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Sharing Life Community Outreach Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Personal Social Services

Mission: Sharing life exists to provide benevolent support to people in need living in Mesquite, Texas and Southeast Dallas County, Texas.

Target demographics: People in poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200,000 individuals

Geographic areas served: Mesquite and Southeastern Dallas County, Kaufman and Rockwall Counties

Programs: Food, clothing, financial assistance, educational programs, referrals and compassion.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer at Sharing Life for more than 3 years. I love serving with the SL team. They do great work and always have work for me. It is a great place to serve!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm extremely impressed with this organization! They are able to serve hundreds of thousands of people in need each year. It is very impressive and a great organization to give to.

Client Served

Rating: 5

God heard my prayers for help with my mortgage.
Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciate your efforts and the Sharing Life Ministry. God Bless your future endeavors and operations helping families.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for your support! Thank you for not making this an awkward situation either. It was really hard for me to ask for help because Ive always been on the other side of the helping hand. But, God humbled my heart and I Thank you so much. As we were handing out food yesterday to families I realized we are still very blessed. We still have food on the table and this was just a little set back. I knew God wouldn’t let me down and he would pull me out of this victorious. I know in my heart I already am going to get this job. May the Lord Bless you and Keep you ❤

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharing Life is a resourceful organization that has numerous resources that has literally changed the lives of many people in the community of Mesquite. The resources are endless, but the reward of serving is so much greater. I am grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate compassion and to serve in any way that will help someone else.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So many neighbors in the community have told me recently how blessed and thankful they are for the help they receive from Sharing Life. During this world-wide pandemic people have been worried about how to access food and pay their bills. Sharing Life has been innovative in quickly pivoting to a drive-thru food distribution method and providing utility and rent/mortgage assistance by phone, email, and fax. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site was reopened to provide free tax prep to low-income families using a drop-off method that allowed safe distancing and provided essential services. Our community is grateful for the compassionate, consistent assistance from Sharing Life especially in these uncertain times.

Lauren C.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sharing Life has been one of the most amazing organizations I have ever had the pleasure of being around. Every single person you encounter who either works there or volunteers there, follows the same philosophy and deeply cares about every one they help. The impact they have on the local community in so many different areas has enriched the quality of life of thousands upon thousands. I tell everyone about them I can as I believe in their statement and what they do is beyond any I have ever encountered.

Cynthia Mc

Donor

Rating: 5

My name is Cynthia McBratney, what Sharing Life means to me in so many words is I came to Sharing Life as a volunteer in Feb 1 2013 from AARP right after my mother had passed at the time I didn't know how much I needed Sharing Life in my life I thank God for the love everybody showed me. My intention was  a little here and there. But God had other plans for me I didn't know about until I spoke to the CEO Teresa Jackson. So I was there and then turned into 8 yrs. I am the Financial Coach/Utility Specialist at Sharing Life. I love what I do. Showing Compassion to whoever walks through the doors. When I go home it feels so good knowing we at Sharing Life put a smile on somebody else's face just for that moment. it makes my heart happy.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization that helps every single person that walks through the doors. The volunteers are so caring and have been with the organization for years. The food pantry is always well stocked and has various of options to choose from. In addition, the staff always makes the very best efforts to help accommodate everyone's needs!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jesus spent his entire life meeting the needs of those around him. He said that when we do so we are actually doing unto Him. I volunteer at Sharing Life because I want to help meet the needs of those in my community with the same compassion that He demonstrated.
As an Intake Specialist, I have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with every person who comes to us with needs. These needs vary from person to person. Each client has a different story to tell. Some are positive and some are devastating! I strive to help meet their most immediate needs: food, clothing, etc. My goal is to demonstrate compassion to every client I assist.
I have found that often the greatest need is for someone to offer them an encouraging word. I do this by listening, smiling, and being as positive as I possibly can. The best example of why I volunteer at Sharing Life occurred on my first day here. A young lady came in with no shoes on her feet, but left with shoes on her feet.

