The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and to provide national leadership on child abuse issues. The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC reduces the re-victimization of the child, removes barriers to investigation and treatment, and enhances criminal prosecution with its distinctive multidisciplinary and united approach to child abuse cases. DCAC works in agreement with public and private agencies including Dallas law enforcement, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s Office, and Children’s Medical Center (REACH Clinic) to improve child abuse cases in Dallas County.
DSF members assist DCAC by serving as room monitors at the annual Crimes Against Children Conference, making reminder calls for the Therapy Department, participating with holiday gift giving projects, and volunteering for special projects.
The Ebby House at Juliette Fowler Communities is more than a shelter. It is a home for young women who have suffered abuse or neglect or who have been in foster care. These women need additional assistance before they are are ready to launch into successful adulthood. This strength-based program mentors up to 12 young women at a time for up to 24 months to instill life skills, provide housing, healthcare, education, career guidance, job training, and skills to live independently. The house is under the supervision of the Program Director and a full-time live-in House Manager.
The DSF volunteers recognize the importance of creating a family-oriented atmosphere for the young women of Ebby House. Each week our volunteers provide delicious home-cooked meals for the girls to enjoy. DSF volunteers also make holidays special with traditional meals and décor.
The Family Place, Dallas’ largest domestic violence agency serving 12,000 clients annually, is the only organization that addresses each area in the cycle of domestic violence. The Family Place offers free comprehensive services in both Spanish and English for all victims trying to escape the cycle of family violence. We provide everything victims need to be safe—a hotline, safe housing, legal help, supervised visitation, counseling for victims and abusers, and community education—to empower them to become survivors.
DSF volunteers provide monthly dinners for families attending evening counseling sessions and volunteers at The Resale Shop where families may choose items to furnish their new living quarters and consumers can purchase items at reduced cost.
|Hope’s Door New Beginning Center is a full-service shelter and counseling center that offers comprehensive programs designed to help break the cycle of domestic abuse. It provides direct intervention and prevention services free of charge to families affected by domestic violence in Collin County and surrounding areas. Programs and services include an emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, individual and group counseling, and community education programs. DSF volunteers provide weekly dinners for the families in counseling and support special projects as they arise.|
Juliette Fowler Communities operates three residential programs which provide a home and special services for more than 350 residents including retirement, assisted living, and long term and skilled nursing. They also serve children in North Texas who need short term or long-term placement outside of their families.
DSF members plan parties for the residents on a monthly basis. The parties give DSF members the opportunity to spend time with the residents and typically include a rousing game of bingo.
NETWORK is a community service organization that primarily assists residents within the Richardson Independent School District who are in crisis. NETWORK helps with temporary shelter, rent, utilities, food, clothing, counseling, medical care, and financial assistance. It provides much needed short-term assistance with the goal of helping individuals and families achieve long-term independence. Founded in 1985, NETWORK is a non-denominational organization with three main divisions:
DSF members may volunteer in any of the areas above as well as volunteering throughout the year for special projects.
The Ronald McDonald House of Dallas is the only organization that provides a temporary home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment for a serious illness or injury at a Dallas area hospital. In an effort to lessen the burden, reduce stress, keep the family intact, and enhance the quality of life for these families, the RMHD provides affordable housing in a caring home-like atmosphere.
DSF prepares meals for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas on a monthly basis. There are currently 10 DSF teams that are providing 7,200 meals annually. Additionally, DSF volunteers assist with RMHD’s largest annual fundraising event, The Trains at NorthPark, as well as supporting various special events.
DSF ADJUNCT AGENCIES
|Dallas Service Forum is pleased to have the opportunity to support many agencies on an ad hoc basis by providing volunteer assistance for special projects. The agencies below are among those we have supported with activities ranging from chaperoning preschoolers visiting the Dallas Arboretum, to decorating clinic space for the holidays, to providing Registration and Hospitality volunteers to support these agencies’ fundraising events.|
FRISCO FAMILY SERVICES (FFS)
Frisco Family Services provides social services to families and individuals in need and assists them in becoming productive members of the Frisco community. Programs and services include food distribution, information and referral, emergency financial assistance, adult life skills workshops, special programs and the Frisco Resale Shop.
DSF members assist FFS by volunteering at their food pantry and Frisco Resale Shop as well as providing volunteer support throughout the year for special projects and annual fundraisers, including both an annual gala and golf.
Vogel Alcove, a facility dedicated to serving the children of the homeless, understands that children living in trauma face unique challenges. Vogel Alcove’s highly trained teachers and staff provide therapeutic early childhood and school-aged programs and family support and physical/mental health services, all tailored to the needs of homeless children ages six weeks to twelve years old.