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Nonprofit organizations serving the communities of South Dallas, Fair Park, Oak Cliff, and Pleasant Grove

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Association of Persons Affected by Addiction

APAA – Association of Persons Affected by Addiction is a Recovery Community Organization that provides addiction and mental health recovery support services for individuals, family and community. APAA have a staff of 25 recovery coaches that work throughout the community and initiated the Dr. Louis E. Deere Behavioral Health Complex with the “Living Room” (jail and hospital crisis diversion) on Al Lipscomb Way. APAA has a Recovery Community Center at 3116 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in South Dallas. APAA has been in existence for 22 years.

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CARDBoard Project

Digital Connection for All – Bridging the Digital Gap Through Access to Information, Communication and OpportunityWe are Mobile and locate where our Guests congregate, where we Assist them to leverage Technology and make Connections to Job opportunities and Services they need.With COVID-19 those locations have either temporarily closed or limited access.We are exploring alternatives to providing our services and COVID-19 information to our guests remotely and through our Partners.

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CitySquare

CitySquare’s mission is to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. With a comprehensive continuum of programs working together, CitySquare provides meaningful opportunities for those looking to change the trajectory of their lives. Working hand in hand with our neighbors, we provide services around our four pillars: Hunger, Health, Housing, and Hope.

Hunger
The CitySquare Food Pantry, food recovery program and youth mobile meal programs for after school and summer remove barriers to accessing healthy food.

Health
CitySquare health and wellness programs work in both a clinic setting and in our community and continuum of programs. We help our neighbors access primary care providers or additional resources to improve their health.

Housing
CitySquare is the largest nonprofit provider of affordable housing in the City of Dallas with permanent supportive housing, transitional housing and rapid rehousing units.

Hope
From workforce development, legal representation and services for youth aging out of foster care, we are focused on building hope in our community.

Last year over 58,000 neighbors and community members were impacted by CitySquare’s work. The key to our success is to continue to strategically integrate a range of financial, educational, employment, and income support services, in one place and deliver them through personalized, one-on-one coaching.

CitySquare is committed to equality, inclusiveness, and recognition that fighting poverty involves bringing together the entire community in the heart of our city.

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FEED Oak Cliff

FEED Oak Cliff is a 501c3 organization comprised of dedicated volunteers working collaboratively to significantly impact or end the food deserts plaguing southern Dallas. Our goal is to ensure that all communities have access to quality, fresh and affordable food choices in their neighborhoods by recruiting, developing or building healthy community-based grocery markets or access points. Toward this end, we engage in on-going advocacy and community education.We provide education and awareness via our annual events, the Men’s Health Conference and the Dallas VegFest. The Men’s Health Conference provides educational offerings presented by experts on physical, mental and financial health to address issues often identified as stressors for men, and especially for men of color.The Dallas VegFest is our annual FREE festival celebrating nutrition, health and environment. This large community-based event features noted experts speaking on ways to improve health and lifestyle; enjoyable cooking demonstrations; a variety of fun fitness classes; children’s activities and a vast selection of vendors presenting an array of helpful wares. This event has grown to attract vendors and visitors from all over Texas and other states, in addition to serving the vast southern Dallas populous.

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Green Careers Dallas

Green Careers Dallas’ mission is to disrupt poverty through green career training and community education. During the pandemic, we will provide outdoor learning and online safety training for the rapidly growing solar industry. Many employers we work with are background friendly.

Our employer partners are looking for reliable & dependable employees who show up everyday on time, who work well on a team, who are able take instruction and feedback in a positive manner. This growing industry provides living wage work often with access to benefits like health insurance and 401(K) retirement plans.

Are you ready to train for an industry that provides a solution to climate change AND quality wages? Apply for training today! https://www.greencareersdallas.org/solar-installation-training/

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Metrocare

Metrocare is the largest provider of mental health services in North Texas, serving nearly 60,000 adults and children annually. For over 50 years, Metrocare has provided a broad array of services to people with mental health challenges and developmental disabilities. In addition to behavioral health care, Metrocare provides primary care centers for adults and children, services for veterans and their families, accessible pharmacies, housing and supportive social services. Alongside the clinical care, researchers and teachers from Metrocare’s Altshuler Center for Education & Research are advancing mental health beyond Dallas County while providing critical workforce to the state.

