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

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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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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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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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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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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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Harmony Food Pantry

Harmony Food Pantry provides nutritious food to the community through our client-choice food pantry. We are open Mondays: 2pm-6pm, Tuesdays: 4pm-6:30pm and Thursdays: 10am-2pm. We are located at 6969 Pastor Bailey Drive, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75237. The information line number is 214-467-6770.

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Heart Courage

We help parents with CPS cases.
Heart of Courage empowers mothers with children in foster care to unite their families and create a better future for both mother and child. We provide an array of services, such as education and advocacy, one on one mentoring, job readiness, educational services and community outreach. Mothers are empowered to create nurturing homes where their children can blossom. By giving hope and expanding awareness of life’s possibilities, Heart of Courage helps women who have lost custody of their children due to drug addiction, incarceration, domestic violence, mental health issues, domestic violence and even homelessness.

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Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders equips DFW’s “Hidden Talent” (Adults and Youth) with Workforce Readiness Essential and Technical Skills, Leadership Training, Career Development, and pathways to Employment. ITL leverages and develop jobs as a tool that leads to the growth of assets such as living wage income; employment benefits including retirement accounts, vacation and sick days; health insurance; a higher credit score, healthy savings, and homeownership. We are offering clients Call Center and Hospitality, Property & Casualty Insurance, and Information Technology Training. Our mission is to create generational legacies of families with education, job security and retention, and financial stability in our communities.

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Interfaith Family Services

How we are responding to the crisis: We’ve established a COVID-19 rent and utility assistance fund which will help provide financial assistance debt-negotiation support and job placement for those who have experienced lay-offs or reduced wages as a result of COVID-19. We’ve transitioned all of our Career and Financial Coaching Services to on-line.We’ve generated a list of 20 local companies that are hiring (the list is growing).We’ve remained open with our childcare center offering discounted childcare to First-Responders and Medical Professionals. We are also offering childcare for children 5 to 12 who are out of school.We continue to distribute food via the Food Pantry.

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Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas

With all the closures in Dallas and across the US, those who live paycheck-to-paycheck have even greater anxiety about what the next few months look like as a result of COVID-19. Many who work in the hardest hit industries will no longer have the funds to pay for their rent, utilities, food, medication, mental health care and other basic needs items. That’s where we come in. With your help, Jewish Family Service (JFS) can “keep the lights on’ for those who need it most. For 70 years, JFS’s role, during and after a crisis, is to assist those who are impacted now and as they recover from their losses, whatever they may be. JFS is here to help our community and those most vulnerable to navigate the journey to stabilization and recovery. Through our Hunger Relief and Emergency Services:Connecting food pantry clients to available drive up resources in the community; providing gift cards to Tom Thumb, Wal-Mart and Aldi to buy groceries and essentials For our Jewish community, working with Shuls and leaders to provide Passover food for the holidaysProviding immediate short-term financial aid for all in needProviding Kosher Home Delivered Meals and shelf stable emergency food for home bound seniors and the disabled. Through our Career and Financial Services program:Financial Coaching to clients and assistance in creating budgets based on changes in jobs, accessing financial resources, applying for unemployment and setting financial goals for what they will need in their new job. Employment Coaching for workers who are struggling with remote work, fear for their jobs, and assistance in writing resumes in order to obtain new jobs, etc.Planning for how we will respond to the projected 20% unemployment rate as we all return to work this summerThrough our Counseling support with tele-health services:For our older adults to keep them feeling connected, calming their fears and getting them needed resources, For our children and adults so they are able to establish and maintain emotional and mental health during these stressful timesFor couples and families so they can navigate new stressors and address other relationship issues exacerbated by being sheltered in place

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Miles of Freedom

Miles of Freedom works to equip, empower, and employ individuals returning home from prison and provide support and assistance for families and communities impacted by Incarceration.Individuals- Virtual and Telephonic availableCase ManagementJob search assistanceJob placement assistanceMental HealthResource ConnectionsSupportFamilies- Fresh Produce distribution on Saturdays – Family Visitation Shuttle-suspended while TDCJ facilities are closed to visitors – Communities-Fresh Produce distribution on Saturdays – Land Maintenance and Clean-up – Brush Removal – Lawn Care Service

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Solar Workforce

501(c)3 nonprofit providing solar PV Installation in the lowest-income neighborhoods in Dallas as a pathway to living-wage entry-work in a rapidly growing industry.

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Southern Dallas Link

Southern Dallas Link is connecting job seekers of the Southern Sector with reliable transportation to Livable wage jobs not on the DART transportation system. Because many of your greater paying jobs are in areas lacking public transportation service, we are shuttling from the various DART train stations to the various suburban areas throughout the DFW Metroplex where the jobs are located. So now if a job seeker identifies a good paying job in Grapevine we can connect them with the job with our reliable transportation. We are alo transporting Seniors to their Medical appointments as well as grocery store an pharmacy appointments.

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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 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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