Central Dallas Ministries

Rating: 4.5 stars   2 reviews


409 N. Haskell Dallas TX 75246 USA


The organization is a social justice organization fighting


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:


Geographic areas served:

North Texas


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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the lives of its neighbors (i.e. clients), which have been forever changed by its combination of compassion to meet their basic needs, connection to opportunities to take care of their own lives and advocacy for changing the system around the lives of those who struggle with poverty.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the genuine connection to neighbors with a wealth of social capital but a lack of financial resources.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate advocates for those who struggle with poverty while also being innovative social entrepreneurs.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

leverage those funds many times over to not only deliver an extraordinary level of service in the community, but also develop sustainable improvements in the community's infrastructure in the form of affordable housing and economic development initiatives.

Ways to make it better...

more members of our community knew about CDM and supported its work.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

an overwhelming number of opportunities compared to the capital required to fund those initiatives.

One thing I'd also say is that...

there is no better place to invest your time, talents or treasure if you have any interest in making a difference in the lives of those who struggle with poverty.

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