Interfaith Family Services Opens New Facility Designed To Fight Poverty

Media Contact:
Jessica Rood
Director of Development, Interfaith Family Services
Phone: (469) 828-1833



Many wonder how Dallas can be third in the nation for child poverty and have a less than 4% unemployment rate. One reason is that working poor families struggle to fight their way out of poverty due to the cost of training that would elevate wages and the accessibility of childcare that would allow them to train after work. But, now there is a solution. Interfaith Family Services is hosting its Grand Opening ceremony to unveil Dallas’ first and most holistic Family Empowerment Center. The Center consists of two three-story buildings. The Adult Education Building is home to a career training center with mock interview rooms on the first floor, a professional clothing boutique, demonstration kitchen, food pantry, and gym on the second floor, and 15 financial coaching suites on the third floor. The adjacent Moody Family Childcare and Youth Services Center will offer extended-hour and weekend care for children ages 0 to 18, serving up to 500 children a year. The childcare facility includes a children’s computer lab, play therapy and counseling room, a teen lounge, and a sick care facility. Interfaith’s holistic programming equips parents with the skills needed to overcome poverty and educates children to break its cycle. As a result, Interfaith is Dallas’s leading outcomes producer in its field.

We invite you to join us to celebrate the opening of our new campus and the expansion of our work on Thursday, September 12th at 8:30 am at 1651 Matilda Street, Dallas, TX 75206. Remarks will be shared from Interfaith CEO Kimberly Williams, Capital Campaign Chair Brian Hegi, Board Chair Amber Welock, and James H. Simmons, Jr. Vice President with Chase’s Community Development Banking. To RSVP to the Grand Opening Ceremony, please contact Jessica Rood, Director of Development, at


Since our inception in 1985, Interfaith Family Services (Interfaith) has been a leading resource for working poor families and a haven for homeless children who long for stability and hope. Today, we are even more committed to our mission to empower families in crisis and break the cycle of poverty. At the core of our work is a simple yet effective program formula: Eliminate Barriers + Equip Parents + Educate Children = Empower Working Families. Our first step is to eliminate the barriers that keep families in crisis from achieving stability.  For families facing homelessness, we provide transitional housing in one of our 25 fully-furnished apartments that we own debt-free, in addition to providing free after-school and summer childcare. For families at-risk for homelessness, we equip parents through career coaching and vocational training that will help them to go from “working to live” to “loving their work.” We also provide financial coaching to help reduce debt, build a savings safety-net and make the most of their new income. Simultaneously, children are stabilized via our structured and nurturing Hope & Horizons Children & Teens Program through tutoring, play therapy and counseling. This holistic combination of services produces results that elevate entire families out of poverty. For more information on Interfaith, or to discover other ways you can support Interfaith’s work, please contact Jessica Rood, Director of Development, at or visit