschool programming and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) components. 71% of students show improvement in grades from failing to passing after participating in TMCF programs. Families only pay a portion of the afterschool programming costs, so TMCF requests funding to cover the cost gap to continue providing after school care and education programs to more than 100 children and youth daily.
www.thechocolatemint.org
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The Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
The Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse works to improve the Greater Dallas community's health, safety, and productivity by reducing the incidence and impact of alcohol and drug abuse. For 70 years, the Council has administered prevention programs developed for individuals of all ages. Last year, the Council provided programs and services to 29,686 individuals. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse reports that one in seven Americans ages 12 and older have a substance abuse problem, which is more than the number of people affected by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Funding is requested for general support to continue providing prevention and intervention programs. Funding is also requested for the Positive Action Program, which prevents and interrupts the onset of progression and substance abuse in children grades 6-12 in Dallas, Grand Prairie, Irving, and Lancaster school districts who are exhibiting early signs of substance abuse. Programming includes presentations on marijuana, prescription drugs, alcohol and tobacco dangers and addictions. Finally, funding is requested for HIV Outreach and HIV Early Intervention programs. Outreach staff locate people with substance abuse and offer free HIV tests, referrals, risk-reduction steps, transportation services, support groups, dental and optical services, and case management.
www.dallascouncil.org
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The Elisa Project
The Elisa Project is dedicated to fighting eating disorders through education, support, and advocacy. The Elisa Project has since partnered with UT Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, created LEAD (Lead, Empower, Accept, and Discover), a student leader program to raise eating disorder awareness, founded the Elisa's Disordered Eating Coalition, which advocates the efforts of The Elisa Project, developed educational programs, and supported more than 300 individuals annually through case management services. Funding is requested for the following: school-age student educational programming; case management and coaching programs; and advocacy programming.
www.theelisaproject.org
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The Family Place
Founded in 1978, The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence at its Safe Campus. The Family Place is the largest family violence service provider in Texas and reaches out to thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that keep women and children safe. In 2015, The Family Place served 10,729 clients. Funding is requested for the Child Development Center, which provides early childhood education for children who have suffered from family violence. Through the Child Development Center, The Family Place has served 170 children. Funding is also requested for Be Project, a violence prevention outreach program to area elementary, middle, and high schools. Through the Be Project, The Family Place has served 6,065 children, teens, and young adults with building, dating violence, and sexual assault prevention education. Finally, funding is requested to provide transitional housing and hotel rooms to families and individuals until more permanent residence is available at Safe Campus.
www.familyplace.org
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The Family Wellness Dallas Initiative Fund of The Dallas Foundation
Founded in 2013, The Family Wellness Dallas (FWD) Initiative Fund of the Dallas Foundation fosters deeper, more meaningful connections combined with effective communication within families, schools workplaces and communities to improve the well-being of the individual well-being, as well as that of the global community. FWD empowers individuals, couples families, and organizations with dynamic communication tools that strengthen relationships and resolve conflicts in all aspects of life. Funding is requested for the Safe Conversation Community Impact Workshops for Kids in Dallas ISD schools in south and west Dallas, designed to enhance communication in the classroom, on the playground, and between students and teachers while focusing on the increasing number of education institution from elementary schools to universities. Funding is also requested for hosting a specialized military program for North Texas veterans and active duty military personnel in collaboration with Empowering Heroes, Spartan's Pledge, and several other veteran focused, local nonprofits. Finally, funding is requested to provide materials for about 10 2016 Safe Conversation Community Impact Series Workshops taking place at various locations across the Dallas-Forth Worth area, designed to interrupt the downward cycle of poverty by supporting family relationships, ensuring greater health and economic security, and reducing violence.
www.safeconversations.org
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The Gatehouse
The Gatehouse is a supportive living community, serving the DFW Metroplex, where women and their children in crisis receive safe refuge, ample time, practical resources, and healthy relationships to discover new paths for permanent, positive change. The organization provides a place and program for those ready to end cycles of abuse, poverty, and homelessness and build new lives for themselves and generations to follow. Funding is requested for the following: 1) Independent Life Program support which provides a holistic package of services to help the families heal from trauma and achieve the goal of self-supportiveness. It provides housing, food, transportation, child care, medical/dental care, clothing, professional counseling, education, life skills training, financial literacy training, and career development. 2) IT equipment and services including: laptops/printers, an IT staff person, and a License Plate Recognition System for improved security. 3) Student Enrichment Program support. This after-school/summer program enriches the lives of Gatehouse children ages 5-15 through exposure to music, physical activities, STEAM (STEM + Art), literature, and more. It helps the children heal emotionally, learn to relate to others in healthy ways, and introduces them to possibilities they may never receive if not enrolled at The Gatehouse.
