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A Chance to Learn

A Chance to Learn is dedicated to finding and providing solutions to enhance families through women empowerment and quality education for children.

Founded in 2011 to combat the issue of children entering kindergarten deficient in their academic skill set. At their inception they focused on building skills that were important for children 0 to 5 years old. Their comprehensive programs like the SMARTkid Camp promote high-quality school readiness, thus increasing all children’s chances of achieving future educational success and becoming productive members of society.

In 2016, due to the overwhelming need for parent engagement programs, A Chance to Learn launched its “Motivated Mom” and “A Parent’s Promise” platform to help moms become more engaged in their child (ren)’s education.
The Motivated Mom programs help moms live a life of purpose, fully engaged and financially free.

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Aberg Center for Literacy

Aberg Center for Literacy is building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities through programs in English fluency, preparation for high school equivalency in English and Spanish, early childhood education, and family literacy. Due to COVID-19, we had to stop delivering services in person and were forced to cancel our spring fundraiser that we anticipated would yield over $60,000 net in critical operating funds for the agency. Following spring break our staff called all students to ask a series of questions, provide information and link them to resources to help them navigate the frightening landscape. As of March 26, 50% of our students’ households experienced loss of income, 59% did not understand the “shelter in-place order’, and 32% did not know what to do if someone gets sick. We also assessed their needs and capability for distance learning, and 92% expressed interest in online learning. This affirms that our services are needed now more than ever to increase understanding of the current crisis and help our students continue to strengthen their skills to provide economic sustainability. Staff assessed options for platforms and content and devised a plan to shift classes for both adult and children to an online platform. While we will not be offering as many class hours as we do with in-person operations, we are trying to provide an offering that is impactful and acknowledges the high levels of stress that our students are currently experiencing. Our goal is to provide a space for students to continue learning and stay connected. We will continue to provide resources for emergency needs and a safe space for emotional support. In addition to devoting class time to assist with resources, we will continue to use our social media channels and WhatsApp groups to educate our students and the public and to keep students informed about community resources. We need funding to pay for the online platform and for staff to continue serving our students as we journey together through this crisis.

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Adult Rehabilitation Ministries (ARM)

ARM has been providing long term residential treatment services for men and women for over 30 years. Clients attend recovery support groups and educational classes every day for 6 months. Our program is designed to change the quality of life for individuals who are serious about their recovery. We are a vendor of Dallas County which enables us to provide classes such as; Life Skills, Parenting, Anti-Theft, Marijuana classes and Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP).

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After8toEducate & Fannie C. Harris Youth Center

After8toEducate is a public-private collaborative to support high school students experiencing housing insecurity in Dallas. In collaboration with the Dallas Independent School District and local organizations, After8 provides a three-pillar program at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center, a first-of-its-kind center offering support services to homeless youth ages 14-21. The center includes an after-hours drop-in center as well as a residential center in South Dallas. The drop-in center offers youth a space to find refuge, a place to study, eat, shower, and access other immediate support services. The residential services component includes sleeping rooms for unsheltered high school students in Dallas ISD.
After8toEducate is a public-private collaborative to support high school students experiencing housing insecurity in Dallas. In collaboration with the Dallas Independent School District and local organizations, After8 provides a three-pillar program at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center, a first-of-its-kind center offering support services to homeless youth ages 14-21. The center includes an after-hours drop-in center as well as a residential center in South Dallas. The drop-in center offers youth a space to find refuge, a place to study, eat, shower, and access other immediate support services. The residential services component includes sleeping rooms for unsheltered high school students in Dallas ISD.

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Aspire

On July 1 the merger between the Aberg Center for Literacy and Literacy Instruction for Texas (LIFT) was completed. The new merged organization provides cradle to career learning programs for students of all ages – from early childhood to adults pursuing careers.

At Aspire, we believe learning turns obstacles into opportunities. Every day, we walk alongside our students as they make the brave decision to change their lives. From learning English or earning a GED, to balancing a family bank account or preparing for careers, our students face challenges with confidence. Because when you are ready to learn, there’s no obstacle you can’t overcome.

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Big Thought

Big Thought equips youth in marginalized communities to imagine and create their best lives and world. The secret sauce that makes our work uniquely effective

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Boys & Girls Club of Dallas

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas’ mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Our 23 local Clubs serve more than 1,800 kids each day, providing programs based on the intellectual, physical, and social needs of youth. Programs implemented enhance character and self-esteem, are educational and fun, and ultimately contribute to youth realizing their full potential.

