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Social Services

The nonprofits working in social services in North Texas focus on areas from combating hunger and homelessness to domestic violence support and prison rehabilitation.

The common thread for these social services nonprofits is that they are helping build on the strengths of individuals and families towards healthier communities.

There are many strong local nonprofits who work in the social services sector. Below you can find information about these nonprofits in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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A Memory Grows provides a space to heal for parents who are grieving the death of a child. Through retreats and special events, it assists parents who have suffered the loss of a child by helping them to heal, find peace, and connect with others who have experienced similar losses while also honoring and helping to carry the legacy of their child. Funding will support retreat expenses and scholarships.

Advocates for Special People (ASP) provides intellectually disabled adults with programs for socialization, recreation, and life skills development. Funding will support Special Connexion, a program that provides recreation, socialization, and habilitation at three locations in Tarrant County. The program also offers field trips, exercise programs, and peer-to-peer experiences.

Agape Resource & Assistance Center provides housing and support services to homeless single women, moms and their children to help them move from crisis and poverty to self-sustaining lives. Services include housing, counseling, childcare, transportation, and education, with the goal to help more women achieve economic security. Since, 2013 Agape has served 43 women and 64 children, 77% of whom are survivors of family violence, sex trafficking or sexual assault. Funding will support counseling services, scholarships and housing.

AIDS Services of Dallas provides service-enriched housing for persons living with HIV/AIDS. In 2017 they provided 206 clients with shelter across 125 apartment units, which resulted in over 56,000 nights of safe, affordable housing and over 46,000 hot, nutritious meals. Funding will support: renovations to housing units that are reserved for sub-acute, longtime residents who need intensive medical support; upgrades to security systems across the campus; and renovations to the outdated and aging commercial kitchen.

Allen Community Outreach (ACO) provides basic needs support to residents of Allen and surrounding communities in Collin County who are facing financial crisis. In 2017, ACO distributed 600,000 pounds of food and provided free comprehensive human services to 2,717 individuals in crisis, helping them avoid hunger and homelessness and achieve economic security. Funding will support childcare to keep teen moms in school, transportation gas cards, and a refrigerated truck to add capacity to Food Pantry.

Alley’s House exists to transform the lives of teen moms and their children through holistic programs that foster emotional wellness and teach practical life skills. In 2017, Alley's House served 177 low-income teen mothers and their children, provided 196 counseling hours, 250 workshops by staff/partners, and 930 service hours by 67 volunteers. Funds will support the Pathway to Independence program, which provides counseling, parent education, financial literacy, job readiness, GED attainment, mentoring and community outreach.

Common Ground at Church of the Resurrection is a grassroots effort to bring fresh, locally grown produce to those in need and to promote earth stewardship and education. Providing this produce is accomplished by giving monthly instructor-led workshops and creating a community space for volunteers to interact while growing food for local food pantries. Funding will support the development of the educational curriculum, garden materials and irrigation. In 2017, they provided 1,200 pounds of food for those in need.

The mission of 29 Acres is to elevate the quality of life for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by creating a dynamic housing community enriched with customized programming where every person will be empowered to live with purpose and joy. Funding will support the Residential Transition Academy as well as 29 Adventures, their social clubs program that serves high school students. The program expects to help 85% of program participants gain employment and 95% to live independently.

Battered Women's Foundation's mission is to help battered women and their children become self-sufficient by providing physical, mental, spiritual, and educational support. Their programs serve battered women and children from all over the DFW area, and their goal is to help 85% of women served achieve self-sufficiency and break the cycle of abuse. Funds are requested for their Emergency Care Program.

Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite's mission is to provide a safe, happy and healthy therapeutic community that empowers special needs citizens and their families to reach their fullest potential. They provide therapeutic horseback riding and respite, and vocational and entrepreneurial training. Funds are requested for client service support, facility expansion and horse care support for Equine Therapy horses.

Bridges To Life (BTL) is a restorative justice program that rehabilitates offenders and brings healing to victims of crime. Funds are requested for BTL project expenses in DFW area prisons and alternative facilities including CitySquare, Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Centers, and Judicial Treatment Center. These projects will aid participants in overcoming poverty, addiction, and homelessness; eliminating future criminal behavior; and achieving and maintaining self-sufficiency.

Brighter Tomorrow's mission is to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing emergency safe shelter and support services that help reduce violence in our communities. Funding will support two full-service emergency safe shelters that combined to provide emergency safe shelter to 496 women and 500 of their children in 2017.

Buckner Children and Family Services, founded in Dallas in 1879, is a highly diversified social services agency with programs in Texas and six countries worldwide. Core programs are Family Hope Centers, Family Pathways and foster care/adoption. Requested funds are for construction, equipment, and furnishings for the new Bachman Lake Family Hope Center, scheduled to break ground in summer 2018. The Center served more than 3,800 individuals after opening in a temporary location in January 2017.

Camp Summit provides barrier-free outdoor camp programs, promoting personal growth and independence, for children and adults with disabilities. Camp Summit operates eleven months annually, offering 22 week-long sessions plus weekend and respite days. Over 2,400 campers with disabilities ages 6 – 99 enjoy traditional camp activities in a barrier-free environment where each event is adapted to ensure accessibility for all campers. Funds are requested for tuition assistance to ensure that no one is turned away.

