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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Health, Homeless & Housing, Housing Development, Construction & Management, Human Services

Mission: The organization is a social justice organization fighting

Results: Touching the lives of over 50,000 of its neighbors each year, CDM works to: feed the hungry by providing over 1 million pounds of food annually through a network of food pantries and youth programs; healing the sick by distributing over 20,000 prescriptions per year to uninsured patients; housing the homeless by providing case management and housing to hundreds of youth who are transitioning out of foster care as well as the chronically homeless; and renewing hope in the lives of those struggling with poverty by offering legal services, educational training, workforce development and other programs to those in need.

Target demographics: Low-income families and individuals in the North Texas area.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000

Geographic areas served: North Texas

Programs: Transition resource action center (trac) provides a "one stop" assessment/intake and referral facility for transitional living services for youth exiting foster and juvenile care in north texas. Trac brings together community resources and intensive case management service. It is the only such program in north texas that exists to comprehensively address the needs of this population. Trac is the regional safety net for former foster youth once they are on their own. Annually, trac helps over 800 of the most challenged at-risk teens make a life plan and acquire skills they need to survive on their own after they turn age 18.

food service programs - citysquare's summer food service ("sfsp") and child and adult care food program ("cacfp") provide meals year-round to children and youth living in poverty. In 2014, the programs operated year-round in areas surrounding three major texas cities - dallas, austin and waco - and also in houston, texas and denver, colorado over the summer months. The major funder of the programs is the united states department of agriculture ("usda") with the administration managed at the texa

community health services (chs) partners with families and individuals to create clear movement toward better health and quality of life. Chs provides high-quality primary, preventive pediatric, chronic and non-emergency acute care to approximately 2,000 uninsured neighbors. In addition to this primary and preventive care, chs works hard at chronic disease control, with a special emphasis on diabetes. Chs leverages significant commitments of additional resources through collaborative partnership

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Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 4

As a former staff member and current volunteer with the Central Dallas Ministries education department, I have been consistently challenged and inspired over the past 6 by the commitment, innovative thinking, and quality programming provided by the leaders of this organization. I am most familiar with the work of the education department led by Dr. Janet Morrison. Dr. Morrison ensures that members of the community play the most important role in the goals and work of the programs under her leadership. The education department maintains a focus on the capacity of the parents and students in the community to find solutions and to improve neighborhoods themselves. Therefore parents and students are engaged and connected in meaningful ways. There is a serious focus on innovative ways of supporting and supplementing quality education, through creative uses of technology and project-based learning within the after school and summer environment. The education department seeks to build rapport and relationships with the neighborhood school and advocates for students by raising awareness about various public policy issues and concerns. The education department emphasizes college-readiness and consistently guides students toward those goals through college-visits and tours in all programs and other college-readiness efforts in the MTU and Teen U programs. Dr. Morrison ensures that the education department is committed to excellence in every aspect, from the staff chosen to lead the programs, to the professional development of the staff, to the evaluation of staff as well as program outcomes, to the implementation of research-based practices and innovative technology, to valuing and engaging the parents, students, and community in every way. All programs are based on an unwavering belief that all children have the capacity to learn and that all children deserve opportunities to receive a quality education and go prepared to college, regardless of income level or background. From the After School Academy, summer program, to Teen U, to Mid-Teen U, to Digital Connectors and Connect U, to the Roseland Library/Bookstore, the CDM education department is doing wonderful things in the Roseland community and making good use of all resources designated to these programs. I highly recommend this organization and its goals and work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most innovative and entrepreneurial social services organizations in the Southwest, CDM is leading the charge to shift the sector away from charity and towards sustainable change in the lives of our low-income neighbors.