2 Jacob T.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization providing much needed services to people in need across Dallas, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties. Despite the large number of services and high need in the area, there's still a welcoming atmosphere when you walk in. Lots of longtime volunteers and staff.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The organization has great services and truly focuses on the needs of the client.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Sharing Life for almost two years, assisting with special projects and when/where needed. Working behind the scenes, I've seen first-hand the compassion and caring provided by staff and volunteers to assist individuals in meeting their basic needs. The food pantry is well stocked with a variety of canned and frozen goods, with clients allowed to choose what they need like the majority of us do when grocery shopping. They are also able to select clothing in a well-organized and carefree environment. In addition, there are special events throughout the year to assist needy families -- like our Back to School and Summer Backpack programs, Christmas Faire and Thanksgiving meals. Financial empowerment classes and postings of employment opportunities, along with career-oriented healthcare classes, provide clients the ability to move out of poverty and into a self-sustainable lifestyle. Best of all, Sharing Life treats everyone with dignity, respect and consistent compassion.

1 Kristy S.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The all the staff members are committed to treat the clients as friends and with compassion. It's been amazing to work here and see how important that is. They look for other ways to serve this portion of the community besides just giving food and clothing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Sharing Life Community Outreach (SLCO) for almost 4 years. It is one of the most joyful places in my world. The clients, volunteers and staff are a community, all based on meeting needs and sharing life! We laugh, we cry, we pray. It's amazing and rare. Clients often express gratitude for what we do and the love with which we do it. I'm a better person because of being part of SLCO.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Sharing Life since I was a child and all through middle and high school. The relationships with the clients and the dignity and grace required to give at Sharing Life's standard has kept me coming back. It has been a great place to volunteer with my family and gain friendships with the other volunteers through the years. I have met and gained mentors from working along side great people and serving others with them. The relationships with the clients have lasted years and it is always heartbreaking and heartwarming to be invited to a funeral of one of them. We have been able to witness their lives and help them in their times of need and celebrate their good times as well.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Sharing Life Community Outreach for over 6 years. We have served over 215,000 thousand people last year. I love volunteering because I get to help those that need help and they are so appreciative of what they receive. The food has become better as the years go by. Its like shopping in a grocery store. There is canned goods, fresh produce, meat, bread anything you can think of. They also help with TXU Energy, ATMOS Gas, Mesquite Water and Mesquite Rental. Sharing Life has so many people that work there, that are so compassionate and they treat those with dignity. I am so grateful to volunteer here.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been volunteering at Sharing Life for almost 3 years. We love the scope of work, the hearts of the staff, and an organization that helps so many each year. Sharing Life won the award for "Non-Profit of the Year" and it was well deserved. I've never seen a harder working group of people! My wife and I have worked with over a dozen non-profits from Dallas to NYC and have never seen such a dynamic & innovative organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Glenda Lee, marketing director for Agape Home Health and a proud board member for Sharing Life.
Sharing Life is a vital part of our community. I see first-hand many families and seniors trying to stretch their dollars to cover monthly expenses sometimes doing without proper nutrition. I am so thankful we have Sharing Life to help. The staff and board truly care about the clients. I always try to remember it can happen to me.
I was a single mom to my grandson. Many times my paycheck barely covered our expenses. I know what it's like to worry about the next meal, or unexpected expense.
What an honor it is to serve with the Sharing Life team as we strive to provide our clients with hope and the assistance they need.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharing Life serves families in southeastern Dallas County. This area has one of the highest percentages of child poverty in the nation, and Sharing Life provides food, clothing, emergency utility assistance, crisis rental assistance, and an amazing healthcare training program that partners with the local community college. This agency truly battles poverty and food insecurity on a daily basis and makes a significant difference in the lives of children in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for Sharing Life for about 12 years, and I love the passion that their founder and CEO has for families in need. Sharing Life truly lives by its mission statement : to demonstrate compassion by providing benevolent services to people in need in the community. I am now a staff member, and it is an honor to serve with this organization, caring for individuals and families in need, fighting food insecurity, and providing job skills and financial capability training! I know that we are making a difference in lives every day!