You can’t build a life on unstable ground. That is why 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 the 25 fully-furnished apartments that we own debt-free. For families with who are behind on their rent or have other serious financial issues, we provide low-interest loans via On the Road Lending. For parents who cannot attend interviews or start a new job because of lack of funds for childcare, we provide free childcare.
Next, equip parents to overcome poverty by helping parents identify a purpose that will help them to go from “working to live” to “loving their work” via career coaching. We assist parents with increasing their earning potential though counseling to boast self-confidence, career assessments to help them identify the best career path, and career training to increase skills. 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. We build our children’s self-worth through affirmation, artistic expression, and activities that encourage them to dream. Then, we equip them with the skills to successfully pursue those dreams by providing tutoring to overcome academic gaps as well as play therapy and group counseling to ensure they develop the discipline and self-esteem necessary to succeed in and out of the classroom.
This holistic combination of services produces results that elevate entire families out of poverty as indicated by our FY2016 results.
- 100% of FY2016 graduates remained employed and in housing one year later
- 97% of FY2015 graduates remain employed and in housing two years later.
- 90% of all graduates live without the aid of housing subsidies saving Dallas tax payers approximately $8 million dollars per graduating class.