www.gatehousegrapevine.com
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The HOPE Center
The HOPE Center is a nonprofit, community-based organization founded in 2002 to serve low-income and unemployed individuals by providing food and educational programs. As an arm of The HOPE Center, Hope SMILE Center assists unemployed individuals by providing restorative dentistry in preparation for employment. Funding is requested for the Food Pantry and Resource Center that last year, provided groceries for hungry individuals in South Dallas and Fort Worth more than 100,000 times. Each week, The HOPE Center distributes a week's worth of food to families of four or five who live at or below the poverty level. Over the last two years, The HOPE Center has distributed $3.5 million of food products.
www.fwhope.org
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The Magdalen House
The Magdalen House provides a safe house where women may detox from alcohol at no-cost, connects clients with a 12-Step program, and offers additional resources to assist women with successfully reestablishing their lives without alcohol. More than 76,000 women are alcohol dependent in the Dallas area. Since its establishment in 1987, The Magdalen House has served more than 5,000 people through the two-week detox program with a 78% success rate. The Magdalen House accredits the majority of its success to its strong volunteer and alumni network. Funding is requested for the following: continuation of the Education Initiative, programming designed to empower, connect, and teach women how to flourish in life after alcohol addiction; the Detox Program, to help clients achieve sobriety by the end of their two-week stay; and upgrading information technology systems to become more efficient and cost-effective in fundraising, volunteer management, day-to-day operations, programming, and communications.
www.magdalenhouse.org
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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul began in Paris, France in 1833 to serve the poor. The Society serves 150 countries in five continents with over 800,000 members. The Society started in the Diocese of Dallas in 1954 and currently has nearly 800 members in 36 conferences in Collin, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall Counties. Funding is requested for the following: the Mini Loan Program (MLP), designed to end the cycle of poverty through systematic change by providing low-interest loans to families, who are inclined to take payday loans with exorbitant lending rates; StudyTime, an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program held at four Dallas and Plano locations where 290 students from grades K-8 get individual tutoring with their homework, reading, writing, and math; and Urban Garden, which offers a unique opportunity to local neighborhoods to teach about where food comes from, math skills, basic business principles, the importance of community and stewardship, issues of sustainability, job/life skills, and nutritionally rich foods.
www.svdpdallas.org
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The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church
Established in 1975 by the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, The Stewpot offers a safe haven for the homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. Today, The Stewpot prepares and serve an estimated 1,000 meals each day at The Bridge, Dallas' homeless assistance center. Each year, The Stewpot serves a multi-cultural, multi-racial homeless population of 15,000 people. Funding is requested for ID document/Vital record retrieval to provide identification documentation necessary to secure employment, housing, Social Security, Veteran's benefits, food stamps, even referrals to treatment programs for substance abuse. The Stewpot purchased storage facilities for a "document bank" to save copies of client documents for up to two years. Funding is additionally requested for the Rep Payee Program, which offers counseling sessions to physically and mentally-challenged individuals to help them retrieve their rightful supplemental security income, so they can support their housing and basic living expenses. The Stewpot staff works with 44-45 people, and during a one year period, clients receive 6,530 counseling sessions.
www.thestewpot.org
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The Turnaround Agenda
Established in 1985, The Turnaround Agenda (TTA) works to rebuild communities from the inside out with comprehensive faith-based programs and community partnerships designed to transform the lives of the urban youth. TTA currently works with 52 public schools in Dallas, Lancaster, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Cedar Hill school districts, offering school-based mentoring, life skills education, and a variety of support services to students and their families. Funding is requested for the TurnAround Agenda Family Success Initiative (TAAFSI), designed for low-income working families in South Dallas. The TAAFSI employment and career advancement component will offer services to help job seekers join or rejoin the workforce. The TAAFSI Family services program gives access to food, clean clothing, showers, and laundry facilities. TTA hopes to increase overall program capacity with additional funding.