A Boys & Girls Club provides:
• A safe place to learn and grow,
• Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals,
• Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and
• Hope and opportunity.

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Braswell Child Development Center

Braswell Child Development Center is on a mission to increase the value of early childhood education by providing an environment that enhances each child’s interest to learn and ability to become an independent thinker through developmentally appropriate activities. Braswell offers childcare, pre-school and before and after school care for students through the 5th grade attending neighborhood schools.Founded in 1994, Braswell meets the need for safe, affordable, yet educationally-based, quality child care for low-income families in South Dallas. Braswell Child Development Center (Braswell) is in the Frazier neighborhood adjacent to Fair Park. 50 percent of residents live in poverty, and 51 percent are unemployed (frazierdallas.org).Programs nurture each child as an individual, helping them reach their greatest potential through fun, age-appropriate learning activities, teacher guided interactions and a quality curriculum. 95 percent of children that have attended Braswell for more than 12 months are on target for age appropriate learning activities and are ranked Kindergarten ready.Children who develop a love of learning and a strong foundation of academic, social and emotional skills are more likely to succeed in school and in life. The preschool classrooms at Braswell are designed to help each child explore math, science, creative expression and reading to prepare them for kindergarten. Without access to quality preschools, children are far less likely to be prepared to start kindergarten than their peers. In fact, racial and socioeconomic disparities in access to high-quality early education contribute to achievement gaps that are noticeable by the time children enter kindergarten.Braswell offers nationally accredited, quality learning programs that help children reach important development milestones. One hundred percent of staff are residents of South Dallas and sixty-five percent of them possess their early child certification through a partnership with Education al First Steps. The average tenure of our employees is 16 years.

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Bridges Safehouse, Inc.

BRIDGES is reducing the barriers for families to increase their ability to get into long term, stable housing. We help to create a sustainable bridge out of poverty by providing emergency shelter for pregnant women and women mothering small children. Bridges also hosts a Community Diaper Pantry which provides emergency assistance of diapers, wipes, clothing and health products. We are building relationships with mothers in order to keep families in their homes and hopefully prevent a crisis that could lead to homelessness.

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Children on the Mend, Inc.

Children on the Mend, Inc., program is dedicated and offers an opportunity for individuals to be provided with a holistic approach in and after school programs:
Supportive by enthusiastic adult mentors helping to develop the confidence, life skills and desire to be healthy, productive and law abiding citizens while
reducing negative behavior.
SHAPING A GENERATION OF YOUTH/YOUNG ADULTS ONE AT A TIME

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Chris Howell Foundation

The Chris Howell Foundation provides programs and services to vulnerable communities that address disparities in health, wellness, and financial literacy. CHF’s programs and services empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency through skills development, increased knowledge, and access to necessary resources.

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Cornerstone Baptist Church

Cornerstone Baptist Church is located in the South Dallas Fair Park community. However our services are not ZIP Code restricted. You may feel free to call 214-426-5468 to find out the days and times of the various services.

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Empowering the Masses

Empowering the Masses is a nonprofit organization formed for the purpose of empowering underserved individuals. By providing life skills and educational training services. This will help each individual achieve long term financial independence and self-sufficiency in order to become productive in their families and community.

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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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Frazier Revitalization

Frazier Revitalization is a place based organization serving the Frazier neighborhood in the South Dallas Fair Park area. Our mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of the Frazier neighborhood by coordinating, supporting and assisting in economic and cultural development. We are community builders, we work with anchor institutions in the area to address the social determinants of health, we work toward fit and affordable housing, reducing barriers to education and jobs, increased access to quality food and access to quality medical care. In an area like Frazier, information travels slowly, and coupled with an overall lack of trust by the residents, it is imperative that we provide one on one contact with residents to help guide them to resources that are available. COVID-19 is another obstacle that the residents must navigate, another struggle that will tamp them down, and another indicator of the north/south divide that exists in the City of Dallas.During this time, we are present to the residents in the form of phone calling, texting, emailing, and often direct contact, trying to make sure our families are equipped with:1. Food2. Household supplies3. Internet access4. Smart devices5. Job SupportFrazier Revitalization’s Amazon Wish List: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2Q0XM82945VY9?ref_=wl_shareThank you for your support!

