DFW Asylum Seeker Housing Network Inc

aka DASH Network   |   Fort Worth, TX   |  www.dashnetwork.net

Mission

“In response to the compassionate and welcoming love of Jesus, DASH Network exists to love people who are seeking asylum by serving their physical and relational needs.”

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Munatsi Manyande

Main address

PO BOX 470783

Fort Worth, TX 76137 USA

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EIN

81-4685664

NTEE code info

International Migration, Refugee Issues (Q71)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DASH Network is a 501(c)(3) in Fort Worth, TX, formed in response to the increasing prevalence of homelessness, food insecurity, and exploitation facing asylum seekers in the United States. US Immigration law requires that asylum-seekers wait 365 days after filing for asylum prior to applying for a work authorization. This results in a 1-2 year period in which this population cannot legally work and is ineligible for government services. DASH Network steps into this gap to provide housing, food, friendship, social services, legal support and equipping to asylum seekers during this period. Our services are designed to meet basic physical needs for shelter and food, while providing holistic support throughout the lengthy asylum process.

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?

Housing

DASH Network houses residents through both rented apartments and host homes. The majority of DASH residents live in apartments that house 4-6 people each. DASH has designated women, men, and family apartments located at a complex near downtown Fort Worth. This location provides residents with access to the bus route, hospital district, and some of Fort Worth’s best public schools. In addition to these apartment homes, some residents are placed in host homes throughout DFW after thorough screening and training.

DASH Network's long-term plan is to own a building where those who are seeking asylum as well as volunteers can live together in community. There is a Board of Directors Committee dedicated to creating the strategy and logistics to make this dream a reality.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers

DASH Network partners with local food banks, non-profits, community partners, as well as utilizes donated grocery store gift cards to deliver canned goods, fresh produce, dairy products, and fruits and vegetables to residents on a weekly basis. Through a network of grocery volunteers, DASH residents are able to share what products they need and dedicated volunteers pick up and drop off from our community partners while a resident Food Program Lead oversees distribution of goods.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers

Relationships are at the heart of DASH Network. The hope is that every resident would find meaningful relationships and community while in DASH. To this end, each resident is paired with a DASH volunteer "advocate", to meet together at least twice a month. This relationship is intended to be mutually beneficial relationship where volunteers and residents learn about one another’s cultures and support each other through genuine friendship.

Additionally, the DASH family gathers the fourth Sunday evening of each month to check-in with DASH residents, pray together, celebrate birthdays, and fellowship with one another. Select Sunday nights also include community-building outings such as soccer games, game nights, or movies.

Population(s) Served

DASH Network employs a full time Case Manager, and former DASH graduate, to connect residents to local community resources including clothing, school supplies, medical/dental/mental health care, and household items. Additionally, DASH's Case Manager meets monthly with each resident to develop a graduation plan and assist residents with securing a job and a stable living situation after their time in DASH.

Population(s) Served

DASH Network has partnered with Human Rights Initiative (HRI) of Dallas to assist DASH residents with securing legal representation for their asylum application and process. HRI is a non-profit that provides pro-bono attorneys for asylum seekers. DASH Network has worked closely with HRI over the years mutually serving one another's clients. Beginning September of 2021, HRI will begin training DASH volunteers, who have backgrounds as attorneys, in immigration law to equip more lawyers to assist DASH residents with filing and processing their asylum claim. Asylum-seekers who have legal representation are nearly twice as likely to be granted asylum so this is a very important support intervention.

Population(s) Served

DASH Network's goal is to launch each resident into a place of independence and stability upon graduation. Thrive Academy courses equip residents with various skills and classes to succeed in life after DASH. Coursework topics include career preparation, English classes, financial management, health literacy, leadership skills, and occasional technical trades through community partnerships. Course participation is a required component of DASH.

Population(s) Served

Every resident graduates into a fully furnished apartment through the generous donations and coordination of DASH volunteers. This transition support assists with offsetting the upfront costs of becoming fully independent after graduating from DASH and provides a safe and comfortable home to begin a new, fully independent chapter of life.

Population(s) Served
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers
Asylum seekers
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Where we work

Awards

Micro Organization of the Year - Finalist 2020

D Magazine

Platinum Seal of Transparency 2021

Guide Star

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Related Program

Thrive Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people no longer living in unsafe or substandard housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Related Program

Housing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Related Program

Food

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Related Program

Thrive Academy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average hourly wage of clients who became employed after job skills training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Related Program

Thrive Academy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Asylum seekers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

DASH residents are eligible for the program for the duration of their work permit wait as well as an additional five months to establish a financial runway and prepare to successfully graduate. DASH Network's goals for residents include: obtaining safe and secure housing for the duration of their work permit wait, enrolling all children in school, achieving a conversational level of English by the time they obtain their work permit, securing legal assistance with their asylum case, growing their social network, empowering residents to be leaders within the community, connecting any resident who identifies with a particular religion to a local faith community of their choice, and ultimately providing a space where all residents and volunteers can experience the welcoming love of Christ through the multi-ethnic Body of Christ living on mission together.

