Coming Soon…Interfaith’s Family Empowerment Center

Our New Family Empowerment Center will allow Interfaith to expand upon its highly successful model by providing services to families in crisis before they become homeless.  While we will continue to offer our transitional housing program, we will also provide career coaching, financial coaching, counseling, and on-site childcare and children’s programs for an additional 200 families including 150 children who are on the brink of homelessness due to job loss, lack of childcare, and financial crisis.

LAND ACQUISITION

Interfaith has acquired the 20,000 square foot lot behind its main campus via a grant from The Rees-Jones Foundation and funds from its reserves.  Shortly thereafter, we were blessed to acquire the neighboring duplex through two private donations. Currently, Interfaith owns the entire block on the corner of Hope Street and Ross Avenue.  The new facility will be built on that site in our booming East Dallas community where many working poor families are employed.

CHILDCARE AND YOUTH SERVICES CENTER

We will begin by addressing the need for affordable, extended hours childcare via the new Childcare and Youth Services Center (middle building in the picture). This center will serve children from 0 to 18 years of age via our new childcare center and expanded after school and summer programming. Doing so will ensure that children are equipped with the tools needed to break the cycle of poverty as their parents receive the supported needed to overcome it. (Ground-breaking in the Summer of 2017)

ADULT EDUCATION CENTER

Next, we will address the need for training and financial support via the new Career and Financial Coaching Center (building on the left) This center will expand on-site career coaching, offer extended training sessions on nights and weekends, and provide financial coaching services for families in crisis. (Ground-breaking in the Summer of 2017)

The total cost of the Family Empowerment Center project is $10 million including the cost of the land. We are blessed to have raised $5.6 million. Additionally, the Mabee Foundation has awarded Interfaith with a Challenge Grant for $1.2 Million assuming the match is met by April 2018.  For more information about the campaign, please contact Debra Sheppard at dsheppard@interfaithdallas.org.

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WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

1. The number of homeless families has risen by 60% since 2010.

2. Last year, there were 1849 homeless families in Dallas and 2750 homeless children were enrolled in DISD.

3. The working poor families need support to prevent the rise of homelessness.

THERE IS INADEQUATE SUPPORT FOR WORKING POOR FAMILIES.

Lack of Affordable Childcare

While 25% of working poor families work nontraditional hours, only 8% of all Dallas childcare providers offer nights and weekends. Improving access childcare can reduce a working mother’s need for public assistance.

Lack of Training Opportunities

The most reliable way to help families escape poverty is by equipping them with skills needed to secure sustainable employment. Yet, most states spend only a small fraction of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) funds on employment and training programs.

Lack of Temporary Support

Most working poor families are faced with returning to negative environments or applying for temporary subsidized housing (Section 8) when facing homelessness. However, it is usually not “temporary” support. In fact, families live in subsidized housing for an average of eight years.