Everyday we are working to improve the lives of those around us by supporting organizations with goods and funds. Here are some of the organizations and people we have helped so far as we strive to make a larger impact:
So far this year, we have either committed or already donated a total of $161,500 to some amazing local charities! We want to thank the following organizations for the work they do, and for allowing us to contribute. These organizations provide more than just essentials – in this time of great uncertainty, these organizations are serving up safety, peace, and justice to our most vulnerable. The situation created by COVID-19 is horribly unfair to a huge percentage of our population, and the work of these organization helps to ease those burdens, making social distancing possible.
6 Stones serves 16,000 HEB families annually through their New Hope Center. They will be using our $10,000 donation to purchase food and to provide for its distribution.
The DRC is dedicated to ending homelessness in the North Texas area. They adopt a housing first approach, which provides basic needs such as food and housing to people experiencing homelessness. The idea is that a foundation of basic necessities creates a platform from which people can pursue personal goals and improve their quality of life. We are pleased to donate $10,000 to the DRC.
Mission Central provides a diverse range of services including after-school tutoring, career assistance, and a food pantry for our North Texas community. COVID-19 has caused them to temporarily close their two shops – Coat of Many Colors Resale Shop in Bedford, and Mission Central Thrift Store in Hurst – a major source of funding. We are pleased to donate $10,000 to replace some of those lost revenues, and we look forward to shopping at their two stores when they reopen.
The WARM Place provides year-round grief support services to children and young adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Their grief support program provides children and their families with the support and companionship they need to work through their intense feelings of grief after the devastating death of a mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, or other loved one. Our $10,000 donation will help their licensed counselors to continue to provide services while social distancing.
I Can Still Shine is a faith-based ministry serving thousands of battered women and children every year in Tarrant County. Representatives from I Can Still Shine estimate that they will lose around $20,000 in funding this year due to COVID-19. Our $10,000 will help, but they still need funds!
North East Emergency Distribution (NEED DFW)
NEED DFW is a faith-based charity with locations in Haltom City and Hurst that provides short-term emergency assistance including food, clothing, and financial support to over 8,000 families annually. COVID-19 has forced a temporary closure of their Twice Blessed Resale Boutique in Hurst. We are supporting NEED DFW with an $8,000 donation.
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County is a united Christian organization and ministry dedicated to providing love, hope, respect and a new beginning for the homeless in Tarrant County. UGM-TC is more than a shelter, guiding individuals through a myriad of services with the goal of helping each person and/or family achieve productive independence. Our $5,000 donation will help to offset some of the extra costs related to COVID-19 including additional cleaning supplies, as well as prepared meals for residents, as many cooks are out because of COVID-19 concerns.
Christian Community Storehouse is dedicated to the education and well-being of low-income children in our community. Our $5,000 donation will be used to provide emergency food assistance, hygiene supplies, and children’s educational/enrichment kits.
Fort Worth HOPE Center fights hunger and feeds hope by helping people become self-sufficient through personal growth. Their vision is to inspire hope and provide resources for children and families to build happy and healthy, successful lives and communities. They provide hot meals more than 25,000 times every month, an increase of almost 25% due to COVID-19. Our $5,000 donation will help to provide some of these meals.
Dental Health for Arlington is a community supported low-income dental office providing low-cost and free resources to the residents of Tarrant County. The organization also provides education on oral hygiene to students at Title 1 schools. Our $5,000 will help to keep the clinic operational during the mandated shut-down and keep their services low for those who need emergent care.
The Humane Society of North Texas is one of the largest local organizations helping pets find forever homes. They are seeing a surge in surrenders from COVID-19 as people face losing their jobs and homes, making them unable to keep their pets. We have donated $5,000 so that they will be able to care for more fur-babies during this crisis. Please consider donating, fostering, or adopting. Puppy and kitten season is just around the corner!
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas serves over 83,000 people annually through their support, education, and curriculum programs. They work with those considered most vulnerable, and those who are seeking recovery. They will use our $5,000 donation to help transition their programs to digital and online platforms in response to COVID-19.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tarrant County provides one-on-one mentoring to young people. Many young people are feeling especially isolated because of social distancing. Our $5,000 donation will help to address some of the difficulties caused by COVID-19, including helping their Professional Mentor Support Specialists continue to connect with and support their youths.
The Wilkinson Center provides services centered on food, emergency services, adult education, financial literacy, and workforce development and training to more than 8,000 individuals each year, at 15 locations throughout Dallas with a vision to eliminate generational poverty. Their families have been hit hard – job losses, food shortage, reduced work hours, sickness, and the loss of educational opportunities. Our $5,000 donation will be used to address some of the additional need created by COVID-19.
Helping Restore Ability is a 43-year-old nonprofit providing caregivers for low income children and adults with long term disabilities, allowing them to remain living at home and as independent as possible. Our $5,000 donation will be used to purchase protective equipment (masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and scrubs). So far this year, HRA has spent $10,000 more than budgeted for additional protective equipment.
Dallas Pets Alive provides the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals in North Texas. They focus on rescuing pets at risk of being euthanized from shelters, reducing owner surrenders, opening kennel space by transporting pets to partners around the US and Canada, and changing the way the community views rescue animals through innovation and technology. Our $5,000 donation will be used to fund increases in their Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) program, which keeps pets out of shelters by providing vet care and temporary boarding.
The Battered Women's Foundation provides longer-term assistance to women and teens including counseling, life-skills classes, food, clothing, and other necessary items. They are working to keep their food pantry stocked, so that they can serve those affected by COVID-19. We are donating $5,000 to the Battered Women’s Foundation.
Some additional recipients of our $5,000 donation are The James L. West Center for Dementia Care, North Texas Snap, The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County, and The Clubhouse for Special Needs
Gifts Under $5,000
Pipeline Church is a church in Hurst, Texas off of Pipeline Road. Pipeline Church has a small foodbank they have used to serve the Hurst community for several years. Because of COVID19 they have seen an increase in demand for services. We have donated $2,500 to Pipeline Church to help them continue to provide to the community during these difficult times.
WhenWeLove supports the HEB community and beyond, providing homes and resources to families in need. WhenWeLove has a special focus on supporting homelessness. We have contributed $2,500 to support WhenWeLove allowing them to keep their doors open and continue to support the community during COVID 19.
Central Arts has locations in Bedford and Hurst, and is focused on bringing art to the HEB area through classes, art-related events, and by showcasing the work of local artists. We are contributing $2,000 to support Central Arts. Central Arts has done great work in response to COVID-19, even though they’ve had to close their doors. They have a few tables set outside of their locations with free food. The tables stay full from donations from the community, as people take what they need, and leave anything extra to provide for others.
Hope Center for Autism is located in Fort Worth, Texas, and provides affordable support, education, and therapy to kids with autism. We are contributing $1,500 to support Hope Center for Autism. Despite budget cuts and many other challenges faced due to COVID-19, Hope Center for Autism has continued to find any way possible to help families with their children offering lower prices, covering therapy costs, and so much more.
Some additional recipients of our less than $5,000 donations are LinkEd($2,500), Christ's Haven for Children($2,500),The Trinity Habitat for Humanity($2,500), and The Victory Therapy Center($2,000)