White House chooses Fair Park for vaccine center and more Dallas news
In this round-up of the news from the city of Dallas, there are some good developments in the COVID-19 vaccine space. There is a new center to help teenagers and the opportunity to immerse themselves in affordable housing zoom. The State Fair of Texas wants your thoughts and feelings. And it’s getting cold.
Here’s what happened in Dallas this week:
It is cold
A cold front the likes of which Dallas has not seen in 30 years will kick in this weekend. The daily highs never exceed freezing and temperatures reach single-digit numbers at night. The coldest is Monday and Tuesday, but according to the National Weather Service, it can snow on Sunday evening until Monday morning. Electricity companies and emergency services expect a sharp increase in demand. Time to turn the thermostat down and put on the hoodies.
Youth welfare center
In East Dallas, a new youth welfare center was opened in the Juliette Fowler Communities to help young people escape or avoid sex trafficking and exploitation. The program is funded in part by a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant and administered through the Governor’s Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Young People project. It can serve at least 25 young people aged 12 to 24 years in its first project. Services include counseling, coaching, mentoring, educational and life skills programming, clothing, emergency food and toiletries.
The 3,000-square-meter center has a kitchen, social area, laundry room, bathrooms with showers and rooms of various sizes for classes, private offices, therapy sessions, wellness programs, a community center, exercise equipment and a pool. Referrals to the program are made through law enforcement, the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center and Traffick911, as well as other partners in the city. The program had a gentle opening in the fall and currently has five participants. Fowler is known as a senior citizen community but was founded as an orphanage 128 years ago.
Vaccines, free rides in FW
Trinity Metro and Tarrant County are teaming up to offer free rides to customers traveling to COVID-19 vaccination sites starting February 15. The Tarrant County Commissioners Court approved an agreement to pay up to $ 50,000 in support of the free rides. Tarrant County’s Judge Glen Whitley says the agreement includes rides on all of Trinity’s subway services, including those run by Catholic charities. Current vaccination sites include the Tarrant County Resource Connection, which is served by bus routes 3 and 25, and the Hurst Conference Center, which is served by a modified route 23.
Vaccines, big new center
The White House has partnered with the state of Texas to build three large new Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs): in Dallas, Arlington and Houston. The CVCs will be at Fair Park in Dallas; AT&T Stadium in Arlington; and NRG Stadium in Houston. Together, these locations can fire more than 10,000 rounds per day.
Women Build Dallas Panel
The public is invited to join a virtual panel discussion on Women Build Dallas on Tuesday, February 16 at 10 a.m., featuring several Dallas executives currently serving on Dallas Habitat’s Women Build Dallas Committee. The panel will outline how you can join the Habitat Women Build Dallas initiative to provide safe, decent, and affordable homes for families in Dallas. You can register for the event online.
State Fair poll
The 2021 State Fair of Texas is in planning mode and taking care of your opinion. They invite you to share not only your thoughts but also your feelings about their plans through an online survey at BigTex.com/2021Survey. Would you feel comfortable attending a large event? What kind of cleaning do you expect? They also ask how old you are, your income, your ethnicity, and other demographics. If the fair takes place in 2021, it will be September 24th to October 17th.