DASH Network supports the holistic needs of residents through stable housing, nutritious food, genuine friendship, relevant equipping coursework, pro-bono legal assistance, and comprehensive case management services. DASH residents and volunteers alike seek to meet one another's social and emotional needs through life on life community and intentional relationships.

In all of the services offered, DASH seeks to embody the Church depicted in Acts 2, where "all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people."

DASH Network operates on a budget of $500,000 through the financial investments of over 150 individual donors who give on a recurring monthly basis, 8 Church Partners, 5 Foundations, as well as generous one time gifts throughout the year. The organization has 3 full-time staff members: an Executive Director, Director of Operations, Case Manager, as well as a team of committed leaders who serve with the dedication and commitment of paid staff. Volunteers serve as the Thrive Academy, Advocate Program, Food Program, Transition Support, and Communication Coordinators. Aside from core operations staff and leaders, hundreds of community members serve in various capacities to teach courses, practice English, donate in-kind goods, delivery groceries, serve as advocates, and many other vital roles. DASH Network seeks to grow in relationship with the community and a byproduct of this approach is the ability to secure over $750k worth of donated good and in-kind services for DASH residents each year.

DASH Programs also rely on partnerships with other non-profits, educational institutions and Churches. The following are some of the key collaborators for DASH programs:

Legal:
- HRI of North Texas - https://hrionline.org/
- RAICES - https://www.raicestexas.org/contact-us/

Medical Care:
- Beautiful Feet Ministries - https://thefeet.org/
- Cornerstone Assistance Network - http://www.canetwork.org/home.aspx
- Agape Clinic (Dallas) - https://www.theagapeclinic.org/

Dental Care:
- Beautiful Feet Ministries - https://thefeet.org/

Clothing:
- Cornerstone Assistance Network - http://www.canetwork.org/home.aspx
- Eastside Ministries - https://eastsidecommunityassistance.org/
- Broadway Baptist Church

Food Program Partners:
- Christian Community Assistance
- Vandervoorts Dairy
- Kroger
- Tarrant County Food Bank
- Cornerstone Assistance
- Broadway Baptist Church
- 1st Street Methodist Mission
- Southside Church of Christ

Church Partners (Financial & General Support):
- Christ Chapel
- Trinity Presbyterian Church
- FBC Arlington
- Doxology
- The Hills Church West
- Southside Church of Christ
- Broadway Baptist Church
- Grace Bible Church
- Heritage Church of Christ

Community Partners:
- Frog Aides (Texas Christian University) - Outdoor Activities & Social Support
- UNTHSC (University of North Texas Health Science Center) - Health Literacy Courses
- Jobs 4 Life - Career Preparation
- Crown Ministries - Financial Management Courses
- Center for Hope - Construction Management Training

DASH Network became an official 501(c)3 in 2017 after 5 years of functioning as a small ministry of the City Church. In these 5 years since incorporating as a non-profit, DASH Network has grown from a bed capacity of 17 to now 50 in 2021. Additionally, the budget has grown from $139,000 in 2017 to $500,000 for FY 2022. DASH Network has expanded services from focusing on food and housing to now providing comprehensive case management, legal aid, transition support, and increased social and emotional support. Over 190 people navigating the US asylum process have been served with long-term housing and support since DASH Network first started with many more to be impacted in the years to come.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    DASH Network serves men, women, and children who come from all over the world to seek asylum. By definition, an asylum-seeker is someone who is unable to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • 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?

    The residents of DASH Network provided feedback that some of the food provided from community partners were not congruent with their typical diet and they did not know how to cook with it. DASH Network's Food Coordinator as a result implemented a process where each month, residents fill out inventory surveys of what they have enough of and what they would like more of as well as an opportunity to return unused food to better inform our grocery delivery system.

  • 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?

    DASH Network residents are invited to serve as community leaders partnering with staff and volunteers to take ownership over various programs and practices within DASH. Community Leader Roles include Food Program Lead, Birthday/Celebration Lead, Housing Lead, and more. In this way, they are able to utilize their gifts and implement their feedback in real time to be a part of changing the organization for the better.

  • 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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DFW Asylum Seeker Housing Network Inc

Board of directors
as of 9/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Monica Bharadwaj

Ashley Freeman

Munatsi Manyande

DASH Network

Tim Lowry

Dean Jacobson Financial Services

Monica Bharadwaj

WellMed

Keshav Bharadwaj

Paul Foster School of Medicine

Marvin Jimu

Refugee Services of Texas

Jonathan Dumas

Dean Jacobson Financial Services

Pilar Ray

Human Right's Initiative

John Halvey

Brenda Piloya

American Airlines

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/25/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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 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.