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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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LAJC Laptop Borrowing Program and LAJC Tutoring Services

We are a community based, educational support organization providing computer resources and tutoring services to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We recently issued laptops to students in DFW who did not have them to do their school work. We are in need of funding to continue tutoring and providing resources. , We are currently providing these resources through donations only.

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Literacy Achieves

English Literacy and Early Childhood Programming for Immigrant and Refugee Families. At this time we are working to support the families we serve with immediate needs and at-home learning options

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Mission Oak Cliff

Mission Oak Cliff commits to breaking the cycle of poverty in the Oak Cliff community. As an expression of Christ’s love, we improve food security, encourage meaningful relationships, & teach life skills. Mission Oak Cliff currently serves zip codes 75203, 75208, 75211, 75216, and 75224. Lunch for people experiencing homelessness is served from 12-1 PM, Monday – Thursday. The food pantry is distributing food from 1-3 PM, Monday – Friday. We ask that clients bring their IDs to receive services.

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Mommies In Need

Mommies In Need is currently piloting a virtual program that will help alleviate the burden of childcare on families where a parent is ill disabled or in the hospital. We offer this to families who are suffering from any type of health crisis with a particular focus on those affected by COVID-19. This program will focus serving pre-school children (ages 3-6) and will have several different services available including: An emailed daily schedule for the kids with curated content for the age group in an easy to access format. Because one or both of the parents may be extremely ill our Curriculum Specialist is taking all the research and guesswork out of keeping kids entertained and educated, One-on-one time with a “Virtual Nanny’ through a video conference system, Access to technology for families who do not already have it available in their homes Weekly delivery of all supplies needed for activities and curriculum’. We are also actively working with community partners to see what other resources we can help deliver to families who are severely affected by this public health crisis such as diapers and healthy snacks.

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Positive Reflection Ministries

Positive Reflection Ministries assist struggling, disabled, elderly and low-income families with mandatory living needs by providing food, rent, utilities assistance, medication to meet emergency needs and support economic and social development by being a point of contact within the community.

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Seeds to STEM

Seeds to STEM (STS) works to successfully evaluate, educate and develop students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students from families with low to moderate-income in the southern sector of Dallas, TX.

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St. Philip’s

St. Philip’s School and Community Center, founded as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, acknowledges that next to God, an excellent education is the most effective means of developing human capital. As a school we provide an unparalleled exemplary college preparatory education fueled by a confluence of spirituality, self determination and service to others. As a Community Center we provide services and resources that assist families in enhancing their quality of life. We embrace the potential schools have to impact their neighborhoods through the provision and accessibility of compatible social services.

WE BELIEVE children and families have the right to a neighborhood that provides safety, opportunity and hope. Healthy neighborhoods create opportunity pathways for people of all backgrounds, improving well-being and providing access to quality housing, good schools, jobs and amenities.
– A person’s zip code is the most powerful single predictor of health and opportunity.
– Socio-economic and racial diversity provides cognitive, social and economic benefits for ALL children and families.
– Intergenerational neighborhoods—where people of different ages reside together—create safe, stable communities that support overall well-being.

Our Vision
A healthy, economically vibrant & diverse community that celebrates its rich history and provides opportunities for residents of all backgrounds to live, work, play and thrive.

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Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.)

The Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (T.O.R.I.) is a 12-month, rehabilitative Reentry program founded by Bishop TD Jakes in 2005. This evidence based, comprehensive reentry program provides services to individuals with a criminal background in Dallas and Tarrant counties. Through the six core components of employment, education, healthcare, housing, spiritual guidance and family reunification, program participants create an individualized reentry plan that addresses the complete needs of the individual. Each participant attends rehabilitative classes designed to increase self-awareness, address the issues that led to criminal activity, and to provide tangible skills that the individual can use on his or her journey to reintegration into society as a productive and contributing citizen. T.O.R.I.’s mission is to guide and empower returning citizens to maximize their potential, increasing their opportunities for successful reintegration to become productive citizens of their communities. T.O.R.I. believes that through the strong support of peers, mentors, and staff, as well as access to partnered resources for active program participants, self-sufficiency and stability are possible. The T.O.R.I. program provides services to any individual with a criminal background over the age of 18, regardless of recency, residing in Dallas and Tarrant counties. For more information contact: 214-623-4286

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The Lullaby House

We are a non-profit organization aiming to strengthen families by providing supportive programs and services to teenage parents and their children that move them toward self sufficiency and helps them become successful parents and responsible adults.