Care Center Ministries provides support and assistance to homeless, battered and addicted women. It seeks donations to support its new Tree of Life Women's Refuge Expansion project which offers one-year residential recovery services. The Tree of Life program served 63 residents in 2017. Care Center Ministries also needs donations for operation of their Community Center in Southeast Dallas that includes a food pantry, after-school programs, and spring and summer camps for school-age children.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is an enterprising non-profit with the belief that ending poverty is possible. Their programs, which served over 70,000 in 2017, are aimed at permanent poverty solutions for families in the Fort Worth community. At CCFW, an end to poverty means living wage income, three month's savings in the bank, no negative debt, and no reliance on public benefits. They believe long-term, individualized, and flexible case management is key to achieving these goals. Funds are requested for poverty-ending case management.

Catholic Charities of Dallas (CCD) supports the community's most vulnerable, and helped 38,000 low-income individuals achieve stability and self-sufficiency in 2017. The Financial Stability & Career Services program provides an integrated approach to lift families out of poverty, providing financial coaching, employment services, job skills training, and short-term income supports. CCD also delivered 282,275 meals in 2017 to low-income seniors, families, and children in their after-school programs and camps.

CCS’ mission is to nourish low-income families by providing nutritious food and supportive education. In 2017, they distributed over 2.3 million pounds of food to 11,056 Dallas neighbors. Funding will support their Dallas food pantry and their Community Distribution Partners, which include religious organizations, community centers, retirement communities, Dallas Housing Authority complexes and non-profit agencies who want to feed their neighbors but cannot become full-fledged food pantries.

Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) heals survivors through counseling and related services that are holistic, strengths-based, and culturally and linguistically appropriate. 84% of program clients meet their counseling goals within six months. Funds are requested to provide intervention services for adult survivors, in-school intervention services for child survivors, and continued growth of necessary community resources to provide for the medical needs of the clients.

Changing Course Foundation offers a unique approach to healing by providing equine-assisted mental health and adventure-based therapy services to individuals and groups in North Texas. Services are provided through partnerships with state agencies, public and private schools and local residential treatment facilities. Funds are requested to provide scholarships for low-income clients and military veterans. Funding will also support care and maintenance of horses for animal-assisted therapy.

Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County unites law enforcement, CPS, prosecutors, medical examiners, counselors, advocates, and forensic interviewers to help children and families who have endured the crime of child abuse. They empower child abuse victims, their families and the community through education, healing, and justice. Funds are requested for facility expansion, direct services to clients, and advocacy support for families during the investigative and prosecutorial process.

The Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County provides safety, healing and justice to children in our community victimized by abuse or neglect. They provide forensic interviews, therapy, family support services, emergency aid and community education about abuse and neglect. In 2017, they served 3,515 children and families. Funds are requested to support operating expenses for clinical therapy services, to provide educational material to at-risk populations and stock the emergency aid room.

Christian Community Action (CCA) provides full rescue, relief, and restorative services to low-to-moderate income families and individuals in financial crisis across Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties to help move them towards self-sufficiency. Funds are requested for the following: client-choice food pantry for immediate relief, critical rental and utility assistance for homelessness prevention, and seasonal income relief programs to help save a family's limited income.

Achieve provides workforce development services for individuals with disabilities including high school youth, adults and veterans. Funds will support the operating costs for: vocational adjustment training to help high school special education students improve self-awareness, soft skills, job preparation and money management; employment services for low income individuals and veterans with disabilities; and work/soft skills training for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Community Council of Greater Dallas is an $18M organization with a 77-year history of community service. Funding will support Skill QUEST, a program that helps low-to-moderate income adults living in Dallas, Collin, and contiguous counties access to jobs that pay a family living wage with benefits and a career path, while also providing local employers with a highly skilled workforce.

Community Lifeline Center helps Northern Collin County residents manage crises and navigate their way back to self-sufficiency. Aid ranges from financial help (rent, utilities, medical, dental or prescription assistance) to information/referral and advocacy. Their client choice Lifeline Food Market helps those in need put food on the table. Funding is needed to support case management, to purchase shelf-stable food for the Lifeline Market and for the Client Financial Assistance Fund.

Community Partners of Tarrant County - S.A.V.E. Program works to preserve the family unit by promoting the health and well-being of children (and reducing the risk of abuse and neglect) by connecting families with needed resources. Funds are requested to support the needs of families such as food, clothing and shoes, school uniforms and supplies, personal hygiene and support in emergency situations.

Cornerstone Assistance Network North Central Texas works to empower neighbors in need. They accomplish this through a comprehensive and relational approach. Funds are requested for the Case Management Program. Funding will go directly to support clients who are working to learn the tools and skills needed to obtain and maintain a job, draft a budget, and access required coaching as they tackle these skills. In 2017, $100,000 was paid in direct financial assistance.

Cuisine for Healing provides nutrition education and up to 12 weeks of free, nutritious, delicious meals for low-income Tarrant County clients facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, including Alzheimer's, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. Funding is requested to support 2018's 10th anniversary goal to serve 18,000 immune-boosting meals to clients facing a health crisis; for nutrition education through their Power of Food Education Program; and their 2018 Capital Campaign.

