Mission: To help alleviate the plight of homelessness in dallas by improving the lives of young homeless children living in local homeless and domestic violence shelter programs
Programs: Overview: the mission of vogel alcove is to provide the youngest children of homeless families, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with the foundation for success. Our vision is that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family, and a pathway to success in school. Numbers: children served daily/ages: up to 115 children / 6 weeks-5 years oldchildren served since 1987: more than 13,700children served last fiscal year: 219 homeless childrenemployees: 52volunteers: 1,651services: we offer early childhood development services and clinical case management for every family in our care. Specifically:early childhood education services:developmentally appropriate, research-based curriculum and assessment tools;low staff-to-child ratio in a child-centered environment;screens to check for developmental delays; intervention if delays are found;basics needs: home cooked meals, infant formula, diapers, shoes and clothing;on-site nutritionist to work with the staff and families to address proper health and nutrition. Case management:internal mental health program to work with children and families to address any mental health concerns and provide additional community-based care once they leave the alcove;bilingual counseling services in english and spanish;parent education program aimed at increasing parents' knowledge of child development and effective parenting techniques;access to free well-child check-ups, immunizations, treatment, referrals, vision and hearing screenings, and dental care provided in collaboration with parkland hospital's homeless outreach medical services (homes) van and community dental care;on-site nurse who checks the children for illnesses, educates and consults with parents;connections & support aftercare program to assist families with information, referrals and service linkages after they have exited the alcove's childcare services and established housing following a period of homelessness;referrals to community resources such as wic, schip and public housing;
The Vogel Alcove is an incredible and important nonprofit organization serving the Dallas community. Every weekday morning, approximately 115 children, ages six weeks to five years old, get quality childcare and other vital social services to help them be prepared for success at school. These children may be homeless, but thanks to the Vogel Alcove, they are not hopeless.
Since 2001, I have been a board member. For almost 10 years, I've had the privilege and opportunity to see the faces of homeless preschool kids and hear their stories. They are the littleist and most vulnerable victims of homelessness.
The staff, teachers, and volunteers care for these children with such warmth and compassion. They provide medical and dental care, speech, occupational, and play therapies, etc. to help meet their needs. They are truly making a difference in the lives of homeless preschool kids and their families.
What a joy and blessing it has been for me to experience, and I encourage readers to become involved and ask your family, friends, and colleagues to do the same.
This organization really works to help people out of poverty by giving them something they need to find jobs--free childcare. It is accredited and the staff work very hard to educate the children while their parents are busy. Their social services and play therapists are also an asset.