DALLAS HOPE CHARITIES

Hope for All

Dallas, TX   |  www.dallashopecharities.org

Mission

The Dallas Hope Charities mission is to provide food, shelter, and services that instill dignity, stability, & Hope For All.

Ruling year info

2018

Chief Executive Officer

Tamika Perry

Main address

P.O. Box 196006

Dallas, TX 75219 USA

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EIN

81-2568424

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food insecure – According to the USDA, Texas is one of nine states whose food insecurity rate is higher (17.6%), compared to the national average (15.8%). Moreover, 2/3 households that the North Texas Food Bank serves reports having to choose between food and paying medical care. With almost 20% of the Dallas County population faces food insecurity, we address the need by providing meals to individuals that would otherwise go without. Homeless - The City of Dallas indicated that there were 3,722 persons were reported experiencing homeless whereas 8% of the homeless population identified in 2018 as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) and 55% are between the ages of 18-24 years. Dallas lacks the appropriate services dedicated to these homeless youth due to an inconsistent ability to safely serve the LGBTQIA+ community. As a result, many LGBTQAI+ youth attempt suicide or die of suicide at a rate of 120% higher than non-LGBTQIA+ youth.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Dallas Hope Center

Dallas' only 100% LGBTQ focused Youth Homeless center.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Homeless people

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for those experiencing food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Reducing the factors and eliminating the hopelessness that leads to LGBTQ+ suicide.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Men and boys
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Having an organization specifically for the LGBTQIA+ population can improve the variables of trust, acceptance, belonging, loneliness, and support against external and internal homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. Continued support and attention for inclusionary interventions are essential for violence, human trafficking, and suicide prevention. The associated consequences of not funding this program are increasing LGBTQIA+ youth into human trafficking, sexual exploitation, long-term homelessness, and further involvement with the criminal/juvenile justice systems. The continued barrage of negativity will elevate the trajectory of hopelessness and suicide, which is why DHC focuses on the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth who require support, transitional living, and referral to healthcare services. With issues of safety and homophobia in existing shelters, what they face is more acute than the overall homeless population. Thus, programs in Texas are increasingly more important than ever given more youth people are coming out as LGBTQIA+ at younger ages.

Meals of Hope (MOH) uses a mobile food van/truck which provides weekly opportunities in various locations to conduct face-to-face outreach to those in need. We provide a weekly grocery pantry bag for individuals, meal baskets that include full meals for the holidays, as well as providing the household food for our homeless youth residents at Dallas Hope Charities’ Transitional Living Center (TLC). Using the MOH as ‘vehicle’ for LGBTQIA+ outreach is ideal because many homeless do not have transportation, the physical ability, or access to stationary food programs. By establishing trust in the community via the MOH program, we anticipate those people that identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ to seek out further support due to the specialty services we provide. Meals of Hope also offers clothing, produce “shopping” and Worthy Bags™ which are filled with hygiene products.

Dallas Hope Center TLC houses the many LGBTQIA+ youth who’ve faced family rejection and are forced to leave their home, which leaves them disproportionately at risk of homelessness — as well as aging out of foster care with no place to go. Dallas lacks the appropriate services dedicated to these homeless youth due to an inconsistent ability to safely serve the LGBTQIA+ community. The situations these youth experience can lead to immense hopelessness and increases their risk of suicide, which is why Dallas Hope Center focuses on the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth who require transitional living. With issues of safety and homophobia in existing shelters, what they face is more acute than the overall homeless population. We provide these celebrated youth a safe, connected, and welcoming space. In providing our youth document assistance, cell phones, groceries and bus passes, they have the ability to focus on gaining healthy independence through securing income, saving money and planning for the future. Residents are also provided life skills education including grocery shopping, meal planning, savings account guidance and financial wellness.

Collective Hope Coalition (CHC) (public outreach and awareness) formed to reduce the factors and eliminate the hopelessness that leads to suicide in the LGBTQIA+ community. Through collaboration, focused strategies, unified goals, and successful implementation we can create positive change.

Since 2016, Dallas Hope Charities’ mission has been to reduce LGBTQIA+ homelessness, suicide, and
hopelessness. These programs are tailored to the needs of individuals to instill dignity, stability, and
hope for all.

Meals of Hope: In this program, DHC offers kindness to all people who deserve to be treated with dignity, stability, and hope. The MOH program is for ALL in need whereby DHC distributes nutritious meals and groceries to food insecure and underserved communities in Dallas. Each meal is balanced, delicious, and is created, rather than poured out of a can.

The MOH program is also a ‘vehicle’ for outreach to those in need as many do not have transportation, the physical ability, or access to stationary food programs. While serving our meals, DHC provides a visible safe space for LGBTQIA+ runaway, homeless, and street youth. The goal is to market the support services at the Dallas Hope Center to those who have been subjected to, or are at-risk of being subjected to hopelessness, parental cruelty, domestic violence, familial neglect, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and severe forms of hate due to gender identity and/or sexual orientation.

Dallas Hope Center – Transitional Living Center (TLC): Dallas lacks the appropriate services dedicated to these homeless youth due to an inconsistent ability to safely serve the LGBTQIA+ community. The situations these youth experience can lead to immense hopelessness and increases their risk of suicide, which is why TLC focuses on the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth who require transitional living. With issues of safety and homophobia in existing shelters, what they face is more acute than the overall homeless population. We provide these celebrated youth a safe, connected, and welcoming space. In providing our youth document assistance, cell phones, groceries and bus passes, they have the ability to focus on gaining healthy independence through securing income, saving money and planning for the future. Residents are also provided life skills education including grocery shopping, meal planning, savings account guidance and financial wellness. Depending on the needs of the individual, we partner with other agencies to provide access to primary medical care, health testing and a mental health assessment and treatment.

Collective Hope Coalition (CHC): A coalition of 40+ organizations in North Texas tasked to eliminating suicide and mental health decline among LGBTQIA+ individuals. Because of the minimal resources available in the Dallas area to address this issue, DHC knew something had to be done to bring about positive change.

Dallas Hope Charities serves over 41,000 meals and over 58,000 lbs. of food to those in need with the help of approximately 7,000 volunteer hours. Whether they need meals because they have no other means, or that these individuals can maintain other living expenses due to not having to pay for food. In 2021, we supported 15 LGBTQIA+ young adults in our transitional housing center. Lastly, our Collective Hope Coalition has over 40+ organizations to eliminating suicide and mental health decline among LGBTQIA+ individuals.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Dallas Hope Charities not only serves and supports the LGBTQIA+ community, we also hire and retain a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment and advancement in all of our programs and worksites. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We are committed to modeling diversity and inclusion to reflect the people we serve. At the beginning of 2021, DHC applied their belief in equitable initiatives by hiring its first African-American Cisgender Female

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We designated new Meals of Hope distribution sites.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Allows Dallas Hope Charities to meet the needs of all the people we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DALLAS HOPE CHARITIES

Board of directors
as of 1/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Roscoe Compton-Kelly


Board co-chair

Mr. Jason Reed

Heather Bonfield

Sara Fulmer

JW Wylie

Buffy Wehner

Jason Reed

Roscoe Compton-Kelley

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/06/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.