www.turnaroundagenda.org
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The WARM Place
The WARM (What About Remembering Me?) Place provides year-round grief support services to children ages three and a half to eighteen and their families, as well as young adults ages 19-25, who have experienced the death of a loved one. The WARM Place was founded in 1989 in response to a young girl's words, "what about remembering me?" spoken to her mother after her brother's illness and tragic death and has since helped more than 35,000 children cope with the death of a loved one. In 1990, President George H. Bush honored The WARM Place with his 230th Daily Point of Light Award for the work of its volunteers with grieving children. Funding is requested for the Monthly Group, a temporary group session offered to clients waiting for the available space in the standard, biweekly program. These temporary group sessions are held one Monday evening per month, and children and families can attend for as long as they feel they are benefitting from the program.
www.thewarmplace.org
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The Warren Center
The Warren Center works to assure children with developmental difference or disabilities and their families receive the treatment and support they need to reach their full potential. Every year, The Warren Center provides quality therapeutic services to 1,768 children through two programs, Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) and therapy services for children ages 3-5. They also empower 660 parents and caregivers in the Family Education and Support Program, which trains parents to teach their children how to use their own toys at home to gain new skills to needed to function well. The Warren Center currently seeks funding for three specific services: case management referrals to therapy services to vision impaired children; Specialized Skills Training (SST) offered to qualified ECI clients, which provides personalized therapy sessions to children from birth to three years of age in their natural environment when possible; and therapy services for children ages 3-5 to promote developmental progress through additional therapy for children who show delays or disabilities in communication, social skills, and motor/coordination and sensory processing.
www.thewarrencenter.org
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The Women's Center of Tarrant County
Founded in 1979, The Women's Center of Tarrant County inspires, teaches, and empowers women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. With 90 employees and more than 600 volunteers, The Women's Center served more than 130,000 women, men, and children last year. Funding is requested to support instructors for the Play it Safe® child sexual abuse prevention program, which teaches youth how to recognize abuse, respond appropriately, and report abuse to a trusted adult. Funding is additionally requested for the Employment Solutions (ES) program, which helps job seekers increase financial well-being through stable employment in high-demand occupations and greater financial capability. The program provides employment connections, Career Development services, and financial coaching services. Finally, funding is requested for the General Counseling program, which provides low to no-cost clinical counseling to low-income individuals facing a broad spectrum of crises and mental health problems, ranging from depression to suicidal thoughts.
www.womenscentertc.org
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Thrive Women's Clinic
Thrive Women's Clinic (TWC) extends Christ-like love in a compassionate and responsive manner that values family and empower women and their partners to choose life. TWC strives to address the complex needs of women experiencing unplanned pregnancy with emotional, spiritual and physical support services. With utmost respect for a woman and her unborn child, TWC extends a variety of services to empower her to make educated decision regarding her future. Funding is requested for the Healthy Behaviors Medical Program, which delivers nonjudgmental care to all women. TWC saw 2,617 individual clients in 2015.
www.thrivewomensclinic.com
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Traffick911
Traffick911 works to free youth from sex trafficking by using a three-pronged strategy: prevention, rescue, and restoration. Founded in 2009, Traffick911 delivers programs in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, and Denton counties, and has helped more than 400 victims of sex trafficking, resulting in 2.4% of all victims identified in the Western Hemisphere. The organization also helps survivors begin their path to recovery through case management for counseling and residential treatment services. Funding is requested for the following: hiring a community engagement director, who is responsible for speaking to area community groups and increasing awareness of domestic minor sex trafficking; hiring a survivor empowerment case worker, to coordinate support services for survivors and volunteer director, who will be responsible for conducting volunteer orientation, continued education training, background checks, and vetting all volunteers of Traffick911.
www.traffick911.com
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Trans Pride Initiative
Trans Pride Initiative (TPI) empowers trans and gender nonconforming persons to rise above social barriers to equal healthcare, housing employment, and education. As the visibility of trans persons is increasing, more and more trans persons feel empowered enough to come out and be their true selves. This can be a very validating and rewarding experience for some, but for persons experiencing racial, economic, gender identity based discrimination, coming out can create more problems. TPI works to provide assistance to those individuals. Funding is requested for the following: a permanent community center space with a small office; emergency and transitional housing space for trans and queer persons experiencing housing instability; and general administrative and overhead costs.