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with your own life for many years now, as a volunteer, a supporter and now a board member. I have seen this fantastic organization grow from being in a small area in a strip shopping center to this fantastic, up-to-date office/warehouse/food and clothing distribution center. Our director, Teresa Jackson, has a heart for our community and its people that has no boundaries!! We have received numerous awards and recognition from organizations, businesses, individuals, but most important from those who have received assistance from sharing life. There's not enough words to describe the outpouring of love and care that is demonstrated by all of us that are involved in sharing life daily.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharing Life is full of staff and volunteers who are passionate about serving others. The individuals who work hard, day in and day out, to provide food, clothing, utility assistance, educational opportunities and other need and growth based programs make up an incredible team. This team gives from the heart, shares from the heart and loves from the heart. An incredible organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I knew about Sharing Life for years before I got involved, but just thought of them as a small local organization doing limited work. But then I finally got involved. First I looked at their financials. They were and continue to be outstanding stewards of their resources. Only 4.7% of their expenses are related to administrative and fundraising activities. Much lower than most smaller nonprofit organizations. So I donated funds to them and then many years later, started volunteering to help them out with their marketing materials. Well that was all I needed to see! I found that Sharing Life actually does the work of a much larger nonprofit, but yet is still small enough to care deeply about each and every one of their clients. The are involved in providing food for the hungry, clothing for those who run out of money before they can buy clothing for their children or for their workplaces. They also provide funds to help people pay their utility bills and some assistance with rent; they respond to disasters quickly such as the current fallout from Hurricane Harvey - they are assisting evacuees that land in the DFW area. They have a whole day set aside to provide assistance to senior adults that are living in poverty after a lifetime of hard work. But perhaps the most important service they offer is this: A way out of poverty for those willing to put in the work. Sharing Life partners with the United Way and a college in Dallas named El Centro College to offer a medical training program for folks who want to improve their lives. United Way provides funding, El Centro provides the curriculum and instructors, and Sharing Life provides the facilities to hold classes. Most importantly, Sharing Life support students in the program with financial support as well as food, clothing and moral encouragement support. Studies have shown that without that support, they are less likely to finish the program. That program is my favorite program because it helps people out of poverty and gives them a chance at independence the dignity to be able to provide for themselves and their families. These days, I am involved by providing marketing and graphic design support on a volunteer basis, I serve on the Board of Directors and I volunteer directly with clients each week on Thursday nights. I may be a little biased, but for my money, Mesquite and Southeast Dallas County couldn’t ask for a more efficient and caring group of people in their community serving them with the width and breadth of holistic services they provide. SharingLifeOutreach.org. Go there, learn more and get involved – especially if you live in the Mesquite and Southeast Dallas county area. You won’t be sorry.

Teresa J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Sharing Life is a compassionate, yet data driven organization, using best practices to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen lives changed by the programs offered at Sharing Life. Aside from providing food and clothing, they show compassion and treat people with dignity.

Heather271

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been greatly astonished by the compassion shown to the clients and volunteers. Sharing life is a safe haven for all, I've enjoyed being an intern and now staff member. I'm pleased to be apart of this organization.
HB
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All of the volunteers and staff at Sharing Life are so nice and caring. They treat everyone with respect and anyone who needs their services is welcome. They will never turn away a new client and if they do not serve your area code, they will provide resources that do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you are looking for a place to get satisfaction helping others you found it.... Truly demonstrating compassion!!!!!!! Volunteer and now staff member.
JW.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization defiantly lives up their mission statement, by demonstrating compassion. Sharing Life feeds the hungry, clothe the poor, and provide educational enrichment classes to individuals in the healthcare field . I've witnessed "broken" people walk into Sharing Life, after leaving, they have a sense of hope! It feels like one big family, with people helping those in need. Great staff, Great organization!