72-year old Dallas Bethlehem Center uses its facility and legacy to create partnership teams to address early childhood education, food security, and community development. In 2017, Dallas Bethlem Center programs served over 3,000 people. Funds are requested to support the cost of food distribution, facility operating expenses, staff expenses, and shared results efforts. Through collaborations, donors’ gifts are leveraged to produce six times the services in South Dallas/Fair Park.

Dallas Christian Women’s Job Corps serves women transitioning out of a crisis that may include prison, addiction, homelessness or being widowed. They are currently building a new facility that will allow them to provide their current Job Readiness and Life Skills Program to more women. The program components include: Bible study, job and life skills training and mentoring; and support services. Funding is requested for capital building costs, furniture, fixtures and equipment, training and support programs.

Dallas Furniture Bank (DFB) provides furniture to families transitioning from homelessness in order to restore normalcy and independence. Working in collaboration with multiple partner agencies, DFB identifies people in need and helps them to acquire basic household furnishings. As the only furniture bank in North Texas, DFB is uniquely positioned to support the transfer of unwanted furniture items to people in desperate need. DFB request funds to defray costs of storing and transporting furniture.

Legal Hospice of Texas' mission is to provide timely and compassionate legal services to low-income individuals with terminal illnesses or HIV-disease. They provide free legal counsel, advocacy, and representation in the areas of estate planning, insurance, employment, credit, public benefits, and housing. A qualifying diagnosis and limited income determine eligibility for their services. Funds are requested to submit direct legal services to qualified low-income residents of Dallas County.

Founded in 1954, Dallas LIFE is a private homeless shelter meeting all physical needs of individuals and families. They also address practical and spiritual causes of one’s problems with personalized, outcome-based teaching and counseling from a Christian outlook (non-Christians are welcome). They seek funds for the 10-month Homeless No More program, which has a 90% success rate; the Children’s Program, to help them thrive; and the Veterans’ Program, to help them reintegrate into society.

The DRC provides critical safety net services and evidence-based, award-winning housing solutions for people and communities affected by homelessness in greater Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Funds are requested for general operating support, which provides local match dollars required for high-value DRC programs and underwrites DRC leadership and administrative functions essential to program success.

Emily's Place seeks to break the cycle of domestic violence for women and their children through long-term transformational care that seeks to restore faith, hope and health by providing a unique supportive housing community for up to 24 months, serving up to 32 women and children at a time. Women residents attend mandatory weekly counseling sessions and life skills training. Emily’s Place requests funding for counseling and child care so that mothers may return to work and build new lives.

Evergreen serves people with many different types of intellectual and developmental disabilities in Texas. People with disabilities face lifelong challenges and usually need some level of professional support throughout their lifespan. Funds are requested for the day programs in Dallas and Fort Worth including Art Therapy, Music Therapy and the Horticultural Program. These types of programs can allow the individuals they serve to gain more independence and increase their confidence.

Family Compass is solely dedicated to the mission of child abuse prevention with the singular purpose of keeping vulnerable children from entering the child welfare system. Their programs are evidence-based, voluntary and free-of-charge, and target families with an elevated risk for child abuse. Funds are requested for proven home mentoring and community-based educational programs that work in synergy to protect children and build strong, healthy families.

Family Gateway's mission is to provide stability and life-changing services to families with children experiencing homelessness. Designated by the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance as the triage point for families, they provide emergency shelter, supportive housing, wrap-around services, and a unique assessment/diversion program to serve families without bringing them into a shelter. Funds are requested to help them support families without bringing them into the shelter system and to support emergency shelter care.

Family Promise of Collin County serves homeless families with children by providing food, shelter, and support services. Funds are requested to provide transitional housing for families who need additional time to save for rental deposits and fees for residence, finish education, or pay off evictions; temporary childcare costs for families seeking employment; and transportation expenses that include car repairs for guest vehicles or donated vehicles and gas cards.

Finding Faith Within Yourself was founded in 2013 to educate women and youth in the prevention of domestic violence and provide resources to escape abusive relationships. Their goal is to provide victims of domestic violence with emergency supprt, safety, shelter and hope. Funding will support hotel stays for victims of abuse, expanding their teen education program, and establishing a central office for counseling in Arlington, TX.

Envisioning a world without homelessness or despair, Focus on Teens compassionately serves marginalized teens in North Texas. Through a partnership with DISD, and FWISD, Focus on Teens provides 25 Drop-In Centers on school campuses for homeless teens. Through these Drop-In Centers, they can provide for the students' primary needs and offer solutions to mitigate long-term problems. Funds are requested to staff the Drop-In Centers and purchase basic needs supplies.

The Hope Center's mission is to change the lives of families in need through The Hope Center's food distribution program that provides groceries for the hungry. The Hope Center distributes food twice each week to families in need who live at or below the poverty level, and provides families with enough food to feed a family of four for at least five days. Funds are requested for The Hope Center's Food Distribution program.

Foster Friends provides Collin County foster children with ordinary childhood comforts that the government doesn’t furnish. For 16 years, they’ve worked closely with CPS to determine the unmet needs of individual, local foster children. Funds are requested for 1) hosting recreational events to offer children a reprieve from the day-to-day realities of foster care; 2) providing foster children with resources to succeed academically; and 3) purchasing holiday gifts for teenagers in foster care.