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The MINT Foundation

Our mission is to To empower children and families to be self-sustaining through education, training, mentoring and service. Food Pantry open with no zip code restriction ,Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am to 1:00pm. We are offering a VIRTUAL CATCH UP CAMP will focus on teacher led instruction, while ensuring children have the ability to engage socially. Our summer curriculum will focus on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) oriented learning. Children entering 1st grade through 7th grade are eligible to register.

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The Senior Source

The Senior Source began in 1961 as the Senior Citizens Foundation of Dallas, providing assistance to older adults in Texas. Over the next 60 years, the agency added volunteer opportunities, nursing home resources, guardianship services, financial assistance and protection, fraud and scam prevention, employment services, and support for caregivers. In 2008, The Senior Source moved to its current location on Harry Hines Boulevard. In 2014, it launched a first-of-its-kind Elder Financial Safety Center to provide financial empowerment to older adults.

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Toast for Charity

Toast for Charity is a 501c3 non-profit organization created by concerned millennials who were compelled to affect change within their community. Our mission is to provide platforms for people to ignite change in the community. Our vision is to galvanize millennials to give their time, talents, and funds to the socioeconomic advancement for kids of color in southern Dallas.

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TR Hoover CDC

T.R. Hoover’s mission is to strengthen, empower, and provide holistic, collaborative services that impact the South Dallas community through affordable housing, economic, and community development. We advocate and address the issues of poverty, economic divestment, blight, infrastructure decline, neighborhood safety, and the rising levels of unemployment.

In the late 80s, we began as a grassroots neighborhood association that later became recognized as the Ideal Neighborhood Association, composed of low income families seeking to reverse the negative trends developing within their community. In 1997, a small group from the association went on to form T. R. Hoover Community Development Corporation (TRHCDC), and received its 501(c)(3) and began identifying and addressing the issues of economic divestment, blight, infrastructure decline, neighbourhood safety and the rising levels of unemployment within the South Dallas Community.

TRHCDC began work with its residents to help shape the life of its community. Through hard work and great support from its residents, the results led to the construction of the TRHCDC Multipurpose Center, the building of 55 new single infill homes. Currently, TR Hoover CDC serves children, adults, and seniors in the South Dallas area through programs like after school and summer care, seniors helping seniors, referral services for those in need of housing and food, licensed counseling, donation giveaway tables, ESL training, and seasonal programs.

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United MegaCare

Our mission is to transform and empower lives through hope, practice and partnership. We serve our community through our virtual check in team who make wellness calls on a weekly basis to people 50 and above, we connect them to resources such as food or financial services via sources listed on our site. We also reach parents with virtual parent Cafés and financial education courses.

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Viola’s House

Viola’s House is a maternity home. Viola’s House provides temporary housing and assistance to teen mothers. We are a life affirming agency act in the spirit of love as we assist our residents in our facility. We provide parenting classes, financial literacy classes, case management, individual counseling and group counseling.

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White’s Innovative School of Enrichment (W.I.S.E) Academy

W.I.S.E. Academy’s vision is to create a highly respected, rigorous learning environment that inspires and challenges suburban children to understand, interact, communicate and prepare for the future. This vision is created by building on the strengths of a diverse student population honoring the cultural backgrounds of students through a multicultural focus across all content areas with integrated support services for non-English speaking children, cultural enrichment and extended hours of education. All children are actively engaged in a responsive, meticulous, environment that considers all aspects of their physical and learning life. W.I.S.E. Academy is nationally accredited and very active in ChildCare Group and Educational First Steps.The Academy is open with redoubled cleaning efforts. Children and staff are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 each day upon arrival. The agency is striving to avoid layoffs, yet is losing two classrooms of revenue per month. W.I.S.E. needs of a forehead thermometer and Lysol cans, hand sanitizer, alcohol prep pads and disinfectants. The Academy’s aging computers have been used for enrichment activities and are running slow. Four will not even boot up. At least 5 new computers are needed to accommodate the 15-20 school age children who need to complete their school assignments.Link to our Amazon Wishlist: https://a.co/1DcK9c0

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Youth Revive

ignite a youth, revive a community. We work to close the civic empowerment gap and bringing community revitalization through character and civic education.We ignite youth by empowering them to become character-driven community revivalists. IGNITE ME is action civics program of Youth ReVive Inc. Our program uses civics and character education to positively influence the character of youth and community.

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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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