CitySquare announced on Facebook Nov. 13th that they are partnering to help launch a youth drop-in center. After8toEducate is located at the former Fannie C. Harris Elementary School. Through collaboration with social venture partners, Dallas ISD and Promise House the once abandoned, shuttered elementary school has been transformed into a drop-in center for Dallas youth ages 14-21. The facility features support services, shower and laundry sites, lockers, and access to a meal for at-risk youth. They will also provide beds for students of Dallas ISD. Dallas News reported on Nov. 14th that the drop-in center has goals to become a long-term shelter for youth, stating that completing the center will require about $1 million more in funding, which they are attempting to raise through donations.
ABOUT CITYSQUARE AND PROMISE HOUSE
Founded in 1988,CitySquare exists to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship. They offer a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to the persistence of poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope. With over 17 social service programs they provide for over 50,000 in Dallas, Waco, and Denver.
Founded in 1984 Promise House was created with a mission of community support for homeless and runaway youth. Their services include crisis intervention, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen services, counseling, education, and outreach to neglected, abused, and at-risk youth ages 0-24.