www.tpride.org
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Transformance
Founded in 1974, Transformance (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas) empowers individuals and families to achieve financial freedom by providing financial counseling, professional debt management plans, and responsive customer service. Current education curriculum is tailored to specific audiences, and services are offered in both English and Spanish. The agency requests funding for Pocket Change Kids (PCK), which serves youth in grades K-5 in DISD Title I schools. PCK delivers an experiential, engaging, e-learning platform for children to help develop critical thinking skills and basic financial literacy in preparation for the STAAR math test. Funding will support program delivery to the approximately 100,000 low-income youth in DISD Title I schools. Funding is also requested for C2: SAFE (College Counts: Securing Assets and Financial Education), which offers financial education and coaching to prospective female college students and student loan borrowers in the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Program activities include classes, live chat webinars, and intensive financial counseling and coaching to help participants evaluate student loan debt, explore and apply for appropriate loan options, and review credit scores and reports. Funding will support counselor training, educational material development, and creation and distribution of outreach materials to help 750 students in 2016.
www.transformanceusa.org
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Turning POINT
Turning POINT (Paraplegics On Independent Nature Trips) was founded in 1979 to develop self-esteem and confidence among people with physical disabilities in Dallas-Fort Worth through participation in adapted outdoor activities. The backbone of the program is the unique personal mentor program, in which accomplished people with physical challenges empower newly injured individuals. Turning POINT requests funding to continue providing free monthly and seasonal activities, including boating, archery, hand cycling, shooting sports, tubing, kayaking, and the 26th Annual Extravaganza – a one day event that provides 20 adaptive outdoor activities to more than 200 people with physical impairments. Funding is additionally requested for new market adaptive equipment to provide outdoor activities, such as archery, shooting sports, kayaking, and fishing, to people with a wider range of ability levels.
www.turningpointnation.org
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TX Supreme Court's Children's Commission via CFT
Founded in 2007, the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families works to strengthen courts for children, youth, and families in the Texas child-protection system and thereby improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. The Children's Commission plans to conduct research, perform long-term evaluation of key policies, practice, and law, examine potential policy changes, engage freely in diverse entities including philanthropists, advocates, policy makers, and agencies, and hold major awareness-raising events. The Commission currently seeks funding to conduct a two-phase study on the feasibility of creating a new Child Welfare Policy Center to improve the availability and accessibility of evidence-based and Texas-specific child welfare research and analysis in order to facilitate improvement and reform of Texas child welfare and practice. The first phase involves seeking funds for the study to determine potential interest from the community. If phase one is successful, the Commission will move on to phase two, which will create an implementation plan for creating and sustaining the Center.
www.texaschildrenscommission.gov
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Under 1 Roof
Under 1 Roof (U1R) assists persons with becoming self-reliant by providing transitional and permanent housing and other services to homeless and low-income individuals in the Dallas area. U1R provides housing as well as household items and services to those who are unable. Such needs are determined by several evaluations with U1R case managers. U1R staff answers calls and provides referrals to more than 100 unduplicated persons weekly. Funding is requested to provide U1R services to disabled families with children, most of which have female-headed households.
www.under1roofdallas.org
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Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
Founded in 1888 by local churches to address the growing local homeless population, Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County (UGM-TC) is a Christian organization and ministry dedicated to providing a new beginning for homeless women, men, and families. UGM-TC offers a residency program for individuals looking to maximize their potential and transition out of homelessness. Funding is requested for general operating support to provide meals, shelter and case management services. Funding is also requested to continue one-on-one tutoring and enrichment services as part of the Children's Enrichment program, which has experienced significant growth due to the opening of the new Scott Walker Building. Finally, funding is requested for the Pathway Out of Poverty Program, a comprehensive education and employment program designed to assist families currently living in poverty by providing them with the tools to find and keep long-term, living-wage employment.
www.ugm-tc.org
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United Way of Metropolitan Dallas
For 90 years, United Way has identified pressing community needs, leveraged community support and resources to help those in need, and served as a hub for collaborative endeavors to achieve lasting change. United Way believes large-scale community change requires broad, cross-sector coordination and adoption of new approaches to solve old problems. Capitalizing on a rich array of community data and strong relationships with corporations, community leaders, educational institutions, and non-profits, United Way launched its GroundFloor initiative launched in 2013. Funding is requested for GroundFloor, which seeks to spark, build, and support innovative social enterprises to generate creative solutions to complex community issues by drawing on the strength and vast networks of United Way. Nonprofits all over North Texas apply for United Way's training programs, coaching services, and endorsement provided through GroundFloor. If accepted, nonprofits become Fellows with access to various resources offered through the program.