Since 2005 Frazier Revitalization has served as the community quarterback bringing together partners and facilitating change in the South Dallas Frazier area. The neighborhood has seen steady improvement in both the physical assets and quality of life for residents, but there is more to be done. Funds are requested to develop and implement a resident-driven, comprehensive community development plan for Bertrand, a neighborhood within Frazier where 47 percent of residents are living in poverty.

For 24 years, Frisco Family Services has helped community members who face hunger, homelessness and other urgent needs improve their quality of life and achieve self-sufficiency. Funds are requested for capital campaign support, to provide expanded and multi-purpose space for programs, on-site counseling, a learning lab, vocational training, simultaneous classes, streamlined services, and improved client experience.

Frisco Moms Care assists local struggling families by providing clothing, housewares, winter coats, personal care items, and emergency bill assistance. Requested funds are for our Helping Hands program which provides emergency financial assistance to families in crisis. Frisco Moms Care often uses funds for rent, utilities, and groceries. Requested funds are for our Personal Care Basket Project which will provide baskets full of personal care supplies for families in our program.

Gaston Christian Center (GCC) houses a medical/dental/behavioral health clinic, a holistic ministry for refugees and tutoring services for at-risk students. GCC also houses food distribution for organizations in North Korea, an East African agency supporting immigrants assimilating into the U.S., administrative offices of a graduate university and seven congregations (six ethnic and one Anglo). GCC serves more than 2,000 individuals each week. Funds are requested for repair/replacement of windows, HVAC units and an elevator.

Gifts for Moms works to support single parents in Collin County by providing access to resources and emergency services. They also have a single moms university where they educate mothers to help them navigate difficult situations and overcome barriers. Funds are requested to support their emergency fund, which helps mothers that don't have the money to make emergency car repairs, pay utility bills, purchase food, and pay rent.

Goodwill Industries of Dallas provides job training and employment to persons with disabilities and disadvantaging conditions to transform lives through the power of jobs. Last year, Goodwill served 4,087 people with disabilities and disadvantages, placing 1,592 individuals into jobs earning $21 million in wages. Funding is requested for Workforce Development Programs that prepare individuals for meaningful employment through job readiness, skills building, career counseling and job placement services.

Grace Lake Ministries provides therapeutic horsemanship to people with disabilities and others in need of hope and healing in a Christian environment. Their small, personalized program adheres to high safety standards as a PATH International Member Center. In over 13 years of helping riders achieve their goals, Grace Lake Ministries has served 154 passengers in partnership with 532 volunteers. Funds are requested for maintaining six specially trained horses and for financial assistance for families who are unable to pay full tuition.

The Grief and Loss Center of North Texas provides individual and group support for preschoolers to senior adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. In 2017, the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas served 1,380 individuals. Funds are requested for the Same As Me program that provides children's grief groups in schools and at the Center’s office. Additionally, funds are requested for counseling services for adults and educational presentations in the community.

Heart of Courage helps mothers who have aged out of foster care, and/or have a CPS case, become self-sufficient mentally, emotionally and physically so they can become better individuals and mothers to their children and maintain a loving and sustainable environment. Funds are requested to support operational cost of programs, continual development, measurement of programs and further outreach and prevention services.

Heather’s Old Skool Village provides a safe and stimulating environment for 30 individuals with disabilities. Their vision is to build a bigger facility for their students after they have graduated from school. Funding is requested to expand their facility to ensure adequate space for wheelchair students, quiet areas for therapy, and changing areas for diapered students.

Helping Restore Ability (HRA) employs, trains, and monitors personal attendant care providers to help people with disabilities of all ages live as independently as possible, remain in their homes, and avoid costly institutions. Funds are requested for out of pocket enrollment costs required per individual that HRA enrolls in a lifetime of services which approach $1,000 per person. The charges arise from needed activities not reimbursed to HRA.

Heroes for Children provides direct financial and social assistance for families who have a child (birth to age 22) battling cancer in Texas. Funding will support the Family Financial Assistance program which fulfills common requests that include: mortgage/rent, utilities, phone, gas, car payments, meals, transportation to the hospital, and sadly, funeral expenses. Assisting with these essential services enables families to focus on the most critical part of treatment - the child.

Founded in 1918, Hope Cottage is one of Dallas’ oldest nonprofit adoption agencies. Requested funding will: 1) provide free counseling, case management and basic needs to women in a crisis pregnancy; 2) recruit, train, monitor and license homes to adopt children and remove them permanently from foster care; and 3) provide free character education for teens on topics such as the harsh realities of teen parenting, healthy relationships, informed decision making and parenting education.

Hope Supply Co. provides critically needed resources to homeless children in North Texas. For homeless infants and toddlers, they offer formula, diapers, and toiletries. For school-age children, they provide school supplies, uniforms, clothing, coats, and backpacks. For 2018, their goal is to distribute $2.7 million in resources and leverage $2.2 million of in-kind donations. Funds are needed to purchase and deliver items that they are unable to secure through in-kind contributions.

Hopeful Solutions empowers single mothers overcoming substance abuse to sustain their sobriety and achieve self-sufficiency while living with their children. Hopeful Solutions provides supportive recovery services, transitional housing, and case management. Funding will support direct living assistance which includes rental and utility assistance, medical/mental health needs, transportation, counseling services and therapeutic activities for the mother and child.

