Dallas Morning News Charities launches 35th fall campaign for nonprofits amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Dallas Morning News Charities launched their 35th fall campaign Thursday with a goal of raising $ 1.5 million to help 23 nonprofits in the area who were in heightened need during the coronavirus pandemic.

The DMN Charities support groups that focus on helping the homeless and hungry.

Grant Moise, editor and president of Dallas Morning News, said donors continue to support the community despite the troubles the year has brought.

“We know there are members of our community suffering from all of the challenges that 2020 faced,” said Moise. “This year’s fundraising success is a real sign that citizens are helping citizens across North Texas.”

The campaign began with previous donations of $ 463,753.96 from nonprofit partners, employees of The News and Belo + Company, and individual supporters of DMN Charities.

DMN Charities already donated $ 505,142 to nonprofits in 2020 as part of its COVID relief campaign.

“This year has challenged us all in ways none of us could have imagined,” said Leona Allen, associate editor of The News and chairman of the board of directors of DMN Charities. “Nevertheless, we live in a resilient community of caring people who stand up for those who are less well off than they are. The customers who support our charities needed more help this year than ever before. And of course, North Texans got through for them. They make me grateful to live among them. “

Each charity will receive multiple contributions from the campaign, which will run through January 31st. The news pays all the administration costs of the campaign, so 100% of the donations received go directly to charitable organizations. Last year’s fall campaign raised $ 1.3 million from 1,219 donors.

After a rigorous screening process, the agencies are selected for their commitment to providing shelter, emergency assistance, food, clothing, training and professional skills advice to those most in need, as well as their organizational integrity and solid financial reporting.

Camille Grimes, executive director of DMN Charities, said the nonprofits receiving aid have served more than 50% to 60% more people than last year.

“Every day in 2020, our charities have met people who are homeless and hungry for the first time in their lives,” said Grimes. “COVID immediately developed new practices implemented by charities to safely serve our neighbors in need.”

The pandemic put an additional strain on charities, which had to adapt to meet the new and ongoing needs of their communities.

One such charity is The Stewpot, a First Presbyterian Church of Dallas department that serves people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Shortly after the pandemic, the nonprofit stopped having volunteers to follow social distancing recommendations, said Brenda Snitzer, executive director of The Stewpot.

“It was really difficult for us … but we have adapted and the people are really resilient,” she said. Meanwhile, demand from nonprofits has increased sharply as the pandemic has negatively impacted the economy, she added.

The non-profit organization has shifted more resources to prevent people from becoming homeless. That assistance includes delivering food to households and providing financial assistance for rent and supplies, Snitzer said.

The stewpot was able to meet the increased demand for their services by offering many of them virtually, including educational programs and online counseling, added Snitzer. The DMN Charities also helped the nonprofits get help through a federal pandemic program.

“We are grateful for all of the efforts you have made on our behalf and on behalf of so many other agencies in our city to do this work,” said Rebecca Eldredge, director of development and communications at The Stewpot. “You really got through so beautifully for us.”

Charles Wolford, CEO of the nonprofit Promise House, said DMN Charities helped his organization provide food and housing to young people affected by homelessness. This nonprofit provides emergency shelters and shelters to young people, including sex trafficking survivors, those who identify as LGBT and new parents, or those who are pregnant.

“They were actually able to support us with funds for the mental health of young people and employees. … We were just so excited and it couldn’t have come at a better time for us, ”said Wolford.

Teenage homelessness is not as visible as adult homelessness because teenagers and young adults try to hide their situation, Wolford said. But Promise House has seen increased demand since the start of the school year as teachers and school officials frequently report cases of child abuse or neglect, he said.

DMN Charities helped Promise House fill the gaps to meet the unique needs of youth homelessness alleviation, especially during the pandemic, Wolford said.

Given the ongoing financial pressures during the pandemic, more families are likely to need help keeping food on the table, said Erica Yaeger, chief external affairs officer for the North Texas Food Bank.

That makes support for DMN Charities and their donors even more critical, she said.

“We know it won’t go away,” Yaeger said of the coronavirus. “We know that the effects of the pandemic will last a long time, even if vaccinated. And we assume that we will meet increased demand in our region for at least two years. “

Allen community outreach

Emergency assistance with rent, supplies, food and clothing for families in Allen, Fairview and Lucas. Financial literacy and GED courses are also offered.


Arlington Life Shelter

Emergency food and shelter, job help and family counseling for homeless men, women and children in eastern Tarrant County.


Austin Street Center

Food, shelter, medical, psychiatric and psychological treatment, and substance abuse counseling for the homeless.


The bridge

Emergency and transitional housing, supportive housing services, meals, primary and behavioral medicine, job search and education services for the homeless.


Brother Bill’s helping hand

Food, clothing, medical help for families in West Dallas. Vocational training, parenting, healthy living, and ESL courses are also offered.


Cedar Hill stocks

Provides groceries, clothing, services, and school supplies to families in need in Cedar Hill.



Provides emergency and transitional shelters for homeless children and young adults. Operates a youth emergency shelter for children between the ages of newborns and 17 years and a transition program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 years.


Cornerstone of community development

Programs for the homeless, including shower facilities, wardrobe, health and dental clinics, and meals in the communal kitchen. They also manage transitional housing for ex-imprisoned men, as well as a home and services for pregnant teenage girls.


Crossroads Community Services

Education in food, nutrition, clothing and life skills.


Dallas Life Foundation

Short- and long-term emergency accommodation for homeless men, women and children. Job training, medical and dental services are also offered.


Duncanville Outreach Ministry

Groceries, clothing, and financial assistance with rent, supplies, and prescription medicine for the people of Duncanville.


Family gateway

Protection and support programs for children and families affected by homelessness with full service, including case management, adult and child services and an education program.


Frisco Family Services

Groceries, clothing, and financial assistance with rent / mortgages, utilities, and prescription drugs for families living in Frisco or Frisco ISD. Life skills workshops for adults are also offered.


Harmony Community Development

Harmony provides better access to resources such as a customer’s choice of pantry, social services like full counseling, addiction and trauma recovery, and legal resources and work support.


Lifeline for families

Financial support for families who are homeless or about to become homeless in the Grand Prairie ISD. Life skills training is also offered.


Mission Oak Cliff

A drop-in center for the homeless that includes daily lunches, showers, a wardrobe, pantry and hygiene of the customer’s choice, as well as access to counseling and counseling services and courses such as ESL, nutrition and citizenship


NETWORK of Community Ministries

Food, clothing, financial support for rent and supplies as well as a children’s clinic and a comprehensive senior network program for people aged 60 and over.


North Texas Food Bank – Eat 4 kids

The Food 4 Kids program provides weekend meal assistance for elementary school children who are chronically hungry.


Our call

Faith-based organization specifically serving the unprotected homeless in Dallas. Food, showers, clothes and resources.


Our daily bread

Lunch options, weekend snack packs, bus passes, counseling, personal care products, restricted health care and referrals, answering machines and mailing addresses for the homeless in Denton County.


Promise house

Housing, food, clothing, counseling, educational services and temporary housing for homeless, runaway and vulnerable youth.


Sharing Life Community Outreach

Groceries, clothing, and financial assistance for rent and utilities, education programs, and professional skills for low-income residents of southeast Dallas County.


The stewpot

Urgent and long-term aid to homeless and vulnerable families; Meals; ID documentation; representative payee program; dental, medical and mental health services; Work aid and inner-city youth programs.


To donate or learn more:

Visit dmncharities.com. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Dallas Morning News Charities, 5500 Caruth Haven Lane, Dallas, TX, 75225.

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