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Southern Dallas Progress

​The SOUTHERN DALLAS PROGRESS CDC’s mission is to empower, enable and support community members in their efforts to revitalize Southern Dallas communities and neighborhoods. SOUTHERN DALLAS PROGRESS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION serves as a vehicle through which residents and businesses can work together to solve problems and improve life in their community.

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Springs Fellowship Church / Touch Ministry Faith Health

Touch Ministry Faith Health is a ministry within Springs Fellowship Church.
This ministry promotes Health & Wellness within a community with very high health disparities and food deserts, as faith community caregivers we assess the need of a client and provide community resource information and support when needed, this team has received training from Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott & White, and Parkland Hospital as Faith Community Caregivers.
Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott & White, and Parkland Hospital provide free community health screenings and education events on our campus with the help of our ministry, this ministry also provides free blood pressure and diabetes checks.
THR has two Well Together Programs, one provides free mental health counseling with The Center for Integrative Counseling & Psychology, and the other is a Mental Health First Aid Training under The University of North Texas at Dallas. As the resource navigator and connector I assess the client’s needs and make referrals, and assist with setting up training classes.
We are also in partnership with Catholic Charities Dallas Mobile Food Pantry who we host on campus every 3rd Saturday, our information regarding this program is listed on the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty website under community food resources.

Our impact in our community has been raising awareness of high blood pressure & diabetes, lowering the stigma regarding mantel health, and providing healthy food.

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Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center

MISSION
The mission of Veteran Women’s Enterprise Center is to help women veteran owned-businesses scale for success by establishing strategic alliances; leveraging public/private sector opportunities; advocating for relevant research, services and funding; while simultaneously providing the personal and professional resources they need to succeed.

Although the VWEC started with the mission of serving women veteran owned businesses, we have grown to recognize and support the needs of Entrepreneurs Women Associated with the Military (EWAM) inclusive of active duty, reservists, veteran, and female military spouse.

VISION
VWEC’s vision is to position EWAMs as our nation’s leading small business revenue generators and employers.

HISTORY
Founded in 2017 by Ms. VR Small, the VWEC is a national initiative launched in Southern Dallas, based on research and recommendations from the National Women’s Business Council, the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development and the Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs related to programs for veteran women.

In alignment with its mission the VWEC developed a strategic alliance with the Homeless Veteran Services of Dallas, which manages the Veteran Resources Center for the VA to secure a 2,700-square-foot facility that includes modern executive co-working space, a conference/copy center, a café lounge, coded lockers and free parking, all of which works to establish a safe environment where EWAM can literally grow their businesses.

VWEC is the nation’s first and only state-of-the-art, brick-and-mortar facility dedicated to providing female exclusive executive co-working that is application-based, substantive, outcomes-oriented business services specifically for EWAM.

The VWEC is committed to providing specialized business development and growth support through individualized tailored training, customized coaching, and structured networking opportunities designed to build financial and social capital. The VWEC consistently provides critical technical assistance related to financial preparedness, access to capital, certifications, and contract opportunities. Instructional sessions are guided by external partnerships with industry leading subject matter experts in finance, marketing, technology, sales, and business management all foundational components of the thriving entrepreneur ecosystem designed by the VWEC.

Core values of the VWEC:

• Visionary – We believe in driving innovations, the strength of progressive collective planning and the ability to imagine the future and shape it into our reality.

• Women Helping Women – We proactively proclaim and act upon the fact that, collectively, women have the power and the resources to create any change we desire.

• Empowering – We believe in openly sharing our expertise and experiences in an engaging environment that empowers and promotes excellence in all our endeavors.

• Committed – Regardless of the challenges, we are committed to staying the course, providing advocacy, developing partnerships and offering services to ensure every WME has the tools and resources necessary to be truly self-sufficient contributors to their families, communities and our nation.

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Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center

Zan Wesley Holmes Community Outreach Center is a nonprofit organization creating self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families in Dallas, Texas, through education and job placement. We create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty through training and placement of individuals within the electrical industry. Zan Wesley Holmes Community Outreach Center is a nonprofit organization creating self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families in Dallas, Texas, through education and job placement. Our classes provide individuals with on-the-job training, case management, and financial coaching. The program is background and gender friendly.

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