Hope's Door New Beginning Center (HDNBC) provides prevention and intervention services for family and intimate partner violence, including emergency shelters, transitional housing, counseling, legal assistance, a batterers treatment program and community education. In 2017, HDNBC answered 5,854 hotline calls, provided emergency shelter for 470 adults and children, and supported 150 individuals in transitional housing. Their funding needs range from shelter maintenance to client education and services.

Housing Crisis Center prevents homelessness and stabilizes those at risk in decent, affordable, and permanent housing, and empowers them to solve their housing problems. HCC prevents homelessness through a Housing First model that includes intensive wraparound services. HCC believes that when those experiencing homelessness receive housing and appropriate support services, they gain skills necessary to reach their highest potential, manage future crises, and remain permanently housed.

CAN’s mission is to unite with others in Christian love to meet the needs of people. For 25+ years they have been strengthening the stability and prosperity of Tarrant County families. CAN receives more than 10,000 client visits per year, and provides a wide range of services that include Health Clinics, Case Management, Adult Education, Re-Entry, and Emergency Assistance. In 2017, they earned the “Most Trusted Non-Profit” award from Ministry Voice. Funding is requested to upgrade IT systems, hire a fundraising consultant, and support the cataract clinic.

Since 1985, Interfaith Family Services has remained committed to its mission to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. They serve approximately 75 working needy families each year, including nearly 150 children, through their Home and Hope Transitional Housing Program, Hope Horizon's Children's Program, and the recently launched Non-Residential Family Empowerment Program. Last year, 88% of Interfaith families exited the program with full-time employment and an average wage of $14.05/hour.

The International Rescue Committee in Dallas supports newly arrived refugees by providing access to the tools of self-reliance such as housing, job placement and employment skills, medical attention, and English classes. Funds are requested to support mental health services for refugees; immigration services to assist refugees and asylees become US citizens; and to support the early employment, career path training, and financial programming that expands financial capabilities of refugee clients.

Jewish Family Service, an open door to those in need, provides low or no-cost wraparound care in areas of mental health, career/ employment, financial coaching, food pantry/emergency assistance services, and services for older adults. Funds are requested to 1) enable older adults to maintain independence in their own homes; 2) provide crisis intervention, psychiatric services, counseling, special needs and play therapy; and 3) provide food and emergency financial assistance.

Founded in 1892, Juliette Fowler Communities is Texas’ only intergenerational community providing a home, healthcare, and services for 770 children, youth, and elders. Funds are requested to: 1) exceed industry standards of care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias; 2) prevent homelessness and provide basic needs, education and a pathway to self-reliance for young women, ages 18-24 at The Ebby House; and 3) fill the gap for older adults who have exhausted their savings.

The Leg Up Program's mission is to provide employment and housing assistance for those who are homeless and at-risk of being homeless in the DFW area through advocacy, education, and support. Their programs are focused on employment and housing readiness. Any funds given to the organization will go to support their efforts to help more members of the homeless community find jobs and housing and provide the social services support to ensure they are successful in their new jobs and housing.

LifeLine Shelter for Families helps homeless or near homeless students and their families in the Grand Prairie Independent School District that live in Grand Prairie/Dallas County with rental assistance. The goal of the LifeLine program is to keep children enrolled in school. In 2017, 98% of families served enrolled their children in GPISD, 94% of children improved grades, and 98% had elevated attendance and fewer disciplinary actions. Funds are requested for rental assistance.

In 2006, Light of Hope Immigration Law Center, an agency recognized by the DOJ and Homeland Security for expertise in immigration issues, began serving low-income individuals with immigration challenges. Family reunification and access to citizenship are priorities. Services include consultations, citizenship classes, and community workshops. Funds are requested for consultations on immigration issues, DACA scholarships, and low-cost legal services. 1,200 individuals received services in 2017.

The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth is focused on encouraging and empowering visually disabled children, youth, adults, and seniors to lead full lives with the highest level of quality and independence through superior training, meaningful employment and specialized services - all at no charge. Funding will support Independent Living for Aging Eyes, Rehab on the Road! Community Outreach Program, and equipment to optimize its industrial operations.

Literacy Achieves serves immigrant and refugee families with free English Literacy and Early Childhood Education Programs in 3 low-income Dallas neighborhoods: Vickery Meadow, West Dallas, and East Dallas. Funding is requested for classroom materials and supplies for children and adults, textbooks and e-readers for adult classes, and funds to support case managers who provide social services assistance to families.

Meals on Wheels Collin County (MOWCC) exists to provide regular meals and companionship to Collin County seniors and individuals with disabilities. In 2017, over 1,500 nutritionally at-risk, home-bound elderly in Collin County were served, with 98 percent continuing to live independently in their homes. As the Collin County population continues to grow, funding will ensure that one of the most vulnerable and often forgotten people receive this essential support.

Metro Relief-DFW seeks to mobilize, empower, restore, and satisfy the needs of the oppressed. They serve soup, socks, and hygiene products to their friends on the streets every week, which in turn gives them a chance to build trusting relationships with one another. They work to find out what the core of the problem is, so they can do something about it, and stop the cycle of poverty in their lives. Funds will support the operating cost of food, socks, hygiene products, and fuel for the bus.