www.unitedwaydallas.org
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UT Dallas - Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Founded in 2005, the University of Texas at Dallas Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) utilizes cross-disciplinary education, training, mentorship, and resources to support students, faculty, and staff in the launch of new businesses. The program has received numerous awards from the United States Association for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Funding is requested for the following: seed funding for students participating in IIE's startup launch courses to help student entrepreneurs validate, develop, and start their companies; scholarships to support students pursuing undergraduate or graduate level studies or concentrations in innovation and entrepreneurship; and support for community outreach events, such as Girls Going Places, a one day, national conference held on the UT Dallas campus for 150+ local middle school and high schools girls.
innovation.utdallas.edu
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UT Dallas - STEM Education for Girls Initiative
UT Dallas is committed to providing comprehensive STEM outreach programs to under-served populations in the DFW area. Funding is requested for UTD's STEM Education for Girls Initiative which encompasses multiple programs including the Young Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Investigators program and the Teaming for Tomorrow Camp within UTD's Science and Engineering Education Center. The Young WISE program seeks to foster interest/participation in STEM careers for low-income high school students by promoting applied research and mentoring in a team environment. To date, the Young WISE Investigators program has served more than 150 high school students from the DFW area. Funding will specifically be used for supplies, materials, and equipment necessary for various scientific research experiments. Funding is also requested for the Teaming for Tomorrow (TFT) Camp, a residential program for high schools girls from Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties. Funds will be used to purchase hardware and software, which will be at the core of several project-based learning activities.
www.utdallas.edu
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Val's House International Ministries
Val's House International Ministries was founded in 2008 with the mission to anchor women in God's redeeming love and serve as a G.A.T.E. to Guard, Anchor, Transform, and Equip women to understand their purpose and fulfill their destiny by providing them with a safe place to experience hope, healing, love, and laughter in a supportive environment. To date, Val's House has helped more than 1,500 women in Denton County deal with and overcome life issues that have devastated them in the past by providing counseling, 12 Step programs, and GED and life skills classes, including cooking, budgeting and Bible study. Funding is requested to open two additional Val's Houses; operating expenses for 3-4 staff members to organize, teach, track and monitor the homes and programs offered; and training materials and space to hold GED and life skills classes, including computers, commercial kitchen equipment, and business-related software.
www.valshouse.org
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Visual Teaching from Genesis to Revelation
Visual Teachings from Genesis to Revelations (VTFGTR) is a faith-based nonprofit organization, which uses dramatic media to educate, encourage, and heighten self-esteem among children and adults to help bring families together. Funding is requested for Jordan Indigo Children's Theatre (JICT), which presents productions to reach and help at-risk youth, who struggle with moral ethics and peer pressure. JICT teaches a positive way to convey words and feelings and a successful method to handle social pressures. Funding is additionally requested for Visual Teachings Productions (VTP), which presents productions based on every-day life problems. Unlike JICT, VTP was designed with a mature audience in mind. VTP works to reach underserved audiences with expectations to enrich lives of families within communities. Finally, funding is requested for the VTFGTR Annual Mother and Daughter Tea and establishment of the Father and Son "Tee" to foster relationships between parents and their children.
www.visualteaching.org
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VNA
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) helps people live with dignity and independence at home. Since 1934, VNA nurses, therapists, chaplains, social workers, and volunteers have provided quality care in homes across North Texas. Funding is requested for the VNA Meals on Wheels program, which provides nutritious, hot, home-delivered meals to those who, due to illness, advanced age, or disability, are unable to provide or prepare their own meals. More than 77% of Meals on Wheels' clients live alone. Funding is additionally requested for the Pet Care Program, which helps Meals on Wheels clients care for their beloved pets by delivering supplemental pet food, facilitating access to preventive veterinary care, and educating clients about responsible pet ownership. In the second year of the program, VNA has cared for 120 homebound seniors and their 152 dogs and 56 cats. Finally, funding is requested for VNA Hospice Care, which provides medical care as well as emotional and spiritual support for adults in the final phase of a terminal illness and bereavement support of their families. Last year, VNA cared for 1,120 patients, who in received 84,644 days of care.