Metrocrest Services provides programs for individuals, families, and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. Help with rent, utility bills, food, employment, and seasonal programs keep families from falling further into debt, poverty, or homelessness. For elderly clients, they provide direct services such as home-delivered meals, home repairs, and transportation. Funds are requested for their Food Pantry, Senior Transportation, and Emergency Rent/Utilities programs.

MHMR Visions helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), behavioral health needs, substance use disorders, and veterans living in homelessness. Funds are needed to support babies and children with developmental delays, veterans services, teens and adults in need of substance use services and mental health supports.

Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex exists to meet the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of the community. They accomplish this through donations and utilizing thousands of volunteers. Funds are requested for the following: food pantry support (~150 families seek assistance each day), funding to help families with gas vouchers and bus passes in order to get to work, and support for their dental clinic to provide free dental care.

Mission Central Metroplex is empowering people in need to improve their own quality of life in Hurst, Euless, and Bedford, TX. Their emergency programs include the Village Pantry and Mobile Food Pantry. Their transformational programs include a Community Resource Center, the STEPS (Self Transformation Equals Personal Success) program, and the Village Library after-school tutoring program. Funds are requested to upgrade technology for their STEPS program and Village Library, as well as for a refrigerated truck.

Mosaic Family Services provides culturally competent services to refugees and immigrants in crisis as well as victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Services include case management, legal services, counseling, emergency shelter, advocacy, and outreach. Funds are requested to: 1) support legal services for victims of domestic violence; 2) provide food and client supplies at the Mosaic House shelter; and 3) provide a Volunteer Coordinator to train and manage the nearly 800 volunteers supporting their programs.

My Possibilities provides educational and workforce development programs to 625 adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD). My Possibilities requests funding to support the construction of the MP Campus for Higher Learning, a model for diversity and inclusion. My Possibilities also requests funding for the LaunchAbility Career Services Program for adults with IDD who want to work. Finally, they request funding for the Therapy Services Program that provides speech, music, and behavior therapy to adults with disabilities.

North Collin County Habitat sees a world where everyone has a decent place to live. They build strength, stability, and self-reliance for lower income families through shelter. They make 8 to 10 new construction homes with volunteers each year, and they repair 40 existing homes annually. Funds are requested for home repairs for low to moderate-income families in rural areas. Funds are also requested for the Cotton Groves, a new affordable housing initiative they are developing that will feature 35 homes built using shipping containers.

Oak Cliff Empowered, the nonprofit arm of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, provides work readiness and job training programs to help low-income individuals achieve successful career pathways. Their programs are designed to meet the needs of unemployed or underemployed individuals living in poverty and remove barriers to job skill training and employment. Funds are requested for Patient Care Technician training and certification taught at Methodist Dallas Medical Center and Carlton Methodist.

One by One Ministries provides hope, support, and parent education to pregnant and new moms through mentoring. Volunteers are thoroughly trained, supplied with educational curriculum, and matched one-on-one with under-resourced moms for 18 months. Mentors make regular visits to teach parenting and life skills, child development, and connect families to local support networks. Funds are requested for programming expenses, training additional volunteers, and covering the cost of mentoring materials.

One Man's Treasure provides indigent men recently released from prison to the Dallas area with clothing items that meet daily needs and are also appropriate for job interviews. One Man's Treasure served 1,439 men in 2017 and 1,600 are projected to be served in 2018. Funds are requested for: 1) the purchase of critical clothing and shoes; 2) delivery costs; and 3) expenses for expansion of the clothes closet, including clothing racks and shelving for this new space.

OurCalling is a discipleship ministry for the unsheltered homeless. OurCalling's downtown facility and street outreach teams see 400-600 people per day. They provide the support services necessary for survival and recovery on the streets. OurCalling's strategy includes five different programs to address the needs of the homeless community: education, rehabilitation, mentoring, support services, and our strategic partner network. OurCalling also utilizes innovative technology to serve this population.

Ranch Hands Rescue (RHR) is a sanctuary for animals and a mental health counseling center for people. RHR specializes in treating the 1 to 8% of the population that is not making progress in their current treatment program as well as more complex trauma cases. Funds are requested for counseling services for low-income families, care and feeding of the rescued/therapy animals, and capital improvements. RHR's scientifically validated testing results show that we are capable of helping improve our client’s mental health.

Reconciliation Outreach's mission is to create a Christian community in the inner city and meet the needs of broken lives, providing healing and restoration in families and growing God's church. No clients are required to accept a particular doctrine. Their passion for the poor and needy is in seeing lives changed and helping the city begin transforming. They provide transitional housing in addition to their after school program. Over the past year, their after school program has doubled in size from 30 to 65 children. Their growing numbers have created a need for additional staff.

Adverse life experiences, addictions, and mental health disorders are robbing the future for thousands of North Texas children, youth and adults. The Recovery Resource Council's clinical and prevention services impact over 12,000 North Texas residents each year. Funds are requested to help adults end chronic homelessness by achieving self-sufficiency and permanent housing, support counseling for veterans and family members struggling with PTSD, and continue prevention services for at-risk children and youth.

Ronald McDonald House of Dallas keeps families together, inspires strength and gives love and support to families whose children are receiving essential medical care. Nothing else should matter when a family is focused on healing their child. Funds are requested for general operating costs to continue to serve 1,400 families a year. Capital funds are requested to expand the House by 30 additional bedrooms. In 2017, 983 families were turned away due to lack of space.

The Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth provides a supportive "home-away-from-home" for families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals. Their vision is to never turn away a family. Through their 55,000 square foot facility and the Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Cook Children’s, they strive to provide a sense of normalcy during an otherwise stressful time. Requested funds are for the Share-A-Night program to help provide night stays for families and children.

SafeHaven is a Tarrant County agency serving domestic violence victims. SafeHaven's mission is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention, and social change. SafeHaven offers 24-hour care at emergency shelters for families fleeing violent situations. When leaving shelter, SafeHaven provides survivors with a safety net of services and support for establishing and sustaining self-sufficiency.

Servolution Network's mission is to create opportunities for the blessed to be a blessing. Programs include: 1) Good Neighbors, which revitalizes houses and provides yard cleanup and minor repairs; 2) Pay it Forward, which collects gently used furniture and appliances to bless families in need; 3) Community Ministry, which provides community building outreach; and 4) Azle Community Garden, which features 42 gardens on Main St. 100% of funds will support Community Caring Center.

Shaken Baby Alliance's mission is to provide support for victim families and professionals, to prevent child abuse, and to provide justice for the innocent victims of child abuse. Funds are requested for their Victim Family Support/Professional Support (training and case consultation) and Prevention Education (students, childcare staff) programs which address significant needs of those affected by Abusive Head Trauma and educate at-risk groups on how to cope with a crying baby, the #1 cause of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Shared Housing Center's mission is to break the cycle of homelessness for the elderly, single women with children, and persons with special needs. They offer non-traditional permanent and transitional housing solutions and services that create independence, empowerment, and self-worth. Funds are requested for: 1) their Green Haus capital campaign in East Dallas; 2) operational support for their Group Residence program for homeless women and children; and 3) for their Homeshare program for seniors.

Sharing Life Community Outreach exists to demonstrate compassion by effectively and efficiently providing superior, benevolent services to families in need in Mesquite and southeastern Dallas County. Their food pantry, clothing closet, and other programs serve those who are hungry and in need of necessities, including a safe place to sleep each night. Funds are requested for emergency housing for homeless students, non-food essentials (toiletries, diapers) and school supplies.

Founded in 1983, Austin Street Center is focused on the most vulnerable of the homeless adult population: men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older. In addition to the basics of safe shelter, food, and clothing, Austin Street Center offers free programs and services designed to help people successfully transition out of homelessness. Funds are requested for general operations, food, and naming opportunities for capital improvements.

Special Olympics Texas (SOTX) provides year-round training and athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and serves 58,333 athletes competing in 22 sports across the state. The annual cost to support one athlete is $150 per athlete, per year. Funding will help the 7,297 athletes that compete annually in the Greater Dallas Area. For more information on the impact SOTX has in the community please locate their impact report at

The mission of Teena's Place is to establish a stable home environment for those in need of shelter or housing, whether it be temporary, transitional, or permanent. Teena's Place seeks to reduce and alleviate chronic homelessness by providing short-term accommodation that leads to the attainment of permanent housing, establishing mentoring relationships, and securing stable employment for their clients.

The Texas Equal Access Fund (TEA Fund) provides funding to low-income people in the northern region of Texas who are seeking an abortion and cannot afford it, while simultaneously working to end barriers to abortion access through community education and shifting the current culture toward reproductive justice. The TEA Fund's primary need is funding to cover the cost of abortion procedures for the over 1,400 Texans who call us each year seeking assistance.

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. Funds are requested for TTU’s free weekly workshops which help tenants prevent evictions and homelessness; and improve substandard living conditions, recover security deposits that are unlawfully kept, and inform tenants of rights and obligations so that they may avoid rental housing problems.

The TexProtects mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect in Texas. Instead of focusing on treating victims after abuse, TexProtects addresses causes of child maltreatment. They create broad-scale systems change affecting thousands of children and families by improving public policy. Funds are requested to support their efforts in scaling up evidence-based and cost-effective prevention services to reach 112,000 Texas families in need versus the current 21,000 families currently served.

The Arc of North Texas supports and empowers individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life. Their service area includes ten counties in DFW with the majority served in Dallas, Collin, and Tarrant Counties. Funds are requested for obtaining new contracts for employment training and services, transportation, and program supplies. The Arc of North Texas has revised its leadership team and programming and is thrilled to see great things unfold.

The Bridge is the only 24-hour services program for adults experiencing homelessness in Dallas. Through its many partnerships, The Bridge provides meals, shelter, primary/behavioral healthcare, income and housing services. Last year The Bridge served 8,646 adults, approximately 85% of Dallas County’s homeless population. Funds are requested to support meal services, care management, and programs such as our Emergency Medical Services Clinic (as contracted with Dallas Fire-Rescue).

2018 marks the 40th year of The Family Place saving lives of family violence victims in our community. The Family Place provides 178 shelter beds each night in three shelters, including a shelter for men and children. They served 10,049 clients with 130,996 hours of service last year alone. Funds will be used to pay for emergency shelter, food, basic needs, and counseling.

The Father Effect is changing lives and legacies of those impacted by the loss of a father through death, divorce, disinterest, addiction or prison. Through speaking engagements, seminars, and screenings of The Father Effect movie, as well as a national, online support group, we provide solutions to dealing with and healing from the “father wound.” Funds are requested for their Prison Impact Project so they may get the book and program into the hands of every incarcerated person in the US, starting in DFW.