www.vnatexas.org
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Volunteer Services Council for Denton State Supported Living Center
Denton State Support Living Center (DSSLC) opened in 1960, and is one of 13 state supported living centers in Texas for intellectually, developmentally, and physically challenged individuals. The mission of the DSSLC Volunteer Services Council is to seek and accept in-kind goods, services, and donations to benefit the lives of approximately 460 individuals served by the Center. Funding is requested to support musical concerts, held in collaboration with Texas Women's University to provide quality music programs several times a month for 160 medically-fragile or non-ambulatory residents. Funding is also requested to support Impressions, a retail outlet in Denton Square, that sells pottery, ceramics, and other crafts made by DSSLC residents, while also providing employment and life skills training opportunities.
www.vscdenton.org
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VolunteerNow
Founded in 1971, VolunteerNow works to transform the community through volunteerism, and is one of the largest and most active volunteer centers in the country. Primarily serving Dallas, Tarrant, and Collin counties, VolunteersNow recruits volunteers to serve nonprofit, corporate, and municipal members, while also providing a range of support programs including trainings, advocacy, and VeriFYI background checks. In 2015, VolunteerNow served 2,200 nonprofit organizations and engaged 40,000 volunteers in more than 1.1 million service hours. Funding is requested for VOLY.org, the VolunteerNow website, an online platform to connect volunteers with service opportunities at nonprofits across North Texas. VOLY.org provides an easy way for prospective volunteers to search for opportunities via profiles and information posted by local nonprofit agencies.
www.volnow.org
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Volunteers of America Texas
Volunteers of America Texas (VOATX) has served Texas for more than 100 years by helping individuals who are most vulnerable reach their full potential. VOATX has more than 30 locations in urban and rural communities throughout the state, including Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio, which serve more than 6,000 clients annually. Funding is requested for Resolana, a program which provides gender-specific trauma-informed services to women in the Dallas County Jail. Resolana provides support services for these incarcerated women, who often have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime. Last year, Resolana served 534 clients.
www.voatx.org
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Wesley Mission Center
Wesley Mission Center was founded in 1973 at First United Methodist Church in Mansfield to provide financial aid to families to crisis through profits made from the agency's thrift store. Wesley Mission Center has since grown to serve more than 4,300 North Texas residents through various services and programs, including financial coaching, skills training, and women's empowerment workshops. Funding is requested for the Unity Lending Program, designed to equip clients with resources and tools to avoid predatory lending products and create longer-term financial stability. Clients meet with a financial coach, who assesses their situation holistically to determine a loan amount and interest free payment plan, and set up monthly coaching meetings to provide ongoing, practical tools for financial management. Through its services, Unity Lending hopes to cultivate a saving mentality, and a sense of dignity and self-efficacy among its clients.
www.wesleymissioncenter.org
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Wilkinson Center
Established in 1985, Wilkinson Center is a dynamic service provider for families struggling to escape poverty, providing services throughout nine zip codes in east and southeast Dallas. Programs include financial coaching, education, family support, and nutrition. Funding is requested for hiring two additional case managers. The organization's case managers assist clients with setting goals, developing a self-sufficiency plan, and provide financial and employment coaching. Funding is also requested for the agency's food and emergency services program, which provides short-term assistance to help stabilize clients living in poverty and facing financial crisis.
www.thewilkinsoncenter.org
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Women in Need of Generous Support (WiNGS)
In January 2016, YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas changed its name to Women in Need of Generous Support (WiNGS). Today, WiNGS addresses a variety of social and economic issues impacting women's health, financial stability, career readiness, and parenting. Funding is requested for the Finance & Career program, which provides coaching, education, benefit screenings, assets, and work supports to help low-to-moderate income families achieve financial security. Last year, the program served 3,105 individuals. Funding is also requested for the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which pairs a first-time mother with a Registered Nurse who makes home visits for two and a half years. Mothers enrolled in the program are identified as being at-risk of receiving inconsistent or insufficient health care, including prenatal and well-child care. Last year, Nurse-Family Partnership helped 405 first-time mothers and 324 babies.
www.wingsdallas.org
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World Vision North Texas
Founded in 2004, World Vision North Texas is a Christian, humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision North Texas currently partners with nearly 300 community nonprofit organizations to serve more than 630,000 people each year. Funding is requested for the Teacher Resource Center and the Mobile Teacher Resource Center to provide school supplies to families in poverty. The school supplies are distributed though teachers, and relieves a burden from teachers who often spend their own money as many school budgets do not accommodate for basic school supplies. In 2015, nearly 65,000 North Texas students received supplies.
www.worldvisionusprograms.org/north_texas
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Celeste AristaCeleste Arista
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carista@cftexas.org

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