The Gatehouse is a supportive living community for women - single or with children - leaving abuse, poverty, homelessness, divorce, or other life-changing events by providing housing, food, transportation, medical care, and other services on a secure 61-acre campus in Grapevine. Funds are requested for the construction of the Early Learning Childhood Academy, to support legal aid and career development programs, and to provide activities, sports, and tutoring to the children of our members.

The Huckleberry Foundation provides financial assistance to special needs children and local organizations that support special needs individuals. The Huckleberry Foundation requests funds to continue granting aid to special needs children for the therapy and devices that their doctors have prescribed, but they are unable to afford, thus improving their quality of life and future. Funds are also requested to continue granting aid to local organizations that assist and care for special needs individuals.

The mission of The Refuge Center for Women International is to provide a safe place where shelter resistant, chronically homeless women can heal spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally within the safety of a support community. Funds are requested for 1) renting or purchasing a building, 2) building furnishings, and 3) their trauma care curriculum.

The Salvation Army is committed to alleviating human suffering through direct community-based programs. They are One Army with many fronts helping North Texans overcome poverty, addiction, and homelessness, and achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Funding will help support 70+ programs and services that they offer throughout the DFW Metroplex, serving over 100,000 people each year.

The Stewpot’s mission is to offer a haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life. Assisting close to 15,000 people per year, they serve as a hub of centralized services for those in greatest need in downtown Dallas. Funds are requested for support of core programming, i.e., Casework Services Program (including ID assistance); the Children, Youth & Family Program; and Meal Services at The Bridge.

The Warren Center has served more than 16,500 families in Dallas County since 1968. Their mission is to advocate, help and empower children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. Their goal is to provide 36,650 therapy hours to more than 2,050 children in 2018. One hour of professional therapy costs an average of $173. A gift to The Warren Center will fund therapy hours, community outreach and support programs for parents.

Since 1979, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County addresses issues of violence, poverty and crisis in Tarrant County. Yearly, they serve 130,000+ women and families through their Rape Crisis and Victim Services, General Counseling, and Employment Solutions programming. Funds are requested to: 1) support personnel costs, 2) mitigate the increased expenses of industry specific training and financial literacy instruction, and 3) help meet the community need for affordable trauma-informed mental health services.

The mission of Trauma Support Services of North Texas (TSSNT) is to provide personalized and compassionate care to those affected by trauma. The Trauma Care Institute is a program of TSSNT that offers high-quality trauma training and education to professional therapists throughout the state. Funds are requested for help in covering the daily operations and administrative costs necessary to expand their direct services and to provide clerical and case management services to their clients.

Trinity Restoration Ministries has a mission to provide hope and restoration of mind, body, and spirit to incarcerated men. They are committed to changing the lives of former inmates. Funds are requested for their mentoring, aftercare, and other programs for incarcerated men preparing to re-enter society. With mentoring, they teach accountability, challenge, sharing one-on-one, and being honest and transparent. They serve over 200 men per year in prison and at their re-entry facility in South Dallas.

Union Gospel Mission Dallas has been transforming lives since 1949 as a faith-based non-profit organization that supports homeless individuals with shelter, food, clothing, life skills, coaching, substance abuse recovery, medical care and State-licensed child care services. Funds are requested for their independence building program, client transportation, and food, shelter, and other essentials. They provide shelter to more than 500 people and serve over 1,400 meals per day.

United Way focuses on treating 360 degrees of need in Collin, Dallas, Rockwall, and Southern Denton Counties. United Way tackles complex social problems by surrounding North Texas with local solutions for issues of health, education, and financial stability – the essential components of a thriving community. Funds will support United Way’s work to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of emerging and smaller non-profits, building their capacity to amplify their impact for North Texans.

Valiant Hearts vision is to eradicate sexual exploitation through partnerships with churches, schools, and other organizations. They offer compassionate care to those affected by sexual exploitation and bondage and educate youth and young adults who are at risk. Funds are requested to support: 1) their emergency shelter for trafficked victims; 2) educational materials and resources for youth on topics including trafficking, dating violence and internet safety; and 3) a diversion program for men arrested for buying sex.

Wesley Mission Center serves community members in financial crisis. They provide families with resources to ensure they are stabilized and safe. Once stable, the clients-- with the help from empowerment coaches--create a plan for long-term financial health. Over time, families are resilient, thriving, and financially healthy into the future. The organization does this through wrap-around services, including financial coaching, micro-loans, employment help and a market-style food pantry. Funding will help them serve 6,000 families in 2018.

Wilkinson Center transforms Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect through an integrated services approach to poverty. Programs include help to meet basic needs (food, clothing, housing assistance); workforce readiness (Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, English as a Second Language), employment and financial coaching. Funding will support Wilkinson Center’s most significant needs including Case Managers and emergency assistance for clients.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas serves a seven-county region through 19 branches, three camps, 75 afterschool locations, and 225 program sites. The Y offers outreach programs to the community in 3 focus areas: for youth development, they offer pre-k, afterschool, teen & summer camp programs; for healthy living, they provide childhood obesity prevention, cancer wellness and weight management; and for social responsibility, they offer drowning prevention, college/career access to at-risk teens and financial aid for all.

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